* District energy supplier Enwave Energy Corp. announced today that the new 70-floor Trump International Hotel & Tower under construction in Toronto will use Enwave’s deep lake water cooling system for all its air conditioning. The system extracts energy from the icy cold water deep in Lake Ontario. By using the system instead of traditional air conditioning, it amounts to taking 290 homes off the grid.
* The vice-president of Dupont’s bio-based materials division outlined today what the company is doing when it comes to supporting the alternative energy market, including solar PV, biofuel and fuel cell products.
* The U.S. Postal Service took the wraps today off its first hybrid-electric delivery vehicle, which was converted by Canada’s Azure Dynamics. The vehicle will be monitored for a while in regular service to see whether it meets up with expected emission reductions and fuel-economy improvements in the range of 30 to 50 per cent. (For the record, Canada’s Purolator Courier has already placed an order for 115 of Azure’s vehicles, putting it well ahead of the U.S. Postal Service)
* Interesting story here on China Economic Net about the prospect of solar energy in this massive, fast-growing economy. The story focuses largely on Suntech Power, and if you can get past the poor writing and bad grammar, there are some insights on the Chinese market.
* Red Herring — love that Red Herring — has a story about solar startup Stellaris and how it won first place at an MIT clean energy business plan competition earlier this year. “The company has a concentrating solar technology that it said will cut the cost of solar modules by 40 per cent and convert 20 per cent more sunlight into electricity,” the magazine writes. The company plans to commercially launch its modules next year.
* A Red Herring Q&A with Mark Huang, a senior vice-president of technology lending at General Electric. Another look inside this massive company with cleantech ambitions.
* A nice little “Hydrogen Reality Check” from MIT’s Technology Review.