July 26, 2013 - As part of the state's plan to better prepare for destructive storms, Connecticut officials on Wednesday announced nine microgrid projects that will receive a total of $18 million in funding.
The projects will connect neighborhoods or communities with a small power plants, like a fuel-cell or a natural gas turbine, that will be able to operate independently from the grid. The systems have gained increased attention after a number of large powerful storms have hit the Northeast in recent years, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power for days.
"Today marks another step forward for how we handle extreme weather," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said, standing outside of City Hall flanked by state and local officials. read more>>>
July 22, 2013 — Rice University nanotechnology researchers have unveiled a solar-powered sterilization system that could be a boon for more than 2.5 billion people who lack adequate sanitation. The "solar steam" sterilization system uses nanomaterials to convert as much as 80 percent of the energy in sunlight into germ-killing heat.
The technology is described online in a July 8 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition. In the paper, researchers from Rice's Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) show two ways that solar steam can be used for sterilization -- one setup to clean medical instruments and another to sanitize human waste. read more>>>
On a hot Australian summer’s day when the sun is blazing down the heat is oppressive for all plants and creatures including you. It would be nice if someone could turn at least some of this heat into cooling? A cool idea indeed! Well much more than just a cool idea, this is now a cool reality.
• Making our life more comfortable
• Making a lot of economic sense
• Improving the environment
A commercially viable, efficient, mature and reliable solar air-conditioning package is now available as a result of our research and development. Instead of siphoning away mains power on the hottest days, causing power blackouts and worse, GreenLand Systems solar air-conditioning rely on solar energy. And the hotter the Australian sunshine the more cooling power it will provide. read more>>>
July 22, 2013 - AMERICAN VANADIUM CORP. ("American Vanadium" or the "Company") (TSX.V: AVC) (OTCQX: AVCVF) announces it has engaged Hon. Robert Nault to develop energy storage and renewable microgrids for remote communities and First Nations in Canada and the United States. This is a key initiative for American Vanadium which recently became the Master Sales Agent in North America for Gildemeister's CellCube energy storage system, the world's leading vanadium redox flow battery.
"Currently there are hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada that are operating off grid and relying on very expensive diesel generation" said Ron MacDonald, Executive Chairman of American Vanadium. read more>>>
Jul 21, 2013 - Electricity is the lifeblood of our nation's economy and quality of life, and the leadership of both political parties, including President Obama, are on written record stating that the United States cannot achieve a strong, secure 21st Century economy with a 20th Century Electricity System.
It must be transformed from its current obsolete analog, electromechanical grid structure to a truly intelligent electronically controlled system with a fully integrated network that diagnoses and resolves problems instantly as they arise, and maximizes reliability and efficiency. read more>>>
The Shanghai exhibition engages you to shape a green future
Jul. 22, 2013 - Green Architecture and Construction Materials Expo 2013, jointly organized by Shanghai Building Materials Industry Association and Shanghai Modern International Exhibition Co., Ltd., will be held from August 15 to 17, 2013. The expo, recognized as the largest show of its kind in Asia, will display China and the world's latest products and leading technologies in the construction materials market. After years of development, it has become one of the most-attended construction materials exhibitions in China. The show will provide opportunities to meet, do business with, and otherwise cooperate with the stakeholders of the construction materials sector . read more>>>
Jul 22, 2013 - International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) are to collaborate to rapidly scale up the construction of green buildings in emerging markets.
The new partnership demonstrates a shared commitment to playing a leadership role in transforming the built environment and mitigating climate change.
The WorldGBC has agreed to connect its network of national green building councils to IFC’s investment and advisory program. read more>>>
July 22, 2013 - There’s something happening in those dry Southwestern mountains. It seems to be billowing outward from the ponderosa pines, carried by the roadrunner into the fields of Indian paintbrush and down into the mighty Colorado River. Thanks to the prolific outreach efforts of USGBC’s green building community, the benefits of healthy, efficient and low-impact buildings are on builder's minds, and lawmakers are taking action.
Here's some recent highlights from 2013: read more>>>
22 July 2013 - The 250kW solar PV array installed on the roof of the Met Office HQ at Exeter has outperformed all initial estimations
The system has been in place for a year now but despite some terrible weather over the past 12 months the Met Office’s PV array on the roof of its Exeter HQ has still out-performed initial expectations.
Official figures show that 2012 was one of the wettest years on record for the UK with June 2012 being the least sunny month since 1910. read more>>>
18 July 2013 - Symbior Solar Siam has celebrated the start of commercial operations for its solar farm at Kranuan, Khon Kaen, in Thailand. The plant commenced operations on 5th July 2013
The plant is the first of six solar PV plants in an initial 30MW pipeline and will generate 1,700 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year to the community. It consists of 15,000 thin-film PV modules supplied by First Solar and representatives of the various commercial partners were present at the opening ceremony along with local government officers. read more>>>