Thursday, September 12, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 12 September 2013

Sixty-two countries now have biofuels-friendly policies, GRFA says
23 August 2013 - Sixty-two countries now have biofuels-friendly policies in place that have driven global demand to over 1 million barrels per day, the Toronto, Canada-based Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) says.

To trumpet the news and keep the momentum going, the organization has created a new Interactive World Biofuels Map that can be accessed on its website.

"It is amazing to watch the growth of the biofuels industry from a global perspective," said Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance. "Today, governments have embraced biofuels in every corner of the world, from Australia to Zimbabwe, " added Baker. read more>>>

Saudi Arabia, UAE lead race to deploy solar projects
04 September 2013 - The UAE and Saudi Arabia have emerged as the biggest markets among GCC states for the deployment of solar power, accounting for most of the projects. The six GCC countries altogether have sanctioned solar power installation projects worth approximately $155 billion, which will generate more than 84 GW of power when complete in 2017.

The Gulf countries will be addressing some of the main challenges related to the deployment of energy projects in desert terrain, at a high-level industry summit, called Gulf Sol 2013, taking place at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre from September 3 to 5. The event will feature government and private sector companies discussing ways of effective deployment of solar projects while also showcasing some of the latest international technologies. read more>>>

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Cheaper Chinese Solar Panels Are Not Due to Low-Cost Labor
Sep. 5, 2013 — A study of the photovoltaic industries in the US and China shows that China's dominance in solar panel manufacturing is not driven solely by cheaper labour and government support, but by larger-scale manufacturing and resulting supply-chain benefits.

But the researchers say a balance could be achieved through future innovations in crystalline solar cell technology, which have the potential to equalise prices by enhancing access to materials and expanding manufacturing scale across all regions.

The study is published today in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Energy & Environmental Science. read more>>>

New report reveals London’s booming green economy
5th September 2013 - ‘Driving our economic recovery’

New figures show London's thriving green economy has bucked national trends and continued to grow over the last five years with over 9,200 green businesses employing over 163,500 people.

A report published on Thursday 5th September analysing London’s ‘Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services Sector’, commissioned by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has revealed the sector is worth approximately £25.4bn to London’s economy, and has grown by more than 5 per cent over each of the last two years. read more>>>

‘Green business worth £25billion to London economy’ - City Hall

Boris Johnson with a solar panel on the roof of the Crystal near Canning Town, home to an urban sustainability exhibition. Picture: Steve Poston

September 5, 2013 - There are more than 9,200 green businesses in the capital employing in excess of 163,500 people, according to a report for the Mayor’s Office published today. read more>>>

Report: Dubai energy park enjoys 26 percent growth
04 September 2013 - Dubai's Environment and Energy Park (Enpark), a free zone dedicated to facilitating and fostering growth of the energy and environment industry in the region, has reported 26 per cent growth during the first half of 2013, according to a report first published by the TradeArabia News Service.

During that period eight new companies were awarded licenses to operate in the park. The increase brings the total number of companies operating in the park to 48. read more>>>

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G-20 to Phase Out Super Greenhouse Gas, Fossil Fuel Subsidies
September 6, 2013 – Transcending their disagreements over Syrian chemical weapons, the G-20 leaders managed to reach agreement on confronting climate change in two ways. They will phase down refrigerant greenhouse gases and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.

In the St. Petersburg Declaration released today at the close of the summit, the G-20 leaders state, “Climate change will continue to have a significant impact on the world economy, and cost will be higher to the extent we delay additional actions.” read more>>>

New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Handle Energy of 70,000 Suns
Sep. 6, 2013 — North Carolina State University researchers have come up with a new technique for improving the connections between stacked solar cells, which should improve the overall efficiency of solar energy devices and reduce the cost of solar energy production. The new connections can allow these cells to operate at solar concentrations of 70,000 suns' worth of energy without losing much voltage as "wasted energy" or heat.

Stacked solar cells consist of several solar cells that are stacked on top of one another. Stacked cells are currently the most efficient cells on the market, converting up to 45 percent of the solar energy they absorb into electricity. read more>>>

Shining a Little Light Changes Metal Into Semiconductor
Sep. 6, 2013 — By blending their expertise, two materials science engineers at Washington University in St. Louis changed the electronic properties of new class of materials -- just by exposing it to light.

This image shows how electrons in the gold nanorods get excited when exposed to light, then are absorbed into a thin film of zinc oxide, changing the properties of the composite from a metal into a semiconductor. Credit: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. read more>>>

Small Businesses Grew Sales of Green Products During Recession
09/06/2013 - In the first major survey to look at the green economy from the perspective of small business owners, 75% say sales of green products actually rose during the recession (2008-2011).

The study includes owners of "microbusinesses" - those with 5 or fewer employees - which represent 88% of US businesses.

Among businesses that saw sales growth in green products, the greener the company's practices, the higher their sales, reports Green America, EcoVentures International and Association for Enterprise Opportunity, who collaborated on the survey. 79% "strongly agree" that offering green products and services gave their business a competitive advantage during that time. read more>>>

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