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

Volkswagen Focuses on Ultra-Low-Carbon Mobility

Joanna Schroeder

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is continuing to roll out plans for its holistic approach to e-mobility. Beginning with the launch of the zero-tailpipe emissions 2015 e-Golf model later this year, Volkswagen will invest in carbon reduction projects to offset emissions created from e-Golf production, distribution and up to approximately 36,000 miles of driving. Volkswagen also named SunPower as the official …

Alternative energy, Alternative Vehicles, Car Makers, Carbon Dioxide, Solar

Audi Moves to Improve EV Owner Experience

Joanna Schroeder

Audi of America has announced the launch of a new program: Audi energy. The program is designed to improve the electric vehicle ownership experience as well as reduce the carbon footprint that comes with vehicle production, distribution and driving. Ultimately, the program will produce a new plug in hybrid vehicle – the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – estimated to be …

Alternative energy, Alternative Vehicles, automotive, Electric Vehicles, Solar