2GreenEnergy.com Bringing Together Clean Energy Investors with the Strongest Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities2017-01-16T23:10:44Z http://www.2greenenergy.com/feed/atom/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/favicon-1.png craigshields <![CDATA[Fueling Our Transportation: Eventually We Need To Make a Choice]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=64176 2017-01-16T18:38:44Z 2017-01-16T18:38:44Z ]]> Fueling Our Transportation: Eventually We Need To Make a Choice2GreenEnergy super-supporter comments on my post “What Exactly Is the Attraction of Fuel Cell-Based Transportation?There is work going on to develop low cost robust fuel cells capable of running directly on liquified / compressed natural gas. Vehicles using this technology would be around twice as efficient as using a conventional engine, and there is already a fueling infrastructure.

I have no doubt that any of this is true, though it  raises some interesting points:

Obviously, there is a limit as to how many fuel types the market will support simultaneously.  For those old enough to remember, VHS video technology beat out Betamax, and audio cassettes won over 8-track. In the more distant past, the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine replaced the electric car in the late 1920s. The point: we will not wind up with a stable combination of petroleum, natural gas, hydrogen, and electric transportation.

So the issue, it seems, is analyzing the fundamental market and economic conditions to produce the eventual winner.

I’m betting on battery electrics, because of the improvements in battery characteristics and cost, the ubiquitous delivery infrastructure, the tie-in to offpeak renewable energy generation, and the potential for vehicle-to-grid technology.

This idea is bolstered by the enormous investments of virtually all the major OEMs, and the increasing costs, both finacially and ecologically, of crude extraction.

As we’ve all seen to our chagrin, the will of the people (in this case, regarding environmental protection and world peace) doesn’t mean much, but it does mean something, and it seems natural that public animus on the scourge of oil can only increase in volume as the years go by.  We’ll see.

 

 

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Devin Morrissey <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Devin Morrissey: Ford Prepares for a Greener Future with the New F-150]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=64172 2017-01-16T23:10:44Z 2017-01-16T02:56:04Z ]]> If recent announcements from Ford are an indication of the direction that the automotive industry is headed, vehicles will soon be smarter and greener than ever before. America’s most iconic pickup truck will become a tech-lover’s hybrid by 2020.

According to a recent press release, Ford’s most popular truck — the F-150 — will be updated in 2020 to include several technological advancements. The pickup truck will also be produced as a hybrid vehicle in order to remain compliant with regulations intended to reduce pollution.

What will be changing?

Some planned features include Pre-Collision Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, an embedded Wi-Fi modem, and several other new additions. With these plans, the company will leap forward in regards to technological innovation. We are in a truly interesting and uncertain time for auto manufacturers — and these businesses have to be on the cutting edge in order to remain competitive.

The most surprising change to the pickup, however, is that it will be a hybrid. The public has grown much more conscientious about the environmental impact of driving. Recent consumer demand for efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicles have had a positive impact on pollution reduction. A decade ago, transportation accounted for a third of all U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions. Since then, these rates have dropped by 12%. As customer expectations continue to evolve, the auto industry has to change to accommodate changing needs.

To longtime fans of Ford’s flagship model, a hybrid F-150 may seem like a bizarre direction for the company to go in. However, Ford has been feeling pressure in meeting progressively stricter emissions regulations. While recent changes (like choosing an aluminum body in recent models in lieu of steel) have helped meet these requirements, the American manufacturer has spent billions of dollars to innovate in other ways to meet mandated standards. Hybrid powertrains are capable of significantly lowering emission levels with relative ease.

The best part about this change is that performance should remain unimpacted by the conversion. The manufacturer claims that the vehicles will have low-end torque, making them ideal for towing heavy loads. While consumers will have to wait for reviews to validate those claims, it would be a great advancement in the industry if Ford is capable of pulling this off.

In the meantime, current F-150 drivers who want to reduce the environmental impact of their vehicles have several options. A few car modifications can effectively improve your MPG and reduce emissions. Aftermarket exhaust parts can reduce the level of restriction and improve fuel efficiency. Reducing the weight of the truck can also reduce emissions.

Looking ahead

While these plans paint an optimistic future for Ford, the question of how it will establish itself in the driverless automobile market is yet to be seen. While legal issues in regards to liability in accidents involving autonomous cars must first be ironed out, they should hit the market relatively soon. With the inevitable introduction of autonomous cars in the next few years, Ford will doubtlessly look to establish itself as a key player in a burgeoning market.

Regardless, Ford’s future success depends on its capacity to meet performance and environmental standards. If this iteration of the F-150 is successful, it could dispel stigmas against hybrid vehicles. Indeed, it could encourage millions of drivers to make the switch to this more fuel efficient option. While time will tell if the company can pull this off, it could have a major impact on the industry.

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Anica Oaks <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Anica Oaks: Four Innovative Ways the Healthcare Industry Can Implement Green Practices]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=64064 2017-01-12T20:47:27Z 2017-01-15T20:21:58Z ]]>   The healthcare industry is one where you would think green practices would already be implemented. However, there are some hospitals and offices that are still doing things that are harmful to the environment. From educating others to ensuring that the office you’re working in follows green practices, there are several things that you can do to make the Earth a little healthier.

Localizing All the Way

In order to save money and go green, the business can order local foods and other items. There are often plenty of farmers who are willing to make deals with the healthcare industry, such as hospitals or offices, so that they can have their foods served in the cafeterias. Local food will help to cut down on the cost of gas that is used to deliver items from other cities or states. It also helps the farmer to make money to support his family.

Education

If you have a nursing master degree, then consider using your skills to educate the people in the community about green practices. You can create a slideshow with the information that you want to deliver so that you don’t waste paper by printing pamphlets. One of the ways that you can alert people to green practices is with demonstrations. Offer a few samples of things that can be used, or take the people who attend to an area of the medical facility so that they can see the practices in use.

Water Use

A medical facility will likely use a good bit of water keeping everything clean and to perform some procedures. The facility can replace the toilets so that they don’t use as much water and put timers on the showers that the staff uses before or after a shift. Efficient alternatives are also an option for sinks as you can use a non-touch option that only stays on for a short time.

Using Less Energy

While this is sometimes hard in a medical facility, there are a few ways to use less energy. Lights that are on a dimming device can be used so that they automatically turn off in a patient’s room if the patient isn’t in there or if the patient goes to sleep. Air and heating systems can be reprogrammed so that they heat and cool at lower temperatures, saving the amount of energy that is used. Keep an eye out for emerging healthcare technologies that can improve efficiencies.

A medical facility has to use certain things in order to operate. You’ll see that once a practice is implemented, it’s easy to abide by in most cases. Educating others is the first step to any green practice so that everyone understands the process.

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craigshields <![CDATA[What’s Driving the Move To CleanTech?]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=63922 2017-01-16T02:23:03Z 2017-01-15T05:07:00Z ]]> What's Driving the Move To CleanTech?Here’s the first edition of Green Auto Digest for the New Year, from my colleague Jon LeSage.

The take-away is that the two most important trends in transportation, i.e., autonomous vehicles and alt-fuel, are both moving forward at an impressive pace, especially the former, but that all the action in both these spaces is happening at the hands of the multinational corporate giants.

Now, the corporate world does nothing for any other reason than profit.  In fact, that’s guaranteed to be the case; corporate executives can face harsh legal consequences if they fail to take action to maximize the value of their shareholders’ assets.

But where does this leave us vis-à-vis the critically needed changes in our civilization’s activities at both a business and consumer level to support environmental stewardship? When we look at the various sectors of our economy: transportation, energy, nutrition, consumer packaged goods, etc., what level of progress are we making, given that all this is dictated by the profit motive?

Before we propose an answer, let’s contemplate the idea that a seismic shift in the direction of cleantech could happen via the public sector.  Dozens of smart people over the years have commented that all this good stuff will come as a result of “policy.”  I suppose that’s possible, but the notion sure does seem to have taken a tumble given the new regime in the U.S., being that every single nomination for the top cabinet positions is openly hostile to that given Department, and in no case is this more clear than the environment, i.e., the new Secretary of Energy has said repeatedly that he wants to shut the organization down, and the new Administrator of the EPA is a sworn enemy of environmental regulation.

What we further have to recognize about U.S. politics is how far they have shifted to the right over the last half-century.  The EPA was formed under the (ultraconservative–at the time) Nixon administration in the late 1960s. 50 years later, “conservatives” are doing everything they can to eliminate the very last piece of regulation that would hold corporate interests accountable for the pollution that comes as a result of their activities.

Whether in the private or public sector, we know that nothing of any major consequence happens on this planet that doesn’t involve profit for someone somewhere, and any change towards environmentalism will happen if and only if it fits into that mold.

Fortunately, all this is happening.  In particular, people all over the world are making staggering amounts of money in solar and wind.  At the same time, literally all the ingredients to a rapid migration towards clean energy are falling into place.  The cost-effectiveness of solar and wind is just the start; when we add in energy storage, efficiency solutions, electric transportation, and smart grid, we see that numerous different market forces are conspiring in many directions to drive the revolution far faster than most people realize.

The Trump administration, as regressive as it will be, is going to find itself powerless to stop the forward progress of cleantech.

 

 

 

 

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brookechaplan <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Brooke Chaplan: Factory Phenom–How to Manage Efficient and Clean Production Facilities]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=64074 2017-01-12T20:20:58Z 2017-01-14T20:18:29Z ]]>

Clean and efficient production facilities help to boost profitability. When maintaining your factory, there are many actions you can take. Keep these four solutions in mind for boosting energy and production efficiency.

Weatherization

Weatherization stops air exchange and helps to boost the energy-efficiency of every commercial and industrial production facility. This includes the addition of insulation, caulking around vents and air intake ports, sealing window frames against air leakage and applying weather-stripping to all types of doors and door frames. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that more than 400 trillion BTU of life cycle energy savings have resulted since 1998 due to weatherization programs funded by the federal government. Weatherization also helps to minimize the infiltration of dust and dirt into production facilities. This helps to maintain cleanliness and reduces mechanical and electrical problems caused by these small particles.

Clean Energy

Production facilities can benefit from the use of local clean energy sources. One way to do this is to install solar panels on your warehouse or office roofing system. There are federal, state and local tax incentives for installing these renewable energy sources. These systems also help to enhance your energy efficiency and can reduce monthly utility costs. Extra solar power collected can be stored for use during nighttime production.

Compressed Air and Gas Treatment

Compressed air and gas treatments are a great way to keep your industrial production equipment clean of dust and dirt that gets inside. Professionals, like those at MTA Australasia, know how helpful these kind of systems can be for industrial facilities. These products use pressurized air and other gases to remove stuck-on dirt and residue. You can use these products in lieu of chemical cleaners. Compressed air and gas delivery systems are free of condensate and can be used on sensitive electronics and mechanical systems.

Automated Sensors and Controls for Plumbing

Many commercial and industrial production facilities waste a great deal of water. Old, leaky pipes and fixtures are a cause of most of the wastage. Inefficient processes of the end user also cause water waste. You can help to keep your production facilities cleaner and boost their efficiency by installing automatic controls and electronic sensors on your plumbing system. These sensors work by reporting unusual use patterns. They can also be set up on timers that automatically curb water flow after a specific time period.

These efficient solutions are an investment in your business. They help equipment to last longer and work better. Implementing all of these actions can help you to maintain a cleaner and more efficient facility.

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lizzieweakley <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Lizzie Weakly: Your Civic Duty–How You Can Help Your Community Become Greener]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=64092 2017-01-12T20:17:53Z 2017-01-13T20:15:09Z ]]> How You Can Help Your Community Become GreenerBeing environmentally conscious is critical to the world’s well-being, especially with climate change as a major concern. Becoming green is a trendy topic that might seem overwhelming, but it can be simplified. Do your part so that the entire community can become greener. Your civic duty is calling, and it’s a simple step in the right direction.

Start a Community Garden

Planting various plants offers several green benefits to your neighborhood. Depending on the plants, you can feed your community with fresh produce. This practice alone reduces emissions in the air because neighbors don’t have to drive to the market for their fruits and vegetables. The plants themselves help the air quality as they transpire oxygen and carbon dioxide too.

Implement Recycling-Bin Usage

Some neighborhoods are limited to just trash bins during their weekly garbage pickups. Contact a local recycling company and inquire about alternative bins. Yard waste, aluminum and paper items can all be separated into various bins so that they’re picked up and recycled. Discarding these items into trash bins alone is detrimental to the environment. Separate bins simply make recycling as easy as possible for the entire community.

Consider Bike Paths

When a community doesn’t have any discernible bike paths, the automatic reaction is to drive a vehicle. Clean up the community’s air quality and reduce the number of vehicles on the road by installing bike paths. These roadways don’t have to be expensive paved areas either. With the city’s approval, a road shoulder or gravel space can become a bike path.

Get Educated

Make your community greener by earning a master’s of law degree online. By studying environmental law, this degree can help you devise and implement better protocols around town. Solar energy used at the government level, for example, might be possible with the help of your advanced degree.

Create Community Clean-Up Events

Trash lining up along community fences and gutters is a possibility for most areas. Gather together some friends and family within the community, and create a cleanup day. Pick up trash each month so that the waterways can remain clean and safe for wildlife. These events also spark conversation among people so that they can learn more about being green.

Once you start a greening process in your community, spread the word to friends and family. They may want to do their civic duty by starting their own green initiative, but they aren’t sure how to start one. With a few tips among friends, a community can become green in only a few weeks.

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craigshields <![CDATA[U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Headed for Ruin]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=64153 2017-01-13T18:21:18Z 2017-01-12T23:59:23Z ]]> Scott PruittHere are a few things you probably already know about Scott Pruitt (or “Polluting Pruitt” as he’s frequently called), Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA, as reported by the Sierra Club:

• (Pruitt will) have disastrous consequences for our health, air, water, and climate.

• As attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt turned his office into a crony capitalist institution, suing the EPA on behalf of big polluter “clients” who turned around and gave more than $300,000 to his re-election campaign.

• He’s a climate-change denier, and his own work bio calls him “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”

Here are five more equally nauseating facts about Pruitt.

It’s our sincere hope that this weight of evidence is sufficient to motivate all Americans to call their senators and demand that Pruitt not be confirmed.

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craigshields <![CDATA[Climate Change Mitigation Is Going Forward—With or Without the U.S.]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=64150 2017-01-13T04:33:59Z 2017-01-12T23:28:02Z ]]> Climate Change Mitigation Is Going Forward—With or Without the U.S.Here’s an important, if fairly general, article in Science Magazine written by (or for) U.S. President Barack Obama that offers good news: climate change mitigation is gaining strength and is, at this point, irreversible.

The author makes the point that I’ve stated on numerous occasions: The U.S. stands to lose a great deal if it backs out of the Paris Accord.  If the new administration keeps its promise on this topic, it will, ironically, cede leadership in this arena to China, a communist country, both the world’s largest polluter and the world’s most aggressive investor in renewable energy.

It’s really up to the American people to make a stand here.  Are we comfortable being led around by the nose via the wealth and power of the fossil fuel industry, or do we want to lead the way to clean, 21st Century energy solutions?

 

 

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jaydeferguson <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Jayde Ferguson: Five Benefits of the Membrane Bioreactor Wastewater Treatment Process]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=64066 2017-01-12T22:15:16Z 2017-01-12T22:00:01Z ]]> green practices Water usage, and its effect on the environment, is a hot topic in Australia. Between 2014 and 2015, it was estimated that 76,140 gigalitres of water were required to support the country’s economy and infrastructure. This places a great deal of strain on our natural landscape. To reduce these effects on the environment, alternative sources are required, such as reclaimed water from effluence.

As of 2004, 87% of Australians were connected to a wastewater collecting system, translating to a vast scope for reclamation projects across the country. For these projects, efficient, reliable, green, and inexpensive water treatment solutions are required.

These solutions include the Membrane Bioreactor, or MBR, which uses microorganisms within a bioreactivity chamber to filter waste effluent as it passes through. All sludge solids on a macro level are retained in the bioreactor, while the membrane filters out microscopic impurities and toxins. The top benefits of MBR in the treatment of wastewater are discussed below:

Exceptional Pathogen Removal

Once wastewater is filtrated through the bioreactor, it emerges through the membrane on the other side. This part of the process is a simple filtering one; the pathogens in the water cannot fit through the pores in the membrane, and so remain in the bioreactor until they are adequately broken down.

The MBR utilises a membrane with incredibly small pores, providing highly effective filtration and pathogen removal. The membrane’s pores are less than 0.5 micrometres (µm) across or less than half of 1/1000th of a millimetre, making them highly efficient.

Comprehensively Effective Treatment

The efficacy of the wastewater treatment is actually even more comprehensive than this. As water particles take time to pass through the bioreactor and exit via the membrane, the solid retention times – or SRTs – are relatively high when compared to other treatments.

During this extended SRT period, the growth of additional micro-organisms occurs, which may not have time to develop during slower treatments. This makes the MRB a highly effective method for removing ammonia and other compounds which contaminate the water.

Versatile Applications for Effluent

Once the effluent has been treated and has exited the reactor, it must be reclaimed. Thanks to the long SRT mentioned above, and to the extremely fine nature of the membrane, the water produced by the process receives an A+ rating, rendering it suitable for human contact – but not for human consumption.

The water can then be used in general utilities and in other applications, including toilet flushing on domestic and commercial properties and urban irrigation.

Highly Efficient Treatment Process

The MRB method represents a sort of hybrid of two different water treatment options. On the one hand, the process uses organic compounds to biodegrade matter within the effluent, while on the other, the membrane provides a simple solids/liquids separation element.

Working in tandem, these two features make for far more efficient and comprehensively effective procedures, supporting the efforts of water treatment plants. This results in treatment plants which are able to cut costs while also better serving the local community, eliminating the need for expensive secondary and tertiary treatments.

Environmentally Friendly Plant Procedures

This final point brings us almost full circle, back to the environmental concern of extracting vast amounts of water from the environment each year. A highly effective water reclamation from effluent method, like the one provided by an MBR, significantly eases the pressure placed on water tables, both on a local and on a nationwide level.

In addition, bioreactors harness organic energy when breaking down the compounds in the waste effluent. While the reactors do also use auxiliary electrical systems, MBRs require very little power or non-renewable energy during operation. This reduces the carbon footprint of the water treatment plant, ensuring effective water reclamation without the environmental damage.

Author Bio

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Tristar Water Solutions – a water and waste water treatment company in Western Australia. You can catch her on Google+.

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[Welcome to 2GreenEnergy.  We’re Glad You’re Here.  (A “Sticky” Post)]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=64102 2017-01-13T18:22:16Z 2017-01-12T01:01:43Z ]]> Welcome to 2GreenEnergyTo those who have been with us since our inception in 2009, as well as to those who are just joining us now for the first time, here’s a brief summary of what we at 2GreenEnergy are all about.  We offer:

• A platform on which we connect cleantech entrepreneurs with sources of investment capital.

• A free hot-line for those wishing to discuss any aspect of renewable energy, efficiency solutions, electric transportation, smart grid, energy storage, sustainable agriculture, i.e., any business concept within the vast subject of environmental stewardship and the alleviation of human suffering.1484182832685

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• A steady flow of news and opinions on cutting-edge solutions within the realm of cleantech.

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Again, we’re very happy to have you here.  Hope you’ll stick around.

 

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