Washington DC, USA: David Sweet, Executive Director, WADE was present at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) FY 2012 Budget Briefing hosted by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu held on 14 February.

The Secretary in his briefing outlined how the budget request is aimed at making strategic investments in science, research and innovation – which will create jobs and position America to lead the global clean energy economy.

The US DOE’s $29.5 billion budget proposed by President Barack Obama for FY 2012 invests in what is needed and eliminates what is not, said Steven Chu at the press briefing.

The budget request includes $3.2 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes and $5.4 billion for the Office of Science to expand investment in basic energy sciences, advanced scientific computing and biological and environmental sciences.

US Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu

A $550 million allocation for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy was included, as was $146 million to support three existing Energy Innovation Hubs and establish three new hubs in the areas of batteries and energy storage, smart grid technologies and systems and critical materials.

Cuts to the budget include a nearly $70 million reduction for the hydrogen technology programme in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

A reduction of the Fossil Energy Office budget by $418 million was also announced, as well as a scaling back of administrative expenses across all programmes in the FY12 budget from FY10 levels.


WADE Promotes Decentralized Energy for Dairy/Agro Farmers

Nagpur, India: On 5-7 February, WADE Asia Director Sridhar Samudrala discussed using decentralized energy, small-scale turbines and engines for use with approximately 300 dairy farmers in Nagpur, Maharashtra. The farmers’ leader, Mr Venkat Ramana Rao, was eager to see the utilization of new technology in the dairy industry where waste is used instead of thrown away.

The farmers said that rural areas in India have frequent power cuts and irregular power, resulting in poor conditions for crops as well as dairy farmers. Water pumps, refrigeration, pasteurization equipment, etc. all require electricity which the farmers do not have. This is jeopardizing the crops as well as the livelihood of the farmers. A small solution is collective farming with the agro and dairy farmers and utilizing the animal waste to power the needs of the farmers. The waste from the animals and the farms can be put into a digester to make methane.

This was discussed in detail with Venkata Ramana Rao, managing director of Mukund Dairy Farms from Somoram, Andhra Pradesh. He has developed a small-scale dairy with 200-300 cows/buffalos. Buffalo dung is stored in a digester and produces methane gas. Next the methane is used to generate electricity and heat for pasteurizing the milk. The remaining mix after coming out of the digester can be used to make compost and sold. When the captive farmers do not require the electricity it can be sold into the grid.

This is a ‘win-win’ situation where the grid is not taxed with the extra load in rural areas and sufficient power is given to maintain the crops and farmers.

This process, if modernized, could be successfully applied in rural India where power is required. Decentralized engines (microturbines and engines) can supply both the required heat and power for small farmers under appropreiate conditions.

For more information please contact Sridhar Samudrala at ssamudrala@localpower.org.


WADE member Siemens plans factory revamp as its order book hits a ’10-year high’

Lincoln city, Nebraska, US: WADE member Siemens has announced plans to invest $5 million to revamp factory buildings at its Lincoln city centre facility, creating a new ‘Centre for Competence’ for turbine packaging. Just 16 months ago, union leaders feared 140 jobs would be lost in global restructuring with the consolidation of the packaging division in Sweden and the Netherlands. Now, the company says its order books are on the up, with strong global demand for its gas turbine products, including multiple engine orders in South America and most recently Australia.

Siemens SGT-400 turbine under test
Picture: Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd

Siemens managing director in Lincoln, Nick Muntz, said: ‘Today our order book is at a 10-year high and future prospects continue to look positive. We have won a number of large orders recently and continue to make significant investments in new facilities for both our manufacturing and service businesses, and in staff skills and development. Our recognition as the new global centre of competence for packaging is confirmation of the quality, expertise and professionalism of the Lincoln team. We look forward to a successful year ahead.’

The company also confirmed that work would start this year on its new Teal Park centre development. The news goes some way to reaffirming Siemens’ long term commitment to staying in Lincoln, alongside initiatives such as support to the University of Lincoln’s new School of Engineering.

Siemens employs about 1500 people in Lincoln across three sites in the service, manufacturing and engineering and associated support for gas turbines.


WADE Canada joins Canadian delegation at World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

WADE Canada and its co-hosts of Canada’s upcoming 2011 Global Clean Energy Congress, dmg :: events, joined the Canadian delegation at the 2011 World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi.

From left to right: Wes Scott, vice president, Energy, and Paula Arnold, director Marketing – Energy, for dmg :: events and WADE Canada president, Anouk Kendall, and vice president, Elizabeth Huculak

WADE Canada president, Anouk Kendall, and vice president, Elizabeth Huculak, plus Paula Arnold, director, Marketing – Energy, attended, along with Canadian representation supported that was in part by the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.

WFES attracted more than 26,000 attendees from 129 countries. The event’s participants including world leaders as well as international policymakers, industry leaders, investors, experts, academia, intellectuals and journalists looking for practical and sustainable solutions for today’s energy security and climate change challenges.

2011 WFES highlights:

  • 26,391 attendees
  • 137 countries represented
  • 3,600 CEOs/MDs
  • 35 official delegations
  • 160 keynote and expert speakers
  • 600 exhibiting companies from 38 countries.

The Canadian delegation included: Advanced Androneks Inc; Canadian Solar Inc; Corvus Energy Limited; dmg :: events; Foreign Affairs and International traded Canada (Canada Pavilion); General Fusion; Government of Ontario (Ontario Pavilion); Green Prophet; Iris Evans, Minister for International and Intergovernmental Relations of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada; Molten Power; National Energy Board of Canada; National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program; the Oil & Gas Journal; and WADE Canada.

 


WADE Canada member Calgary Zoo’s Enmax Conservatory

WADE Canada member Calgary Zoo, which is home to 2500 animals and 4000 plants, is also committed to educating people about carbon footprints.

Since its foundation in 1929, the zoo has been committed to the highest standards of animal care. In 2009, the zoo launched a new mission statement:

  • engage – visitors in enjoyable and unique experiences
  • connect – our community with nature
  • inspire – actions which support conservation.

This mission statement rings true through the zoo’s ENMAX Conservatory. Re-opening in 2009 after a year of construction, the ENMAX Conservatory has become the site of many special events, and its new environmentally friendly design showcases alternative energy technologies, which will influence the thinking of future generations. The greenhouse was built to meet LEED Gold certification and is highly efficient in incorporating alternative energy from five alternative energy technologies:

  • 1 kW WhisperGen combined heat and power (CHP) system based on Stirling engine technology;
  • two 4.3 kW solar photovoltaic cells;
  • a 2.4 kW wind turbine;
  • evacuated tube solar domestic hot water heating
  • open geothermal well water system (one production well and two injection wells) used to add or remove heat from the indoor condenser loop servicing six water source heat pumps used for cooling and heating – they add heat to the geothermal ground water in the summer for cooling and remove heat from the geothermal ground water in the winter for heating.

The total power generated by these technologies is captured in the building grid and reduces the need for conventional gas and electrical systems.

 

The Calgary Zoo continues to grow and to evolve, as it responds to the changing needs of species conservation while always also striving to provide an enjoyable experience for the facility’s many visitors.


WADE Collaborates in drafting solar policy for the Government of the indian state of Orissa to promote green energy in both on-grid and off-grid applications

Bhubaneswar, India: In a continuation of the Orissa Climate Change Action Plan (OCCAP) and to promote green energy in the state both in on-grid and off-grid solar applications, Youth For Nation (YFN), a group of young intellectuals, and Orissa Nagarika Samaj (ONAS) proposed a draft solar policy to the government of Orissa, India: ‘Solar Orissa – A Vision’.

YFN invited Canyon Consultancy and WADE as knowledge partners to prepare this document. The event, on 18 February, is the first solar conference in Orissa, where all the stakeholders, such as S&T Department, OREDA, GRIDCO, OERC etc. were invited to discuss solar solutions. UNDP was also invited to this event.

Delegates at the solar conference

Chandrashekhar Mishra, the managing director of Canyon Consultancy, explained the entire draft policy. He stressed the need for an independent solar policy for the state.

According to Canyon and WADE, solar could be the best solution for Orissa’s future energy demand.

In his presentation he explained the current scenario of the solar industry across India and how Orissa can also promote solar projects with a target of 5000 MW by 2020: 1000 MW by 2015 and another 4000 MW by 2020. He added all stakeholders should come together more often and find possible solutions.

A total of 8 MW of solar grid-connected projects and a 50 kW solar off-grid project in Orissa secretariat are going to be commissioned this year, he said.

In addition to employment and environmental adv-antages, off-grid solar applications in various establishments can reduce load on the grid, which is explained in the document. The document was well accepted and appreciated by the stakeholders and further action on this policy is now required.

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