Friday, July 11, 2014

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 11 July 2014

IBM to Help China Manage Air Quality, Renewable-Energy Supplies
Jul 7, 2014 - International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) started a project to support China in managing air quality and energy consumption as well as forecasting renewable-energy supplies.

Under the project, the Armonk, New York-based company is cooperating with the Beijing municipal government on a system to determine the type, source and level of emissions and predict air quality in the capital, IBM said today in a statement.

The project will enable utilities to estimate the amount of renewable energy that will be available for grid transmission or storage, IBM said. read more>>>

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalists Drew Emissions Blueprint
JULY 6, 2014 - In November 2010, three combatants gathered in a sleek office here to build a carbon emissions policy that they hoped to sell to the Obama administration.

One was a lawyer who had been wielding the Clean Air Act since his days at the University of California, Berkeley. Another had turned to practicing environmental law and writing federal regulations to curb pollution after spending a summer on a pristine island off Nova Scotia. The third, a climate scientist who is a fixture on Capitol Hill, became an environmentalist because of postcollege backpacking trips in the Rockies.

The three were as seasoned and well connected as Washington’s best-paid lobbyists because of their decades of experience and the relationships they formed in the capital. read more>>>

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General Motors to bulk up on solar panels at two plants
07/07/14 - In an effort to expand its renewable energy, General Motors is building three acres of solar arrays at two of its Michigan plants.

The U.S. automaker is teaming up with Consumers Energy to build multiple 150-kilowatt ground-mount solar arrays to be installed later this summer, Grand Rapids Press reports.

The company said the solar panels will generate roughly 400,000 kilowatt hours of power, and are projected to power two plants and add renewable energy to the power grid in the surrounding region. read more>>>

The Emerging Clean Energy Edge
07/09/2014 - Global energy markets are reaching a tipping point. A pathway has opened for climate progress, but only if governments; business and public's recognize and exploit the opportunity.

For the first time, a large fraction of the world's fossil fuels could be replaced at a lower cost by clean energy, with today's renewable technologies and prices. And virtually no further investments in fossil fuels make long-term economic sense because higher fossil fuel prices over their useful life will be exorbitant.

Early awareness of that reality is driving major energy growth markets to look past the fossil fuel monopoly of the 20th century. read more>>>

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China and US sign deals on climate change
9 July 2014 - The United States and China on Tuesday signed eight partnership pacts to cut greenhouse gases, bringing the world's two biggest carbon emitters closer together on climate policy.

The deals, which involve companies and research bodies, were signed in Beijing ahead of a two-day visit to China by top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The signing was attended by Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of China's influential economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Todd Stern, the lead US climate treaty negotiator at the US State Department, Obama adviser John Podesta and Lee Zak, director of the US Trade and Development Agency.Sharing of information on clean coal power technology among eight pacts between world's two biggest emitters read more>>>

New rules, energy innovations will build a clean energy economy
July 8, 2014 - The United States is expected to spend some $2 trillion over the next two decades upgrading its aging power grid. That spells opportunity for a nation that has always chosen innovation over business as usual.

In a recent op-ed piece in Power Magazine, Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp describes how the United States is now laying the groundwork for a clean energy economy through policies and market forces that are beginning to work in tandem to accelerate change.

The landmark Clean Power Plan that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed in June places the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, giving states the incentive to shift to cleaner energy sources and the freedom to design their own paths to compliance. read more>>>

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Kerry: US, China will 'set tone' on climate change
07/10/14 - Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the U.S. and China have a "special role to play together" in the fight to mitigate climate change.

At a signing ceremony for eight climate agreements made between the two countries earlier this week, Kerry emphasized the need for the U.S. and China to lead on the issue.

The eight projects, which will focus on carbon capture, or clean coal, technology and smart grids, were agreed to in a show of cooperation between the two nations.

"Our words and our actions will set the tone," Kerry said Thursday. "Either we create the momentum to galvanize global action in order to deal with this, or we risk a global catastrophe. read more>>>

Canadian Solar announces 12.6MW solar module order for Turkey
30 June 2014 - Canadian Solar Inc. has announced the signature of a sales contract to supply 12.6MW of photovoltaic modules to a solar power project located in Kayseri, Turkey.

The modules will be supplied to a consortium of companies within the Kayseri Organized Industry Zone (KOIZ). The companies involved in the consortium are BESLER Tekstil San, ve Tic. A.S and HASCELIK Group of companies (Hascelik Cable, Coreal Cable and Metal Matris). read more>>>

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European Renewable Energy Investment Set to Surge By 2030 on Back of Nearly $1 Trillion of Investment
Jul. 1, 2014 - The next decade and a half will see renewable energy raise its share of European electricity generation capacity from 40% in 2012, to 60% in 2030, while the share of fossil-fuel sources such as coal and gas falls from 48% to 27%, according to a major report from research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The report, BNEF 2030 Market Outlook, based on modelling of electricity market supply and demand, technology cost evolution and policy development in individual countries and regions, forecasts that 557GW of new renewable power capacity will come online in Europe by 2030.

In the same period, coal-fired capacity will shrink from 195GW to 125GW, as emission regulations bite and the cost-of-generation comparison shifts in favour of renewables, while gas-fired capacity increases but only modestly, from 257GW to 280GW. read more>>>

Energy Department Announces First-of-its-Kind, High-Temperature, Downhole Rechargeable Energy Storage Device
Jul. 2, 2014 - The Energy Department today announced commercialization of a rechargeable energy storage device capable of operating in the extreme temperatures necessary for geothermal energy production. Industry partner FastCAP Systems successfully demonstrated an ultracapacitor that is fully operational in 200°C conditions, extending the upper limit of high-temperature energy storage and electronics, and engineering a flexible system that could reduce cost and risks of geothermal drilling. A $2.2 million Energy Department investment, coupled with $5.5 million in private investment funds yielded this first-of-its-kind product. FastCAP announced this week that their newest ultracapacitor has successfully completed third party validation testing by Sandia National Laboratory. The devices are expected to be released commercially later this year and were developed under a grant from the Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) in 2012. The company plans to increase production capabilities in a newly expanded space in Boston's Innovation District, a thriving center for manufacturing and technology. read more>>>

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