Catholic University of America Partners with Washington Gas Energy Services and Standard Solar to Create Washington DC’s Largest Solar-Energy System  
Washington, D.C. - More than 1,000 solar panels will be installed on four Catholic University buildings this fall, creating the largest solar-energy system in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. CUA has signed a 20-year agreement with Washington Gas Energy Services Inc. to purchase electricity generated by the solar panels at guaranteed prices. In November, Standard Solar Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., will install 1,088 3-by-6-foot solar panels on the roofs of the Raymond A. DuFour Center and Aquinas, Flather and Gibbons halls. Collectively, the panels will comprise the largest photovoltaic system in the Washington area, in terms of electricity that will be produced. The solar-panel system, which will be installed at no cost to CUA and be owned and operated by WGES, will produce about 340,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. The projected solar-generated electricity represents about three-quarters of 1 percent of the 44 million kilowatt hours used annually by the university. The electricity will be used by the buildings where it is produced.
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SMA America Expands Solar Inverter Line-up with New 8000 Watt Model   Rentech and UOP Alliance for Deployment of Clean Synthetic Fuels Technologies Expanded to Include Synthesis Gas Cleaning
Rocklin, CA - The number-one selling solar inverter line in the world-the SMA Sunny Boy-now features an 8,000 watt model designed and configured specifically for the North American market. SMA America LLC, the U.S.-based subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG has announced that the new Sunny Boy 8000US is available for immediate order. The SMA Sunny Boy 8000US increases the U.S. Sunny Boy lineup to a total of seven 60 hertz transformer inverter configurations, ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 watts, and is ideally suited for large residential or commercial systems. The new product’s versatility is enhanced by its integration into the Sunny Tower, where six units can be grouped together to complete a stand-alone 48 kilowatt system or scaled together for a much larger project. "The new Sunny Boy 8000US greatly strengthens the overall Sunny Boy lineup," said Jurgen Krehnke, president of SMA America. "Installers and system designers can benefit from its ability to be used in both residential and commercial applications."   LOS ANGELES - Rentech, Inc. announced that it has expanded its alliance with UOP LLC, a Honeywell company. The companies currently cooperate to market integrated technology solutions for the production of liquid products from synthesis gas (syngas) in projects that combine the patented Rentech Process based on Fischer-Tropsch chemistry with UOP's upgrading technology for production of finished products, including synthetic jet and diesel fuels. The expanded agreement follows Rentech's acquisition of SilvaGas Corporation, which added biomass gasification to Rentech's product offerings. Rentech now offers an integrated solution for production of synthetic fuels from biomass feedstocks. A critical step in that process is the conditioning and clean-up of syngas produced by the Rentech-SilvaGas biomass gasifier. Under the expanded alliance with UOP, Rentech will now combine its own patent-pending technologies for syngas conditioning and tar removal with UOP's technologies for removal of sulfur and separation of carbon dioxide to prepare the syngas for entry into the Rentech Process and UOP's hydrocracking and hydrotreating technologies for production of finished products.
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Delphi Details Evaporative Emissions Control Strategies For Hybrid Powertrains   First Solar and Ordos Take Key Step Forward Toward to Worlds Largest Solar Plant in China
Germany - Increasing market demand for green transportation technology requires CO2 emissions reductions and improved fuel economy. This challenge can be met as more efficient engine technologies, like turbo charging, direct injection and, especially, hybrid architectures become more practical and affordable. Delphi is leading the development of such powertrains, while at the same time, achieving sophisticated technical requirements on evaporative emissions control systems. Delphi is one of the world's leading manufacturers of evaporative emission control systems including canisters, producing millions annually and providing customers with products that offer world class quality and performance. "With more than 35 years' experience, Delphi has the expertise and in-depth knowledge of evaporative emissions canister design and market requirements that will help manufacturers meet evolving evaporative emissions criteria and changing platform designs," says Delphi's global sales director for fuel handling and evaporative systems, Jose Morente.   BEIJING - First Solar, Inc. announced a Cooperation Framework Agreement with the Chinese government that takes another critical step towards the realization of the world’s largest solar power plant in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia, China. First Solar President Bruce Sohn and Mayor Yun Guangzhong of the Ordos City Government signed the Cooperation Framework Agreement in the presence of Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, Vice Minister Liu Qi of the National Energy Administration, and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. The Agreement between First Solar and Ordos spells out additional project details and local support that advance the development of the 2 gigawatt (GW) solar power plant and confirm the June 1, 2010 expected construction start date for the 30 megawatt (MW) Phase 1. First Solar and Ordos also agreed to establish two committees to ensure the successful execution of the project and to develop a new energy industry in Ordos. "This Cooperation Framework Agreement and its recognition by the National Energy Administration mark a critical step forward in the approval process for the Ordos project, one of the world’s most ambitious renewable energy projects," said First Solar Chief Executive Officer Rob Gillette.
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Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Completes Record 23-Hour Flight Using Protonex Fuel Cell System   Tesla Roadster Travels 313 Miles on a Single Charge in Australia’s Global Green Challenge
Southborough, MA - Protonex Technology Corporation, a leading provider of advanced fuel cell power systems, announced that the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), through a program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has documented a flight endurance record on their small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Ion Tiger, utilizing a highly advanced fuel cell system from Protonex. The Ion Tiger UAV flew for over 23 hours, setting an unofficial endurance record for fuel cell powered flight, driven by the latest generation of Protonex’ UAV power system. The 23+ hour duration of the Ion Tiger flight far surpasses the longest previous small UAV flight achieved using any technology. By incorporating the Protonex power system, the Ion Tiger was able to demonstrate seven times the endurance capability of advanced batteries. The Protonex UAV system that was used in the Ion Tiger demonstration is a high performance, ultralight proton exchange membrane [PEM] fuel cell system, coupling stack technology that can achieve 1,000 watts per kilogram with advanced balance of plant components.   Coober Pedy, South Australia - Tesla Roadster owner Simon Hackett and co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas completed 313 miles (501 km) in a Tesla Roadster on a single charge - a distance that appears to set a new record for a production electric vehicle. Hackett and Prelgauskas are driving Hackett’s red 2008 Roadster as part of the 10th annual Global Green Challenge, one of the most high-profile rallies worldwide for production, prototype and experimental cars. Hackett is providing updates in real time on his blog. The pair drove from Alice Springs, in the Australian Northern Territory, to the finish marker at a point 183 km north of Coober Pedy, in South Australia. The previous distance record for an electric vehicle was set in April, when another Roadster was the only vehicle to complete the entire, 241-mile Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives. It had an estimated 38 miles left on the charge. The Tesla Roadster is the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first production EV with a range greater than 200 miles (320 km) per charge. Tesla has delivered about 900 Roadsters to customers so far.
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Green Star Unveils New Complete Line of TVT Energy Saving Fuel and Lubrication Additive Products   New Energy's Technology for Generating Electricity from Motion of Heavy Vehicles Doubles Energy Capture
Salt Lake City, UT - Green Star Products, Inc. announced that the Company is unveiling a new complete line of TVT Energy Saving Fuel and Lubrication Additive Products. GSPI believes that these products will be best sellers due to recent world events which have prompted companies to aggressively pursue environmentally friendly products that have superior performance, improve efficiency, reduce energy requirements, reduce global warming gases and may qualify for CO2 credits under new U.S. and international cap and trade programs. The Company will be focusing on sales efforts solely to commercial and industrial customers. Green Star now is better situated to service and address both the manufacturing of products and sales to manufacturing and production industries as well as large commercial fleets.   Burtonsville, MD - New Energy Technologies, Inc., a next-generation alternative and renewable energy developer, announced that engineers developing the Company’s commercial-scale MotionPower-Heavy device for generating electricity from the movement of heavy trucks, buses, and long haul rigs have made significant breakthroughs in refinement of the technology, including a two-fold increase in its capacity to capture kinetic energy from moving vehicles - the most important factor in maximizing the amount of electricity generated by the system. Kinetic energy is present in a moving vehicle, much like the energy present in a bicycle, which may sometimes continue to ‘roll’ even though it’s no longer being peddled by the rider. Heavy-duty trucks have up to 25 times more kinetic energy than a typical car traveling at the same speed. New Energy’s MotionPower™-Heavy technology is designed to capture this kinetic energy when heavy vehicles come to a stop, and subsequently convert this otherwise unused energy into valuable electricity.
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Honeywell Awarded Smart Grid Grant From U.S. Department Of Energy   Largest East Coast "Community-Owned" Wind Facility Dedicated in Maine
MINNEAPOLIS - Honeywell announced it has been awarded an $11.4-million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the largest single energy grid modernization investment in U.S. history. The grant, one of several awarded from a smart grid funding package under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), solidifies Honeywell’s position as a key player in helping the U.S. transition to a more efficient, reliable and secure electric system. "Honeywell has long been supportive of investing in our country’s energy independence and these grants are essential to that end," said Roger Fradin, president and chief executive officer of Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions. "However, the hard part comes next - rebuilding the energy infrastructure. Honeywell has the project management experience to help utilities successfully deploy their programs and forge a tighter link with customers. And we have the technology to help homeowners and businesses take control of their energy use and maximize the benefits of a smart grid."   Vinalhaven, ME - Harnessing Maine’s strong ocean winds, three wind turbines supplied by GE now are producing power for the residents of Vinalhaven and North Haven, two year-round communities that comprise the Fox Islands located in Penobscot Bay in midcoast Maine. The wind facility, which has three GE 1.5-megawatt machines on site, was dedicated as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony held by the project developer, Fox Islands Wind, LLC. On average, the project is expected to generate approximately 11,600 megawatt hours of electricity per year, supplying the island’s communities with year-round cleaner, more affordable power. "This project demonstrates wind energy’s reliability and cost-effectiveness," said Victor Abate, vice president - renewables for GE Power & Water. "The Fox Islands Wind Project should serve as an example of how safe, clean, renewable wind energy can power America and create jobs. GE is proud to be a part of this project and we’re confident that wind power will be a major source of clean, affordable energy for communities large and small."
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OriginOil’s Algae Oil Extraction Process Reaches Highest Industry Efficiency Standards   Soaring Heights Communities at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to Become Largest Solar-Powered Community in the Continental U.S. to Date
Los Angeles, CA - OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, announced that Single Step Extraction, OriginOil’s low energy process to extract oil from algae, has reached the highest industry standards for oil extraction efficiency. In a long-running collaboration with an advanced research lab at California State University, Long Beach, OriginOil has optimized its Single Step Extraction process to reach the highest industry level for algae oil extraction. The typical efficiency for oil extraction is 94-97%. OriginOil’s recent breakthrough can extract up to 97% of the oil from algae cells. "This level of efficiency is astonishing for a process that requires less than a tenth of the energy of conventional processes, and without needing chemicals," said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil’s CEO. "I congratulate our lead researcher, Dr. Dheeban Kannan, and the team at Cal-State Long Beach IIRMES for their achievement and very hard work."   Tucson, AZ - Housing developer Actus Lend Lease, SolarCity, Tucson Electric Power (TEP), and financing parties National Bank of Arizona and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC) are working to create one of the nation’s largest distributed, community-wide solar power systems at Soaring Heights Communities at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Upon completion, the community is expected to be the largest solar-powered community in the continental U.S. The solar systems are expected to produce more than 10 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually-sufficient to provide an estimated 75 percent of the residents’ energy use next year-and could eventually offset 100 percent of Soaring Heights Communities’ electricity use. Soaring Heights Communities at Davis-Monthan will also be Arizona’s largest solar-powered community. The complete installation is expected to include six megawatts of total solar capacity in a combination of a ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system and rooftop solar systems that will be installed on approximately 900 residences. National Bank of Arizona will own the 45,000 panel ground-mounted system, which accounts for more than 3.3 megawatts of solar capacity. The balance of the system is expected to consist of 36,000 more panels in the rooftop arrays.
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Clean Energy Secures 10-Year Contract at Ontario International Airport To Build, Maintain New Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Station   U.S. Department of Energy Selects American Transmission Co. Applications for Smart Grid Grants
Seal Beach, CA - The City of Los Angeles has awarded a 10-year contract to Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to design, build, and operate a new public access CNG fueling station at Ontario International Airport (ONT) to serve growing fleets of CNG-fueled airport courtesy shuttle buses, taxicabs and shuttle vans. CNG fuel requirements at the new Clean Energy/ONT station are expected to top 800,000 gallons each year at full build-out. ONT provides courtesy shuttle service between the airline terminals, daily parking lots, and the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (RCF). Plans call for the conversion of the entire fleet of airport shuttle buses to CNG power in 2011. In addition, the airport has mandated that all permitted taxicab operators convert 100 percent of their cabs to alternative fuel in the next two years. The new Clean Energy station, located near the RCF, will also be accessible 24/7 to CNG-powered vehicles operating in surrounding communities.   Pewaukee, WI - The U.S. Department of Energy notified American Transmission Co., that two ATC applications for smart grid investment grants totaling $12.7 million were selected for award negotiations. The grants to ATC are among 100 being made nationwide - totaling $3.4 billion - by the DOE to advance smart grid technologies. One of ATC’s applications was for $1.3 million in funding to extend its use of phasor measurement units - a new technology for monitoring the status of the grid in real time. Earlier this year, ATC installed a limited number of the PMU devices on its system and evaluated their performance. The PMUs are considered one of the most important measuring devices of the future of power systems because they provide a wider, more integrated and time synchronized view of the system as a whole. A second ATC application for $11.4 million was for funding to extend its use of fiber optics to improve communications between its electric substations and its system operations centers. ATC already has installed optical ground wire fiber on a number of its recent transmission construction projects. More widespread use of OPGW will provide ATC with a more secure and reliable data network infrastructure. The OPGW also provides a means to transmit information from the PMUs back to the operations centers.
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Cyclone Power Technologies: A more Sustainable Tomorrow Using Cyclone Engine Technology Today  
Cyclone Power Technologies is a research & development company focused on helping solve two of the great problems of our time: our dependence on fossil fuels, and the resulting unsustainable consequences to our environment. Their solution is the all Fuel, earth friendly Cyclone Engine. The Cyclone Engine is a Rankine Cycle heat regenerative external combustion, otherwise known as a "Schoell Cycle" engine. In short, the Cyclone is a 21st century, high efficiency, compact and powerful steam engine. The Cyclone Engine is capable of running on virtually any fuel (or combination of fuels) including today’s promising new bio fuels, while emitting far fewer pollutants than traditional gas or diesel powered internal combustion engines. From garden equipment and generators to cars, trucks, trains and ships, we see a day when our planet will be powered in a sustainable manner by just One Engine - the Cyclone Engine.
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