Connecticut apartment building powered by fuel cell

360 State Street, a mixed use state of the art development in Connecticut has installed 400 Kilo Watt fuel cell on site to produce clean energy. The fuel cell will provide power to 500 residential units and other areas within the building.

The fuel cell, developed by UTC Power, is the first large scale deployment for power generation. The 400-kilowatt cell is part of the developers’ efforts to make the building as environmentally sensitive as possible, Mike Brown, UTC Power’s vice president for government affairs and general counsel, said.

According to the developers of 360 State Street, the apartments in the building have half the carbon footprint as compared to normal apartments, are equipped with energy use web page to monitor energy usage in real time, and each floor in the building has a recycling room.

Australians less worried about climate change

According to a recent poll conducted by Sydney’s independent Lowy institute, 46 percent of the respondents are really worried about climate change, compared with over 68 percent four years ago.

Australians are losing interest in climate change and global warming, and as the poll suggests fewer people are worried about it. So what has really changed over the past few years? Well over the years people have developed a deeper understanding of the issue, and according to about 13 percent of the respondents, the science of climate change is still a dispute. So basically what people are saying is that scientists should get their facts straight! And then we’ll worry about it!

Australia, the world's largest exporter of coal, is also among the biggest per capita polluters. It has an average output of 20.5 tons of carbon dioxide per person per year, compared with 19.7 tons for the US, 4.5 tons for China and 1.1 tons for India.

Soccer Nations offset their carbon emissions

Over half of the nations participating in the Soccer world cup 2010 have pledged to reduce their carbon emissions. Many will support an organic compost project initiated by company called Soil & More Reliance. This project, based in South Africa, has been chosen by United Nations Environment Programme as one of the best emissions reductions projects. The company runs plants that produce compost for organic farming in South Africa.

Teams of the following countries have pledged to support this project: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ivory Coast, England,Greece, Italy, Japan, Cameroon, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Serbia, South Korea, USA, Uruguay and the host country South Africa.

Porsche Unveils Three Hybrid Cars

Porche revealed three new hybrid cars at a press conference at Geneva Motor Show. The cars include a mid-engine super car, a race car, and the new Cayanne S Hybrid.

The super car, named 918 Spyder, has a very impressive performance statistics. Fitted with a plug-in hybrid engine, it would achieve 78mpg and go from 0 to 60 M/hr in under 3.2 seconds.

The second car is a race car, called the 911 GT3 R Hybrid that uses two electric motors on the front axle to supplement the 480 horsepower engine driving the rear wheels. Instead of the heavy batteries usually found in a hybrid road car, an electrical flywheel power generator is installed next to the driver, delivering energy to the electric motors.

Also Porches first production hybrid, The Cayenne S Hybrid, features a highly sophisticated full parallel hybrid system that combines the power of a 333-horsepower V6 with an 47-horsepower electric motor; offering 380 horsepower and essentially the high performance of a V8 with the fuel efficiency of a V6.

Carbon is a hot topic at POWER-GEN Europe 2010

By Nigel Blackaby (Conference Director POWER-GEN Europe)

Engineers, advisors, researchers, and key energy executives from across Europe will all be meeting in Amsterdam between 8-10 June for the energy industry’s premier European event: POWER-GEN Europe. The conference track exploring the carbon market - Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Fossil Power Generation, runs over the whole three days and will analyse many new developments in the market. This will explore the ways in which the electricity industry is addressing the need to reduce its CO2 output.

Pre-combustion carbon capture (both the Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle and the Oxy-fuel technology) will be a topic for the first session, chaired by executives from Siemens and Honeywell. This will explore the technology developments in the area and in the second session there will be an update on pilot operations which are being run by Alstom.

Strategies for reducing the carbon footprint will also be discussed, including an industry insight from the strategy manager at EDF, with regards to the expected pace for carbon footprint reductions in the power sector. Here, a look at Carbon Capture & Storage policies in the US and CCS-ready solutions from across Europe, will also shape the debate.

Post combustion CO2 capture discussions will look at the numerous PCC pilot plants which are now in operation. The results from these plants, including Siemens’ pilot operation, will be assessed and further ideas for process improvements will be considered.

Potentials for efficiency improvements, through the use of organic rankine cycle technology, CCS technology and modernising power plants, will be scrutinised – with case studies from Kazakhstan, Vienna and Germany, all helping to bring this important issue to life.

New carbon capture concept developments will finish off the discussion sessions, where the integration of carbon free power generation systems and fossil fuel power plants will be presented, providing plenty of opportunity for discussion on the future of carbon markets.

Delegates at this conference track also have the opportunity to come together with the other attendees of POWER-GEN Europe and its co-located shows (POWERGRID Europe, Renewable Energy World Europe and Nuclear Power Europe) in the plenary session, to discuss the climate policy uncertainty, where this means the power industry can go from here and what implications this has for the development of low carbon power generation technologies.

TD bank goes carbon neutral

Building greener buildings, lowering its energy consumption, and making a significant investment in renewable energy from sources like wind, solar and low-impact hydro power, and purchasing carbon offset credits has allowed TD bank to become carbon neutral, the bank announced today.

TD bank has also unveiled the new "green" design for its future stores. The new stores will have a consistent look and feel and will also be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. LEED evaluates buildings for their overall environmental performance in five areas: sustainable sites, water use, energy efficiency, materials and resource use, and indoor environmental quality. LEED Platinum is the highest level of LEED certification; TD Bank is targeting LEED Platinum certification for its new Queens Village store.

TD Bank's new 3,800 square-feet prototype branches will reduce energy consumption by 50 percent compared with previous designs, with nearly 20 percent of the store's energy being produced onsite through solar panels and solar drive-thru canopies. The branches will feature: wood from sustainably managed forests, products that emit little-to-no volatile organic compounds; walk-off mats and air filters that trap particles of dirt, dust and pollen for improved indoor air quality; insulated glass with a low-E coating to help keep a balanced, temperate environment; and sensors to control lighting. Stores will be maintained with green cleaning products, and will recycle paper, cardboard, glass, metal, plastics and disposable batteries.

Going carbon neutral for such a large bank must be a big challenge, but TD bank has done it, and set an example for others to follow.

Networking with rural electrification projects around the world

I came across an interesting website called GVEP International, its a not for profit organization seeking to reduce poverty through accelerated access to modern energy services.

Not only does it help entrepreneurs, and other NGOs in electrification projects, it allows members to network with each.

People seeking funds, will also find a wide range of financing opportunities, that are listed on GVEP website.