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Renewable energy for India’s remote villages

10,000 villages to get power from renewable energy sources, The Hindu :Sujay Mehdudia, 27 oct 10, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday announced that 10,000 remote villages across the country would be electrified with renewable sources by March 2012 under an innovative initiative that will also generate employment.
“We will provide electricity to 10,000 villages at a cost of Rs. 500 crore by the end of the current plan period,” Dr. Abdullah said, while addressing a press conference to mark the start of the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) here………  The Hindu : News / National : 10,000 villages to get power from renewable energy sources

October 26, 2010 Posted by | decentralised, India | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cancer risk from ionising radiation has been underestimated

……our results [now] show that for a middle-aged person around 50 or so, that risk came out to be twice what the standard models had predicted.”….

Radiation May Be a Greater Cancer Risk for Adults Than Doctors Thought, TIME , By Alice Park Monday, October 25, 2010 From the sun’s ultraviolet rays to the weak cosmic exposure we get on plane flights to the screening tests that doctors recommend, our bodies are constantly bombarded with small but relatively consistent doses of potentially cancer-triggering radiation. And although doctors had thought that the cancer risks posed by such exposure declined with age, a new study reveals that the hazard may be greater in adults than previously believed. Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Keen interest in renewable energy by South African businesses

Long queue for slice of renewable energy cake Business Report October 26, 2010By INGI SALGADO tSouth Africa’s decision more than a decade ago to introduce private sector investment in electricity generation soon highlighted the uncomfortable truth that the country’s low pricing regime would not encourage this outcome.
By comparison, the response this month to the Department of Energy’s call for expressions of interest by the private sector in renewable energy and cogeneration projects has been extremely keen – even though developers were given only a week to compile their submissions.

Interest for projects offering about 20 000 megawatts of generating capacity has been registered, says Ompi Aphane, the deputy director-general for electricity, nuclear and clean energy. A cursory analysis shows the bulk are wind projects, but solar has made a very strong showing….

Business Report – Opinion/ Analysis – Long queue for slice of renewable energy cake

October 26, 2010 Posted by | renewable, South Africa | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Future for renewable energy looking good in USA and elsewhere

Whatever the outcome of the upcoming mid-term elections in the country, [USA] the present momentum to create renewable energy opportunities looks likely to have broad bipartisan support….Even as the country was combating the downsizing of its economy and the job losses spawned by it, “more renewable energy capacity was installed than conventional fossil or nuclear power stations,” according to a recent report by Bank Sarasin, the Swiss financial institution.

Bright future for renewable energy Not only US and Europe are creating opportunities but also rest of the world gulfnews  By Manoj Nair,  October 24, 2010 Dubai : Barack Obama might have been less than enthusiastic recently about installing new solar panels at the White House, but this has in no way deterred the US from committing a growing cache in alternate energy resources. Continue reading

October 25, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, renewable | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Local solar air conditioning system makes sense in a warming climate

In the end dry and the sun is used to process the cooling meaning using no electricity as compared to conventional air conditioning systems, low energy consumption mean less greenhouse gas and the gas that is used in the solar cooling system is greenhouse neutral, conventional air conditioning systems use a lot of energy and contribute to global warming,

Solar air conditioning for your home | All Cooling Systems , October 20th, 2010 by: coily Using the sun to cool your home or office will provide great cooling, savings and is environmentally friendly, this systems does not use the grid…….. Continue reading

October 25, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, decentralised | , , , , | Leave a comment

Syria looking good for renewable energy export project

“Syria’s position is quite strategic, being a bridge between North Africa and Europe. Putting it on Desertec map among 19 countries is the first step for achieving the project,”

Renewable Initiative Puts Syria on Solar and Wind Energy Map, Global Arab Network, 24 Oct 10, Syria (Damascus) – North Africa and Eastern Mediterranean regions, including Syria, are considered as world-best places to be used as farms to produce electricity out of sunrays or wind energy in desert areas. Continue reading

October 25, 2010 Posted by | renewable, Syria | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Even top nuclear officials now doubt the future of nuclear energy

Says Claude Mandil, head of atomic energy for the French ministry of industry, “If France is unable to solve this [nuclear waste] issue, I do not see how we can continue the nuclear program.”…The bottom line: Even some of its biggest users are now doubting the wisdom of continuing dependence on nuclear energy, while claims that the atom is one answer to global warming don’t hold water.

Thomas D. Elias: Pro-nuke arguments deeply flawed Colusa Sun-Herald, 22 Oct 10, “………despite its dependence on the atom, France has no more solved the problem of nuclear waste disposal than we have. Continue reading

October 22, 2010 Posted by | France, politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Despite poor renewables record, Greece now has big solar energy plan

Red tape and addiction to cheap, polluting coal has turned Greece into a renewables laggard, even though it is one of the sunniest and most windy countries in Europe.

PPC plans renewables renaissance, giant solar park | Reuters, By Harry Papachristou ATHENS | Fri Oct 22, 2010 Greek utility PPC plans a sevenfold increase in its clean energy production over the next five years and is thinking of building one of the world’s largest solar parks, the head of its renewables unit said on Friday. Continue reading

October 22, 2010 Posted by | EUROPE, renewable | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Desalination plant run by wind and solar power

U.S. based Engineering For The Earth‘s Aeolus system require minimal wind speeds and can produce drinking water for communities of up to 500 people per unit. The only additional energy input required is for telemetry, which can be supplied via small solar panels.

Wind Powered Desalination With A Twist Renewable Energy News, 22 Oct 10, Wind powered desalinationWith potable water becoming an increasingly scarce resource in some countries, governments are turning to solutions such as desalination. An energy-intensive process, desalination has been made “greener” through the use of renewable energy. Continue reading

October 22, 2010 Posted by | renewable, USA, water | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

35 U.S. States want a national minimum renewable energy standard

RES in the 35 states and Washington — 30 of which involve mandatory targets — will create more than two million jobs.

State leaders want flexible, minimum US renewable energy standard Washington (Platts)–20Oct2010 Leaders from some of the 35 US states that require a minimum percentage of power generation to come from renewable sources said Wednesday they support a national renewable energy standard, as long as it supports rather than hinders state efforts…. Continue reading

October 21, 2010 Posted by | politics, USA | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Desalination plants, small or large, powered by solar energy

Though still in its design phase, the team hopes scale up the size of the solar module for use in disaster zones and desert areas where climate change has impacted on water stocks.

Portable Desalination System Powered By Solar Energy, renewable energy news,  by Energy Matters, 18 Oct 10, A group of researcher s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have unveiled a portable solar-powered desalination plant which they say will help provide access to clean drinking water in the developing world. Continue reading

October 19, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, decentralised | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Native Americans lead the way in Solar Energy Education

Native Americans ….. lead the five groups of recipients taking advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also known as ARRA, or the stimulus) and as a result eligible for the IREC awards.

Native Americans Turn to Solar Energy, CALFINDER  15 Oct 10, In an interesting show of how established solar energy has become, on Monday Oct 12October 12, the New York-based Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) gave one of its 2010 Innovation Awards to Lakota Solar Enterprises, a renewable energy company owned entirely by Native Americans and located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Continue reading

October 15, 2010 Posted by | indigenous issues, USA | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fossil fuel lobby’s power over U.S. Congress is holding back Renewable Energy

America’s energy policies are still controlled by lobbying and political power of fossil fuel giants (BP, Chevron, Arco, Shell, and more). This money has successfully distorted public opinion about the economic and environmental implementation of renewable energy. By distorting renewable energy, the fossil fuel giants have been able to make record profits and receive federal subsidies.

The US – Will It Take the Necessary Steps to Be a Renewable Energy Leader | richhessler The oil spill off the coast of Louisiana is causing some Americans to question the longevity and environmental impact of oil. Solar companies should take advantage of the situation and persuade Congress to make renewable energy a priority. Continue reading

October 15, 2010 Posted by | politics, USA | , , , , | 2 Comments

How the fossil fuel lobby sheds doubt on climate science

The professional skeptics tend to use inconsistent arguments. Sometimes they say that there is no global warming. At other times, they point out that while global warming does exist, it is not the result of human activity. Some climate change deniers even concede that man could do something about the problem, but that it isn’t really much of a problem. There is only one common theme to all of their prognoses: Do nothing. Wait. We need more research.

Science as the Enemy’ The Traveling Salesmen of Climate Skepticism,  SPIEGEL ONLINE -13 Oct 10, By Cordula Meyer The Usual Suspects Multinational oil companies also soon adopted the tried-and-true strategies of disinformation. Once again, lobbying groups were formed that were designed to look as scientific as possible. Continue reading

October 13, 2010 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change | , | Leave a comment

Wind energy project to provide more power than 5 nuclear plants could

The transmission line is planned to have enough capacity to carry the energy of five nuclear power plants (6,000 megawatts, which could power almost 2 million homes)–energy that eventually will come from offshore wind farms. These wind farms will be situated in federal waters more than 10 miles from the shore, where the huge towers would barely be visible.

Offshore Wind Farming Gets a Giant Google Boost Discover Magazine, 13 Oct 10, A huge offshore wind energy project took a leap forward today with the announcement that Google and the investment firm Good Energies are backing the mammoth underwater transmission lines that would carry clean electricity up and down the East Coast. The $5 billion dollar project would allow for wind farms to spring up all along the mid-Atlantic continental shelf. Continue reading

October 13, 2010 Posted by | renewable, USA | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment