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Powered by Clean Natural Gas

Each month, Worldwide Energy Vice President and COO Gaylen Davenport will publish his thoughts on the latest energy-efficient news, products, and trends.

A few weeks ago, Worldwide Energy converted our company vehicle to natural gas. We didn’t just want to talk the talk; we wanted to prove how efficient our solutions are.

Compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles are a great way to provide significant fuel cost savings, fuel efficiency, and are environmentally friendly. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy says natural gas burns much cleaner than oil– producing about 70 percent less carbon emissions.

A converted car will feature a few new additions to the vehicle. This includes cylinders that store the natural gas compressed to 3,000-3,600 pounds per square inch. These high-pressure cylinders are available in steel (typically lower cost) or high tech composites (less weight).  Modifications are made to the engine compartment to allow direct injection for gasoline engines and a computer is added to control the engine and switching between gasoline and natural gas operation.

As more cities look to install natural gas pumps, it’s getting easier to find a pump in your city. In Kansas City, the average cost per gallon of gasoline is about $3.40, compared to the average cost per gallon of CNG of $1.69.

CNG powered vehicles are widespread in other parts of the world, including China and India. As of 2010, countries in Asia and the Pacific have increased the use of natural gas vehicles (NGV) by 42 percent since 2000.

Of course, natural gas is not just used for vehicles. Many industries now rely on natural gas to become more energy efficient, and to save on utilities including transportation companies, municipalities, and even residential consumers.

And according to the International Energy Agency, the demand for natural gas is expected to increase by 50 percent over the next 20 years.

New drilling techniques have created an abundance of cheap natural gas and the infrastructure to transport and support natural gas is developing rapidly, and companies should start thinking about its benefits soon.

Be sure to wave when you see the Worldwide Energy vehicle, powered by clean natural gas.


Featured Client: Surplus Exchange

Each month, Worldwide Energy features a client that we have worked with to showcase not only our portfolio, but also our client’s business.

Project Scope:

Surplus Exchange is a nonprofit organization that diverts consumer electronics from the waste stream, ensuring that the material is properly recycled in accordance with the Basel Action network, the world’s only organization focused on confronting global environmental injustice of toxic trade.

In 2011, Surplus upgraded their lighting system to reduce more than 17,000 kWh annually. This year, the Surplus Exchange continued their commitment to a better environment by installing a 25 kW solar system. The solar system consists of 100 panels that will produce enough clean energy to power the organization’s facility.

Lighting Upgrade Savings:

  • Offset 51,480 kWh annually
  • Will generate 33,639 kWh annually
  • Reduced energy usage

Natural Gas in the U.S.

The U.S. has 890 trillion cubic feet equivalent of recoverable natural gas, said energy research firm ITG.

The U.S. has nearly three times as much recoverable natural gas as the government estimates, a Canadian analyst found.

The U.S. has 890 trillion cubic feet equivalent of recoverable natural gas, said the head of ITG Investment Technology Group, an energy research brokerage firm.

ITG also stated that the numbers will continue to grow, and could possibly move the U.S. up on the BP’s list of countries with the world’s largest gas reserves.

This could mean the price for natural gas, which has historically been 10 times cheaper than crude oil, could solve much of our country’s energy problems. Natural gas is clean burning, easily transportable, and much more affordable compared to coal and other fossil fuels.

Source: BusinessWeek

Google and Wind Energy

Google is looking to power their Oklahoma data center with renewable wind energy.

Google’s data center in Mayes County, Oklahoma will be running more efficiently soon.

The search engine giant announced last week that it would buy wind energy from the Grand River Dam Authority to purchase energy. This will be the first time Google has partnered with a utility to buy renewable energy.

The GRDA will provide 48 megawatts of wind power to the Google data center later this year. Google will pay more for the clean energy rather than power the data center by coal because of the company’s commitment to the environment.

“Google has hinted for some time that its ultimate goal would be to source clean energy from utilities to power its data centers. Google is working with other utilities to find ways to source renewables directly,” said Gary Demasi, Google’s global infrastructure director.

Environmental organizations have urged companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple to use more clean energy to power their data centers.

Source: Smart Planet

Feature Product: tenKsolar

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tenKsolar offers superior solar systems that are designed to be efficient, reliable, and safe.

The benefits of solar can be bountiful, just like the sun’s rays. It’s no wonder more businesses are investing in solar energy. Our feature product of the month is tenKsolar, a fully integrated solar system.

tenKsolar offers superior solar solutions and products that are designed to be more effic ient, more reliable, and safer than any other solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

The tenKsolar RAIS WAVE system takes an integrated approach that incorporates well-tested components, and patent-pending technologies. It includes reflectors that add light while minimizing heat transfer, low-voltage inverters to minimize safety risks, and an integrated racking system that simplifies installation and reduces cost.

Solar power is a renewable energy, which means it reduces our dependence on fossil fuels, and does not harm our ecosystems. tenKsolar offers quality solar systems to help you accomplish that.

Wind Energy’s Economic Impact

The midwest (Kansas in particular) has one of the highest potentials for wind speed.

Wind turbines are popping up all over the country, especially in Kansas. They’re hard to ignore, and there’s no doubt they are here to stay.

A new study found that for each megawatt of wind capacity, a county gains half a job. And with 47,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity installed in the U.S. today, that’s a significant economic impact.

The authors of the study specifically measured what the wind industry means for rural counties in states such as Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Texas.

The study included 1,009 counties and found that for every megawatt installed, total county personal income increased by $11,150 over the 2000 to 2008 period. And for every megawatt installed in a county, one half of a job was created.

From 2007 to 2010, wind energy contributed about 36 percent of all new electric generation built in the U.S. And the number continues to grow as more counties are seeing the benefit of wind power as a clean, renewable source of energy.

Find out more about the benefits of wind power.

* The five authors of the report, “Ex post analysis of economic inpacts from wind power development in U.S. counties,” are Jason P. Brown and John Pender of the USDA’s Economic Research Service; Ryan Wiser and Ben Hoen of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Eric Lantz of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The article appears in Energy Economics 34 (2012), pages 1743-1754.

Source: Daily Yonder

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