Green building News for April 2009

Green building News Archive

Risø DTU connects polymer solar cells to the grid in "world first"

Risø’s solar energy programme has been conducting research into polymer solar cells - a cheap alternative to existing silicon-based solar cells - and research is now at such an advanced stage that a demonstration plant has been built at Risø DTU.

FPL and Kitson to build solar powered city in Florida FPL and Kitson to build solar powered city in Florida

Real estate developer Kitson & Partners and electric utility Florida Power & Light have agreed to build a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Babcock Ranch, Florida, USA, making it “the world’s first city powered by solar energy.”

Solar roof from Eagle Solar Roof and Suntech Wins 50+ SMART CHOICE Award

Eagle Roofing Products’ Eagle Solar Roof with SolarBlend™ from Suntech has won a 50+ SMART CHOICE Award from the 50+ Housing Council and the Sales and Marketing Council of Southern California.

UK Budget 2009: reaction

How has the industry reacted to the 'low carbon', renewable energy provisions in the UK's Budget 2009?

UK 2009 budget latest: offshore wind and energy efficiency the early winners UK 2009 budget latest: offshore wind and energy efficiency the early winners

The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has delivered his latest budget, which includes £1.4 billion of extra targeted support in the low carbon sector, including offshore wind, energy efficiency, and small scale renewables.

New investment fund to back British business

A £750 million strategic investment fund for backing business to come out stronger from the downturn has been announced in the UK's 2009 budget.

Consortium for digital energy infrastructure formed

New Energy Finance has announced the first Charter Members of the Consortium on Digital Energy (CoDE), which aims to create a converged perspective on the development of tomorrow’s digital energy infrastructure.

Renewable Energy Focus to twitter

Renewable Energy Focus has now joined the twitter network...

Renewable Power Solutions awarded solar apprenticeship programme

Renewable Power Solutions, a provider of solar energy installation services, has been awarded the first exclusively solar apprenticeship programme by the State of California.

Petratherm and Dalkia cooperate on Spanish geothermal

Geothermal energy company Petratherm has signed an exclusivity agreement with energy services provider Dalkia to assess the joint venture (JV) potential of its Geo-Madrid Geothermal District Heating project in Spain.

UK's biggest Energy from Waste project gets go ahead

Keppel Seghers has secured a US$518 million contract to build combined heat and power/energy from waste (CHP/EFW) facilities, as part of one of the largest waste and renewable energy projects in the UK.

Students scoop building award with system that uses hydrogen and renewables

The Hydrogen Education Foundation, part of the National Hydrogen Association, has announced the winners of the 2008-09 Hydrogen Student Design Contest.

Gorbachev foundation urges greater use of solar PV

Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union and founder of Green Cross International, has told world leaders to invest in solar PV energy swiftly as a way out of the current economic crisis, and as part of an emergency response to climate change.

Second supermarket gets onsite fuel cell power from UTC Power

The new Whole Foods Market slated to open in Dedham, Massachusetts this fall will be the first supermarket in the state to generate approximately 90% of its power onsite with a 400 kW fuel cell power plant from Connecticut-based UTC Power.

Electricity from renewables rise 11.7% in UK

Electricity supply from renewable energies including wind and hydro in the UK rose by 11.7%, or 2.2 TWh, to 20.7 TWh in 2008.