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Japan Takes A Huge Leap Into Solar

There is good news for the solar industry this week. It comes at a good time, after several bankruptcies this Spring, expiration of certain US tax credits and a reduction in Germany’s feed-in tariff program. The unexpectedly good news comes from Japan. Industry Minister Yukio Edano announced a new price structure for electricity that pays a premium for solar generated power that is roughly triple the price of conventional electricity. This is essentially a feed-in tariff (FIT) similarly to the one that drove Germany to become the world’s solar leader with roughly 25 gigawatts (GW) or half the world’s total solar capacity.

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Rio+20: Aruba To Turn Off the Fossil Fuel Switch

Aruba’s government, led by Prime Minister Mike Eman, announced this afternoon at the Rio+20 Conference that the country is partnering with the Carbon War Room (CWR) to transition to an energy portfolio of 100 percent renewables.

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Video Interview: Brooklyn Brewery COO, Eric Ottaway

Eight years ago, wanting to help keep a power plant out of their neighborhood, Brooklyn Brewery made the commitment to operate using 100% wind-power. This generated not only a lot of electricity but made a bold statement to their community. They serve as the first company in NYC to be fully wind-powered.

Exclusive Interview: BMWi Radical Innovation In Mobility

The mobile electron is a 21st century mega-trend. What do I mean by “mobile electron?” It is a technology revolution enabled by a synergy of digital electronics, an emerging smarter grid, the explosion in consumer/business access to mobile communications and the increasingly intellegent mobile app that is delivering a cleaner, more efficient and mobile human … Continued

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Will A123 Systems’ New Battery Technology Save It From Becoming Another Solyndra?

A123 Systems’ announcement on its new battery technology came just two weeks after the company warned that it may not be able to stay in business unless it will be able to secure more financing. While funding remains an issue, the troubled battery maker at least now has something that might be the light at the end of the tunnel. But will it be enough to save it from becoming another Solyndra?

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Saab’s New Chapter: Manufacturing Electric Cars for the Chinese Market

Earlier this week, a Chinese-Swedish-Japanese investment group has agreed to buy bankrupt car maker for an undisclosed sum and announced it will aim to make electric vehicles. The group plans to keep manufacturing the Saabs in Sweden, while focusing initially its marketing efforts on China, which is projected to be the largest and most important EV market.

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Intel Reduces GHG Emissions by 60% Under 2007 Baseline

Intel, a world leader in computing innovation, has provided public reports on its environmental, health and safety performance since 1994 and produced an annual Corporate Responsibility Report since 2001. 2012 is no exception. This year’s report focuses on three main factors – environmental, governance and social – and records the company’s success in achieving goals … Continued

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New Air Force-Funded Process Could Make Biofuels Competitive with Fossil Fuels

Last month, some members of Congress voted to squeeze biofuels out of contention for Department of Defense fuel contracts by setting the bar at relatively low fossil fuel prices. However, a new biofuel project partly funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research could lead to low cost biofuels that meet the new standard. The … Continued