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Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2017: Earnings Season

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:56:19 PDT

Tom Konrad Ph.D., CFA Earnings season began in earnest in February.  My Ten Clean Energy Stocks model portfolio gave back a little of its large January gains because a mix of good and bad earnings mostly offset each other. ...

Trump to Health, Education, Small Business, and the Environment: You're Fired!

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:11:48 PDT

Jim Lane  Good-bye ARPA-E, DOE, Loan Guarantee program, Energy Star, OPIC, USTDA, NEA, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. Even Big Bird gets the guillotine. In Washington, the White House released its budget requests for 2018, a high-level,...

Avantium IPO "Many Times Oversubscribed:" What Buyers Are So Excited About

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:38:21 PDT

Jim Lane  In France, Avantium completed its highly-anticipated initial public offering, raising $109.5M (€103M) via the sale of 9,401,793 shares at $11.70 (€11) per share, giving the company a market capitalization reaches of $294M (€277M). Trading will begin on...

Index Funds Are Climate Change Denial

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:25:09 PDT

Garvin Jabusch You probably know that index funds have become all the rage in investing over the past several years, as investors flock to their low fees and reject the gospel of active management. But you probably don’t know...

Rentech's Wood Saw Hits a Knot

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:10:52 PST

by Debra Fiakas CFA Last week Rentech, Inc. (RTK:  NYSE) revealed plans to idle its wood pellet production facility in Wawa, Ontario Canada.  To operate efficiently the plant requires additional repairs and upgrades beyond the replacement of conveyors that...

Juhl Energy Diversifies

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 05:41:00 PST

by Debra Fiakas CFA Renewable energy producer Juhl Wind filed to terminate registration of its common stock and cease filing financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission in September 2015, but the company was not withdrawing from the...

Can Panasonic Produce High Efficiency Solar Modules at Tesla's Gigafactory 2 in 2017?

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:37:21 PST

EDITOR'S NOTE: Yesterday, Tesla (NASD:TSLA) announced that it has no intention of using Silevo's technology at "Gigafactory 2," the former Silevo facility in Western New York, now owned by Tesla through its acquisition of SolarCity.  This makes some background...

Will Trump Bump, Thump, Or Dump The Renewable Fuel Pump?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:59:43 PST

Jim Lane  “Trump Reiterates Support for Ethanol, RFS” is the major headline to come out of the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, which is the Renewable Fuels Association’s annual conflab and as usual produced a flurry of studies,...

An In Depth Guide To Buying and Installing a Home Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:44:56 PST

Most plug-in vehicles (both pure electric and plug-in hybrids) come with a "level 1" charging station which allows the vehicle to be charged from a standard household outlet.  If your vehicle is a plug-in hybrid with limited electric range,...

Alterra Power: Deep Geothermal

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:40:28 PST

by Debra Fiakas CFA Last week, one of the leaders in a development consortium, Iceland’s largest privately owned energy generator HS Orka hf, announced the completion of a project to prove the merits of deeper geothermal wells.  The project...

A Better Battery Or Bust

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:39:08 PST

by Debra Fiakas CFA Last month BioSolar (BSRC:  OTC/PK) reported positive test results for its proprietary energy storage technology.  The company is developing an alternative anode material for lithium ion batteries using silicon-carbon materials.  BioSolar’s engineers are targeting dramatic...

Why We Can't Take Our Eyes Off Gevo

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:38:11 PST

Jim Lane  So, feel the bioeconomy backbeat and let the music flow. AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo (GEVO) just can’t stop dancin’. (Whoops, that was Becky G‘s Can’t Stop Dancin’, not Gevo’s.) But there’s something so cool in that technology...

Bioplastics Maker Avantium's IPO Plans

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:00:33 PST

Jim Lane Here’s our 10-minute version of the filing, slightly re-organized to make sense to Earthlings instead of aliens from the Planet Prospectus. In the Netherlands, bioplastics maker Avantium is planning an initial public offering and listing of all...

The Republican-Proposed Carbon Tax

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:57:36 PST

by Noah Kaufman A group of prominent conservative Republicans—including former Secretary of State James Baker III, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, former Secretary of State George Shultz and former Walmart Chairman Rob Walton—met with key members of the Trump...

What Good Is Shareholder Advocacy?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:04:25 PST

By Marc Gunther.  Last week, ExxonMobil added Susan Avery, a physicist, atmospheric scientist and former president of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutions, to its board of directors. Shareholder advocates, led by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), which...

Hot Offgrid Showers – Hurricane Matthew

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:17:46 PDT

When the hurricane hit, everyone on our road lost power when trees brought down the power lines. We decided to set up a public outdoor shower for our selves, neighbors, and whoever else needed one. A tree came down on the neighbors wooden swing set / gym, so they donated the materials, which I assembled […]

Hot Water for the Cabin

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:20:06 PDT

We wanted something that would be energy efficient and frugal to produce hot water for the cabin. We picked up a inexpensive tankless propane water heater, which easily runs off a 20lb grill bottle and uses batteries for ignition. The Eccotemp L7 supplies 1.6 gpm of unlimited hot water (as long as the fuel holds out) for […]

Richmond Hill to covert all street, park and parking lot lights to LED

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:06:35 PDT

The light has gone off in Richmond Hill. This GTA town north of Toronto is converting most of its 17,000 street, park and parking lot lights to LED as part of a contract it has just signed with Ameresco, which will supply and install the new lights. But this is more than just about high-efficiency … Continue reading Richmond Hill to covert all street, park and parking lot lights to LED

You Can Believe The Flexseal Hype!

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:50:28 PDT

We bought a used travel trailer to live in while we prepare the cabin for living in. Then Hurricane Hermine hit. Boy did we find leaks in a hurry, over the bed, around skylights, etc. I took a chance on a late night TV hawker, and got two cans of White Flex Seal. It sprays […]

EV tipping point is getting closer, and Exxon is beginning to worry

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:26:44 PDT

EVs are close to a tipping point, and Exxon isn't happy about it.

Cabin delivered and set!

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:44:54 PDT

The cabin arrived and was set yesterday. Lots of issues with soggy ground from last week’s hurricane, but finally got it in place. The delivery truck got buried in mud, then so did the “mule” used to set the cabin place. A winch got the vehicle unstuck after a bit. This week I’m installing the […]

Moving into a Tiny House

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:44:14 PDT

Next week our Tiny House is being delivered. It’s a common 14′ x 28′ wooden shed that we will be converting into an off grid home. These sheds sell for about $8000, and include a steel roof and pressure treated 2″ x 6″ floor joists, decking, and T-111 siding. We will document our progress converting this shed into […]

Remove Radioactivity from Water?

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 13:59:56 PDT

Pure water can not become radioactive or carry radioactivity. Dissolved particles in the water carry radioactivity. A water purifier that prevents the passage of these particles eliminates the hazards of drinking radioactive contaminated water. The Berkey purifier elements in our DIY filters accomplish this easily. From New Millennium, the suppliers of the Black Berkey elements: […]

Episode 5 of the Clean Break Podcast

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 18:28:25 PDT

In Episode 5 of the Clean Break podcast, host Tyler Hamilton, returning after a long break (hey, it’s cottage time), discusses Ontario’s heat wave, applauds record Chevy Volt sales in Canada, and wonders why a small slice of EV purchase incentives don’t go to the auto dealerships that sell the cars. This shorter-than-usual podcast concludes … Continue reading Episode 5 of the Clean Break Podcast

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Gene Logsdon has passed away

Tue, 31 May 2016 19:03:45 PDT

My first experience with Gene was 40 years ago reading Homesteading: How to Find New Independence on the Land. I still have that book, although it’s pretty dog eared, from reading it over and over. It was a primary inspiration for our own move offgrid over 10 years ago. Gene lost his battle with cancer today, […]

RV Off Grid Solar Guide – Free

Thu, 19 May 2016 07:26:07 PDT

Want more freedom when camping? Solar is a great way to providing lighting, charge your phones and reduce your fridge’s propane usage. If  getting great views is your goal, a powered site isn’t going to get you there. Here is a free guide for sizing, installing and maintaining a off grid power system. Did I […]

Make Crockpot soap in 24 hours

Thu, 19 May 2016 05:53:27 PDT

Ever wanted to make your own soap? Thought it was too slow or complicated? Here’s a fast and easy method using a “hot process” in your typical crockpot. A cheap digital scale for about $15 and you are in business! All-natural soap is actually surprising easy to make. 12-18 big bars of organic soap are […]

Episode 4 of the Clean Break podcast

Thu, 05 May 2016 14:58:46 PDT

Climate and energy news and views. In this episode host Tyler Hamilton interviews John Paul Morgan, co-founder, president and chief technology officer of Toronto-based solar technology company Morgan Solar. It has the potential to be one of the lowest cost solar module makers in the world. Can it deliver?  

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Episode 3 of the Clean Break Podcast

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:06:25 PDT

In this episode host Tyler Hamilton interviews Ron Dizy, managing director of the Advanced Energy Centre at the Mars Discovery District in Toronto. Discussion includes flywheel technology from Temporal Power, opportunities for Canadian cleantech companies in Chile and China, and how to reduce barriers that will help Canadian cleantech companies scale up.

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Clean Break podcast Episode 2

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:54:43 PDT

In Episode 2 of the Clean Break podcast, host Tyler Hamilton reviews climate, energy and technology news of the past week and shares excerpts of an interview with Annette Verschuren, CEO of energy storage company NRStor.  

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Here’s the buzz on Ecobee, the smart thermostat crowding out the Nest

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 06:17:52 PDT

This story of mine appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Corporate Knights magazine. Stuart Lombard had no obvious reason to leave his job as a venture capitalist in 2007. Times were good. As managing partner with J.L. Albright Venture Partners in Toronto, he worked out of a swank office on the 44th floor of … Continue reading Here’s the buzz on Ecobee, the smart thermostat crowding out the Nest

Clean Break podcast Episode 1

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:04:28 PDT

In this episode, host Tyler Hamilton reviews climate and energy news of the past week and talks about plans that two Canadian companies have to make carbon-neutral gasoline out of captured CO2 and renewable hydrogen.  

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Clean Break podcast – the pilot episode!

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:28:44 PDT

Hey all, experimenting here with a podcasting that I hope will become a regular feature on this site and available through iTunes. Would love any feedback you can offer.

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Nanticoke, once North America’s largest coal plant, to host 40MW solar farm

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:54:51 PST

Okay, it’s ridiculous to compare a 40-megawatt solar PV park to a coal-fired power plant that could crank out 4,000 megawatts at peak capacity, but the fact Ontario Power Generation (OPG) got a contract today to build such a solar project at the old Nanticoke Generating Station is, at the very least, symbolically significant. Ontario’s Independent Electricity … Continue reading Nanticoke, once North America’s largest coal plant, to host 40MW solar farm

Speaking Appliances for the Visually Impaired

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 07:34:43 PST

We are working with an organization that provides adapters and converted equipment to announce status messages by speech instead of visually. We have speech enabled shop measuring equipment like calipers, micrometers and dial indicators, weather stations, and thermostats, and are working of speech enabled appliances, motion sensors, and other common gadgets. To help fund this […]

Solar / Geothermal Driveway Snow Removal

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:59:48 PST

A engineer in NJ uses a combination of solar and ground source heat pumps to keep his driveway and walkway clear of snow, and recycles the snow melt for laundry, toilet and other purposes. “What we are doing is using the environment to battle the environment,” said Asit Parikh, who helped his father Raj develop […]

Introducing the New Berkey DE Filters

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 10:04:42 PST

The New $50 DE (Diatomaceous Earth) Filters are the most powerful filters available on the market. With filtering specs that approach the much more expensive purification filters, these are an awesome value! The most powerful gravity-fed element in the Filtration class Filtration class: Micro-Filtration Technology. Tested to reduce contaminants to bacterial level, as well as […]

Make your own Paracord bracelets, hatbands, belts and more

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 06:31:35 PST

You never know when you need a length of paracord to tie down a load, lower yourself out a second story window, or other emergency or day to day use. What better way to have the cord with you, than to make a functional piece of clothing or attire out of it. Here are some […]

The DIY $20 Rocket Stove

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:39:04 PDT

Today we built and fired up our new rocket stove. It took 13 Fire Bricks at $1.35 each, one cement block, and less than a pint of furnace cement. The pictures document the build, and the video shows the operation.    

Build a Earth Bermed home for under $50k

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 04:28:35 PDT

The Wofati is a Earth Bermed home made of materials primarily found on the building site. Virtually no heating or air conditioning expenses, it works with nature instead of against it. From the inside it looks and feels like a log home, and with more light than a underground home! A living roof with plenty of […]

5 Gallon Bucket Book – DIY Projects

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:13:27 PDT

The common 5 Gallon Bucket is useful for so many things after it’s initial use. We have been building water filters, clothes washers, and composting toilets, but there’s a whole lot more you can do with this everyday object. Chris Peterson has written a full color photo and diagrammed book that lists parts, tools, and step […]

Take Yourself Off-Grid!

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:45:42 PDT

You probably have heard horror stories of $30k + solar power systems that don’t work when the power goes out (grid tie), complicated power company rules, and expensive and complicated equipment. We lived off grid for 6 years, and designed and installed our own power system. I’m sharing some of the things I learned, and […]

Can Thermoelectrics Replace a Vehicle Alternator?

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:10:09 PDT

Borla®, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of stainless-steel performance exhaust systems and Alphabet Energy, the global leader in thermoelectrics for waste heat recovery, announced today a nonexclusive partnership to deliver the industry’s first aftermarket thermoelectric fuel-efficiency product for vehicle internal combustion engines. Sixty percent of the energy from fuel used in cars and trucks escapes […]

First City to be 100% powered by renewable Energy?

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 06:51:06 PDT

PBS recently announced that Burlington VT was the first city to be 100% powered by renewable energy. As fun as that sounds, PBS was off by more than 100 years. A quick search of Wikipedia shows: The old Schoelkopf Power Station No. 1 near Niagara Falls in the U.S. side began to produce electricity in […]

Make your own fuel from waste plastic?

Fri, 29 May 2015 10:26:16 PDT

Turn that waste plastic (2, 4, 5 & 6) into fuel. This machine cooks the plastic at over 300 Celsius, and condenses the gas back into a liquid oil. 1kg of plastic + 1 kWh of electric, = 1 liter of fuel (3 hours). At just over $13k, it would pay for itself in about […]

“Bride of Frankenfood”

Wed, 20 May 2015 08:38:06 PDT

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry’s genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her “Bride of Frankenfood” — putting yet another wrinkle in her presidential campaign’s courtship of liberal activists who are crucial to winning the state’s Democratic caucuses. The backlash against Mrs. Clinton for her […]

Water Conservation in Las Vegas

Mon, 04 May 2015 04:26:54 PDT

Water Conservation in Las Vegas In the middle of the Mojave Desert lies an oasis known as Las Vegas. Although the desert is among one of the driest places on earth, water supply doesn’t seem to be a problem considering the 22 million gallons used at the Bellagio fountain and the amount water used to […]

Earth Day Energy Saver!

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:14:03 PDT

Ever want your lights to turn on when you walk into the room, and off when you leave? Sure you can buy a gadget to do that, but how about building your own motion sensor? We wanted to save energy, and create convenience, by adding motion sensors to our lighting circuits. Maybe you want some […]

The Spherical Sun Power Generator

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:35:52 PDT

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power


German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing […]


Hydrogen-Powered Tram Developed in China

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:55:41 PDT

Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Public Transit | Transportation


In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram […]