Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Give Green this Holiday Season

Go Green and Give Green…


With eco-conscious gift-giving


greengiftsThe season for giving is fast approaching, and it’s time to start looking for the perfect gifts for all of the special people in your life. When we know we selected just the right gift for our loved ones, it gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling, right? Well – as it was once famously put – we are living in a material world; and sometimes that makes gift-giving stressful and expensive. It may sound a little cheesy and cliché, but oftentimes the gift really is in the giving. This year try bringing back that warm and fuzzy feeling of gift-giving by making it a creative and thoughtful effort. You can be more original (and hopefully less consumptive) by thinking like a green, eco-conscious consumer this holiday season.

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Top Tips





  • Make great memories. Buying tickets to the theater, a museum or a concert is a fantastic gift because you’re guaranteed to find something for anyone. Whether you’re shopping for your artsy bookworm friend or your indie rock ‘n roll buddy, there are so many options for you to choose from. Depending on where you live and what type of tickets you’re buying, they can become pricey, so you may want to save this type of gift for someone really special.



  • Consumable gifts. Spending money for a gift that isn’t going to get any use besides gathering dust in garage is a waste in so many ways. Selections of organic baked goods, fresh flowers, dried fruit, and organic teas are gifts that are sure to be enjoyed with very little waste.



  • Material gifts. If you have to purchase a material gift, just make sure it’s something that will get a lot of use. Try to stay away from items that are easily disposable or may not be used often. Just because your sister really likes waffles, doesn’t mean she’s in dire need of a waffle-maker. If you’re going to spend the money, why not buy something the person really needs? If you know the person well enough, you might know of something they are thinking of getting themselves, and maybe just haven’t gotten around to it, so beat them to it. You’ll know your gift will be thoroughly enjoyed.



  • Green Gadgets. This article lists 50 green gadgets that are great gifts for the eco-conscious consumer. They range from eco-chargers to solar-powered tents!



  • Does not include batteries. Although batteries have greatly improved since they became a household “necessity” in the 1980’s, they still contain harmful chemicals, and still end up in landfills. If at all possible buy items with either no batteries or rechargeable batteries. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. If someone is a “gadget junkie” or have children with lots of battery-operated toys, a rechargeable battery set would be a great green gift in itself.



  • Beware of packaging. When making gift purchases, look for items that are reusable, use less packaging, and come in recyclable packaging. It will help cut down the amount of excess trash that is created during the holiday season.



  • Do it yourself. Look through some of the old holiday cards you have received. If you find a few that you don’t mind parting with, you can make gift tags out of them using these simple steps:



  1. Make sure the back of the card cover is blank.

  2. Rip the card at the crease.

  3. Cut the card to your liking or leave it as it is.

  4. Punch a hole at the top of the card.

  5. Put ribbon through the hole and tie it to your gift bag.


Newspaper comics could make creative wrapping paper as well. It adds color, originality and gives the person something to read while they wait to open their gift.



  • greengifts2Wrapping it up. Spend the money on the gift not the wrapping! The holidays shouldn’t be about making tons and tons of trash to be shipped to landfills. Keep a box in your closet where you can store used wrapping items to reuse for future holidays. We’re not saying you should open your wrapped gifts with a razorblade and microscope. Just try to save and reuse old gift bags and tissue paper that happen to still look new. It’s not re-gifting to reuse perfectly good paper.


If you don’t have any wrapping material to reuse, look for gift bags that are 100% recycled. Try sticking to gift bags rather than wrapping paper to make it easier for the person to reuse it later.


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Benefits…



…to you



  • Making and putting together your own Christmas gifts for your loved ones gives each one a personal and unique touch that they will truly appreciate.

  • With the eco-friendly gift bag, you will be giving your friend useful items they can use over and over again, while sending a great message and expressing your own eco-conscious personality.

  • By reusing old cards as tags and used gift bags you can get rid of some of that clutter in your closet.

  • If you buy a useful gift for someone that they use often, you will get the satisfaction of knowing you gave something that is really appreciated.



…to your wallet



  • Reusing or using alternatives to wrapping paper and gift bags will save you money, especially if you have a large family and lots of presents to hand out.

  • Making specialty baked goods for friends and acquaintances instead of buying items may take a little extra time, but it will save you a lot of money on material gifts people may not even want or need.


…to the earth



  • Splurging on gifts like tickets to a concert produces very little waste (if the event is local). The packaging consists of no more than an envelope and the tickets themselves. You’ve given that person an experience they won’t forget with a gift that doesn’t end up in the landfill.

  • Giving gifts like organic teas and dried fruit will limit waste since these gifts are consumed when enjoyed.

  • If you spend a little extra money to buy a high quality item for a good friend or family member that you know they will use often, it will lengthen the time they can enjoy it and lessen the chances of them throwing it out to buy a new one.

  • Reusing gift bags or buying recycled (if you have to purchase) will reduce the amount of new trees that need to be used to make these products as well as limiting waste.

  • Hopefully, this season, your eco-conscious gift-giving will inspire the receiver to do the same, starting a chain of recyclers eco-conscious consumers.


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Further Reading



Toys


Pretty in Green


Green Gadgets

An Extra Wrap for Bananas

How fruit is gaining another skin


fruitNewskinWhat to do with a fruit that already has its own protective skin? Why, wrap it in plastic, of course.


Bananas, known for their easy-to-peel yellow skins, are getting another layer, but this time in eco-unfriendly plastic. Individually-wrapped bananas could be the hottest trend if all goes well in 27 7-Eleven stores scattered throughout Dallas, Texas.


Fresh Del Monte created a special plastic wrap that keeps individual bananas from browning for five days, compared to the traditional 2-day lifespan of an unpackaged banana. Bananas ripen when exposed to oxygen, so this special plastic wrap prevents most oxygen from touching the banana, slowing the ripening process while maintaining freshness.


However, environmentalists have voiced concerns over these individually wrapped bananas, saying that extra plastic packaging is not sustainable and a waste for naturally-wrapped fruit. 7-Eleven has asked Fresh Del Monte to come up with eco-friendly packaging that is biodegradable. Fresh Del Monte’s VP of Marketing Dennis Christou responded by claiming that carbon emissions would decrease if banana shelf life extended, as less store deliveries would be needed.



This presents an interesting example of the trade-offs that being green creates. It’s difficult to determine who’s right on this one? In general, however, Sierra Club Green Home’s policy is the less plastic, the better.


Top Tips


  • Natural remedies to prevent bananas from browning


When shopping, skip the individually-wrapped and buy regular bananas instead. Most grocery stores don’t require you to buy a whole hand of bananas. This freedom allows you to buy as few as you need, preventing waste and excessive purchasing.


To slow down the process of ripening bananas, follow these simple tips



  • Look for greenish bananas with a hint of yellow, as they will ripen throughout the week

  • Cut them up into slices and freeze them. Bananas freeze very easily and last a long time if you put them in freezer bags. They can be used on cereal and are especially good for making smoothies or protein shakes.

  • Avoid placing bananas near the sun and fruits like apples and tomatoes

  • Hang bananas on a banana stand



  • What to do with brown bananas


One day passes by, two days pass by, soon it’s the end of week and there are still bananas sitting on the countertop. If you have leftover bananas from the week that are beginning to go south, instead of throwing them in the composter, follow these tips instead



  • Use bananas in smoothies

  • Make banana bread

  • Use bananas for all-natural face masks


Other Considerations




  • fruitNewskin2Impact of plastic to the environment. According to SCGH’s Paper or Plastic article , plastic bags do not break down completely into organic materials. They go through a process called photodegradation. This means that the plastic is broken down into smaller pieces which can gain mobility and relocation via water, wind, or wildlife. According to the EPA and The Ocean Conservancy, wildlife is significantly threatened by various plastics, including discarded bags.



  • Unnecessary packaging. Because of their thick skin, bananas are less susceptible to dirt. If nature provided us with fruit that can protect itself, why do we need to create a skin for them that is not kind to the environment?


Learn More


Paper or Plastic? BYOB


SCGH’s Recycling Center

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sending a Green Message

Send the Write Message

With eco-friendly greeting cards


WriteMessageWith so many options for free e-greeting cards available on the internet; it’s surprising how many people still choose to pay for paper cards. According to the Greeting Card Association, 90% of American households purchase paper greeting cards. Sometimes you may want to send that special person a tangible reminder that you’re thinking of them. So what’s an eco-conscious citizen to do when the occasion calls for a good old-old-fashioned, personalized greeting card?


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Top Tips




  • Buy recycled. Is it really necessary to use up virgin paper to let someone know you love them? Not when there are cards made of recycled paper and are just as cute, funny and heartwarming as cards made out of new material. You can find greeting cards made out of recycled paper in just about any store where you would normally by cards. Anything labeled “made from 100% recycled material” is good, but try to look for a label stating the card is made of 100% post-consumer content.



  • FSCFSC Certified. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. They set internationally recognized standards to promote responsible forestry. You can now purchase greeting cards that are certified by the FSC, so if you’re going to send a paper card, you can really make a statement – and a contribution – to a good cause.



  • Make your own. If you find the lack of personal touch in e-cards unappealing, try getting creative and making your own. By using 100% recycled paper or cardstock you can design and personalized your own greeting card whenever and for whomever you want for any GrowingThePaperoccasion. Since there is so much more about greeting cards – toxic inks and bindings, for instance – that make it harmful for the environment, making your own is a very eco-friendly option.



  • Plant them. Grab a pot filled with soil, put the card in, and grow a garden! You can purchase cards laced with seeds so that when the person is ready to discard the card they can plant it in their garden. This is a great idea for party and wedding invitations that people don’t typically keep after the occasion. Besides, it’s a great party favor for your guests.


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Other Considerations




  • Receiving cards. Some people receive cards and keep them “forever”, and sometimes those symbols of sentiment only get thrown away. You can either toss them in the recycling bin with the rest of your newspapers and magazines, or you can keep the love going by reusing them as gift tags. Rip the card at the crease, and if there isn’t writing on the back of the cover you can use a hole-puncher, tie a ribbon through it and, voila! Instant gift tag.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital accepts donated used Christmas cards. The children trim the cards and glue them onto the used, pre-printed card-backs which are then sold to the public through the St. Jude newsletter, Gift Shop or by word of mouth.




  • Internet newbies. In this day in age it’s difficult to wrap our heads around the idea of not having e-mail, but when sending cards and invitations electronically it’s important to keep in mind the people that may not receive them because they either don’t have access or simply never check their accounts.


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Benefits…



…to you



  • Not only are e-cards free and eco-friendly, they are quite simple, even for the not-so-tech-savvy individual. So, although you may not want to send Grandma’s 87th birthday wishes via the internet, for any other occasion of the year you can personalize and send e-cards conveniently at the touch of your fingertips.

  • Making your own cards for the holiday is probably not advisable for your 4 ½-page holiday list of important family and friends, but for birthdays and anniversaries it could be the perfect personalized touch. It also gives you a chance to get in touch with your creative side, so tap into that drawer of glitter, glue, and colored pencils and turn that recycled piece of paper in to a work of art.



…to your wallet



  • Did I mention that you can send e-cards for FREE? Many greeting card websites use free e-cards as a way to boost membership, so you can send cards and invitations to as many people as you want whenever you want for FREE. Not to mention, you don’t have to pay for postage.

  • Making your own cards can also be quite inexpensive, especially if you already have the needed supplies such as markers and colored pencils.

  • Recycled store-bought cards typically are not any more expensive than regular cards – and cheaper than those crazy new musical cards.

  • Seed cards can cost a little more than regular cards, but they serve as beautiful party favors – particularly for weddings – so you don’t have to splurge on too many gifts later.


…to the earth



  • Sending e-cards cuts down on paper used to make the cards as well as the fuel it takes to deliver them. While the mailman was probably going to deliver to your area anyway, the added weight of the 7 billion greeting cards Americans ship each year adds to the amount of fuel needed to ship, truck and fly that paper across the U.S.

  • Purchasing seed cards keeps more waste from entering the landfills and saves the energy and resources associated with recycling the paper. Not to mention the beautiful plants and flowers they produce when planted.


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Further Reading


Turn Your Wedding Green


50 Green Gadgets


The 3 R’s and Beyond

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Save the Polar Bears

Sierra Club is asking those who care to sign a petition to save polar bears.

"Just two weeks ago the Department of the Interior took a strong first step in protecting the threatened polar bear by proposing a large area of America’s Arctic as critical habitat for the bear – including the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean, part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, and extensive barrier islands. However, only days before this announcement, the very same Interior Department approved a drilling plan for Shell Oil in key polar bear habitat in the Beaufort Sea.That’s why I’m asking you to sign our petition today.

We are asking you to send two clear messages to the US Fish and Wildlife Service:
1) We strongly support their designation of critical habitat for the polar bear, and
2) While designating critical habitat is a strong first step, they must also do what is necessary to stop harmful activities such as oil drilling in the polar bear’s habitat.

There are less than 60 days left in the comment period, so the Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs to hear from you NOW – they need to know that we support the designation of critical habitat designation. But we also need to let them know that this will NOT be enough to protect the polar bear if we fail to address climate change and reduce other threats to the bear’s habitat, such as oil drilling. Tell the USFWS that it must take additional actions now to ensure that the polar bear gets REAL protection by not allowing risky, aggressive oil development to move forward in areas that have been recognized as crucial for the bear’s future.There is no question that polar bears are in trouble. Survival rates for polar bear cubs are plunging. Bears that are accustomed to hunting on ice have been stranded on land, and in some cases have drowned. Scientists warn that without protection, polar bears could disappear by 2050.We need to do everything possible to help polar bears survive – that means establishing critical habitat for them AND eliminating the threat of offshore drilling. Please sign our petition today!"

A Green Thanksgiving

White Christmas is a cultural and traditional icon of our society. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, Green Thanksgiving will also become an American standard.
Naturally, the most eco-friendly meal would be a 100 percent vegan menu. Let’s be honest, though, do you really want to celebrate with turkey-shaped soy? If you do, more power to you. But if a “tofurky” feast isn’t your thing, bear in mind you still have other savory and sustainable options: Choose a turkey that is USDA-Certified organic and free-range, meaning it is given organic feed and is free from confinement. You can find a list of farmers at Local Harvest who use organic methods to raise their birds, perhaps there is one near you?
If you do choose to enjoy soy for Thanksgiving there are many vegetarian and vegan soy “turkeys” available, or you can even try making your own. Click here for an article offering many non-meat turkey options. There are also some vegetarian gravy recipes if you want the full Thanksgiving meal experience.
It’s also the season for pumpkin, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams. Traditional Thanksgiving food is usually in season anyway, so why not get the freshest possible ingredients for your mashed potatoes and pies by visiting your local farmer’s market? Eating produce that’s in season -- especially if grown locally -- cuts down on the carbon emissions needed to grow, plow, ship, truck and fly it from the farm to your table. If you can’t find a farmer’s market in your area, try to purchase as many organic, in-season ingredients at the grocery store as you can. Here is a list of recipes by in-season ingredient that you can try for your Thanksgiving meal.
Planning final headcount will help monitor unnecessary food waste, so get those RSVPs early! While we all love leftover turkey sandwiches, inevitably, some food spoils quickly forcing you to toss it; have guests bring a reusable dish to share leftovers. If there are any scraps left, try composting them to limit waste and add nutrients to your garden.
You can also consider, making your Thanksgiving meal a potluck and ask your guests to bring different side dishes so all you have to worry about is getting the best possible turkey. Share vegan, vegetarian, in-season and organic recipes as a little hint for the menu theme. This allows everyone to participate in creating a sustainable soiree....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-schwab/white-christmas----how-ab_b_349094.html

Stacking Green Chips in the Silver State The Sequel


Stacking Green Chips in the Silver State The Sequel

Bright Lights, Green City?


It’s been almost three months since the announcement from the city of Las Vegas, surrounding cities and Southern Nevada businesses with their collective plan to start a new, non-profit organization called Green Chips. Cleverly titled, Green Chips is aimed at creating a more energy-efficient and “green” state of Nevada. Given the initial surprise, excitement and early skepticism that came with the concept of America’s “Sin City” turning eco-friendly, a follow-up is in order.


A Goodman for the Job


According to SierraClubGreenHome.com’s Abi Wright, the message that Green Chips wants to send to the rest of the country – even the world – is that environmental protection and conservation is of the utmost importance to it’s citizens and to the future survival of the planet.


Recently, Abi sat down with the mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, chairman of Green Chips, to ask him a few questions about the organization and where he sees Las Vegas headed as it pertains to a greener lifestyle for the city:


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Can a town known for its bright lights, fast-action gaming, and party atmosphere be the next city to adopt green living? The members of Green Chips hope not to necessarily change your impressions of Vegas as fun and entertaining, but possibly add another… Las Vegas, a city that cares about the environment, its future, and green living, also still a place where you can have a good time!


Green Chips plans to make Nevada a more sustainable environment by implementing and encouraging special programs, incentives, and funds aimed at educating, promoting and supporting the use of recycled products as well as building more energy-efficient homes and creating new green jobs.


“There are over 40 million people [living in or traveling to and from Las Vegas] concerned about climate change, local jobs, and energy concerns, and we want to promote to the world that Las Vegas will be one of the cities leading the way in the effort to go green”, says Tom Perrigo, who is Deputy Director for the City of Las Vegas, and also one of the founding members of Green Chips.


“One of our first year goals is to host a ‘Convene 4 Green’ conference in the spring to measure the city’s targets and then drive the programs that we would like to implement, accordingly,” he said.


With the support of some of Nevada’s biggest names in business, gaming, and local government behind this project, Green Chips looks to be more than just rhetoric: it is an effort to change the entire landscape of the state in the next 10-25 years by strongly encouraging Nevada to rely on recycled and reusable energy through new laws, bonuses and incentives to businesses.


Direct from the “Missions and Goals statement” on their website (http://www.greenchips.org/ ), Green Chips plans to aggregate resources to provide low-interest loans to homeowners and businesses for qualifying energy efficiency, resource preservation, and carbon reduction projects. After rebates and tax credits, Green Chips is seeking to make loans available to bridge the financial gap to ensure that renewable energy and conservation projects are affordable.


The tax and financial breaks are well needed with the current housing market coupled with the state’s struggling economy. By purchasing more energy-efficient products (such as Energy Star-approved washers, refrigerators, etc.) and recycled (or recyclable) building products, both individuals and businesses will be able to take advantage of the incentives this organization is offering.


Other Reading and References




Stacking Green Chips in the Silver State


Green Watch Summer 2009


Home Free Nevada


NSP


Local leaders chip in to help green projects with nonprofit from Las Vegas Review Journal



Friday, November 6, 2009

Free Screening of Coal Country


You can join actress Ashley Judd, Appalachian activists, and Sierra Club leaders in this national movement by attending a house party near you.




Coal Country is a stunning documentary that takes us inside the lives of the Appalachian residents directly threatened by mountaintop-removal mining, a destructive mining practice that involves blasting apart mountaintops to expose the coal within. The resulting mining waste is then carelessly dumped into streams, polluting the drinking water of nearby communities. As it takes us through each stage of coal mining and processing, Coal Country reveals the shocking true cost of America's over-reliance on coal.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fuel Cell Technology

Green Fuel Gone Residential

Emergence of a quite, efficient, and clean fuel


FuelCellElectricityFuel cell technology is an emerging form of clean energy that seems to be within reach for consumers. The main drawback is in the costly expenses associated with the units, in comparison to conventional fossil fuel systems. Fuel cell systems have proven to produce at least twice as much energy and little to no pollution, unlike their ‘dirty fuel’ counterparts. In 2003, President Bush announced a program called the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative (HFI) which aims to develop hydrogen-based fuel cell technologies. The initiative is supported by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Advanced Energy Initiative of 2006, both organizations hope to make fuel cell technology practical in vehicles and cost-effective for the average citizen.


The by-products of fuel cell technology are nothing but water and heat. When compared to conventional fossil fuels, this clean alternative sounds too good to be true. However, the use of fuel cell technologies is only continuing to grow in numbers as hush-hush companies strive to develop the perfect fuel cell for the modern day world.


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Benefits of fuel cell technology




  • The systems are deemed to be environmentally friendly, since they operate with higher efficiency. Conventional fuel systems are only 30% efficient.




  • Fuel cells may run on ecologically derived substances like ethanol and methanol.




  • Their emissions are water and heat. This is a true clean-fuel technology.




  • Such technology is 3 times more efficient that combustion systems.



General cons




  • Maintaining a fuel cell can be very costly. The main downfall is associated with high expenses, currently this technology is not a reasonable financial choice for many commercial industries.




  • Its availability to the public is limited, mostly because of the high costs and little interest.




  • Companies are still striving to develop the most effective system, perhaps one that can be incorporated to vehicles; thus, most are not interested in residential sales.


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Why is fuel cell technology unpopular?



Unlike wind and solar technology, fuel cells do not receive a whole lot of recognition by the media or government incentives. Many believe that user-friendly fuel cells are nearly 10 – 15 years away, thus investing in them now may prove to be just a waste of money. If the technology becomes more efficient and preferred by consumers and producers, then the government will most definitely begin to provide various incentives. However, experts believe that it will take time for this clean-fuel to become widely available, thus incentives have not yet been set.


Many people have not heard of fuel cell technology because it’s simply so hush-hush. Most companies’ products are still in the development stages. If you are interested in receiving progress notices you may register with your desired organization or company online.


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A company that’s ‘Delivering smart energy today’


FuelCellClearEdge


The California/Oregon company prides itself as a pioneer and leader of ultra-clean and efficient fuel cell energy systems for small businesses and households. The company states that fuel cell technology is more efficient than wind and solar power, and aims to make it widely available to the masses. ClearEdge Power promises their customers a ‘remedy for painfully high utility bills,’ while encouraging folks to take advantage of the utility rebates and government appointed incentives. In addition, the company strives to educate consumers on the benefits that fuel cell technology has on the environment and its reduced number of carbon emissions.


CEO, Russell Ford, and ClearEdge Power have applauded Congressman Wu and Congresswoman Bono-Mack for taking action to increase fuel cell technologies and incentives. Regarding the 2009 residential Fuel Cell Tax Parity Act, Congressman Wu said,


“As we try to ensure that America has clean and renewable sources of energy, we need to establish policies to help individuals install these technologies and support industries that are already ahead of the curve. This bill will ensure that families have the opportunity to access the same tax credits that commercial developers get for using renewable power.”


FuelCellGirlThe company has already started marketing and selling the ClearEdge 5 (CE5) system, that cost as low as 6.0¢ per kWh. The CE5 product is a good option for an on-site clean energy system as it converts natural gas to electricity and heat. The product consists of three core components and the system’s hydrogen is processed through a Fuel Cell Stack, thus creating direct current (DC) power which the unit converts into the alternative current (AC). It is estimated that the CE5 system generates 5kW annually, which is optimal for larger home estimated at 4,000 square feet.


The CE5 system promises many benefits. A major environmental is that this technology uses fewer natural resources to meet your energy needs, and can be up to 90% efficient. The company promises continual performance monitoring for the 20 year lifespan of the CE5 system. The Clear Edge 5 product is truly a smart energy system that provides reliable alternative energy, low energy costs, and reduced CO2 emissions.


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Other companies competing to meet the fuel cell goal


FuelCellBloomenergy


New York Times reported that Bloom Energy is one of the companies closest to revealing their product. The company ran a successful two year study at the University of Tennessee, where they discovered that their Bloom box ran twice as efficient as a natural-gas boiler, while producing 60% less carbon emissions. It is reported that their product can also be modified to run on natural-gas and liquid fuels, like ethanol. In regards to the company’s product development, they have not been forthcoming with any details.


Bloom’s CEO K.R. Sridhar and Kleiner stated that the company plans on selling and leasing its 5 KW Bloom boxes, in addition to entering power-purchasing agreements through an unnamed wholly owned subsidiary. Six years and nearly $250 million later, Bloom is quickly proving to be a company preparing for commercial sales and worldwide recognition.


FuelCellSFC


SFC is a German company which strives to be a leader in motor vehicle incorporated fuel cells. Unlike other companies that are still in the developmental phases of their projects, SFC has been manufacturing and selling various units since 2000. In addition, the company has 25 patents and patent applications covering the very aspects of clean energy technology.


The company is a true pioneer in direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) technology. The miniaturized DMFC system functions with exchangeable fuel cartridges which contain 100% methanol. Currently their products are sold for recreational vehicles (RV’s), sailing boats, remote industrial applications, and consumer electronics. The company goal is to establish its units throughout various markets from healthcare to households to leisure resorts.


FuelCellFuelCellEnergy



FuelCell Energy manufactures clean energy stationary fuel cell power plants which are estimated to generate electricity with twice the efficiency of fossil fuel plants. The company which is headquartered in Connecticut, manages and monitors over 50 power plant locations throughout the world. The company manufactures stationary fuel cell power plants for commercial, industrial, government, and utility applications.


The products associated with this company qualify under several environmental certifications, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Renewable Energy Standards (RES). In addition, they exceed the standards set of fuel cell systems by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).


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Learn More



HowStuffWorks.com presents: How Fuel Cell Energy Works



EPA to Ban Breathing?


Recycling Center


Indoor Air Quality


Stacking Green Chips in the Silver State


Why Go Solar?