Ann Arbor to Install LEDs
The city of Ann Arbor will become the first city in the U.S. to go to all LED fixtures for street lighting downtown. The installation is expected to save over $100,000 per year. For more information, see this article about the LED installation in Ann Arbor.

Last Updated on October 18th, 2007 12:35 pm by admin
Wave Energy Implementation
A wave energy project is being implemented off the coast of Portugal. Proponents of the project say that wave energy is more cost competitive than wind power at the same development stage (20-25 years ago). More info can be found at this BBC news article.

Last Updated on March 2nd, 2007 10:19 am by admin
Oil From Sand
The world's second largest reserve with 50 percent more oil than Iraq is actually across the border in the province of Alberta, Canada. As of this year, Canada's oil reserves suddenly jumped by 3,600% from 4.8 billion barrels (bbl) last year to 180 bbl. This is due a drop in the cost of producing oil from Alberta's oil sands, which qualified the resource to be categorized in the economically recoverable 'proven reserve' column. Oil sand is mud-like material composed of sand, water and clay wrapped in thick hydrocarbon called bitumen. Once the bitumen is separated from the sand and the water it can be refined into synthetic crude. Canadian officials boast that approximately 300 billion barrels underlie the 30,000 sq. miles of Alberta and are ultimately recoverable enough to pave a four lane super highway to the moon Oil sands proponents promise that though production price is high--with current technology about $9 per barrel compared to $2 a barrel of Persian Gulf crude--it is likely to drop and become competitive. oil sands are now producing more oil than conventional crude reserves. They also hold that such non-conventional crude spares oil companies high transportation and security premiums involved in importing oil from the volatile Middle East.

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 11:30 am by admin
HTS Technology - Aid for Preventing Future Blackouts
The electric power industry expects to eventually use superconducting cables to build to a more energy-efficient, high-capacity transmission system. Help in solving transmission woes, using a voltage regulating system originally developed for the HTS super-conducting magnetic energy storage devices is now being used as a stand-alone device to help trans-mission systems respond to voltage fluctuations caused by heavy industrial machinery. The system, called D-VAR, has been sold to number of U.S. and international utilities. In Connecticut, a new D-VAR system will allow an additional 100 megawatts of power to flow through congested transmission lines serving the southwestern part of the state. PacifiCorp also installed a D-VAR system at the Wyoming Wind Energy Project, and Nordex USA Inc. is planning to install one at a 2.6-megawatt wind facility in Minot, North Dakota. Note that wind facilities are often located in weak parts of transmission grids and can sometimes cause transmission lines to experience voltage fluctuations. The HTS technology virtually eliminates past problems with voltage and transmission problems.

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 11:20 am by admin
Superconductor Technology
The U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research has awarded a $70 million contract to design and build a prototype 36.5-megawatt propulsion motor using high-temperature superconductors (HTS). HTS materials carry electrical current with essentially zero resistance.The Navy's HTS motor will produce nearly 50,000 horsepower while measuring less than half the size and roughly one-third the weight of a standard motor with copper conductors. 'The U.S. Navy is going electric,' says Rear Admiral Jay M. Cohen, Chief of Naval Research. 'Superconductor technology will help reduce the size and weight of motors, generators, power transmission and supporting electrical components to help speed the transition to electric this decade.'

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 11:10 am by admin
Wave Energy Convertors
The 'Wave Dragon' wave energy converter sustained minor damaged during its installation in a Danish fjord. The prototype's wing-like wave reflectors were removed and towed to a nearby harbor while missing rubber fenders and ruined signal cables on the main platform were repaired. Initial tests are underway on the platform. See press releases at: http://www.wavedragon.net/news/index.htm and http://www.wavedragon.net/press/index.htm

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 11:00 am by admin
Wave Energy
AquaEnergy Group Ltd., a wave energy developer, announced that a utility in Washington State has signed a contract to buy all the power from its planned wave energy pilot plant. Clallum County PUD will buy up to 250 kilowatts of power from four wave energy converters -- called 'AquaBoUYs' -- which the company plans to install about 3 miles off the shore of Makah Bay, near the tip of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. AquaEnergy's system uses a moored buoy that captures the kinetic energy of the waves. The company hopes to install and start operating the pilot plant by mid-2004. See press release at: http://www.aquaenergygroup.com/press/releases/release4-4-2003.htm

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 10:50 am by admin
Renewable Energy Credits
Companies producing power from waste gas are also able to make money through the sale of renewable energy credits, or 'green tags.' Gas Recovery Systems, Inc. recently sold a year-and-a-half of credits from two Massachusetts landfill gas systems to Massachusetts Electric at a cost of $1.8 million. CSGServices, Inc. (CSGS) brokered the deal.: http://www.csgrp.com/images/pdf_press_releases/csgs_sells_rec_ma.pdf

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 10:40 am by admin
In Brooklyn, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is making use of methane produced at a wastewater treatment plant. NYPA is installing a 250-kilowatt microturbine to produce power from the methane generated in anaerobic digesters at the New York City Owl's Head Wastewater Treatment Plant. NYPA will also install a total of eight 200-kilowatt fuel cells at other wastewater treatment plants this year. See: http://www.nypa.gov/press/2003/030429b.htm

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 10:30 am by admin
Kentucky will soon gain its first landfill-gas power plants, thanks to the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC). In mid-March, the coop earned approval from utility regulators to build plants at the Bavarian Landfill in Boone County, the Laurel Ridge Landfill in Laurel County and the Green Valley Landfill in Greenup County. All three plants should be built by the end of September, producing a combined total of more than 10 kilowatts of electricity. See: http://www.ekpc.com/news.html#LANDFILL

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 10:20 am by admin
In South Carolina, BMW's manufacturing plant in Spartanburg is now using landfill methane to provide 25 percent of its energy needs. The project draws on a 9.5-mile pipeline that delivers the gas from the nearby Palmetto Landfill, which is owned by Waste Management, Inc. See: http://www.bmwusfactory.com/media_center/releases/

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 10:10 am by admin
Landfill Methane Gas
In Maryland, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) became the first federal facility to use landfill methane to heat its buildings. Thirty-one buildings on the GSFC campus are now heated with landfill gas that is piped from a landfill five miles away. See press release: http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/news-release/releases/2003/h03-154.htm and http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/2003/0508landfill.html

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 10:00 am by admin
Steady Oil Production
According to Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, that 'World oil production is consistent and steady.' As of Mach 20th, OPEC production was 26.5 million barrels per day, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA). The amount is only slightly lower than the last reported figure of 26.9 million barrels per day in November 2002. Despite the loss of all production from Iraq and other production losses from Venezuela and Nigeria, world oil production has remained steady as other oil-producing countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, have significantly increased production and tanker loadings in recent weeks. See the DOE press releases on oil supplies: http://www.eia.doe.gov or http://www.energy.gov/press/sub/hqreleases.html

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 9:50 am by admin
Energy Efficiency Design Tool
BetterBricks http://www.betterbricks.com/, an initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, was established to help commercial building professionals use energy efficiency as a design tool and financial strategy. Its Web site features articles on energy effective design and better building management, as well as success stories, news, and events.

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 9:40 am by admin
Photovoltaics and CHP Project
The City of San Diego made an agreement with Onsite Energy to proceed with a comprehensive $3.6 million renovation of San Diego police head-quarters, which will reduce energy consumption and generate clean power from photovoltaics and a combined heat and power (CHP) system. The CHP system is expected to generate 3.5 million kWh of electricity and produce thermal energy in the form of hot water and chilled water. The photovoltaic system is expected to produce an additional 45,000 kWh per year. Energy efficiency measures should save the City about a million kWh of electricity and 11,000 therms of natural gas per year. The project will benefit from approximately $718,000 in utility incentive payments from state and utility-sponsored programs that provide cash incentives for CHP, photovoltaics, and energy-efficiency capital improvements. For more information, see: http://www.onsitenergy.com/press.php

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 9:30 am by admin
Smart Cooling Design
HP researchers believe smart cooling analysis could reduce expenses at Data Centers. HP announced this week that it is now using a 'smart' cooling modeling system using computational fluid dynamics--like that used to improve airplane design--to create a 3-D model of temperature distribution and then recommends strategic placement of computing resources and air conditioning equipment to optimize energy use for cooling throughout a data center. The company claims this approach reduces energy cost up to 25% or $1 million per year, based on $1,000 per megawatt hour for a 30,000-square-foot data center with 1,000 racks requiring 10 megawatts to power the computing infrastructure and half that amount--5 megawatts-- to dissipate and remove heat. See: http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2003/030304b.html

Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 9:10 am by admin
Green Power
Austin Energy sold 251,520,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power last year, more than any other utility in the nation. The utility\'s GreenChoice program offers electricity from wind, solar, landfill methane gas, and hydropower plants to more than 6,500 residents, 165 small businesses, and 31 large companies and organizations in Austin, TX. See: http://www.austinenergy.com/press/rank.htm

Last Updated on December 4th, 2006 9:50 am by admin


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