Clean Energy Events Listing: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, South Africa & UAE

I think I may have discovered a new renewable energy source… I just need to work out how to plug REEEP’s Programme Team into the grid! Since my last Events Listing they have been beavering away to whittle 577 applications under REEEP’s 9th Call for Proposals into a shortlist of 84. You can read more and download the shortlist here. I don’t have news of 84 events, but I’ve got a few – in Johannesburg, Abu Dhabi, Sao Paulo, Vienna, Bonn (a Call for Contributions) and Brussels. As with last time out, I’m starting you off with Christiana Figueres…

Chatham House rules don’t apply

It seems Chatham House rules aren’t consistently applied at Chatham House: you can download a transcript of the speech that Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCCC, gave on Monday at the 16th Annual Chatham House Conference on Climate Change.
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News from CEM3: Training Database, Solar and Wind Atlas and how reegle supports these activities

Yesterday and today we are attending the CEM3 meetings in London and in the margins of these important meetings two projects are introduced – the Global Solar and Wind Atlas and the IRENA Learning and Education Partnership. reegle provides data and support for both initiatives and we are confident that both activities are an important step towards clean energy as capacity building is crucial for the further uptake of Renewable Energy. In this article I will quickly introduce both projects …

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Google gets into windpower

With DIREC 2010 in India and the  Cancun Summit, two major events concerning renewable energy are lined up and again everyone talks about the need to increase the share of clean energy in our total energy consumption.

Whilst most experts see the greatest potential for photovoltaic power, up to date wind turbines still have the shortest amortisation time. If wind conditions are good, profits can be expected after about seven years. Wind power uses the planet’s own wind energy and converts it into kinetic energy turning the structure’ s blades. This energy then propels the power shaft and the connected generator, and electric power is there for the taking. Yet wind power suffers the same problem that other renewable energies face: it’s still underutilized and under funded. Continue reading “Google gets into windpower”

Wind power-the bigger the better

Last week Britain has taken the lead in terms of off-shore wind parks: Thursday the world’s biggest ocean wind park has gone on the net. The electricity produced will deliver enough for approximately 200.000 households.

This means the race for world-leadership in wind energy has been taken onto a new level. In order to become competitive with conventional power plants that produce several gigawatts of electricity, wind turbines have to increase in size and capacity. Right now modern wind turbines reach about 2 to 3 MW, and wind parks with greater power are still comparatively expensive. Continue reading “Wind power-the bigger the better”

A new era arising

Walter Kohn, Ph.D., a Nobel Laureate, expects direct wind and solar power to become the world’s main sources of energy over the next decades. The last decade has already seen an increase of factor 90 for solar and factor 10 for wind energy.

This new Sol/Wind era is brought about by the need to satisfy our ever-growing need for power and the finiteness of traditional sources. He expects oil and natural gas production to peak in about 10-30 years from now, followed by a rapid decline. Kohn explained at a special symposium at the American Chemical Society’s 240th National Meeting that this new era in human history is the result of two unprecedented global challenges faced by humankind: a global shortage of accessible and acceptable power and the dangers associated with climate change.photovoltaic.gif Continue reading “A new era arising”

Egyptian Wind – Private Sector Begins to Blow

Wind EnergyIn February 2008, the Egyptian Supreme Council of Energy approved an ambitious plan to produce 20% of total electricity from renewable energies by 2020, including a 12% contribution from wind energy. This translates into more than 7,200 MW of grid-connected wind farms. The plan gives enough room for private investors to play a major role in realizing this goal, and the government anticipates that about 400 MW/year will be undertaken by the private sector, while the NREA will carry out about 200 MW/year.

In April 2009 the Egyptian government held its first ever tender on a BOO basis for 250 MW.  Seventy-two companies submitted offers and in November ten companies were shortlisted. The project developer will be required to design, finance, construct, own and operate the power plant for 20 years. The power produced would be sold to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company. Continue reading “Egyptian Wind – Private Sector Begins to Blow”