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Jobs and Manufacturing: Day One at WindPower 2011

May 25, 2011 by Alex Trembath
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I'm in Anaheim, California this week covering the 11th annual WindPower conference, hosted yearly by the America Wind Energy Association (AWEA). WindPower 2011 lasts from May 22 to May 25, and I am coming off a long and didactic Day One. The expo is dominated by technologists and engineers, but as I have been reminded regularly...[read more]

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Notes from the ARPA-E Summit

March 3, 2011 by Breakthrough Institute

There are times when the nation’s political leadership in Washington is perfectly in sync with the realities of the day, and there are times when much of that leadership is out to lunch. Exhibit A: the current energy debate. Even as global demand and instability threatens to challenge affordable supply, and as overseas states are...[read more]

China ramps up solar manufacturing

November 23, 2010 by Todd Woody

photo: Todd Woody I wrote this story for Reuters, where it first appeared: China’s increasing domination of a rapidly expanding solar module industry is revealed in a report that shows that Chinese companies are expected to account for nearly 72 percent of new photovoltaic manufacturing capacity this year. For instance, China’s LDK...[read more]

Wal-Mart and H&M Commit to Greening Their Textile Supply Chain

September 22, 2010 by Frances Beinecke

People say you can tell the latest color trends in fashion by looking at the shade of the rivers in China. Each season’s dyes get dumped into Chinese waterways after they are circulated through poorly operated textile mills, leaving a string of hazardous chemicals in their wake.  There are cleaner, more cost-effective ways to...[read more]

Green Seals GS-C1 Taking Supply Chain Management in Manufacturing to a Greener, Socially Responsible Place

September 16, 2010 by Dave Meyer

In late 2009, Green Seal[1] announced that they had developed a pilot sustainability standard for product manufacturers called “GS-C1”. This pilot standard recognizes socially and environmentally responsible product manufacturers so consumers can make informed choices while helping companies save money by reducing the resources they...[read more]

The Rise of China’s Green Mercantilism

September 9, 2010 by Teryn Norris
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China is rising to dominate the clean energy industry primarily due to direct government subsidies, according to a new investigative report by the New York Times. The rise of China’s “green mercantilism” marks a new stage in the global clean energy race — and it raises critical questions for U.S. competitiveness policy. According to the report:[read more]

Taking the petro out of petrochemicals

June 30, 2010 by Todd Woody

photo: Genomatica This post first appeared on Grist. You can buy green jeans, green greens at the farmer’s market and green beer. But the reality is that many, if not most, products in our industrial society contain some petroleum-based chemicals. In fact up to a quarter of oil consumption in some regions of the United States – such as...[read more]

A dramatic story behind a soccer shirt: Carbon neutral manufacturing

June 3, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Devoted fans of Ghana will wear this soccer jersey, designed by Puma, when they cheer on their team this month during 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Fans of Cameroon, meanwhile, will don their team’s green World Cup jersey. Ivory Coast Algeria Puma also sells replicas of the World Cup jerseys for Algeria and the Ivory Coast. What...[read more]

Senate Climate and Energy Bill Boosts U.S. Manufacturing

May 19, 2010 by David Doniger

In the quest for 60 votes for climate and energy legislation, one essential group is a manufacturing caucus of about a dozen Senators, led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH).  Last summer, and again last month, the “Brown Dogs” (as they are known in some circles) wrote important letters – one to the President, and one to the sponsors of the...[read more]

Solar, Water, Power Rack Up Another $200 Million in Funding

April 29, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

Solar research received a nice boost from Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Earth Day. The Department of Energy allocated $200 million for research and development of solar power and a variety of water power technologies. The funding is aimed less at discovering new innovations and more toward improving processes to accelerate the path...[read more]

BP closes solar plant in Maryland

March 29, 2010 by Doris de Guzman

BP might be investing left and right in wind farms in the US but when it comes to solar cell and wafer manufacturing, the sail has gone out of this business because of material pricing woes. BP announced last week that it will shutdown its solar manufacturing facility in Frederick, Maryland, and sad as it may be, this move makes...[read more]

GE to Create 2000 Green Jobs in the UK

March 26, 2010 by Vicky Portwain

Wind turbine manufacturer GE announced this week that it plans to spend 110m Euros (US$147m) and create up to 2000 green jobs in the UK.  The company is to join other wind turbine manufacturers who have recently decided to invest heavily in the UK offshore wind energy market. GE plans to build an offshore wind turbine manufacturing...[read more]

Deconstructing China’s Cleantech Charts

March 24, 2010 by Richard Brubaker

From Cleaner Greener China If you have been following China for any amount of time, then you will know that China is good for a chart that will shock and awe readers.  Few, if any, in the cleantech space have as much power as the one above, from the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP study China’s Promotion of the Renewable Electric Power...[read more]

Greening Transportation- All It Takes is Innovation and Drive

March 16, 2010 by Dave Meyer

Framing the Issue “Only 22 Fortune 500 companies have begun blunting their supply chain’s impact on the environment” The amount of cargo shipped is “expected to triple in the next 20 years” Measuring ghg emissions...[read more]

Detroit puts the wheels on solar manufacturing

November 25, 2009 by Todd Woody

In Monday’s Los Angeles Times, I write about the migration of renewable energy firms from California and the Southwest to the nation’s industrial heartland to tap the down-and-out region’s manufacturing might: At a recent solar energy conference in Anaheim, economic development officials from Ohio talked up a state that seemed far...[read more]