Clean Energy Nets North Carolina $4.8 Billion

John Davis

The clean energy industry in North Carolina is netting the state $4.8 billion. The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) says the sector is a key driver in the state’s economy, growing by about 25 percent since 2012 – outpacing the growth of other industries in the state. “This year’s Census not only reveals good news for the clean energy industry; …

Agribusiness, Alternative energy, Government, Waste-to-Energy

Calgren Ethanol Biodigester Off and Digesting

Joanna Schroeder

The Calgren Ethanol Biodigester is off and digesting waste from dairy farms into ethanol. The ethanol will be used by consumers in California’s Central Valley. The Two-Stage Mixed Plug Flow Digester was designed by DVO, Inc. and built by Regenis. The partners said it is the first California digester to use agricultural waste to create renewable natural gas to power …

Agribusiness, Alternative energy, biodigester, biogas, Ethanol

MagneGas Deploys Hog Manure to Hydrogen System

Joanna Schroeder

MagneGas Corporation has completed construction of its Venturi sterilization system at a major hog farm in technology. The company has developed a patented technology that converts liquid waste into hydrogen-based fuel. Venturi will process hog manure into a low-oder fertilizer that can be safely used on crops. In addition, MagneGas fuel will be produced as a byproduct that can be …

Alternative energy, Hydrogen, Waste-to-Energy

DOE Honors Alabama Clean Cities Leaders

Joanna Schroeder

Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition Executive Director Mark Bentley and President Phillip Wiedmeyer have been honored for their work in making Alabama cities cleaner places to live, work and play by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). National Clean Cities Co-Director Linda Bluestein recently inducted the pair into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame where representatives from nearly 100 Clean Cities …

Alternative energy, Biodiesel, biofuels, Electric Vehicles, Natural Gas

Sydney Int’l Airport Testing EV Passenger Bus

Joanna Schroeder

Carbridge Pty. Ltd., Australia’s leading airport ground transportation provider, has begun a six-month testing program with an Electric Bus at Sydney International Airport. BYD Company built the bus that was selected for the pilot program. The EV bus has been touted for its industry leading operational range and will be used as an airport passenger shuttle. During a launch ceremony …

Alternative energy, Electric Vehicles

ONR Website Features Hawaii’s Renewable Energy

Joanna Schroeder

A new website focused on Hawaii’s multifaceted approach to renewable energy is now live. The website for the Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership (APTEP) is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The military organization notes Hawaii is fast becoming ground zero for the Navy’s drive to develop green technologies. According to ONR, APTEP approaches the issue from three …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, Alternative Vehicles, Distributed generation, Microgrid, military

Propane – There’s an App for That

Joanna Schroeder

There is a new app for propane. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) released a suite of cost calculator tools designed for customers in three of the industry’s fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets. The calculators estimate potential fuel savings and ROI when using propane as compared with conventional fuels such as gasoline and diesel. “One …

Alternative energy, Propane

EPA Admin McCarthy Visits FuelCell Energy

Joanna Schroeder

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy visited FuelCell Energy this week to get a tour of the 15 MW Dominion Bridgeport fuel cell park. The company showcased the affordability of fuel cell solutions. According to FuelCell Energy, distributed fuel cell power generation enhances the resiliency of the electric grid with low carbon power production and low emissions. “I’m excited …

Alternative energy, Electricity

Cleveland Regional Transit Adopts Propane Buses

Joanna Schroeder

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has adopted propane autogas. The organization has purchased paratransit shuttle buses to transport persons with disabilities. The first of its kind in Ohio, according to RTA, the new shuttles are projected to save $21,000 per vehicle in fuel costs and maintenance over a six-year period. The agency will recoup its investment in just …

Alternative energy, Propane

ChargePoint Shows Increase in Campus EV Charging

Joanna Schroeder

College and university students are back in school around the country and this fall, more students, professors and employees than ever before have access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. ChargePoint, an open EV charging network, has released new data showing an increase in on-campus EV charging. Today there are 1,134 charging spots at colleges and universities on the ChargePoint …

Alternative energy, Electric Vehicles