7 May 2013 - The United Nations Rio+20 Conference called last year for urgent action to put the world on a more equitable and sustainable development path. Countries agreed that systems and behaviours that worsen poverty and inequalities, exclude women and marginalise others, are pushing our planet to its limits and must change.
Achieving sustainable energy yields benefits beyond the environment. It enables children to study at night, allows health clinics to store needed vaccines, and frees women from backbreaking chores and life-threatening smoke from wood-burning stoves. It creates a platform for better and more productive lives. read more>>>
7 May 2013 - The Top Tech series highlights the latest and greatest federal laboratory inventions that are available for transfer to business partners.
What is better than a warm blanket on a cold night? How about a blanket that can produce energy by soaking up rays from the sun? We’re talking about the Naval Research Laboratory’s high power flexible solar blankets (or Blanket 2.0 I like to call it). The common comforter is getting an upgrade.
What is it?
It’s like a blanket on solar steroids. NRL is developing photovoltaics (solar cells) that combine high power output with lightweight and flexibility. It works by using crystalline, high efficiency multi-junction solar cells, which are lifted off the growth substrate and laid down onto a lightweight, flexible blankets. This forms a blanket with potentially three TIMES the power output of current technologies.
What does that mean? read more>>>
02.05.2013 - An International Workshop sponsored by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy, in collaboration with the Millennium Institute (MI) and the University of Bergen.
This international workshop will take stock of the major modeling tools that can be used for assisting policy making in the context of inclusive green economy and green growth development at the country level, as well as at sub-national and sectoral levels. Such tools should support decision makers by providing a clearer picture of the long term implications of policies and by highlighting the need for cooperation among different sectors to achieve overall greener programs. read more>>>
May 6, 2013 - You know that experience, when you buy a new car, and suddenly you see the model everywhere? Since Superstorm Sandy I’ve had the equivalent experience with the term ‘microgrid.’
Policymakers and thought leaders in the US Northeast started talking microgrid in earnest shortly after the October 2012 storm leveled swaths of their region. Lately, the term seems to arise in almost every interview I do about transmission and reliability – whether about the US, Japan, Sweden, India or other areas of the world.
These small, electricity islands have been around for a long time, but mostly confined to colleges and military bases. Are we about to see more widespread development? read more>>>
May 7, 2013 - Massachusetts has blown its solar carve-out goal out of the water. The state has met Governor Deval Patrick's goal of installing 250 MW by 2017 -- four years early -- and will now expand the goal significantly.
Several solar initiatives, such as Solarize Massachusetts, Commonwealth Solar Green Communities and Leading by Example, which allow Massachusetts energy consumers to leverage incentives to buy or lease solar power systems or sell any unused power they generate back to a utility, have contributed to the state's solar success.
Since the original 250 MW goal has been met four years ahead of schedule, another, more aggressive solar carve-out goal will be established, bringing Massachusetts' goal to 1.6 GW. read more>>>
May 6, 2013 - Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect -- and improve -- our planet. Provided by AOL.
Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe.
1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* read more>>>
April 17, 2013 - Thanks to broad adoption of sustainable construction practices, the asphalt pavement industry saved taxpayers more than $2.2 billion dollars during the 2011 paving season through the use of recycled materials and energy-saving warm-mix technologies.
According to a survey conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), about 66.7 million tons of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and 1.2 million tons of reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS) were collected in the United States during 2011 for use in new pavements. read more>>>
May 7, 2013 — Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have quantified the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid.
The NREL researchers evaluated the operational impacts of CSP systems with thermal energy storage within the California electric grid managed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). NREL used a commercial production cost model called PLEXOS to help plan system expansion, to evaluate aspects of system reliability, and to estimate fuel cost, emissions, and other operational factors within the CAISO system. read more>>>