If these UCLA researchers are right – and we might find out pretty soon – energy storage could be in for a big change.
Richard Kaner and his graduate student Maher El-Kady have been trumpeting graphene micro-supercapacitors that would combine the very fast charge and discharging capabilities of supercapacitors – hundreds of times faster than batteries – with the high energy density of batteries. Now the researches say they have demonstrated a scalable fabrication process that could make their supercapacitors cheap to produce while expanding the possibilities for their use.
Edgeland Residence is a modern dwelling designed by the Bercy Chen Studio which sees the company rehabilitating land once considered unsuitable for occupation. Claimed to set a new standard for sustainability, it draws inspiration from the Native American Pit House, and is designed to impact the environment as little as possible.
Plastic Pollution Coalition Guerrilla stunt in downtown Vancouver, Bristish Columbia, Canada. A giant plastic six-pack ring is tangled on a wildlife sculpture at the corner of Georgia and Thurlow st. Stay tuned for reactions, videos. #PlasticIsForever
Upcoming Events Movie Screening On Friday, March 1, the Bijou Theater (4522 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78201) will be premiering the film Chasing Ice. It is an award-winning documentary showcasing the work of one man, James Balog, an environmental … Continue reading →
By: Devon Rood National News On Tuesday, January 22nd, President Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term. During his inaugural speech, President Obama talked for almost a minute about climate change and how the US must finally confront this … Continue reading →
In the last session of the Texas Legislature, a law passed that limits the ability of Home Owner Associations (HOAs) and Property Owner Associations (POAs) to prevent the installation of solar energy. Many HOAs and POAs or the management companies … Continue reading →
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Save the date for Solar San Antonio’s annual fundraising luncheon and help honor our founder and chairman, Bill Sinkin, on his 99th birthday! Friday, May 18, 2012 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pearl Stable at the Historic Pearl Brewery 312 … Continue reading →
As the price for solar panels continues to drop, we will no doubt be seeing more solar installations in our neighborhoods.Thanks to CPS Energy’s generous solar rebate, available tax credits, and solar financing programs, installing solar is now an affordable … Continue reading →
Next week Solar San Antonio staff is heading to Solar Power International (SPI 2011) in Dallas, TX to gain insight on the latest solar technologies and meet with solar companies from around the globe. With an estimated attendance of over … Continue reading →
This year’s tour boasts a Solar Tour Fun Bus, new website, and 39 locations On Saturday, October 1st from 10am – 3pm, Solar San Antonio is offering free open-house tours of 43 solar powered homes and businesses. This free event is … Continue reading →
Attend Solar Tour on Saturday, October 1st to see how you can solar power your home or business. This event is free and open to the public. • Meet local solar installers one-on-one • Get answers to your questions from … Continue reading →
Southwest Research Institute has been awarded almost $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop new and cheaper ways of processing the carbon dioxide removed from power plant emissions, to keep it from polluting the air. Along with sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide is a pollution-causing byproduct of burning fossil fuel, and power plants are a major source of those emissions.
A prolonged drought, looming environmental rules and shortcomings in the incentives for building new power plants could cause even more problems with Texas’ electric grid in the next year. A number of Texas power plants may need to cut back operations or shut down completely if the state’s severe drought continues into the fall, as water levels in many plant cooling reservoirs continue to drop, said Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Although a municipal utility provides electricity in San Antonio, it is part of ERCOT, so high power demand, conservation advisories and potential rolling blackouts affect its electric customers along with others in the state. In July the Environmental Protection Agency issued the final version of its Cross-State Air Pollution Rules, which require reductions in nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate emissions that cross state lines and contribute to ground-level ozone. The Railroad Commission of Texas, which oversees lignite mining operations in Texas, on Tuesday asked Attorney General Greg Abbott to sue the EPA over the rule, saying it fails to take into account economic effects and could harm both the lignite coal industry and power grid reliability.
The Texas power grid operator asked the public to conserve energy until 7 p.m. today because power levels were short.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which controls most of the state’s power grid, declared an emergency again Tuesday but has avoided rolling outages.
ERCOT had warned that demand could exceed supply this week as schools and universities reopened and temperatures remain high across the state.
warned this week could be tight as schools reopen.
ERCOT is urging businesses, school districts, government agencies and individuals to watch their power use between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays.
By any measure, Waste Management is a giant in the U.S. garbage collection and recycling business, but its future might lie in a different service: turning trash into energy. If we lose the waste, we’ve certainly lost the business, said Carl Rush, vice president of the company’s organic growth group, the chief vehicle for its energy investments. The shift in thinking comes at a time when U.S. landfill collections are hitting a plateau as Americans recycle more, consumer products makers reduce packaging and many large corporations adopt “zero waste” goals. Demand for renewable energy and fuels also is increasing, in response both to regulations requiring them and to public concerns about the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels and their environmental impact. Waste Management also has its own pilot plant in Oklahoma that converts landfill gas to diesel fuel for its trash collection trucks. […] it’s in a joint venture with Linde in an Altamont, Calif., plant that turns landfill gas into liquefied natural gas and powers 1,000 garbage trucks there. The company now has a portfolio of nearly 30 acquisitions, joint ventures and investment projects at various stages of development.
Demand response, which is aimed at large commercial and institutional customers, together with CPS’ Peak Saver thermostat program for residential customers, save the utility between 80 and 90 megawatts a day on the hottest days of the summer — enough power for more than 16,000 households.