Can Non-Recycled Plastics Solve Our Energy Woes?

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Plastics that don’t find their way to the recycling container may be bound for another place other than landfills. According to a new study published by the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University, non-recycled plastics could provide a substantial portion of our electricity.  “Plastics have a significantly higher energy value than coal,” said Prof. Marco J. Castaldi of the …

Solar Rays Could Replace Petroleum

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Yen-Ting Kuo, a doctoral candidate in chemistry at Kansas State University, is working on methods and materials that could replace petroleum fuels with ones made from the sun.  Kuo, originally from Taiwan, has worked for many years attempting to better use the sunlight to generate energy through chemical reaction processes. “People tend to think of chemistry as test-tube experiments and …

Habitat for Humanity Joins EPA to Build Greener Homes

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Ground was broken in Golden, Colorado on September 14, 2011 for the first ENERGY STAR, WaterSense and Indoor airPLUS affordable home in the country.  The home is being built by Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (HFHMD), who partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet the standards of three of EPA’s new homes programs. The three programs create …

Creating Electricity and Carbon Offsets from Hog Waste

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Duke University and Duke Energy teamed up to create and construct a pilot waste-to-energy system on a hog finishing facility 25 miles west of Winston-Salem, N.C.  The system converts hog waste from the facility to electricity and creates carbon offset credits.  Google Inc. has endorsed the system by investing in the carbon offsets. The systems captures greenhouse gases created from …

New Fuel Efficiency Standards

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On July 29 President Obama announced a new fuel efficiency standard that will increase fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by the year 2025.  This agreement builds on the existing agreement, which sets a standard of 35.5 mpg by the year 2016.  The first parts of this agreement begin for Model Year 2012 vehicles.  …

Healthcare Renewable Energy Initiative

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In April of 2011, Practice Greenhealth along with Citi announced a new pilot partnership effort.  The program is called the Healthcare Renewable Energy Initiative (HREI) and aims to aid health systems and hospitals in reducing their energy consumption.  Practice Greenhealth is a leader in implementing sustainable, eco-friendly practices for healthcare institutions. HREI offers transparent and flexible financing options for health …

Energy Storage Systems Created with Graphite and Water

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Researchers at the Monash University Department of Materials Engineering are working on a new system of energy storage.  The system would consist of graphite and water and have the ability to perform much like lithium ion batteries, but with a faster recharge rate.  Dr. Dan Li heads the team and says the batteries could recharge within seconds and have an …

Pennsylvania Tech Company Distributing Green Decomp Machines

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Earth Bio Technologies (EBtech), a company located in Glenside, PA has become the only distributor in the area to offer two decomposition technologies for food waste.  The first is a machine that converts food waste to liquids by the use of microbes.  This liquid is then safe to go down drains.  The second technology is a generator that uses waste …

Some Lawmakers Push to Overturn Light Bulb Efficiency Standards

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Representative Joe Barton, R-Texas, is promoting legislation to overturn a law requiring efficiency upgrades to light bulbs. The standards were signed into law by George Bush in the 2007 energy act. The republicans supporting the bill claim the law takes away personal freedom by forcing consumers to buy certain light bulbs. They also focus on the higher costs of the …

Job Creation as a Result of Rooftop Solar Projects

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office has offered a conditional commitment to aid in the finance of the world’s largest distributed rooftop solar generation project.  The loan for $1.4 billion was guaranteed to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Prologis and NRG Energy.  The $2.6 billion project is being entirely financed by the private sector.  Bank of America Merrill …