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Hycrete Certified for Waterproofing Concrete Water Tanks

Michael Kanellos: March 31, 2009, 3:01 PM
Hycrete, which has devised materials and processes for waterproofing concrete, has landed NSF 61 certification, which means that contractors can build potable water tanks holding 200,000 gallons of water or more and add in the company's mixture. Why would you want to waterproof concrete? To prevent corrosion. The company's chemicals also allow contractors to forgo wrapping foundations and other structures with plastic membranes. Like many other building materials, concrete is undergoing a green retrofit. Calera, a Khosla Ventures company, is putting the finishing touches on a pilot plant (reported here first) in Moss Beach, California in which it will use plankton to capture carbon...

Energy Focus: Make an LED to Replace Flares on Army Rockets

Jeff St. John: March 31, 2009, 12:37 PM
The U.S. Army now uses rockets with flares that provide infrared light to soldiers wearing night vision goggles on the battlefield. But apparently the Army thinks light-emitting diodes (LEDs) could beat the flares on performance and reliability — and it's asking Energy Focus (NSDQ: EFOI) to help research the possibilities. The Solon, Ohio-based maker of fiber-optic and LED lighting, which has seen some tough times in its commercial, industrial and swimming pool lines of business, said Tuesday it has won a Department of Defense research grant to work on replacing flares with LEDs.  The plan is to make an LED that provides lots of infrared light but little or no visible...

Livermore Theater Gets Power From Solyndra Panels

Ucilia Wang: March 31, 2009, 9:31 AM

Solyndra's unusually shaped solar thin films have found a home on top of a movie theater in Livermore, Calif. 

SPG Solar has installed a 132-kilowatt system at Livermore Cinemas, a project that Solyndra touted as one of the early commercial installations with its solar panels. The system is now generating power.

Solyndra, based in Fremont, Calif., has developed a way to deposit a thin layer of solar cells in glass tubes, which are then placed side by side in a panel. Conventional solar panels, on the other hand, have a flat surface. The company garnered national spotlight earlier this month when it became the first company to get a loan guarantee from a renewable energy program run by...

McDonald’s Agrees to Promote Pesticide Best Practices

ghayes: March 31, 2009, 8:07 AM
As the result of an ageement with it's shareholders, McDonalds will start surveying their American potato supply chain and promote best practices in the reduction of pesticide use. The global burger company is the largest buyer of potatoes in the U.S., according to the release, and the agreement puts back an earlier shareholder resolution filed by the Bard College Endowment, Newground Social Investment and the AFL-CIO Reserve Fund. According to the statement McDonald's agrees to:
  • Survey its current U.S. potato suppliers.
  • Compile a list of best practices in pesticide reduction that will be recommended to the company's global suppliers (through the company's Global Potato...

GM’s New CEO Says More Plants May Close, Mentions Bankruptcy

Michael Kanellos: March 31, 2009, 7:50 AM
Fritz Henderson, General Motors' new CEO, says the company may have to close more than the five plants it has already proposed cutting in order to come up with a turnaround plan to satisfy the White House. Henderson took over the troubled car maker Monday after President Obama rejected GM's turnaround plan. GM is seeking $13.4 billion more in assistance from the federal government, but the government says it wants a plan that will can lead to a revival of GM and not just one that will suck money down the drain. “We need to reinvent General Motors and we need to do it in a very, very abbreviated time period … so that we’re not spending our time careening from crisis to...

Used and Refurbished Tires Still Finding Their Way Through Latin America

ghayes: March 31, 2009, 5:33 AM
The Supreme Court in Brazil is once again struggling to decide the import of used tires from other countries, especially from the United States and the European Union. And once again, the process is temporarily halted in order to be “properly??? analyzed by the Court members. Some of them have already voted. A new final decision is expected to come out soon. This is a decade-long issue with no proper results to date. Although Brazil’s Constitution expressly prohibits the import of used and refurbished tires since 1991, many companies are allowed to import them thanks to preliminaries decisions from the Justice due to breaches in the law. For decades, environmentalists...

GE Was Going to Invest in Tesla, But Backed Out

Michael Kanellos: March 30, 2009, 8:08 PM
Can I go five hours without writing a Tesla story? No! I'd probably get an iron deficiency or something. In any event, the company cleared up the General Electric mystery today. Elon Musk, the vague-yet-chatty CEO of the company, told Car & Driver that GE was committed to invest in Tesla. But by the time the article came out, GE had backed away. Something to do with an economic downturn. Others picked the investment. Just in case you were wondering. We're still waiting for the official verification that the company does have its loan from the government. Other recent statements from Mr. Musk: 1. Fifteen. That's the number of years a man can turn his head, and pretend that...