Thursday, May 30, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 30 May 2013

Solar Press to optimise organic PV modules for indoor energy harvesting
28 May 2013 - TSB-supported project aims to provide ‘Fit-and-Forget’ sensors

Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) development company Solar Press is investigating the potential for flexible plastic-based OPV modules to be used as a power source for remote autonomous sensors within buildings. The ‘energy harvesting’ project brings together a range of partners possessing world-class capability in low power sensors, OPV and energy management and will offer the potential for low cost ‘Fit-and-Forget’ sensors for carbon dioxide, humidity and temperature monitoring integrated into a smart wireless sensor network. read more>>>

Scatec Solar to assist South Africa’s growing PV infrastructure
22 May 2013 - South Africa’s Department of Energy has agreed a contract with Scatec Solar which will build 115MW of solar PV in the country

Scatec Solar has signed an agreement with the South African government to supply another 115MW of solar PV to the country under the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme. The project will follow the 75MW Kalkbult facility the company is already involved in developing. The Kalkbult project is due for completion in October this year, almost two months ahead of schedule. read more>>>

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The great green job machine
May 29, 2013 - “What I find inspiring, if not miraculous, is that the green economy continues to blossom — despite everything that has been thrown against it.”

—Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy

Job-Destroying Climate Change.

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I came up with the bumper-sticker catchphrase after I saw a TV piece about how global warming is affecting the skiing industry: Slopes are closed, snow machines are doing a pathetic job of trying to replace nature’s white abundance, the ski season’s shortened and jobs are lost. read more>>>

Namibia: Green - the Colour of the Future
29 May 2013 - Windhoek — So you were wondering what this Green revolution is about? Well, wonder no more, for the New Era Newspaper and the Combretum Trust School has come to your aid, and makes it our mission to enlighten you about all that is Green.

The Combretum Trust School is hosting a Green Economy School Week which is open to visitors focusing on the importance of the love and care for the environment as well as to raise awareness of climate change and promote green technology alternatives in secondary schools in the country. The Green Economy School Week kicked off on Monday is running until Friday. During this event guest speakers from several organisations will give presentations, talks on green economy and put on display green technological gadgets and apparatus driven by alternative sources of energy. read more>>>

Brunton Explorer2 Solar Charger - Black

Guilty of Pesticide Crimes, Wal-Mart Fined $81 Million
May 28, 2013 (ENS) – Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores today pleaded guilty to illegally handling and disposing of hazardous pesticides at its retail stores across the United States.

Hazardous wastes and pesticides returned to stores by customers were put into municipal trash bins or, if liquid, poured into local sewer systems, according to U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency officials.

Wal-Mart transported tons of these hazardous materials without proper safety documentation to one of six product return centers located throughout the United States. read more>>>

Harmonized Charging Key to Global Electric Mobility
May 28, 2013 (ENS) – Chancellor Angela Merkel restated her goal of putting one million electric vehicles on German roads by 2020 at a two-day conference on electric mobility staged by the federal government that opened Monday in Berlin.

“Electric mobility requires extensive cooperation, across both sectoral and national boundaries, if we are to reduce the climate change impact of mobility in as much of the world as possible,” said Merkel. read more>>>

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Organic Polymers Show Sunny Potential: Groundwork Laid for Block Copolymer Solar Cells
May 29, 2013 — A new version of solar cells created by laboratories at Rice and Pennsylvania State universities could open the door to research on a new class of solar energy devices.

The photovoltaic devices created in a project led by Rice chemical engineer Rafael Verduzco and Penn State chemical engineer Enrique Gomez are based on block copolymers, self-assembling organic materials that arrange themselves into distinct layers. They easily outperform other cells with polymer compounds as active elements. read more>>>

KYOCERA Solar Modules Power San Diego County’s First Net-Zero Energy Apartments
May 29th 2013 - Residents Will Enjoy Free Electricity Generated by the Sun at H.G. Fenton's Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments

Kyocera Solar Inc. announced today that its solar modules are providing 100 percent of the power needed by H.G. Fenton Company's recently opened Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments in the Scripps Ranch suburb of San Diego, Calif. The 338kW installation produces enough renewable electricity to power average residential and common area use in the 114-unit project. The project represents the bold vision of H.G. Fenton Company and its successful collaboration with CleanTech San Diego, Smart City San Diego and SDG&E. read more>>>

Innovative Energy Strategies for Co2 Stabilization

Solar Industry Anxious Over Defective Panels
May 28, 2013 - The solar panels covering a vast warehouse roof in the sun-soaked Inland Empire region east of Los Angeles were only two years into their expected 25-year life span when they began to fail.

Coatings that protect the panels disintegrated while other defects caused two fires that took the system offline for two years, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenues.

It was not an isolated incident. Worldwide, testing labs, developers, financiers and insurers are reporting similar problems and say the $77 billion solar industry is facing a quality crisis just as solar panels are on the verge of widespread adoption. read more>>>

Protect renewable energy standards
May 28, 2013 - In 2007, North Carolina became a leader in renewable energy development by becoming the first state in the Southeast to adopt a Renewable Portfolio Standard. North Carolina set the goal of acquiring 12.5 percent of our energy through renewable resources and increased efficiency by 2026, saving us money while providing new jobs and a cleaner environment. Now, 30 states have adopted such goals, including Virginia.

Unfortunately, some in the North Carolina General Assembly are moving to make our state one of the first states to reverse this progress. read more>>>

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