Environmental Protection

Energy and Climate Change


Solar Panels Still Effective in Snowy Conditions

According to a Michigan Technological University scientist, solar panels can still be worth the investment, even for those that live in areas with long winters.

Speed Limits on Cargo Ships Could Reduce Emissions

Putting a speed limit on cargo ships as they sail near ports and coastlines could cut their emission of air pollutants by up to 70 percent, reducing the impact of marine shipping on Earth's climate and human health.

University Receives Grant to Develop Solar-Powered Charging Stations

Black & Veatch, a foundation for engineering and construction firm, has awarded a $200,000 grant to Kansas State University to help develop solar-powered charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles.

DEP Encourages Heating Oil Tank Inspections for Homes

With cold weather quickly approaching, the Pennsylvania DEP urges homeowners to have their home heating oil tanks inspected for any potential problems before having the tanks re-filled.

Solar Plants in Mojave Desert Could Help Conservation and Energy Needs

Solar developers are looking to the Mojave Desert for the construction of solar plants that could turn the sun’s heat into electricity.

Conserve Energy at Home with Technology

Using smart technology to automate our technology devices at home could help reduce energy use and utility bills.

Siemens Providing Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Hospital

Siemens will provide energy efficiency upgrades to Manchester Memorial Hospital under a $4.9 million contract with Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN).

In Search of Better Solar Mirrors

"By using transparent superhydrophobic coatings on collector mirrors, we can create high performance and low maintenance concentrating solar power electricity generation," team leader Scott Hunter said.



Solar Parks Now Big Business for Lloyd's

The British insurance market reports it is providing specialist cover to an increasing number of them, and they're the fastest-growing form of alternative energy globally.

Payoff from Idling Coal Plants Overestimated, Researchers Say

Four researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Green Design Institute discuss their more conservative estimates of greenhouse gas emission reductions in two papers this month.

Sacramento Development Wins Highest Rating

Highlands, a multi-family development operated by Sacramento|Yolo Mutual Housing Association, received 121 points from Oakland-based Build It Green (BIG).

Shell Halts Arctic Oil Search for 2012

The company announced it will stop drilling into deepwater zones for this year but will drill the top portions of as many wells as possible during the remaining season, then cap and temporarily abandon them.

Waste Connections Buying R360 Environmental Solutions for $1.3 Billion

Both are headquartered in Texas. R360 is a leading provider of non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment, recovery, and disposal services.

DEP Outreach Promoting Natural Gas Fleets

DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said the seminar series will inform local governments and businesses "about how they can take advantage of an abundant, clean-burning, and inexpensive fuel found right here in Pennsylvania" and "will help us develop our grant program moving forward."

Reduced Salinity Injection Boosting Oil Recovery, BP Says

BP announced it is using a new technology called LoSal® EOR at its Clair Ridge field to create low-salinity water for "waterflooding" from sea water. The company estimates this method will produce about 42 million additional barrels of oil.

Installed Wind Energy Grew Quickly in 2011

A new “Wind Technologies Market Report” from the U.S. Department of Energy shows how quickly the installation of wind energy equipment progressed in the United States during 2011.

Self-Charging Battery Both Generates and Stores Energy

Renewable energy technologies generally consist of two distinct processes: energy generation (using sources such as coal, solar, wind, etc.) and energy storage (such as batteries).

Raleigh Police See Fuel Savings From Energy Xtreme Mobile Power Idle Reduction Systems

Earlier this year the Raleigh Police Department installed mobile power idle reduction systems in 29 police vehicles. The project was funded by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, and aligns with Raleigh's commitment to environmental protection outlined in the City's Comprehensive Plan.

New Energy Source: Major Advance Made in Generating Electricity from Wastewater

Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants not only will power themselves, but will sell excess electricity.

New System Could Predict Solar Flares, Give Advance Warning

Researchers may have discovered a new method to predict solar flares more than a day before they occur, providing advance warning to help protect satellites, power grids and astronauts from potentially dangerous radiation.

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