EU Works with Ukraine for Nuclear Energy Cooperation
Ukraine and the European Commission signed an agreement to finance the Program of Action for nuclear safety, just one day before the international conference on Chernobyl. The document notes several joint actions including a nuclear safety program, the management of nuclear wastes and an EU commitment to assist the Ukrainian authorities responsible for nuclear safety. The Chernobyl conference begins today, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the nuclear accident. To date, the EU has been the largest donor to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund, with a new pledge of 240 million euros to fund a new shell over the damaged reactor.
Northeast Sports Facility Goes Green
United Sports, a multi-sport facility for kids in the Northeast, has called for a green energy makeover. The official announcement will be made at on Thursday that United Sports has partnered with Mercury Solar Systems and Exelon Corp. to make energy efficient renovations. The facility aims to power two thirds of its energy needs through solar and hydro power. The 207-kW solar energy system will be installed on the roof of the building. United Sports is ideal to spread the message of clean energy to the many youth that visit the facility.
Bio-Fueled Car Comes Second in Le Mans Race
A car powered by G-Oil, an environmentally friendly fuel, took second place in the American Le Mans Series at Long Beach this past weekend. Chris Dyson and Guy Smith drove the car for the team’s best finish at Long Beach. Over the past weekend, Dyson Racing also discussed alternative fuels with students from Long Beach City College’s Advanced Transportation Technology program. The car used by Dyson is often touted as the “greenest car in the paddock” because of its use of isobutanol and G-Oil. The latter is a bio-based motor oil created by Green Earth Technologies.
Universal Studios Installs Fuel Cell System
Universal Studios Hollywood has installed an onsite fuel cell energy system in an effort to use alternative energies to cut greenhouse gas emissions by an additional 40 percent. The company began an energy reduction program in 2007 and this newest system will coincide with “Green is Universal’s Earth Week,” celebrated throughout NBCUniversal.
Shell’s Eco-Marathon Yields Astounding Results
This past weekend, Shell hosted its fifth annual Eco-marathon Americas, challenging students to design and test fuel-efficient vehicles to see which would travel the farthest using the least energy. The team from Université Laval in Quebec, Canada won the Internal Combustion First Prize. Their car ran 2,564.8 miles per gallon in the Prototype class. In the UrbanConcept class, Louisiana Tech University from Ruston, La. took home first place with a best run of 646.7 mpg.
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