Ocean Power Technologies and Lockheed Martin Partners For Wave-Energy Project in Australia
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. and Lockheed Martin will be developing a 19 megawatt wave-energy project in Victoria, Australia. This is one of the largest wave-energy projects so far and has a grant of A$66.5 million ($65.3 million USD) from the Commonwealth of Australia’s Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. There is a great potential in harnessing the vast power of the ocean. And with this project, both companies plans to advance wave energy in Australia and globally. According to the World Energy Council, wave energy can produce around 2,000 terawatt hours of electricity a year.
ReneSola Supplies Solar Modules in Greece
ReneSola Ltd has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement to provide 100 megawatts of its high-efficiency Virtus modules to BIG SOLAR S.A., a Greek stockholder and distributor of photovoltaic systems. This deal has expanded the relation of ReneSola and Big Solar as well as reflected a push in global sales for ReneSola. During the first half of 2012, ReneSola already delivered 40 MW of high-efficiency Virtus modules to Greece, becoming one of the country’s biggest module suppliers. ReneSola is also among the top module suppliers in Australia and Belgium.
$250-M Loan For Costa Rica’s Electricity Sector
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $250 million in financing for Costa Rica’s electricity sector. About $98 million will go to the Reventazón Hydroelectric Project, while the rest will go toward investments in improving the state power company. According to a report, Costa Rica derives 12 percent of its electricity production from geothermal energy. Within the next 12 years, the country hopes to improve the renewable energy sector by investing in hydro, thermal and geothermal energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has a device called Thermal Scout that can identify and analyze bad receiver tubes at concentrating solar power plants. With this new device, it would be faster and easier to identify and change these bad tubes. Thermal Scout uses a global positioning system (GPS) on the roof of a car, an infrared camera in the back seat, and some sophisticated software that tracks and analyzes in real time. All it takes is a push of the button and Thermal Scout will do all the rest of the work.
Pilot Accreditation Program for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Certificate Programs
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) have four certificate-awarding entities that are currently participating in the ANSI-IREC pilot accreditation program for energy efficiency and renewable energy. These are: CalCERTS, based in California and focused on the training and certification of Home Energy Rating System Raters; CleanTech Education, based in North Carolina with training solutions focused on solar photovoltaics, solar heating, energy efficiency, wind energy, green IT, and smart grid; Building Science Institute, based in Illinois with education for energy and construction professional; and Midwest Renewable Energy Association, based in Wisconsin with training for renewable energy and energy efficiency.