Archive for February 19th, 2010

Strategy: Curbing subsea power cable installation and maintenance costs

Damaged or poorly installed subsea power cables can result in significant costs and revenue losses for offshore wind farm operators. Wind Energy Update speaks to Global Marine System’s Ian Gaitch, Director of Global Marine Energy, to identify a cable planning and installation strategy that can mitigate unforeseen costs.

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Strategy: Curbing subsea power cable installation and maintenance costs

Damaged or poorly installed subsea power cables can result in significant costs and revenue losses for offshore wind farm operators. Wind Energy Update speaks to Global Marine System’s Ian Gaitch, Director of Global Marine Energy, to identify a cable planning and installation strategy that can mitigate unforeseen costs.

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Largest Hydrogen Test Facility Opened by NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Boulder Labs in Colorado recently opened the largest hydrogen test facility in the U. S. for evaluating how component parts of the hydrogen production, distribution and refueling infrastructure will react to H2 gas.

NIST has opened the largest test facility to study the smallest atom, hydrogen, which has only one electron and one proton, making it susceptible to leakage plus metal and alloy embrittlement.

Sure, this isn’t a sexy topic like hydrogen race cars or new technology for fuel cell vehicles. This is more of the nuts and bolts work of figuring out the transporting and delivering of hydrogen which is necessary in order to build out a suitable refueling infrastructure.

According to NIST, “Because hydrogen can penetrate and embrittle some metals and alloys, developing standards for using existing pipelines, storage tanks, pumps and delivery systems is an essential first step before the elemental gas can be considered as a viable fuel for widespread use.

The test chamber (pictured) is one of the largest in the country and will expose different parts to pressurized hydrogen gas. The scientists will gather data on the structural stresses of the components with the ultimate goal of making hydrogen delivery as safe as possible.


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Year of the Tiger Brings $1.5 Billion in TIGER (Transportation) Grants

Well, it’s the year of the Tiger, and TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) awards have just been unleashed. The TIGER grant program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Through it, 51 innovative transportation projects from every corner of the country will receive $1.5 billion in funding.

US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced these Recovery Act or TIGER awards to states, tribal governments, cities, counties and transit agencies across the country just this week.

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Clean Energy Jobs Act would boost economy and employment

From a news release issued by the Center for Climate Strategies:

Implementation of the recently introduced Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) would expand the state’s economy and create thousands of additional new jobs for Wisconsin. These impacts are reported in a recent Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) analysis of the macroeconomic effects of the proposed law, conducted by Michigan State University and the University of Southern California in association with the State of Wisconsin. The analysis focuses on nine proposed policy actions that address clean and renewable energy, energy efficiency, industrial processes, transportation and agriculture.

Based on a state-of-the-art macroeconomic analysis, implementation of these CEJA actions would result in the following outcomes for Wisconsin:
? Create a net increase of more than 16,200 new jobs in the state by 2025;
? Boost the state’s economy (Gross State Product) by
o $254 million in the near term (2015),
o more than $700 million in 2020,
o $1.41 billion by 2025, and
o $4.9 billion total over the 2011-2025 period.

Reactions to the study: Governor Doyle and CREWE.


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Solar Stocks; First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) Announces 2009 Fourth Quarter and Year-end Financial Results Maintains Previously Issued 2010 Guidance
TEMPE, Ariz. – February 19, 2010 – (Investorideas.com Renewable Energy Newswire) First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 26, 2009.


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Solar Stocks; First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) Announces 2009 Fourth Quarter and Year-end Financial Results Maintains Previously Issued 2010 Guidance
TEMPE, Ariz. – February 19, 2010 – (Investorideas.com Renewable Energy Newswire) First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 26, 2009.


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Solar Stocks; First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) Announces 2009 Fourth Quarter and Year-end Financial Results Maintains Previously Issued 2010 Guidance
TEMPE, Ariz. – February 19, 2010 – (Investorideas.com Renewable Energy Newswire) First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 26, 2009.


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Forget Solar Power, Human Power is the Future
Forget Solar Power, Human Power is the Future

That may be a little aggressive, but Princeton University engineers have developed a device that may change the way that we power many of our smaller gadgets and devices. By using out natural body movement, they have created a small chip that will actually capture and harness that natural energy to create enough energy [...]
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SunPower Taps a $100 Million Sale-leaseback Financing Program
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British Airways Announces Plans for London Sustainable Jet Fuel Plant
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North Africa and Middle East Solar Opportunities booming in 2010
In 2009 the potential for the region really started to heat up with some of the following announcements:
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To date 25,000t of CO2 Emissions Avoided by Photovoltaic Plants Arsol-1 and Arsol Toledo
The two plants developed by Aries Ingeniería y Sistemas have produced a total of 55 GWh since they came into operation two years ago

Both plants, located in Ciudad Real and Toledo, Spain, are producing highly efficient clean energy with a total of 15 MW of power.
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Heat-Resistant Algae Could Help Threatened Coral

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Warmer ocean temperatures pose a serious threat to corals around the world.  Warmer waters typically kill the brown or green algae that a reef depends on for food, leading to bleaching and death of the reefs, but Penn State scientists have found some algae are not affected by rising temperatures, buying their coral partners some time.

Heat-resistant algae have been found in the Andaman Sea in the Indian Ocean as well as in spots in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.  Scientists aren’t sure if the resilient algae can save corals – the algae may not be able to be imported to coral reefs where it doesn’t naturally occur and there are other things threatening coral, including rising ocean acidification, pollution and bottom-trawling fishing.  Considering all of that, the algae may be just a temporary life-preserver.

But some scientists think warmer waters may encourage the growth of these algae, benefitting the reefs they occupy over the long-term.  Continued research will be needed, but this discovery does offer a glimmer of hope for the world’s coral.

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