LED companies compete for the L-Prize, Japanese vending machines to offer EV chargers, and construction of the world’s first hybrid solar power plant has been completed.
LEDs Compete for L-Prize
Lighting Science Group’s 60-watt replacement LED is one of the hopefuls competing for the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize). The competition was established by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to promote the development of LED lights. In addition to a cash prize, the first manufacturer to meet the requirements of the competition will be eligible for federal purchasing agreements, utility programs and other rewards. Requirements include energy consumption of less than 10 watts, a lifetime of 25,000 hours (25 times greater than the incandescent), low cost to the consumer, and several others. Besides operational guidelines, energy efficiency is expanded on a national scale meaning the light bulb has to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, create American jobs and reduce pollution.
Japanese Vending Machines Offer EV Chargers
We have all heard of the “unique” items for sale in Japanese vending machines ranging from sweet treats to used panties. Now, Japanese EV drivers can stop by a local vending machine for a quick charge. Ten companies, including Panasonic and the vending machine giant Forking, have collaborated on a project to install electric car chargers alongside drink vending machines across Japan. By the end of the first year, the companies plan to install 10,000 chargers at vending machines.
World’s First Hybrid Solar Power Plant in Fla.
Florida Power & Light Company completed its Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center, the first hybrid solar power plant in the world. The plant, which spans 500 acres in Martin County, Florida, connects a field of solar thermal mirrors with a combined-cycle natural gas power plant. The mirrors are set with tracking devices to increase solar exposure. The Center is expected to generate enough energy to power 11,000 homes, preventing 2.75 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
DOE Announces Biofuel Advancements
Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced advancements in next generation biofuels, including new technology that uses bacteria to convert plant matter into a chemical that can be burned in car engines. The chemical, isobutanol, has a heat value that is higher than ethanol, making it more similar to gasoline. “America’s oil dependence — which leaves hardworking families at the mercy of global oil markets – won’t be solved overnight,” said Chu. “But the remarkable advance of science and biotechnology in the past decade puts us on the precipice of a revolution in biofuels.”
Wind Energy Leader Dabs in Solar Power
Here Enterprises, leading wind energy developer, is looking to expand. The company recently finished the first phase of its Cycle Ranch wind farm and is now entering negotiations to acquire a Texas-based solar energy company. The solar power equipment will accelerate the Company’s expansion into the solar power sector which grew by 44 percent last year, according to the Department of Energy.
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