Energy efficiency News for July 2010

Energy efficiency News Archive

Industry reaction to DECC announcements

The renewable energy industry in the UK is positive overall, to the announcements from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The 32 DECC action points for energy in the UK

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has published a list of 32 action points for saving energy through the Green Deal, ensure energy security and a low-carbon energy future, manage the UK’s energy legacy and drive ambitious action on climate change domestically and internationally.

Harvey Norman to sell Ceramic Fuel Cells’ BlueGen solid oxide generators

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has appointed one of Australia’s leading retailers, Harvey Norman, to distribute its BlueGen™ solid oxide fuel cell gas-to-electricity generators, through the Harvey Norman Commercial Division.

Renewable energy surpasses fossil fuels second year in a row

Renewable energy topped fossil fuels and nuclear for the second year in a row in the USA and Europe in 2009, according to the Global Wind Energy Association (GWEC).

South Korea sets up 1.5tr won green fund

South Korea is setting up a 1.5 trillion won (~US$1.25 billion) green fund.

Joint project gets €1.2m from the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

Semiconductor manufacturer Semikron, PCS Power Converter Solutions and the Technical University of Dresden will investigate how to obtain greater yields from renewable energy sources.

ABB turns Saudi Arabian university campus green

ABB will provide its KNW intelligent building control system to Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University in Saudi Arabia for Saudi Oger.

Solar PV inverter market to grow 70%

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market is predicted to grow 70% in 2010 in all countries except Benelux, according to IMS Research.

UK overturns ban on councils selling green power to the grid

A ban on councils in the UK selling green electricity into the national grid is to be overturned, UK Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne announces.

Energy efficiency beats renewable energies: report

Energy efficiency could have twice the impact of renewable energy, nuclear and clean coal combined, according to the Energy Efficiency Council of Australia.

Share of renewables in new electricity generation capacity continues to rise

The "Renewable Energy Snapshots" report, published today by the EU Joint Research Centre's Institute for Energy (IE), shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009.

Indian firm wins prize for solar lighting

D Light Design of India was selected as the overall Gold Award winner in the 2010 Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy.

Renewables must generate 50% of global electricity: IEA

Renewable energies must generate almost half of the world’s power by 2050, up from the current level of 18%, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).