Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 22 May 2013

More than 480 microgrid projects in some stage of development
05/21/2013 - Many new microgrid projects are still under the radar, and many local projects originate organically, without official designations or titles, making them very hard to track. As a sector, however, microgrids are beginning to move into the mainstream, with a greater focus being placed on viable business models.

The result is a much more robust microgrid market than just a few years ago. According to a new report from Navigant Research, more than 480 microgrid projects are proposed, planned, under construction, or operating worldwide, representing nearly 3,800 MW of capacity. read more>>>

Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Energy Is Putting Power Back in the Hands of the People
Sungevity founder Danny Kennedy talks about his book and how solar power is transforming communities and creating jobs.

May 20, 2013 - Rarely do we switch on an appliance or flick on the lights and consider the source of energy. Yet, in the past few years, we have become more conscious about the mountains being blown up in Appalachia to extract coal or the massive onslaught of gas drilling and fracking on new shale formations. Danny Kennedy’s new book, "Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy--And Our Planet--From Dirty Energy", turns our endless search to keep looking down for future energy sources and simply asks us to look up for it. The sun, he argues, is waiting to be tapped for clean, cheap energy if we can get our heads out of the sand. read more>>>

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Green economy conference to kick off on June 10
May 22, 2013 - Ajman: To ensure that Ajman is a pollution-free city, Ajman Municipality and Planning Directorate will organise its first green economy conference titled “Less Carbon for Sustainable Development.”

The conference organised for the first time will kick off on June 10 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, and will feature the participation of various environment experts that will highlight various environmental projects while setting recommendations that aim at protecting the environment and ways of ensuring less harmful gases are emitted.

Details about the conference were unveiled on Tuesday at a press conference held at Kempinski Hotel. read more>>>

Public private dialogue on green growth in the Greater Mekong Subregion
A rapid economic transition is underway in the Greater Mekong subregion of Southeast Asia.With GDP growth rates among the six countries (Cambodia, the People's Republic of China, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam) averaging 6.6% in 2013, and with power demand expected to triple by 2025, governments and corporations will need to explore the full range of benefits that green economies can bring in order to ensure long lasting prosperity for all citizens.

To better understand how green economies make good policy and business sense, a regional consultation ‘New opportunities from natural wealth management’ will take place June 17th-20th in Bangkok. read more>>>

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Ascent Solar Launches Retail Presence in Colorado
May 21, 2013 - Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI), a manufacturer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules, integrated into the company’s new EnerPlexTM series of consumer products, announced today the launch of the company’s retail presence in Colorado.

Ascent began operations at Denver International Airport (Concourse B) as well as multiple locations around the Denver metropolitan area; including Boulder, Aurora and the world famous Red Rocks amphitheatre. read more>>>

Tûranor PlanetSolar: World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record
05/21/13 - MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, set a new record for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a vessel powered entirely by solar energy, smashing its own 2010 record by four days. The 115-foot Swiss catamaran traveled 2,867 miles (5,310 kilometers) across the Atlantic Ocean in 22 days, conducting experiments along the Gulf Stream as part of the PlanetSolar DeepWater expedition.

The catamaran left from Las Palmas, Spain, on April 25, 2013, and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, traveling at the speed of 5.3 knots before it reached Marigot, St Martin, in the West Indies on May 18, 2013. read more>>>

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UNEP: Bright Moon partnership shows China's green aspirations
2013-05-21 - The UN Environment Program (UNEP) agency said Monday China is currently a strategic and significant player in the advancement of green transformation and sustainable development globally.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said China is well placed to help the world tackle a host of ecological challenges including climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss and wildlife poaching.

"With often double digit growth, the future of the planet is in a significant way linked to the sustainable development ambitions of China now and in the future," said Steiner during the 2013 Bright Moon event held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. read more>>>

New standard for "green“ certification has been adopted in Moscow
21. Mai 2013 - The process of „green“ construction and „green“ certification is becoming increasingly relevant. In addition to the already known BREEAM and LEED, Moscow has adopted a new system for „blue“ construction certification DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council)/ OEGNI (Austrian Sustainable Building Council), developed by the German Society for Sustainable Construction. “This new certification system aims to be more than green as is the only one that gives as much importance to the economic aspect of sustainable building as it does to the ecological criteria. The assessments are always based on the entire life cycle of a building. Of course the focus is always also on the wellbeing of the user,” - said Philipp Kaufmann, President of OEGNI Austria.

The Class A office building Leninskiy Prospekt 119 (LP119) has become the first building to be certified under OEGNI / DGNB standard. The office and hotel development is located in a growing business district in southwestern Moscow and is surrounded by numerous parks and gardens. The total construction area of the office is 22,650 sq m, 15,400 sq m of which are offered for lease. read more>>>

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