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Universal Studios - Green Seal Award

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Universal Studios in Hollywood was recently honored with the EMA Environmental Media Association (EMA) Green Seal Award. The award is the first-ever given to a theme park for its commitment and effort in working towards a more environmentally conscious workplace and community.

I recently toured the theme park to witness their ‘greening’ efforts as a casual visitor.... read more

Make a Solar-Powered Oven

I actually learned about this craft from an episode of "Curious George!"  :-)  George and The Man in the Yellow Hat made a lasagna this way during a blackout.  I thought it was a neat way to reuse a box, cook using just the energy from the sun, and do a neat little craft project.  How keen and green can ya get?!

All you need is a box (a pizza box is perfect, because you can't recycle those!), foil, plastic wrap, newspaper, and a knife.... read more

March 2010 - Green events in the San Francisco Bay Area

March presents several webinars, discussions and networking opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area encompassing various environmental sectors.


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  • An exclusive research regarding the American Photo Voltaic (PV) market - the challenges and opportunities this sector will face in 2010;

  • An overview of prominent sustainability frameworks, protocols and tracking tools;

BioSolar Bio-Plastics in Solar Cells

One of the essential problems with solar power is the cost. Even with government subsidies and major growth, photovolatic energy is not cost competitive when compared to traditional power sources such as oil and coal.  An element of photovoltaic costs is the materials used in the manufacturing process. Approximately 75 percent of the costs of solar cell comes from the sunlight-to-electricity converter.  The remaining 25 percent is produced from manufactured packaging including petroleum-based plastics.  These plastics are prisoners to the ever increasing cost of petroleum and add to environmental degradation that solar is seeking to remedy.

 

The problem is that most conventional bio-plastics are not suitable for use in solar cells.  These renewable plant based materials posses a lower melting point and fragile molecular structure.  The high temperature production of photovoltaics usually causes breakdowns or alterations in structure.  Thus, one aspect of lowering costs in the solar industry and tackling the problem of down stream pollution is the creation of alternatives to petroleum-based plastics.

BioSolar

For an industry with an expected growth to $50 billion by 2020, there is a huge gap in the market that needs to be filled.  Enter BioSolar. BioSolar is a Santa Clarita, California based company that is the first anywhere to introduce a new dimension of cost reduction by replacing petroleum-based plastic solar cell components with durable bio-based materials.  BioSolar was formed in 2006 by electrical engineer and current CEO Dr. David Lee. BioSolar, Inc. is a public company trading on the NASDAQ Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB) market under the symbol "BSRC" or "BSRC.OB".

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How to grasp a career in solar

There are reasons for 'green careers' optimism. In particular, the renewable energy economy sparks high interest and creates numerous opportunities for green jobs and career training paths. The federal government is investing billions into the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors to help get the U.S. economy back on track. Existing and emerging businesses are investing even more. Photo by Swords to PlowsharesPhoto by Swords to Plowshares... read more

Types of Green Careers

A green career may be any position which is dedicated (or contributes) to preserving and restoring the environment's natural resources. Green careers contribute to protecting the overall environmental quality. They also meet the previously discussed goals of the labor movement, which consist of adequate wages, safe working conditions, and employee rights.... read more

Renewable energy: Solar stimulus in China

Solar panelSolar panelWhile gasoline prices are rising once again, we are all reminded of our need to be less reliant on non-renewable, carbon-emitting sources of energy, which add pollution to the earth’s atmosphere and enhance the greenhouse effect. One of the renewable energy sectors that have been getting support from the Obama administration through the Department Of Energy (DOE) stimulus funds is the... read more

Are You Already Qualified for a Career in Solar?

What does it take to get started with a career in installing solar panels?  At the moment, because it is such a new industry, not all states require solar installers to have licenses.  This means that for some individuals with certain existing qualifications, getting started with a career in solar is easy.

Electricians... read more

CleanTech Open Gala and Awards

CleanTech Open Gala and AwardsCleanTech Open Gala and AwardsIf you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and interested specifically in new green technology, then I suggest you check out the Cleantech Open Awards Gala coming up at the Masonic in San Francisco on Nov 17.   I'll be there and I am really excited to see first hand how the entrepreneurial spirit is one of the strongest weapons in protecting our environment and freeing us from our dependence on fossil fuels.&nbsp... read more

Clean energy challenges: the power grid and renewable energy infrastructure

The electrical power grid is an interconnected network of national, state and regional infrastructure for generating, transmitting, distributing and delivering electricity from suppliers to customers.Photo from  www.bible-light.comPhoto from www.bible-light.com

In recent years, we have all become familiar with power outages, which questions the reliability of the existing electricity grid. Blackouts are experienced in different regions, affecting residents, businesses, and daily life. Due to the storm on Tuesday, October 14, 2009, with heavy winds and rain, more than 35,000 customers were without power in the Bay Area.... read more

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