California gets solar powered bus shelters

The USA’s sunshine state of California is getting – funnily enough – solar-powered bus shelters. A city in the West Coast state has given approval for the ‘state of the art’ shelters which will have solar panels on the roofs. The panels will also power nearby traffic signals and will cost around $17,000 (£11k). A […]

California carbon permit prices higher than expected

The US state of California held its second auction of greenhouse gas allowances last week and sold all of nearly 13 million carbon permits on offer for this year. The allowances sold for slightly more than market expectations, it was reported. The cap-and-trade programme is a central part of California’s global warming law and covers […]

The efficienator – Arnie backs Green Deal!

Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the thumbs up as he congratulated the UK Government on its leadership in the field of energy efficiency. Best known to the world as the Terminator, the former Governor of California sent a video message following the launch of the Government’s energy efficiency schemes. He said: “I want to congratulate Greg Barker […]

BP sells Texas refinery for $2.4bn

Oil giant BP announced it has completed the sale of its Texas City refinery (pictured) for an estimated $2.4 billion (£1.5bn). The 475,000 barrels per day refinery will now be owned by Marathon Petroleum, including an associated co-generation plant, natural gas pipelines and four marketing terminals in the Southeast US. The news follows the firm’s […]

California launches carbon market

American state California launched its carbon market last week, becoming the world’s second biggest market with more than 60million carbon permits. The cap and trade scheme is designed to help the ‘Golden State’ (pictured) cut greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) kicked off proceedings with an auction […]

Keep up appearances – go solar!

Keeping up with the Joneses used to mean getting a bigger car to match your neighbours’ or making sure your lawns are neat and tidy – but in the 21st century, it means going solar. A new study by American researchers suggests solar  is “contagious” as people are more likely to install PV panels if […]

Carbon trading markets are ‘policy of choice’

Carbon trading markets are the “policy of choice” for cutting emissions around the world, according to a new report released today by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). This is despite “continued inaction” from the US Congress on climate legislation and “pressing need for reform” in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), said the […]

Mobile robots help cut solar costs

A US robotics company has built “solar robots” that could cut the cost of energy from solar farms. The machines, built by California-based QBotix, are expected to cut costs by around 20%. The firm claims the “robots” are operated by a single battery that manages the rotation of up to 200 panels at a fraction […]

Brine could power future electric vehicles

US engineers claim to have found a key ingredient in battery materials which could revolutionise electric vehicles – brine. Californian researchers are turning hot brine into lithium to help power batteries for electric cars in the future. Simbol Materials, the company that developed the technique, claims there is an “electric vehicle revolution” underway.  Ajit Venkatraman, […]

US launch hands-free charging system for electric vehicles

A green transportation company in the US has launched a demonstration of a hands-free charging system for electric vehicles. Evatran’s Plugless Power helps drivers to charge the battery automatically when they park in a specialist charging space. The system works when a car is parked over a pad which starts charging the car automatically. Once […]