Energy efficiency News for October 2009

Energy efficiency News Archive

GE, Whirlpool ++ launch smart green grid initiative

GE, Whirlpool Corporation and a number of other companies are creating a new collaborative effort aimed at demonstrating the role of smart grid technologies and practices in the achievement of climate change goals.

Obama announces US$3.4 billion to spur transition to US smart energy grid

The US$3.4 billion in grant awards are part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and will be matched by industry funding for a total public-private investment worth over $8 billion.

Renewable energy takes 5% of Asian Development Bank funding

Renewable energy projects receive 5% of the financial assistance provided from 2001 to 2008.

US shipments of geothermal heat pumps surge 40%

Shipments of geothermal heat pumps grew more than 40% last year in the US, to 121,243 units.

Renewable energy can reduce 20% of world goal for GHG emissions

Renewable energy could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2741 Mt by 2030 under accelerated environmental policies, according to the International Energy Agency.

Record flight for UAV using Protonex fuel cell system

The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has announced that its Ion Tiger unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) recently flew for 23 h and 17 min, setting an unofficial flight endurance record for a fuel cell powered flight. The Ion Tiger UAV utilizes the latest generation of UAV power systems from Massachusetts-based Protonex Technology.

September's top 5 stories

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China and USA energy and climate change comparison

China has long since been criticised by the West as being intransigent on its response to climate change issues. But a new analysis by NGO Greenpeace compares various aspects of China's policy and energy landscape with that of the USA, and it reveals some interesting findings.

Cisco continues global smart grid development momentum

Cisco has put into place further steps to enable the development of an end-to-end, highly secure Smart Grid communications infrastructure to help utility companies and their customers better manage and reduce energy consumption, improve smart grid security and reliability, and reduce overall energy costs.

India to adopt feed-in tariffs

India is one of the latest countries to make the strategic move to a comprehensive system of feed-in tariffs to develop its renewable energy potential.

Australian utility to install BlueGen generator from Ceramic Fuel Cells

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd reports that a leading Australian energy utility has agreed to install a BlueGen solid oxide fuel cell generator in a showcase sustainability home.