Archive for July 2010

New York’s Solar Thermal Plans

Jul 30th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Solar Thermal, Top Story

By unveiling a solar heating and cooling programme that could create 25,000 new green jobs, generate US$2.6 billion in revenue and see 2 GW of new solar thermal capacity installed in the state over the next decade, New York has revealed its ambition to become America’s national leader in solar heating and cooling. Thermal storage is also an area that, if effectively solved, would allow for additional advancement of the industry

D.light wins the prestigious Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy

Jul 15th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia

D.light is making low cost, high quality, durable solar lanterns available to people in developing countries that have never had access to modern light. The company has a mass market strategy that is reaching large scale sales and improving the lives of thousands of people around the world.

Major decline in illegal logging

Jul 15th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story

Illegal logging in the world’s forests has fallen by nearly a quarter since 2002, according to the most thorough analysis yet.

The London-based thinktank Chatham House says consumer pressure, legal restrictions by importing countries and media attention have all contributed.

Some important forest countries such as Brazil, Cameroon and Indonesia have seen much larger cuts.

Community in the Peruvian Andes develops its productive capacities through renewable energy

Jul 15th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Latin America

The Community of San Francisco de Raymina nested in the Southern Peruvian highlands has moved into the first phase of developing a project aimed at increasing their capacity to produce organic flours, herbs, organic vegetables and dairies through the use of renewable energy. The plan, developed in collaboration with the Centre for Renewable Energies and [...]

African, Asian Nations Top Latest Water Security Risk Index

Jul 13th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia

Somalia has the least secure water supply while Iceland has the most stable in the world, according to a survey of 165 nations released last week by Maplecroft, a Britain-based consultancy company. The study, the Water Security Risk Index, featured three other African nations, including Mauritania, Sudan and Niger, as well as Iraq, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, [...]

Solar plane completes historic 24-hour flight

Jul 13th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, Top Story

PAYERNE, Switzerland — An experimental solar-powered plane landed safely Thursday after completing its first 24-hour test flight, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night. Pilot Andre Borschberg eased the Solar Impulse onto the runway at Payerne airfield about 30 miles southwest of the [...]

SELF Named a Winner in Ashoka’s Changemakers Challenge

Jul 10th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: SELF, Sub-Saharan Africa, Top Story

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) has been announced as one of three winners in the Women | Tools | Technology Challenge sponsored by Ashoka’s Changemakers and ExxonMobil in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). Other winning entries were submitted by Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia, Namibia, and Lua Nova Association, Brazil. [...]

Bloom Energy Makes Lower Carbon Electricity From Gas in Chattanooga, Tennessee: Scientific American

Jul 10th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Energy and Environment, Top Story

The state of Tennessee just got its first Bloom Energy “Server”, which turns any gaseous fuels into electricity using its cheaper new kind of fuel cell. Installed in collaboration with the TVA and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, these 100 KW Bloom Boxes have just been installed on the top floor of the partnering EPB [...]

Mobile Solar-Powered Biofuel Processors Will Roam the U.S. in Search of Fuel : CleanTechnica

Jul 10th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a concept for a new biofuel process that could enable the biofuel industry to expand by leaps and bounds.  Until now, one big obstacle has been the cost of transporting large quantities of heavy plant matter to centralized refineries.  The new process would be compact enough to pick up [...]

Kenyan Women Light Up Villages with Solar Power

Jul 5th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa

Let there be light. And thanks to the efforts of rural women in one of the most remote corners of the Kenyan republic, lights turn on as night falls at the end of a sunny day. Tucked away in the remote villages of Olando and Got Kaliech in rural Kenya, residents in this poor outpost [...]