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SOS from the Copenhagen, Sir

Subtitle: Save Our Soot… Why, what did you think it meant? This blog previously noted a concise explanation of global and regional climate changes due to black carbon: 40% of soot comes from power sources, mainly coal and oil. Quickly reducing soot...

Posted December 18, 2009    

World Bank invests in MENA Solar

There have been a number of alternative energy announcements coincident with COP15. A Treehugger from Ottawa, Canada Michael Richard Graham reports on announcement from the World Bank. Photo: Sandia National Laboratory, Public domain MENA (the...

Posted December 10, 2009    

ORNL Emphasis on Energy Efficiency Technologies

Look, Amory, the Chooster, a.k.a. DOE (US Department of Energy) has designated $34.7 million to ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN) for development of carbon fiber manufacturing and processing. Green Car Congress reports that a...

Posted November 19, 2009    

Science through a Political Screen

Readers of After Gutenberg (Thanks, Mom) may recall Dr. Francesca Grifo testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Dr. Grifo testified that information from more than 120 scientists had been suppressed. “Such suppression...

Posted October 17, 2009    

Thirsty for Climate Justice?

Old time AG readers will know that water shortage is a major impact of climate change. Still, it is good to have another reminder that dirty energy is killing our water supplies. HuffPo contributor John DeCock writes, “While the catalysts for...

Posted October 15, 2009    

TE Option One

Bill Moore1 informs about a from-the-ground-up electric car that is making a debut at PHEV ‘09. Yes, it is another tragic story of a woman married to an “amphead”. (Collective sigh.) Steve Dallas owns Toronto Electric. His firm builds industrial...

Posted October 1, 2009    

State of Colorado Encourages Plug-in Conversions

Andrew Price reports that “the state of Colorado is giving people tax credits that will offset the cost of turning a hybrid car into a full plug-in electric by as much as $6,000. These conversions normally cost in the $12,000 range, so this is a...

Posted September 15, 2009    

Google plans for cheaper solar power

As previously noted Google wants renewable energy capacity that is cheaper than coal. And, they are doing something more than simply stating such an expectation. Reuters reports1 upon greater efforts toward this goal. “We’ve been looking at very...

Posted September 9, 2009    

Tokyo e-Taxis to test Battery Switching Station

While hybrid taxis have been making inroads, e-taxis so far have been generally unsuccessful. Thus, Israeli-American entrepreneur Shai Agassi certainly is taking a risk by choosing the arduous duty cycle of Tokyo taxis to test the battery swapping...

Posted August 26, 2009    

Achieving a 40 mile all-electric range

Battery-powered, all-Electric Vehicles are beginning to re-appear on the near horizon. For instance, Green Car Congress reports that a Range-Extended Electric Hummer H3E powered by Raser Drive was able to drive over 50 all-electric miles using only...

Posted August 26, 2009    

China Latest Global Leader to establish a Feed-in Tariff

Only fairly recently had China announced a renewable energy standard of 20% by 2020. Now the Chinese government has announced a new renewable energy effort that will dwarf previous government support. photo: Wayne National Forest via flickrChina is...

Posted August 21, 2009    

Carbon-Silicon Core-Shell Nanowires

Green Car Congress reports that Stanford researchers take another approach to improve the durability of silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries. The research team leader, Dr. Yi Cui, has reported on development of a novel design of carbon-silicon core-...

Posted August 6, 2009