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The Real Cost of Energy: Why Renewables Make More Sense - Planet Experts
Energy-related greenhouse gas emissions have plateaued for the second year running – an extraordinary fact considering the global economy grew by more than three pecent in the same period. This news, coming just before leaders from 130+ countries gather in New York this week to sign the Paris Agreement, provides a welcome sign of real...
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#EnergySavings and #EnvironmentalBenefits for #SMEs by Cloud #EnergyManagement System #sustainability #IoT #IaaS #PaaS #SaaS

Authors: Yen-Chieh Tseng, DaSheng Lee, Cheng-Fang Lin and Ching-Yuan Chang

Small and medium enterprises (SMES) play an important role in Taiwan’s economy. The reduction of energy costs and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are critical to preserving the environment. This paper uses the experimental results from 65 sites, gathered over two years since 2012, to determine how the integration of Internet communication, cloud computing technologies and a cloud energy management service (cloud EMS) can reduce energy consumption by cost-effective means. The EMS has three levels: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS). Working jointly with ChungHwa Telecom, Taiwan’s leading telecom service provider, data from detection devices, control devices, air-conditioning and lighting systems are all uploaded to a cloud EMS platform, to give a so called intelligent energy management network application service platform (IEN-ASP). Various energy saving management functions are developed using this platform: (1) air conditioning optimization; (2) lighting system optimization; (3) scheduling control; (4) power billing control and (5) occupancy detection and timing control. Using the international performance measurement and verification protocol (IPMVP), the energy used at the test sites, before and after the use of the IEN-ASP, are compared to calculate the energy saved. The experimental results show that there is an average energy saving of 5724 kWh per year, which represents a saving ratio of 5.84%. This translates to a total reduction in CO2 emissions of 9,926,829 kg per year. Using the data collected, a regression model is used to demonstrate the correlation between the power that is consumed, the energy that is saved and the area of the sites. Another interesting result is that, if the experimental sites are maintained by experienced electricians or other personnel and EMS protocols are followed, the energy saving can be as great as 6.59%.

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Authors: Yen-Chieh Tseng, DaSheng Lee, Cheng-Fang Lin and Ching-Yuan Chang Journal Title: Sustainability ISSN: 2071-1050 (Print) Publisher: MDPI AG Abstract Small and medium enterprises (SMES) play an important role in Taiwan’s economy. The reduction of energy costs and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are critical to preserving the environment. This paper uses the experimental results from 65 sites, gathered over two years since 2012, to determine...
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Alan Kotok

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Report from Maker Faire: Made In Space and Lowe's stores displayed a system that recycles polyethylene plastic bags and bottles into filament for 3-D printers. The system is an outgrowth of a zero-gravity recycling system being built for the International Space Station. #Science #Business #Space #MakerFaire
Report from Maker Faire: Made In Space and Lowe's stores displayed a system that recycles polyethylene plastic bags and bottles into filament for 3-D printers.
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Anders Lorenzen

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Could the Republican party be about to change their stance on climate change and its relationship to renewables?
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It seems unlikely.
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Iain Robertson

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|15 June 2016| Further advances renewable energy technologies could slash energy bills by 2025, according to a report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The average costs for electricity generated by solar and wind technologies could decrease by between 26 and 59% by 2025, according to the report: The Power to Change: Solar and Wind Cost Reduction Potential to 2025, which claims that with the right regulato...
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#Leadership in #Sustainable #Agribusiness #Innovation and #SolarThermal #RenewableEnergy Opportunities for #SustainableAgribusiness #Sustainability #CarbonFootprint Reduction #SolarEnergy

Author: Francesco Braga

John Hollick, P.Eng, is the President of Conserval Engineering, a private company in Toronto with subsidiaries in Buffalo NY and Paris France. John is a Professional Engineer, an inventor, and a business person. His technology, SolarWall (SW) is one of the top 2% solar technology firms world-wide, as assessed by the US Government. It captures and makes conveniently available a very high proportion of solar radiation, over 90%, dwarfing the efficiency of photo voltaic panels (PV). The original technology is extremely sustainable requiring almost no maintenance, offering long term production with a life expectancy of several decades. Over the years, John has obtained several patents for his inventions, the last one awarded in December 2014. These patents reflect the continuous development of new technologies, new solutions built around the SW. Today SW offers solutions combining PV and thermal energy capture, or systems that may work to provide heating in the cold season and cooling in the warm season. All of the technologies are very cost effective. The case concerns possible agribusiness applications of one or more of the technology solutions developed by Conserval Engineering: the case users have been retained by John – thanks to their knowledge of agribusiness in their own country – to suggest possible applications of these technologies to local agribusiness industry. Mr Hollick has agreed to share a recent proposal (2010) to apply one of these technologies to solve the energy requirements of Food in Italy, while providing a significant carbon footprint reduction. He thinks that the analysis of this proposal and the material presented in the appendices will provide an opportunity to reflect on the potential of his technology and on the complex nature of the decision making process, and on some distortions resulting from public subsidies to some but not all sustainable technologies. That notwithstanding, the reflection on the first part of the case should reflect on the multiple gains that can be achieved with the adoption of these technologies in the specific local context. So, the case users armed with their reflections, their knowledge of agribusiness in their own country, and the short and essential description of the different technologies offered by Conserval Engineering, are asked to provide an illustration of what they consider the most promising applications to their own country’s agribusiness industry. Yes, the case does not provide actual costs of the different technologies, other than for the proposal to Food in Italy. At the same time the case users can certainly provide a qualitative perspective, based on the fact that these are the most advanced and cost effective technologies in the solar thermal industry. Part 1 of the case will primarily be structured around the discussion of these practical application to the local agribusiness.* Part 2 will focus on business sdevelopment. In using the case in teaching, parts 1 and part 2 could be linked to two different days.

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Author: Francesco Braga Journal Title: International Journal on Food System Dynamics ISSN: 1869-6945 (Online) Publisher: CentMa Abstract John Hollick, P.Eng, is the President of Conserval Engineering, a private company in Toronto with subsidiaries in Buffalo NY and Paris France. John is a Professional Engineer, an inventor, and a business person. His technology, SolarWall (SW) is one of the top 2% solar technology firms world-wide, as assessed by...
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Square One Utilities

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Gas and power prices increase across the board
There were continued rises in the gas and electricity markets throughout May, which was supported by increasing oil and other commodity prices. Seasonal gas prices jumped 6.3% throughout the month and winter 16 gas prices rose by 6.9%. It is believed these increases were driven by much higher gas demand due to the UK energy mix being dominated by gas fired power stations.
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Kevin Small

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Norway is leading the world in reducing pollution, and they just announced that the sale of fossil fuel cars will be completely banned by 2025
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No, Norway is not banning petrol cars. They aren’t even banning the sale of new fossil fueled cars.

http://www.renewablesinternational.net/norway-not-planning-ban-on-gas-diesel-car-sales/150/537/95851/
Norwegian MP Ola Elvestuen of the Liberal Party …:
“I am a liberal politician and don’t support the use of force to get rid of petrol and diesel cars. The goal is to make zero/low-omission cars so attractive that people choose them.”

Anders Bjartnes, editor of Norsk Klimastiftelse/Energi og Klima, … by email:
“the target will be backed up by a series of efforts (taxes, subsidies, charging stations, hydrogen infrastructure, differentiated rush-hour taxes, etc.) to maintain high speed in the transition.”
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Climate Vulnerable Forum

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Climate Change Commission cites investment potential in Renewable Energy

"As the Philippines prepares to move away from coal, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) is beefing up its support for renewable energy which presents the big opportunities for local investment. The country has “nothing to lose but all to gain” if it is able to shift investors away from coal to RE sources, particularly solar, wind, and geothermal, CCC Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman said." | via The Manila Times #1o5C #Philippines #RenewableEnergy

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John Weaver

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Elon Musk surprised the business world with one of the most common sense moves I’ve seen in a while – an offering to merge Tesla and SolarCity into a single company. Musk, this morning …
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Adalidda dot net

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In #China #Manure is Being Turned into Money #LivestockFarms #Biogas #ADB

China and the Asian Development Bank are working together to help about 118 livestock farms improve their waste treatment facilities and convert an estimated 7 million tons of waste into biogas that is estimated to produce 92 million kilowatt hours of electricity.

This solution is being put to the test at the Qi Bu farm in Jiangxi Province, in the southeastern part of the country. The manure produced by the 20,000 pigs bred in the farm is collected and fed into a digester where it is slowly turned into biogas. This is then used in a power plant onsite to generate electricity, which is sold to the grid.

Selling the additional energy is a new source of income for the farm, says 45-year-old Wang Zhanjung, General Manager of the Jiangxi Wannian Xinxing Agriculture & Animal Husbandry Co., Ltd., a company that runs the Qi Bu farm and plant along with seven more similar facilities.

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Jiangxi Province, People's Republic of China -- In the People’s Republic of China, many small, family farms have grown into large scale commercial livestock operations to provide meat, eggs, and milk to the increasingly prosperous residents of the country’s big cities. This is creating a life-threatening mountain of waste in the Chinese countryside. By 2020, the livestock industry in the country will have produced nearly 7 billion tons of waste, ...
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Adalidda dot net

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By 2025 Average #ElectricityCosts could decrease 59% #SolarPV 35% #OffshoreWind 26% #OnshoreWind 43% #SolarCSP compared to 2015

Since 2009, prices for solar PV modules and wind turbines have fallen 80% and 30-40% respectively. With every doubling of cumulative installed capacity, solar PV module prices drop 20% and the cost of electricity from wind farms drops 12%, due to economies of scale and technology improvements.

Importantly for policy makers, cost reductions to 2025 will depend increasingly on balance of system costs (e.g. inverters, racking and mounting systems, civil works, etc.), technology innovations, operations and maintenance costs and quality project management. The focus in many countries must therefore shift to adopting policies that can reduce costs in these areas.

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The dramatic cost reductions we’ve seen in recent years for solar and wind electricity will continue well into the future, according to a new report released today by IRENA. It finds that by 2025 – with the right regulatory and policy frameworks in place – average electricity costs could decrease 59% for solar photovoltaics (PV), 35% for offshore wind, 26% for onshore wind, and up to 43% for concentrated solar power compared to 2015. IRENA’s Dire...
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In the near future your energy bills will be falling and electric cars will be 50% less. Gasoline engines have 1000 machine parts not needed on electric cars. 
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#India Launches Scheme for setting up 1 GW Central Transmission #Utility connected #WindPower Project

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India (MNRE) has launched Scheme for setting up of 1000 MW Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU) with an objective to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through transparent bidding process. Ministry has designated Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) as nodal agency for implementation of the scheme.

The Scheme will encourage competitiveness through scaling up of project sizes and introduction of efficient and transparent e-bidding and e-auctioning processes. It will also facilitate fulfilment of Non-Solar Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) requirement of non-windy states.

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15 June 2016 - Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India (MNRE) has launched Scheme for setting up of 1000 MW Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU) with an objective to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through transparent bidding process. Ministry has designated Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) as nodal agency for implementation of the sc...
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Joseph Jones

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95% of Germany's Energy was provided by Renewables last Sunday
95% of Germany's Energy was provided by Renewables last Sunday - Green Technology News - Google+
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Aron Knifström

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Dear Aron, I spent the last year working with co-author David Fridley and Post Carbon Institute staff on a just-published book, Our Renewable Future. The process was a pleasure: everyone involved (including the twenty or so experts we interviewed or consulted) was delightful to work with, ...
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FutureEnTech

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Renewable energy sector is gaining momentum around the world..!
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India with its large no. of population in coming years will surely need lot of energy don't know if renewable energy is answer for it but with strides in nuclear energy, i hope it can be an answer
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Tina Casey

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Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presumptive nominee for US president, took time out from her busy schedule last week to pledge that if and when she is installed in office, the US would rapidly expand its development of clean power on federal property. The numbers work out to ten times the current amount, over ten years. So,
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I realize that there is some circular reasoning in my following argument but the issue is a complex one. I would love to see all candidates stop taking any money from any special interest group, not just fossil fuel interests. The problem is, unless everyone stops taking this money those who do refuse it will be at a huge disadvantage when campaigning. If all the liberal candidates stop taking lobbyist money but the Republican candidates do take the money, then the Republicans will simply have more money to spend on campaigning.

I liken this issue to the argument that, if Warren Buffet believes that the rich should pay more taxes than he can go ahead and just send his money to the IRS and let the other rich people keep there money. The problem is if only Buffet pays more taxes than he is at a disadvantage when competing with the people paying less tax. Similarly, if only some politicians refuse lobbyist money then they are at a big disadvantage.
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Enega Energie per l'Italia

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Nel caso di una carenza di #gas, gli Stati membri dell’#UE devono avere gli strumenti per gestirla. Per questo serve un “coordinamento regionale rafforzato”. È quanto prevede la proposta di regolamento del Parlamento europeo e del Consiglio su misure volte a garantire la sicurezza dell’approvvigionamento di gas...
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