Energy efficiency News for January 2010

Energy efficiency News Archive

AEG enters North American solar market

AEG Power Solutions is entering the North American solar power market with solar turnkey solutions and power controllers systems.

FERC seeks renewable energy transmission advice

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeks comments whether rules, regulations, tariffs and industry practices act as barriers to variable and renewable energy.

NIST issues first release of framework for smart grid interoperability

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued an initial list of standards, a preliminary cybersecurity strategy, and other elements of a framework to support transforming the aging electric power system in the US into an interoperable 'Smart Grid'.

Intel plans 8 solar electric facilities

Intel Corp says new contracts are in place to incorporate 2.5 MW of solar electric projects at corporate locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Oregon, USA.

Fund commits €10m for clean energy in southern Africa

The Global Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) will commit the funds to the ‘Evolution One Fund’ that is dedicated to clean energy investment in Southern Africa.

AFC Energy wins fuel cell order from Centrica

In the UK, AFC Energy has secured an order from energy company Centrica to reserve 250 kW of fuel cell systems for use in a flagship project. AFC Energy is developing low-cost alkaline fuel cells for industrial applications.

PV Powered delivers solar inverters for Portland Water Bureau PV Powered delivers solar inverters for Portland Water Bureau

PV Powered Inc’s commercial solar inverters will be used for Portland Water Bureau’s US$2.2 million solar installation near the Portland Airport, Oregon, USA.

Ceramic Fuel Cells sells first BlueGen residential cogeneration unit in Europe

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has sold its first BlueGen™ micro combined heat and power (mCHP) heating unit in Europe, to German utility EWE. CFCL is developing solid oxide fuel cell based cogeneration units for residential applications and other buildings.

Four communities in UK win prize for implementing renewable energy and efficiency measures

Four community groups in Britain will share £1 million in prize money for reducing their carbon emissions by up to one-third in the past year through use of renewable energy and efficiency measures.

Toyota wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 2010 Toyota wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 2010

Toyota Motor Corporation has been awarded the 2010 Zayed Future Energy Prize for its third-generation Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle.

Wind has potential to generate 12% of electricity by 2050, predicts IEA

Wind energy could supply 12% of the world’s power by the middle of this century, up from the current 2%, according to a 'Wind Energy Roadmap' to be published soon by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

GE energy information panels to ease energy management

GE is introducing an in-home, multi-function energy information panel to give consumers insight and control to help them manage energy usage and understand costs by linking it wirelessly to a household’s smart meter.

SINTEF using nanoelectronics for smarter control of electric vehicle batteries, to improve range

The Norwegian research organization SINTEF is using nanoelectronics for real-time control of smart, dynamic sensor-based monitoring of batteries in electric vehicles. The research is part of the European Union’s E3Car project, which is studying how to utilize battery power as efficiently as possible in such vehicles.

USA: US$2.3bn in clean energy manufacturing tax credits

The US$2.3 billion in tax credits for clean energy manufacturing is being allocated on a competitive basis.

Nine EU Governments take first steps towards a Northern European Supergrid.

The siging of a political declaration in early December last year will see the countries cooperate on the development of a North Sea supergrid joining up clean energy projects scattered in and around the North Sea.