Energy infrastructure News for July 2009

Energy infrastructure News Archive

Two-atom lead superconductor thinnest ever Two-atom lead superconductor thinnest ever

Paving the way for smaller and more efficient devices, a superconducting sheet just two atoms thick has been created at The University of Texas at Austin by Dr. Ken Shih and colleagues [Shengyong Qin, et al., DOI: 10.1126/science.1170775].

Siemens and Viridity Energy announce strategic alliance for Smart Grid implementations

Siemens Energy and Viridity Energy have entered into a strategic relationship to provide virtual power plant functionality on campus environments and to other large users of electricity.

North Africa’s deserts could provide 15% of Europe’s electricity North Africa’s deserts could provide 15% of Europe’s electricity

A large number of networked solar thermal power plants in the Middle East and North Africa could produce sufficient renewable power to meet around 15% of Europe’s electricity needs and large parts of the power needs of the producer countries.

USA and South Korea cooperate on Smart Grid

The US smart grid organisation GridWise® Alliance and the Korea Smart Grid Association (KGSA) will share best practices regarding modernisation of the electric system, strengthening the organisations’ ability to help make Smart Grid a reality in their respective countries.

Renewable energy and financial leaders share perspectives on industry growth potential

The core message coming out of the REFF-Wall Street conference session was a call for the US Government to clarify the parameters of the Department of Energy’s grant and loan programs, in order to free up private capital and stimulate the flow of financing in the industry.

REEEP develops innovative financing for the developing world

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has provided €667,500 in seed funding for 8 new finance projects to accelerate the clean energy market in the developing world.

The US House approves the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) legislation.

Some – most notably Al Gore - are hailing the decision as the most important legislation Congress will ever pass. It sees the US pledging to cut emissions by 17% (below 2005 levels) by 2020, and 83% by 2050.

Google launches "PowerMeter"

Google presented its new venture at the Next Generation Utilities Summit - visited by over 50 European Utility leaders.

VC investment in green technologies "rebounds" with US$1.2 billion in Q2 2009

Greentech Media Inc., the online media company covering green technology news and analysis, has released the most recent quarterly data showing that venture capital (VC) investment in green technologies totalled US$1.2 bn in 85 deals in the second quarter of 2009.

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