Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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BioPower Systems, Wave Energy Company Forms Partnership With Large Chinese Industrial Group

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 06:48 PM PDT

The wave energy company BioPower Systems recently announced that it was forming a new strategic alliance with Shanghai Electric Power Generation Group, a major Chinese industrial group. This collaboration is aiming at advancing the development of the bioWAVE ocean wave energy system to the production stage.


Dr Timothy Finnigan, the CEO of BioPower Systems, said:

“It will be necessary for ocean energy systems to be both substantial in scale and technically sophisticated, in order to become cost competitive.

“This alliance, between BioPower Systems and what is one of the largest diversified equipment manufacturing groups in China, intends to enable development of the bioWAVE to a commercial stage within a reasonable time frame.”

Just a few months ago, the Australian Government provided a large funding contribution of $5.6 million to BioPower Systems to help support the 250kW bioWAVE pilot demonstration project at Port Fairy, Victoria. This was in addition to the $5 million grant provided by the Victorian Government’s Sustainable Energy Pilot Demonstration program.

The pilot demonstration project, designed to showcase the bioWAVE technology, is nearing its construction stage. Planned at an ocean site roughly 850 metres from shore in water about 30 meters deep, the electricity generated will be delivered to the national grid by a subsea cable. Current plans have the construction scheduled to begin during late 2013.

This pilot demonstration is following on the heels of 6 years of research and development; during which BioPower Systems created its O-Drive 250kW module, designed to harvest wave and tidal energy systems.

Shanghai Electric is going to be acting solely as an observer during the pilot demonstration, and then will become much more involved as they move on to commercialization, which, according to current plans, includes the development and operation of a 1MW commercial-scale bioWAVE system.

Source: BioPower Systems [PDF]

Portable Automotive Solar Battery Charger Announced

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 06:42 PM PDT

Here’s a new solar-powered consumer tech product to check out. The new Solab autonomous thin-film solar battery charger is the byproduct of a collaboration between Ascent Solar in Colorado and Germany’s CTC GmbH. The flexible solar panel is designed to be used in a variety of ways. It has settings for different battery types, such as lead, nickel metal hydride, nickel-cadmium, lithium ion, and others.

Trickle charging is available when a battery is charged. Feedback on a battery’s charge status is provided. Also, charging of electronics using USB is possible.

The flexible thin-film panel is designed to be unbreakable and durable. Additionally, it has no sharp edges so it doesn’t damage anything around it.

Image Credit: CTC GmbH

Germany Raises Renewables Contribution Charge

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:59 PM PDT

Germany’s Federal Network Agency announced Monday the intention to raise the renewable contribution charge for 2013 by 47 percent from 3.59 cents per kilowatt-hour to 5.28 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Germany Raises Renewables Contribution Charge

Wind turbines in Chemnitz, Germany

“There will be a marked rise in the renewables contribution charge for the coming year, after it was virtually unchanged this year over 2011,” said Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur).

“The growing gap in the 2013 figures between the renewables compensation payments the TSOs have to make and the income from selling on the exchange is a chief reason for the rise. Next year, too, we can expect a considerable number of new installations to be connected to the grid, under promotion from the EEG.

“Also, the unexpectedly high deficit in the EEG account of some 2.6bn euros must be balanced. This deficit is chiefly due to the fall in quoted market prices and to the growth in PV systems on a scale we did not anticipate and the attendant higher compensation payments.”


German transmission system operators have forecast feed-in payments for 2013 of 18.5 billion euros. However, predicted profits on the electricity exchange only amount to 2.6 billion euros. According to the Bundesnetzagentur, the difference is the main component for the increase in the renewables contribution charge.

Craig Morris at Renewables International is unhappy, and says that “consumers are cross-financing industry to the tune of three billion euros this year alone.” For his full story on the renewables contribution charge increase and its impact across Germany, head on over to Renewables International.

Source: Bundesnetzagentur
Image Source: Pixelchecker

Demystifying the ENERGY STAR Rating

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:17 PM PDT

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released a new ‘Today in Energy’ article today looking at the adoption of ENERGY STAR equipment and how adoption varies between appliances.

Today in Energy are “topical, timely, short articles with energy news and information you can understand and use,” and the most recent article spent some time demystifying what the ENERGY STAR logo actually represents and the adoption between various products.


The basics of ENERGY STAR are simple: it is a label that identifies products using the top-25% most-efficient options within their specific product class at the date the specification goes into effect. So a television that is stickered with the ENERGY STAR is designed with more energy-efficient technology than most other TVs on the market.

Market penetration of ENERGY STAR–approved appliances will often increase over time, inevitably leading to a new and revised version of the specifications for that particular product, allowing for increases in technology and forcing companies to keep innovating for the sake of the customer.

For example, dehumidifiers and dishwashers had a market penetration of over 95% in 2011, which enabled the implementation of new specifications which were implemented in 2012. Similarly, televisions, room air-conditioners, clothes washers, and audio/video product will all see their specifications updated in June of 2013.

On the other hand, there are appliances that are relatively new to the ENERGY STAR program and have little market penetration. Water heaters are one such appliance, due in part to the fact that there are specifications for only a segment of the market: electric storage tank and electric tankless water heaters cannot earn the ENERGY STAR label because they offer limited energy savings potential, whereas electric-powered heat pump water heaters can earn the label.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
Image Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on ENERGY STAR

Latin America’s Largest Solar Plant Receiving 40 MW of Solar PV Modules from Yingli Solar

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:03 PM PDT

One of the leading solar energy companies in the world, Yingli Green Energy, recently announced that the company is supplying 40 MW of photovoltaic modules for a new solar power plant that will be the largest in Latin America when completed.


The solar plant the PV panels are being provided for was developed by Gestamp Solar and Solarpack in a collaboration with local companies in Peru. The project is being built in two different locations: 20 MW will be in Tacna and cover roughly 120 hectares, and the other 20 MW will be in Moquera and cover around 123 hectares. The project is planned to begin operations towards the end of 2012.

Once completed, it will be the largest solar power plant in Latin America. It is projected to generate enough electricty for more than 67,000 homes, and reduce emissions by around of 24,000 tons of CO2 each year.

“We are pleased to achieve this important milestone in Latin America,” said Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy. “Peru is one of the most important emerging markets in Latin America given its strong solar energy potential. By supplying modules for this project and by leveraging our sponsorship of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, we are paving the way for substantial expansion throughout South America.”

Fernando Calisalvo, General Managing of Yingli Green Energy Spain, stated: “We are pleased to cooperate with Gestamp Solar and with Solarpack to complete the largest solar plant in Latin America. This project plays a very important strategic role for our continued success.”

“We are very glad to partner with a leading solar brand such as Yingli Solar. This project reinforces our presence in Latin America as one of main pillars of our international expansion, and help us to become one of leading solar companies in the Latin American industry,” said Mr. Jorge Barredo, Chief Executive Officer of Gestamp Solar.

Source: Yingli Solar
Reposted from Solar Love with permission.

Vestas to Provide 8 Canadian Wind Power Plants Wind Turbines Totaling 533 MW

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 02:56 PM PDT

Vestas Acquires Eight Canadian Wind Power PlantsGlobal wind energy company Vestas has secured a 10-year service agreement with International Power Canda which covers 276 wind turbines at 8 power plants across Canada.

The service agreement totals 533 megawatts (MW), made up of 335 MW in existing power plants located in New Brunswick, Ontario and Prince Edward Island and 198 MW set to be completed in 2013 in Ontario.

"As a leader in service and maintenance in Canada, we are honoured to continue our partnership with International Power Canada," said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas-Canadian Wind Technology, Inc. "International Power Canada is a recognized innovator and driver in the Canadian wind market, and we are very proud to work with them."

By the end of this year, Vestas is set to have completed four new wind power plants in Canada which will total 308 MW, and six additional Canadian projects using Vestas turbines will be constructed in 2013.

Project (turbines) — Location

West Cape (55 V80-1.8 MW) — Prince Edward Island
Caribou (33 V90-3.0 MW) — New Brunswick
Point-Aux-Roches (27 V90-1.8 MW) — Ontario
AIM-Standard Offer Project (24 V82-1.65 MW) — Ontario
Harrow (24 V82-1.65 MW) — Ontario
Norway (3 V90-3.0 MW) — Prince Edward Island
Lake Erieau (55 V90-1.8 MW) — Ontario, 2013
East Lake St. Clair (55 V90-1.8 MW) — Ontario, 2013

Source: Vestas

California Community College To Be America’s First Self-Sustaining School

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 02:01 PM PDT

An ambitious partnership between California's College of the Desert (COD) and Palm Springs is set to launch America's first self-sustaining college campus, following other U.S. colleges blazing a higher education sustainability trail.

Campus courtyards shaded by solar panels

The West Valley Campus, a satellite location to COD's 50-year old main campus, will be LEED Platinum certified; achieve net-zero energy, waste, and water status through of innovative design elements; and integrate sustainability initiatives into all construction and operation activities.

College campuses are increasingly among the leaders in U.S. sustainability efforts, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to lowering energy bills with renewables and building net zero energy communities.

COD and Palm Springs envision the 119-acre site becoming the hub of a regional green collar economy. The campus will host commercially-operated clean tech business incubator facilities, as well as GreenPark, a 60-acre solar farm built by Southern California Edison with 10 megawatts of capacity – enough potential generation to power 5,200 homes.

Although built for commercial use, GreenPark renewable generation facilities will be open to students to teach green collar job skills. Solar will also be prominently featured on campus rooftops, carports, and above courtyards to provide shade.

Desert landscaping and design lowers energy and water demand

Design innovations will also help the campus maintain lower temperatures and minimize water demand. Beyond using solar to create shade, the campus is designed like a box canyon to create shade from the south side while maximizing daylight from the north. A stormwater reservoir will create evaporative cooling, while desert landscaping, vacuum toilets like the ones found on airplanes, and water runoff collection will all minimize water demands.

"West Valley Campus will allow us to show that our integrated sustainability approach is environmentally and socially responsible, can solve environmental challenges, and be economically viable through cost savings and reduced operating costs," said Dr. Edwin Deas, COD's vice president for business affairs. "The campus will become a model for research and teaching on sustainability and stewardship."

Beyond sustainable design, the campus will integrate green collar education into its four core curriculum "program pillars." In addition to a sustainability technology degree, COD will teach sustainable business practices in the growing fields of hospitality and tourism, healthcare, and media and the arts.

In addition, a "Policy of Sustainability" will push COD decisions to use college land in an environmentally responsible way, retrofit campus buildings to the highest feasible level of sustainability, create partnerships to promote green initiatives, and develop annual strategies to meet sustainability targets.

Phase one of the campus, slated to open in Spring 2015, will cost $26.8 million and be covered in part by a COD bond measure passed by residents in 2004. Phase one construction is expected to create 700 total jobs. Subsequent construction phases will be funded by revenue generated by selling GreenPark energy back to the grid, as well as business incubator profits.

Source: SustainableBusiness.com
Images via HGA Architects and Engineers

Fast-Charging “Combo” Coupler Standard Published by SAE

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 12:26 PM PDT

A new technical standard for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV) has been approved and just published today by SAE International, “a global association of more than 133,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.” The SAE International standard is a huge step forward for EV and PHEV charging.

“Developed in a consensus environment by more than 190 global experts representing automotive, charging equipment, utilities industries and national labs, ‘J1772™: SAE Electric Vehicle and Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Couple‘ enable charging time to be reduced from as long as eight hours to as short as 20 minutes,” a news release on the new standard stated.

“The standard represents the future of charging technology and smart grid interaction, while addressing the needs of today. Such needs include reduced times at public charging stations, enabling consumers to travel greater distances in their PHEV’s and EV’s.”

There are a handful of big steps that we need to take in order to find ourselves in an EV-abundant world, and developing better, mass manufactured charging stations is arguably one of them. It’s exciting to see so many talented people working together to help move this side of things forward.

“This new standard reflects the many hours that top industry experts from around the world worked to achieve the best charging solution – a solution that helps vehicle electrification technology move forward,” Gery Kissel, Engineering Specialist, Global Battery Systems, GM, and SAE J1772™ Task Force Chairman, said. “We now can offer users of this technology various charging options in one combined design.”

“This new technical standard is a real game-changer,” Andrew Smart , Director of Industry Relations and Business Development for SAE International, said. “It reflects the advancements in technology within PHEV and EV engineering and we are pleased to represent the collaborative efforts within industry that made it possible.”

Here’s a bit more from the news release:

The original version of  J1772™ defined  AC Level 1 and AC Level 2 charge levels and specified a conductive charge coupler and electrical interfaces for AC Level 1 and AC Level 2 charging. The new revision incorporates DC charging where DC Level 1 and DC Level 2 charge levels, charge coupler and electrical interfaces are defined. The standard was developed in cooperation with the European automotive experts who also adopted and endorsed a combo strategy in their approach.

Click here to see the J1772™ SAE Charging Configurations and Ratings Terminology.

Image via SAE

Reposted from Electric Love! with permission.

Lowest Roadworthy Car in World is the Mirai EV, Guinness World Records 2013 Reports (Video)

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 11:19 AM PDT

The newest Guinness world record holder for “Lowest Roadworthy Car in the World” is an electric vehicle. The Mirai (which means “future” in Japanese) rises just 45.2 cm (17.79 in) off the ground. It’s also got a Jetson-like look.

lowest car in world record

The EV runs on 6 main batteries and was the product of students and teachers of The Automobile Engineering Course of Okayama Sanyo High School in Asakuchi, Japan. They completed the car back on November 15, 2010.

Here’s more from Guinness World Records 2013 on the car:

The driving unit (motors and controlling components, including batteries) are from “Q-car”, produced by CQ motors (Japan). Switching console is from a motorbike.

The chassis (steel), body (ERP), suspension, steering system, lights (LED), seat and all other parts were made at the High School.

Previous projects on the course have included building an amphibious car and a huge glider plane.

Here’s a video on the new EV record-holder:

Reposted from Electric Love with permission.

EPEAT Under Fire from Greenpeace for Apple MacBook Pro Approval

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 09:27 AM PDT

American product evaluation method EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) came under fire from the international environmental organization Greenpeace this week over some shenanigans involving Apple. Yes, of course, that Apple — the one that withdrew its products from the EPEAT registry over the summer… for about 1 day.

EPEAT Greenpeace Apple Shenanigans

EPEAT Evaluates, Greenpeace Watches

The shenanigans involve some ultra-thin notebooks which, to be fair, are not all from Apple — Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba also offered up products for evaluation. The specific product that caught Greenpeace’s attention was the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display — the very one that Apple apparently concluded would not qualify for EPEAT registry back in July.

The EPEAT evaluation process involves determining how easy it is to upgrade and/or recycle an electronic product; in the case of this particular round of evaluations, each ultra-thin notebook was disassembled by non-EPEAT-affiliated personnel (to approximate the normal user’s level of proficiency with yanking apart sensitive machinery) with instructions provided by each manuafacturer.

Robert Frisbee, EPEAT’s chief executive, claims that the products held up quite well:

“The [technical test] lab disassembled each of the purchased products with full documentation of each disassembly process, including its overall duration. Time for total disassembly of each of the products was under 20 minutes in all cases; for the removal of batteries the time required was between 30 seconds and two minutes.”

EPEAT Approves, Greenpeace Doesn’t

So far, the process sounds copacetic, but Greenpeace isn’t buying it. Analyst Casey Harrell claims that Apple wanted to change the standards when it came out with the Retina Display–sporting MacBook.

Harrell also pointed out that just because EPEAT’s standards were met in a laboratory doesn’t mean that the products in question will actually be upgraded or properly recycled; in other words, EPEAT hasn’t taken into account human laziness or the matter of not wanting to void a warranty:

“Consumers will not risk violating their product warranty to change a battery using instructions they don’t have with tools they don’t own, and are sure to conclude that the entire process is too complicated and instead buy a new product. The result will be electronics with a shorter lifespan and more e-waste.

“Electronics need to be designed so that people can upgrade and repair them as easily as possible. If companies can’t make products that can be easily fixed, they shouldn’t be sold.”

Greenpeace may not be entirely wrong, given the popular practice of planned obsolescence; on the other hand, there’s no comparison with which to say that the standards have actually been changed.

Questions? Insights? Battery-changing instructions? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Business Green
Image Source: Apple

Canadian Solar Partners with PetersenDean on New Roofing Program

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 09:19 AM PDT

Canadian Solar announced today that it will partner with the largest privately held American roofing company, PetersenDean, to improve the quality and lower the cost of rooftop solar power systems.

To many of us, solar panel installation is just the process of putting solar panels on the roof and connecting them to power lines. Unfortunately, the installation process is more complicated than that. The cost to install solar panels is nearly half the cost of an entire photovoltaic solar setup. The cost of solar panels has been decreasing, but the installation cost is still relatively high because of that.

Rooftop Solar Panels

To address this, a simpler and quicker installation process needs to be devised. One potential solution to this problem is to standardize rooftop solar panel shapes and sizes, so that all rooftop panels could fit standardized mounting equipment which could be mass-produced in a factory, which has the potential to be far cheaper than mounting brackets which are hand-built by contractors.

For example: standardize 200-watt panels to fit standard mounting equipment so that everything can be bolted together easily without constructing mounting brackets by hand. This would be very helpful to simplify installation to just bolting.

This would matter most to people installing their own panels themselves — more of them would be able to handle the job themselves and pay no labour cost. Simply putting solar panels on a roof does not have to be a complicated task!

For now, though, roofing companies with good expertise in this arena and broad reach can potentially help to drop the cost of solar installations. Regarding the announcement today, PetersenDean notes that it ”has launched a successful solar division and will actively promote the new roofing program, capitalizing on its decades of roofing experience to improve the installation quality and costs for installation of a residential solar system.”

“Canadian Solar is proud to partner with PetersenDean, a leader in bringing solar to the residential market and well known for quality workmanship and materials,” said, Alan King , general manager of Canadian Solar USA. “We are pleased to support this award-winning company in an important new program that will help make clean, renewable energy a reality for consumers nationwide.”

The new program kicks off October 19-21 at at Santana Row.

Source: PR Newswire
Photo Credit: rooftop solar panels by ICMA (Some rights reserved)

New EV Charging Station Is Easy to Install & Easy to Move

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 09:01 AM PDT

AeroVironment today announced a new, home EV charging station that is both easy to install and movable (picture below). This new “EVSE-RS Plug-In” is actually an expansion of the company’s popular EVSE-RS home charging product line.

The EV charging station is for a 240-volt outlet — it can just plug right into one. So, absolutely no need to hardwire the charging station into the home.

“The station is SAE-J1772 compliant and recharges all battery electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) incorporating the SAE standard,” an AeroVironment news release noted.

"The EVSE-RS Plug-In is easy to install, use and move," said Wahid Nawabi, senior vice president and general manager of Efficient Energy Systems at AeroVironment. "All EV owners need is a dedicated 240 volt outlet, and they can easily install the wall mount and plug-in charger at their home. If they want to remove it, they simply unplug, slide it out of the bracket and take it with them to another location."

The wall-mounting setup is reportedly super easy to move, making it simple to even bring the charger over to a relative’s or friend’s house if desired (in case there isn’t on in their neighborhood).

Like other EVSE-RS chargers, a green light comes on when the charger is ready for use, and it shuts itself off when it’s done charging. It also has plenty of safety features built in or included.

So, what’s the price for this new technology? The price is $1099 or less on Amazon.com. The EV charger can also be purchased through AeroVironment (888-833-2148).

You can also learn a bit more about the EVSE-RS Plug-In or purchase it at evsolutions.com/plugin.

Reposted from Electric Love with permission.

Debunking Ryan’s Clean Energy Lies

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 08:27 AM PDT

If there’s one thing that has typified the Romney/Ryan ticket, it has been lies. Romney’s statements in his first debate with Obama were full of lies, including clean energy lies of all sorts (all in all, fact-checkers seem to have found Romney spouted 27 myths in 35 minutes). Ryan kept the misinformation flowing regarding hugely popular clean energy in the Vice Presidential candidate debate last week, as this repost from Red, Green, and Blue notes:

Debate: Ryan doubles down on Romney’s green energy lies. (via Red Green & Blue)

Well, that was a nice comeback. After a disappointing debate last week that left Obama on the ropes and Romney with a bit of a surge, the Vice Presidential debate featured strong performances by both candidates. Just as he did in his speech to the Republican Convention, Paul Ryan strayed rather far…

Recycled Houses — 5 Beauties

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 08:01 AM PDT

Glenn Meyers of sister site Green Building Elements recently ran down a list of 5 beautiful recycled houses. Check ‘em out:

5 Remarkable Recycled Homes (via Green Building Elements)

A number of innovative structures have been created using materials that might otherwise have been destined for the landfill. Here are five examples of what we've found, thanks to the The Daily Green, Flavorwire, and Design Buzz. 1. New Life for a Grain Silo House  2. House of Bottled Dreams 3.…

Solar Junction Breaks Its Own CPV Conversion Efficiency Record

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 06:18 AM PDT

Solar Junction has upped the stakes in, and promise of, solar photovoltaic (PV) technology yet again, besting the world power conversion efficiency record for commercial-ready, triple-junction concentrating PV (CPV) cells. The previous record of 43.5% had actually been set by Solar Junction in April 2011.

The power conversion efficiency of its latest commercial-ready multi-junction CPV cells was measured at 44% at 947 suns, the San Jose–based solar PV manufacturer announced in an Oct. 15 press release. That’s double or more that of the highest-performance crystalline PV cells. Both world records were verified by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

“Breaking our own world record cements Solar Junction as an innovator and leader in the multi-junction cell space,” Solar Junction VP for Technolgoy Vijit Sabnis stated. “We continue to push technological boundaries to further drive CPV costs down.”



Blazing the CPV Trail

Solar Junction is supplying the triple-junction CPV cells being used by Semprius, which is readying the commissioning of its first commercial manufacturing facility in Henderson, North Carolina. With an initial capacity to produce five to six MW of CPV cells with power conversion efficiencies as high as 33.9%, the new manufacturing facility could be scaled up to 35 MW and employ as many as 250 people.

The San Jose–based CPV manufacturer is also supplying CPV modules to SolFocus, which this past March announced plans to build Mexico’s largest solar power plant in partnership with Grupo Musa and Georgia’s Synergy Technologies. The proposed 450-MW facility near Tecate is to be built and come on-line in 50-MW phases, with the first slated for completion later this year.

Solar Junction was one of two emerging CPV manufacturers to be awarded two-year grants from the Department of Energy (DOE) in early August to help expand manufacturing capacity. DOE selected Solar Junction as the recipient of a $5 million SUNPATH (Scaling Up Nascent Photovoltaics at Home) award, part of the Obama Administration’s SunShot Initiative.

Added to $15 million from private sector investors, the $20 million of capital "will enable Solar Junction to grow from 5 MW to 40 MW per year in manufacturing capacity," according to the DOE’s news release. Solar Junction’s CPV cells are manufactured at facilities in San Jose, California and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Partially funded by the SUNPATH award, Solar Junction management also announced it is commissioning a sixth production facility in Silicon Valley. The first shipments are expected in the first quarter of 2013.

DOE also granted San Diego–based CPV developer Soitec Solar a $25 million SUNPATH award to accelerate construction of the the company’s first large-scale CPV module plant. Added to $115 million of privately invested capital, the new CPV module plant will enable Soitec to supply more than 300 MW of clean, green renewable electricity to California customers through agreements with San Diego Gas & Electric as well as other markets, the DOE noted.

Green Business Can Succeed, Spurs Partnership Ideas Among Entrepreneurs

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 04:00 AM PDT

Norstec is a major government initiative that Prime Minister David Cameron calls “a second, clean energy revolution in the North Sea.” It will dramatically increase the amount of offshore wind production in the North Sea.

The partnership, first announced in April, includes over 40 key industry and government partners — about half of those being companies, including Siemens and Vestas — and could have major implications for the future of green business and energy in the UK.
Norstec estimates that over 185,000 new jobs could be created in the UK by 2020 due to this major new push in offshore wind farms, with the potential to generate the electricity equivalent of 1 billion barrels of oil per year from UK wind production by 2050, matching North Sea gas and oil production.

Cameron’s full statement released by the UK government on Norstec was: "I continue to be strongly supportive of the UK offshore renewables sector and am delighted to see Norstec rising from the waves. As I said when I launched this network last April we are on the cusp of a second, clean energy revolution in the North Sea. Close collaboration between industry and government will be critical to making this happen."

The initiative is good news for manufacturers of wind turbines and signals that the UK will be aggressive in weaning itself off of fossil fuels. This opens the door for entrepreneurs and green manufacturers — even small suppliers — to ride the impending wave of green enthusiasm and spending. Many experts say that collaboration will be key — collaboration between manufacturers across the supply chain, installers, the government, and big players in the energy industry.

For companies poised to explore the opportunities for green partnerships or for those looking for suppliers for their green initiative, Duedil offers a great place to start, providing first-rate reports on companies, including financials, key players at each company, legal histories and other crucial information one needs to evaluate a potential partner or supplier. To find out more about all this, begin your search for companies at Duedil.

Image: North Sea offshore wind farm via Shutterstock

Electric Kia Soul May Be Released in 1-2 Years

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 02:30 AM PDT


Kia may be releasing an all electric version of its popular model the Soul within the next 1-2 years. As of now, though, there are no details, except an estimate of 2014 for when it hits the market.

Kia already sells an electric vehicle that greatly resembles the Soul in its home market of Korea — the Ray EV. The Ray EV possesses a “16.4 kWh battery pack and 50 kW electric motor provide up to 86 miles of range,” so it seems likely that the electric version of the Soul will have a similar drive system, but maybe with a larger battery pack.

Source: Gas2

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