Environment Forum

U.S. Energy Department offers $65 million for fuel cell technology research

December 23, 2010

IMG_0398Got a great idea for fuel cell technology? The United States Department of Energy has $65 million to spend.

Abu Dhabi names four U.S. finalists for $2.2 million green energy prize

December 22, 2010

ENERGY-CITIESFor those fretting that the United States is losing its green tech edge to countries such as China, take heart: Abu Dhabi thinks America remains an innovative powerhouse.

A green light for Silicon Valley’s green building regulations

December 22, 2010

adobewindspipres4Silicon Valley is an epicenter of green innovation, home to a host of entrepreneurs developing energy efficiency technologies. And now if those startup executives want to build a house or office building they’ll have to practice what they pitch to venture capitalists.

Abengoa closes $1.45 billion federal loan guarantee for Arizona solar farm

December 21, 2010

solanaCalifornia isn’t the only solar power in the West.

Abengoa, the Spanish renewable energy giant, said Tuesday that it had closed a $1.45 billion federal loan guarantee to build Arizona’s first large-scale solar thermal project, a $2 billion, 250-megawatt power plant called Solana.

Silicon Valley’s Innovalight inks another deal with China solar manufacturer

December 21, 2010

CHINA-MIGRANTWORKERS/In another sign of the shifting economics of the solar industry, consider a deal a Silicon Valley startup called Innovalight has made with JinkoSolar Holdings, a Chinese photovoltaic module maker.

Federal government approves second SolarReserve solar power plant

December 21, 2010

solarreserveThe federal government has signed off on another big solar power plant, approving a land lease Monday for SolarReserve’s 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada that will store energy for up to eight hours after the sun sets.

GM to recycle Gulf oil booms into parts for the Chevrolet Volt

December 20, 2010

RTXVU3O.jpgGeneral Motors is upping the ante in the green car sweepstakes by recycling oil-soaked plastic booms deployed in the Gulf of Mexico into parts for the Chevrolet Volt.

The U.S. solar trade surplus

December 17, 2010

RTXRLN1.jpgWith China’s subsidy of its renewable energy industry likely to be a continued topic of debate in 2011, a new report on the United States’ solar exports offers some insights into the domestic industry.

Why the solar industry is booming while the wind business faces tough year

December 17, 2010

RTR2GMCH.jpgThese days there’s not a lot of industries that can report booming growth year after year (the one-company juggernaut that is Apple excepted). But it’s blue skies for the photovoltaic industry, according to a new report showing that solar installations in the United States are expected to have grown 62 percent in 2010 from the previous year.

Polar bears, sure. But grolar bears?

December 16, 2010

RUSSIA/Most people have seen a polar bear, usually at the local zoo. And most zoo-goers know that wildlife advocates worry about the big white bears’ future as their icy Arctic habitat literally melts away as a result of global climate change. But apparently more than the climate is changing above the Arctic Circle.