May 27, 2014 - Clean energy job announcements declined dramatically in the fourth quarter of 2014, due to congressional inaction on key clean energy tax policies and attacks on state renewable energy programs, according to nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
Among industry sectors in the first quarter, there was a noticeable shift in the types of jobs announced in the solar industry in particular. Whereas larger, utility-scale projects were drivers of job growth in previous quarters, the most recent report shows residential solar gaining ground and increasing jobs.
Overall, about 5,600 clean energy and transportation jobs were announced in the first three months of 2014, down from 12,000 such jobs from the same time in 2013. The top states for these jobs were Idaho, Texas, California, Missouri, New York, Kansas, Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Louisiana. read more>>>
May 27, 2014 - Scientists from the University of Southampton, in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Crete, have developed a new hybrid energy transfer system, which mimics the processes responsible for photosynthesis.
From photosynthesis to respiration, the processes of light absorption and its transfer into energy represent elementary and essential reactions that occur in any biological living system.
This energy transfer is known as Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET), a radiationless transmission of energy that occurs on the nanometer scale from a donor molecule to an acceptor molecule. The donor molecule is the dye or chromophore that initially absorbs the energy and the acceptor is the chromophore to which the energy is subsequently transferred without any molecular collision. However, FRET is a strongly distance dependent process which occurs over a scale of typically 1 to 10 nm. read more>>>
May 15, 2014 - For Altaeros Energies, a startup launched out of MIT, the sky’s the limit when it comes to wind power.
Founded by alumni Ben Glass ’08, SM ’10 and Adam Rein MBA ’10, Altaeros has developed the world’s first commercial airborne wind turbine, which uses a helium-filled shell to float as high as a skyscraper and capture the stronger, steadier winds available at that altitude.
Proven to produce double the energy of similarly sized tower-mounted turbines, the system, called Buoyant Air Turbine (or BAT), is now readying for commercial deployment in rural Alaska. read more>>>
May 16, 2014 - Biofuel like biodiesel, plant oil, ethanol, bio methane or the synthetic biomass- to- liquid (BtL)- fuels everyone is talking about them. They are at present the only renewable alternative in the mobility sector and already today make up 6.1 % of the fuel consumption in Germany.
However, in the past months and years biofuels had the reputation to generate a social- und environmental dilemma. For example, in developing countries large areas were cleared and used for sugar cane biofuel monocultures or similar and therefore were at the same time unintentionally in competition with the production of food. read more>>>
Mar. 1, 2013 - Underground thermal energy storage (UTES) is a system that uses inter-seasonal heat storage, storing excess heat from the summer for use in winter heating, and the cooling potential from winter for cooling in summer.
A cost-effective, low-energy and low-risk proven renewable technology, UTES reduces carbon emissions by up to 60% and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for residential, commercial, educational and community complexes where heating and cooling of 250kw and upwards are required.
Installing a UTES system helps to meet the current energy criteria required by UK planning authorities, which is difficult to achieve with conventional systems when building large-scale developments. read more>>>
23 May 2014 - A world expert on solar panels has explained how his pioneering work is set to significantly improve the performance of solar panels whilst simultaneously contributing to their cost being reduced by half.
Professor Stuart Wenham from the University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia) presented his work at a lecture in Central London this week where he also officially received the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize of £300,000. Professor Wenham was chosen from high calibre candidates across the world to be awarded the IET’s biggest prize. read more>>>
22 May 2014 - Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. has completed the installation of 31 MW in a EPC commercial rooftop project in Guangdong Province, China.
"This attractive and profitable distributed generation project in Southern China is part of a cooperative business development agreement with a large well-established state-owned enterprise (the "SOE") signed in 2013," said Jay Seo, chief financial officer and head of China Business of Hanwha SolarOne. read more>>>
May 25, 2014 - As an outcome from the continuous hybrid renewable energy research, an innovative outdoor lighting system powered by a shroud-augmented wind turbine and a solar panel was installed in the Kuala Lumpur campus of University of Malaya (UM).
As an outcome from the continuous hybrid renewable energy research, an innovative outdoor lighting system powered by a shroud-augmented wind turbine and a solar panel was installed in the KL campus of University of Malaya (UM). This hybrid green energy system is a compact design that harmoniously integrates a vertical-axis-wind-turbine (VAWT) with the novel omni-direction-guide-vane (ODGV), solar panel and LED lighting system. Consisting of several guide vanes, the ODGV is carefully designed and placed to surround the VAWT for wind power augmentation where the oncoming wind is guided through the ODGV. This will create a venturi effect that increases the wind speed before the wind-stream interacts with the turbine blades. Furthermore, the unique design of the ODGV that shrouds the wind turbine rotor provides a safer and more secure environment for maintenance workers and the public. read more>>>
05/26/14 - Inhabitat recently took a trip down to visit Ecoparque Uruguay; a sustainable conservation project located within around 100 acres of stunning unspoiled wilderness. It all began three years ago with the aim of becoming a rural hub for eco-tourism, as well as a space for non-profits that want to enjoy and help conserve the land. It is situated in the department of Canelones and is pretty isolated, even from the nearest village of Aguas Corrientes. But it is certainly comfortable, and the site is dotted with original buildings some of which already have access to solar heated water. Self sufficiency is at the core of the project, and a well designed vegetable plot makes full use of the organized space, with big plans afoot to ensure water is reused and energy use as efficient as possible.
The not-for-profit side of the project is designed to demonstrate and experiment with organic gardening techniques, eco-wise construction, and energy collection from the sun, wind, and water. read more>>>
May 26, 2014 - Indonesia took one step in implementing environment-friendly financial system with the signing of an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Indonesian environment ministry and the Financial Service Authority (OJK) on Monday, paving the way for the OJK to do so.
The MoU was signed by Indonesian Environment Minister Balthazar Kambuaya and OJK Commissioner Board Chairman Muliaman Hadad, aimed at improving OJK's role in protecting and managing the environment through developing a sustainable financial service system. "As a new instution that regulates the nation's bank and non- bank services, the OJK has a strategic role in regulating the economy through loan channeling and financing policies that address the environment and encourages the creation of environment- derive in non-bank financial service entities such as stock trading, insurance and other financial services," Balthazar said in his remarks in the signing ceremony. read more>>>