Posted on August 27, 2014 by Envirothink
Large solar arrays are killing wildlife at an alarming rate, with no solution in sight
There’s an aphorism that’s played out over and over again these days.” Every solution brings new problems.”
For every new innovation, a whole array of issues pop up needing to be solved. Such is proving to be the case with the large solar arrays that exist and/or are on the drawing board.
Filed under: Nature, Solar Power | Tagged: bird kills, California's Mojave Desert, Center for Biological Diversity, collateral damage, concentrated solar power, endangered species, I, Ivanpah Solar, oshua Tree National Park, renewable energy, solar, solar arrays, solar panel farms, solar power plants, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | 3 Comments »
Posted on January 8, 2014 by Envirothink
Sheer Wind’s new wind turbine is said to produce 600 percent more power than traditional turbines
The news has shouted plenty about the dangers to eagles and other birds from wind turbines. The problem is that turbines depend on those huge blades to help harvest wind and turn it into renewable energy we can depend on. But there’s a new guy on the block that hopes to change that.
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tagged: bird deaths, Dr. Daryoush Allaei, eagle deaths, footprint, innovative products, renewable energy, SheerWind, technology, turbine, wind turbine | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 26, 2013 by Envirothink
Solana solar farm’s salt battery lets it keep generating energy when the sun isn’t shining
As we wind down towards the end of the year, it’s worth taking a moment to review some of the remarkable technological and environmental breakthroughs we saw occur during 2013. Here are some of these great innovations.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments, Renewable Energy | Tagged: AC current, electric car batteries, energy efficiency, General Electric, innovation, Nissan Leaf, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ocean energy, renewable energy, Solana solar power farm, solar energy, USB technology, wind turbines | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 21, 2013 by Envirothink
As the cost of utilizing fossil fuels continues to unfold – i.e. oil spills devastating wildlife habitat, increased carbon released into the air, growing occurrences of asthma in metropolitan areas – cost-saving renewable energy sources look better and better. As the price of the installation solar panels continues to fall, this is becoming an increasingly attractive option. Yet homeowners have to put up with unattractive solar panels with no regard to aesthetics. Until now.
Filed under: Solar Power | Tagged: business incubator, Colored Solar, Department of Energy, energy efficiency, environment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, photovoltaic, renewable energy, solar, Solar Decathlon, solar panels, Ventura Ventures Technology Center | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 26, 2013 by Envirothink
Solar energy is an integral part of our renewable energy game plan. Yet as useful as solar is, their efficiency has always seemed incredibly low. Who would consider 15-25 percent “good” if it were your electricity delivery?
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tagged: Fraunhofer Institute, fraunhofer institute for solar energy systems, renewable energy, solar, solar array, solar energy, solar panels | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 21, 2013 by Envirothink
A shared road between drivers and bikers makes taking extra safety precautions a must, especially after sunset. Drivers have a tough time seeing bicycle riders and reflective decals may not be enough.
Solarrific, a manufacturer of solar and dynamo (hand cranking) powered products and innovative devices, has created the Solar Bike Light Kit, an easy-to-use system that may be the ultimate in nighttime safety for bikers.
Filed under: Green products | Tagged: bicycle safety, Hurricane Sandy, innovative, renewable energy, Solar Bike Light, solar panel, Solar Power, Solarrific | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 20, 2013 by Envirothink
It’s one thing to say you’re at the top of the sustainability chain. Staples Inc. “walks the walk”. The world’s largest office supply company and second largest internet retailer announced yesterday that since 2005 it has recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges. That’s an average of over 60 million cartridges per year in the past three years.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: energy efficiency, energy star program, green products, ink cartridges, plastic, recyclling, renewable energy, staples inc, sustainability, toner cartridge recycling, US Environmental Protection Agency, waste | Leave a comment »