Monday, September 3, 2012

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Svajerløb 2012 — Danish Cargo Bike Championships

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 09:00 AM PDT


Svajerløb 2012 — Bullitt Wheelie

Copenhagen, Cargo Bikes, Medals, Music, Medalists, ala Copenhagenize. What are we talking about? The Svajerløb 2012 — Danish Cargo Bike Championships. It looks like it was an incredible day.

Svajerløb 2012

Above are all the participants at the end of the day, and their bikes. If you ever thought you couldn’t transport something on a bike, think again. These guys and gals have probably done so with their wonderfully strong and utilitarian cargo bikes.

Svajerløb 2012 — 3Wheeler Medal Ceremony

12 bikes, mostly Bullitts, but also a short-john and an Omnium, were involved in the competition.

Svajerløb 2012 — Italians

Also, blended in the harmonies of the day was the happiness of the people from abroad who participated: “Above is Francesco, who brought two of his Bicicapace bikes and his his family… he took part in the Individual Two-Wheeler race and the Team Relay.”

Check out Copenhagenize, for more photos of the events. There really are folks that have lots of fun quite seriously without gasoline vehicles.

Trina Solar Helps Swiss Sawmill Go Carbon Neutral

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 08:00 AM PDT

It's nice to hear a story once in a while about older industries using newer, cleaner technologies in the path towards environmental sustainability.

Take the case of Trina Solar’s new Honey Photovoltaic (PV) modules, which are helping the Sagewerke Christen AG sawmill in Luthern in the canton of Lucerne go carbon neutral. The project is the first mass-scale PV venture in Switzerland using the high-performance Honey PV cells.

The new PV installation takes up 6,000 square feet and is helping the plant go carbon neutral. The panels can create up to 6,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of daily solar energy, and have a peak power capacity of 900 kilowatts.  As of July, the new system has provided the energy equivalent of 900,000 kWh yearly, or enough power for about 300 households, the statement noted.

Meanwhile, the rooftop deployment consists of 3,576 multicrystalline PC05A Honey panels, with each panel having a 260Wp rating, according to the press release.  The aluminum plates also make sure the system has a waterproof connection for the system, and makes it more weather friendly.

Officials were supportive of the project.

“With the new solar power plant and our two existing wood co-generation plants, we save more than 3,000 tons of CO2 every year. That is twice as much as the emissions from our two sawmills in Luthern and Willisau,” said Sagewerke Christen AG owner Bruno Christen in the release.

“We are very pleased about this successful project for Sagewerke Christen AG in collaboration with SunTechnics. Conditions in the Swiss solar market are quite demanding, and their decision to work with Trina Solar confirms the high quality of our modules and their suitability for the local conditions,” said Ben Hill, Head of Trina Solar Europe.

Sun Technics CEO Felix Maag, whose company teamed up with Trina Solar on the project, had this to say on the importance of the high-tech Honey PV cells in adverse weather:

“The Swiss market has very particular requirements. Apart from high module output, qualities such as top performance in low-light conditions and a high snow load are important. Trina Solar products really stand out when it comes to meeting these requirements.”

In testing of the product during snow, the release noted the Honey PV cells can produce highly efficient absorption rates of light during low daylight levels.

The path of sustainability for old resource-driven industries like sawmills is possible as seen here with the power of new clean technologies. Here is hoping other companies will take notices.

Source: Trina Solar
Image Credit: Solar Panels Implant in Southern Switzerland image courtesy of Shutterstock

JinkoSolar to Supply China Guangdong Nuclear with Solar Modules

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 07:30 AM PDT

One of China’s leading solar power product manufacturers, JinkoSolar, has won a contract to supply 30 megawatts of photovoltaic (PV) modules for a PV power plant project planned for Hami city in the Xinjiang Province of China.

The contract was awarded by China Guangdong Nuclear Solar Energy Development, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group, which focuses on solar power investment, construction, and maintenance.

"We are pleased that China Guangdong Nuclear has decided to extend its relationship with us by cooperating on this project in Xinjiang," said Mr. Xiande Li, Chairman of the board of Directors of JinkoSolar.

"We believe that this validates our efforts to grow long-term relationship with major players in China's solar power plant industry and that this repeat order is a testament to the quality of our products and services. Our reputation as one of the industry-leading solar module producers with high quality products and services in the market continues to provide us with opportunities not only in China, but across the globe as we expand our geographic footprint worldwide."

Source: JinkoSolar
Image Source: IntelFree Press

Huge Crowd Turnout for $7-Billion DoD Clean Energy Pre-Proposal Conference

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 07:00 AM PDT

More than 600 people attended the pre-proposal conference for the $7 billion Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production for DoD Installations Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) hosted by the U.S. Army and Corps of Engineers (USACE) on August 22.

The Corps of Engineers, through its Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, issued the MATOC Request for Proposal (RFP) Aug. 7 for $7 billion in total contract capacity to procure reliable, locally generated, renewable and alternative energy through power purchase agreements.  The $7 billion capacity would be expended for the purchase of energy over a period of 30 years or less from renewable energy plants that are constructed and operated by contractors using private sector financing.

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command leadership tours the site of a solar panel installation project on the roof SPAWAR Headquarters Old Town Complex in San Diego.

“This is a huge opportunity for the Army, and we’re glad you want to be part of it,” said Col. Robert J. Ruch, the commander of the Huntsville Center, when talking about the goals the U.S. Army, the Energy Initiatives Task Force, and the Huntsville Center hope to achieve with the RFP.

“We are truly excited to be leading this effort that will help installations meet mandated energy reduction goals far into the future. Increasing energy security is a top priority for DoD and Army leadership, and this effort will lead to enhanced energy security and sustainability for our installations.”

“This MATOC is a key contracting vehicle that will be used to procure reliable, locally generated, renewable and alternative energy through establishing a pool of qualified firms and contractors with solar, wind, biomass and geothermal technologies to compete for individual Power Purchase Agreements,” Ruch said.

Good news, especially after the White House announced earlier this year that the Defense Department was planning on making one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history, setting a goal for themselves of deploying three gigawatts of renewable energy on Army, Navy, and Air Force installations by 2025. This would include any combination of solar, wind, biomass, or geothermal, and be enough to power 750,000 homes.

In the end, attendees of the conference — on both sides — were pleased with the outcomes reached. Both sides were happy to have been able to talk to one another, build relationships, and understand the plans the U.S. Army is hoping for.

Source: U.S. Army via PR Newswire
Image Source: U.S. Army Material Command


Posted: 02 Sep 2012 06:30 AM PDT

OK, this one isn’t new, but I just ran across it again and thought I’d finally repost it — some more Sunday fun for you! :D

DIY EV Kit Promises Educational Opportunities In Japan (via Gas 2.0)

It is no secret that the American education system is in need of some serious repairs. How that manifests itself is a project for people far smarter than I am, though if you ask me the biggest problem is a failure to engage students in interesting and creative ways. For inspiration, we need look no…

Ray Lane on Future of EV Industry & Cleantech Investing

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 05:00 AM PDT

Here’s another post from Susanna Schick on what she learned over at Charged 2012 last week:

Charged 2012 | Ray Lane On the Future of the EV Industry (via Gas 2.0)

The closing keynote at the Silicon Valley EV Symposium was Ray Lane, managing partner at VC Firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, and Fisker board member. Ray began with his involvement with the Electrification Coalition: "The Electrification Coalition is a lobbying group comprised of about 15…

Electric Skateboard Crushes Corvette in Drag Race (VIDEO)

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 04:00 AM PDT

Here’s some Sunday fun for you, courtesy of sister site Gas2 — video of an electric skateboard (or gnarboard) crushing a Corvette in a drag race (true, the distance isn’t all that great):

Video: Electric Skateboard Crushes Corvette In Drag Race (via Gas 2.0)

Think electric vehicles are slow, do you? Nevermind all the electric race cars, motorcycles, and other EV's constantly setting records and kicking ass…you've got a Corvette, and ain't no electric vehicle gonna take you down. And then this video happened. Meet the Gnarboard, an electric skateboard…

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