Green building News for February 2010

Green building 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.

IBC SOLAR rooftop solar PV at Prague Zoo IBC SOLAR rooftop solar PV at Prague Zoo

IBC SOLAR of Germany will equip Prague Zoo with a solar photovoltaic (PV) system as part of the German Energy Agency’s (dena) Solar Roofs Programme for Foreign Market Development.

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.

Master certificate in renewable energy

Boots on the Roof, a US provider of renewable energy training and education, is now offering a Master Certificate in Renewable Energy programme.

Programme designing solar PV rooftops Programme designing solar PV rooftops

Valentin Software of Germany has released version 4.0 of its PV*SOL programme for designing and simulating solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop systems.

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.

Scotland wants more backyard wind energy

The Scottish Government has unveiled plans to facilitate the installation of residential wind turbines and air-source heat pumps.

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.

Kyocera Solar and Amsolar partnership

Kyocera Solar Inc and Amsolar Corporation will provide solar energy solutions for educational institutions, including strategic financing, system engineering and design, installation, operation and maintenance in North America.

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.

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.

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.

£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.

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.

Atlantis Energy Systems gets 2009 solar BIPV award

The Frost & Sullivan '2009 World Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Niche Player of the Year Award', has been presented to Atlantis Energy Systems (AES).

UTC Power fuel cell for San Jose supermarket

UTC Power has announced that Whole Foods Market will power a new store in San Jose, California with clean, onsite fuel cell power. The store will be first in California – and the third Whole Foods Market store – to generate most of its power with a fuel cell.

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.

Suntech and American Solar Electric cooperate on BIPV roofing

American Solar Electric Inc will become one of Suntech Power Holding’s partners in Arizona, USA, for its building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solar products.

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.