Friday, May 31, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 31 May 2013

Cleantech Making More Green
5/29/2013 - Making a green economy will take a confluence of moving parts and participation by a number of sectors all aimed at the same goal — greater efficiency, conservation of resources, and preservation of environment.

Electric car company Tesla Motors reported its first-ever quarterly profit earlier this month. Consumer Reports lauded the brand’s Model S — rating it a 99 out of 100. What’s more, the company has drawn comparisons by some to Apple , Inc. and is now being looked on to possibly bring the electric vehicle to a wider consumer base. read more>>>

EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions lowest to date
May 29, 2013 - The EU's environmental agency says the 27-nation bloc's greenhouse emissions in 2011 were the lowest since it began monitoring them in 1990.

The European Environment Agency says greenhouse gas emissions dropped 3.3 percent compared to 2010, and were 18.4 percent below 1990 levels. It cited a milder winter in 2011 as the main reason for the drop.

Agency director Jacqueline McGlade said Wednesday the European Union was 'making clear progress towards its emission targets.' read more>>>

Greenhouse effect, artwork - iPhone 5 Case

Makers of gas-guzzling cars cheat Emissions Tests the most
May 28, 2013 - Car manufacturers that sell the majority of gas-guzzlers in Europe manipulate fuel economy figures in tests much more than those makers that produce more fuel-efficient vehicles, a new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) reveals. The report adds new evidence to a series of recent studies that show the gap between official test results and the fuel consumption drivers experience on the road is rapidly increasing year-on-year.

The study compares, for the first time, the progress made by carmakers on official and real-world fuel consumption over the last ten years in Europe. read more>>>

First Set of Global Data on Energy Access, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Released
May 29, 2013 - About 80 percent of those without access to modern energy live in rural areas. Although 1.7 billion people gained access to electricity between 1990 and 2010, this is only slightly ahead of population growth of 1.6 billion over the same period.

Global Tracking Framework Report identifies countries with most potential to make 'high-impact' progress on sustainable energy and specifies policy measures to scale up action read more>>>

Utilization of Greenhouse Gase

Software Company Introduces a New Kind of Solar Tree Architecture
May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Anyone familiar with the Solar Industry are aware of solar panels are and how they work. Yet, the traditional panel 'architecture' has never been seriously challenged. The panel architecture is simple, yet highly inefficient, non-scalable and expensive to name a few. Someone purchasing a panel really pays top-dollar and for only what would be 8-16% efficiency.

Ifusionsoft, a software development company, is broadening the company's horizon by inventing new innovative solar energy components, such as the company's version of a Solar Tree, that will increase energy collection efficiency by almost twice that of traditional solar panels. read more>>>

Microgrids focus on security, creating needs for UPS storage
May 30, 2013 - Recently, at the Microgrid: Military and Commercial Conference in Arlington, VA, microgrid technology developers and system integrators re-examined the business case for the microgrid and the integration of energy storage. The presenters and attendees reached consensus on numerous topics, but it still remains uncertain how energy storage should be economically assessed.

First, the group repeatedly made the argument that the primary job and rationale for a microgrid is for increased security, rather than reduced electricity costs or fuel emissions. read more>>>

Electronices Category

Green groups react to UK opposition to new renewables target
28 May 2013 - Environmental groups and renewable energy sector representatives have severely criticised the government’s intention to block new EU renewable energy targets

The Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, will oppose new EU goals on increasing the share of renewable energy in Europe but will instead push for tougher climate change goals focused on curbing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. read more>>>

REC Solar Completes 10,000 Residential Solar Installations
May. 30, 2013 - REC Solar, a national leader in solar electric system design and installation, today announced it has installed 10,000 residential solar systems nationwide. Since the company’s founding in 1997, REC Solar has installed more than 160 megawatts of residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar throughout the U.S. and its territories, with 50 megawatts coming online in the past year alone.

Additional REC Solar milestones include:

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Geothermal gets a charge from Solar thermal
U.S.D.O.E. awards research grant to geothermal solar hybrid system.

May. 30, 2013 - Geothermal solar hybrid retrofit project receives Department of Energy Grant Approval

Marc Rappaport of Rappaport Energy Consulting LLC received notification the US Department of Energy (USDOE) approved a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant proposal for $ 149,900. The research will study the differential data from retrofitting a concentrated solar thermal array to the existing geothermal electrical generation system currently installed at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) in Klamath Falls Oregon. read more>>>

Thanks to state law, solar panels are likely to be a more common sight
May 30, 2013 - Doug and Jane Popp have long believed in keeping their 40-cow dairy farm small and sustainable, from feeding leftover food scraps to their pig and goats to using a wind turbine to generate electricity.

Last year, the Popps decided to make a big investment by turning to a different energy source: the sun. They put up a 10-kilowatt solar array that powers a grain bin and helps reduce the electric bill for their farm west of Royalton.

The Popps say the project was affordable thanks in part to financial incentives from their utility, Minnesota Power, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. read more>>>

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