New 'green city' for environmentally damaged country

Until now, Abu Dhabi has been known as the quiet powerhouse behind its flashier neighbor, Dubai, bankrolling record-breaking skyscrapers and fantastical island resorts intended to make the United Arab Emirates synonymous with luxury, wealth and success. But now Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is looking to set a different kind of example. The Masdar development project, due to be completed in 2013, aims to be the world's first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city. Clocking in with a healthy $22-billion price tag, Masdar is to house approximately 1,500 clean-tech companies and 40,000 residents, and support 50,000 commuters. In addition to new technology, the design draws on traditional Arab and Islamic spatial principles to create a natural cooling effect and require less air conditioning. Narrow streets with cantilevered facades are to help maximize shading and reduce glare in order to provide cooler ambient temperatures. These architectural details combined with strategic green space and a renewable-energy-powered public transportation system are intended to minimize energy demand and pollution.

There's More Green to Vineyards than Just Grapes and the Next Great Harvest

Since the beginning of time, the sun's vast energy has brought the world's renowned vineyards into full bountiful harvest. And now, thanks to the Ontario government‘s precedent-setting renewable energy program, Niagara's vineyards are about to bring another type of rewarding harvest to the table.

Power to the People: Southwest Windpower Unveils Most Efficient, Easy-to-Use Small Wind Turbine

New small wind turbine could put wind energy in thousands of homes and businesses worldwide

Southwest Windpower's Andy Kruse Appointed to U.S. Renewable Energy Advisory Committee

New committee to advise Department of Commerce on renewable energy issues

Parks Associates to present new consumer research at Smart Energy Summit Workshop, including panel discussion with Austin Energy, TXU, Motorola Mobility, and Ingersoll Rand

IBM, Grid Net, U.S. Department of Commerce to keynote three-day Summit next week in Austin

Lunera Lighting Introduces 1200 SERIES - A Breakthrough LED Fixture for Grid lay In Lighting

Optimum Blend of Performance, Affordability, and Fully Field-Serviceable LED Modules

Walker's Wind Siting Proposal Strips Local Control

Walker's proposal would require a setback distance between a turbine and neighboring property line of 1,800 feet, which can be shortened only by an agreement between the project owner and owners of adjoining properties, entirely bypassing towns and counties.

Solectria Renewables' CTO to be on panel at Networked Solar

Michael Zuercher-Martinson to speak on the "Technologies Enabling the Integration of Solar Power and the Grid" panel.

Sustainable Energy's Latest, Largest PV Installation Project on Course in Ontario

Sustainable Energy Technologies, Ltd. (Sustainable Energy) has recently announced that an unnamed tracking photovoltaic (PV) installation, which is on course to become the largest of its kind in the province, will use the company's SUNERGY inverters. Company policy prohibits it from releasing certa

New Roots Energy Ready to Release WIND REPORT Updates

New Roots Energy will be releasing an updated version of it's popular Wind Report on February 1st, including aesthetic upgrades and an even more user friendly layout.

Solar Radiation and its Use in Solar Hot Water Applications

When choosing a solar hot water system, it is important to understand the difference between direct beam radiation and global radiation. This is important because solar concentrators, like the SolarBeam Concentrator rely on direct beam radiation to create solar hot water, whereas flat panels rely on global radiation, which is more diffused energy.

Solar Heating Costs Drop From 15 year Payback to 6 Years with SolarBeam from SolarTron Energy System

The SolarBeam Concentrator can provide up to 13kW of heat per hour (44,300 BTU's). SolarBeam is 262%more efficient than flat panels. The payback period is only six years, compared with 20+ years for flat panel or 15 years for evacuated tube when used in process heat applications (above 140 F)

Ottawa Takes Part in Ontario's Green Energy Act Incentives

City council in Canada's capital region may soon approve a deal to partner with Hydro Ottawa to build solar energy installations on twenty municipal buildings. Councillor Maria McRae, Chairwoman of Ottawa City Council's Environment Committee, made the announcement January 11 at a City Hall press conference. If approved, the $220,000 plan will create green energy and clean air for the city and countless jobs for the province's solar installers.

Investors Loved Wind, Solar, Efficiency in 2010

Investors loved the opportunities of the wind and solar sectors and the quick returns of energy-efficiency firms in 2010, according to a U.S. market report (PDF) by Peachtree Capital Advisors. The wind industry had close to $4.8 billion in transaction value in 2010, which included private fund-raising deals, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Solar generated a transaction value of $3.2 billion, and energy efficiency, which includes smart grid and LED lighting companies, followed with $2.5 billion. The transaction values run parallel to the cleantech investing numbers for 2010, which found that solar startups continued to draw the most money in venture capital investment last year, while energy-efficiency startups garnered the largest number of deals, according to the Cleantech Group. However, given utility-scale wind is a more matured market, there are fewer investments in next wind technology startups.

Green Energy and Waste Management Sectors in SE Europe enjoy a great interest!

The South-East European Congress on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Eco Forum for Waste Management & Recycling "Save the Planet" are great opportunities for the leading players in the sectors to bring modern technologies, products and services to the Region

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