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Tesla Trumps Toyota Part II: The Big Problem With Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

August 16, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Tesla and Toyota and the Future

The biggest problem hydrogen fuel cell automobiles and vehicles face is that while they deliver no obvious major consumer, societal, or environmental benefits compared to the rest of the competition, they do have a bunch of obvious consumer defects.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: India is Increasingly Dependent on Imported Fossil Fuels as Demand Continues to Rise

August 15, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

India Fossil Fuel Imports

India's dependence on imported fossil fuels rose to 38% in 2012, despite the country having domestic fossil fuel resources. India ranked as the fourth-largest energy consumer in the world in 2011. The country's energy demand continues to climb as a result of its dynamic economic growth and modernization.[read more]

The Energy Storage Renaissance is Near

August 13, 2014 by Sarah Mier
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Energy Storage Renaissance

For one week, each cloudy, San Francisco July, the sun shines brightly on the solar industry. Intersolar North America comes to town and provides a venue for solar professionals from around the world to share insight into the technology and market trends propelling the industry forward.[read more]

10 Reasons Why 2°C Will Be Tough to Achieve

August 13, 2014 by David Hone

A recent story in The Guardian expressed some optimism that “humans will rise to the challenge of climate change”. Ten reasons were given to be hopeful, but not one of them mentioned the climate basics such as a carbon price or carbon capture and storage.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage Via Synfuels

August 12, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Internalized Costs of Synfuels

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of using synfuels as a primary energy storage mechanism. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old, Part II

August 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

NYC Recycling Program

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who took office in 2002, compiled an impressive track record in addressing environmental health and sustainability issues in New York City. But he didn’t start off as a big fan of recycling or of Local Law 19 of 1989, the City’s recycling Magna Carta.[read more]

Who's Got the Most Smart Grid Patents?

August 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Smart Grid Patents

The smart grid industry has seen lots of mergers and acquisitions. This activity is driven by the desire for new tech, whether in core areas like transmission gear, smart meters, communications, sensors and software, or grid edge applications like demand response, plug-in vehicle charging and distributed solar PV.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "Whatever Difficulties Arise this Winter, Gazprom is Helping you Prepare"

August 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Gazprom Energy Projects

Relations between Moscow and the West have deteriorated to the lowest levels since the Cold War over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Strict economic sanctions have been initiated by western governments and intergovernmental organizations against strategic sectors of Russia’s economy.[read more]

PACE Lives! First Solar Breaks Efficiency Record; Jet Fuel from Tobacco

August 11, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News on PACE, Solar, and Jet Fuel

Energy efficiency faces a unique challenge. Residential energy efficiency projects require upfront costs and pay back reliably, but over time. It can be tough to convince homeowners to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to insulate their homes in order to save a few bucks a month in heating and cooling bills.[read more]

Should Behind the Meter Energy Storage Be Controlled by Grid Operators?

August 11, 2014 by James Greenberger
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I applaud Mr. Rive for his concern about the optimization of the grid. But there is no reason to believe that the same factors that have driven less than optimized deployments of customer-owned rooftop solar PV systems will not also drive of less than optimized deployments of behind the meter storage.[read more]

Running on Waste Heat

August 9, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Waste Heat and Power

It’s estimated that more than half of U.S. energy — from vehicles and heavy equipment, for instance — is wasted as heat. Mostly, this waste heat simply escapes into the air. But that’s beginning to change, thanks to thermoelectric innovators such as MIT’s Gang Chen.[read more]

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10 Energy Technology Initiatives to Green European Cities Any City can Take Inspiration From

August 8, 2014 by Green IT Amsterdam Region

Greening European Cities

European cities made a great effort by identifying energy projects which could help other cities to improve their energy footprint, increase their share of renewable energy supply or improve the efficiency of their energy distribution and management systems.[read more]

The Missing Oil Crisis of 2014

August 7, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Several speakers at last month's annual EIA Energy Conference in Washington, DC reminded the audience that energy security extends beyond oil, starting with Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).[read more]

Bakken Shale Gas Flaring Highlights Global Problem

August 4, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The Wall St. Journal recently reported on the high rate at which excess natural gas from wells in North Dakota's Bakken shale formation is burned off, or "flared." The Journal cited state data indicating 10.3 billion cubic feet (BCF) of gas were flared there during April 2014.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Building Energy Management Systems

August 2, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

Building Energy Management and Savings

A Building Energy Management System (BEMS) is an integrated system of software, hardware and services that controls energy use through information and communication technology. Used primarily in commercial buildings, BEMS technology works by monitoring, automating, and controlling building systems.[read more]