Maintaining a Sustainable Energy Mix

This article deals with the present energy mix and tries to discover how the future energy mix should look in order to be sustainable and significantly reduce environmental impact, for example reduced CO2 emissions. It should be less dependent on the fossil fuels, have increased reliability, have fuel cost with reduced price fluctuations and be able to successfully meet the future demand for energy that just gets larger and larger as world energy requirements increase with the new lifestyle choices.

Offshore Wind

The US has installed over 25 gigawatts of wind, and thanks to hodge-podge of policy incentives, research and development, and private investment wind has become the poster-child of renewable energy and at the utility-scale has achieved grid-parity with conventional fossil-fuel energy. However not a single kilowatt of offshore wind has been developed, despite it being a stronger and more consistent energy source than its counterpart on land, closer to large populations where the energy is needed, and already proven commercial technology.

Solar Cities Proposition

"Buildings like trees, cities like forests." When Michael McDonough, author and sustainability architect, suggested this be the new paradigm for the future, he was referring to the creation of buildings and communities that are self-sufficient. He also reminds us that "waste is a human phenomenon", so the concept of recycling and efficiency is central to the attainment of environmental stewardship. Through integration, energy management, efficiency techniques and technologies it is now possible to create buildings that are 'greener' and more ecologically synergistic than ever before.

Summary of recent Hot News Stories

Here is a short summary of some of the hot stories reported on in the last month or so.

The Maine Wind Industry Initiative

Wind power development doesn't deal with a single industry. There are steel workers, engineers, precision manufactures, boat builders, construction crews, composite technologies, and marine technologies. The Maine Wind Industry Initiative brings these partners under one roof, so that they can network and solve problems working together.

The Solar Power Paradox: Alternative Energy Can't Run on Oil

As the PV business continues to grow, new backsheet constructions are continually being introduced. But the products we use in our efforts to be more sustainable have a bigger footprint than we think. Currently, there are at least ten commercial manufacturers of traditional PV backsheets, with traditional products in the development stage. Traditional backsheets, the protective covering on solar cells, are produced mainly from polyester and Tedlar films. Polyester is made from petroleum and Tedlar is solvent-cast using DMAC, a highly toxic industrial solvent. Both of these products defeat the purpose of clean, green energy, and as the demand for solar energy increases, so does this issue.

SEIA STATEMENT ON SENATE ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE DRAFT CLIMATE LEGISLATION

Bill presents a good start for accelerating solar energy so that U.S. can do more sooner to cut pollution and address climate challenges.

The first positive energy office structure

The Elithis Tower, designed and constructed as the world's most environmentally sound building, has just been unveiled. Touted as the first positive energy office structure, the tower creates more power than it uses. Designed and constructed at equal cost to a traditional building, the 54,000 square foot structure produces six times fewer greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve this impressive combination, a complete environmental ideology was designed.

OPDE Group to build 17 solar facilities producing 75 MW of power in Piedmont (Italy)

• The project will involve three phases from October 2009 to December 2010. The OPDE Group is expected to create 125 new direct jobs, from a total of 375 that will come from the ambitious solar photovoltaic project.

Ausra Selected as Technology Provider for 100 MW Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Project in Jordan

Ausra expands global market reach to Jordan

After Sold Out June Seminar Home Energy Solutions to Repeat October 5th & 6th in Toronto

Home Energy Solutions once again hosting a 2 day seminar October 5th and 6th in Toronto to explain how solar businesses can benefit from Ontario feed-in tariff (FIT) program.

Ford Plant Makes Way for Alt Energy Park

In a true sign of the times, earlier this month, Ford struck a deal to sell their entire Wixom, Mich.plant to two companies focused on the creation and storage of alternative energy. According to Ford officials, the plant is being sold to Xtreme Power of Austin, Texas, and Clairvoyant Energy of Santa Barbara, Calif., for $725 million and will be redeveloped as a renewable energy park.  The Wixom project is expected to create about 4,000 jobs.

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Elithis Tower, the first positive energy office structure, is now open

Designed and constructed at equal cost to a traditional building, the 54,000 square foot structure produces six times fewer greenhouse gas emissions

Canadian commercial solar hot water market receive huge boost

For large solar hot water systems, the cost of solar panels has up to now been a huge part of the overall Solar Hot water system cost. An Alberta company can supply evacuated tube collectors at a price less than the government incentive program will rebate for each collector-in effect free panels!

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