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June 30, 2011

Panasonic develops thermoelectric tubes for compact geothermal electricity generation and waste heat recovery

Panasonic has developed novel thermoelectric tubes designed for fluid heat sources such as hot water and steam. The tubular shape enables direct and efficient heat transfer without additional heat exchangers, yielding high density of generated power. Panasonic says that its thermoelectric tube is suited for capturing unused or wasted heat from hot springs and factories.


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Land Rover pricing the Range Rover Evoque starting at $43,995; most fuel efficient model to date

Land Rover is pricing the new 2012 Range Rover Evoque starting at $43,995 for the five-door, and $44,995 for the coupe. Both prices include Destination and Delivery.


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Re-powered ultra-low emission locomotive features idling-stop function; reduction in NOx and PM of 80%

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled upstate New York’s first ultra-low emission locomotive at a railroad yard in Selkirk, NY. The cleaner energy locomotive was made possible by an EPA award of more than $1 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the New York State Department of Transportation.


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Johnson Controls endowing University of Wisconsin System for energy storage research

Johnson Controls, Inc. is endowing a professorship, research labs and graduate studies in energy storage at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


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Blue Marble Biomaterials launches first zero-waste chemical biorefinery

A general diagram of Blue Marble’s manufacturing system. A photobioreactor and algae perform the “water recycling”; the pelletized solid waste material will be used in the gasifier. Source: Blue Marble. Click to enlarge.

Blue Marble Biomaterials, a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Marble Energy Corp., has launched the first zero-waste chemical biorefinery in the US in Missoula, Montana. Blue Marble Energy uses novel bacterial consortia to produce specialty biochemicals from the anaerobic fermentation of a range of biomass feedstocks. (Earlier post.) The facility will produce 72 tons of fine chemicals a year and only purified water and pellet fuel for wood-boilers as its waste.

The company is implementing novel recycling systems to eliminate waste and reduce cost: a photo-bioreactor containing algae purifies wastewater and waste gas from the fermentation system and their solid waste is dried and pelletized for use in wood-burning furnaces and stoves. The company has future plans to power its facilities using its own waste gas and pelletized solid waste in already on-site gasifiers.


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New PLUS Performance Package for 2011 Prius

Toyota is offering a new accessory package for the 2011 Prius. First debuted at the 2010 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, the Prius PLUS Performance Package features components of the new PLUS hybrid performance line from Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

Developed to meet the evolving demands of the growing hybrid segment, PLUS adds sporty looks plus performance handling. Toyota says that PLUS is an evolution of hybrid design, where fuel-efficiency co-exists with aggressive styling and performance handling.


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US DOE offers conditional loan guarantee commitments to support nearly $4.5B in Loans for 3 California Cd-Te photovoltaic solar power plants

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is offering conditional commitments for loan guarantees of approximately $4.5 billion to support three alternating current Cadmium Telluride (Cd-Te) thin film photovoltaic (PV) solar generation facilities:


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Renault selects DHL for Li-ion battery pack replacement logistics services

Renault has selected DHL as its first logistics provider to manage and distribute replacement Li-ion batteries to the “Expert Z.E.” dealers network for its entire electric vehicle range. DHL has signed a three-year contract to implement a service to coincide with the launch of the first Renault electric vehicles, Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E.

The Renault sales contract for the electric vehicles is an all-in-one offer including battery replacement after several years of use or in the event of dysfunction—at which point customers visit their dealership to swap the battery.


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Study finds culture influences response to climate change; consumption and reproduction

How people choose to consume resources and use contraception influences their responses to climate change, according to a new study by a team of psychologists.


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US EPA proposes to approve California’s PM2.5 air quality plans for South Coast, San Joaquin Valley; push toward zero emissions transportation systems

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve California’s air quality plans (the State Implementation Plans, SIP) for fine particles (PM2.5) in the South Coast (SC) and San Joaquin Valley (SJV). These plans will reduce pollution to the level required by the health-based 1997 PM2.5 standard (NAAQS) by 2015.

EPA is, however, proposing to disapprove the plans’ contingency measures because they do not provide sufficient emissions reductions. EPA says it is continuing to work with California to address these issues.


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