WE CARE Solar Wins UN Award

The organisation behind the Solar Suitcase has received a USD $1 million grant to support its efforts in providing portable power sources to medical facilities in developing nations.

WE  CARE Solar is the recipient of the first United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) Energy Grant; part of the UN’s Powering the Future We Want program.

We first covered the Solar Suitcase in 2011. The suitcase is kitted out with high-efficiency LED medical task lighting, a universal cell phone charger, a charger for small batteries, plus outlets for 12V DC devices. The basic Solar Suitcase is provided with 40 or 80 watts of solar panels and a 14 amp-hour sealed lead-acid battery. A maternity version of the Solar Suitcase also incorporates a fetal doppler. MORE


Battery Inventor

Wins $500,000 Prize

Jay Whitacre, Ph.D., a Materials Scientist and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Lemelson-MIT Prize for his “saltwater” battery.

The Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) battery uses abundant materials including water, sodium and carbon. The battery’s major internal components are a saltwater electrolyte, manganese oxide cathode, carbon composite anode and synthetic cotton separator.

The energy storage device doesn’t contain heavy metals or toxic chemicals and is non-flammable and non-explosive. Given these attributes, the AHI is claimed to be the safest and most sustainable battery in the world. MORE


From the Pope to VW- A Week of Contrast

Last week was a week of headline news with Pope Francis' arrival to the United States and his address to both Congress and the United Nations. This was Francis' very first trip to the U.S. and it received all the pomp and circumstance the Whitehorse could deliver. In contrast, there was another first, and that first didn't receive any pomp and circumstance from the White.  Rather it sparked an investigation by the U.S. Attorney General, and the EPA, and that was Volkswagen's big lie.

Let's start with Pope Francis. His anticipated speech to Congress and particular thoughts on "climate change"  MORE

LG Chem 2MWh

Battery Storage System Commissioned


LG Chem, one of the world’ s largest lithium-ion battery manufacturers, has supplied a 1 megawatt/2 megawatt-hour energy storage system for a solar power station in Cedartown, Georgia, USA.

A Southern Company and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) initiative, the project is evaluating the impacts of the energy storage system (ESS) in relation to load smoothing, peak shaving and voltage support. Associated research will also identify and bridge the gaps between current storage offerings and the foreseen potential of these systems.

Over $100 Million In Funding Solar

In The USA In Less Than A Month


Less than a month after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) committed $1 billion in new loans guarantees to fund the growth of clean energy systems in the USA, the Obama Administration last week announced the release of more than $102 million to help drive further innovation in solar technology. MORE



Sugar In Your Coffee and Sugar in Your Car?

The next time you sip that sweet brew at your favorite coffee shop (in your reusable cup, of course!), contemplate the potential of that same sugar being collected into a biomass and converted to hydrogen as a fuel for our gas stations.  Thanks to Dr. Joe Rollin and his team at Virginia Tech, the road to perfecting not only the science but the economics of making the process commercially viable is on a fast track.

As you will hear in this segment, there's hesitation across the globe on introducing hydrogen as a main stream fueling product.  It is, as produced today, a fossil fuel supply.  It will be costly, and possibly create environmental damage, to build infrastructure to deliver the fuel in large qualities.

All that changes with the work of Dr. Rollin and his team.  Hydrogen will be produced locally using biomass sugars.  It will be a renewable fuel, clean (the emission is water) and produce local jobs and income.  All of the doubts will dissipate like the emissions we will eliminate.

Hydrogen, if this process makes it through Stage 2 R & D and reaches the market, will become a part of our clean energy future.  We've toyed with hydrogen for cars and buildings--through fuel cells--for many years.  CA has worked through obstacles better than most.  Will CA be a big winner in this launch of a bio-produced hydrogen fuel?  Listen in to find out.