Thursday, January 2, 2014

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 2 January 2014

RSMeans Introduces 25 New Green Building Square Foot Models
December 30, 2013 - RSMeans, a leading provider of construction cost information in North America and division of Reed Construction Data, introduced 25 all-new green building models. Consistent with expanding green trends in design and construction, the new models help construction professionals create conceptual estimates for green buildings and provide insight into the cost impact of sustainable “green” design.

Like the current models, the green models focus on popular commercial, industrial and institutional types of buildings, including offices, medical buildings, educational facilities, fire stations, police stations and more. The green models include many new sustainable common additives, such as photovoltaic power systems, green roofs and greywater recovery systems.

“RSMeans green building models help architects and contractors assess the cost of green building and examine the impact of sustainable versus traditional building component choices,” said Marilyn Phelan, Engineer/Editor, RSMeans. “Our customers can easily use these models to determine the cost implication of green building.” read more>>>

China Sunergy Achieves Major Milestone of International Development with The Sale of a Solar Farm Project in Cornwall to a Leading Solar Power Generator in the UK
Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSUN) ("China Sunergy" or "the Company"), a specialized solar cell and module manufacturer, today announced that it has completed the sale of a solar farm project ("the Project") to Lightsource Renewable Energy Ltd. ("Lightsource"), which is a UK's leading solar energy generator. The Project, located in the southwest of Cornwall in the United Kingdom (UK) was connected to the grid at the end of March of this year and now generates enough local green electricity to power over 1500 households.

The Project was completed on land that has traditionally been farmed with a rotation of cattle and crops. Whilst the area used for energy generation covers only 10% of the farm area, income from the Project will provide the farm owners with funds to make other areas of the farm more productive, including improved machinery, fencing and hedgerows. The agricultural output from the whole farm will remain similar to the pre-development scenario.

At the end of 2012, China Sunergy announced that it had started to invest in two UK solar farms, with an installed capacity of five megawatts-peak (MWp) each. Both solar farms were completed within just 3 months installed with the Company's own high efficiency polycrystalline modules. The large scale application of solar panels (solar farms) is quick and does not harm the ground where it is installed on. read more>>>

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Work starts to build first green road in Abu Dhabi
Dec 31, 2013 - The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi is ready to start engineering design of the first green road in the Middle East.

Construction work is to begin in the first quarter of 2015 on the 5km pilot project, which will link the existing Abu Dhabi-Dubai Main Road (E11) and the new Abu Dhabi-Dubai Main Road (E311).

The road will support the highest sustainable practices adopted worldwide such as state-of-the-art technologies and solutions to lower carbon emissions, as well as environment-friendly construction materials like recycled asphalt/concrete aggregates and scrap rubber tires.

It will use the most efficient environment-friendly solutions such as renewable energy for lighting. And materials used in constructing the road will ensure highest levels of safety and security for vehicles as well as lower maintenance and operations costs in the long run. read more>>>

Unwanted Greenhouse Gas Could Boost Geothermal Power Output
December 27, 2013 - Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide, CO2, underground – and use the greenhouse gas in liquid form as a tool to boost electric power generation 10-fold in geothermal power plants.

Teams of researchers at the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are collaborating on using CO2 in its liquid form as a supplemental fluid in geothermal power plants. The CO2 would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere and contribute to climate change.

The design contrasts with that of conventional geothermal plants, explained study co-author Jeffrey Bielicki, assistant professor of energy policy in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University. read more>>>

Hydropower “Battery” Could Even Out Wind Energy Supply
Norwegian hydropower stations could be linked to wind farms and serve as giant “batteries” to even out power supply fluctuations, a Scandinavian research organization says.

A major hurdle for renewable energy suppliers is intermittent power production — sometimes too much power is generated, other times too little, and periods of peak demand often don’t coincide with periods of peak supply.

By using excess electricity from windy periods to pump water uphill into reservoirs, hydroelectric power stations could smooth out the intermittent power supplied by large wind farms, Scandinavian researchers from the firm SINTEF say. read more>>>

U.S. EPA: Fuel Economy of New Vehicles Sets Record High
December 12, 2013 - Technologies like gasoline direct injection engines, turbochargers, and advanced transmissions are responsible for a big improvement in the average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States last year, the U.S. EPA says in a new report.

Model year 2012 vehicles achieved an all-time high fuel economy of 23.6 miles per gallon. A 1.2 mpg increase over the previous year, it’s the second largest annual increase in the last 30 years, according to the report, “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2013.”

The average carbon dioxide emissions of 376 grams per mile in model year 2012 also represented a record low. read more>>>

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Ford develops solar powered car for everyday use
2 Jan 2014 - Ford has developed a concept model that runs primarily on solar power, which could bring the world one step closer to having a vehicle for everyday driving that is not dependent on traditional energy sources.

The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept is a collaboration between Ford, SunPower Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The concept car is expected to be unveiled next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Like all concept models, the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept may never be built or sold to the public. However, many of the features and technologies we see in current vehicles were once shown for the first time in concept models years ago.

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Researchers find 7,300-sq-mile ring of mercury around tar sands in Canada
December 29, 2013 - Bitumen in the tar sands being excavated to produce oil is the likely culprit of the mercury deposits

Scientists have found a more than 7,300-square-mile ring of land and water contaminated by mercury surrounding the tar sands in Alberta, where energy companies are producing oil and shipping it throughout Canada and the U.S.

Government scientists are preparing to publish a report that found levels of mercury are up to 16 times higher around the tar-sand operations — principally due to the excavation and transportation of bitumen in the sands by oil and gas companies, according to Postmedia-owned Canadian newspapers like The Vancouver Sun. read more>>>

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