Aug 15, 2013 - Quick Take: A few years back, the smart grid sector received a positive jolt from the injection of stimulus funds via the U.S. federal government. Today, the Northeast portion of the United States is getting another influx of funds, this time earmarked for restoration and reconstruction after a series of large storms.
It is a huge pot of money, somewhere north of $50 billion. (By comparison, the federal stimulus legislation put less than $5 billion towards the smart grid, and the money was spread across the entire United States.) read more>>>
15 August 2013 - Scandinavian-German module manufacturer Innotech Solar AS (ITS) has secured the Austrian distributor CES Combi Energy Systems as a partner. CES sells ITS solar modules in Austria.
“It is up to us value-added resellers to protect European technology and production. This is why we have decided not to sell actively components from the Far East. We believe in high-quality products from European manufacturers,” said Gernot Gugerbauer, Renewable Energy Engineer at CES Combi Energy Systems. read more>>>
14 August 2013 - The price of installed solar PV systems in the US fell substantially in 2012 and through the first half of the 2013 according to the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
According to Tracking the Sun, an annual PV cost tracking report published by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), the installed price of solar PV in the US fell significantly in 2012 and continues to fall in the first half of 2013. read more>>>
Aug. 16, 2013 — MIT researchers have engineered a new rechargeable flow battery that doesn't rely on expensive membranes to generate and store electricity. The device, they say, may one day enable cheaper, large-scale energy storage.
The palm-sized prototype generates three times as much power per square centimeter as other membraneless systems -- a power density that is an order of magnitude higher than that of many lithium-ion batteries and other commercial and experimental energy-storage systems. read more>>>
August 17, 2013 - The green economy is defined as the portion of existing economy focusing on sustainable economy with zero carbon emissions where all consumed energy is derived from renewable resources, which are naturally replaced. This detention is in contrast to the traditional black economy which is based on carbon-intensive fossil fuels (petroleum/coal) or yellow economy which supports the economy that generates low carbon emissions in very efficient way. I believe that zero carbon emission is impractical regardless of the source of the energy; hence, I prefer referring to the green economy as per my definition of the yellow-economy especially in hydrocarbon based economies such as OPEC and GCC countries.
It should be defined as the portion of the economy focusing on sustainable environmental-friendly energy sources with minimum and efficient carbon emission weather from renewable or conventional energy sources. read more>>>
August 16, 2013 - Low-impact exterior materials The primary exterior walls of the La Jolla lab are made of stucco and concrete. They were produced locally, require less energy to produce, have a long life span, are heat resistant and durable to the coastal weather.
Energy savings were accomplished through several key strategies: offices with fan-assisted natural ventilation, high-efficiency equipment and high-efficiency lighting. read more>>>
16 August, 2013 - On July 24, Connecticut took an ambitious step forward for energy efficiency supporters when state government officials announced plans for its Microgrid Pilot Program, which seeks to upgrade the strength and reliability of electricity grids during severe weather. If successful, the initiative could have positive repercussions for power demands across the entire country.
As green news outlet Earth Techling reports, microgrids are "small-scale electricity generation and distribution systems" that utilize various energy resources so that they can be used locally, and even independently from the main grid. read more>>>
Aug. 7, 2013 — To understand how solar cells heal themselves, look no further than the nearest tree leaf or the back of your hand.
The "branching" vascular channels that circulate life-sustaining nutrients throughout leaves and hands serve as the inspiration for solar cells that can restore themselves efficiently and inexpensively. read more>>>
August 19, 2013 - The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has completed a report on the energy use of New York State government buildings that provides a baseline for measuring the future progress of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's BuildSmart NY initiative. When fully carried out, BuildSmart NY, which will increase the energy efficiency of those building by 20 percent by 2020, will result in $100 million in annual taxpayer savings. The report lays the groundwork for expanding energy efficiency in state facilities to save taxpayer dollars by curbing state energy use, generating green jobs in the energy-efficiency industry and cutting greenhouse gas levels for reducing the state's carbon footprint. read more>>>
August 7, 2013 - Across the United States, 2012 was the warmest year on record, and globally, 2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record, according to the 2012 State of the Climate report issued Tuesday by the American Meteorological Society.
The peer-reviewed report was compiled by 384 scientists from 52 countries, with scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville serving as lead editors.
The report relies on data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on land, sea, ice, and sky. Dozens of climate indicators were used to track and identify changes and overall trends to the global climate system. read more>>>