Archive | September, 2010

Environmental Philanthropist: Bank of America?

A good way for a bank to make people forget its role in the sub-prime financial fiasco that’s rocked the economy is to focus on its climate change and sustainability efforts and that’s what Bank of America Merrill Lynch is doing. BoA’s “Environmental Progress Report” this month revealed the good things it is up to […]

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Faith-based economics in two graphs

It took a French newspaper to unearth information put out by the U. S. government more than one year ago that provides a worrisome projection for world oil supplies from an agency that for years said such supplies would be no problem for the foreseeable future. Glen Sweetnam of the U. S. Energy Information Administration […]

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Jerseyville, IL to Get 1st LEED Platinum Housing Community

Jerseyville, IL about 44 miles north of where I grew up in Southern Illinois (and about the same mileage from St. Louis, MO) is getting the first LEED Platinum certified housing community. This cutting edge green community will be using solar panels and wind turbines to provide all power (meaning $0 utility bills). Not only […]

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Air Products Compression-Less Hydrogen Fueling Station Game Changer

Last week I talked about ITM Power’s new HFuel portable hydrogen refueling station as potentially being a game changer in regard to quickly and easily rolling out hydrogen infrastructure as needed and where needed. This week, specialty gas manufacturer Air Products has also announced their spin on a new kind of hydrogen fueling station that […]

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A Jump-Start for Climate Change Finance?

A United Nations website launched this month, FastStartFinance.org, is designed to track climate funding commitments from industrialized countries. The move is an attempt to make sure that developed economies will deliver on their proposals to provide seed funding to help poorer nations battle climate change. The Copenhagen Accord included a commitment from developed countries’ to […]

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Cyber Security – also key for Smartgrid Condition Monitoring Systems

Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) systems have become a well accepted and powerful tool in various markets like in the electrical energy industry, in fire detection and downhole well monitoring. Following a general trend, the initially isolated stand-alone DTS systems become recently more and more integrated into complex Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. Taking current Smartgrid initiatives for instance, the DTS system has certainly grown out of pure temperature sensing.

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Ohio Entrepreneurs Plan to Open Hydrogen Fueling Station

Ohio is no stranger to hydrogen. The hydrogen-powered Buckeye Bullet 2 racecar was built by students and faculty at Ohio State University. In 2007, Wal-Mart had successfully tested hydrogen fuel cell pallet trucks in on of their Ohio stores. And NASA has decided to build a hydrogen fueling station based upon renewable energy at the […]

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Geneco Bio Bug Biogas Car Full of Crap

If you want to talk about a car that is full of crap then let’s talk about the Bio-Bug by Geneco. The makers claim the converted VW Bug runs of methane biogas that comes from the local UK waste-water treatment plants. Right on the side of the car it says, “Powered By Your Waste” and […]

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