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February 14 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Wake up, the clean energy ‘revolution’ is here” Despite numbers for last year, America remains in the thick of a far-reaching sustainable energy “revolution” with “major implications. [Business Green]

Science and Technology:

  • The University of Greenwich has won funding for three pieces of research related to algae. The research on algae gives hope for renewable carbon-negative source for a whole range of essential products including food, medicines and fuel. [Phys.Org]
  • Avancis has achieved a new world record for efficiency of encapsulated thin-film solar modules. The company’s cadmium free CIS solar module achieved a peak value of 16.6%, as confirmed by the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [Compound Semiconductor]

World:

  • The UK-based Renewable Energy Association has welcomed publication of the Environment Agency’s updated Quality Protocol for digestate from anaerobic digestion, setting standards and increasing market confidence in digestate for fertilizer. [Biomass Magazine]
  • The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change awarded funds to a partnership of Viridor Waste Management Ltd. and Highview Power Storage to seek to commercialize technology that turns air into liquid as a way to store energy from intermittent sources. [Bloomberg]
  • The Scottish island of Eigg currently produces 90% to 95% of its electricity from wind, water, and solar. The system provides a limited supply, with a 5 kW per household maximum load, but runs 24-7. The previous diesel system ran five hours per day. [Motherboard]
  • Despite advances in research and development on renewable energy, Small Island Developing States in the Pacific remain the most energy-poor in the world, with an estimated 70% of the population still without access to reliable energy. [Islands Business]
  • The Scandinavian-German panel manufacturer Innotech Solar has supplied more than 1,400 photovoltaic modules with a total output of 360 kW peak to schools in England. Nineteen schools have received panels so far, and others will soon. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Abundance Generation, a crowd-funding platform that allows direct investment in UK renewable energy, is extending its portfolio to bigger budget projects in 2014. The company is launching drive for a £1.5 million single wind turbine in Cornwall. [Greenwise Business]
  • Feldheim (population 150), in the cash-strapped state of Brandenburg, was a communist collective farm when Germany still was divided. Now it is a model renewable energy village putting into practice Germany’s vision of a renewably powered future. [GreenBiz.com]

US:

  • The 2014 installment of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, has found that renewable energy and energy efficiency advancements are leading a transformation of America’s energy. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • BELECTRIC Inc.has announced the completion of four individual solar facilities in San Bernardino County in late December 2013. The projects are 1.95 MW each and have a combined capacity of 7.8 MW. [pv magazine]
  • Citing corporate rights under the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, a St. Louis, Missouri circuit court judge has temporarily blocked a citizen-led municipal ballot initiative that could end city tax breaks to “unsustainable” fossil fuel companies. [RT]
  • Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the massive coal ash spill into North Carolina’s Dan River, targeting both the energy company responsible for the ash pond that leaked and the state’s environmental regulator. [Al Jazeera America]
  • The State Department softened some of its sunniest growth predictions for Canadian oil sands by rail in its final environmental review of Keystone XL — but greens still warn that only analysts in rose-colored glasses could see trains as a viable substitute for the pipeline. [Energy Collective]

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