"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.
Here is a short summary of some of the hot stories reported on in the last month or so.
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.
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.
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 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.
• 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 expands global market reach to Jordan
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.
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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Designed and constructed at equal cost to a traditional building, the 54,000 square foot structure produces six times fewer greenhouse gas emissions
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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Brussels, 25 September 2009. Since heat accounts for nearly half of the overall energy demand in the European Union, the solar thermal industry will no doubt make a significant contribution to the 20% target of renewable energy set by the new RES Directive. A new Study "Potential of Solar Thermal in Europe" examines the growth that can come from the solar thermal heating and cooling sector.
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