Solar Distress Signs at Yingli, In Europe

The solar panel sector has become quite a turbulent place these days, riding high one day on reports of major new plant construction, only to stumble the next on signs of conflict and financial distress. This kind of conflicting news reflects the fact that the industry is still in the midst of a major overhaul that could ultimately see a few more c

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Musk Plots Energy Storage Fix Where Utility Industry Failed

Billionaire Elon Musk thinks he can pave the way to a better energy future by turning the mattress-shaped batteries in Tesla’s electric car into upright pillars so they can be used to power homes, businesses and even utilities.

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A Square Cheeseburger in a Round Hole? A Q&A about the Value of Solar

In 2013, Minnesota was the first state to adopt a value of solar policy as an alternative to net metering. It was left to the state’s investor-owned utilities to adopt the policy, but none have as yet. Why don’t utilities want to use value of solar? Should solar advocates be pleased or put-out that the policy lies dormant? Find out more in this deb

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7 Ways to Market Solar Products and Services with Twitter’s New Periscope App

Note to B2B and B2C solar industry marketers: Twitter’s new Periscope app is not a fad. Unlike Google+, a zombie social network that should only be used for SEO purposes, Periscope will soon join Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as your fourth must-have social platform for solar marketing — in all sectors. So what is Periscope? Essentially, it’s a l

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International Remedies for Foreign Investors in Europe’s Renewable Energy Sector

International investors who have suffered losses in the renewable energy sectors in Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria, among others, may be entitled to compensation for their losses under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and/or relevant bilateral investment treaties (BITs). Once viewed as the nuclear option, companies now recognise investor-state arbitration as simply another dispute resolution mechanism — albeit one with more teeth — which does not preclude a continuing relationship with the Respondent state.

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Engineering Possibilities Versus Practical Implementation: Utility Portfolios and Business Models

Europe’s utilities are re-evaluating their business models due to the energy transition. Members of POWER-GEN Europe’s Advisory Board consider how a reliance on fossil fuels is no longer politically desirable, forcing utilities to transform their portfolios to adapt to radical change.

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Chernobyl fires threaten release of radioactivity equivalent to major nuclear accident

The fires first reported in the Chernobyl region on April 26th (the anniversary of the 1986 accident) threaten a major release of radioactivity, warns Greenpeace.

If the fires spread to the heavily contaminated forests and land areas around the plant, the release of radioactive material into the atmosphere is certain. The amount of radioactivity potentially released could be the equivalent of a major nuclear accident.

Since the 1986 accident a massive amount of dangerous radioactive substances has been deposited on the forests including cesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium-239. These forests, plants and soil are a major source of radioactivity, some of which was released from the fires of 2010.

Based on specialist satellite data, analysts at Greenpeace estimate that the fire has spread over an area covering 13,300 hectares, of which 4,100 are actually on fire. The fires have not yet reached the highest contaminated zones around the Chernobyl plant but are currently within 15-20 km of the site.

In a major analysis of the risks from fires around Chernobyl, scientists earlier this year concluded that worst case would be the release of radioactivity which could be the equivalent of a Level 6 nuclear accident on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES). The 1986 accident at Chernobyl and the Fukushima Daiichi accident were level 7 INES events.

Radioactivity enters the atmosphere via the smoke plumes and is dispersed depending on wind direction, height and other weather factors. During previous forest fires, radioactivity has been dispersed as far as Turkey.

The international community is building a shelter around the destroyed reactor at Chernobyl, but it is impossible to build a sarcophagus over the vast contaminated forests in the region. Even after 29 years, the risks from Chernobyl-area radiation have not been controlled and could result in further dispersion of radioactivity over Europe.

As in Ukraine, vast amounts of radioactivity have been deposited in the forests in Japan around the Fukushima Daiichi NPP. Despite massive efforts by the Japanese authorities to decontaminate villages and farm land, the forest cannot be decontaminated and will remain a massive stock of radioactivity for a very long time. This presents a risk not only in the event of a forest fire, but also it will continue to leak radioactivity to populated areas, especially after winter melting or during heavy rains which can carry the radioactivity to neighbouring lands, rivers and lakes.

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1 – Wildfires in Chernobyl-contaminated forests and risks to the population and the environment: A new nuclear disaster about to happen? Nikolaos Evangeliou, Yves Balkanski, Anne Cozic, Wei Min Hao, Anders Pape Møller, Environment International, 2014.

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The Rainbow Warrior heads to Vanuatu

The Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand. 01/11/2013 © Greenpeace / Nigel Marple

Since Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu and the Pacific in March, 75,000 people have been left in dire need of emergency shelter and other goods to restore their lives and homes.

There are ongoing tireless efforts from many different organisations, through the National Disaster Management Office, which have been working hard to provide relief to Vanuatu and it’s people.

One of the major logistical hurdles the aid agencies are facing is the collection and distribution of goods throughout the islands.

To try to ease this difficulty, this week, the Rainbow Warrior will be heading from Sydney to Vanuatu carrying goods and gifts supplied and collected by numerous organisations.

We will be loading up the ship, ready for departure on Sunday the 3rd of May.

Aid agencies on the ground have reported to us a desperate need for solar torches in the country, due to the sporadic power and electricity outages Vanuatu is experiencing.

These will help provide light and safety to remote areas that have been destroyed by Cyclone Pam.

Here’s where you can help.

In alliance with the Aussie Storm Shop, Greenpeace and Action Aid will collect solar lights purchased from their online store by our loving supporters and take them to Vanuatu with us.

From now until Thursday midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time), you can click below and purchase a solar torch for those who need one most:

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Use the coupon code ‘RainbowWarrior‘ in order to receive a discount and so our friends at Aussie Storm Shop know to bundle your torch up with the rest headed to Vanuatu. To keep it simple, you can just pop in your own address when it asks you to fill in your details. Aussie Storm will know from the RainbowWarrior code where it’s going.

We will load them onto the Rainbow Warrior over the weekend and take them directly to those who need a little light right now.

We thank you in advance for your support.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Matisse Walkden-Brown is Head of Pacific Net for Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

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ALT Introduces Suspended Fixture with Contemporary Design

This type of suspended fixture uses silver anodized aluminum exterior, giving it a smooth surface and an appealing color design. The fixture is also equipped with light diffusing panels, providing an even distribution of light and eliminating glare problem caused by the reflection on the grille lamp fixture. Moreover, there are heat dissipation holes on the lamp holder and beside the fixture to help prolong the life-span and to maintain its luminosity. The fixture is available from 2ft to 5ft, another option is to combine with other fixtures to extend the lighting area, also comes with dimming capability.

Simplicity has recently become a trendy theme in interior designing, and with a fixture only measured at 1,264 mm by 70 mm added with ALT’s brightest 46 W T8 LED tube, users can maximize lighting efficiency with minimal space. The fixture with ALT light source have successfully installed in UAE’s biggest electronics chain store, and are highly praised for not only its elegance, but practicality and performance.

Besides its ideal usages in chain stores, high CRI and quality illumination are also best applied in office settings because they have proven to reduce both visual and physical fatigue. Over the years, ALT has always strived to be the one-stop location for individuals seeking quality LED lighting solutions for various kinds of applications and projects by providing professional services and products that the world deserves.

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About Aeon Lighting Technology:
Aeon Lighting Technology (ALT) is a leading high-power LED manufacturer that focuses on precision and quality. ALT has acquired hundreds of patents, including state-of-the-art heat sink technology and has been awarded numerous international awards, including M Technology Award (2009), iF Product Design Award (2010), Red Dot Design Award (2011), and Good Design Award (2012). ALT has also obtained international safety certifications such as Energy Star, DLC, UL, ETL, CE, PSE, C-TICK, LVD, FCC, TÜV, etc. ALT’s team of designers, engineers and sales strive for perfection and provide premium quality products and service for customers worldwide.

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Everlight to Exhibit Complete LED Component Portfolio at Lightfair 2015

Everlight’s EAHE 5630 (0.2 W) achieves 180 lm/W for high efficiency tube applications and has found its way as a preferred LED into many other applications such as downlights. At a cool white temperature of 5700 K, 187 lm/W is achieved. The new EAHP 3030 series (1 W) provides a very warm 2200 K that replicates the color temperature of traditional incandescent or halogen lighting. This is ideal for decorative and accent lighting. EVERLIGHT’s popular Shuen, 3535 and 2835 packages are now available with all colors and are perfectly suited for horticulture lightings. Furthermore, there will be a sneak preview of upcoming, soon to be announced EAHP5050 and EAHP9595 packages, primarily intended for high lumen density applications.

Everlight will also be showcasing its complete automotive LED portfolio including new versions enhanced with a golden lead frame. Only LEDs with stable performance and high quality can stand out to fulfill automotive customers’ expectations. The new golden automotive series exactly matches highest requirements. A golden frame significantly improves a products’ quality to resist sulfur. This means it works well in head lamps, DRL, fog lamps, side signal lamps and rear tail lamps, – no matter how severe or bad the environment is – even under volcanic conditions. The new versions enhanced with a golden lead frame are named A09KU, 67-21U and 67-31U. Their original counterparts with silver lead frame remain in the portfolio and continue to be offered.

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About Everlight Electronics Co. Ltd:
Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. was founded in 1983 in Taipei, Taiwan. Playing a critical role in the formation of the global LED industry, the company has rapidly become a leading worldwide supplier due to its dedication to certification, R&D, production, quality, marketing and global customer service. Everlight provides a comprehensive optoelectronics product portfolio consisting of high power LEDs, lamps, SMD LEDs, LED lighting modules, digital displays, optocouplers and infrared components for various applications. Today, Everlight is a global company with over 5,600 employees based in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, U.S.

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