Research Facility Spurs New High Performance Buildings
Energy savings is precisely what the Research Support Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates every day. Astonishingly, the 360,000 square-foot Class A office building generates as much electricity as it uses – and the most remarkable thing is that it was built at the same price as a non-efficient building. Two years since the opening of the first phase of the RSF, it has already caused a ripple effect in inspiring architects, engineers and subcontractors to build better and greener establishments.
Cheap Wind Energy Stirs Renewables Deals in Brazil
Industry experts sees Brazilian Renewable-energy companies to rebound from a four-year low as wind- farm developers seek buyers and European companies expand. Prices for wind power have been steadily falling in government auctions since 2009. Developers in the December auction signed contracts to provide wind power at an average 87.94 reais ($43.94) per megawatt-hour, 13 percent less than the rate in the 2011 sale and 41 percent less than the 2009 price.
Trina Solar to Supply 30MW for Two Projects in South Africa
Trina Solar, has announced that it will supply 30MW of photovoltaic modules to Gestamp Solar, one of the world’s leading companies in the development and management of photovoltaic parks, for two projects in South Africa. Large-scale solar systems will be installed in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, in the towns of Prieska and De Aar, with the capacity to produce 20MW and 10MW respectively. According to terms of the agreement, deliveries will be made in the third quarter of 2013.
Ford, Nissan and Daimler to Research Hydro Cars
Many automakers have been testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for years, but so far haven’t been able to bring costs down enough to sell in mass markets. Recently, Ford joined with Daimler and Renault-Nissan to speed development of the technology, with hopes of bringing a hydro-vehicle to the market in as little as four years. Under the alliance, each company will invest equally in the technology. They plan to develop a common fuel cell system that the companies will use to power their own vehicles. The companies are also jointly studying development of other parts for fuel-cell vehicles in an effort to further reduce costs.