Energy efficiency News for December 2009

Energy efficiency News Archive

Ceramic Fuel Cells installs first BlueGen fuel cell unit at VicUrban building

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has installed a BlueGen™ solid oxide fuel cell power and heating unit with VicUrban, the sustainable urban development agency for the Victoria state government.

Ceramic Fuel Cells completes financing, regional grant for German manufacturing plant

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has won financing for part of the costs of its solid oxide fuel cell volume manufacturing plant in Germany. The plant, which was officially opened in October, is located in the Industriepark Oberbruch, near Düsseldorf in the Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW) region.

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COP15: US to promote renewable energy in developing countries

The United States has launched a US$350m ‘Renewables & Efficiency Deployment Initiative’ (Climate REDI) to accelerate deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in developing countries at COP15 in Copenhagen.

European cities must implement more renewable energy

Cities in Europe are leaders in environmental performance, but they have a long way to go in the adoption of renewable energy, according to the ‘European Green City Index.’

Smarter Grid Solutions and SSE deploy smart grid on Orkney

Smarter Grid Solutions Ltd and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) have deployed smart grid technology on SSE’s power distribution network on Orkney, allowing the connection of increased amounts of new renewable energy generation.

More than 1000 towns and cities commit to use sustainable and renewable energy

The number of municipalities which has signed onto the ‘Covenant of Mayors’ for sustainable and renewable energy has surpassed 1000 since its creation in February.

Renewable energy is critical to climate change mitigation, says IEA

The International Energy Agency (IEA) will present “key findings” on renewable energy during the climate conference in Copenhagen.

Europeans embrace recycling to fight climate change, but not renewable energy

Europeans consider climate change to be the second-most serious problem facing the world today, but paying for green / renewable energy or installing solar panels or wind turbines are the least popular method to address the challenge.

UK rolls out smart meters and smart grids UK rolls out smart meters and smart grids

All UK homes will have smart meters delivered by energy suppliers by the end of 2020 as part of UK’s plans to move towards smart grids, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced.

European bank funds renewable energy in South Africa

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will lend €40m to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across South Africa.