Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Renewable Energy News, July 20, 2010

China surpasses U.S. as top energy consumer - msnbc.com
China has overtaken the United States as the world's largest consumer of energy, according to data from Paris-based International Energy Agency, a landmark that has implications for oil prices and U.S. global energy policy.

News reports citing data from the IEA said China consumed the equivalent of 2.25 billion tons of oil last year, slightly above U.S. consumption of 2.17 billion tons. The measure includes all types of energy: oil, nuclear energy, coal, natural gas and renewable energy sources.

IEA chief economist Fatih Birol told the The Wall Street Journal in an interview that the milestone marks "a new age in the history of energy."

China's government rejected the IEA's statistics.
The Raw Story | Nations to seek clean energy cooperation
The world's top economies will look next week at ways to work together on clean energy, striking a rare note of cooperation amid an impasse in drafting a new climate change treaty.

Energy ministers or senior officials from 21 nations will gather Monday and Tuesday in Washington in an initiative by President Barack Obama's administration, which has made the creation of green jobs a top priority.

The US Energy Department said the two-day meeting will feature announcements of joint initiatives among the major economies, who together account for 80 percent of the world's gross domestic product.
CleanTechLaw: Legislation would grant states revenue from clean-energy projects
Nevada could finally make some money off the dozens of giant solar arrays and wind farms planned for its deserts and mountain peaks if legislation introduced this week by Rep. Dean Heller and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid passes.

The Clean Energy, Community Investment and Wildlife Conservation Act would change the system for acquiring federal land for solar and wind developments from revolving around rights of way, a process originally intended for multiple-use applications such as grazing, off-road racing and transmission corridors, to a competitive lease auction.

The legislation calls for revenue sharing with home states and counties and for money to be set aside to preserve and enhance wild land near the developments. A similar system has been in place for the geothermal industry since 2007. The proposal is extends the preservation zone to solar and wind and is being hailed by sportsmen’s groups, but is being panned by Nevada officials for not going far enough.
Wind conference focuses on potential for growth in the Great Lakes | cleveland.com
Build wind turbines in Lake Erie?

The idea floated by the Cleveland Foundation to skeptics half a decade ago quickly captured the public's imagination. And now it has the world's attention.

World-class experts and executives from the wind industry, including global wind farm developers, wind contractors, parts makers, financing experts and contract lawyers, are rubbing shoulders at a national conference in Cleveland this week and talking to locals hoping to build wind turbines in the lake.
Solar Drone Aims for a Record - Green Blog - NYTimes.com
This month we reported on the flight of the Solar Impulse, an experimental aircraft that broke the world record for continuous solar-powered manned flight by staying aloft for 26 straight hours.

But the Solar Impulse is not the only solar aircraft breaking records. For more than a week, the Zephyr, a solar-powered drone, has been circling high above the Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

QinetiQ, a British defense technology company, developed the craft, which could have broad military and commercial surveillance applications. “The plan is for it to stay airborne until this Friday,” said Douglas Millard, a QinetiQ spokesman. “At that point it will have been in the air for two weeks.”
Solazyme Delivers Algae Jet Fuel to US Navy | Renewable Energy World
California, United States -- Solazyme Inc. has delivered 1,500 gallons of 100% algae-based jet fuel for the U.S. Navy's testing and certification program. The U.S. Navy has previously announced the objective to operate at least 50% of its fleet on clean, renewable fuel by 2020. The delivery fulfills a contract awarded to Solazyme by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in September 2009.

Solazyme manufactured the world's first 100% algal-based jet fuel through its proprietary fermentation process in collaboration with renewable jet fuel processing technology from Honeywell's UOP.

Solazyme's Solajet HRJ-5 fuel is designed to meet all of the requirements for Naval renewable aviation fuel. In preliminary tests, it also meets the fuel requirements of the U.S. Air Force and meets the standards for commercial jet fuel.

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