- BioPower Systems, Wave Energy Company Forms Partnership With Large Chinese Industrial Group
- Portable Automotive Solar Battery Charger Announced
- Germany Raises Renewables Contribution Charge
- Demystifying the ENERGY STAR Rating
- Latin America’s Largest Solar Plant Receiving 40 MW of Solar PV Modules from Yingli Solar
- Vestas to Provide 8 Canadian Wind Power Plants Wind Turbines Totaling 533 MW
- California Community College To Be America’s First Self-Sustaining School
- Fast-Charging “Combo” Coupler Standard Published by SAE
- Lowest Roadworthy Car in World is the Mirai EV, Guinness World Records 2013 Reports (Video)
- EPEAT Under Fire from Greenpeace for Apple MacBook Pro Approval
- Canadian Solar Partners with PetersenDean on New Roofing Program
- New EV Charging Station Is Easy to Install & Easy to Move
- Debunking Ryan’s Clean Energy Lies
- Recycled Houses — 5 Beauties
- Solar Junction Breaks Its Own CPV Conversion Efficiency Record
- Green Business Can Succeed, Spurs Partnership Ideas Among Entrepreneurs
- Electric Kia Soul May Be Released in 1-2 Years
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 06:48 PM PDT
Dr Timothy Finnigan, the CEO of BioPower Systems, said:
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.
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]
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 06:42 PM PDT
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
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:59 PM PDT
“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).
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.
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:17 PM PDT
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.
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.
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:03 PM PDT
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.”
“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.
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 02:56 PM PDT
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.
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 02:01 PM PDT
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.
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.
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.
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 12:26 PM PDT
“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.”
“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:
Image via SAE
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 11:19 AM PDT
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:
Here’s a video on the new EV record-holder:
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 09:27 AM PDT
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.
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:
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
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 09:19 AM PDT
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.
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!
“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.
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 09:01 AM PDT
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.
You can also learn a bit more about the EVSE-RS Plug-In or purchase it at evsolutions.com/plugin.
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 08:27 AM PDT
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…
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 08:01 AM PDT
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.…
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 06:18 AM PDT
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.
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.
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 04:00 AM PDT
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.
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."
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
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.
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