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

SG Preston Announces Renewable Diesel Project

Joanna Schroeder

SG Preston (SGP) has announced the planned development of a 120 million gallon renewable diesel facility in Lawrence County, Ohio. The $400 million bioenergy facility will be the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel when finished in 2017 according to SGP. The company said a key component of the facility’s development is the licensing of their advanced process technology that …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, biochemicals, Biodiesel, biomass

UIC Researchers Convert Waste Carbon to Fuel

Joanna Schroeder

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) scientists, under the lead of Amin Salehi-Khojin, UIC professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, have synthesized a catalyst that improves their system for converting waste carbon dioxide into syngas. The syngas is a percursor of gasoline and other energy-rich products and this recent achievement in the the research team’s process has brought the production …

Alternative energy, biogas, Carbon Dioxide, Research