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Innovation Series - March 17, 2009

The State of Energy Storage
Innovations, Development and Investments
in (trans) Portable Applications
Home Energy Efficiency Series: Part 3 "Residential Solar Hot Water and Wind" March 10, 2008, 7:30 PM, 1625 Mass. Ave, Lexington, MA
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston November 19-21, 2008.
EARTH DAY - April 22, 2008
Building Energy 08

The Practice of Sustainability: Tools, Actions & Solutions.
Massachusetts Power Shift
MIT Energy Showcase
2008 Spring Benefit
June 1-5, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Ceres Conference 2008: Building Leadership, Creating Solutions
Date: April 29 - 30, 2008

Machines Pluck Cash From Trash. WIRE 1.27.2006.

Waste Management has sprung to the forefront of this emerging industry, helping communities move to "single-stream" recycling systems that allow typical consumers to put all their recyclables into one bin and let the machines sort the materials. 
End Dependency on Oil

Although the U.S. possesses only 3 percent of the world's oil, it consumes 25 percent. The consequences of this "deadly addiction" to fossil fuels range from the continued worsening of the climate crisis to the funding of dictatorial governmental regimes. We already possess much of the technology necessary to cut ourselves free from fossil fuels; join this community. 
Ocean Dead-Zones May Be Linked to Global Warming

A review of all available ocean data records concludes that the low-oxygen events which have plagued the Pacific Northwest coast since 2002 are unprecedented in the five decades prior to that, and may well be linked to the stronger, persistent winds that are expected to occur with global warming. In a new study in the journal Science, researchers from Oregon State University outline a "potential for rapid reorganization" in basic marine ecosystems and the climatic forces that drive them, and suggest that these low-oxygen, or "hypoxic" events are now more likely to be the rule rather than the exception. 
1 Gallon of Gas, 100 Miles — $10 Million: The Race to Build the Supergreen Car

Cars are a new arena for the X Prize Foundation, whose mission is to spur innovation by doling out cash awards to teams that solve thorny technical and engineering problems. The foundation's first purse was the $10 million Ansari X Prize for spaceflight; Burt Rutan and Paul Allen won it in 2004 when their rocket plane made it to the edge of Earth's atmosphere twice in two weeks. Then there's the Google Lunar X Prize, which will go to the first private venture to send image-transmitting rovers to the moon, and the Archon X Prize: $10 million to the first outfit that can sequence 100 human genomes in 10 days for no more than $10,000 apiece (see "The X Prize Ecosystem"). Now the "revolution through competition" model is being applied to energy and the environment with the Automotive X Prize. 
A mighty wind

The wind turbines that engineer Bil Becker installed on top of a Chicago apartment building last year probably don’t resemble the structures that pop into your head when you think “windmill.” Instead of propellers mounted on soaring poles, these turbines are made primarily with curved, galvanized steel shaped like the double helix of DNA. This special design means that they can generate renewable electricity in the densely-built urban environment, unlike their counterparts found twirling in the boonies.

Becker’s Chicago company, Aerotecture International, is just one of a growing number that is developing rooftop wind turbine technology. Unlike the towering, free-standing commercial variety, these vertical-axis wind turbines extend from buildings, capturing winds blowing from any direction. Some can generate electricity in conditions running the gamut from 8-mile-per-hour breezes to 100-mile-per-hour gusts — a range nearly three times that of conventional, horizontal-axis turbines. New rooftop wind turbines don’t have the same problems as their predecessors: They’re safer for wildlife, quieter, and don’t vibrate violently in howling winds. And, at as little as $3,000, they’re increasingly affordable. Obstacles to widespread implementation remain, but the number of buildings crowned with spinning turbines climbs every year. 
Trees Block Solar Panels, and a Feud Ends in Court

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Call it an eco-parable: one Prius-driving couple takes pride in their eight redwoods, the first of them planted over a decade ago. Their electric-car-driving neighbors take pride in their rooftop solar panels, installed five years after the first trees were planted. 
Revolionary Urban Wind Turbine

Rise in Ethanol Raises Concerns About Corn as a Food

CHICAGO, Jan. 4 — Renewing concerns about whether there will be enough corn to support the demand for both fuel and food, a new study has found that ethanol plants could use as much as half of America’s corn crop next year. 
Message in a bottle

YORK, Maine - As lawmakers in Massachusetts debate whether to expand the Commonwealth's 27-year-old bottle law to allow residents to redeem bottled water and other noncarbonated drinks - which now account for about one-third of beverage containers sold in the state - proponents of a new bill cite Maine's approach as a way to boost recycling rates. 
Aluminium can recycling – the lack of it - April 10, 2008 -

Aluminum smelting release greenhouse gases and toxic emissions - About 95 million tons of greenhouse gases were produced by the global aluminum industry in 2005. Primary aluminum smelting also generates sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, which are contributors to smog and acid rain. In 2005, 50.7 billion U.S. cans were wasted, resulting in the emission of 75,000 tons of SOx and Nox.

As a little closing fact, let me just mention that only one year’s worth of all the aluminium cans that are annually put into the trash in America instead of being recycled would provide enough aluminum to make more than eight thousand (8,000) Boeing 747 aircraft. That is a lot of airplanes and a lot of aluminium. 
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