A whole heap of important people showed up for the ground breaking at SCHOTT solars new Albuquerque New Mexico solar plant. Executives from SCHOTT AG of Mainz, Germany, Governor Bill Richardson and other local dignitaries were there to see some real green collar jobs getting started. The site, located in the Mesa del Sol region of Albuquerque, NM, will produce both photovoltaic (PV) modules and receivers for concentrated solar thermal power plants (CSP). Production is expected to begin as early as spring 2009.
Initially, the company will construct a 200,000 square-foot facility, which will employ 350 people. SCHOTT Solar will invest approximately $100 million to start production in New Mexico.
Anticipating the need to increase production of its solar power technologies as the market for renewable energy in the US grows, the new site is designed to support expansion of both its photovoltaic module and solar receiver lines. Long term plans call for the building to expand to 800,000 square feet with employment reaching 1,500 people, representing a total investment of $500 million.
Lighter Footstep gives you the lowdown on pimping your ride (bicycle) with a cargo rack:
At Lighter Footstep, we've long been fans of bicycle commuting. And with record crude oil prices and gasoline again edging up above $3.00 a gallon in the United States, a lot of people are starting to agree.
When it comes to green transportation, bikes are tough to beat. They’re cheap, quick in traffic, and pollution free. But it’s tough to tote the weekly groceries unless you’re properly equipped. That’s where this burly CETMArack comes in.
The Energy Blog has an interesting post on Carbon Capture using Chilled Ammonia(!):
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A pilot plant that uses chilled ammonia to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-fueled power plants was launched by Alstom, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and We Energies, at We Energies’ Pleasant Prairie Power Plant in Wisconsin. Alstom designed, constructed and will operate the 1.7 MW system that captures CO2 from a portion of coal-fired boiler flue gas at the power plant, a 1,224 MW coal-fired generating station.
Alstom’s process uses chilled ammonia to capture CO2 and isolates it in a highly concentrated, high-pressure form. In laboratory testing it has demonstrated the potential to capture more than 90 percent of CO2 at a cost that is far less than other carbon capture technologies. Once captured, the CO2 can be used commercially or sequestered in suitable underground geologic sites.