Friday, December 20, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 20 December 2013

2014 energy job outlook
December 20, 2013 - It looks like 2014 will be a great year for growth in the sustainable energy sector, according to Ecotech Institute, with green jobs on the rise. The Ecotech Institute Clean Jobs Index measures the reality of green jobs and other sustainability factors across the United States with its latest data revealing a bright outlook in 2014 for cleantech leaders, educators, political leaders, students and job seekers.

In fact, within about the last month, more than 72,000 green job positions with hundreds of job titles were available across the U.S. For example, the solar industry had almost 500 job listings in the last month, ranging from installation technicians to sales representatives and everything in between. read more>>>

2014 energy management trends: Water second only to energy
December 20, 2013 - New research from Ecova reveals that 2014 will be a challenging year for those responsible for managing energy resources, forcing them to take steps to improve results and build a total energy and sustainability management strategy in order to remain competitive.

"These results are not surprising -- the industry landscape is constantly evolving and companies are facing unprecedented pressure to conserve resources, reduce costs and disclose energy and resource performance," said Jeff Heggedahl, president and CEO, Ecova. read more>>>

Revolutionizing Solar Energy: Quantum Waves Found at the Heart of Organic Solar Cells
Dec. 12, 2013 — Researchers have been able to tune ‘coherence’ in organic nanostructures due to the surprise discovery of wavelike electrons in organic materials, revealing the key to generating “long-lived charges” in organic solar cells - material that could revolutionise solar energy.

By using an ultrafast camera, scientists say they have observed the very first instants following the absorption of light into artificial yet organic nanostructures and found that charges not only formed rapidly but also separated very quickly over long distances - phenomena that occur due to the wavelike nature of electrons which are governed by fundamental laws of quantum mechanics. read more>>>

DOE invests in advanced energy technology
December 13, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made available through the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit program (48C Program) $150 million in clean energy tax credits to build U.S. capabilities in clean energy manufacturing. The credits will go toward investments in domestic manufacturing equipment by 12 businesses, helping to create thousands of jobs across the country and increase U.S. competitiveness in the global clean energy market.

"Cost-effective, efficient manufacturing plays a critical role in continuing U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, and the tax credits announced today will help reduce carbon pollution from our vehicles and buildings; create new jobs and supply more clean energy projects in the United States and abroad with equipment made in America," Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said as he announced the program at the DOE's American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit. read more>>>

Environmental Atlas Explores Vulnerable Arab Region
December 13, 2013 - Pushed by population growth, water scarcity and climate change, the pace of environmental change in the Arab region is accelerating, finds new research released by the United Nations and the Abu Dhabi government in the form of an atlas.

The UN Environment Programme and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative, supported by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, this week released “The Arab Region: Atlas of Our Changing Environment,” which examines environmental changes over the past 50 years.

The Arab region, a group of 22 member countries of the League of Arab States sharing a common language, culture and religion, is divided into three contiguous clusters on two continents and in two hemispheres, bordering on five oceans and seas. read more>>>

FRIDAY FUNNY: The Green Economy Gets Animated
December 13, 2013 - First there was Gumby and Pokey. Then there was Wallace and Gromit. Now say hello to Gus and Marie!

SPIE Group, an independent European energy and communications services firm, is using these modeling clay animated figures, Gus and Marie, in a series of videos that explains the impact of a green economy. Filmed in the style of an educational television program, “Let’s Go To The Future” aims to use a lighthearted approach in order to make people more aware of the important themes connected with this issue. read more>>>

Usambara green biosphere project in vivid success
7th December 2013 - An environmental project, the Green Economy in Biosphere Reserves (GEBR) has scored over 80 percent of its objectives successfully over the past two years, a workshop was told here yesterday.

Eng. Bonaventure Baya, the Director General for the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) told participants of the incentive workshop on green economy in biosphere reserve, focusing on the case of East Usambara Biosphere Reserve.

He said that about 80 per cent of people who previously depended heavily on forest resources for their livelihoods have adopted biodiversity friendly means for their living, following advocacy programmes carried out by the GEBR project. read more>>>

POPUP: Novel Organic Solar Cells
Dec. 13, 2013 — Future solar cells will be light and mechanically flexible. They will be produced at low costs with the help of printing processes. POPUP, the new BMBF-funded research project, aims at developing more efficient materials and new architectures for organic photovoltaic devices. An interdisciplinary team headed by Dr. Alexander Colsmann of the KIT Light Technology Institute (LTI) works on improving the basic understanding and developing new architectures for semitransparent and non-transparent solar cells and modules.

Ten leading universities, research institutions, and companies in various areas are involved in the project "Development of New Materials and Device Structures for Competitive Mass Production Methods and Applications of Organic Photovoltaics" (POPUP). read more>>>

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UK renewables experts say solar and onshore wind prospects remain positive
05 December 2013 - Renewables experts at Fisher German believe the Government’s announcements this week will continue to help the UK to meet its EU targets of 20 per cent of all electricity coming from renewables by 2020

Mark Newton, Partner and Head of Renewables at Fisher German, which has 15 offices across England, said there had been a great deal of nervousness in the industry about the Government’s threatened cuts to onshore wind and solar parks, and moving the support payments to offshore wind. However the decision not to change the current feed in tariff payments for small to medium sized projects up to 5MW, which are the areas that most farmers are investing in, was excellent news. read more>>>

Development of Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest wind farm begins in Ethiopia
Nov. 28, 2013 - Located near city of Mekele, the farm has an estimated annual production of 400 GWh and will save 300,000 tonnes of CO2 per year as well as provide a source of renewable electricity for nearly one million people annually.

84 wind turbines will make up the farm, which is being built by the French firm Vergner SA who assert that Ethiopia has one of the most impressive investment plans in renewable energy in Africa and that the country is actually taking action rather than only talking. Vergner is working on the project in collaboration with a variety of partners including Alstom and has the continuing support of the French government. The company hope that the completed plant will be a good addition to their portfolio and will help to win contracts from other markets, like Nigeria. read more>>>

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