Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 23 April 2013

NY regulators approve $2B hydropower transmission line
April 19, 2013 - New York State energy regulators on Thursday approved the construction of a major new transmission line, which will stretch from the Canadian border to the borough of Queens and run largely underwater through Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.

The New York State Public Service Commission's granting of a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need paves the way for the 330-mile, 1,000 MW Champlain Hudson Power Express project. Its southern end will connect to ConEd's Astoria annex substation in Queens, New York. The state approval process was more than three years in the making.

The $2 billion transmission line is designed to take advantage of low-cost Canadian hydropower. Regulators touted various merits of the project, such as the potential to reduce strain on the existing power supply and enhance fuel diversity in heavily-congested New York City. read more>>>

CIDB move to turn out green-collar workers
It will work hand-in-hand with Bayer to take sustainability to a higher level in the local building industry

April 19, 2013 - CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) Malaysia and Bayer MaterialScience AG, a Bayer Group company, will work together to develop modules to train skilled workers who will be expected to raise the level of sustainability in the construction sector.

CIDB Malaysia chief executive Datuk Seri Dr Judin Abdul Karim said: “If we want to ensure sustainability, we must start by working with young people and empower them with the knowledge and skills to achieve this.

“We envision a future where all construction industry professionals and workers will become green-collar individuals who will not compromise on quality and sustainability in executing construction projects. With Bayer’s technology and expertise, we believe we can start to instil this in our youths.” read more>>>

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National Trust invests £3.5 million to put clean energy at the heart of conservation
18 April 2013 - An ambitious plan to provide clean energy to 43 of its historic properties was launched today by the National Trust in conjunction with green electricity supplier Good Energy.

The Trust will invest nearly £3.5 million in five pilot projects, including hydro, biomass and heat pumps, during 2013/14.

“Through our work we show that renewable technologies can be made to work in some of the country’s most sensitive landscapes and historic environments,” said Patrick Begg, Rural Enterprises Director at National Trust. read more>>>

Government policy can help innovate our path to a clean energy future
17 April 2013 - The key to broader penetration of solar energy depends on access to capital markets and innovative financial structures that can reduce the cost of capital for project finance as well as increase the investor base beyond the traditional tax-equity driven investors.

There is a strong case for the DOE to establish the Advancd Research Project Agency-Capital (ARPA-C) that will function to support the broader adoption and commercialization of renewable energy through support mechanisms, including credit enhancment and direct equity investments for capital market project aggregation warehouse facilities and securitization transaction. read more>>>

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Sgurr Energy develops new health & safety guidelines for the offshore and marine energy sectors
15 April 2013 - The new guidelines address the principal offshore activities and hazards over the life cycle of a development

SgurrEnergy has developed new health and safety guidelines for the offshore wind and marine energy industry on behalf of RenewableUK. The growth of both these sectors with their increasing scale and complexity introduce new risks to people and companies involved and so the new regulations have been developed to address the principal hazards associated with these projects within the wider context of current regulations. read more>>>

Research Harnesses Solar-Powered Proteins to Filter Harmful Antibiotics from Water
Apr. 19, 2013 — New research, just published, details how University of Cincinnati researchers have developed and tested a solar-powered nano filter that is able to remove harmful carcinogens and antibiotics from water sources -- lakes and rivers -- at a significantly higher rate than the currently used filtering technology made of activated carbon.

In the journal Nano Letters, Vikram Kapoor, environmental engineering doctoral student, and David Wendell, assistant professor of environmental engineering, report on their development and testing of the new filter made of two bacterial proteins that was able to absorb 64 percent of antibiotics in surface waters vs. about 40 percent absorbed by the currently used filtering technology made of activated carbon. read more>>>

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Martifer Solar USA Completes Landmark Installation at Occidental College
April 19, 2013 - Martifer Solar USA has completed a 1.142 MW solar PV system, a combination of a parking lot carport and a hillside ground-mount at Occidental College. This represents one of Martifer Solar USA's most unique installations as it incorporates elements of art into the design of the system. Kara Bartelt of Lettuce, a Los Angeles architecture firm, conceptualized the unique elliptical pattern of the hillside portion of the installation.

"The Martifer-built Occidental College solar array is one of several initiatives on campus to respond to the threat of global climate change," said Dr. Daniel Snowden-Ifft, physics professor and the driving force behind the project. "It is sustainable from economic, environmental and aesthetic perspectives and as such, it exemplifies one of our main messages to students -- that big problems often require multi-disciplinary solutions. I hope it will inspire our students, our community and others to think outside the box." read more>>>

Battery Low? Give Your Mobile Some Water
Apr. 18, 2013 — A power source for your mobile phone can now be as close as the nearest tap, stream, or even a puddle, with the world's first water-activated charging device.

Based on micro fuel cell technology developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the MyFC PowerTrekk uses ordinary water to extend battery life for devices of up to 3 watts.

Anders Lundblad, KTH researcher and founder of MyFC, says that the device can be powered by fresh or seawater. The water need not be completely clean. read more>>>

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