Siemens to Build 11.5 Megawatt Wind Farm in Amarillo, Texas

Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. has been awarded the contract to build the largest-ever federal windfarm in the United States. Five 2.3 megawatt wind turbines will be erected at the Pantex Wind Farm in Amarillo, Texas. The contract was awarded by the National Nuclear Security Administration, who anticipate savings of $2.9 million annually over 20 years. … Read more Siemens to Build 11.5 Megawatt Wind Farm in Amarillo, Texas

General Motors Takes a 50MW Slice of the Solar Power Industry

On 20th September 2011, it was announced that Sunlogics PLC had acquired Phoenix Solar Holdings Corp – a privately held solar panel manufacturing firm. The deal included the subsidiaries of the privately held firm including EPV Solar Germany GmbH and New Millennium Solar Equipment Corp. Sunlogics received an investment from GM Ventures Inc, a wholly owned … Read more General Motors Takes a 50MW Slice of the Solar Power Industry

“Unmitigated Climate Change Poses Risks to Our Environment and Our Economy” – Greg Combet

Australia has some of the most abundant renewable energy resources in the world. We have the highest average solar radiation levels of any continent. Wind power is also a substantial resource. And there is significant potential in the geothermal energy from hot rocks underground and the wave and tidal power of the oceans surrounding our … Read more “Unmitigated Climate Change Poses Risks to Our Environment and Our Economy” – Greg Combet

Alternative Energy Entrepreneur Kyle Schutter Brings Biogas to Kenya from USA

For many Kenyans, America is a land of opportunity – where they dream of employment, academic achievement and enjoying the fruits of technological advancement, innovations and entrepreneurship. But the opposite is true for Mr Kyle Schutter, a biomedical engineering graduate, as of 2010, from Brown University, who is the founder and CEO of Takamoto Biogas … Read more Alternative Energy Entrepreneur Kyle Schutter Brings Biogas to Kenya from USA

Bruichladdich Distillery Becomes Self-sufficient with Electric Car Powered on Pot Ale

The Bruichladdich whisky distillery, located on the remote Scottish island of Islay, has taken the final step in its bid to become self-sufficient with the purchase of a Nissan LEAF. The all-electric car will be charged using self-generated electricity, enabling the distillery to be self-sufficient following the decision by Mark Reynier, the business owner, to … Read more Bruichladdich Distillery Becomes Self-sufficient with Electric Car Powered on Pot Ale

Toyota and British Gas Link Up for Solar Energy Generation Project

Toyota and British Gas have announced a sustainable energy generation initiative at Toyota’s Burnaston car plant in Derbyshire, UK. The solar panel system comprises 17,000 solar panels capable of generating enough electricity to manufacture 7,000 cars a year. Toyota say that the panels, which cost over £10 million ($16 million, €11.2 million) and cover 90,000 … Read more Toyota and British Gas Link Up for Solar Energy Generation Project

Kenya: Funds Launched for Young Entrepreneurs to Mitigate Climate Change

The Embassy of Denmark has signed an agreement with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) which is expected to revolutionize inventions in Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies (REACT) through the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF). The contribution which a mounts to a tune of Sh 1.1 billion will be drawn … Read more Kenya: Funds Launched for Young Entrepreneurs to Mitigate Climate Change

Kenya: Accelerating Use of Photo-Voltaic Solar Panels, Hydro-Power & BioGas

Kenya’s Ministry of Energy is running a programme of installing solar photovoltaic electricity generators in public institutions in arid and semi arid areas (ASAL) which are situated more than 15 kilometers from the national grid. The programme has been running from the financial year 2005/2006 and was initially set to benefit boarding Primary Schools, both … Read more Kenya: Accelerating Use of Photo-Voltaic Solar Panels, Hydro-Power & BioGas

Biogas – Alternative Energy Development in Kenya

In Kenya the building sector is a major consumer of energy both at domestic and industrial level. “It is generally believed that energy consumption accounts for over 70 percent of the total running cost of an average building,” says Kennedy Odoyo, a mechanical engineer at the Ministry of Public Works. This includes energy for water … Read more Biogas – Alternative Energy Development in Kenya

Kenya Ups Energy Budget with a Call for Efficient Usage

The Government of Kenya in this year’s budget recognized that reliable and affordable energy is necessary for sustained economic growth and poverty reduction. Thus, the Ministry of Energy was allocated about twofold increased budget amounting Sh.65.7 billion, up from Sh.34.9 billion in 2010/11 fiscal year. Of this amount, geothermal development will receive Sh.16.1 billion, which … Read more Kenya Ups Energy Budget with a Call for Efficient Usage

IWD 2011: Women, Development & Climate Change in India

Bunker Roy is the President of Barefoot College – a non-governmental organisation which provides training in rural communities designed to make them more sustainable.  On Wednesday, 23 February 2011, Mr Roy addressed a panel at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Demystifying technology and decentralising science to the last woman: The Barefoot Approach … Read more IWD 2011: Women, Development & Climate Change in India

Energy: Wave Power Sea Trials to Begin in Scotland

Ocean Power Technologies has begun sea trials of the PB150 PowerBuoy 33 miles off the coast of Invergordon, Scotland. The PowerBuoy is an offshore wave energy converter, most of which is submerged below the water’s surface. Inside, a piston-like structure moves as the PowerBuoy® bobs with the rise and fall of the waves. This movement drives … Read more Energy: Wave Power Sea Trials to Begin in Scotland

Technip to Test Floating Wind Turbine Project: “Vertiwind”

Technip (Paris:TEC), the company which oversaw the offshore installation of the “Hywind” floating wind turbine for Statoil, is planning to test its own industrial prototype floating wind turbine. The partners of the project are Seal Engineering, ISITV, IFP Energies nouvelles, Arts et Métiers, Bureau Veritas, Oceanide. As on the “Hywind project”, Technip will oversee the … Read more Technip to Test Floating Wind Turbine Project: “Vertiwind”

Renewable Energy: Jet Fuel from Recycled Waste Gases

LanzaTech and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have agreed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), which has been given final approval by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), to develop jet fuel from waste gases created in the steel industry. The first phase of the CRDA work will be done over  one year. … Read more Renewable Energy: Jet Fuel from Recycled Waste Gases

China: Three Gorges Dam Reaches Historic High

The three gorges dam on the Yangtze river in Yichang, China, has reached a historic high of 175 metres on Tuesday 26th October at 9am, extending the navigable course of the reservoir by 150km and allowing authorities to generate 84.7 billion kwh of electricity per year. A policy of raising water levels began in September … Read more China: Three Gorges Dam Reaches Historic High