Friday, August 29, 2014

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 29 August 2014

Hawaii’s Largest Utility Announces Plan To Triple Rooftop Solar By 2030
August 27, 2014 - Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) on Tuesday announced their intention to triple the amount of rooftop solar in the state, just one part of a plan that the companies say will make Hawaii the highest renewable energy-using state in the country.

Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light — known together as HECO — proposed a package of initiatives that they said would help Hawaii generate 65 percent of its electricity from renewable energy and slash electric bills by 20 percent, all within the next 16 years. While admittedly vague on how the initiatives will be implemented and how they will impact prices, the package includes efforts to increase energy storage, develop smart grids, and support community solar projects. read more>>>

energyTEAM to exhibit at the Energy Event 2014
Aug. 19, 2014 - The Energy Event 2014, which is being held at the NEC Birmingham, is co- located with the Renewables Event and the Water Event. It is one of the biggest exhibitions in the UK where suppliers right across the energy arena are given the opportunity to showcase their products and services to nearly 6000 visitors.

energyTEAM will be exhibiting at The Energy Event 2014 on Stand G50 within Halls 3-3A at the NEC on 16th -17th September 2014.

The Energy Event is complete FREE to attend and focuses on energy procurement, management and efficiency. Hosting a number of energy suppliers and consultants, The Energy Event offers a great opportunity to network, share ideas and learn about current news and changes in the energy industry. read more>>>

Something new under the sun in British Columbia
Aug. 13, 2014 - The economic future of the city of Kimberley in southeast British Columbia will soon be much brighter due to the $5.3 million SunMine solar project.

Over 4,000 solar-cell modules mounted on 96 solar trackers will follow the sun’s daily movement, maximizing solar exposure and power generation SunMine will be western Canada’s largest solar project and the first solar project in B.C. to sell power to the BC Hydro grid.

SunMine will be located on the former Sullivan Mine site, once one of the world’s largest lead zinc mines, owned by Teck Resources Ltd. Teck is providing the fully reclaimed land and site infrastructure as well as a $2 million contribution towards the project. read more>>>

U.K. developer begins construction of 750-kW Allt Choire small hydro project
08/20/2014 - Scottish energy developer Green Highland Renewables began construction in August of the 750-kW Allt Choire a' Bhalachain small hydroelectric project on the southern side of Loch Garry in Scotland.

The 3 million pound (US$5 million) project, funded by investor Triple Point, is one of two projects Green Highland Renewables is developing in the immediate area. The other is the 1.3-MW Allt Ladaidh project, which is to begin construction in 2015.

Highland Waterworks Ltd. is the main contractor, in their third project for Green Highland Renewables. read more>>>

SA - the world’s fastest growing green building market
21 August 2014 - Nearly eight years ago green building in South Africa was considered as a “right thing to do” for the environment. But more developers are heeding the call for sustainable building as they are becoming more mindful of economic benefits and the country is positioning itself as the fastest growing sustainable building country in the world.

“Environmentally sustainable buildings”, “rain harvesting” and “off-the-grid innovations” have been bandied about for years, but are now gaining credibility.

The growth of green building in South Africa trumps that of established sustainability building regions such as Europe, Australia, United States, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Brazil. read more>>>

The 2050 Imperative–Carbon Neutral Cities
Aug. 20, 2014 - The International Union of Architects (UIA) has adopted a Declaration committing its member organizations and partners to exercise leadership in planning and designing sustainable, resilient, carbon-neutral and healthy built environments in the world’s cities and towns.

Recognizing the central role architects play in planning and designing the built environment, and the need to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050, the Declaration adopted at its 2014 World Congress in Durban, South Africa last week commits the signatories* to: read more>>>

First international commercial flight completed with renewable jet fuel blend
07 August 2014 - The flight took place in late July 2014 using a recently approved jet fuel developed by industrial bioscience company Amyris and energy company Total. The fuel contains 10 percent Farnesane renewable jet fuel

The fuel meets the rigorous performance requirements set for Jet A/A-1 fuel used by the global commercial aviation industry. The revised D7566 standard developed by the international standards group ASTM Committee on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants. The revised standard allows a biomass-based renewable jet fuel on order to support commercial airliner’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“The ability of this renewable jet fuel to meet the criteria in the definitive standard for use in commercial aviation is a significant milestone in the ongoing collaboration between Amyris and Total” said Philippe Boisseau, read more>>>

E.ON’s Blackburn Meadows Biomass Plant generates electricity for the first time
25 June 2014 - E.ON UK's Blackburn Meadows biomass facility in Sheffield generated electricity and synchronised with the local distribution network for the first time yesterday evening.

Blackburn Meadows is now the third biomass plant in E.ON UK's generation portfolio and can provide enough energy to power around 40,000 homes. E.ON's £120 million investment in Blackburn Meadows has increased the energy company's mix of generation assets, helping to ensure future security of supply for the UK. read more>>>

EV universe expanding
August 15, 2014 - While plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) are now available throughout all of the United States, most Canadian provinces and territories, and every Western European country, they are not readily accessible in the Asia-Pacific region, but this will soon change, according to Navigant Research.

Over the next several years, Navigant predicts that Asia-Pacific will actually become the largest market for PEV sales, contributing to a growth of sales in North America, Western Europe, and Asia-Pacific from 352,000 annually in 2014 to 1.8 million in 2023. read more>>>

Solectria Renewables to power 45MW entropy solar projects in North Carolina
20 August 2014 - Seven solar projects anticipated to generate 1.1 billion kWh, enough to power up to 130,000 homes.

Solectria Renewables, LLC has signed a contract to supply 69 SGI 500XTM inverters to Entropy Solar Integrators for seven projects in North Carolina.1 These projects are part of a portfolio being built by Entropy Solar Integrators and financed through affiliates of Entropy Investment Management.

The seven projects are slated to be commissioned by the end of 2014, and are anticipated to generate 1.1 billion kWh -- enough clean energy to power up to 130,000 homes, according to Solectria Renewables. read more>>>

Doing Well and Doing Good with the Green Air Hotel
August 12, 2014 - You don’t win the Radical Innovation Award without proposing to change an entire industry through design. Lip Chiong, principal of Studio Twist, won because his Green Air Hotels may revolutionize how the Chinese hospitality industry works and breathes.

Chiong saw an opportunity for architecture and space-age science to come together to address two different challenges in one fell swoop: the troubled hotel industry and China’s severe pollution problems. In terms of the former, his Shanghai-based firm had extensive experience working in the hospitality industry before, both in refurbishing and designing brand new hotels. He saw that many hotels were struggling to set themselves apart and attract customers. “A typical renovation may be to rebrand the hotel through styling and aesthetics,” says Chiong, “but such a cosmetic touchup will not distinguish or give this type of hotel a truly competitive edge.” In terms of the latter, Beijing’s pollution rating can reach 775 when 300 qualifies as an emergency by the EPA, making health a real selling point. Consequently, his firm collaborated with Bill Wolverton, a NASA scientist, to design an ingenious solution: a literally green hotel that cleans its air using special filtering plants. read more>>>

Air Supply: Pushing the Limits of Passive Sustainability
July 2014 - Although homeowners are embracing sustainability at an increasing clip, they still express reservations about commissioning the highest-performing custom construction. “They wonder whether a strategy really works—the client doesn’t want to be a guinea pig,” observes Moore Ruble Yudell (MRY) partner Buzz Yudell, adding, “Another concern, which I don’t hear so explicitly is that a sustainable building could be sacrificing aesthetic clarity for a machine. Of course, a house can very carefully integrate technology.”

Architects often use their own homes as laboratories of expression and functionality. With the 4,500-square-foot infill residence Yudell and MRY architectural colorist Tina Beebe recently completed in Santa Monica, the husband and wife created an exemplar to break through client misconception. read more>>>

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