Friday, August 31, 2012

What is Energy Eficiency?

Energy efficiency is to use energy properly. Conventional energy sources are limited and we must economize its use if we want to continue disposing of them in the future.

How can we save energy?
First, it is very important to make a moderate use of electronic devices. It is very common to stop using the computer and leave it plugged in to a power source, this is a mistake as we continue to consume energy. So the first tip is to disconnect from the mains all electrical appliances when we stop using them.
Another way to save energy is to use public transport. This phrase which we have heard, are the perfect option for reducing energy consumption and not pollute the environment. Today it is very easy as well as buses, subways, taxis, trams ... we can make use of public bicycles already in place in most cities.

If, however, we do not like to use public transport or it is a medium that does not suit our needs and we prefer to take our private car, we can also help reduce environmental pollution. This is achieved by reducing the acceleration and braking, avoiding driving at a speed too fast or turning off the engine prolonged stoppages. If we follow these guidelines will reduce energy consumption and help preserve the environment.
What's more, what happens when we're home and we have several lights on in different rooms? At this time, we are consuming energy unnecessarily. We must be aware that during the day there is sunlight and we should use. Artificial light consuming and in most cases, we do not really missing.
Renewable energy is the key to avoid the great waste of energy that all, most of the time unconsciously, we are doing. Many conscious entities have shown their commitment to the environment and have developed products that help reduce energy expenditure.

 For example Junkers, a leader in heating and hot water production, helps to protect the environment and promote the use of renewable energy with its wide range of products.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Companies that opt ​​for renewables: Buderus

We are all aware that the search for alternative energy sources has increased in recent years because they pollute less than conventional. Renewable energy sources are produced continuously and constantly regenerated.  

Currently, there is a growing concern for environmental conservation and renewable energy could help solve many environmental problems.

Many entities, aware of excessive energy expenditure, have shown their commitment to the environment and have developed products that work from the energy produced by the sun, the earth, water and air.

Buderus, pioneer heating and belonging to the Bosch Group, is based on solar thermal systems that use the sun's energy to heat hot water and generate heat. A clear example is the new solar evacuated tube Logasol SKR has launched the establishment, a highly efficient collector that uses the sun's energy. If you are a professional or installer will be good for you to know this new solar collector.

Besides, created Buderus heat pumps operated with the energy stored in the air, water and land. Thus, the brand contributes to protecting the environment, a fundamental aspect of his philosophy.

Geothermal energy is a source of little known among end consumers and that is below the earth's surface as heat stored. What are its advantages? What can we tell clients to convince them that it is a good alternative? It is a renewable energy source that does not pollute and does not produce gases that may affect the environment. It is also an inexhaustible source of energy.

 Most characteristic is that its use can reduce CO2 emissions by around 50%. There are many products like heat pumps that operate through geothermal energy. Geothermal heat pumps have superior performance up to 70% more than conventional heat pumps.
This type of energy can be used both for the construction of large buildings such as houses, hotels, offices, hospitals ... and also for the construction of smaller buildings. Most characteristic is that it produces gases and, therefore, does not pollute the environment. It's an energy with great prospects for the future.
Of course, knowing well the advantages of this technology and communicate it to the final consumer knowledge is very useful for professionals and installers.
Buderus, a brand of Bosch Thermotechnology division of the Bosch Group, has released its new catalog includes general rates 2012que complete information on hydraulic diagrams, boilers of medium and high power, accumulators, regulation and control devices, as well as extensive information on renewables.
The catalog is divided into chapters. In section boiler medium and high power, the catalog includes a new range of steel condensing boilers, Logano plus SB745, with an attractive design and high energy efficiency. Furthermore, the range of self-contained heat generation incorporates new Modul Logablok GB312 and GB402 Modul.
In the area of ​​renewable energies are introduced as a new vacuum tubes Logasol SKR and incorporates the next generation of solar thermal collectors, Logasol SKN 4.0. Also included Logatherm heat pumps WPL and WPS.
The ACS chapter accumulator registers a strong expansion that includes new Logalux SU / 5 and Logalux SF / 5, 300 and 400 liter capacity, with inner surfaces termovitrificadas to its chemical behavior is neutral with respect to water. All models feature the patented Plus Duoclean treatment Buderus.

Also, within this same section, we have included the new ranges of high capacity batteries has been renewed since the capacity range of 1,500 liters in CV-M1 models with Serpentine added a new range of batteries without register, represented by C-models and MVV RB-RB with capacity up to 5,000 liters.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Wind Energy System: Increased Wind Speeds

Mass Megawatts Wind Power, Worcester, Massachusetts, says that the combination of multi-axis system Turbo (MAT) and Augmenter MMW will create a wind energy technology for electricity generation cost in locations with low wind speeds, and thereby increase production.

The wind augmentation system that uses has a fairly simple and inexpensive approach to device for increasing wind speeds directed to the turbine by 70%, which is said to triple the electricity generated by the turbines.

  Megawatts says this could eliminate the need for towers more than 80 meters high in some areas turbine, reducing costs for both materials and facilities and allowing wind turbines that generate electricity profitably in areas where wind speed is lower.

According to the company, the new enhancement system is nearing completion, and the intention is to establish a comparison with previous and verify data.


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Massachusetts’ Clean Energy Economy Grows 11.2%, Creates 71K+ Jobs

Government investment and support for clean, renewable energy development is paying off handsomely in Massachusetts, where the clean energy economy grew 11.2% between July 2011 and July 2012. The state’s fast-growing clean energy sector now employs 71,523 people at 4,995 clean energy businesses across the state, according to a Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) report released Aug. 16.
“I have said from the beginning of this Administration that, if we get clean energy right, the world will be our customer,” Governor Deval Patrick, who’s serving his second term in office, stated in a press release. “This past year’s 11.2 percent increase in clean energy jobs means that we are getting it right and the world knows it.
“Investing in our nation-leading clean energy agenda is the right thing to do for our environment, our energy independence, our public health and our economic vitality. We owe it to our future to keep this momentum going strong.”

The 11.2% economic growth rate for Massachusetts’ clean energy sector is well above that of even rapidly industrializing countries, such as China. The 71,523 people employed at clean energy businesses recorded by MassCEC in its latest annual report are working in jobs directly related to the state’s clean energy sector. Signs indicate the growth will continue.
“Employers surveyed are optimistic about the coming year and expect to hire more workers in 2013,” MassCEC states in its press release. “Clean energy continues to maintain its place as one of the Commonwealth’s marquee industries, with 1.7 percent of the total Massachusetts workforce.”
MassCEC found that the state’s clean energy sector is a diversified one, with businesses involved in construction and manufacturing to research and development. In its “2012 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report,” MassCEC also “identified a large number of companies that don’t necessarily identify themselves as clean energy companies first, but directly engage in activity related to the clean energy sector — showing that clean energy penetrates numerous sectors of the Massachusetts economy.”
“This report is proof that Massachusetts’ innovation economy is succeeding,” said incoming MassCEC Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Alicia Barton McDevitt, who begins her term on August 20.
“The report affirms Massachusetts’ role as a national and global leader in clean energy development and deployment, and a success made possible by our talented workforce, world-class academic and research institutions, and Governor Patrick’s vision for a clean energy future in Massachusetts.”
For the report, a clean energy business “is defined as an employer engaged in whole or in part in providing goods and services related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, alternative transportation, and carbon management. Clean energy workers are defined as spending at least a portion of their time supporting the clean energy aspects of their businesses.”

Monday, August 27, 2012

Elephants in Sumatra, Near Extinction

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today announced this serious and sad "news", something that isn't really anything new, but an unfortunate and expected outcome for these giants of Sumatra. The decrease is mainly due to the Habitat of elephants are being logged, or become agricultural plantations.

 The International Union for the conservation of nature (IUCN) has classified elephant from Sumatra as critically endangered subspecies in the Red list of threatened species, the most complete inventory of the world of the State of conservation of the biological species.

There are only about 2,400 to 2,800 of these animals in the wild, a reduction of around 50 per cent compared with the estimate of population in 1985. Scientists say that if current trends continue, the Sumatra elephants could become extinct in the wild in less than 30 years.

According the the IUCN Red List although Sumatra elephants as species are protected by law Indonesia, 85 per cent of its habitats outside protected areas, and can therefore be converted into land devoted to agriculture or other purposes.

Sumatra has some of the most important populations of Asian elephants outside India and Sri Lanka. However, in other natural areas where is found the Asian, elephant Sumatra has experienced perhaps the more rapid deforestation rate.

Sumatra has lost more than two thirds of its forests natural in the lowlands of the past 25 years - the most suitable Habitat for elephants - resulting in the local extinction of elephants in many areas.

The number of elephants have been reduced in more than 80 per cent in less than 25 years in the province of Sumatra, where pulp and paper companies and palm oil plantations are causing some of the rhythms of deforestation further accelerated worldwide. Habitat fragmentation has been limited to some small herds forest patches, and these populations do not have likely to survive in the long term.

Elephant from Sumatra Sumatran orangutan, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Java, and join the umatra Tiger in one growing list of species found in Indonesi to and are critically endangered. Without urgent and effective to save them action, we could lose some of these animals in the wild forever.

It is very important that the Government of Indonesia, conservation organizations and agro forest companies recognize the critical situation of the elephants and other wild animals in Sumatra, and take effective measures for its conservation.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Environmental Management

 Then, define the Environmental management as the set of measures that seeks to articulate the "How should be done" in order to achieve the objective of a Sustainable development of a community or a given territory.

This set of actions should be applied in a given area, focusing not only on the implementation of various laws and legal actions, but also giving the framework to the tasks which must be carried out, contemplating is then as follows:

Environmental policy: concerning the address public or private Environmental Affairs International, regional, national and local. It is often subject of debate every year with the budget of various government entities, applied to the care of the environment and ecology.Zoning: includes the distribution of the use of the territory considering the characteristics of the same, not only physical but also considering the resources and populations which it possesses. 

Environmental impact assessment: whereas the actions that seek to estimate the effects which will be the establishment of various projects, plans or programmes which are implemented on a given territory, taking into account their influence on the environment.Wildlife: study and seeks to implement conservative measures towards the Living beings that inhabited a specific area, looking primarily for the conservation of the biodiversityenvironmental education: on propaganda and measures of awareness that carried the man to care for and preserve their Biophysical environment, which leads to greater efficiency in the treatment of Environmental problems.Landscape: not only is the care of natural resources, but also of all the biotic, esthetic and cultural factors relating to the exploitation of them.

Without delve much into details about it, there are so many measures such as issues relating to the problem of Environmental management, whereas a specific treatment for each pollutant, and thus, countless measures carried out, although they are always based on the following General practices:

Waste management: measures which aim mainly to the recycling, reuse and reduction of waste.Mitigation: whereas mainly to issues of Climate change and other damage to the environmentprevention: implementation of measures seeking to reduce pollution and all the actions that lead to a destruction of the environment.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Cars ecological 2012

 On this occasion, we have to analyze those five finalists who will be elected when is home to the Los Angeles Auto Show, which will open its doors to the press on 16 November and will have big news with regards to mobility, which we will briefly describe below

In recent years the Volkswagen Group has signed a commitment for the moment is implementing, adapting its floorpan to new features and lower consumption, which affects fewer emissions of Pollutant Gases.
In regards to this model in particular, has worked to achieve a major reduction in consumption, placing it then in a few 4.28 litres every 100 kilometres, an excellent mark for a engine TDI diesel.

While usually not widely used, the truth is that you for those who use the car to work, especially if they have a very intensive use, the alternative of the Natural Gas is present, with some charging stations that use this fuel in cars which have been adapted.

But on this occasion the alternative occurs in Honda Civic Natural Gas, which is proposed as an alternative for those who use this energy source for their cars, without the need for adjustments and also with a low level of emissions.

From the outset this car caused a real revolution in the world of automobiles, and as such the new version (more precisely, its Fifth generation) is prepared to take a leap of quality with a much more modern and stylish model that seeks to give greater load capacity, despite losing drag coefficient.
Still not have been afforded the benefits of this model, because that will be revealed during the American event, where we will even see more details of its hybrid engine.

It is one of the most popular electric cars of Japan since its launch in the year 2009, which has a strong rivalry with another similar car the Nissan Leaf, only it is noted for being much more economical in their regular use.

Various analyses made by EPA, estimates that who uses this car only will have as I spend about $ 500 each 25 kilometres, considering that their autonomy is above the 100 miles on a full charge.

As is the case with many companies in the world of the engine, to the signing of the blue oval has the turn it to transform one of their most popular in its electric version cars, so that the soul of this Ford Focus is then a Lithium Ion battery.

But the most striking aspect of this new model is that it cares for the environment also manufacturing: vegetable fibers are used to replace plastic polymers derived from petroleum, while its loading station has been done entirely with recycled materials.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Organic Food - Food XXI century

The conventional farmers are concerned about obtaining products pleasing to the eye, "sellable" without analyzing the occasional harm that can bring the consumer.  

Given this stance, or biological organic food is that obtained without the use of fertilizers, pesticides or growth hormones.  

Also sold locally, thus avoiding wasting energy in transport. The organic foods must be certified by an independent body, which ensures that his production meet the requirements of the regulations. I would add that the rules are different in every country, and the Spanish legislation is less demanding than other European countries such as Germany.

Fruits and vegetables are usually conventional industrially produced in intensive monoculture where a single species grown steadily over time. This causes a huge impact on the ground, immediately depleted nutrients, and it is necessary to add large amount of fertilizer, to remove the crop yield. The manufacture of fertilizers, besides being a highly polluting activity, causes a great waste of water and energy, both for production and for transportation. 

Furthermore, these monoculture are very attractive to pests, which necessitates constant use of pesticides. Its manufacture involves the same impact as fertilizer, and add one more: the accumulation in soil and lots of food chemicals. All these substances have a negative effect on the health of consumers, as they increase the risk of allergies, intolerances and other diseases in the population.  

To these disadvantages, we must add the globalization of food production, which means that much of the food we eat has been produced many miles of the place of consumption. This also implies a significant energy investment to transport these foods, exploitation of farmers, who are paid a pittance to maintain the profitability of the process.

Moreover, these crops contribute greatly to deforestation and soil depletion which implies that land use from forests and woodlands to continue agricultural production or livestock. Faced with all these disadvantages, organic food offers a healthier alternative and sustainable. Organic farmers try to maximize the use of natural resources, organic fertilizers and use traditional methods such as crop rotation, which reduces pest pressure and the need for fertilizers, it is because some crops provide minerals to Soil naturally, and also that different species have different requirements, thus facilitating the recovery of the ground. Also, by not using chemicals, avoid pollution of soils.  

You must use land that has rested at least five years of conventional farming, period allows chemical waste disposal. Thus, certification is not granted for five years to cultivate that land without using chemicals. The seeds must be separated properly to enable the development of products with high salt absorption minerals. Planting and harvesting of seasonal products , keep pace crops in greenhouses.
Control pests naturally, through crop rotation, biological pest control and organic fertilizers. Use biological products for fertilization, as worm castings, guano ... In As for biological farming, working with indigenous breeds and controlled the country since its inception. Animals are raised outdoors and feed breast milk to eight months. Then, continue their diet with natural products like corn and soybeans. No use feed additives or stimulants of any kind to accelerate growth and fattening. The culling is done on an individual basis and the minimum possible suffering, to reduce toxins that stay in the meat when the animal is under stress.

With consumers increasingly demanding about their purchases and interested in healthy living, organic products are increasingly in demand. Thus, organic farming has flourished and has become a profitable business. Many cooperatives working in this field, promoting environmental stewardship and self-employment. However, we are far from other countries where organic production has installed many years in the market, and its products can be assigned to a lower price to make the product more attractive to users, because sometimes the high discourages consumer price purchase these products.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Investing In Alternative Energy Stocks - New Way To Boost Your Profits

Having a diverse portfolio is something investors will explain is important. This way, you don't end up putting all of your money in one place and you can make money through many different avenues. One of the areas people are considering is investing in alternative energy stocks. This may sound like a risky venture, but any time you invest your money there is no guarantee you are going to get a positive return. Alternative energy is the wave of the future and with the rise of new companies, this could be a very profitable market. Don't turn your back too quickly because many investors aren't.

Analysts? forecasts are favorable in this area. They say by 2013 it could become a $13 billion dollar industry. There are many ways to look at that. The bright side is that if you find a nice little start up company, you might have on your hands the next Microsoft. That means this tiny company became a conglomerate overnight with a beat on the market. Of course, that is always the dream and rarely happens. Realistically, these small companies could hold lots of potential, especially when a form of alternative energy is picked as the course of the future.

There are a few reasons why investing in alternative energy stocks is a route to consider. The first thing is that more and more companies are researching how to use alternative fuels. There are many on the market already such as ethanol and biodiesels. With gasoline and oil prices being so high and the United States' dependency on foreign oil, companies want to help eliminate these problems. Alternative energy is also less harmful to the environment. Companies are looking at ways to get renewable energy resources or ones that provide fewer emissions than are currently being used.

However, there is the flip side to investing in alternative energy stocks. It is such an uncertain area and there is no right way to go. You could end up looking at hundreds of different stocks wondering if geothermal is the way to go or is it ethanol companies or solar power. And, that is just three alternatives energies and not counting the other ways companies are trying to find alternative energy. If you take a chance on solar power, it may turn out that oceanic thermal energy was the way all along. There is no real answer.

Anyone considering investing in alternative energy stocks needs to consult with a financial advisor. Many have experience in this market and know more about this sector than anyone you could ever meet. They are going to show you which companies have the best upside and what alternative energy has the best chance at becoming the main power source of the future. The alternative energy market is at an important stage because it is just starting up. Many of these companies have lots of potential to offer and some aren't even worth looking at. The financial planners will be able to send you in the right direction.

You should be cautious, but most analysts agree that alternative energy stocks are a great place to look if you are considering investing money.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

“No Evidence” that Wind Turbine Syndrome Actually Exists

If we want wind to continue growing, more turbines will need to be placed in our communities and close to our backyards. And that will inevitably cause more social friction.

Wind supporters cannot discount concerns from local residents about noise and visual impact. With proper communication between developers and communities, many of the potential conflicts can be mitigated or avoided.

But there’s a huge difference between concerns of neighbors to wind projects and the faux medical conditions pushed by advocates who claim turbines are a serious threat to human health.

Although no conclusive research has shown that wind farms cause health problems, many anti-wind groups have pushed the idea that “Wind Turbine Syndrome” is a widespread problem – elevating legitimate siting concerns to scare tactics.

A new study released this week by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection finds that “there is no evidence for a set of health effects…that could be characterized as ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome.’” The supposed health impacts pushed by wind opponents include mental health problems, heart disease and vertigo.

The Department’s Panel was comprised of independent experts in a range of fields associated with the possible health impact of exposure to wind turbines. They explored scientific literature, reports, popular media and public comments and concluded that there was no scientific basis for claims about Wind Turbine Syndrome:

While the panel recommended more research on the impact of “very loud turbines” that could disrupt sleep patterns of some individuals (even though they write that a “‘very quiet wind turbine’ would not likely disrupt even ‘the lightest of sleepers’ at that same distance”), the researchers debunk the broad-based claims about Wind Turbine Syndrome:
There is insufficient evidence that the noise from wind turbines is directly… causing health problems or disease.  Claims that infrasound from wind turbines directly impacts the vestibular system have not been demonstrated scientifically. Available evidence shows that the infrasound levels near wind turbines cannot impact the vestibular system.
The study failed to produce any concrete evidence that “flicker” caused by the shadows of rotating blades causes epileptic seizure, or that turbines cause “pain and stiffness, diabetes, high blood pressure, tinnitus, hearing impairment, cardiovascular disease, [or] headache/migraine.”

The researchers concluded that the most dangerous problem in Massachusetts was from ice falling off turbines.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"All of the Above" Can't Deliver All the Benefits the Clean Energy Economy Can

In a time of soaring gas prices and record-breaking temperatures, Americans are looking for energy solutions that save money, reduce dangerous pollution, and strengthen our country.
Yet instead of offering targeted policies, many leaders are suggesting an “all of the above” approach to energy development. The idea is that we should throw everything we have at the problem and see what sticks. It’s a misguided strategy that would do more harm than good.
When Republicans in Congress say “all of the above,” they mean oil, gas, and coal, while clean energy gets only an occasional mention. When President Obama uses the phrase, he emphasizes clean energy, but he also wants to expand oil and gas drilling.  Both these formulations amount to a kitchen-sink method of producing energy.
It’s the equivalent of walking into a restaurant and ordering everything on the menu. Most people don’t do that in real life, because we know it costs too much and will make us sick. Instead, we select the best food for the best price.
We can do the same with energy. We can choose the best and bypass the rest.
The best energy solutions deliver multiple benefits at once. Sinking oil and gas wells in communities across the nation may produce more energy, but more energy isn’t all America needs. We also need to create good-paying jobs that stay in the United States. We need to retain our technological advantage in the global energy market. We need to protect the health of our families, our air, and our water.

Only one kind of solution can deliver all those benefits: clean energy. Wind power accounts for 35 percent of new power built in the United States, and it produces zero pollution. The solar industry employs more than 100,000 Americans, and its engineers are pioneering the next generation of clean technology.

Better performing cars are protecting Americans from gas price spikes and fighting climate change at the same time. President Obama recently raised fuel economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.  Within 20 years, those standards will save drivers more than $80 billion a year at the pump and cut our oil use by more than we imported from Saudi Arabia and Iraq in 2010. Manufacturing cleaner cars is already employing more than 150,000 Americans right now.

Drilling for more oil and gas can’t achieve these successes. It can’t even lower the price we pay at the pump. The Associated Press did a statistic analysis of 36 years of gas prices and oil production and found there no correlation between “how much oil comes out of U.S. wells and the price at the pump.” Yet our dependence on dirty oil and gas has been proven to contribute to asthma, heart attacks, and cancer and to cause climate change.

Fossil fuels will continue to play a role in our society, but considering all the negative tradeoffs that come with them, lawmakers should call for more safeguards. If our leaders want to see more natural gas development, then they should support strong air pollution standards for gas production. If they want to continue to rely on coal-fired power, they should support the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from new power plants that the Environmental Protection Agency will announce soon. Smart safeguards are the only way we can protect our families from the hazards of fossil fuels.

Not all energy options are created equal. That’s why we must focus on the technologies that create the best outcomes for our communities.

People want a forward-looking energy policy. They want cars that go farther on a gallon of gas. They want their children to breathe cleaner air. They want utility bills that don’t cause sticker shock. And they want America to lead the world in technological breakthroughs.

“All of the above” doesn’t deliver those benefits. Doing the best and skipping the rest will.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Prototype to Achieve Vertical Turbine Wind Energy in Cities

 Its design, which has been the result of three years of engineering work and research, allowing you to become a giant screen advertising. What has made ​​it an "invention" that has captured the interest of entrepreneurs and investors from Saudi Arabia to Germany.

One of the creators of these wind turbines, Jacob Jimenez, explained that a new space covers renewable energy wind because it is "among the large wind farms and small machines from one to ten kilowatts used to small self-consumption", the two current options.

Their system is capable of generating 100 kilowatts, enough power to light a great avenue of the city with LED lights or to supply a development of twenty houses.

The cost of each turbine is about 600,000 euros, with easy installation, as Jacob has said Jimenez.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

650,000 Euros of funding for clean energy projects

For all those that you have a project related to clean energy, this project can find your opportunity to realize your design.

 Enel is the organizer and has the support of Endesa in Spain. Specifically, this project has been presented for the 50 anniversary of Enel and is targeted to start up Spanish and Italian to promote and support clean energy, giving a prize of 650,000 euros to the project as a curiosity or ganador..

This company operates in 40 countries and has a net capacity of more than 97,000 MW over 61 million clientes.Si are interested in presenting your project to contest all you have to do is follow this link and / or propose your company together with a truly innovative proposal on energy limpias.

The selection process is as follows: of all the participants will choose fifteen finalists who will have the opportunity to present their proposal to the senior management of the company Enel.De this small selection will be chosen for those six companies whose projects have proven to be the most innovative.  

They will have a 400,000 funding to carry out the project together with other additional services that can easily grow as only have until the deadline for submitting 2014.La the project will be until 15 October.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

How to Get Quality Milk

Working as a farmer is a full-time work 365 days a year, is a work in which one person is involved because for a livestock animal is any living thing, every one of them has a name and has a life she shares with you .

Cows are a large and beautiful animal that can fall in love, as you see them grow and gradually begin to be adults at your side, animals that can reach emocionarte.Esto is all that we know from the farmers in the Capon Farm, a family farm in which all play a role, are born with the passion and respect for animals because that is what the difference in more.

In order to get a quality milk are needed to meet different factors, as the natural diet of green grass or feed that complements, if well treated with respect for animals and the farm would carefully perfecta.
The milk quality can be seen in the very texture in the smell, taste even in color

And what happens to milk of this quality? For Farm Capon, Danone goes directly to get the milk to produce dairy products then we can find in stores products made with a high milk calidad. Danone manufactures its products with milk from Spanish territory with farms that are located in different parts of Spain, with the same quality and the same care for the cows.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Global CDM Hydro Hall of Shame

Construction already underway at Kamchay Dam, which is seeking carbon credits.

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is meant to catalyze climate-friendly and sustainable projects in low-income countries. Instead, it’s provided massive subsidies to hydropower developers while increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Through deception and abuse of the system, at least two-thirds of all CDM projects are likely not additional, and more are slipping in each year.

In an attempt to cure its ills during the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the CDM Executive Board has initiated a year-long policy dialogue. Having failed to reach any decisions about reform at Durban, the CDM policy panel members will examine unresolved issues ranging from stronger rules for public participation to an appeals procedure.

 Of particular concern to the global movement for rivers is ensuring that the CDM imposes greater limitations on large hydropower projects, which are more likely to create enormous environmental and social problems for local communities than smaller community-driven decentralized projects.

Despite these good intentions, the CDM continues to approve egregious hydropower projects while delaying any improvements. In December 2011, an EU-commissioned report recommended the European Union consider banning credits from large hydro projects. However, the EU has decided to delay any action, essentially ignoring the urgency for reform raised by this study.

Below are some of the worst hydropower projects that we’ve seen in the CDM pipeline since 2008. If all of these projects are issued carbon credits or CERs, and it turned out they were non-additional (as most of them are), that would mean European countries will shell out €27 million per year over the lifetime of these projects while allowing emissions to increase. [Current CER price:
In Panama, the Barro Blanco Dam is currently undergoing construction despite investigations into the developer’s human rights abuses and failure to consult the local indigenous Ngobe communities living along the Tabasara River. Despite ongoing protests by indigenous communities against dam building and mining in the region, the CDM Executive Board approved the project for 67,000 CERs or about €300,000 per year. 

In Uganda, the World Bank-funded Bujagali Dam, which drowned a treasured waterfall and forced hundreds from their lands, was registered by the CDM Board to the tune of 858,000 CERs for the Netherlands or €3.5 million per year for the developer, even though it is near completion.

In India, the Rampur run-of-river project was registered despite being nearly complete and the recipient of a World Bank loan back in 2007. India will sell these credits to Sweden at 1.4 million CERs, or about €5.8 million per year.

In China, the 513MW Hubei Duhe Pankou Hydropower Project is seeking carbon credits despite relocating 23,000 people in a process fraught with conflict and inadequate compensation claims. Another 10,000 or more will have to be relocated. If registered, it would generate 803,000 CERs for Switzerland or €3.3 million per year for the developer. A Kachin refugee family flees the fighting at the Dapein dams in June 2011. Dapein I Dam is trying to seeking carbon credits. (Photo: U.S. Campaign for Burma)

In Cambodia, the Kamchay Dam, already operational and built by the world’s largest dam builder, China’s Sinohydro Corporation, is currently seeking validation for the second time. The project has been plagued by controversy, safety concerns, and a lack of transparency ever since it was awarded a development contract in 2005. If registered, it would generate 281,000 CERs for the UK or €1.2 million per year for Sinohydro.

In Burma, the Dapein I Dam is already operating but recently applied for carbon credits at 678,000 CERs annually, or €3 million. This project was also the site of the June 2011 violence between the Burmese army and the Kachin Indepence Organization. The fighting displaced an estimated 30,000 people. 90% of the electricity will go to China, as will 100% of the credits.In Brazil, the 1,800MW Teles Pires Dam is being planned for the Teles Pires River, a tributary of the Tapajós River, which in turn is one of the principal tributaries of the Amazon. Civil society in Brazil considers it a dismal example of violations of indigenous rights and environmental legislation. It will likely flood 123 square kilometers of land and be a carbon source rather than carbon neutral. It is estimated to sell 2.5 millions CERs or €10 million per year. It is currently open for public comment.

The irony to all this is that the CDM may be dying, largely under the weight of its own uncertain future and a lack of demand for credits given the economic downturn in Europe. However, instead of putting political will and resources behind cutting our dependence on fossil fuels, reducing emissions in our own backyards, investing directly in truly clean energy projects, and helping the most vulnerable countries adapt to the impacts of climate change, wealthy countries are seeking other loopholes. For instance, New Zealand, the U.S., Japan and Australia want to create their own CDM-like mechanisms, which will likely run into the same problems that the CDM has experienced.

As for the policy dialogue, the CDM can only be salvaged now with a serious commitment to restructure the entire system. With additionality being near-impossible to prove, perhaps it should be eliminated entirely. After all, what the CDM needs now is a major overhaul, not a makeover.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Airbus Could Reduce Consumption by 15% Due to Hydrogen Fuel

The Airbus is conducting tests to find a way that the consumption of more efficient aircraft.

The idea is to take a load of engines with the goal of a system Propulsión.Básicamente not everything related to the electrical system on the plane, such as lights, electronic communication or environmental control systems, making them run achieve a battery of hidrógeno.Esto keep the engines turned off during takeoff, and once in the air, hydrogen battery produce a more energy efficient than the engine.

A hydrogen battery is installed in the model A-320, owned by the German Aerospace Center, and start to become test flight in 2015.

"The advantage of hydrogen battery that can be transformed directly into electrical energy chemistry," says Michel Loignon, an Airbus engineer, we're choosing a set of reasonable and mature technologies to be integrated.

Integrate additional assistance, the planes are sometimes designed with elongated engines and lighter than they really are necessary, increasing the weight of the aircraft.

The weight of the batteries and hydrogen fuel could make up for not using the auxiliary system, and use energy more efficiently.

Combined with other developments in aircraft design that could reduce fuel consumption by up to 70% or biofuels the aviation world is moving towards a more sustainable and clean.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Researchers Shed New Light on Solar Cell Efficiency

The quest for more efficient solar cells is on. Currently the typical rate of conversion of sunlight into electricity is around 12% and in order to make solar power more competitive the industry works to increase this rate.

The scientific assumption is that there is a limit to the amount of energy that can be produced by a solar cell when it is hit with sunlight. Since the 1960s it is believed this limit is 33.5 percent. Five decades on and we have reached a top performance of 26 percent in the case of flat-plate, single junction solar cells, which absorb light waves above a specific frequency. Multi-junction cells could achieve higher rates of efficiency for having multiple layers and absorb multiple frequencies.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley recently presented a new theory about how solar cell efficiency could be increased and said the cells should resemble LEDs, that is, they should emit and absorb light. Their thesis will be presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics taking place between May 6 and 11 in San Diego, California.

Lead researcher Eli Yablonovitch said the more photons a solar cell emits, the higher its voltage, and consequently its efficiency, will be. They arrived at this conclusion while researching the reasons why solar cell efficiency has not reached its potential. They believe they have cracked it and the answer lies in the thermodynamic between absorption and emission.

They argue that designing solar cells to emit light naturally increases the voltage produced by the solar cell because the photons do not get “lost” within a cell.

Alta Devices, a company co-founded by Yablovitch, has created a prototype solar cell made of gallium arsenide (GaAs), which is used to make solar cells in satellites. The prototype achieved a record efficiency of 28.3 per cent thanks to a cell design that allowed light to escape from the cell. The reflectivity of the rear mirror was increased so that incoming photons were allowed out of the device.

The energy from the photons that come from the sun releases electrons from the cell, so they can flow freely. During this process, new photons are generated and if you allow them to escape from the cell as easily as possible, they can increase electricity generation.

The researchers expect their novel solar cell design to reach an efficiency rate of 30%. Their design is applicable to all types of solar cells.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Produce Electrical Energy by Solar Cells in Transparent Windows

Can you imagine having windows that produce energy and that this technology is not expensive? Scientists has developed thin sheets of polymer solar cells (PSC) A house with windows made of these materials and also with sunroof could dramatically reduce electricity costs.  

What we could sound like science fiction a few years ago, today is a realidad.Hace a couple of years in the Department of Energy (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory were fabricated transparent thin films capable of absorbing light and the generation of electric charge in a relatively large area. The material was described in Chemistry of Materials.  

Researchers already commented that this material could be used for transparent solar panels or windows that absorb solar energy to create these thin luz.En last honeycomb polymers had been used in materials such as polystyrene but this new material combines semiconductors and fullerenes that absorb light as said Mircea Cotlet, physical chemist at Brookhaven Center Nanomateriales.There have been many attempts to demonstrate the effectiveness of PSC visibly transparent or semi transparent. However, these attempts did not result in much visible light transparency of perhaps due low efficiency of the device of polymers or the use of unsuitable materials.

A team of UCLA researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute has described the new material that is capable of producing energy by absorbing infrared light. The team has made ​​this plastic device converts light photoactive infrared eléctricaConsiste current in a semiconducting polymer with carbon fullerene added under controlled conditions. This material is self-assembles to form a reproducible pattern of micron size hexagonal cell in an area of ​​up to several millimeters.

 The director of this study at UCLA engineering professor Yang Yang says: These results open the possibility of polymer solar cells can be visibly transparent complement components of the portable electronic smart windows, as well as photovoltaics in buildings and other applications.

Our new PSC are made of materials like plastic and are very flexible and lightweight, and most importantly, they can be produced in high volumes at low costo.Gracias the team's work at UCLA has a photoactive polymer solar cells transparent absorbs more infrared light but is less sensitive to light advances visible.Otro incorporated into these polymer sheets are transparent conductors made ​​of a mixture of silver nanowires and titanium dioxide nanoparticles that is capable of replacing the old opaque metal electrode was used in the past. Thanks to this new electrode solar cells can be manufactured economically. Paul S. Weiss CNSI director and Fred Kavli Chair in Nanosystems Sciences comment:

     We are very pleased with this new invention and the transparency of solar cells applied to our recent advances in the performance of windows for the manufacture of these devices.

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