Thursday, January 30, 2014

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 30 January 2014

IRENA maps out path to double the global share of renewable energy
20 January 2014 - A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency suggests the global renewable energy share can reach and perhaps even exceed 30 per cent by 2030 at no extra cost.

The rest of the power system's resources have traditionally been adjusted around wind to support a reliable and efficient system. The research that led to this report challenges that concept.

The study, "Active Power Controls from Wind Power: Bridging the Gaps", finds that wind power can support the power system by adjusting its power output to enhance system reliability. read more>>>

Engineer develops micro hybrid power unit wedding solar and biomass
22 January 2014 - An electrical engineer in India has developed a conceptual model for a micro hybrid power producing unit out of an amalgam of biomass, biogas with solar power, the Hindustan Times reports.

In an interview with the newspaper, Bulwant Singh Brar, of the Punjab Mandi Board, predicted that if his 250 kilowatt concept came to fruition it would have ample feedstock given northern India's abundance of agricultural waste, trash and sunshine.

Speaking with reporters earlier today, Brar said a proliferation of micro hybrid plants could also provide an additional source of income to the small and marginal farmers. read more>>>


Trade group: NC’s green economy jobs grew 20 percent last year
January 23, 2014 - Jobs in North Carolina’s clean tech sector grew by 20 percent in 2013 according to an annual census issued this week by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, a Raleigh trade and lobbying organization.

The group reported 18,404 full-time equivalent positions in North Carolina in the sector, which includes solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, goethermal, smart grid, energy efficiency, building sciences, energy storage and alternate fuels.

More than 10,000 of these “green collar” jobs are in the Triangle, the group’s report said. The second-highest concentration is in the Charlotte region, which has just under 2,300 clean tech jobs. read more>>>

UN backed website aims to aid green economic growth
Jan 23 2014 - As the international community lays the groundwork for sustainable development goals after 2015, the United Nations environment agency on Wednesday backed a new website that compiles hundreds of technical and policy resources to help decision-makers transition to green economic growth.

“The Green Growth Knowledge Platform provides a much needed tool to bridge knowledge gaps, exchange information and deliver policy guidance to accelerate and support the transition towards green economic development,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

“A transformation towards a green economy is not just about the environment. It must be a priority across all facets of the post-2015 development agenda in order to deliver growth and prosperity and improved livelihoods,” he added, stressing the need for “a holistic and far-sighted approach.” read more>>>

Global waste-to-energy market to proliferate through 2016
January 24, 2014 - Due to higher population densities, more waste-to-energy (WTE) plants are likely to be created in China, the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe (especially Poland), and India, according to Frost & Sullivan.

The global shift from coal and nuclear power to renewable energy in order to lower carbon dioxide emission and ensure energy security is also giving a boost to the WTE plant market. While WTE plants in some geographies are already well-developed and in the process of being modernized to comply with local emission standards, other regions have only just begun installing WTE plants and gaining investor interest. read more>>>

Water shortages slow energy production worldwide
20 January 2014 - The World Bank is launching a new initiative at the World Future Energy Summit and International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi that will help developing countries better plan and manage scaling-up energy capacity to meet rising demand, in tandem with water resource management.

Producing energy requires a lot of water. Yet, the availability of and access to water is negatively impacting energy production around the world.

Last year alone, water shortages shut down thermal power plants in India, decreased energy production in power plants in the United States and threatened hydropower generation in many countries, including Sri Lanka, China and Brazil. read more>>>

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Dubai's World Green Economy Summit stirs global interest
26 January 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The two days "World Green Economy Summit" planned to be held in Dubai next year in April 15 and 16th, has stirred global interest according to HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer , MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). "Over the past three weeks we have signed partnership agreements to support the organization of the summit in Dubai with the United Nations Development Programme at the UN HQ in New York and with "State Of Green" the national green brand of Denmark, on the sidelines of COP19 in Warsaw" stated Al Tayer during the second Higher Organizing Committee meeting held in Dubai to review the progress of the summit global partnerships and program development. read more>>>

UN Seeks Business Sector Help To Tackle Climate Change At Davos
1/26/2014 - U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the business sector to play its full part in tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development, telling the World Economic Forum in Davos that investments now will generate major savings for tomorrow.

"The finance community is a key player. We need trillions of dollars of investment to move from the brown to the green economy," the United Nations chief told a session on Climate, Growth and Development, citing four areas for action.

"First, we need investors, banks and other financial service providers to increase finance flows into low-carbon energy and climate-resilient infrastructure, including through setting portfolio targets and increasing the deployment of climate bonds. read more>>>

Learning the ropes of sustainable construction
27th January 2014 - Individuals from both the public and private sector attended a two-day course last week run by the Green Register on sustainable building and services.

Green Register is a not-for-profit membership organisation offering training on sustainable building practices to everyone involved in the construction industry.

Approximately 53 people attended the various workshops at the Caleta Hotel, which were given by trainers Green Register founder Lucy Pedler, Cath Hassell and Rob Borruso. The course itself was organised by Catherine Walsh and Jonathan Kay from Department of the Environment. read more>>>

Winners and Losers in the Trillion Dollar Green Economic Revolution
January 27th, 2014 - In the six years since I published my initial research predicting a disruptive and distinctively green economic shift that I labeled the green economic revolution, the global sale of sustainable goods and services is measured in the trillions of dollars. The question is no longer whether a sustainable economy is developing. In 2014, the question is: Which companies will be the revenue growth winners?

The 20th century commodity economy, built upon commoditizing products and people, has hit a revenue growth wall. The information age has now raised consumer awareness to levels in which they expect products to cost less and mean more. read more>>>

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