Do Materials Matter? Choices Affect Efficiency Cost of PV

21 Jul

For those interested in PV systems, GTM Research and Dupont are presenting a webinar. It is for system developers, system designers, EPCs, installers, financiers, engineering firms, and others who specify, recommend, or influence the selection of PV equipment and components (cells, modules, etc.) for PV installations. The event is sponsored by DuPont.

Webinar Summary:

Over the next five years, photovoltaic (PV) systems will achieve grid parity in many major global markets with low-cost, high-efficiency systems that have 25 or more years of system life. A driving factor in achieving grid parity is the quality and durability of materials in PV cells, modules and other system components. This seminar will explore the crucial role of materials in determining the efficiency, reliability and cost of PV systems. Discussion will focus on key considerations, and provide guideposts for those who specify or influence the selection of PV components.

Date and Time: Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 2PM (ET). For additional info and to register for the PV Systems webinar visit Greentech Media here.

Congress to Decide on Renewable Energy Provision in Tax Bill

14 Dec

ACORE is pumping out the PR now that Congress is poised to either let die or renew a provision created by the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee in January 2009. The provision being considered in the pending tax bill will potentially support or inhibit renewable energy projects in 2011. It appears California, Arizona, and Wyoming stand to gain the most based on an analysis prepared by the US Partnership For Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF)..

Here’s the full press release provided by ACORE:

Congress Poised to Save $25 Billion of Renewable Energy Projects in 17 States;
Key Vote Due on the “1603” Incentive for American Entrepreneurs;

California, Arizona and Wyoming to Stand to Benefit the Most

December 14, 2010 – Washington, DC: The US Partnership For Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF) introduced an analysis that a provision being considered in the pending tax bill stands to save at least $25 billion of renewable energy projects in 17 states in 2011, among which California, Arizona, and Wyoming stand to gain the most. Read more

ACORE Calls for Global Renewable Energy Standard

07 Dec

American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) Calls for a Global Renewable Energy Standard (G-RES) at COP-16. The resolution seeks global agreement on 25% of energy supplies from renewable energy by 2025.

OilObit.com News: SOURCE – ACORE/December 4, 2010 – Cancun, Mexico:  In a bold move to get the UN climate talks moving towards a positive and concrete outcome, Michael Eckhart, President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) called for a global agreement on the adoption of 25% renewable energy by the year 2025, to be called the Global Renewable Energy Standard (G-RES) and furthermore called on the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)to be designated the lead agency to support implementation of the agreement.

“The world seeks leadership and guidance on the best path to a cleaner, safer environment and stable atmospheric ecosystem.  But it is clear to most of us that there is no single path – that this is a matter of many paths that together get the world to where it needs to be,” said Eckhart.  “We know today that three of the cornerstone paths to climate protection are the adoption of renewable energy, investment in greater energy efficiency, and protection of the rainforests as the Earth’s lungs.  It is time to have concerted action on each of those three paths, getting started on what we know will work.  I believe we can agree on the adoption of renewable energy here this week at COP-16, and we hereby call on the conference to introduce the measure and test it with a vote.  We believe it can pass, and call on other associations and NGOs to encourage their governments to agree.”

ACORE put forward the following draft resolution:

RESOLVED, that the undersigned nations commit to a Global Renewable Energy Standard (G-RES) in the amount of 25% by the year 2025.  That is, that each signatory nation shall hereby be committed to a goal of supplying not less than 25% of its national energy supply from renewable energy sources, herein defined as wind, solar, hydro, ocean, geothermal and biomass sources of electricity, fuels, heat and other end-use forms of energy; and to a process of international collaboration through the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as the designated lead agency for implementation.  The G-RES shall provide for two implementing mechanisms: direct installation of renewable energy systems sufficient to meet the goal, and the sale/purchase of Global Renewable Energy Certificates (G-RECs) between nations.

“Most countries can meet this goal while also increasing economic growth and employment, insulating themselves from intense energy price swings, and protecting the ecosystems of our planet.” said ACORE Advisory Board member Scott Sklar.

Previously, worldwide renewable energy groups signed a memorandum of understanding on the 25% by 2025 goal, including ACORE and the Chinese Renewable Energy Society (CRES) chaired by Shi Dinghuan, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) headed by Li Junfeng, the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) chaired by Arthorous Zervos, and the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) chaired by Wolfgang Palz.  Other groups around the world have promoted a “25×2025” goal including the Energy Future Coalition in the U.S.

“Agreeing on a global renewable energy target would be a positive signal for the world that countries are really serious and take concrete action against climate change. Renewable energy technologies together with energy efficiency are the key solution to abating climate change and at the same time promoting these creates millions of sustainable jobs and economic welfare. It is high-time to deliver a concrete outcome of the UN climate talks, the agreement on a global renewable energy target would send a signal of hope to the world”, said Zervos.

About the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
The Convention on Climate Change sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change.  It recognizes that the climate system is a shared resource whose stability can be affected by industrial and other emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

About the Cop-16 Climate Summit:

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December, 2010.

About International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA):
Mandated by governments worldwide, IRENA’s mission is to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. IRENA’s Member States pledge to advance renewables in their own national policies and programs, and to promote, both domestically and through international cooperation, the transition to a sustainable and secure energy supply.

About EREC:
The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), is the umbrella organization of the major European renewable energy industry, trade and research associations active in the field of photovoltaics, small hydropower, solar thermal, bio-energy, ocean & marine, geothermal, wind energy and solar thermal electricity. It represents an industry with an annual turnover of more than €70 billion and more than 550,000 employees. Additional information is available on www.erec.org

About ACORE

ACORE, a 501(c)(3) membership non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, is dedicated to bringing renewable energy into the mainstream of the US economy and lifestyle through research and communications programs and membership committees. ACORE’S membership works in all sectors of the renewable energy industries including wind power, solar energy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean energy, biomass, biofuels, and waste energy. ACORE provides a common platform for the wide range of interests in the renewable energy community including end users, technology companies, manufacturers, utilities, professional service firms, financial institutions, colleges and universities, associations, non-profit organizations and government agencies. ACORE serves as a thought leadership forum through which these parties work together on common interests. ACORE co-organizes the REFF-Wall Street and REFF-West Finance Conferences, the RETECH All-Renewables Energy Conference and Exhibition, the Phase II National Policy Forum in Washington, DC, and hosts both domestic and global policy events furthering the mission of renewable energy. Additional information is available at www.acore.org.

Press Contact: Turner Houston
American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Ph: +1-202-393-0001



Networked Solar Conference 2011

02 Dec

Networked Solar Conference 2011Organized by Greentech Media, the upcoming Networked Solar Conference will highlight the convergence of renewable energy and the smart grid. Industry experts from both fields will be on hand to answer questions such as:

  • How is the Smart Grid evolving, and what values will it bring to utilities and consumers?
  • How are innovations in solar tech and systems enabling the convergence of solar and smart grid?
  • What impact does renewable energy have on the utility grid today, and tomorrow?
  • How is solar a critical part of utility renewables portfolio?
  • How will this convergence of solar and smart grid enable jobs growth?

The conference will be held on January 25-26, 2011, in Jersey City, NJ. What can you expect? Insights from Wall Street financial experts, policy makers of New Jersey, and leading industry research analysis of GTM Research.

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Most Sustainable Award Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid

30 Nov

Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec HybridOilObit.com News/Source: Daimler PR, Düsseldorf/Stuttgart – November 29, 2010: Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche was presented with the German Sustainability Award 2010 by European Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger. The award’s conceptual sponsor is the German Sustainability Award Foundation in Düsseldorf.

The award is presented to companies that combine business success with social responsibility and nature conservation, and that act sustainably to promote further growth. The focus is on consistent sustainability management and sustainability-related issues in brand management.

The jury’s explanatory statement included the following remarks: “Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid addresses various challenges to sustainability. The adjustment of hybrid components to the vehicle operating strategy reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by between ten and 15 percent – and the savings can even be higher, depending on topography and operating conditions. When the vehicle is braking or coasting, the electric motor serves as a generator that feeds energy into the lithium-ion batteries, which are subsequently available for handling special load situations. The Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid is therefore an environmentally friendly vehicle with which Daimler is setting benchmarks worldwide.”

At the award ceremony in Düsseldorf, Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche said: “Daimler has the clear aim of maintaining its pioneering role even in the new automotive environment. That’s why we already are the manufacturer with the biggest range of alternative drive systems on the road – from the small electric smart to hybrid trucks for distribution services. The Atego BlueTec Hybrid’s performance speaks for itself. The truck is exceptionally quiet, produces very little emissions, and is just as reliable, safe, and versatile as a conventionally powered Mercedes-Benz Atego.”

The Mercedes-Benz Atego’s innovative hybrid drive marks the first time that Daimler is offering this very low emission technology in Europe ex works, thus making it immediately available to customers as a highly sustainable form of freight transport. The vehicle is based on the Euro 5-compliant Atego 1222 L, which already meets the environmentally friendly EEV standard for especially low particulate emissions and can therefore be driven on German highways toll-free. Its compact and lightweight four-cylinder diesel engine with 4.8 liters of displacement generates 160 kW (218 hp). The engine is complemented by a water-cooled electric motor with a maximum output of 44 kW. The motor is supplied with electricity by powerful, high-energy lithium-ion batteries.

The electric motor is mounted behind the combustion engine and clutch, but in front of the transmission. With this configuration, both drive units can power the truck individually or in combination. Thanks to this parallel hybrid drive architecture, it is possible to start solely on electric power, recover braking energy, obtain a boost from the electric motor, and optimize the diesel engine’s characteristic curve. The drive power of the diesel engine is engaged via the clutch between the diesel engine and the electric motor. Until this point, the combustion engine serves solely to power the ancillary components. This setup not only substantially reduces fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15 percent, it also produces less noise. The engine’s automatic start-stop function reduces fuel consumption, emissions, and noise to zero when the vehicle is waiting at traffic lights.

The first batch of 50 Atego BlueTec Hybrids will be delivered to German customers from the distribution sector in early 2011 in order to demonstrate this important future-oriented technology’s suitability for everyday use. The German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development is helping to fund the vehicles as part of its Electric Mobility Support Program.

The Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid is part of Daimler’s Shaping Future Transportation initiative. As such, it helps the Group achieve its medium- and long-term environmental goals. At the same time, this practical contribution to sustainable freight transport also benefits customers and the European freight-forwarding sector.

FL Approves Larger Rebates For Natural Gas Appliances

10 Sep

Natural Gas Incentives RebatesOilobit.com | Energy News/FL Natural Gas Assoc. PR:

From the $1500 tankless water heater tax credit to multiple Florida utilities offering up to $1350 in cash rebates on new appliances, the incentives to include natural gas seem to be ever-expanding. And with the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) recent decision to increase cash rebates, it will be more feasible than ever for homeowners to build with — or switch to — natural gas.

Increasing by up to $150 per energy-efficient natural gas appliance, larger cash rebates will take a bigger load off the appliance purchase price — encouraging substantial, long-term energy savings. This supports statewide conservation initiatives by driving greater participation and interest in the Residential Appliance Replacement Program, Residential Appliance Retention Program and Residential New Construction Program.

Natural gas appliances generally eligible for conservation rebates include tank/tankless water heaters, ranges, clothes dryers and furnaces. Rebate availability and amounts vary by natural gas utility.

Utilities affected by the recent rebate increase include: Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Florida City Gas, Florida Public Utilities, Peoples Gas System, Sebring Gas System, and St. Joe Natural Gas Company. All are members of the Associated Gas Distributors of Florida (AGDF) trade association.

The Florida Natural Gas Association (FNGA) is a non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the growth of the natural gas industry in the state of Florida. It also seeks to protect the interests of the industry, its members and consumers. Our members include distribution companies, transmission, gas supply marketers and affiliate members. With a membership of more than 100 companies, FNGA represents every segment of the natural gas industry.

SOURCE: Florida Natural Gas Association

Florida Natural Gas Association
Jenna Bernardo, FNGA staff member, 321-779-1010
jenna@mtninc.com

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Florida Natural Gas Association
www.floridagas.org

American Gas Association
www.aga.org

American Public Gas Association
www.apga.org

Southern Gas Association
www.southerngas.org

Natural Gas Supply Association
www.naturalgas.org

State of Florida
www.myflorida.com

Florida Public Service Commission
www.psc.state.fl.us

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
www.dep.state.fl.us

Florida Energy Office
www.dep.state.fl.us/energy

Florida Department of Consumer Affairs
www.dca.state.fl.us

U.S. Department of Energy
www.energy.gov

Energy Information Administration
www.eia.doe.gov

Fueling the Future – American Gas Foundation
www.fuelingthefuture.org

Alliance to Save Energy
www.ase.org

Interstate Natural Gas Association of the Americas
www.ingaa.org

Oil Obit: Creating Climate Wealth Summit 2010

06 Apr

Received an invite to the Summit 2010 “Creating Climate Wealth” from the event coordinators – thought I’d share:

How can you use your business know-how to make a difference in the fight against climate change?

Join representatives from GE, CODA Automotive, and many of today’s fastest growing climate wealth creators at the Creating Climate Wealth Summit at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on April 20–22, 2010. Collaborate with business executives, government leaders, finance experts and successful entrepreneurs to find solutions to the challenges facing our climate and our economy.

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host the Summit. Registrants will participate in active, facilitated discussions within six different industries tracks, through which this inaugural summit targets to reduce at least six gigatons of carbon emissions by 2020. In addition, keynote speeches include:

  • Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman, The Virgin Group
  • Jigar Shah, CEO, Carbon War Room
  • Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator
  • Jose Maria Figueres, former President of Costa Rica and CEO of the World Economic Forum
  • Craig Cogut, Founder and Co-Manager of Pegasus Capital Advisors
  • Sunil Paul, Founder of Spring Ventures and Gigaton Throwdown
  • Wesley Clark, Chairman, US Investment Bank Rodman & Renshaw

There will also be plenary sessions and facilitated industry working groups – focusing on eight market segments from Biofuels to Sustainable Agriculture. This program is more than just a convening of industry leadership, it’s a group that’s committed to a specific goal – to create a time bound road map on emission reduction and job creation with measureable objectives and by market segment.

Creating Climate Wealth’s speaker and attendee list continue to draw influential market movers from across industries. Enjoy all the benefits of summit registration (visit Creating Climate Wealth website here for more details).

The Mother Nature Network Launches

31 Jan

Oil Obit | Energy News/January 30, 2009: PRWEB reports the launch of The Mother Nature Network, an environmental news and information website at mnn.com. The site is using an advertising supported model to provide green news and information. Advertising veteran Joel Babbit and Rolling Stones Keyboardist (Chuck Leavell) teamed up to provide environmental information for the average person; environmental news and information at the national and local levels, original articles and celebrity blogs. Also, the site allows users to create their own profiles and blogs, which allows them to connect with other green-minded individuals (i.e., social community).

Joel Babbit was formerly President & Chief Creative Officer of GCI, one of the world’s 10 largest public relations firms with over 40 offices in 22 countries and a subsidiary of London-based WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY). Chuck Leavell, serving as the site’s Director of Environmental Affairs, has been the keyboardist for the Rolling Stones since 1972. He was previously a member of the Allman Brothers Band and he has played with Eric Clapton, The Black Crowes, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Indigo Girls, Blues Traveler, Train, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Ann Womack and many, many more. In addition to being a well-known musical artist, Leavell is an avid environmentalist and the author of Forever Green and The Tree Farmer.

60 Minutes Ponders Pickens Plan on Sunday

25 Oct

2008_60_mins CBS is taking a close look at the Pickens Energy Plan this Sunday; Charlie Rose profiles Pickens on 60 Minutes, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Is it politics or truly an attempt to help us better understand how to end our dependence on foreign oil once and for all?  Although I consider 60-minutes a pseudo news program, often too one-sided for my journalistic tastes, a lot of people will be introduced to the rising tide of interest in alternative energy. I wonder how they’ll spin it.

One thing they already have posted on the CBS website, is a short video of Sen. John Kerry looking past his nemesis, Swiftboat ad backer T. Boone Pickens, at this year’s DNC.

To enhance the promotion of this event as well as the overall marketing campaign for the Picken’s Plan, Picken’s marketing arm is launching a new way to reward those that are working the hardest to bring in new recruits to join the Picken’s Army.  Team Pickens announced they will be sending out an email this weekend that explains all the details. And, claiming, “this is going to be good.” Stay tuned.

Shell Funds Energy Land Reclaimation Study

14 Oct

On of the key issues facing the environment today is venture capital and funding support from large corporations. Oil Obit Energy News is interested in following the money and we will report on developments in the sector.

Recently, we learned that Shell is providing a $950,000 grant to enable Colorado State University (CSU) researchers to study how best to re-vegetate lands disturbed by energy development. According to Colorado Energy News:

The work will take place on one of Shell’s three federal research, development and demonstration oil shale leases in Rio Blanco County. The lessons will be applicable not just to possible commercial oil shale development, but also to the natural gas development frenzy that already is occurring in northwest Colorado.

Shell’s funding is generating positive comments, including that of Mark Paschke, a CSU associate professor of restoration ecology and a principal researcher on the project. “I think Shell has really stepped up to the plate here,” he commented. << Colorado Energy News >>