Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 14 January 2014

Scott Tucker To Release Plans For Green Modular Buildings
January 10, 2014 - Building plans by architect Scott Tucker for modular green buildings will allow easy construction of environmentally friendly structures.

Forthcoming building plans from architect Scott Tucker are expected to increase the ease and affordability of constructing environmentally friendly buildings. The nearly finalized designs provide for the fabrication of simple modular units that make use of all of the cutting edge technology available for green construction. The modular units are expected to be suitable for commercial, municipal, and residential applications. read more>>>

Israeli government embarks on “Green Knesset” plan
03 January 2014 - Plan to make the Knesset more sustainable includes the construction of a 4,500 square meter solar field, replacing the air-conditioning systems with an energy centre and energy saving schemes to reduce carbon and shrink the carbon footprint

The Israeli government has launched a “Green Knesset” project intended to make the country’s parliament the greenest political body in the world. The project is to be spearheaded by Members of the Knesset (MKs) Dov Khenin, Zvulun Kalfa and Nitzan Horowitz, and it will be implemented under the supervision of Knesset Director-General Ronen Plott. read more>>>

WWF India releases new report on renewable energy potential
20 December 2013 - An awareness of the potential of renewables beyond power-generation would greatly enhance their acceptance amongst the public, according to a report released today by WWF-India and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

The report, entitled ‘Renewables Beyond Electricity’ is a compendium of innovative renewable energy applications beyond electricity generation, including improved biomass cook stoves, solar space heating and cooling systems, solar photovoltaic water pumps, solar pasteurizers, solar desalinators and wind water pumps, among others in operation across India. Energy sources covered by the report include biomass, wind, geothermal and solar. read more>>>

China will remain leading consumer of wind turbine blades according to new report
09 January 2014 - China will remain the leading global consumer of wind turbine rotor blades over the coming years according to a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData

China’s market value with regard to wind turbine blades is expected to increase from almost $2 billion in 2012 to $3.7 billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.2 percent according to a new report from GlobalData.

The country boasted the top wind rotor blade market in 2012 followed by the US and India. China and the US installed 23,261 and 20,182 rotor blades, respectively, contributing to more than 65 percent of global installations. read more>>>

Canadian Solar connects 10MW Jiangsu solar plant to the Chinese grid
09 January 2014 - Canadian Solar has announced the successful completion and grid connection of a 10 MW ground mounted solar power project in Sihong County of Jiangsu Province in eastern China

The project was developed by CSI Solar Power (China) Inc., a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, with Gaochuangte New Energy as the EPC contractor. Construction of the plant began in September 2013 and grid connection was achieved in December. The plant incorporates around 40,788 CS6P-245P modules giving a predicted power output of over 11 million KWh and displacing 8,657 tons of carbon dioxide, 67 tons of sulphur dioxide and 60 tons of nitrogen oxide per year. It is also expected to displace over 86 thousand tons of standard coal consumption. read more>>>

Green Hero: Sonita Lontoh
January 11, 2014 - More Asian Americans than ever before are becoming pioneers in the sustainability movement. Because of this, we are running a series to recognize all the Asian American “Green Heroes” in our community. This month, we are recognizing Sonita Lontoh, an Asian American green tech executive who is passionate about encouraging a green economy between Asian and Western countries.

Lontoh received a Masters of Engineering from MIT and has been recognized with a 2012 contribution to American Public Diplomacy by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Zydex eyes Rs 150-crore orders for green roads this fiscal
Jan 12, 2014 - NEW DELHI: Zydex Industries, a firm that specialises in building green roads using nanotechnology, aims to grab contracts worth about Rs 150 crore from India this fiscal for constructing moisture-resistant highways.

The Gujarat-headquartered company said its products have been used to build about 5,000 miles of roads in the US, but it is yet to catch up in India though it has worked with state-run Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to build such roads in Leh and Laddakh regions.

"We are targeting to get Rs 100 crore to Rs 150 crore contracts from India this fiscal," Zydex Industries Executive Vice President Vivek Kane told PTI. read more>>>

Who added the most solar in 2013?
January 12, 2014 - New solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the United States reached a record 4.2 GW in 2013. In fact, since 2012, the U.S. market has grown 15 percent, making it the leading solar market outside the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, according to the NPD Solarbuzz.

Solar PV installed in the U.S. also reached a new record high of approximately 1.4 GW during the fourth quarter of 2013 -- equivalent to more than 1 MW of solar panels being installed during each hour of daylight over the past three months, the research reveals.

"Each year, the final quarter in the U.S. results in a new quarterly record for solar PV installed," said Michael Barker, senior analyst at NPD Solarbuzz. "The solar PV industry in the U.S. is, on average, now installing more than one gigawatt of solar PV each quarter." read more>>>

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Presidential QER process finally beginning
January 12, 2014 - The White House has announced the beginning of a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) first called for in 2010.

The Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Energy Project supported PCAST's recommendation by also calling for a QER in its November 2012 report, Executive Branch and National Energy Policy: Time for Renewal. BPC believes the development of a QER, as well as a higher-level National Energy Strategy, will result in a more consistent, coherent and coordinated energy policy. read more>>>

SA missing ‘green growth’ opportunities
14 January 2014 - SOUTH Africa is missing opportunities to promote effectively the "green growth" that the New Growth Path (NGP) projected would deliver 300,000 jobs between 2010 and 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says in its first environmental performance review of the country.

Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane launched the NGP in November 2010 as South Africa’s new economic framework in a bid to create 5-million jobs and reduce unemployment from 25% to 15% over the 10 years to 2020. read more>>>

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