This is my first post in a new series to highlight good news on the environmental front, locally and around the world.
If you have any good news you’d like to share, please send it my way!
From here in Fayetteville, AR, I found the following in CleanTechnica’s newsletter.
Researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a solar energy storage system that stores the thermal energy (heat) absorbed by solar panels at a lower cost than conventional energy storage methods. The new method from the University of Arkansas researchers is a structured thermocline system in which there are parallel plates of concrete with steel pipes running through them. The steel pipes transfer heat absorbed by solar panels into the concrete, which stores it until it is needed to boil water and produce steam, or supply heat to other heat-powered generators.
Next up, I discovered an algae project from OriginOil.
Their new urban algae system generates energy while cleaning wastewater! OriginOil specializes in converting algae into fuel. They are developing a pilot test urban algae farm that would use wastewater to help grow algae, which is then used to generate energy, treating the wastewater in the process.
Are you ready to drive a hemp car?
If Motive of Canada succeeds, you will be able to drive a cute, affordable, lightweight, hemp based body, electric vehicle. The first prototype is expected next year. The Kestrel car will weigh in at approximately 1,870 lbs., have a top speed of 84 mph and achieve 99.41 miles with a lithium-ion battery. For more, read here
Test pilots recently announced plans for the first flight across the US using solar only, no fuel!
We seem to be on the verge of a renewed solar revolution. We had record PV installations in the US for 2012 per the quit coal website.