Fuel cell jobs growing, new biorefinery on the Green Jobcast #24

The Green Jobcast, episode 24, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. This week news on a new biorefinery plant in wisconsin, growing mkt for fuel cell jobs and new plans from Boone Pickens. (download mp3) (4 min)

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Lack of transmission lines has forced Boone Pickens to shift the location of a proposed wind farm from Texas to Minnesota and Canada. The legendary energy executive had hoped to break ground on the world’s largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle in 2011 but has been forced to postpone any plans in the Lone Star State until such a time when the requisite transmission lines are put in place. The 81-year-old is the driving force behind the Pickens Plan, a comprehensive plan to end America’s dangerous addiction to foreign oil by utilizing domestic energy resources such as natural gas, nuclear power, and solar energy. Pickens is adamant in his belief in the opportunity afforded by wind energy – he has called the Great Plains “the Saudi Arabia of wind” – and will take delivery of 300 General Electric turbines in 2011 for use on wind farms in Minnesota and Canada. See other texas green jobs.

SEAL BEACH, Calif. – (Business Wire) Solar panel manufacturer Amonix (www.amonix.com) will create a total of 436 clean energy manufacturing jobs in Nevada and Arizona based on its award of $9.5 million in stimulus funding as part of the federal Recovery Act’s Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit. The company was granted $5.9 million for manufacturing work in Nevada, and $3.6 million for work in Arizona.

Amonix, headquartered in Seal Beach, California, designs and manufactures concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems that require less water, use land better, and produce more energy per acre than any other solar technology. The stimulus funding will be used to expand permanent manufacturing operations in Nevada and Arizona.

The company will begin construction of its new manufacturing facility in Nevada by the end of 2010. When completed in the first half of 2011, that facility will create 269 new jobs for the state. The Arizona facility, which will create 167 new jobs, is pegged for a 2011 construction start, with completion scheduled by the end of that year.

Up to 700 000 ‘green’ manufacturing jobs could be created in the global fuel cell industry over the next decade, according to the latest Industry Review, Fuel Cells: Sustainability from the analysts at Fuel Cell Today. The 2010 Industry Review was launched today at the World Future Energy Summit’s Expert Showcase Seminar in Abu Dhabi. The 2010 Industry Review conservatively estimates that the manufacturing of fuel cells will see the largest growth in jobs in the next 10 years, with almost 700 000 cumulative jobs created in this time. In line with Fuel Cell Today’s projections of unit shipments over this period, this could see the creation of more than 1 million new jobs in total when fuel cell installation, servicing, and maintenance are included.

The Journal Sentinel is reporting that Plans are moving ahead to build a $250 million biorefinery that would make diesel and wax out of waste wood and other forms of biomass next to the Flambeau River Papers pulp and paper mill in Park Falls, WI. The Flambeau River biorefinery will create permanent, high-skilled operating jobs in the region, long-term logging jobs, and short-term engineering and construction jobs, contributing to the economic stimulus of Park Falls, Wisconsin, said Butch Johnson, majority owner of Flambeau River Papers and Flambeau River Biofuels. The project is expected to create 160 construction jobs, 40 permanent jobs running and supporting the biorefinery, as well as jobs for 125 loggers and truckers.

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