Fuels from renewable bio-oils and biogas - EU-Project BIO-GO with focus on nanocatalysis started

The European commission launches a new large scale collaborative research project entitled BIOGO-For-Production that aims to achieve a step change in the application of nanocatalysis to sustainable energy production through an integrated, coherent and holistic approach utilizing novel heterogeneous nanoparticulate catalysts in fuel syntheses. A consortium of 15 partners from 7 countries will carry out this ambitious project during a 4-year research program, the results of which will have substantial strategic, economic and environmental impacts on the EU petrochemicals industry and on the increasing use of renewable feedstock for energy.

@LOCKHEEDMARTIN AND @ACORE TEAM UP ON PROGRAM TO ACCELERATE STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES IN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CAREERS

USA Finish First Fellowship (F3) program, which will connect students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields with career opportunities in renewable energy.

Milbank Advises Google in $250 Million Agreement with SunPower to Help Homeowners Finance Solar-Power Installations

Google's $100 million commitment is its third in rooftop solar projects – has invested $1 billion overall in sustainable energy; Milbank has represented Google in multiple renewables investments

Chile's largest utility appeals to the new government for reactivation of the electricity sector

Jorge Rosenblut, President of Endesa Chile, one of the largest utilities in the country, stated last week the urgent need for Chile to reactivate the electricity sector.

International and local CSP community including Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Oil Company, Masdar, Abengoa, ACS Cobra to meet at MENASOL (6-7 May, Dubai)

Over 400 senior executives will be gathering in Dubai next week to learn how to develop and construct photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) plants in the top markets in the region including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Morocco and more.

Offshore Deals Boost Wind Project Funding to $7.2 Billion in Q1 2014, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Strong project M&A activity, 12 GW in new projects announced globally

Japan's 25-year plan to put a gigawatt solar power farm in space

Scientists from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have planned a series of pilot projects which, if successful, should culminate in a 1-gigawatt space-based solar power generator within just 25 years. Its energy output would be on par with some of the largest modern conventional power plants, thanks to fact that it’s above the atmosphere, which reflects or absorbs most solar energy that falls on Earth. Collecting solar power above the atmosphere means you could have access to almost 150% of surface amounts — and if we can find a way of beaming that power back down to Earth, our reliance on every other form of energy would vanish overnight.   Here at ExtremeTech, we publish a fair number of articles about improvements to solar power. That makes sense since, until fusion power comes of age, solar will remain the only green technology that could even theoretically provide for our global power demands. The sun blasts our planet with so much power that the world’s deserts absorb more energy in a single day than the human race uses in a year. Yes, Earth’s surface is a phenomenal place to collect solar energy — but astronomers know about somewhere even better.   Full Article:

Frost & Sullivan: Growing Volume of Construction and Demolition Waste Boosts the Recycling Market

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, European Construction and Demolition Recycling Services Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $18.75 billion in 2013 and expects this to reach $23.85 billion in 2020.

Glasspoint Solar and BrightSource Energy to discuss CSP for Enhanced Oil Recovery at MENASOL conference

Glasspoint Solar, the US based CSP technology provider and Brightsource Energy, the US based CSP developer will share their lessons learnt of the application of CSP for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) at MENASOL 2014 (6-7th May, Dubai)

US Wind Industry Heads to Vegas May 5-8 for WINDPOWER 2014

Amid largest construction boom ever, momentum builds to annual meeting

Sol Inc. Awarded Breathe California's Clean Air Technology Award

Commercial solar outdoor lighting company and San Francisco suburb Discovery Bay win Technology Award

First quarter investment in energy storage laying foundations for commercialization

The first quarter of 2014 brought a wave of energy storage investments in the US totalling $105 million, but the industry is still fighting to win over investors and commercialize the technology.

The Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) awarded Dr. Julie Lundquist the Rising Star award

In 2013, The Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) awarded Dr. Julie Lundquist the Rising Star award for her outstanding contributions to the wind energy industry in the early stages of her career. We are pleased to have Dr. Lundquist as the keynote speaker at the spring WoWE meeting.

Ballard Closes Strategic Intellectual Property Transaction with United Technologies Corp.

• Acquisition of United Technologies fuel cell IP portfolio • Strategic alliance with United Technologies focused on IP licensing

Unirac partners with Cobalt Power Systems to supply 397.5 kW Roof Mount (RM)

Second largest solar roof installation in Palo Alto

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