Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 27 August 2013

Why energy storage is important for micro-grids in India?
22 Aug 2013 - When distribution and transmission lines in India are not able to supply electricity to remote rural villages, there is hope from the innovation known as “micro-grid”. Micro-grid is a small power generation grid near to the consumers. It is mostly developed by private/independent organizations.

In Jan 2012, over 300 million Indian citizens had no access to electricity. Over one third (33%) of India's rural population lacked electricity, as did 6% of the urban population. read more>>>

Officials discuss handling big storms
August 23, 2013 - Emergency response officials representing public utilities, the police and social services met Thursday to discuss how to best prepare for a future that will likely have more frequent crippling weather events.

"Climate change is with us," said Joe McGee, vice president of public policy and programs for the Business Council of Fairfield County. "There's no doubt that climate is changing is real, and it will have an impact on land use and zoning and many, many other facets of our lives." read more>>>

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Building green affordable houses in Ghana
23 August 2013 - The first batch of 50 trainees has passed out of the National Artisan Training Centre in Kumasi.

The training is aimed at upgrading the skills of local artisans in the use of bricks, compressed earth blocks and other indigenous building materials for construction.

Through the support of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, about 150 to 250 artisans are expected to be trained annually. read more>>>

Bristol crowned Green Capital for 2015
Award offers the chance to deliver and showcase energy-efficiency features to homes across the city, with properties to be retrofitted with this equipment by energy companies

23 Aug 2013 - Bristol has been crowned European Green Capital for 2015, and is now perfectly placed to spearhead the delivery of energy efficiency measures to homes across the city, thanks to millions of pounds available right now from the major energy companies.

The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) is a Government energy efficiency scheme which has replaced the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and the Community Energy Saving program, and now operates alongside the Green Deal.

ECO places obligations on the six big domestic energy suppliers to deliver carbon savings by ‘retrofitting’ existing housing stock – in other words, adding new technologies to properties to make them more energy efficient. read more>>>

AidEx issues last call for solar innovators
22 August 2013 - There are just weeks left for budding designers, engineers and inventors from the solar community to enter the AidEx Aid Innovation Challenge. The fast-approaching deadline is 6 September 2013, with winners being announced at the AidEx event taking place in Brussels on 13- 14 November.

The challenge is open to individuals and businesses from all sectors and is judged by a panel of experts from NGOs, industry and the humanitarian and development aid sector, led by Michael Pritchard MBE. read more>>>

Green Goals Set for Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums
August 19, 2013 - Environmental sustainability is on the minds of stadium managers from the 12 Brazilian cities that will host football, or soccer, matches next year during 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Just days before the sale of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets opens tomorrow, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee hosted the first of three workshops of a Sustainability Training Program for the operators of the 12 stadiums that will be at the center of attention in 2014. read more>>>

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Australian and Japanese Researchers Team Up to Develop Non-Toxic Solar Panels
08/23/13 - Solar panels provide one of the cleanest forms of green energy by converting sunlight into electricity, but the photovoltaic panels we use are made with toxic elements including cadmium and lead elements. Researchers from Australia and Japan are now working together to advance the next generation of non-toxic solar panels. The new RMIT University-led research collaboration is working to develop cheaper and less toxic solar cells using nanotechnology.

In a mission to create non-toxic, printable nanocrystals the team of researchers from RMIT, CSIRO, and the Japan Science and Technology Agency have been trying to incorporate elements like copper and antimony – two elements that have low toxicity and are abundant according to the researchers. In the course of the research, the team discovered it could synthesize tetrahedrite and famatinite copper antimony sulphide into nanocrystals. The resulting nanocrystals have a brown-blackish color that has a strong absorptions rate of visible and near-infrared light. read more>>>

Namibia: Media Playing Deaf Ear to Green Issues
23 August 2013 - Growing up in a country where the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate and malaria were high, it was inevitable not having to hear or read of any of the two on local TV, radio or in the newspapers. It was almost as if news of these two diseases was intentionally shunned. However, reality caught up with the cocooned existence and eventually the AIDS and malaria became hot topics for health issues. That lead to a noticeable decline in new infections, an impressive roll-out of ARV treatment across all southern African countries, and eventually to the beginnings of a destigmatisation process.

Now it seems that the media is starting to put these two issues on the back burner while scouting for new "areas of interest". Stories about the environment are starting to feature but I still feel there is room for much wider and intense focus on environmental issues. read more>>>

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Come to the Divvy Solar Kick-Off Event This Wednesday at Solar One
24 August 2013 - Come check out solar crowdfunding right in your own back yard!

Divvy (www.divvysolar.com) enables the development of community clean energy projects through crowdfunding to provide sustainable social, environmental, and financial impacts. Community organizations—schools, religious institutions, local businesses, etc.—use the online platform to reach their local members as well as to connect with the global renewable energy community. Divvy oversees the project’s fundraising campaign, integrating with social media to push projects to funding completion. The community organization provides the Funders with rewards ranging from sentimental student artwork to coupons and discounts for their contributions. After the funding process is completed, the organization receives the solar system at no cost and stays connected with the Funders through the Divvy platform, while enjoying financial and environmental benefits over the system’s lifetime (>30 years). read more>>>

Orica looks to green carbon brick to capture emissions
26 August 2013 - An Australian venture including Orica and the University of Newcastle is developing ground breaking technology for what it says is a new solution to our carbon emissions woes.

A carbon dioxide (CO2) research pilot plant, the only plant in the world, will be established at the University of Newcastle (UoN) to develop a new technology converting carbon emissions into various forms of inert carbonate rock.

This rock can in turn be used to create bricks or pavers and could lead the way in green building materials in the construction industry. read more>>>

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