Archives for November, 2011

Facebook is teaming up with Cogenra Solar to put a solar cogeneration system in at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. According Cogenra, one of the company’s dual energy-production systems – which use photovoltaics to produce electricity and solar heat to make hot water – will go on the roof of Facebook’s renovated fitness center.…

Boeing and Air China have conducted China’s first sustainable biofuel flight. Lifting off from Beijing Capital International Airport, the Oct. 28 test flight lasted two hours and used a sustainable aviation biofuel sourced in China, Boeing said. (Related: As Jet Fuel Prices Soar, a Green Option Nears the Runway) PetroChina, a partner in the collaboration,…

Woody biomass is gaining increased attention as a potential source of renewable, carbon-neutral energy, but a new study is casting doubt on just how eco-friendly this fuel source really is. In areas with dense forests, such as the western United States, producing energy from combustible forest materials has been touted as a way to reduce…

Comments Off on Despite Beacon’s Failure, Energy Storage Is Key

Don’t give up on energy storage technology just because one company failed; that was the message from energy experts, the power industry and the U.S. government in the wake of the bankruptcy of U.S.-backed Beacon Power. The failure of the Tyngsboro, Massachusetts-based company is making headlines because it is the second firm to collapse after…

Recently I’ve argued that in some cases, as in discerning the long-term global temperature trend, a little common sense will suffice. But sometimes the climate system can surprise you — what seems like common sense may prove to be not so commonsensical. The climate impact of white roofs may provide a case in point.