Monday, September 23, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 23 September 2013

Scientists Achieve Highest Open-Circuit Voltage for Quantum Dot Solar Cells
Sep. 13, 2013 — U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) research scientists and engineers in the Electronics Science and Technology Division have demonstrated the highest recorded open-circuit voltages for quantum dot solar cells to date. Using colloidal lead sulfide (PbS) nanocrystal quantum dot (QD) substances, researchers achieved an open-circuit voltage (VOC) of 692 millivolts (mV) using the QD bandgap of a 1.4 electron volt (eV) in QD solar cell under one-sun illumination.

"These results clearly demonstrate that there is a tremendous opportunity for improvement of open-circuit voltages greater than one volt by using smaller QDs in QD solar cells," read more>>>

Green homes gain popularity as customers seek cost savings
Sep. 13, 2013 - Fifteen years ago, when Larry Hutchinson built custom homes in the mountains and beside lakes in the Upstate, the term “green” building wasn’t thrown around very often.

“There was very little talk about it,” Hutchinson said. It was just something he did as he guided customers toward a home that would be durable and energy efficient.

Now, as new home construction ramps up in the Upstate after years of recession’s doldrums, more customers want to build green — though they don’t always realize it, he said. read more>>>

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AEP Ohio builds upon smart grid demo's success
September 18, 2013 - AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, has filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) a plan to broaden the company's successful gridSMART program to communities throughout its Ohio service territory.

Phase 2 of the gridSMART plan is built upon proven technologies and solutions that were implemented during the company's gridSMART Demonstration Project, launched in 2009 in northeast central Ohio. The four-year pioneer campaign allowed AEP Ohio to test a host of smart grid devices, programs and services to determine what aspects of the smart grid worked best for both customers and the utility. read more>>>

Tidal energy scheme off northern Scotland gets go-ahead
Six machines to exploit fast currents in Pentland Firth will be installed as first part of much larger planned tidal scheme

16 September 2013 - Six vast underwater turbines are to be lowered into the tidal currents of the Pentland firth in the first phase of one of the largest tidal energy schemes in Europe.

Permission to install the six squat machines, which look like underwater propellers, has been granted by Scottish ministers as a demonstration project to prove they work, with more than 50 of the machines eventually due to be installed on the seabed off Caithness. read more>>>

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INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon
09/17/13 - In just two weeks 19 teams of brilliant students from across the states and around the world will compete to build the most efficient solar-powered house in the 2013 Solar Decathlon! So far we’ve featured each of this year’s projects, and the Department of Energy just launched a great infographic that shines a bit more light on this year’s teams and the competition as a whole. Check out the full infographic after the jump, and stay tuned from October 3-13 as Inhabitat reports live from Irvine, California on this year’s Solar Decathlon. read more>>>

Green Is The New Black In Massachusetts
September 18, 2013 - Green is the new black in Massachusetts, according to two reports released yesterday on the state’s clean energy industry.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy named Boston the “most energy-efficient city,” beating out Portland, Oregon, New York, San Francisco and Seattle, among others.

Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center reports that the state employs more than 20,000 people in a diverse range of renewable energy sectors, from bio-energy, to wind, to hydropower. But the majority of those jobs — some 60 percent — are in the solar industry. read more>>>

Commentary: Black Leaders Are Building a Healthy Green Economy
The Congressional Black Caucus and companies like Volt Energy are very important for the green job industry.

09/18/2013 - Chances are, you probably don’t know that one of the best environmental voting records on Capitol Hill belongs to the Congressional Black Caucus. Our African-American leaders in Washington, D.C. — like CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) — have consistently served as some of the fiercest champions protecting America’s clean air and water. They’ve also advocated for creating the kind of jobs that help, not harm, public health.

Their leadership on the issue sometimes feels like a well kept secret — and it shouldn’t be. Because these representatives are not just protecting us from the pollution that hits Black communities especially hard — they’re advocating for the kind of good green jobs that can help eradicate poverty and make our communities safer, healthier and more prosperous. read more>>>

Panel to discuss potential wind energy
Sep 18 2013 - Gannon University will host a panel discussion on wind energy at 5 p.m., Sept. 25. in Room 101 of the Zurn Science Center. The discussion is free and open to the public.

The panel, organized by the Northwest Pennsylvania Green Economy Taskforce (NWPAGE) and the Clean Air Council, is called “Great Lakes Off-Shore Wind Power: Update from Cleveland and What is in it for Northwest PA?”

Steve Porter, co-chair of NWPAGE, described the panel as having a potential for developing the “quintessential clean, green energy.” read more>>>

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UK green energy sector employs 18,000 people, report shows
19 September 2013 - The UK's wind, wave and tidal energy sector directly employs more than 18,000 full time staff, an industry report said.

In addition, almost 16,000 people are indirectly employed as a result of the green energy industries, in businesses which supply products and services to the sector, the review published by trade body RenewableUK said.

The number of people working in the sector has increased by 74% since 2010 when RenewableUK conducted its original "working for a green Britain and Northern Ireland" study into employment in the wind, wave and tidal power industries.RenewableUK counts 18,465 full-time direct jobs in wind, wave and tidal power and 15,908 indirect jobs read more>>>

Green Jobs See 2nd Year Of Double-Digit Growth
September 18, 2013 - The clean energy industry in Massachusetts added nearly 8,500 jobs and grew 11.8 percent over the past year, building on double-digit growth the year before, according to the Patrick administration.

The administration unveiled its 2013 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, which polled 1,500 employers in the clean energy sector, defined as businesses that provide goods and services related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, alternative transportation and carbon management. According to the report, by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), all four regions of the commonwealth saw an increase in clean energy employment between June 2012 and June 2013 with the pace of that growth being eight times faster than the overall 3 percent growth rate of all industries in the state. read more>>>

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