Powering the future – solar cells by the metre

Trials commencing today promise a new era of solar cells that are printed like money.

19 February 2009

World leading research from CSIRO’s Future Manufacturing Flagship as part of the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) aims to develop flexible, large area, cost-effective, reel-to-reel printable plastic solar cells.

Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Peter Batchelor, announced today the start of printing trials by Securency International, a banknote printing company.

“The production of these film-like solar cells will be literally as easy as printing money,” Mr Batchelor said. Continue reading Powering the future – solar cells by the metre

Siemens teams up with Russia for slice of nuclear pie

by Frederic Happe Frederic Happe – Wed Mar 4, 2:17 pm ET

BERLIN (AFP) – Siemens has become the latest German firm to up its game and tap into the renewed interest in nuclear power being seen all across the world — but not in the company’s own backyard.

The Munich-based industrial giant said late Tuesday it had signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture with Russian firm Rosatom that they hope will become the “world market leader” in nuclear technology.

The joint company, in which state-run Rosatom will hold 50 percent plus one share, will be active along the entire nuclear chain from making the fuel, building atomic power stations to decommissioning of old plants. Continue reading Siemens teams up with Russia for slice of nuclear pie

War Over The Climate Heats Up Even As Climate Itself Cools Down

By S. FRED SINGER | Posted Wednesday, February 18, 2009 4:20 PM PT | Investors Business Daily President Obama will be hard put to satisfy his several campaign promises: to restore prosperity and jobs, to conduct a foreign policy backed by a strong economy and to satisfy environmental demands to “save the planet.” His job will be much easier if he listens to independent advice on climate science. Continue reading War Over The Climate Heats Up Even As Climate Itself Cools Down

A123Systems Announces Plan to Build U.S.-based Lithium Ion Battery Mass Production Facilities

Planned $2.3 Billion facilities will support aggressive expansion plan to deliver energy storage systems to A123’s multiple OEM customers in the Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle market

Watertown, MA – January 7th, 2009 – A123Systems today announced it has submitted an application under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program to qualify for $1.84 billion in direct loans to support the construction of new world-class lithium ion battery manufacturing facilities in the United States, with the first construction location in southeast Michigan. Continue reading A123Systems Announces Plan to Build U.S.-based Lithium Ion Battery Mass Production Facilities

Greensburg – A study in the trials of going green

ECOstrive – Greensburg is a town in Kansas that was 95% destroyed on May 4, 2007 by an EF5 tornado. But, instead of moving away, the citizens of Greensburg decided to turn this disaster into an opportunity to rebuild their city in a more environmentally responsible way. They decided to make Greensburg a green city.

The Discovery Network’s Planet Green channel has been covering the recovery since July of 2007 and runs a series called Greensburg that premiered in June of 2008. The Planet Green coverage keeps with the Discovery Network’s other documentary series like Deadliest Catch and others to show the good and the bad for the green rebuilding initiative in Greensburg. Continue reading Greensburg – A study in the trials of going green

IBM Opens Its Greenest Data Center in North America

BOULDER, CO – 17 Jun 2008:  IBM officially opened its “greenest” data center in North America today at its Boulder, Colo., site. The 115,000-square-foot, energy efficient facility includes 70,000 square feet of raised floor space and is part of a $350 million investment by the corporation in Boulder to help meet customer demand worldwide for green data centers, while helping IBM and its clients reduce energy costs. Continue reading IBM Opens Its Greenest Data Center in North America

31,000 Scientists say Wake Up People!

ECOstrive – There is a new consensus on global climate change. Over 31,000 scientists, including over 9,000 with PhDs have signed a petition to reject the Kyoto Protocol and any future climate related treaties. These scientist are experts in their fields and well outnumber the 600 or so “authors” on the IPCC panel.

These 31,000 scientists have peer reviewed this 12-page review article about the human-caused global warming hypothesis that is circulated with the petition.

Koyoto Rejection Petition

Bottom line is that these scientists agree that the we are warming. In fact, we are starting to approach the mean temperature prior to the “mini-Ice Age”. They also agree that there is no correlation between the climate cycles and greenhouse gas emissions by humans. Continue reading 31,000 Scientists say Wake Up People!

Forget Carbon Dioxide, fight Dihydrogen Monoxide

ECOstrive – Eighteen states filed suite against the EPA on Wednesday to force them to regulate Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. But the real danger could be Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). According to the United States Environmental Assessment Center, thousands die each year after inhaling dihydrogen monoxide. It is also a major component in acid rain.

According to DHMO.org, DHMO is a colorless and odorless chemical that kills or maims thousands each year, primarily through accidental inhalation. It has also been revealed to be a causative agent in many environmental exposure incidents, industrial contaminations, automobile accidents, and property damage. The dollar amount losses caused, and the lives impacted, by the DHMO threat are virtually innumerable. Perhaps we should be pressuring the EPA to regulate DHMO as it is very prolific throughout the environment. Maybe not… Continue reading Forget Carbon Dioxide, fight Dihydrogen Monoxide

EPA Blasted for Being Responsible

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ECOstrive – After delivering a report to lawmakers last Thursday stating that it will not be rushed into deciding whether to regulate Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as a pollutant related to Global Warming, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was blasted by Rep. Edward Markey, D-MA and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA for not immediately taking action on last year’s Supreme Court ruling ordering that SaveCO2 be regulated by the agency.

Stephen Johnson from the EPA states that such action “could affect many (emission) sources beyond just cars and trucks” and needs to be examined broadly as to other impacts. Sen. Boxer noted that Johnson has had nearly a year to respond to the court but “now, instead of action, we get more foot-dragging” and Rep. Markey said “This is the latest quack from a lame-duck EPA intent on running out the clock … without doing a thing to combat global warming.” They are wrong… Continue reading EPA Blasted for Being Responsible