Tag Archives: Google

Reducing Natural Gas Pipeline Emissions 83%

The ECOreport looks at the role a Google Street View mapping car had reducing New Jersey’s natural gas pipeline emissions 83%

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Some of PSE&G’s (PSE&G) natural gas  pipelines were laid down a century ago. The New Jersey utility continued using cast iron until the 1950s. Now there is approximately one methane leak for each of the pipeline’s 3,900 miles. Though PSE&G intends to replace the entire cast iron and unprotected steel infrastructure, this is too costly ($1.5 million to $2.0 million per mile)to do overnight. With the help of new technology developed by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Google and Colorado State University. PSE&G is natural gas pipeline emissions by 83% in the area surveyed area, while replacing about 1/3 less mileage to do so.

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Lithium: The New Gasoline

The ECOreport reposts the story about the world’s battery producers and car makers scrambling to obtain lithium: the new gasoline

Originally Published on Oilprice.com

By James Stafford

With lithium prices skyrocketing beyond wildest expectations, talk heating up about acquisitions and mergers in this space and a fast-brewing war among electric car rivals, it’s no wonder everyone’s bullish on this golden commodity that promises to become the “new gasoline“.

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Three Ways to Use Solar Energy for Data Centres

The Photo essay is an added treat. Flex enclosure gave the ECOreport free access to their media, so I put together  a photo essay about building their prefab data centres

By Srikanth Murugan, Global Director Sales Engineering, Flexenclosure

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM“Energy efficiency” is undoubtedly a watchword in the telecoms and data centre industry. Many ICT companies now have corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes focussed specifically on reducing their data centres’ carbon footprints and every data centre operator wants to be able to promote the fact that their data centre is green. Here are three ways to use solar energy for Data Centres.

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Energy Companies Should Disrupt Their Own Business

Jean-Luc Dormoy, IT expert and innovator, tells Energy Post’s Sonja van Renssen that Energy companies should disrupt their own business before others do it

Originally Published on Energy Post

By Sonja van Renssen

Energy companies can turn the threat of new rivals into an opportunity by taking charge of their own disruption, believes energy and IT entrepreneur Jean-Luc Dormoy. With a background in software, artificial intelligence and energy, Dormoy sets out a model for disruptive innovation inspired by the likes of Google and Uber in this exclusive interview with Energy Post. Dormoy: “IT is changing almost all industries. But IT on its own is not enough. The energy infrastructure also has to change.”

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Giving New Clients Access To Clean Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A data center and colocation property provider is giving new clients access to clean energy. Clients signing a new lease with Digital Realty will automatically be enrolled in their Clean Start Program and receive green energy certificates for the amount of electricity they use during their first year. After the introductory year is over, clients can opt to continue in the program for cost.

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Why Google Gave up on renewables

Why Google Gave up on renewables. hint: because they don’t know much about energy

Originally Published in Energy Post

By Karel Beckman

The two scientists responsible for Google’s failed attempt to launch a renewable energy revolution have written an article explaining what, according to them, went wrong with their project. They have come to the conclusion that fighting climate change with today’s renewable energy technologies won’t work – but they present no evidence for it, writes Energy Post editor Karel Beckman.

Critics of renewable energy are having a field day in the blogosphere. It has now been proven beyond doubt, they cry, that “renewables simply won’t work”. Why not? Well, because Google says so.

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Where Can Fossil Fuel Investments go?

A Review of the BNEF White Paper, “Fossil Fuel divestment: a $5 Trillion Challenge”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMFossil fuels have been a financial cornerstone for decades. More than $5 trillion is invested in 1,469 oil and gas companies and 275 coal companies. Dozens of public and private institutions are now divesting their money because of environmental concerns, strategic planning or fear that their assets might become be stranded because of emission regulations. A Bloomberg New Energy Finance White paper asks where can fossil fuel investments go?

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New Energy Storage Demo Rides On Pacific Northwest Winds

Originally Published in Clean Technica 

(Editor’s note: in the US, as well as Germany, the next step in wind development is energy storage) 

By Tina Casey

Three Washington State utilities with big investments in wind power have just signed on to a new $14.3 million energy storage and smart grid demonstration project. The end payoff will be further proof that wind power and other intermittent forms of energy can be integrated into a utility scale electricity provider while keeping up a steady stream of reliable, durable power. Continue reading New Energy Storage Demo Rides On Pacific Northwest Winds

Solar Panels on the Whitehouse

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Amidst a flurry of energy announcements, the White House also released a video called “The Solar Panels.” They were the backdrop to a series of announcements made while tradesmen installed solar panels on the Whitehouse.
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The US & Europe will Lead in the Deployment of HEM Technologies, Lux Says

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMA growing number of technologies ranging from smart thermostats and energy dashboards to whole-home control systems have emerged over the past decade. They are collectively known as  Home energy management (HEM) technologies. Utility companies are finding they can shave between 1.5% and 40% off their expenses using HEM devices and in the process add to customer engagement, competitive differentiation, and demand response.
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