Sunday, September 22, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 22 September 2013

Ongoing university construction goes green
September 17, 2013 - As Talley construction continues, University Sustainability Office Green Development Coordinator Liz Bowen said the University is taking great measures to make sure the buildings are sustainable and safe for the environment.

“Whenever a new building is proposed, the first question is always ‘Do we need it?’” Bowen said. “It’s not a simple yes or no question, we’re going to look and make sure we actually need it.”

In 2008, N.C. State committed to the President’s Climate Commitment, which requires the University to develop a climate action plan. In order to meet the requirements of the Commitment, all buildings larger than 20,000 gross square feet had to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Award or higher from the U.S. Green Building Council. read more>>>

Green Building Costs no More than Traditional Construction {pssst, they save tons in many ways over the long term}

September 22, 2013 - A new report adds further weight to the notion that green building can be cost competitive when compared with traditional building.

Published by UK-based asset management firm M&G Investments, the Creating a Better World, The Case for Green Buildings report claims that as long as cost strategies, environmental strategies and program management are taken into consideration at the outset of projects, green building should not incur additional compared to traditional building methods. read more>>>

Duke Energy expands solar facilities in North Carolina
16 September 2013 - The Washington White Post II Solar Power Project will join its sister project in Beaufort County to become the largest solar farm in North Carolina

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, has begun the construction of a 5MW utility-scale solar power project in Beaufort County, North Carolina, near Bath and Washington and adjacent to its 12.5MW Washington White Post facility. read more>>>

University scientists demonstrate new method for harvesting energy from light
12 September 2013 - Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in the US have demonstrated a new mechanism for extracting energy from light, a finding that could improve technologies for generating electricity from solar energy and lead to more efficient optoelectronic devices used in communications.

Dawn Bonnell, Penn’s vice provost for research and Trustee Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, led the work, along with David Conklin, a doctoral student.

The study involved a collaboration among additional Penn researchers, through the Nano/Bio Interface Center, as well as a partnership with the lab of Michael J. Therien of Duke University. read more>>>

The Innovation Hub's Climate Innovation Centre embarks on outreach programmes to pave a way for a greener province
17 Sep 2013 - The Innovation Hub's Climate Innovation Centre has embarked on a series of inclusivity workshops to raise awareness of the green economy and the impact of climate change at the level of communities who are marginalised.

The Innovation Hub, Africa's first accredited science and technology park and a member of the International Association of Science Parks, is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), which is an agency of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (DED). read more>>>

Solar-Powered Bauhaus Barge Offers Luxurious Living with a Low Carbon Footprint
09/16/13 - The Bauhaus Barge is a unique solar-powered cruising houseboat that prides itself on using no fuel at all. Built by Jurgen Huber, the zero energy Barge is designed to offer “carbon neutral cruising & living at its finest!” The cozy-looking houseboat features solar panels, extensive insulation, and an efficient lynch motor that allows the vessel to travel with as little environmental impact as possible.

Jurgen has incorporated a suite of ideas to reduce energy usage, while also making the houseboat a nicer place to spend time in. A skylight and additional windows means the space is flooded with sunlight, while a large fully glazed door keeps heat from escaping. He also built under-floor heating throughout the barge, as well as an Art Deco (or Bauhaus style) 1930’s solid burning stove to keep the space warm during cold winters. read more>>>

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Solar Power in Queensland Gets the Thumbs up from Global Change Institute
September 17th, 2013 - Queensland is known as the Sunshine State, so it only make sense that it’s paving the way when it comes to innovations in solar power.

Queensland’s latest contribution to solar energy and solar power is the recently opened Global Change Institute, a self-sustaining, energy producing building that is set to turn heads at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. read more>>>

Clean Energy Least Costly to Power America's Electricity Needs
Sep. 17, 2013 — Findings show carbon pollution from power plants can be cut cost-effectively by using wind, solar and natural gas

It's less costly to get electricity from wind turbines and solar panels than coal-fired power plants when climate change costs and other health impacts are factored in, according to a new study published in Springer's Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

In fact -- using the official U.S. government estimates of health and environmental costs from burning fossil fuels -- the study shows it's cheaper to replace a typical existing coal-fired power plant with a wind turbine than to keep the old plant running. And new electricity generation from wind could be more economically efficient than natural gas. read more>>>

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Belarus, Kazakhstan discuss green technologies in economy
17.09.2013 - Scientists from Belarus and Kazakhstan have discussed ways to introduce green technologies in economy and to promote alternative energy. The discussion took place at the international roundtable session “Green technologies – energy of the future” that was held in Minsk on 17 September upon the initiative of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Belarus, BelTA has learnt.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Belarus Ergali Bulegenov noted that green technologies are energy of the future; this theme is getting increasingly relevant all over the world. The diplomat is convinced that countries will make little headway unless they unite their efforts. Ergali Bulegenov praised intensive cooperation between Belarus and Kazakhstan in promoting green technologies. “Our countries attach great importance to this matter,” he said. read more>>>

World Bank shares green path with China
2013-09-16 - World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (right) learns about the design of a green building in Shanghai on Sunday. He began a four-day trip to China to promote low-carbon development. Wu Zhiyi / China DAILY

China is on the right track to push for economic reforms and tackle environmental pollution, and the World Bank will fully support the nation by providing solutions, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said on Sunday.

"It's encouraging that, despite growth having slowed, the Chinese government sticks to the reforms ... and has a strong commitment to tackling the pollution problem," Kim told China Daily in Shanghai, the first stop of his four-day China visit starting on Sunday, and also the city where the World Bank has low-carbon emission projects. read more>>>

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