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U.S. Conference of Mayors Signal Commitment to Renewable Energy

In our last post, we discussed an emerging trend of corporations and local governments taking decisive action on climate change in the absence of federal leadership.  Since that post, several excellent examples of this commitment have been announced, with perhaps the most compelling coming from the U.S. Conference of Mayors‘ 85th annual meeting this week.  Climate change and renewable energy were among the topics discussed at the meeting by leaders from more than 250 cities, and a number of powerful resolutions were adopted.  The full list of resolutions is well worth a read, but there are two in particular that warrant highlighting. First, the assembled city officials overwhelmingly adopted a resolution that set a goal for member communities to adopt 100{f24b02adee2102ff0c5f5079c50862fc8ba5fa53f8615b567037555463da2377} renewable energy by 2035. …

Richmond Hill to covert all street, park and parking lot lights to LED

The light has gone off in Richmond Hill. This GTA town north of Toronto is converting most of its 17,000 street, park and parking lot lights to LED as part of a contract it has just signed with Ameresco, which will supply and install the new lights. But this is more than just about high-efficiency lighting. The town will be getting a “smart lighting control system” that allows staff to remotely monitor and turn off/on the lights. Is it worth it? Hell, ya. LEDs consume up to 60 per cent less power than “high pressure sodium” lamps currently used in most infrastructure. The town is expected to spend around $8 million to convert 15,000 lights and in return will enjoy $1.5 million in energy and maintenance …

New $10bn player born as Hitachi ABB Power Grids starts operation

JV between Japanese and Swiss giants targets areas including energy storage and mobility

Is hydrogen future No.1 clean energy source?

Can hydrogen really become No.1 source of clean energy in the future? Well, still difficult to say but there is definitely a huge potential.Hydrogen, unlike fossil fuels, burns clean, meaning there are no greenhouse gases that cause climate change and air pollution. This means that from an environmental point of view hydrogen remains one of the best energy sources that would allow switch to clean energy future.The most recent breakthrough research comes from the scientists in Japan who have successfully split water into hydrogen and oxygen using light and meticulously designed catalysts with almost 100{f24b02adee2102ff0c5f5079c50862fc8ba5fa53f8615b567037555463da2377} quantum efficiency.This gives hope that the scalable, economically viable hydrogen production could be well achievable in years to come.

Family-sized Solar Car to Race in World Solar Challenge

Battery Technology | Electric Cars | Solar Power | TransportationSolar Team Great Britain has started a kickstarter page to help fund their design for entry in the 2017 World Solar Challenge. Founder Steven Heape leads a team of volunteers from many different disciplines, companies and universities working on a family-sized solar car to compete in the cruiser class. “Cruiser Class is about two or […]

A Lake in Bolivia Evaporates, and With It a Way of Life

Lake Poopó was officially declared evaporated in December, forcing many people to leave the area.