Monday, March 25, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 25 March 2013

Pacemaker Wearers Safe in Electric Vehicles, Hybrids
March 21, 2013 - Patients with implanted cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can safely drive or ride in an electric car without risk of electromagnetic interference, a Mayo Clinic study has concluded.

The first research of its kind to address the interaction between these medical devices and electric cars was presented at the 2013 American College of Cardiology annual scientific session in San Francisco on March 9.

The increasing prevalence of electric and hybrid cars, one of the fastest growing segments of the American automotive industry, prompted Mayo Clinic cardiac investigators to study the potential risk of the effects of EMI on patients with implantable devices. read more>>>

SolarWorld delivers multi-partner project to pull plug on water-aid NGO’s electric bill
Mar 25, 2013 - SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, today joined Water Missions International (WMI), a host of supply and service donors and dozens of volunteers in celebrating the commissioning of a 100-kilowatt system at the international water-engineering nonprofit’s new headquarters location in North Charleston, S.C. The system is expected to produce $1,000 a month in savings on electrical costs, expanding the organization’s capacity to provide an additional 100 people a month access to safe drinking water for life, often using solar power to pump water through the organization’s patented filtration systems.

“With this system donation, we now want to leverage WMI itself, freeing up more of its resources to provide more people with the basic necessity of clean drinking water.” read more>>>

EcoLunchBoxes: Green Your Lunches

Apple's Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy
03/22/13 - Apple has announced that its newest—and largest—data center is powered entirely by renewable energy. Solar panels and fuel cells incorporated within the Maiden, North Carolina facility generate enough on–site energy to power up to 17,600 homes for an entire year. The project is part a larger push by Apple to switch to renewable energy sources, an effort which has resulted in 75% of Apple’s offices worldwide being powered by clean energy. read more>>>

Nations going for green economy
23 March 2013 - Many nations around the world are showing interest in taking up economic projects that stem from green energy in order to create a clean environment free from pollution and disease. This was evident through the recommendations and the final document brought forth at the recent “Rio+20”, also known as “Earth Summit 2012”, in which the Sultanate took part with representation by a high-level delegation alongside with other delegations from 192 countries. In this global forum world leaders renewed their political commitment towards sustainable development goals in order to promote a sustainable future for their nations and their people. read more>>>

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Kazakhstan and Finland join green economy efforts
23.03.2013 - Kazakhstan and Finland will sign an Action Plan on cooperation in green economy, reports citing the press-service of Kazakhstan Ministry of Environmental Protection.

According to the Ministry, Kazakhstan Environmental Protection Minister Nurlan Kapparov visited Finland on March 13-14. During the visit the parties agreed to start preparation for signing the joint action plan on cooperation in green economy.

The Minister was accompanied by a delegation of Kazakhstan businessmen interested in development of cooperation in green technologies with Finnish companies. read more>>>

Seizing the Microgrid Opportunity
March 23, 2013 - Late last October, as Superstorm Sandy was bearing down on the East Coast, I suggested in this column that the storm would present a great marketing opportunity for the advanced battery industry. Four months after the storm the nature of that opportunity is becoming apparent. In response to the vulnerability of traditional grid infrastructure, which Superstorm Sandy made so abundantly clear, communities across the East Coast are exploring the creation of microgrids, often including a storage component, to backstop power reliability at critical facilities.

A recent article (March 7) by Whitney Wyckoff in Greenwire cites a new and growing interest in microgrid systems as a result of the storm. Ms. Wyckoff identifies new microgrid initiatives underway or under discussion in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey. In Connecticut alone, 27 microgrid project proposals are vying for $15 million in state, storm-motivated grants. read more>>>

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