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October 2 Green Energy News

Renewable Power at No Additional Cost:

  • In 2012, the US DOD announced its goal to deploy three gigawatts of renewable power and meet 25% of its energy needs with renewable energy by 2025. Here are examples showing how these goals will be met without additional taxpayer costs by such financing as Power Purchase Agreements, etc. [RenewEconomy]

Science and Technology:

  • (Video) A new apartment complex in Hamburg generates heat, as well as revenue, from growing the micro-organism. The five-story Bio Intelligent Quotient has a high-tech facade that looks like a cross between a Mondrian painting and a terrarium but is actually a vertical algae farm. [THV 11]
  • Rennovia, Inc., a privately held company that develops novel catalysts and processes for production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks, announced that it has produced samples of what it believes to be the world’s first 100% bio-based nylon-6,6 polymer. []


  • A new service for UK renewable energy developers and wind farm owners is being launched by environmental and engineering consultancy Wardell Armstrong. Solar Wind is designed to optimize grid connections by incorporating ground-mounted solar panels on the same site as wind turbines. [H&V News]
  • In the Middle East, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency found that more than 15 large-scale renewable energy projects totaling 1.55 GW are under construction in 13 Arab states. This is double the region’s current renewable energy capacity. []
  • The head of Munich’s municipal utility expects to produce enough renewable energy next year to meet demand from all the households in southern Germany’s largest city. The expansion comes from investment in offshore wind farms in Germany and the U.K. [Businessweek]
  • Worldwide PV production rose 10% in 2012 despite a 9% drop in investment, according to the European Commission. The Commission authors estimate that producers added between 35 GW and 42 GW of PV capacity in 2012. [IEEE Spectrum]
  • The Manx government believes that it could raise money by selling electricity generated by wind farms in Manx waters to the UK. Now, it has announced it was looking for a consultant to help it sift through tenders for offshore wind farms in Manx waters. [Isle of Man Today]
  • Retired Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi has returned to the spotlight by railing against nuclear power and urging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to move Japan away from its reliance on atomic energy. Abe appears to be listening. [Asahi Shimbun]


  • According to a report released Sept. 20 by the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Michigan Energy Office, Michigan utility companies should be capable of tripling their renewable energy use by 2035 — with a goal of 30% derived from renewable sources in the next 20 years. [Midwest Energy News]
  • With Congress’ failure this week to pass a continuing resolution to keep government funds flowing, a number of renewable energy projects that had been undergoing environmental review by the Bureau of Land Management may well be delayed, as staff are furloughed and schedules slip. [KCET]



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