Sunday, January 20, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 20 January 2013

Some forty years later the advances in materials, product from R&D are finally moving forward and in many cases rapidly.

Can graphene drive the green economy?
A nitrogen dioxide atom blocked by the mesh-like structure of graphene. (Source: Manchester University)

17 January 2013 - It’s strong as diamond, flexible as rubber, it conducts electricity and can heal itself when damaged, but are there any uses for graphene that could help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions?

Scientists and researchers are rushing to find applications for the one-atom thick carbon sheets discovered by Nobel prize winning physicists at Manchester University.

The radical combination of properties opens up new possibilities for those looking for applications and race for patents is now on.

Already there are new opportunities for this particular form of carbon to cut the creation of some of its less useful family members.

More than 7000 graphene patents have been filed with China (2204) and the USA (1754) leading the way.

Its potential for use in microelectronics is capturing the attention of big tech firms including IBM and Samsung who have more than 500 patents between them. read more>>>

NASA, NOAA officials discuss climate change
January 15, 2013 - Officials from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spoke with the media Jan. 15 to discuss their latest findings on global temperature changes. NASA says 2012 was the ninth warmest year since 1880. The nine warmest years since then have all occurred since 1998. read more w/backlinks>>>

Listen to the Briefing

NOAA/NASA 1-15-2013 2012 Global Temperatures Briefing Online Document Reader, of PDF of briefing.

New research contradicts safe fracking findings
January 17, 2013 - In 2012, Plains Exploration & Production (PXP) Company contended that research (funded by PXP) showed that their oil recovery operations, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), in the Los Angeles Inglewood oil field had no known adverse public effects. But new research contradicts these findings.

Stanford University civil engineer Richard L. Meehan contends that PXP's activities in the Inglewood oilfield have resulted in reactivation of geologic faulting, affecting residential property and two elementary schools. Further, hydraulic fracturing for hydrocarbon recovery can be hazardous in relatively shallow geologic environments with faults and earthquakes as commonly found in California, according to Meehan. read more>>>

Affordability of Solar Photovoltaic Systems Accelerate their Uptake, Finds Frost & Sullivan
Jan. 15, 2013 - Solar photovoltaic (PV) will hold its spot as the fastest growing technology in the U.S. energy industry for the next four years. The prices of solar modules have been in a free fall since 2008, accelerating PV systems' commercialization, while encouraging the development of new financing models for the residential sector.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's Analysis of the U.S. Residential Solar Power Market research finds that the market earned revenues of more than $1.73 billion in 2011 and estimates this to reach $3.04 billion in 2016. The cumulative PV solar installations in the United States reached 4,450, which generated 1,855 megawatts (MW) of solar power in 2011. The residential segment accounted for 15.2 percent, or 282 MW, of the annual installations during 2011, and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.9 percent from 2011 to 2016. read more>>>

Why businesses are in danger by missing the climate cuts window
January 16, 2013 - The window companies have to address climate change is rapidly closing, putting their operations increasingly at risk.

Despite Hurricane Sandy, a prolonged drought in the U.S., and several reports highlighting the need for urgent carbon cuts, companies are still failing to take action, Matthew Banks, senior program officer at WWF U.S. told the audience at the annual North American International Auto Show conference in Detroit.

Speaking at an event hosted by Ford and titled "Business in the Age of Climate Change," Banks said the U.S. private sector accounts for around 66 percent of the country's emissions, and would need to reduce emissions by around three percent each year to 2020 in order to align with the global goal of an 80 percent cut on 1990 levels by 2050. read more>>>

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