What sport is fast, furious, and sometimes a bit polluting? Racing incorporates the adrenaline rush and the need for speed into one great experience for spectators. However, with the world shifting toward energy efficiency, Nascar has no choice but to respond rapidly to the need for green. Beginning next season, Nascar will use a new 15 percent ethanol blend from Sunoco. Its three national tours will all use the alternative fuel dubbed Sunoco Green E15. “Since 2004, Sunoco has produced and delivered to NASCAR the world’s best racing fuel flawlessly in a challenging, high-stakes environment,” said Bob Owens, Senior Vice President, Sunoco. “We’re proud to be part of NASCAR’s dedication to conservation with Sunoco Green E15 – the ultimate high-test ethanol fuel blend.
1366 Testing Technology to reduce solar costs by up to 40%.
Lowering costs is number one on everyone’s agenda. 1366 Technologies, a company headquartered in Lexington, Mass., has stumbled upon a cheaper way to produce solar cells. They use molten silicon cast through wafers that ensure the silicon develops directly to its final shape, six inches on one side and about eight thousandths of an inch thick. Currently, to form such a design involves shaving bits of a large crystal, a method that wastes much of the silicon. The company recently acquired a grant from the Department of Energy and announced that it has raised $20 million to expand its technique. The new manufacturing method could reduce the price of solar panels by as much as 40 percent.
Southern Polytechnic State to build LEED facilities.
The South is always chided as remaining trapped in an older era; Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) in Marietta, Ga., is moving ahead of the game by adopting new LEED-approved design for its buildings. The University is on track for the LEED silver certification under the LEED for Homes, by the U.S. Green Building Council. The University Columns, among five other SPSU projects seeking approval, will house fraternities, sororities, and University organizations. The University Columns will have a more efficient heating and cooling system, will use environmentally friendly building materials, will adopt a more effective irrigation system, and will have plenty of fresh air ventilation. The innovative and sustainable factors aim to reduce energy and water usage while curbing costs and lowering insurance costs. “As a LEED-certified project, University Columns will continue SPSU’s commitment to sustainability,” said Dale McClain, project manager at Niles Bolton Associates, architect on the project. “The community was designed and constructed to be a good neighbor by reducing its environmental footprint and providing a greener place for students to live.”
AWC could generate $500 million per year in clean wind energy.
The Atlantic Wind Connection, the exciting new alternative energy grid planned to span down the east coast 350 miles from New Jersey to Virginia, has its first project offer. The plan, proposed by Pavilion Energy Resources, will become the largest offshore wind farm in America. It will be comparable to a nuclear power plant, capable of generating $500 million per year clean wind energy. That can power up to 300,000 New Jersey homes. The 1,100 MW power plant will decrease the energy costs from 12-14 cents/kWh to 5-8 cents/kWh in the state and reduce blackouts. The main financial backer, Google, is seeing its goals to lower alternative energy costs met as the grid will also be able to power much of its data center needs.
Siemens to add new headquarters in Masdar City.
Siemens Engineering will have a new Middle East Headquarters to help development of Abu Dhabi’s new sustainability initiative, Masdar City. Masdar City will house Siemens as they help implement new power grids and use Carbon Capture and Storage to ensure energy efficiency. The city’s infrastructure will be planned according to sustainable design initiatives. The Masdar project aims to combine today’s fast-paced world with fossil fuel and alternative energies to provide a blueprint for future establishments that are going to have to adapt to a changing environment and calls for more efficient energy use. Siemens, now a long-term strategic partner is happy about the deal. “Masdar is a global pioneer in clean tech initiatives,” said Peter Löscher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG. “We are proud to be the strategic partner for this groundbreaking project.”
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