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The rigid fossil fuel generated energy boundaries are being shattered by digitally enabled consumers, aggressive innovators such as Carbon Recall who are changing the how properties are powered up ecosystem, and even the utilities themselves as they work to realize the new and changing renewable energy paradigm

Regenerative flight is not only possible, it’s doable! The Solar Impulse folks are about to prove it by circumnavigating the globe¬†

California, with one of the most aggressive renewable energy mandates in the country, recently declared the most aggressive energy storage mandate with a goal of 1.3 gigawatts of storage by 2020.

Be Power Tech is working on an air conditioner that produces electricity. The company’s commercial design is slated to produce 10 tons of cooling and 15kW of electricity.

According to Noemi Glickman with Bloomberg “The story should not be how falling oil prices will impact the shift to clean energy, it should be how the shift to clean energy is impacting the oil price”

ExxonMobil’s blog post on the fossil fuel divestment movement concluded by saying that destroying our planet’s climate by recklessly burning fossil fuels is necessary to relieve global poverty.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is often more than 10 times (and sometimes more than 100 times) more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor air pollutants contribute to asthma as well as other respiratory conditions and diseases. Indoor pollutants include VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from off gassing building materials, paints and finishes, and furnishings; other toxic chemicals emitted from cleaning products, pesticides, and hazardous household supplies; mold, which grows on moist materials and surfaces; carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide gases, which can be released from gas-fueled combustion appliances; particulates from wood-burning fireplaces or cars running near the house; tobacco smoke; as well as asbestos, lead, and radon.  IAQ (indoor air quality) can be particularly compromised during winter and summer months when the home or building is more likely to be sealed tight to keep heated or cooled air from escaping. Darko Kapelina suggests clean energy sustainable solutions such a geothermal with air filtration systems powered by solar.

Ford has unveiled plans for a prototype solar-powered hybrid car. The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car has a solar panel roof supplied by their technology partner SunPower, which draws power from a special solar concentrator lens similar to a magnifying glass, directing intense rays to solar panels on the vehicle roof.

With a full charge, the solar car is estimated to have a total range of up to 620 miles.

Ford report that the sun could power up to 75 percent of all trips made by an average driver in a solar hybrid vehicle. This could be especially important in places where the electric grid is underdeveloped, unreliable or expensive to use.

Because of the extended time it takes to absorb enough energy to fully charge the vehicle, Ford turned to Georgia Institute of Technology for a way to amplify the sunlight in order to make a solar-powered hybrid feasible for daily use.

Researchers developed an off-vehicle solar concentrator that uses a special Fresnel lens to direct sunlight to the solar cells while boosting the impact of the sunlight by a factor of eight. Fresnel is a compact lens originally developed for use in lighthouses. Similar in concept to a magnifying glass, the patent-pending system tracks the sun as it moves from east to west, drawing enough power from the sun through the concentrator each day to equal a four-hour battery charge (8 kilowatts).

After the concept car is shown at CES, Ford and Georgia Tech will begin testing the vehicle in numerous real-world scenarios. The outcome of those tests will help to determine if the concept is feasible as a production car.

Ford sold more plug-in vehicles in October and November last year than both Toyota and Tesla, and it outsold Toyota through the first 11 months of 2013