January 4, 2012 – Power Valley News

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Wake Forest University spinoff wants to build renewable-energy plant that …

By: RICHARD CRAVER | Winston-Salem Journal

Published: December 25, 2011 Updated

A startup company wants to shine a brighter light on renewable energy with a potential $25 million manufacturing plant that could produce up to 200 jobs.

Camel City Solar LLC, formed in September, is the latest version of an entrepreneurial spinoff from Wake Forest University’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. Most of Camel City’s research is being contracted through the center.

The company, based in Villanova, Pa., is trying to commercialize an optical fiber-based design for solar cells for uses ranging from solar farms and heat pumps to rooftop tiles.


GPIC to Study SAGE’s SageGlass Technology at Philadelphia Navy Yard


Published on November 24, 2011 at 2:43 AM

By Cameron Chai

SAGE’s SageGlass, an electronically tintable glass, will be used as the model window in a novel research and development project for designing energy-efficient buildings at the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy-Efficient Buildings.


Drexel expert: Efficiency metrics for energy storage devices need …

Science Codex – Posted On: November 29, 2011 – 10:31pm

PHILADELPHIA — Solving the mystery of prematurely dead cell phone and laptop batteries may prove to be a vital step toward creating a sustainable energy grid according to Drexel researcher Dr. Yury Gogotsi. In a piece published in the November 18 edition of Science, Gogotsi, who is the head of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, calls for a new, standardized gauge of performance measurement for energy storage devices that are as small as those used in cell phones to as large as those used in the national energy grid.


Pennsylvania’s Wind Power Industry Grows

Pennsylvania’s wind power industry continues to grow, as more ridges become home to wind turbines.

December 21, 2011


Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Applications Due January 30

The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging environmentally-conscious businesses and organizations to apply for the 2012 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. Applications are due January 30.

“This award is a gem because it recognizes environmental innovation, which makes a business or organization more competitive and efficient,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “The winners are creating a brighter and cleaner future for all Pennsylvanians. We want to showcase them as role models and say, ‘Thank you.’”

The award is open to any Pennsylvania business, government agency, educational institution, individual or farm that has created or participated in the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in the state.

Source: http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com


We Can’t Wait: President Obama Announces Nearly $4 Billion Investment in Energy Upgrades to Public and Private Buildings

Upgrades Will Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs and Save Billions

December 02, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama today announced nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next 2 years. These investments will save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence, and, according to independent estimates, create tens of thousands of jobs in the hard-hit construction sector. The $4 billion investment announced today includes a $2 billion commitment, made through the issuance of a Presidential Memorandum, to energy upgrades of federal buildings using long term energy savings to pay for up-front costs, at no cost to taxpayers. In addition, 60 CEOs, mayors, university presidents, and labor leaders today committed to invest nearly $2 billion of private capital into energy efficiency projects; and to upgrade energy performance by a minimum of 20% by 2020 in 1.6 billion square feet of office, industrial, municipal, hospital, university, community college and school buildings. This announcement builds on a commitment made by 14 partners at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in June to make energy upgrades across 300 million square feet, and to invest $500 million in private sector financing in energy efficiency projects.


Navigating a Fractured Future: Insights into the Future of the North American Natural Gas Market

November 20, 2011

Source: Deloitte

Over the past decade, the North American natural gas industry has transformed vast, previously uneconomic shale gas deposits into valuable energy resources. While the so-called “shale gas revolution” has dramatically revitalized natural gas exploration and production, increased supplies combined with the slowdown in demand, resulting from the recent economic events, have sent North American gas prices down dramatically.

Producers are asking many important questions, and in order to provide insights related to many of these questions, Deloitte utilized the analytical capabilities of the integrated North American and World Gas Models of Deloitte MarketPoint LLC (“Deloitte MarketPoint”) to analyze the future of North American gas markets over the next two decades under a range of assumptions.

Navigating a Fractured Future: Insights into the Future of the North American Natural Gas Market summarizes the findings of several scenarios regarding the future of North American and global gas markets and offers related strategic insights.

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Source: http://fulltextreports.com


Energy Efficiency in 2011: Progress on Many Fronts, Treading Water on Others

December 28, 2011 – 11:22am

By ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel

With 2011 drawing to a close, now is a good time to take stock of energy efficiency accomplishments over the past year. On the plus side, many energy efficiency investments were made this year. While exact figures are not available yet, utility-sector spending on energy efficiency programs is likely to be more than $6 billion for the year. In addition, this was the peak year for energy efficiency spending by state and local governments using funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA-the stimulus bill passed by Congress in 2009). As a result, many homes and buildings were weatherized and millions of pieces of efficient equipment installed.

Turning to policy, many states were active on energy efficiency policy this year. Our 2011 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard found that 35 states have either adopted building codes specified in ARRA or are on a clear path for doing so, up from 17 states in 2010. …


To Green or Not to Green

Building 101, 4747 S Broad St, Suite 301, The Navy Yard

Jan 18, 2012 02:00 PM


Benjamin Franklin Birthday Celebration- Franklin and Energy: Resources, Uses and Efficiencies

Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut St, Philadelphia

Jan 20, 2012 09:00 AM

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