Renewable Power News http://www.renewablepowernews.com News about Solar, Wind and alternative green power technologies Wed, 01 May 2013 15:34:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 The man who stepped on the moon interested in India’s space mission http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3324 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3324#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 15:34:28 +0000 Jake Eriksson http://www.renewablepowernews.com/?p=3324 Will Space Be the future of renewable Energy? It is now years since the last moon mission. Is it buzz or reality?

The man who was part of Apolo 11 in the year of 1969, who, alongside with Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, is now part of another type of mission. This man is the legendary Buzz Aldrin. Aldrin wants to put together English-speaking countries and improve the area of space exploration. Adrin, who, on 20th of January, turned 83 years-old is looking forward to a meeting with the former Indian president, named Abdul Kalam. Aldrin believes that both India and the United States of America can cooperate in order to work together on solar dynamics and in consequence improving energy conservation. Aldrin said that he wants to talk with Adbul Kalam about the topic of the importance of sun power on the conservation of energy. He would like to set up a meeting and improve the cooperation between India and the US on the matter of solar power. Also, Aldrin wants to improve the relationships and put together English speaking nations.

Buzz Aldrin informed that this meeting doesn’t approach anything as specific as piece or even global warming. This is about space exploration as a result of cooperation between English speaking countries. This information was released by Aldrin to TOI during an interview that took place in New York. The interview happened in connection between Aldrin’s association and Axe Apolo who wants to provide the opportunity for 22 people to travel to space during the years ahead.

Buzz’s vision of space is that he wants to trigger a new wave of human exploration. He told that it is in the hands those people to make that happen. He adds that the Solar System has so much to offer to the Mankind and he states that the people involved in this next wave of space exploration will be recognized for years to come.

Aldrin told that there were very few people who had the opportunity to explore space. He told that it is important to find resources that allow a more active space exploration. It would be perfect if they had the resources to make that happen now. But he adds that they do not have the resources to make that dream come true. Space exploration will be a journey to achieve.

Even after retiring from NASA, Aldrin’s work didn’t stop. He is constantly trying and working hard to assure that the US continue to be the leader of space exploration. He even designed a plan known has the “Aldrin Mars Cylinder”, which consists in a spacecraft who treats with transportation matters, that the spacecraft has a perpetual cylinder orbit between Mars and Earth.

At the first time he stepped on the moon, he described it as a “beautiful magnificent desolation”, but he actually does not remember what it was like to be on the moon. He remembers that on the moon, he had two options, going up or going down, and going up. He also adds that he is not disturbed by the fact that he was the “second” man to step on the moon. He says that it doesn’t really matter, he also mentions the biography of Neil Armstrong, saying that it would be hardly named “The First Man”, because it undervalues the rest of the crew with no reason at all.

He also sends a message to this young generation. His message is short and simple: as human means we have strengths and weaknesses too and we must accept it and do our best to help other people.

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Source: Times Of India


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Investment in Green Technologies Decreased In 2012 But Good Hopes for 2013 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3321 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3321#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 15:26:02 +0000 Jake Eriksson http://www.renewablepowernews.com/?p=3321 According to statements from the Cleantech Group, released in the year of 2012, the overall investment in clean technology decreased heavily. Investors run away from risky and valuable deals, causing the investment in this area to decrease at a fast pace.

The Cleantech Group, an analysis company that is based in San Francisco, pointed out considerable changes in the market of clean technologies. In its preliminary findings for 2012, they detected the investments of venture capital during 2011 which were estimated at US$9.6 billion and in 2012, they were estimated at US$6.5 billion. This venture capital has been invested in the sector of clean tech.

The total number of deals during 2011 was 829, more 15% than the following year. In 2012 the total number of deals only reached 704. The acquisitions’ records, the number of deals and the overall investment, all of it fall during the year of 2012, making the total amount of transactions of US$39.7 billion, a value quite a lot below what was registered during 2011.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Cleantech Group, named Sheeraz Haji, said during his webinar that 2012 was a very bad year for the sector, although, previous predictions showed that 2012 would be a potentially year to break records in the sector. He also explained that the factors that led to the current scenario were macro economic factors, like commoditization of solar modules and the reduced price of natural gas in the United States.

Sheeraz Haji stated that investors are currently running away from the solar area and coming over the fields of transportation and energy efficiency, or green chemicals. From all those categories, the energy efficiency one is indeed the most popular among investors, which is no surprise. Since they are looking for deals light in capital. He also speculates that this scenario will continue during 2013. Clean web (software that is aiming to improve e.g.: the efficiency of the traffic system and so on); the water; or even the waste turned into energy, will be categories favoured by investors because they are cheap categories and that’s why they will resist and see their investment increase, at the same time, the field of solar energy will see its investment fall once again, because it is a more expensive field what is not making investors keen to invest.

During the year of 2012, investors preferred the sectors of biochemical and biofuels as well, with a total of 53 deals. They managed to attract a pretty good value US$952 million. Sapphire Energy is based in California and it is the developer of algae biofuels, the company was responsible for the highest deal, it’s worth US$144 million.

Some of that 927 million dollars were invested in the sector of transportation, by the hand of a company basin in California, it is named Fisker Automotive. It produces luxury electric cars, which raised $381 million dollars in a financial round. At the end, the various energy efficiency companies managed to raise no less than $907 million dollars. This value, corresponds to the investment in one-hundred and forty deals.

The Clentech Group stated that from all the investors, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was the most active one, it was involved in 25 rounds. The second place belongs to Draper Fisher Juvetson with 22 rounds and the third place, is occupied by Khosla Ventures, with 18 rounds.

When it comes to the details of investment by region, companies in North America raised only 5 billion dollars, which was 30 percent less than what was achieved in 2011. The investment in Israel and Europe decreased 23.6 percent when compared to what was achieved in the year of 2011, and raised a value of 1.1 billion dollars.

However, the Asia Pacific region was the region that showed the heaviest losses. In 2012, during 44 rounds 300 million dollars were raised, which was 67 percent less than the 910 million dollars achieved in 2011.

Haji said that Asia’s start-up scene is not yet fully-developed. He says that it is easier to invest in Europe and North America than to invest in Asia, because, it is a real challenge to get accurate information about the market and the companies there. Haji also talked about the clean-tech IPO (Initial Public Offering) that happened in 2012, he says that that window has been shut. During 2012, only 37 companies trusted on public markets and raised money there. But in 2011, the number of interested companies was higher, there were 51 companies. Also, during the year of 2010, there were 89 companies raising money on the public markets.

As a result, 10 clean-tech companies decided to cancel their IPOs, the reason that justified such decision was based on the current market conditions that are indeed, difficult. Plus, they were willing to fuel private funding instead of public.

Although, it is important to state that SolarCity, a United States based company launched its own IPO and the results were very satisfying. Haji believes that the SolarCity example was a significant goal that was reached and he also believes that can be the spark that can trigger clean-tech investments during 2013 and make that year, a very good year for the investment in clean-technology.

Source: Oil Price


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The Renewable Energy Market Is Starting To Be Ruled By Emerging Companies http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3315 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3315#comments Sun, 28 Apr 2013 19:21:02 +0000 Jake Eriksson http://www.renewablepowernews.com/?p=3315 Investment on Renewable Energies at stake.

For the first time in eight years, indicators inform that the investment in renewable energies is at stake. Nevertheless, Ernst & Young says that this is not all bad news because there are currently emerging markets showing a strong growth especially in the regions of MENA and South Africa as well.

Romania, for example, with only 5MW of cumulative capacity is considered by the IHS and Ernest & Young as an emerging market.

The clean-tech leader from Ernest & Young, Gil Forer said that the transition to a low-carbon and more resource-efficient economy is in fact, something inevitable. He adds that although the perspectives point out to the first fall in this market in 2012, the first fall in eight years. The value achieved in 2011 (US$237 billion) will fall. Gil Forer, states that the news shouldn’t be taken has completely negative news.

It appears that Forer has a substantial reason to say what he said. The Ernest & Young’s energy and environmental finance leader, Ben Warren, mentions, the prices were dropped but the overall capacity is actually increasing day after day, and emerging markets are currently booming, which increases emerging market’s activity. Forer explains that emerging companies are focusing their efforts and resources in increasing and investing in renewable energies, unlike fully-established corporations that are worried about the risks, energy prices, pressure from stakeholders, energy security, etc…

Emergent Markets

In Ernest’s & Young most recent indices on the renewable energy attractiveness by country, they rated about to 40 different countries on the attractiveness of their green-energy markets, level of sustainability for individual technological improvements and energy infrastructure as well. According to the predictions that happened on 2010-2011, it was mentioned that emerging markets would rule the green-energy roost; which is now being confirmed.

Ernest & Young points out to a particular note. There are two countries that were added for the first time, they are Saudi Arabia, at number 27 (concerning the attractiveness indices) and the United Arab Emirates at number 35, but they are not featured in the solar indices.

Both of the previously mentioned countries revealed some of their plans concerning solar energy. In the United Arab Emirates, Masdar told that they will start commercial operations in order to complete its solar power plant in Abu Dhabi, the plant is 100 MW Shams 1 CSP, they want to finish the plant by the end of the year, they also stated that they want to finalize their 100 MW PV plant, Noor 1. The Saudi Arabian government also informed that they have plans to install a 41 GW solar power plant during 2012.

Over the next five years, not only the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, but also Egypt, Qatar and Jordan, have been seen as the most attractive markets in the MENA region.

As a matter of fact, the government is not providing the necessary help in order to support these kinds of projects, thus making the lack of support from the governments of those regions one of the biggest barriers to the concretization of those projects. Ernest & Young says that apart from that, those regions possess the required energy infrastructure and strong financial markets as well. Ernest & Young also stated that if those companies want to see their project come to life, they will have to seek investment from private investors, instead of waiting for the support of their government to make their projects grow.

Both Ernest & Young and HIS rated South Africa as an important emerging market, as a result of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program that South Africa launched. As a result, South Africa managed to have positive rates both in the solar energy index, with a rank of 19; and both in the renewable energy index, rated by 17. Just like South Africa, Romania managed to be rated by Ernest & Young and the HIS as a very important emerging market. Romania managed to be rated that way thanks to its regulatory environment and weak investment in the other sectors. But, there is not all good news, concerning solar energy; it is much to evolve, because Romania’s cumulative capacity is merely at 5 MW, a very low value. Romania was placed in 24th place in the solar energy index and in the 13th place in the renewable energy index. It is believed that Romania can speed up the development process, thanks to attractive measures like the 6 green certificates / every MW, the improved development process and shorter construction time, it all will contribute to boost the process up.

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The United Stated slipped to the third place concerning the renewable energy index from Ernest & Young, but it continues to be in the leadership. Germany managed to appear second in the renewable energy index and fourth in the solar energy index. China improved, but it is only in the third place concerning the solar indices.

Japan managed to achieve the eighth rank in the renewable energy index and fifth rank in the solar energy index, as a result of the great change in its energy policy. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance says that there are 900 MW of solar projects to be launched and the good news is that 350 MW of those 900 MW are already being constructed.

The company says that during the next ten years, countries like the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Thailand, Jordan, Chile and Pakistan are most likely to rearrange their renewable energy strategies in order to provide a better focus on the renewable energy and then create more jobs, capacity to increase the nation’s competitiveness.

Ernest & Young says that in the South American market, the grid parity will be a determinant factor in the future of the PV market. Nevertheless, a more increased solar irradiation and lower costs are starting to open new doors to the different regions. Plus, there is actually a very strong energy demand, what forces the various markets and companies to focus on the renewable energies. In the recent months, Chile and Brazil registered a slight increase in their solar market activities.

Five years ago, Spain managed to rule the roost concerning the renewable energy index, but it didn’t take long for Spain to fall in the rankings, due to the measures the government took: the additional 7% tax in the field of energy and also the temporary suspension of the tariffs for renewable energy. However, Spain did manage to be on the 9th place concerning the solar energy index.

Although grid parity may be the key to help the Spanish solar market develop, but Gehrlicher Solar and other similar companies are actually planning to install solar power plants without the help of subsidies.

Challenges and Demands

Ernst & Young predicts that in the next ten years the consumption of energy at a worldwide scale at 3 percent, this will happen because of the demands of emerging markets. And these emerging markets will have a very strong impact in the following phases for the development of clean energy on a global scale.
Looking at 2013, the company predicts a really challenging year. Of course the companies will be trying to decrease the amount of oversupply in the green-energy market. Plus, governments from all over the world will be trying to reduce the subsidy dependence.

The two indexes (solar and renewable indexes) provide information for all of the forty countries.

Solar energy index, top 10 featured are: United Stated, Germany, India, Morocco, China, Australia, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.

Renewable energy index, top 10 featured are: France, China, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Japan, Canada, Italy and Brazil

Source: PV- Magazine


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Consistent Growth For Chinese PV Producer Yingli Green Energy http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3312 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3312#comments Sun, 28 Apr 2013 19:07:05 +0000 Jake Eriksson http://www.renewablepowernews.com/?p=3312 The Chinese PV Producer Yingli Green Energy Estimated that its 4th 2012 quarter shipment of PV modules would be higher

The path of Yingli Green Energy is actually more than 2.2 GW, a value above all the expectations. Nevertheless, the company also suffered from considerable losses. For example: in the 3rd quarter of 2012 the company suffered a loss of 159 million dollars.
The CEO, named Liansheng Miao, told, despite the terribly challenges on worldwide industry of PV, they are completely confident and ready to expand their market share all the way through the year. They want to expand their market share not only in the markets that are already out there, but also in those markets that are now coming to the surface.
He added that according to the current available public data, they believe that Yingli evolved into the largest photovoltaic module supplier on a global scale. Such impressive mark has been achieved because of their well-known brand, which has a structure of a competitive price and a sublime product quality.

Source: New Energy World Network


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Green Energy Supply Southwest Minnesota Setting Another Milestone http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3308 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3308#comments Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:51:35 +0000 Jake Eriksson http://www.renewablepowernews.com/?p=3308 At present, the main solar-electric generator in southwest Minnesota has made the residents of that area very proud.

Two mega watts of electricity are produced by these solar panels — by which 250 homes could be powered — that are connected to the Xcel Energy Distribution system and were activated on Jan4th.

Over 32 rows with over 7000 solar panels sit on what is private property covering an area of almost 7 ½ football fields.

The electricity Produced by these panels will be sold to Xcel Energy based on a 20 year agreement of whose terms the public is not aware of.

Solar Electric Power Association ranked Xcel Energy as fifth for solar electric capacity among United States utilities. In the year 2011, Xcel Energy by adding a 100 megawatts of solar energy to its national grid doubled their solar power capacity.

In 2011 when first approached for the project, Murray County had to bring in a law change.

Joan Christoffels, Murray County Zoning Administrator said, “at that time, Solar power wasn’t an allowed use, so the county had to go through an ordinance update.”

In April 2011, a public meeting was held by the commissioners of Murray County. In due course, the ordinances were updated and in October 2012, construction had begun.

Slayton City Clerk Josh Malchow commented that though the project was not on city land and the city was not gaining tax benefits from it, Slayton as a town was benefiting from it.

“By picking Slayton, they have housed the largest solar project here and also put us on the map” he said.

Christoffels said that the project would impact the residents of Slayton positively as the power generated will eventually be fed into the city.

Malchow also commented that the project was a bit of a trial run.

He said- “it’s simply an experiment to see whether solar power is as effective as wind power or some of the other natural energy resources.”

Blattner energy, Avon provided the engineering expertise to construct this project; they also provide construction and procurement services to developers of renewable-energy Pan North America.

D.H. Blather & Sons Inc. is the main holding company of Blattner energy, one of the companies that helped James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railroad in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The project developer, Ecos Energy LLC is based in Minnesota and is a renewable-energy development and services company specializing in providing development services for renewable-energy projects throughout the U.S., including wind and solar farms.

There has been a dramatic increase in Solar installations in Minnesota and across the United States. In the year 2012, the state of Minnesota more than doubled the number of kilowatts produced by solar panels as compared to the year 2011.

Source: DGlobe


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Solar Industry Experienced Positive Growth In 2012 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3305 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3305#comments Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:40:39 +0000 Jake Eriksson http://www.renewablepowernews.com/?p=3305 The renewable-energy industry has by no means been healthier than now, by the looks of it. In spite that natural gas has become more cost efficient. This year the wind-turbine installation in the U.S. has actually overtaken the installation of new natural-gas capacity. In 2012, new wind capacity had reached 6,519 MW as of Nov. 30, which had just edged out gas capacity and more than doubled new coal installations. Beating out 2011’s numbers, new solar capacity in the U.S. reached nearly 2,000 MW. In 2011, the stock of installed wind and solar power hit 307 GW globally. This was up from 50 GW in 2004, while the total investment in the sector hit $280 billion last year. These are some optimistic numbers.

I apologise; weather metaphors are hard to avoid while talking about wind and solar, but there are clouds on the horizon for renewable. If Congress can’t get its act together to renew the valuable production tax credit next year, the wind industry will face its loss and certainly, some of the growth the industry experienced this year may be due to companies rushing to get their projects in while the credit is still in place. But those capacities figures to compare wind to gas or coal are a bit deceptive because the intermittency of renewable energy means that a megawatt of wind doesn’t deliver the same amount of actual juice as compared to that of a megawatt of gas. The solar industry faces serious global oversupply, which has driven a number of manufacturers in the U.S. and elsewhere into bankruptcy and helped depress the recent IPO of the major panel installer SolarCity. The total investment in wind and solar in 2012 may wel be less compared with 2011, which would be the first time that’s happened in nearly a decade, according to the Financial Times.

Thus what is the actual prediction for wind and solar power’s fate?

That would be dependent on policy, since it always is this way with the power sector, irrespective of whether it’s renewable or not. Extension of the tax credit would be vital for the wind industry in the U.S. Actually, 2.2 cents is paid to the wind-farm owners, for every kilowatt-hour of electricity they produce over a decade. According to a study sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Bloomberg, New Energy Finance predicts that installations could fall by 88% next year to just 1.5 GW if Congress do not renew the tax credit, at the cost of nearly 40,000 jobs.

In the current political atmosphere, a quick look at the headlines shows how improbable renewal is. The situation is so bad that the AWEA, in an effort to get fiscal conservatives on their side, this month proposed a six-year phase-out of the credit. However, while a bill to renew the credit was passed by the Senate Finance Committee in August and is sponsored by a Republican, Senator Chuck Grassley of wind-rich Iowa, little has happened since, and producers are getting ready for the fallout. Already turbine makers have announced hundreds of layoffs.

As for the solar industry, the low costs for modules that have driven installation are a double-edged sword for manufacturers. They increasingly can’t make money off their products at existing prices. This has also led to a bit of a trade war. The US and Europe have charged Chinese solar manufacturers, with ample help from Beijing, of selling solar modules at below cost. An antidumping investigation was opened up in September by the E.U., and the U.S. slapped tariffs on Chinese’s solar panels. A trade war would likely hold back global growth of solar power in spite this being good for domestic manufacturers.

There is hope for good news nonetheless. Wind and solar are becoming more competitive against fossil fuels. Solar modules cost 75% less than they did four years ago, whereas the cost of wind turbines has fallen by 25% over the past three years. And that’s not just due to government help. Technological developments have continued to bring down the cost of renewable energy, and grid equality has already been achieved in some regions. It’s imperative to remember that ten years ago renewable energy was merely a hobby. We’ve come a long way.

At the end of the day, that’s why I’m quite hopeful about the immediate and long-term future of renewable energy. There’s still a huge market out there for new electricity generation, particularly in untapped markets like Latin America and the Middle East. Renewable power is a tremendous opportunity. The ever sunny Saudi Arabia, for its part, has said it needs more than $100 billion in renewables, while Japan and Germany need renewables to substitute its rejected nuclear power. Like the scaffolding that surrounds a rocket at lift-off, the need for supportive public policy will fall away as wind and solar improves. Even though the year 2013 may not be as good for renewables as 2012, since a lot will depend on how the larger global economy fares, but rest assured, we won’t be going backward.

Source: Science Time


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Another Great Year for German’s Solar Industry http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3302 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3302#comments Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:26:04 +0000 Jake Eriksson http://www.renewablepowernews.com/?p=3302 According to new statistics released by the Environment Ministry, a great growth in new solar power was experienced. Seven point six (7.6) gigawatts (GW) of new capacity were installed by Germany. Because subsidies (the country’s feed-in tariffs for solar) were reduced, new installations decreased to a certain degree towards the end of the year.

Overcoming the earlier records of 7.5 GW in 2011 and 7.4 GW in 2010, the total solar-energy generation capacity there grew by over 7.6 GW. These large growths in capacity were caused by the country’s feed-in tariffs as Reuters has reported that these were guaranteed to generate for 20 years to boost carbon-free power to gradually replace fossil fuels.

Some businesses in the country have recently protested that the phase-out of nuclear power and subsequent replacement with subsidized renewable, was endangering economic growth.

By cutting the level of feed-in tariffs, the conservative government has decided to address these worries, in order to delay the rate of new installations, until solar was cheaper than other presently used forms of energy. Between November 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013, tariffs were then reduced by 2.5% a month.

In the final quarter of 2012, these cuts gave rise to total new installed capacity to be fewer than a fifth of the total for the year; 611 megawatts (MW) had been installed in October, 435 MW in November and 360 MW in December. This showed pretty evidently that the cuts were working. Total new installed solar-energy generating capacity for 2013 is predicted to be between 3.5 GW and 4 GW by the Environment Ministry.

In 2012, the association of solar producers reports that, its members delivered 8 million homes with power, 45 % more than in 2011, and accounted for 5 % of total power usage.

Source: Clean Technica


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Will Space-Based Energy Solve the Actual Energetic Crisis in India? http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3298 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3298#comments Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:58:29 +0000 Jake Eriksson http://www.renewablepowernews.com/?p=3298 The Southern Regional Science Congress began at Kongunadu Arts and Science College it was a congress of two days that marked the centenary of the Indian Science Congress Association. The main topic discussed was the role that science plays in shaping the future of India. At this Congress about three hundred scientists were presenting papers, scientists from major institutions in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Puducherry. The Congress constitutes an introduction to the Centenary year of the National Science Congress scheduled in New Delhi in the next year.

The past president of APJ, Abdul Kalan was the person responsible for inaugurating the seminar, at the seminar, he stated that science can soon solve the current energetic crisis the country is actually facing. He said that there is a possibility that is growing, involving gathering energy from the space itself by using space-based solar power systems, this new way of collecting solar energy has many advantages when compared with the traditional terrestrial solar power plants. According to Kalan, India can play a fundamental role in a field like this.

Abdul told that scientists in India are trying to produce nano-batteries capable of storing energy from the sun while in the space and the better: then they would be capable of transferring that energy to the planet Earth. Each kilogram of cargo would possess hundreds of watt hours. The solar irradiation on space is 1.4 times superior to the irradiation on earth, but the advantages are not stopping here, the solar power plants located on space would collect energy from the sun 24 hours a day, against that six or eight hours that common solar power plants can collect energy from the sun.

Kalan also talked about another subject as he recognized the need of multi-disciplinary methodologies concerning science, he told that one of his research students was studying the process of developing ways to help those slow learners among kids, using the power of scientific research. Our brain possesses billions of neurons. Both the quantity and the quality of the various neurons in our brain can be enhanced by offering greater and more difficult challenges to the brain no matter the age. His research student, named George is making a model of the brain, in that model; the higher neuronal density is, in fact, the main aspect for the smartness of the brain. That model as well as some research shows that concentrated damage doesn’t reduce the capacities to a larger range. Still, the destruction of neurons widespread through the brain reduces the capacities in a drastic way. If there is a way increase the number of neurons, even if it can be only increased in certain areas of the brain, that will provide better quality of life to the children affected by slow-learning problems. His student, participating in the research is working on ways to naturally increase the brain’s neuronal density (by using external stimulation providing challenges to the brain) or by using other means such as stem cells, jointing both methods can be a possibility.

Ramasami, the Union Science and Technology Department secretary told that the government played an important role and is helping science in research projects that are aiming to improve people’s lives. During the period of 1981 to 2001, there was a considerable reduction in all the research activities. He said that after that situation, the funding was increased and with it the number of research activities and programs also increased.

Source: times Of India


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Vikram Solar Investing Heavily In Solar Power Plant in Rajasthan http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3294 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3294#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:47:40 +0000 Jake Eriksson http://www.renewablepowernews.com/?p=3294 Vikram Solar is a leading manufacturer of solar products based in Kolkata. Vikram Solar might install its 40 MW solar power plant at Rajasthan in the very beginning of 2013 with this process the company will invest about to Rs.410. crore.

The Vikram Group and also a top PV maker of solar modules, signed with the Rajasthan government a power purchase agreement with the duration of 25 years. The director of Vikram Solar, Gyanesh Chaudhary, told IANS that their own plant for solar power in Rajasthan will be ready in the beginning of 2013. This solar power plant is being set up according to the National Solar Mission.

Going back to the very beginning of 2010, the Prime Minister Manmohan Sigh launched the National Solar Mission with an ambitious goal targeting 20 thousand MW of installed solar power by 2020, in order to do this, the government signed PPAs with various solar-energy developers for solar photovoltaic projects.

Chaudhary told that they were investing even more than Rs.410. crore in the project of Rajasthan. Vikram Solar has already completed some projects in the past, for example: in Rourkela (1 MW project); in Chhattisgarh (2 MW project); in Gujarat (5 MW project), among many others. Chaudhary added that the company is negotiating with the government of Tamil Nadu in order to set up facilities there.

In the last year, the firm and a Spanish solar-energy company named Proener Renovables merged efforts in order to satisfy the engineering procurement contracts related to solar-energy projects in India and overseas as well. Vikram Solar GmbH is a fully owned subsidiary of the Vikram group; currently, it has a 1.6 MW solar power plant installed in Germany (Kottenheim). Shaibal Gosh said that marketing the company is causing their projects in countries like Italy, France and Spain running successfully.

In a special economic zone at Falta (West Bengal), Vikram Solar wants to double its capacity in a PV cell plant thus spending about to Rs.100. crore. Gosh also informed that at Falta, they have 70MW of capacity when it comes to production, and they are working to double that number by the end of this year the total capacity of this solar power plant will be 140 Megawatts.

Source: India News Daily


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First Solar Inc. will install its first 13MW solar plant for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3291 http://www.renewablepowernews.com/archives/3291#comments Sat, 08 Dec 2012 12:33:36 +0000 Jake Eriksson http://www.renewablepowernews.com/?p=3291 Recently, First Solar, Inc. declared that it would build a 13 MW solar power plant. The company has been selected by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. The solar power plant will be located at Seith Al Dahal (fifty kilometers of the south of Dubai). The agreement made between the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and First Solar, states that First Solar will be responsible for providing engendering, construction services and procurement. It will also provide its cutting-edge thin-film photovoltaic modules.

This new solar power plant of 13 megawatts is only the first phase of a major solar power program. Iit is the breakthrough Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (curiosity: it was named in honor of the Emirate of Dubai). The ambitious project will cover 48 square km, and it will produce a tempting amount of clean energy, one thousand MW. This clean energy will be used by the national electric grid. Both Photovoltaic cells and solar thermal equipment will be used.

Saeed Mahammed Al Taver (MD and Chief Executive Officer of the DEWA) said that the Supreme Council of Energy adopted an energy diversification strategy, and this photovoltaic plant will play a vital role in the implementation of such strategy that is aiming to add solar energy to the Dubai’s portfolio of energy. This strategy was made to improve the Dubai’s grows and satisfy the energy requirements of the country. It is also very important to provide a secure source of energy in the Emirate of Dubai. On the other side, Jim Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of First Solar said that they are extremely delighted that the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority chose First Solar to complete the primary phase of this innovative project. According to Hughes, this represents their strategy to provide useful solar power solutions in the appropriate markets. He also sent commends to His Highness for heading in the path of an appropriate future for Dubai, a future where the natural resources are preserved, where the pollution is reduced and with solar energy, they can do they at the same time they are responding to the Dubai’s electric power needs.

This new solar power plant will generate more than twenty-two million KW/h of electricity each year; doing the math, this amount of electric power will suit the electric power needs of more than 500 homeowners. In the matter of the pollution caused by this solar power plant. It will generate 14,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year; comparing this to the CO2 emissions of the cars, it is the same as removing 1,600 cars from the highway.

The Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy (SCE) will be responsible for implementing the park, and the DEWA will be responsible for the operation and management. This government-owned company is also part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy for 2030. First Solar opened an office in Dubai, and it is trying to open another office in Saudi Arabia.

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