5 Green Tech Stories You Should Be Reading: April 10, 2012

Geothermal as a safe energy source for Japan, EVs delivering your packages, and the renewable energy in the stadium. Check out what others are reading right now.

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1. “Google’s Search for Clean Energy” – Technology Review – Last year, Google invested $880 million in renewable energy, including in small and sometimes odd startups, but now, they’re realizing that implementing renewable energy practices worldwide may take more than they bargained for. Several projects have been canceled, and it seems that Google’s endeavors never got very far, and critics say that the flaw was going about renewable energy the way they went about it as though developing software, which, for obvious reasons, can’t really be done.

2. “Nissan Drivers Avoid Pushing Limits of Car’s Range” – New York Times – According to Nissan headquarters, Leaf drivers are not pushing the boundaries of their electric vehicles. They’re driving only an average of 25 miles per day, a third of the car’s estimated range, and tend to recharge the car when its stored power dips only to about 70 percent. Nissan said it would be open to creating an electric vehicle with a larger range for those looking to drive greater distances.

3. “FedEx’s Electric Vehicle Experiment” – BusinessWeek – In New York, FedEx is joining with Columbia University and General Electric to study the performance of a fleet of electric delivery vans. While the vans are clean and quiet, they require more energy than gas-powered vans; each one consumes as much energy as a small house, so researchers are looking for a way to keep the vans charged without overloading the grid.

4. “Fukushima To Be New Geothermal Site?” – UPI – In the wake of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima following the 2011 earthquake, Japan is looking into cleaner, safer energy, specifically geothermal, thanks to its relatively large capacity for geothermal installations. Currently, $108.6 million has been invested to research the construction of geothermal plants, but there are many issues, including cost and logistics, that need to be contended with.

5. “Taking Solar and Wind Out to the Ballgame” – Green Tech Media – In the past few years, baseball has emerged as something of a pioneer in renewable, distributed energy practices, with the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants, among others, installing PV arrays, and other stadiums introducing more energy efficient technology. The Seattle Mariners will be joining the ranks of green stadiums this year, installing PV panels, and the Cleveland Indians will have an experimental wind turbine installed at their stadium.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.

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