Forty years is a long, long time from now, so making predictions about the state of the world in 2050 is a pretty easy thing to do. Who’s going to remember to fact check you? Nobody, that’s who. Still, it’s worth noting that Shell chief executive Peter Voser said yesterday that he expects plug-in vehicles to make up up to 40 percent of the global car market in 2050
“Energy efficiency can create 38,000 new jobs for North Carolinians while saving consumers $3.6 billion in energy bills, according to a new report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The report, North Carolina’s Energy Future: Electricity, Water, and Transportation Efficiency, suggests a broad set of policies that can meet nearly a quarter of the state’s energy demand and enables North Carolina to become a national leader in clean energy development and deployment while boosting the state’s economic growth.
The largest airport in the country, with the “greenest” parking lot, is in a bit of environmental trouble: a DIA raw sewage spill may have sent a million gallons of disgusting into waterways that can feed into the Barr Lake fishery and bird sanctuary (enjoy that, bald eagles).
“Brazil has held its first energy sale directed exclusively at wind power. More than 1,800MW of wind energy was contracted $82.8 per MWh. The proceeds of the auction will allow for the construction of 71 generation projects across five states in the northeast and south of the country.”
The US and Australian governments and the EU have committed more than $4bn in support for 13 carbon capture and sequestration demonstration projects. The projects being supported include power plants of about 300MW.
The Australian-funded Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute formed a partnership with international non government organisation The Climate Group to accelerate the construction of plants in five countries within Europe, China, India, Australia and the US.
A study out of the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that a substantial piece of the northern Alaska coastline is eroding at an astonishing rate of 45 feet a year thanks to three major threats – less ice, more waves, and warmer water.
A consortium of solar industry trade groups released a report indicating that solar photovoltaics could provide up to 12 percent of Europe’s electricity and the combination of PV, concentrated solar power and solar thermal could deliver 15 percent of electricity in the U.S. by 2020.
“In western Pennsylvania, a data center is using the benefits of a very cool location. It’s Iron Mountain’s man-made caverns in an old limestone mine, and in room 48, an experiment in data center efficiency design and the use of geothermal environmental conditions for extra efficiency is taking place. In other words, researchers are trying to find out if putting data centers deep underground will be an ideal place for them. “
“As part of their GreenHeart effort to release mobile phones that lean on the eco-friendly side, Sony Ericsson has released two options – the Elm and the Hazel – both of which seem to have green features that set them above other similar devices on the market, including using recycled materials and eliminating toxic materials. The new phones do more than just ditching the paper manuals.”