Saturday, July 6, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 6 July 2013

ENERGY SOLUTIONS: ‘Green’ technology key to new B.C. jobs
June 29, 2013 - In last month’s provincial election, the B.C. Liberals won on a platform of creating wealth and jobs through developing and selling natural gas to off-shore markets.

Sounds good in principal. Who wouldn’t want to see good-paying jobs, a robust provincial economy and a reduced provincial debt?

If this has worked for the last 150 years, why not continue? Because an even better opportunity has been squashed that could provide far more (and local) good-paying jobs and provide an even greater source of income to both the province and local economies. read more>>>

Duke Energy Stock May Get a Boost From Clean Energy
Jun 28th 2013 - Duke Energy is anything but a clean energy company. It owns 19 coal-fired power plants, 22 oil- or gas-fired plants, and seven nuclear plants (the cleanest of the bunch), and is building more coal and gas capacity right now. So, how did this company become a player in renewable energy almost overnight?

The utility and power plant owner followed Edison International in making an equity investment in Clean Power Finance, a residential solar finance and service company. read more>>>

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"Moving towards a resource efficient, green economy in the Danube Region"
25 June 2013 - Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to thank the WWF on its initiative to organise this conference on how to deal with the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities in the Danube region in a comprehensive way.

The Danube connects not only 3 world religions, many languages and ethnicities, EU Member States, candidate countries and neighbouring countries. It also links our economic, environmental, transport, energy, agricultural, and international policies, challenging us to develop integrated policy solutions.

And this is exactly what resource efficiency is about – breaking down the silos in order to deal with the complex reality that we are facing – a reality where the three aspects of sustainable development – environmental, economic and social are often inseparable from each other and demand action at local, national, and international levels.

In line with this approach, the Commission has set out four pillars for core co-operation under the Danube Strategy: read more>>>

Hartnell College Dedicates Solar Project Expected to Reduce Electriciy Use by More Than 90%
June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hartnell College and Chevron Energy Solutions will dedicate a solar energy project that is expected to save the community college more than $6 million and reduce Hartnell's electricity use at its Alisal Campus by more than 90 percent. The installation was completed earlier this month, and will serve as a living laboratory integrated with the college's sustainability, science, engineering, technology and math curriculum.

The dedication will take place at 10:00 am, on Friday, June 28, at Hartnell College's Alisal Campus, 1752 E. Alisal St. Salinas. Speakers will include Salinas Mayor, Joe Gunter; Hartnell's President, Dr. Willard Lewallen; and Chevron Energy Solutions Vice President, Mark Emerson. read more>>>

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Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies
06/28/13 - SunStash is a newly launched Kickstarter project that seeks to provide an innovative solar powered solution to frequent interruptions in the power grid. Created by Don Cayelli, SunStash combines a powerful solar panel, a uniquely designed carrying case (which doubles as a stand) and a very high capacity lithium polymer power pack. Users can take the system anywhere, set it up easily, point the solar panel towards the sun and let the internal power pack stash away energy. “After Hurricane Sandy, I saw lots of footage on TV of people crowding around power outlets at local coffee shops and thought there had to be a better way”, explains Don Cayelli. “SunStash’s power pack can readily solve that problem by recharging 6 smartphones (or more) on a single charge and can be easily recharged in less than a day with its solar panel.” read more>>>

Wave Dragon - Wave Energy Converter
Wave Dragon is a floating, slack-moored energy converter of the overtopping type that can be deployed in a single unit or in arrays of Wave Dragon units in groups resulting in a power plant with a capacity comparable to traditional fossil based power plants.

The first prototype connected to the grid is currently deployed in Nissum Bredning, Denmark. Long term testing is carried out to determine system performance; i.e. availability and power production in different sea states. The energy absorption performance stated at this website has now been independently verified and focus will now be on power production optimisation. read more>>>

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Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)
Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is a research, development, demonstration, and commercialization facility recognized as one of the world`s leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy technologies as well as environmental technologies to protect and clean our air, water, and soil. The EERC is a high-tech, nonprofit branch of the University of North Dakota, which operates like a business. The EERC currently employs more than 280 people and is aggressively expanding its staff. read more>>>

Six critical advances in smart buildings
June 28, 2013 - Smart buildings are becoming even smarter thanks to machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.

Six advances in smart building technology in particular are enabling a new era in building energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction, yielding a return on investment for building owners within one to two years, according to the Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). read more>>>

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Wasted miscellaneous energy loads could power a large country
July 1, 2013 - Commercial and residential buildings account for 41 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States each year. With more than 2 billion in use, devices and equipment commonly found in U.S. homes and businesses consume more energy each year than many large countries use to power their entire economies, according to a new analysis from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

These devices are referred to as miscellaneous energy loads (MEL) because they do not fit into traditional energy-use categories such as refrigeration, HVAC or lighting. read more>>>

Attention to detail in construction and operation are keys to energy efficient buildings
July 01, 2013 - South Carolina saw its first LEED-certified building in 2003 with Herman Hipp Hall on the campus of Furman University. A decade later, LEED plaques are points of pride on many walls statewide.

A green building snapshot of South Carolina provided by the U.S. Green Building Council counts 482 commercial buildings in the state and 504 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) homes along with 108 LEED schools, 21 state/public buildings, and 1,533 LEED professionals. In Greenville, there are 41 commercial buildings and 6 LEED homes. read more>>>

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