President Obama Speaks About Climate Change At UC-Irvine Graduation

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. President Barack Obama recently attended a commencement ceremony for the University of California, Irvine at the Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. With the students, he mentioned the cold, hard reality that there are many politicians that deny climate change’s existence altogether. This compromises climate change mitigation efforts (which is most…

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Ford Saves Enough Water For 1 Billion Showers

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. As water scarcity is reported around the world, some large organizations have tried to reduce their environmental footprint by conserving water. In some regions wasting water means someone else will have to do without. To address this growing problem and save some money to boot, Ford Motor…

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The 6MW Community 1 Solar Power Plant Is Now Complete

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. On a patch of land owned by the SDSU lies the newly-built 6 MW (AC) Community 1 solar power plant, which comprises 25,000 solar panels that span 37 acres. This plant is large for a reason — it powers 2,200 households when operating at its maximum capacity. This solar power…

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Thermoelectric Generator Developed For Army Exceeds 200W Design Goal

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. GMZ has successfully tested a thermoelectric generator (TEG) that converts the heat from automotive engine exhaust systems to electricity. It even exceeded its target generation capacity of 200 watts. This unit can save fuel by reducing the load on vehicle alternators. Reducing the amount of electricity drawn from the…

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Certain Building Designs Make It Hard To Live Without A/C

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. I have made numerous efficiency-enhancing suggestions to people who can’t afford air conditioning. However, they said that their homes’ designs can’t accommodate those enhancements easily. After encountering that road block so many times, I decided it was necessary to discuss it (along with potential solutions) in…

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New York Will Offer Up To $8,000 Per Household In Incentives

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. The state of New York will provide $34 million of incentives to individuals and zero-net-energy homes (buildings which generate more energy than they consume). This works out to be $2,000 to $8,000 per household. The Real Deal says that “A zero-net-energy building relies on, among other things, solar…

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Trina Solar Is The First To Guide Over 1GW Of PV Module Shipments

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. Trina Solar released its Q1 2014 financial results on May 21st. It revealed that Trina Solar’s profitability and module shipment guidance have improved for Q2’14. The company has guided 950 MW to 1,010 MW of module shipments this quarter (Q2’14), marking the first time that a photovoltaic solar…

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Cree Introduces A New Highly Efficient Outdoor LED Luminaire

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. Cree, a manufacturer of cutting-edge LEDs has released a new LED parking lamp: The OSQ™ Area LED luminaire. This is designed and priced to replace 54 million high intensity discharge (HID) parking lights across the United States, facilitating energy savings of up to 70%. The OSQ Area LED luminaire…

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Advanced Utility-Scale Battery Capacity To Increase Significantly

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. The energy capacity (in this case, the deployment) of advanced utility-scale batteries is forecast to grow 71% annually according to a Navigant Research report titled Advanced Batteries for Utility-Scale Energy Storage. The report expects the industry to grow from a capacity of 412 MWh in 2014 to over 51,200…

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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Is Now For Sale In Australia

According to Mitsubishi Motors’ website, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is now for sale in Australia. Mitsubishi called it the first plug-in crossover hybrid SUV. The manufacturer’s suggested price for the vehicle is $49,990 to $54,990 AUD. You might wonder why you shouldn’t just purchase a conventional hybrid instead? Aren’t they much cheaper? Not in the long…

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