A news round-up of global hot topics
- Solar-Powered Bus Shelter Introduced in Japan – EarthTechling: Taxi stands and bus stops in Japan can now by lit by the sun, thanks to a partnership between Sekisui Jushi and Kyocera. The companies have introduced the Eco-Shell, which combines Sekisui Jushi’s conventional multipurpose shelter unit and Kyocera’s solar power generating system and energy efficient LED lighting… (more)
- Stress Testing Demand Response – Forbes: Surges in energy usage, such as during a heat wave when electricity is in great demand, puts significant stress on the grid, increasing the threat of brown and blackouts. During these times, utilities may request customers participating in so-called “demand response” programs to reduce their energy consumption (or switch to onsite power supplies) by a pre-determined amount, thus ensuring the stability of the grid… (more)
- Debt Deal Puts States Back in Clean Energy Driver’s Seat – Huffington Post: The recent debt ceiling deal announced this week means two things for clean energy. One, forget Washington as a source of significant new funding and programs for a long time. Two, look once again to the states to keep momentum on clean energy alive…(more)
- Fuel cell makers eye data centers – GigaOm/Earth2Tech: Fuel cell maker ClearEdge Power plans to launch a fuel cell line targeted at data-center operators later this year, ClearEdge VP of Marketing Mike Upp told me in an interview. The move is part of a larger trend of fuel cell makers eying data-center operators as a new market for distributed cleaner power…(more)
- How much is your home worth with solar? – GigaOm/Earth2Tech: Going solar is an expensive undertaking, so homeowners are often eager to know whether solar adds value to their homes and if they can recoup some of the investment when they sell their homes. The California Energy Commission released an online tool this week called Solar Advantage Value Estimator (SAVE) to help figure out these complicated details…(more)
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