Ansell Installs Biomass Boiler to Reduce Energy Costs

Joanna Schroeder

The Ansell factory complex in Biyagama, Sri Lanka has installed its second biomass boiler as part of company initiatives to be greener. The new boiler has a capacity of 12.5MW and will be the largest hot water boiler in Sri Lanka. Ansell Lanka already has a 10.5MW boiler installed at its premises, which reduced CO2 emissions by 11,000 MT per …

biomass, Carbon Dioxide, energy efficiency, Environment, Renewable Energy

Analysis: EU Can Cut Natural Gas Imports By Half

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new report, ramping up cost-effective investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency can help the European Union cut its dependency on natural gas by half. The analysis also found this measure could reduce carbon emissions by 49 percent or more, or drop emissions below the 1990 level by 2030, more than is currently proposed. The report was …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, energy efficiency, Natural Gas, Renewable Energy

How to Power Up Clean Power Plan

Joanna Schroeder

According to an analysis conduced by the Union of Concern Scientists (UCS), states can cost-effectively produce nearly twice as much renewable electricity as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculated in the Clean Power Plan. Increased renewable electricity growth could allow states to collectively cut heat-trapping carbon emissions from power plants by as much as 40 percent below 2005 levels rather …

Clean Power Plan, Electricity, energy efficiency, Geothermal, Solar, Wind

DNV GL Releases Offshore Wind Manifesto

Joanna Schroeder

DNV GL has released its finding of a report, “Offshore wind: a manifesto for cost reduction,” at WindEnergy Hamburg 2014. The offshore wind industry is looking to reduce costs to ensure growth. In response to this need, DNV GL is offering the industry its manifesto for offshore wind cost reduction identifies and quantifies cost reduction opportunities. It also set out …

Electricity, energy efficiency, International, offshore wind, Renewable Energy

Polar Bears to Warm Up Elephants at Oregon Zoo

Joanna Schroeder

What in the world do polar bears and elephants have to do with renewable energy? Lots with a creative use of geothermal energy at the Oregon Zoo where an underground heating-cooling system will improve energy efficiency. Polar bears like it cool and elephants like it hot and with the help of “Slinky” or a geothermal loop, the two endangered species …

Energy, energy efficiency, Geothermal, Renewable Energy, Solar

Sierra Magazine Releases 2014 Coolest Schools

Joanna Schroeder

The “Coolest Schools” in America rankings are out and the top school is University of California, Irvine. Compiled annually by Sierra Club, the rankings focus on America’s greenest colleges. The ranking universities displayed a deep and thorough commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate issues, and encouraging environmental responsibility. More than 150 schools filled out an extensive survey created in …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles, energy efficiency, Environment, Solar, Wind

Green Charge Networks Closes $56M Capital Raise

Joanna Schroeder

Green Charge Networks has closed a $56 million capital raise. K Road DG is providing funding and strategic management services to the company to enable them to accelerate deployment of GreenStation, under Green Charge’s Power Efficiency Agreement (PEASM). According to the company, the funding round is the largest amount of capital raised by any company in the intelligent energy storage …

Electricity, energy efficiency, Energy Storage

UCR Helps Solar Energy Get a Boost

Joanna Schroeder

A recent article published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters by University of California, Riverside (UCR) chemists looks at the research focused on “singlet fission,” a process in which a single photon generates a pair of excited states. This 1->2 conversion process has the potential to boost solar cell efficiency as much as 30 percent. In addition to improving …

energy efficiency, Renewable Energy, Research, Solar

Intersolar North America Awards Champion of Change

Joanna Schroeder

The first ever Champion of Change award was bestowed upon Michael Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission during Intersolar North America taking place this week. The award was given in conjunction with the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) for Peevey’s outstanding commitment to supporting renewable energy at the national and international levels. “For three years, the Intersolar …

energy efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar

DOE Allocates $4B in Loan Guarantees

Joanna Schroeder

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a loan guarantee solicitation making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. “As the President emphasized in his Climate Action Plan, it is critical that we take an all-of-the above approach to …

advance biofuels, energy efficiency, Hydro, Microgrid, Waste-to-Energy