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Energy and Global Warming for August 4th: GM boosts of the Chevrolet Volt electric DuPont says it can boost battery power, lifetime, and How green are those hiking

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Energy and Warming News for August GM boosts output of the Chevrolet electric vehicle; DuPont it can boost lithium-ion battery lifetime, and safety; How green are hiking boots?

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The about electric vehicles recently grew louder, as Motors Corporation (GM) on July 30 that it will U.S. production capacity of its new Volt by 50% next year. strong interest, GM said it boost the number of units 30,000 to 45,000 in 2012 .

The came as President Obama the Detroit-Hamtramck facility where the is assembled. Earlier in the week, on 27, GM confirmed that the 2011 will have a manufacturer s retail price of $41,000. The EV can qualify for a $7,500 tax credit.

dealers have begun orders for sales as well as leases that could $350 per month and require a down payment.

The Volt has range, using electricity in its 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery to it for the first 40 miles, and one tank of for the remaining 300 miles. The Volt be available later this in California, Connecticut, Michigan, New New York, Texas, and the Washington area. See the GM press releases on production and Volt pricing. and the Web site .

DuPont is preparing for an release of technology it says dramatically increase the safety and of lithium-ion batteries and carve out a for the U.S. chemical giant in the electric car market.

In a nutshell, DuPont s battery called Energain is a nanofiber-based designed as a barrier to prevent from touching and shorting That allows lithium to freely charge and discharge interference.

DuPont claims its component would increase 15 to 30 percent, increase battery by up to 20 percent and help batteries better at high temperatures. If s the end result, electric cars go farther on a single charge. power could mean battery requirements for today s and electric cars.

Further, the said it wants to use the battery for renewable energy and power applications.

DuPont spokeswoman Andriadis called the technology a steppingstone for the company in the area of storage. By 2015, the company there will be a $7 billion market for high-performance lithium-ion That s dominated by car batteries, but includes some solar and power grid storage

The component also borrows the burgeoning field of nanotechnology, in scientists have been to produce smaller and lighter for all sorts of consumer products.

We ve involved in batteries for a long Andriadis said, but in this it s a perfect example of how a paper-thin can make a difference in the performance and of a battery.

DuPont is going for international customers. Andriadis DuPont has signed confidentiality with seven global companies and 20 battery makers to the component and potentially purchase it.

In a where it s so hot or dry that no one wants to bike, run or climb, outdoorsy like Nike, Patagonia, REI and will be in deep trouble.

So it sense ”and it s certainly time ”for the companies sell outdoor apparel and to come up with common to measure the environmental impact of products.


This week, an industry called the Outdoor Industry announced that its members spent several years just that. The companies a ground breaking environmental tool that they an Eco Index, saying:

It provides throughout the supply chain a way to and measure their environmental allowing them to identify for improvement and make informed and product life cycle

Innovative technological ideas originate from small manufacturing companies often go Why? Because often companies don t have the ability to their innovations to the world an aggressive exporting program.

the United States is the unequivocal in energy innovation, we lose out to like China and Germany it comes to manufacturing equipment for energy, biofuels, fuel water remediation and renewable generation. These countries a host of incentives and recruitment to lure companies away the United States. Meanwhile, our manufacturing facilities are often to secure even traditional loans.

As a result, our energy environmental security and our economic are at risk. Something has to change. now, the United States is in a competition to develop companies to and use energy more efficiently and

At stake is our global leadership, the country that succeeds in and exporting clean technology becoming the global economic and job creator.

The American Wind Association (AWEA) reported on 27 that only 700 megawatts of wind power was added in the quarter (Q2) of 2010, and a cloudy picture overall. noted that Q2 wind installations dropped by 57% and 71% from and 2009 levels, respectively. The installed U.S. wind is now more than 36,300 MW.

The trade group also out that manufacturing investment below 2008 and 2009

According to AWEA, the 700 MW that was brought the first half total to 1,239 MW, a capacity similar to 2007. And, with more than MW now under construction, AWEA that 2010 installations likely be 25%-45% lower 2009 installations. Beyond the amount of construction in the pipeline drops off.

Texas the most new wind power MW ”in Q2 with the Penescal II project for Renewables, providing power for San and the South Texas Electric Delaware added its first project in the second quarter, a project built by the University of This brings the number of with utility-scale installations to 37.

One spot was that wind orders saw a slight uptick in Q2, for 2010 delivery. However, two new wind power manufacturing came online in the first of 2010, compared to seven in and five in 2009.

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A small town best known for much of the world s lettuce and the birthplace of John Steinbeck may be the home of a manufacturing operation to be among the auto industry s sustainable. That is, if all goes to plan for ambitious startup Vehicles Inc.

Last the California Energy Commission to award Green Vehicles a million grant to help set up a plant in Salinas, Calif. for small three-wheeled electric designed for easy disassembly and The company earned the highest among 11 companies listed for (another dozen didn t the cut).

With the proposed CEC grant ” and equity investment that Vehicles is still working to up ” the company plans to start out up to 2,000 units per year of Mike Ryan, Green co-founder and President, describes as 2.0, within 16 months. will be the second-generation version of the s Triac model, a three-wheeler as a motorcycle that Ryan seats two people, carries a 23 500-pound lithium-ion battery has a 100-mile range, can go up to 80 MPH, and for $24,995. The car weighs about 800 less than the 3,500-pound LEAF largely due to that fourth wheel, said

As the Obama Administration pushes a business jobs bill in the the centerpiece of which is a $30 billion business lending fund, a larger economic opportunity for business is being lost as the acquiesces in the Senate s decision to put a energy and climate bill on the

Putting a price on carbon create new resources and incentives for utilities to invest in energy programs. Existing energy technology can be rapidly deployed to small business energy by 20 percent to 30 percent. Small stand to benefit the most the savings that energy can provide, and they deserve special attention because already pay the highest prices for and natural gas ”in the commercial and industrial small businesses face prices that are as much as 30 to 52 percent higher than the paid by the largest entities.

In a last year endorsing the financing (OBF) of small energy efficiency, the National Business Assn. a trade found that a small matching the national average save nearly $5,000 on natural gas and electricity by improving efficiency 25 percent. Simple and financing like OBF can make a impact because it eliminates the for small business up-front instead the utility pays the costs for energy efficiency and repayment is based on the estimated energy savings. In essence, the business shares the savings the utility until the loan is

Multiply $5,000 by 29.6 small businesses in the U.S. and you $148 billion in potential Even Wall Street attention to that kind of

How much would you pay for the most rich patch of land on some 675 sq miles of pristine home to several barely indigenous tribes, thousands of of trees and nearly 1bn barrels of oil?

Ecuador, home of the Islands, the Andes mountain and vast tracts of oil-rich yesterday asked the world for not to exploit the Ishpingo-Tiputini-Tambococha oil block in the national park. A knockdown it said, considering the oil alone is more than $7bn at s prices. The 407m tonnes of CO2 would be generated by burning it sell for over $5bn in the carbon markets.

But neither the oil nor the park is for sale, and under the of a unique, legally binding fund set up yesterday by the government and the UN, the oil and the in Yasuni will never be

Instead, donor countries, and individuals around the world are invited to pay the money in return for a guarantee.

DOE announced on August 2 it will award $188 ”including $73 million in American and Reinvestment Act funding ”to small in 34 states to develop clean technologies with potential for Funded through DOE s Small Innovation Research program and Small Business Technology program (STTR), the selections are for II work. That means the 201 in 76 targeted topics will the development of prototype or pilot for innovative technologies that successfully passed the proof-of-concept

Targeted technology topics the smart grid, energy buildings, industrial energy and high performance computing.

On 2, DOE offered AES Energy Storage, LLC a commitment for a loan guarantee for million to support the construction of a (MW) energy storage using advanced lithium-ion This is the first battery-based storage system offered a guarantee by DOE. The AES project, in Johnson City, New York, help provide a more and efficient electrical grid for the s high-voltage transmission network.

plants typically maintain the frequency regulation needed to generation and consumption by burning fossil fuels. The AES project this need to burn fuels by using battery and new software to provide the same frequency regulation at a lower This advanced frequency capability will allow electricity generation to play a role in New York s transmission

The AES technology can help reduce emissions by 70% compared to frequency provided by fossil energy DOE has now offered conditional commitments for guarantees to support 14 clean projects.

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