Saturday, November 9, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 9 November 2013

Africa’s largest wind farm now operating and generating electricity
01 November 2013 - The 120MW Ashegoda wind farm in Ethiopia was constructed in stages over four years and is expected to generate 400 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year

Africa’s largest wind farm, the Ashegoda development in Ethiopia, is now operating and generating electricity. The 120MW €210m (£179m) facility, located near Mekelle in Tigray, is expected to generate 400 million kWh of power per year with 90 million kWh already having been sent to the country’s national grid. It consists of 84 wind turbines and is part of the Ethiopian government’s plans to build a ‘climate resilient’ economy by 2025. read more>>>

Solar panels latest rooftop addition for Maldaner’s
Nov 04, 2013 - More than 50 solar panels have joined beehives and a garden on the roof of Maldaner’s Restaurant in downtown Springfield.

Chef-owner Michael Higgins said Friday he expects to cut about $2,400 a year from his power bill with the aid of solar energy. The project also is the latest in the restaurant’s efforts to go green.

”It’s something I’ve really wanted to do,” said Higgins. “I’d like to see these improvements throughout the city.” read more>>>

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CyboEnergy's Off-Grid Inverters for Microgrid Markets
1 November 2013 - CyboEnergy, Inc., announced today that it has released 10 off-grid CyboInverter models that convert solar energy to AC power for powering lamps, LED lights, fans, TV, computers, phone or tablet chargers, microwave ovens, food processors, vacuum cleaners, battery chargers, and other small appliances.

Microgrids are emerging as a credible threat to the dominance of the traditional utility monopoly. read more>>>

The World's Greenest Jail?
Orange is the new green.*

Nov 1 2013 - The 4,000 inmates at Santa Rita Jail in the San Francisco Bay Area have an unusual home. The Alameda County facility boasts a microgrid, a self-contained power system consisting of a 1.2-megawatt rooftop solar array, five wind turbines generating 11.2 kilowatts, a one-megawatt fuel cell, and two megawatts worth of batteries to store all that energy.

That makes Santa Rita perhaps the world’s greenest modern jail, according to a discussion at a recent conference. It, and other large-scale infrastructure projects like it, are another sign that institutions are beginning to pull the plug on a century-old energy business model in which a monopoly utility sells electricity at a regulated rate for a regulated profit to captive customers. read more>>>

Will Power Companies Embrace the Home Solar Panel Trend?
Nov 1st 2013 - As utilities fight against net metering policies, they could be missing an opportunity.

When the utility trade organization Edison Electric Institute issued its report titled "Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Energy Business" early in 2013, it formally warned utilities that distributed generation was a threat to the traditional business model for utility companies. read more>>>

Future of employment glows green
01 Nov 2013 - The latest Independent Development ­Corporation research projects claim that more than 460 000 jobs could be created by South Africa's green economy — more than by the entire mining industry.

The IDC report, and a second report prepared by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, predicts that 98 000 green jobs will be created within the next two years and 462 567 jobs stemming from green activities will be created in the next eight years.

In comparison, the mining industry currently creates 389 000 jobs, according to Statistics South Africa's most recent Quarterly Labour Force Survey, published on Tuesday. read more>>>

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Research team developing novel biomass conversion process
28 October 2013 - A $3 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will allow a University of Oklahoma multi-disciplinary research team to develop a novel biomass conversion process to obtain a bio-oil compatible with refinery operations.

The OU-led team was one of four teams in the nation selected by DOE to move forward in the competition. Daniel Resasco, professor in the OU School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, and OU team members Richard Mallinson, Lance Lobban and Steven Crossley, will collaborate on the project with researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Pittsburgh. read more>>>

Showa Shell Sekiyu announces plan to build biomass plant in Japan
09 October 2013 - The next generation thermal power plant will be constructed on the site of a former refinery plot and will provide 300,000 megawatt hours of power

The Japanese company Showa Shell Sekiyu has announced that it is to build a 49MW thermal power plant fuelled by woody biomass on the site of its former Ohgimachi plant at the Keihin refinery complex in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

The decision represents a further step in the company’s expansion plans aimed at increasing its scale and sources of power generation in the Japanese electric power business and also represents a major step in the company’s attempts to deliver renewable energy technologies matching the new energy needs of Japanese society. read more>>>

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Spain launches its first prototype offshore wind turbine
28 October 2013 - The first Spanish offshore wind turbine is a prototype aimed at the North Sea however Spain could develop the technology itself with more government support, Gamesa executive president argues

The first Spanish offshore wind turbine has been erected in the port of Arinaga on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands despite an industry lacking in state support. The 5MW turbine is located at the end of a dyke and stands 154 metres (505 feet) tall with 62.5-metre (205-feet) long blades. It will be able to supply electricity to 7,500 homes and is expected to obtain certification in March 2014 after which it will be connected to the Spanish national grid.

“In the first half of the year, more than half of all the electricity produced in Spain came from renewable sources” said Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria. read more>>>

At UN conference, countries share green solutions for development challenges
28 October 2013 – Representatives from some 150 countries today gathered at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, to tackle development challenges and discuss ways to harness environmentally-friendly solutions developed in the global South.

During the five-day Global South-South Development Expo, Government ministers, business leaders and experts will focus on this year’s theme, ‘Building inclusive green economies.’

“The transition to inclusive green economies is essential to the economic and social development of countries all over the world,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “However, no one nation, community or agency has all the answers. read more>>>

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