Thursday, March 14, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 14 March 2013

Bloomberg Announces Mayors’ Summit To Fight Climate Change
March 12, 2013 - A summit of city mayors will convene in February of next year in Johannesburg, to discuss ways to fight global climate change.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who serves as chairman of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, announced plans Tuesday along with Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau for the fifth biennial C40 Cities Mayors Summit.

“Cities around the world, particularly C40 cities, are taking meaningful actions that have quantifiable outcomes. As a result – as our research shows – we are having a real impact combating the impacts of global climate change,” read more>>>

Global warming brings on more pollen
March 12, 2013 - With global warming, temperature extremes are becoming a norm -- and that's bad news for allergy sufferers.

In a single century, our planet went from one of the coldest decades since the last ice age to one of the hottest. That hasn't happened in the last 11,300 years, according to a recent study on global temperatures published in the journal Science.

By 2100, temperatures will rise "well above anything we've ever seen in the last 11,000 years," said study co-author Shaun Marcott.

At the same time, pollen counts are expected to skyrocket. If you're already starting to sniff with the arrival of spring, realize that this year will probably be a lot more mild than in the future. read more>>>

Homewind: Wind Turbines, Power Kits & Components

Researchers Discover Solar Wind Energy Source that Could Revolutionize Nuclear Power
03/12/13 - Using data collected by NASA’s Wind solar probe, scientists have identified an energy source that causes solar winds to heat up and accelerate as they travel further away from their source. The discovery pinpoints ion cyclotron waves as the source of this strange phenomenon, which could revolutionize the nuclear energy industry

Compared to winds on Earth, which carry gasses at the same speed and temperature, solar winds behave in a way which is counterintuitive. Instead of decelerating and loosing energy with distance, solar winds gain speed and temperature as they flows away from their source. These strange properties could lead to groundbreaking advances in nuclear power, according to researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. read more>>>

Advanced Energy Selected For Historic Federal Building Solar Installation
March 12, 2013 - Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEIS), today announced that its AE 75TX solar inverters have been selected by First Power and Light for a 147 kW solar energy system at the Mary Switzer Building, which when completed, will be the oldest federal building to utilize solar power in Washington, D.C. The entire system is comprised of U.S.-manufactured components and was installed by First Power and Light, a commercial, government, and large residential solar installer recently acquired by Mainstream Entertainment.

Originally built in 1939, the Mary Switzer building today houses the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education, among other government employees. The building was selected as a candidate for complete modernization as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or the "stimulus bill"), which included the installation of a solar power system to help produce clean, affordable solar energy and comply with the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings' energy efficiency standards. read more>>>

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Global smart grid: US in 2nd through 2020
March 12, 2013 - In 2012, the U.S. lost its number one spot as the world's largest investor in smart grid equipment and systems to China. Although it is most unlikely that it will ever regain this position, the U.S. will hold on to the number two slot during this decade.

Smart grid sales across the world reached $36.5 billion at installed prices in 2012 and has grown at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 35 percent over the last three years. This is a remarkable performance given the poor trading conditions. read more>>>

Open Software Platform to Bring Down Energy Costs
Mar. 13, 2013 — Energy is getting more and more expensive, and experts are predicting record electricity and heating prices. A software platform promises to lighten the load for households and businesses by making it easier for consumers to put renewables to good effect.

For years now, electricity and heating bills have constantly been on the rise, and 2013 is no different -- prices are shooting up. Germans are keen to do something about it. A survey conducted by inspection company Dekra revealed that one in two people is turning down the central heating, while the great majority are cutting back on cooking and laundry and actively looking to reduce consumption. This is where a new software platform comes in: read more>>>

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