Green building News for November 2009

Green building News Archive

REF Webinar: "Renewable energy in the Middle East" - speakers confirmed

Helene Pelosse, interim Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is confirmed as one of the guest speakers for Renewable Energy Focus’ next interactive webinar taking place on Wednesday 9 December (10.00 EST/15.00 GMT/19.00 UAE), in association with the World Future Energy Summit.

Ceramic Fuel Cells appoints Neco to sell BlueGen fuel cell systems in Australia

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFCL), a leading developer of solid oxide fuel cell units for homes and other buildings, has appointed Neco to distribute its BlueGen™ power and heating units in Australia.

Ceramic Fuel Cells to install BlueGen unit for Paloma in Japan

Solid oxide fuel cell developer Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFCL) has announced that Paloma, a leading global home heating manufacturer, will install a BlueGen™ combined heat and power (CHP) unit in its warehouse and sales office in Sapporo, Japan.

Mitsubishi 3 MW solar PV panels in largest rooftop installation on a single building in Italy Mitsubishi 3 MW solar PV panels in largest rooftop installation on a single building in Italy

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has completed a 2906 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation for Coop’s CNNA-Prato logistic centre in Prato, Italy, making it the largest solar PV rooftop installation on a single building in Italy, the company says.

New buildings in Europe must include renewable energy

The energy performance of buildings constructed after 2020 must improve and rely “to a large extent” on renewable energy, according to a deal reached between the EU Parliament and its Council.

US builds one million Energy Star green homes

The US Environmental Protection Agency says one million green homes have been built in the United States under its ENERGY STAR programme.

Green building to support 7.9m US jobs the next four years

Green building will support 7.9 million US jobs and pump US$554 billion into the US economy – including US$396bn in wages – over the next four years (2009-2013), according to a study from the US Green Building Council and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Dow unveils POWERHOUSE solar shingle for BIPV

The Dow Chemical Company is introducing its line of DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle, photovoltaic (PV) solar panels in the form of solar shingles that can be integrated into rooftops with standard asphalt shingle materials.

Women and older people are less likely to support renewable energy in UK

Men are more likely to say they support the use of renewable energy than women, according to an opinion survey conducted by the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change.

SANYO unveils lithium-ion battery systems for solar cell systems, electric vehicles

Japanese electrical giant SANYO Electric has developed two new large-capacity, high-voltage lithium-ion battery systems. SANYO will begin mass production of the new products in March 2010.

Suntech develops 20% of systems for China's Solar Rooftop Program

Suntech Power Holdings Co, a manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, expects to develop around 20% of the 91 MW of solar rooftop projects that were approved under China's Solar Rooftop Program.

Baxi Innotech installs Gamma fuel cell CHP unit on Hamburg museum ship

A fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) unit has officially been put into operation on a museum sailing ship in Hamburg, Germany. The fuel cell unit, developed by local firm Baxi Innotech, now provides energy and heat in the former freight sailing ship, the 'Rickmer Rickmers'.

Ceres Power deal with Bord Gáis for fuel cell residential CHP in Ireland

UK-based solid oxide fuel cell developer Ceres Power has signed an agreement with Bord Gáis Éireann (BGE), for residential combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell products operating on natural gas for the Irish market.

Australia gives AU$16.4m to reduce GHG emissions from offices - includes renewable energy funding

Installation of renewable energy solutions such as solar electric panels and solar film are prominent among 37 projects funded by the Australian Department for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research.

SolarWall solar air heating installed at Jaguar Land Rover Academy SolarWall solar air heating installed at Jaguar Land Rover Academy

A SolarWall perforated transpired solar collector (pTSC) solar air heating system has been installed at Jaguar Land Rover Training Academy in Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK, helping the building to save more than 80 MWh per year.