Energy efficiency News for February 2010

Energy efficiency News Archive

Suntech solar panels at 2010 Vancouver Olympics Suntech solar panels at 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has provided solar panels to power a net-zero home at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Information and Communication Technologies lead the way to energy efficiency in Europe

The European Commission has just held an event on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Energy Efficiency in Brussels. Several EU-funded research projects were showcased at the accompanying ICT for Energy Efficiency Exhibition and Award Ceremony.

Bloom launches Energy Server solid oxide fuel cell to power buildings Bloom launches Energy Server solid oxide fuel cell to power buildings

California-based Bloom Energy has announced the availability of the Bloom Energy Server™, a solid oxide fuel cell system that is claimed to offer a cleaner, more reliable, and more affordable alternative to both the electric grid and traditional renewable energy sources.

Green jobs if Canada renews incentives for renewable power

A coalition of environmental groups says Canada could create at least 8000 jobs by if the Federal Government renews incentives for renewable energy.

Wärtsilä solid oxide fuel cell running on landfill gas passes first phase field trial

A solid oxide fuel cell unit developed by Wärtsilä, and believed to be the first in the world running on landfill gas, has successfully concluded the first phase of its validation program. The power generation unit, which is being operated by Wärtsilä, has been running for more than 1500 hours, producing electricity with extremely low emissions to households in Vaasa, Finland.

Largest fuel cell in UK to generate greener energy at Transport for London

Transport for London (TfL) has inaugurated the UK’s largest hydrogen fuel cell housed in a building, at the Palestra building in Southwark. The 200 kW combined heat and power (CHP) power plant – which features a UTC Power PureCell® 200 phosphoric acid fuel cell unit – will generate cleaner, low-carbon energy onsite, with significant savings on energy costs.

Delaware: 30% renewable energy by 2013

The state of Delaware must evaluate the feasibility of installing renewable enegy such as on-site wind or solar systems with a simple payback period of under 20 years.

USA: US$130m for building energy efficiency

Federal agencies in the USA will provide funding over five years to develop new technologies in building energy efficiency.

US Senate considers legislation for 10m solar roofs

A US Senator has introduced legislation to incent more than 10 million solar electric and solar thermal systems over the next decade.

Solvay, NedStack contract to build 1 MW PEM fuel cell power plant

Solvay has signed a contract with NedStack fuel cell technology BV in the Netherlands for the delivery of a 1 MW hydrogen fuel cell power plant. This would be the world’s largest polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell installation.

Ceramic Fuel Cells sells BlueGen home unit to RheinEnergie in Germany

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd, which is developing solid oxide fuel cell electricity generation units for homes and other buildings, has sold its fourth BlueGen power and heating unit in Germany, to leading German utility RheinEnergie AG.

Finance: Clean Energy Index down 4.59%

Interested in financial renewable energy news and stocks? Renewable Energy Focus has launched a finance section with real-time financial data and news.

Global clean energy investment: US$145bn

China’s investment in wind energy last year kept the world’s overall investment in clean energy to 6.5% below the 2008 record, despite the worst recession for 60 years.

£10m for renewable energy initiatives by UK communities

Twelve UK communities have received grants to install solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy technologies, under a national challenge to reduce carbon emissions.

Sonel builds Slovenian 81 kW solar PV plant

Slovenian wholesaler Sonel has built a 81 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant using Sputnik Engineering’s SolarMax inverters in the northern Slovenian town of Gornji Petrovci.

Smart grid could reduce emissions by 12%

A smart grid could reduce electricity use and cut carbon emissions by 12% for US power utilities by 2030.

Hawaii considers US$50m bonds for renewable energy

Hawaii has introduced legislation to create a green jobs sector through the establishment of a ‘Hawaii Clean Energy Investment Bonds’ programme for renewable energy.

US renewable electricity standard - 274,000 jobs

A US national renewable electricity standard (RES) of 25% by 2025 could create thousands of jobs and help fledgling industries like wind grow, as short-term tax benefits expire.

Smart grid market could reach US$15.8bn

The smart grid market is set to grow from today’s US$4.5 billion to US$15.8bn by 2015, according to Lux Research.

Abener develops solar melted salts storage in Spain

Abener will develop a molten salts storage project for parabolic trough solar collectors and gas chambers (CCP) in an experimental solar plant in Almeria, Spain.

USA investigates new renewable energy

The US federal budget proposes that the USA should be “the global leader in the new energy economy by developing new ways to produce and use clean and renewable energy.”

UK renewable industry welcomes feed-in tariff

The UK renewable energy industry welcomes today’s announcement of the feed-in tariff for renewable and low carbon electricity, and the plans for low carbon heating incentives.

UK feed-in tariffs announced

The UK Government has announced its feed-in tariffs for small scale renewable and low carbon electricity starting from 1 April.