Native American Proverb – We Do Not Inherit The Earth From Our Ancestors, We Borrow It From Our Children. – This, We Finally Seem To Understand, Now Let’s Keep Up The Good Work.
At a press conference on February 24, 2010, Bloom Energy’s founder and CEO announced an amazing new fuel cell. Utilizing a certain type of plentiful sand baked into ceramic membranes instead of precious metals like platinum or corrosive materials like acids, oxygen is pumped in one side and fuel on the other to create a chemical reaction that produces electricity at nearly twice the rate of some legacy technologies. Not only was this announcement exciting in the genre of fuel cells, the impressive fact was it was already quietly tested, up, and running very successfully at several locations including Google! Read more in the Forced Green post: A Green Energy Sand Box
On March 29, 2010, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC), based out of Portland, Maine, launched the Energy Tide 2 (ET2), its Turbine Generator Unit (TGU), the largest ocean energy device deployed in U.S. waters. Designed to harness 60 kilowatts of tidal power (enough electricity to power 20 homes), in Cobscook Bay near Eastport, Maine. It is generating green, renewable energy used at Coast Guard Station Eastport. Read more: Tapping The Green Power of Earth’s Oceans.
In the spring, the PB40 PowerBuoy anchored off the shores of Oahu, Hawaii, started generating 40 kilowatts of clean tidal energy back on shore to Kaneohe Marine Corps Base. Read more: The Color Of Wave Power Is Marine Green
Four purpose-built electric trucks, the first all-electric FedEx parcel delivery trucks in the United States, hit the road in the Los Angeles area in June 2010, joining more than 1,800 alternative-energy (hybrid) vehicles already in service for FedEx around the world. Read more: An Electrifying Road Trip Along Route 66
In early fall London launched the world’s first Wireless EV Charger. The company HaloIPT, is planning to stage units along parts of England’s M25 motorway. Read more in the Forced Green post: No Greener Than Wireless on this company and it’s ingenious green charging system.
On September 23, 2010, off the coast of Kent in the UK, the world’s largest offshore wind farm went online. Thanet Offshore Wind Farm generates 300 megawatts (MW) and pushes the UK’s installed wind power capacity above the 5 GW (Giga Watts) mark, enough electricity to power all the homes in Scotland. Read more: World’s Largest Wind Farm – ONLINE
The Nissan LEAF hit the highways in December with an overwhelming positive response that even startled Nissan. Such that Nissan announced they will be launching 3 more electric vehicle models: an electric Infiniti, a two-seat urban car, and a small cargo van (due out in 2013). Read about the LEAF: Build It Green And They Will Buy and the MPG equivalent: Nissan Leaf: 99 MPG Equivalent .
Right on the LEAF’s bumper, the hybrid Chevy VOLT hit the road in December. For MPG equivalents and a video, see Forced Green’s post: And Now For The Hybrid VOLT
A new McDonald’s restaurant has opened in Huntington, West Virginia. Teaming up with American Electric Power they have installed two Level 2 (240 volt) EV (Electric Vehicle) charging stations in their parking lot.
Cracker Barrel is jumping feet first into the 21st century by installing EV charging stations at 24 locations (half of them with ultra-fast 480-volt DC) in a Tennessee triangle that includes Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. The company installing the EV Charging stations is ECOtality, the fascinating subject of Forced Green’s article: This Year Of Green Despite BP .
It was tough, disastrous year in many respects, like the Gulf oil spill that’s still lurking around, waiting for a big, strong hurricane so it can rebound and sucker punch us again – right BP? All in all though, I believe green did prevail, against all odds, and I believe we are in for some good green happenings in 2011 …
If you know any that I have missed, inquiring minds want to know!