green energy http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20395/all/feed en Powerland Cairo: Trash Talking http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5683106 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Turning waste into energy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jon Jensen </div> </div> </div> <p> Cairo &mdash; Hanna Fathy, 28, enthusiastically pushes food scraps into his kitchen drain. When he looks at the pink paste that gathers in a bucket under his sink, he doesn&rsquo;t see trash, he sees a source of renewable power.</p> <p> He carries the slop to the roof of his home in a slum east of the city, and pours it into an old storage barrel.</p> <p> &nbsp;&ldquo;We can use the same organic waste that we&rsquo;ve already paid money for when we bought it as food, to make energy and save the environment from using fossil fuels,&rdquo; Fathy said.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="640" height="360" alt="Powerland Cairo: Talking Trash" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/twistage_stills/3abecc4576dbd-original.jpg?1322789313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2011:12:01 19:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("3abecc4576dbd", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5683106" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt egypt green energy Powerland renewable energy solar power Video Fri, 02 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Jon Jensen 5683106 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama touts another green company in State of the Union. It immediately goes bankrupt. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/obama-names-another-green-company-it-immediately-goes-bankrupt <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Maybe President Barack Obama should stop talking about green energy companies. Immediately. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Perhaps President Obama should stop talking about green energy companies.&nbsp;</p> <p> Every time he does, it seems, they go bankrupt.</p> <p> It happened again today, <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-26/ener1-battery-maker-seeks-chapter-11-bankruptcy-protection.html" target="_blank">according to Bloomberg/Businessweek</a>.</p> <p> Just two days after Obama touted his adminstration&#39;s green energy programs, Ener1, an electric battery maker that received a $118 million grant from the US Department of Energy, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.</p> <p> Oops.</p> <p> Here&#39;s what President Obama said Tuesday night in his State of the Union address, in reference to Ener1:</p> <p> &ldquo;In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world&rsquo;s leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries.&quot;</p> <p> And here&#39;s what Bloomberg/Businessweek is reporting about today&#39;s news:</p> <blockquote><p> The company listed assets of $73.9 million and debt of $90.5 million as of Dec. 31 in court papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. Ener1 has been affected by competing battery developers in China and Korea, &ldquo;which generally have a lower cost manufacturing base&rdquo; and lower labor and raw material costs, interim Chief Executive Officer Alex Sorokin said in the petition.</p> </blockquote> <p> According to an Energy Department statement <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/206777-doe-backed-battery-company-files-for-bankruptcy">cited by The Hill</a>:</p> <blockquote><p> &ldquo;While it&rsquo;s unfortunate that Ener1, the parent company, has entered a restructuring process, the new infusion of $80 million in private capital demonstrates that the technology has merit,&rdquo; Energy Department spokeswoman Jen Stutsman said in a statement.</p> </blockquote> <p> This is the second high-profile embarrassment for the Obama administration&#39;s plans to support the US alternative energy industry.</p> <p> <strong>More green energy coverage from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/powerland">Powerland, adventures in urban energy</a></strong></p> <p> Solar panel maker Solyndra, which received $535 million in government loan guarantees, went bankrupt in September.</p> <p> Don&#39;t expect a strategy shift away from green energy, though.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/obama-names-another-green-company-it-immediately-goes-bankrupt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ener1 green energy President Barack Obama State of the Union Business Green Politics Macro Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:13:00 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5689103 at http://www.globalpost.com Solar power plant opened for the first time on US public land http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/120508/solar-plant-open-the-first-time-us-public-land <p> The first commerical solar power plant opened on the Nevada-California border Monday in the Mojave desert.</p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/120508/solar-plant-open-the-first-time-us-public-land" target="_blank">read more</a></p> green energy Science solar power Green Energy Science Tue, 08 May 2012 18:56:16 +0000 Alexander Besant 5703532 at http://www.globalpost.com Germany’s green dreams turn brown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/germany/140604/germany-coal-renewable-green-energy-merkel <p>PROSCHIM, Germany &mdash;&nbsp;A growing reliance on coal is overshadowing the country&rsquo;s record on renewable energy as the crisis in Ukraine prompts a search for new sources.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/germany/140604/germany-coal-renewable-green-energy-merkel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> green energy Geo Green Want to Know Germany Solar Wind Thu, 05 Jun 2014 04:36:29 +0000 Jason Overdorf 6166892 at http://www.globalpost.com