Friday, November 1, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 1 November 2013

The Clean Energy Voyage
Oct. 28, 2013 - The United Nations Climate Convention meeting in Warsaw, Poland, comes with less than two years to go for governments to deliver on their promise of a universal new agreement by 2015 - this is the time for ambition rather than caution to define the international climate negotiations.

We have in some ways been here before: the Copenhagen UN climate conference was also scheduled to deliver a profound and game-changing deal.

Is there any evidence that where 2009 in the end fell short, 2015 will propel the world into a new era of climate diplomacy and universal cooperation that is able to lift the threat of dangerous global warming from the lives of billions of people? The answer must be a qualified yes. read more>>>

Waste Wood Case History
Oct. 8, 2013 - The Customer

The Company is a leader in the development and implementation of state of the art timber gasification.

The Process

The Company uses a gasification process that breaks down different types of waste wood such as wood chips, pallets, sawdust and other non-virgin wood and converts it into a clean producer gas. The producer gas fuels the turbine engines that produce electricity for the community.

The Problem

Holiday Sale

Two technologies that literally shone during Sandy’s darkest hours
October 29, 2013 - Superstorm Sandy turned New York and New Jersey upside down, causing widespread power failures, destruction and death. The storm cost the region tens of billions of dollars and left millions of residents without light and heat.

In the midst of all that devastation, there were two technologies that literally shone: microgrids and cogeneration. read more>>>

Waaree Energies delivers 1 MW solar project in 24 days
25 October 2013 - Waaree Energies Ltd. has successfully executed the installation of a 1 MW power plant for Navi Mumbai-based Neel Properties in Susner, Madhya Pradesh in a record 24 days.

The work on the plant started on 5 September and it was commissioned on 29 September. The project employed 3,920 modules of the 280Wp Poly Crystalline WS Series of Waaree Make.

"We are delighted at our achievement of executing this project for Neel Properties in such a short period of time, without compromising on quality and excellence," read more>>>

Creative Kidstuff

‘Next Generation’ SolarWindow Able to Generate Electricity on See-Through Glass
Oct. 29, 2013 - New Energy Technologies, Inc. (otcqb:NENE), developer of SolarWindow(TM), the world's first-of-its-kind see-through technology capable of generating electricity on glass and flexible plastics, has announced plans to unveil the Company's next generation, high performance SolarWindow(TM) working prototype within the upcoming calendar quarter.

"Our next-generation SolarWindow(TM) has been engineered to deliver an architecturally neutral, aesthetically-pleasing, solution-processable coating technique for depositing see-through electricity-generating coatings on to glass surfaces as a source of electricity to today's towers, offices, and commercial buildings," stated Mr. John A. Conklin, President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. read more>>>

Court Rules Onsite Renewable Energy Permitted in All Zoning Districts
October 29th, 2013 - In a hugely important judicial decision advancing onsite renewable energy, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has found ground mounted solar photovoltaics to be an “accessory use” permitted as of right in all zoning districts.

While the benefits, environmental and otherwise, of onsite renewable energy abound, installations of solar panels and small wind turbines are increasingly meeting challenges from zoning regulations. read more>>>

3 Ways Superstorm Sandy Could Change Utilities Forever
October 29, 2013 - Half of Manhattan went black after Hurricane Sandy overwhelmed a substation one year ago. There were a few bright spots of self-contained systems, such as the Goldman Sachs building and New York University’s downtown campus. But Manhattan was relatively lucky. Most of the lights came on within days. Not so for pockets of outer boroughs, Long Island and New Jersey, where outages stretched on for weeks. In some places, there was no neighborhood left to clamor for power service.

A year later, the utilities that suffered the most damage and the longest outages have been taken to task by politicians and regulators. read more>>>

The Sweet Spot
Launching the modular brand BrightBuilt first meant achieving net-zero capability at middle-class prices.

October 2013 - I’ll have what she’s having. The When Harry Met Sally quotable often gets repeated at Kaplan Thompson Architects. The 9-year-old, Portland, Maine–based firm has earned multiple honors from the AIA, USGBC, and other organizations, and with accolades come numerous inquiries to adapt or repeat a success. Potential clients stream through the doors of Kaplan Thompson’s office when projects astound architecture critics and CPAs alike. Barn Door’s Open and Ranch Revival, the respective homes of principals Phil Kaplan and Jesse Thompson, rung in under $100 per square foot (albeit sans design fees).

Though completed at different ends of a decade, Barn Door’s Open and Ranch Revival embody sustainable-design principles. Passive performance figures largely in the environmental strategies. read more>>>

Feds Put Green Globes on Pedestal with LEED
The government's second-largest building owner, the GSA, is recommending either LEED or Green Globes for federal agencies.

October 28, 2013 - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has, for the first time, recommended two green building rating systems for the federal government's buildings. After almost two years of review, both LEED and Green Globes got the nod from the agency, which sent its recommendations to the Department of Energy (DOE) on Friday.

The decision to put Green Globes on equal footing with LEED is in keeping with a February 2013 request for comments (see Federal Government May Abandon LEED Endorsement), in which the agency indicated that both these rating systems aligned well (but neither aligned perfectly) with federal green building goals and suggested that each federal agency should choose its own preferred rating system. Today’s letter to DOE includes several other recommendations: read more>>>

ZSW develops a thin-film solar cell that achieves an efficiency record
31.10.2013 - The researchers at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research have improved the efficiency of CIGS thin-film solar cells to 20.8%, thus setting a new record. The result was officially confirmed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. With this value, the solar cell made of copper indium gallium diselenide has out-performed the efficiency of the multicrystalline silicon solar cells prevalent on the market for the first time ever.

"Our new all-time record demonstrates the still untapped technical and economic potential of CIGS thin-film technology," read more>>>

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