Friday, March 1, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 1 March 2013

The future energy sources would already have been here, and looking further for more while improving on the already, if we hadn't allowed the special interest to lock the brakes on the advancing high growth industry then, clean alternative energy sources, some forty years back along with same and similar exporting our once highly experienced and developing with time innovative trades workers to much less regulated and cheaper labor markets. They now have that experience and innovation built in as those that do grow into higher wage and benefits as we once did!

Humanity is running on full power
From the lights in our houses to our mobile devices, we are an energized society. And future energy sources could come from some pretty unlikely places.

Dr. Lenny Tender, a research chemist at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has co-invented a device, known as a benthic microbial fuel cell, that persistently generates electrical power in marine environments. The fuel cell is being developed to persistently operate oceanographic sensors.

The fuel cell draws electricity from the sea floor, creating an interface between the sediment on the bottom of a marine environment and the overlying water. read more>>>

Distributed Generation Microgrids Will Reach Nearly $13 Billion in Annual Market Value by 2018, Forecasts Pike Research
Feb. 28, 2013 - Whether tied to the larger utility grid or islanded from it, microgrids are becoming an increasingly common way for campuses, communities, and other large power users to harness the benefits of distributed power generation. Many of these systems are deployed by end-use customers who are not getting the quality of energy services they desire from their host distribution utilities. According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant's Energy Practice, annual revenues from distributed generation microgrids will reach $12.7 billion in 2018.

"Microgrids represent a fundamental building block of the ultimate smart grid, designed to serve the needs of energy producers, consumers, and distribution utilities," says senior research analyst Peter Asmus. read more>>>

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The Pros and Cons of Energy Storage Systems
February 25th, 2013 - As we begin to move away from fossil fuels, it is important to recognize that those fuels provided two functions in one. They were both energy sources and energy storage systems. In the new world of renewables, those two functions will have to be provided separately.

The ability to store energy at times when the supply exceeds demands will be a key to the effective utilization of renewable energy. read more>>>

Training on Hybrid Renewable Mini-Grids
The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and HOMER Energy, invites you to join a free online training webinar on hybrid renewable energy grids. These mini-grids have great potential for improving sustainable and affordable energy access, yet support for these new technologies requires a different set of policies from traditional electrification programs. This webinar will explain these differences and describe the requirements of sustainable mini-grid electrification programs.

Hybrid Renewable Mini-Grids

A free online training featuring

Peter Lilienthal, CEO, HOMER Energy
Richenda Van Leeuwen, Executive Director, Energy & Climate, Energy Access Team, UN Foundation

March 6, 2013, 10 AM EST
No cost to attend
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Green economy saved Iceland
Feb. 28, 2013 - Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson said developing a clean energy economy is good insurance against financial turmoil.

Iceland's banking system collapsed in 2008 at the onset of a global financial crisis still troubling European economies. The World Bank said gross domestic product in Iceland declined 4 percent in 2010 but recovered to a 2.6 percent growth rate the following year.

Grimsson told the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris that Iceland's economy was a testing ground for new economic models.

"The development of a clean energy economy is a good insurance policy against long-term difficulties, which inevitably will continue to follow the financial crises of the future," he said. read more>>>

Affordable Housing Sees Promise in Southern California Solar Market
February 28, 2013 Promise Energy represents the new face of solar financing in California. Today the company announced an expansion of their Southern California presence with the opening of a new office in downtown Los Angeles. The expansion signals another step forward for a solar company quickly emerging as a leader in providing full-service solutions for solar water heating and solar electricity to the multifamily market throughout California.

“Building on our success partnering with leading affordable housing organizations, and working with groups like SCANPH - the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing - we’re excited to be expanding our team, and growing our presence in one of the hottest solar markets in the country,” said Jonas Villalba, VP of Sales for Promise Energy. read more>>>

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