Biofuel company buys a German biofuel branch, New Jersey high school gets solar makeover on its science building, and IBM works with a university to assess energy usage in campus buildings.
IBM Renovating McMaster University
IBM and McMaster University are collaborating on an energy project to improve energy use in buildings across campus. Daily building operation is a huge source of energy consumption. IBM will work toward reducing and analyzing energy use and supply in the University buildings, including the college hospital. IBM software and technology such as sensors, actuators and meters to track and optimize energy use on campus to determine which of the 60 buildings are energy inefficient.
Ted Turner and T.Boone Pickens Face Off
Media tycoon Ted Turner and the T.Boone Pickens, oil mogul turned renewable energy advocate, are holding a debate at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on April 19. Turner will discuss his recent solar projects in New Mexico and Georgia, climate change and nuclear disarmament while his opponent will highlight the consequences of America’s dependence on OPEC oil, which he considers a threat to national security. He will also explain his “Pickens Plan” to reduce oil dependency through investment in renewable energy and the use of natural gas rather than foreign oil.
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Algenol Biofuels Takes Over Cyano Biofuels
Algenol Biofuels, an industrial biotech company that produces ethanol from hybrid algae, acquired Cyano Biofuels, a hybrid algae producer in Germany. The merger increases Algenol’s research and development capabilities, while giving it a foothold in the European market. “The Berlin area is well known for its world-class research on microalgae and is a perfect place to hire talented scientists and technicians. We plan to continue Cyano Biofuels’ collaborations with German universities and believe these collaborations will add significant new technology and new capabilities to our Company,” said Paul Woods, Algenol’s co-founder and CEO. The companies plan to build a pilot-scale biorefinery using their combined resources.
Genovation Cars Collaborating with K2 Energy Solutions
Genovation Cars and K2 Energy Solutions are partnering up to build rechargeable battery systems for electric vehicles. Genovation, a Maryland designer for energy efficient cars, is going to use K2’s battery packs for its electric line. The battery systems are based on a lithium iron phosphate cathode material that is low cost and ideal for energy storage. “The growing number of uses we’re seeing for our lithium ion batteries further propels the expanding awareness of the economic and other benefits of our chemistry,” said Johnnie Stoker, CEO of K2. “We look forward to its application by innovators like Genovation.”
NJ High School Orders Solar Array
Hunterdon Central Regional High School of New Jersey has commissioned a 55-kW rooftop solar array for the school’s junior-senior science wing. The array will be owned and operated by HelioSage, a mid-Atlantic solar power developer. The solar panels are expected to generate about 67,000-kWh of energy annually. That is enough to power six average-sized homes. About 53 tons of CO2 emissions will be offset by the solar power each year.
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