Archive for September 2009

Let’s launch the ‘next revolution’

Sep 26th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Energy and Environment

As global leaders convene in New York City for UN climate change talks and the Clinton Global Initiative, the world is in greater peril than ever. But we also have unprecedented opportunities to build a sustainable future. While technology continues to improve the standard of living for millions, there are still millions more living in [...]

New Energy Frontiers Expand Global Connections

Sep 25th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Development Projects, Top Story

WASHINGTON: One cannot open a newspaper without reading the word globalization, yet vast areas of the world are left out of a globalized network for a simple reason: lack of electricity. Denied power, rural communities continue to remain isolated, mired in poverty, deprived of the potential for economic development and modern social services. The quest [...]

Largest Solar Tower Plant Begins Operation

Sep 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar Thermal, Top Story

Seville, 23 September 2009 – Their Majesties, Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía, today presided over the inauguration of Abengoa’s PS20 solar plant, the largest commercial solar tower plant in the world, located at the Solúcar Platform in Sanlúcar la Mayor, Seville. The event was attended by the President of the Regional Government of Andalusia, [...]

Impacts of Climate Change Coming Faster and Sooner

Sep 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Climate Change, United Nations

The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC’s forecasts are becoming ever more likely.

‘Climate Smart’ World Within Reach, says World Bank

Sep 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Energy and Environment, Top Story

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2009 – Developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing poverty, but this depends on financial and technical assistance from high-income countries, says a new World Bank report released today. High-income countries also need to act quickly to reduce their carbon footprints and boost development of alternative energy [...]

Schneider Electric creates a €3 million socially responsible venture capital fund

Sep 23rd, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Development Projects, Energy and Environment

Schneider Electric announces the creation of a global socially responsible venture capital fund called Schneider Electric Energy Access, with an initial capital of €3 million. The fund’s mission is to support the development of entrepreneurial initiatives worldwide that will help the poorest among us obtain access to energy. Created with the backing of Crédit Coopératif, [...]

World’s First Floating Wind Turbine Swtiches On

Sep 23rd, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story, Wind Power

Written by Philip Proefrock on 09/21/09 The energy company Statoil has begun operation of the first full-size Hywind floating wind turbine at a location 10 kilometers off the Norwegian coast. What is remarkable about this turbine is that is is floating in the water, rather than being rigidly attached to the ocean floor. Everyone who [...]

Large Scale C02 Sequestration Trial Begins at WV Coal Plant

Sep 23rd, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story

NEW HAVEN, W.Va. — Poking out of the ground near the smokestacks of the Mountaineer power plant here are two wells that look much like those that draw natural gas to the surface. But these are about to do something new: inject a power plant’s carbon dioxide into the earth. A behemoth built in 1980, [...]

Tiny Algae Loom Large in Biofuel Pilot Projects

Sep 19th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Biofuels, US Government

The production of biofuels from algae gained new prominence this summer when ExxonMobil announced that it will invest up to $600 million in the technology. ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) formed a research and development alliance in July to explore the production of biofuels from photosynthetic algae. Photosynthetic algae—such as single-celled “microalgae” and blue-green [...]