Smart Grid Security

As momentum gathers for the creation of an Internet-like "smart grid" that will do for the electricity grid what the Internet did for home shopping, the WSJ reports the cyberspace wars have begun. The big question is whether the move to a smart grid would increase the country's vulnerability to cyber attacks, or serve as the best form of defense. California-based Electric Power Research Institute has been selected by the Commerce Department to draw up the "roadmap" of the new smart grid. Its main task will be figuring out just what standards should prevail in that brave new world.

Biogas for the UK

MT-ENERGIE commits to the UK-Biogas Market by opening the Reading-based MT-ENERGIE UK LTD to serve the British Anaerobic Digestion Market and to contribute to the renewable energy production in the United Kingdom.

AGNI HONOURED BY FROST & SULLIVAN

Company receives Technology Leadership Award for Renewable and Alternative Power Generation

RECORD ATTENDANCE INDICATES GROWING INTEREST IN HYDROGEN

The NHA Conference and Hydrogen Expo in Columbia, South Carolina, drew thousands on its public day, indicating trend of growing interest in hydrogen industry.

Johnson Controls Asks Educators & Trainers to Go Green

HVACR training programs across North America try to expand their student's placement opportunities with major employers like Johnson Controls (http://www.johnsoncontrols.com). Many of these employers are now asking that students are trained in new green technologies.

Germany's Drive to Energy Independence

Germany's Reichstag in Berlin is set to become the first parliamentary building in the world to be powered 100 percent by renewable energy. Soon the entire country will follow suit. Germany is accelerating its efforts to become the world's first industrial power to use 100 percent renewable energy -- and given current momentum, it could reach that green goal by 2050. A new Roadmap published by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment sketches out the route the world's largest exporter plans to take to switch over completely to renewable energy, and add 800,000 to 900,000 new cleantech jobs by 2030 as it does so.

Further reductions in CO2 required by 2020 in UK

The Renewable Energy Centre believes UK carbon emissions should be cut by 42% by 2020.

Texas City Hires TAC for $9 Million Energy Saving Project

Abilene, Texas is implementing $9 million in facility enhancements designed to improve energy efficiency at 34 city buildings. TAC, the building management and energy services business of Schneider Electric, will perform the work and guarantees the city will save $12 million over the next 15 years.

Concentrating Solar Thermal Power 2009: Speaker update

IntertechPira, a leading conference and research organization is pleased to announce the addition of eSolar, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP and Virtus Energy to the final program for the 1st annual Concentrating Solar Thermal Power.

GM + Segway = PUMA

General Motors will make another push into the realm of alternative vehicle technology through a joint venture with Segway Inc. to produce a two-wheeled upright personal transporter. The auto maker is targeting a 2012 launch for its electric-powered PUMA transporter, which would also employ wireless technology to allow users to navigate in urban areas and avoid traffic congestion. A prototype of the PUMA - which stands for Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility - will take to the streets of Manhattan this week during the New York auto show .

Unirac named winner of Managing Automation 2009 Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO April 6, 2009. Unirac Inc., North America's leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting solutions, is proud to have been selected for the third consecutive year by Managing Automation as one of the 2009 Progressive Manufacturing 100 Award Winners.

Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit Speakers Announced; Registration Now Open

The Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit will be held on May 6-8, 2009 at the Barbara Worth Resort in Holtville, CA. Asserting its 40,000-plus megawatt potential, Imperial Valley has vast renewable resources that include wind, geothermal, solar and biomass.

Italian Smart Grid Paying Off in Different Ways

Italy installed a national smart grid before the term was even coined. The Italian utility Enel has installed 30 million smart meters since 2001, and it estimates savings at $6.74 million a year. The savings that come from smart grid technologies, however, aren't always easily predicted. In Italy, for instance, the money in homes saved doesn't come through demand response programs. Instead, it comes because the utility can deliver electricity at lower voltages to homes because of the meters and because of phase balancing, a process that better matches the output from the utility with the usage patterns of homes.

Helios Technology: 60 MWp cell line capacity

HELIOS TECHNOLOGY: THE SECOND CELL LINE IS UP AND RUNNING, GIVING A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 60 MWp - START-UP OF THE SECOND MODULE PRODUCTION UNIT

Partrac Ltd - Quantifying the Tidal Energy Resource

Partrac's oceanographic team was recently commissioned by SeaGen Wales Ltd, to measure the tidal current energy and the wave climate for a proposed tidal energy farm near Anglesey, Wales.

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