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

Brazilian Football Players Create Energy

Joanna Schroeder

Brazilian football legend Pele is helping Shell shine a light on the world’s energy future with a first of-its-kind player-powered community football pitch in the heart of aRio de Janeiro favela. As a real-world example that ideas can come from anywhere, Shell has used the invention of a young entrepreneur to solve a challenge for the Morro da Mineira community. …

Alternative energy, Electricity, International, Solar, Video

Wave Energy Research Progressing

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the funding of up to $4 million for continued wave energy technological research and monitoring efforts. Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) faculty will also share in another $3.25 million grant to improve “water power” technologies that convert the energy of waves, tides, rivers and ocean currents into electricity. The project …

Alternative energy, Research, water

Mobile County Public Schools Converts to Propane

Joanna Schroeder

The Mobile County Public Schools will be moving their students this fall with 30 propane autogas buses. The school district is supporting the community outreach campaign, “It Starts With Us” and their first step is the converted Blue Bird Propane Visions buses. “The deployment of our propane autogas bus fleet is a perfect example of our school system’s initiative, It …

Alternative energy, Propane

PERC Updates Brand, Logo

Joanna Schroeder

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has updated its brand identity for propane: PROPANE Clean American Energy. In addition, they have revealed a new logo. According to PERC President and CEO Roy Willis, the logo highlights propane as an American-made alternative fuel at a time when U.S. propane production from natural gas liquids is at record levels. He also …

Agribusiness, Alternative energy, Propane

MIT Researchers Convert Lead to Solar Power

Joanna Schroeder

Researchers at MIT are recycling materials from discarded car batteries into long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions free power while keep lead out of landfills. The system was described in the journal Energy and Environmental Science and was co-authored by Angela M. Belcher and Paula T. Hammon along with graduate student Po-Yen Chen, and three others. The system is based …

Alternative energy, Electricity, Solar, Video, Waste-to-Energy

Solar & Storage Microgrid Project Planned for Vermont

Joanna Schroeder

A new solar + storage microgrid project has been announced for Rutland, Vermont. The Stafford Hills project is being developed by Green Mountain Power in collaboration with Dynapower and GroSolar. The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity along with the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) funded the energy storage component project along with funds from the State of …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Microgrid, Solar