CleanTech OC Daily - 11/15/12

Thursday, November 15, 2012

GE, Clean Energy Partner to Expand LNG Corridor
GE and Seal Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels have announced an effort to expand the liquefied natural gas infrastructure by enabling trucks to operate on the fuel across the United States. Clean Energy will buy two MicroLNG plants from GE Oil & Gas and each plant will support fueling stations along critical transportation corridors.

This week, ABB and General Motors announced a project that will repackage the EV battery packs for home energy storage devices by using five Chevy Volt battery packs. By combining the “old” battery packs, the array should provide two hours of electricity for three to five average houses. The reason for the project is to give new life to old batteries and provide distributed storage that could be used cover weak spots on the grid.

A new plastic manufacturing process from Newlight Technologies converts air and greenhouse gas into high-performance thermoplastics that are biodegradable, more affordable, and perform better than oil-based plastics. The company says their AirFlex plastics are truly sustainable as they require no petroleum or no food crops to manufacture, and are biodegradable.

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