Green bits and bytes for Feb 17th 2011

Green bits & bytes


Some of the Green announcements which passed by my desk this week:

  1. Greenstone Carbon Management, a UK based carbon solutions company, has announced that it will be exhibiting at the GreenPort Logistics and Energy for Green Ports conferences, held in Venice during the 23rd and 24th February 2011. Greenstone will be showcasing their Acco2unt carbon management software can help organisations in the marine sector.
  2. Martifer Solar has been chosen by The Hertz Corporation to install 2.48MW of solar PV at 14 locations across the US. The 2.48 MW system will supply enough energy to power approximately 300 homes per year and will offset the CO2 emissions of 271,009 gallons of consumed gasoline annually.
  3. The Global Biofuels Center recently ranked the top 25 countries in terms of capacity for both biodiesel and ethanol. The US and Brazil account for the majority of biofuels operating capacity in the world.
  4. In what must be ironic timing given Vodafone’s shutting down of the mobile phone network during the uprising in Egypt, the Vodafone Foundation has announced that it is deepening its partnership with disaster relief agency T?l?coms sans Fronti?res (TSF) to help bring emergency mobile communications to disaster zones.

    Under the three-year partnership, the Vodafone Foundation will give the agency financial support of ?1 million towards its core costs. Vodafone will also be on-hand to provide TSF with innovative mobile equipment for use in emergency situations alongside technical expertise from its employees.

    Vodafone has sealed the partnership by designing and trialling a portable mobile network that could help relief workers to reach victims more quickly.

  5. RSB Funds and Martifer Solar have come together to offer public entities such as municipalities and special districts in the US the opportunity to obtain solar through a third party ownership model. This has been made possible by the Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 and in this case the benefits provided by the Act will be shared with the Host in the form of lower power costs.
  6. Social impact gaming indie developer Red Redemption announces that the global English language edition of their PC game Fate of the World is now scheduled for release on Monday February 28, 2011. Fate of the World is a global strategy game covering the next two centuries, from 2020 to 2200, in which the player must find a way to protect Earth’s ever-depleting resources and climate whilst reconciling the needs of a growing world population who demand more food, power, and living space.

    There will be a special US presentation with the NOAA in Ashville North Carolina, February 24 before a panel of distinguished Climate Change scientists including Dr. Otis Brown – Director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center who states “The use of real data and models provides an excellent introduction to the complexities of balancing global energy needs with available resources.”

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Green Bits and Bytes for January 20th 2011

Green bits & bytes


Here are a few of the Green announcements which crossed my desk this week:

  1. A new scheme called SunShare launched in the UK this week. The scheme allows home-owners to invest in solar panels for their home for only a part of the upfront installation costs. This means that qualifying UK homes can now get a fully installed solar PV system for as little as ?3,999, they will benefit from free electricity and they will also be able to earn more than ?1000 a year from the government backed Feed-in Tariff scheme.

    The UK Feed-In Tariff scheme is one of the most generous in Europe, paying 41.3p per kWh of electricity produced, regardless of whether it is used by the home-owner or not. The tariff is guaranteed for 25 years and it is index linked for Solar PV Systems.

    ?The government will review the scheme in 2012, which is likely to see The Feed-in Tariff rates changed from April 2013 for any new homes applying for it. There is therefore a window of opportunity now for consumers to take advantage of the current rates on offer? according to Mark Wynn, Managing Director Avoline PLC, the company which launched SunShare.

  2. Semitech Semiconductor, a Power Line Communications (PLC) chip maker with chips designed to enable communications for the Smart Grid announced yesterday that they had completed its Series A financing raising AU$3.4 million.
  3. The Institute for Transport and Development Policy released a report on Wednesday entitled Europe?s Parking U-Turn: From Accommodation to Regulation [PDF]. The report examines European parking policies over the last fifty years and found that European cities are reaping the rewards of innovative parking policies, including revitalized town centres; reductions in car use; drops in air pollution and rising quality of urban life.
  4. SAP’s rollout of e-mobility infrastructure which I wrote up just before Christmas has now been extended to their German HQ in Walldorf. SAP, in conjunction with local utility MVV Energie, have taken delivery of 30 electric cars and will be testing use of them by their employees as part of their Future Fleet project.

    The cars will be powered exclusively with electricity from renewable sources and this will be important given that over 80% of SAP’s direct CO2 emissions in EMEA come from company cars.

  5. On-demand environmental software maker Locus Technologies, announced this week that they have been certified as compliant with SAS 70 (Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70). Given that Locus are a SaaS company (i.e. they host their clients environmental information) this is a vrucial certification to have achieved – it gives confidence to Locus customers and potential customers that their data is safe with Locus.

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