Monday, April 28, 2014

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 28 April 2014

5 Incredibly Tiny & Awesome Mobile Homes

04/20/14 - If you can't decide whether you want to spend warm summer days at the beach, in the forest, or strolling around a different city, you can choose them all by taking your own portable micro-home on holidays with you. From an eco-lux camper trailer or self-sufficient walking house to a tricycle home complete with its own garden, check out our five favorite designs for the best nomadic summer imaginable. read more>>>

Environmentally compatible organic solar cells in the future
April 16, 2014 - Environmentally compatible production methods for organic solar cells from novel materials are in the focus of "MatHero." The new project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) aims at making organic photovoltaics competitive to their inorganic counterparts by enhancing the efficiency of organic solar cells, reducing their production costs and increasing their life-time. "Green" processes for materials synthesis and coating play a key role. "MatHero" is funded by the European Commission with an amount of EUR 3.5 million.

Organic solar cells will open up entirely new markets for photovoltaics. read more>>>

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Supervisors Order Green Building Code Recommendations
April 16, 2014 - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors asked staffers today to review the county building code for possible changes that would promote more energy-saving and "green" designs.

The county already waived permit fees for home solar systems, reduced fees for construction projects that meet state energy requirements, and adopted regulations for solar and wind projects, according to Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Dave Roberts. read more>>>

Green buildings ‘more in demand from tenants’
17 April 201 - Real estate investors and tenants are favoring projects that incorporate green technology, making the construction of environmentally friendly buildings increasingly cost effective, according to a Czech-based property specialist.

Jürg Zwahlen, a senior director at the property consultants CBRE in the Czech Republic, said at a recent Swiss Management Forum event that low energy consumption was a major attraction to both buyers of commercial property and companies interested in taking space.

“Green building is not peanuts for idealists. It’s relevant for society. … Green buildings make sense economically,” he said. read more>>>

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NER 300 helping EU CCS, renewable energy reach commercial scale
April 17, 2014 - European renewable energy demonstration projects and carbon capture and storage (CCS) are benefitting from nearly $1.5 billion raised by sales of 300 million emission allowances, which have been completed by the European Investment Bank's NER 300 program -- one of the largest funding program for carbon capture and storage demonstration projects and innovative renewable energy technologies. A total of nearly $400 million has been raised during the second phase of sales alone.

The funding helps both CCS and innovative renewable energy projects across Europe reach a commercial scale. read more>>>

Stronger First Quarter for Global Investment in Clean Energy
Apr. 16, 2014 - Investment in clean energy worldwide rallied nearly 10% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period a year earlier, reaching $47.7bn.

The first-quarter figure owed much to a 42% jump in investment in small-scale solar, as households and businesses in countries such as Japan and the US took advantage of the big falls that have taken place in the cost of photovoltaic systems over recent years.

The first quarter is often the weakest of the year for investment in clean energy, reflecting the fact that developers tend to rush to finance projects in the closing months of each year to take advantage of expiring subsidies, and also the effect of colder weather in the Northern Hemisphere on project progress. read more>>>

Germany reforms its renewable energy law
09 April 2014 - The German government has acted to reform the country’s renewable energy structure in order to keep costs down without halting the expansion of renewable technologies and thus Germany’s transition to a more sustainable energy supply

The German government’s new 2014 Renewable Energies Law will ensure that the generation of green power is more market-orientated in future with all stakeholders to share the costs of the energy shift. It will provide for the ongoing expansion of the use of renewable technologies such as wind and solar, but the expansion will become more predictable without any sudden jumps in costs. The legislation will include the provision of expansion corridors for wind and biomass. read more>>>

REECO Poland to host fourth International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in September
04 April 2014 - REECO Poland is gearing up to host its fourth International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Warsaw in September. The event will be held at the Expocentre EXPO XXI from 23 through 25 September 2014.

Last year, the two-day exhibition attracted almost 4,000 visitors. Throughout the event, over 130 exhibitors presented the innovations and achievements in the field of renewable energy.

This year's edition of International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will be also marked by a number of important meetings and forums. read more>>>

IPCC Presents Assessment on Measures to Mitigate Climate Change
Apr. 13, 2014 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group of the world's leading climate change scientists established by the UN General Assembly and working under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization, has just released in Berlin, after 6 years of intensive work reviewing all available science, its 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change.

Among its main findings is that the concentration of Green House Gasses (GHGs)- gasses which cause climate change - have grown more quickly during the last decade that in each of the previous three decades. read more>>>

GE, PowerStream Team Up on Microgrid to Showcase Renewables
4/17/2014 - The Canadian energy company PowerStream has teamed up with GE on a microgrid demonstration project designed to raise public and consumer awareness about renewables and alternative energy sources.

Neetika Sathe, PowerStream's vice president of corporate development, told us it is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario, to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.

PowerStream is using the project to promote its own alternative-energy strategy and the strategies of other North American power companies. read more>>>

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