The World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) was established in 1997 as a non-profit research and promotion organization whose mission is to accelerate the worldwide development of high efficiency cogeneration (CHP) and decentralized renewable energy systems that deliver substantial economic and environmental benefits.



 On 15 April, thirty energy ministers of the Western Hemisphere converged at the Inter-American Development headquarters in Washington DC to commemorate the Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas. The participants represented the energy industry, private sector, governments, non-governmental organizations and think tanks. The fundamental purpose of the partnership was to promote sustainable growth that is beneficial to citizens. Katherine Fierro, country manager, Peru represented WADE at the event.

 The meeting was called by Dr. Steven Chu, US Secretary of Energy, to foster and deepen regional participation and commitment to the goals of the Energy and Climate partnership of the Americas (ECPA). This ministerial was hosted by President of the Inter-American Development Bank (ADB) Luis A. Moreno and was also attended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

 Keynote Speaker Steven Chu highlighted that the ministerial is one of equal partnership of common interests and shared values by accelerating clean energy, advancing energy security and reducing energy poverty. He mentioned that new technologies play a pivotal role in contributing to energy savings.

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US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton addressing the Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas

 A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Stephen Chu, Secretary of Energy and Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the ADB formalizing the creation of Energy Innovation Center to help ADB expand its clean energy investment and support projects of all sizes.

 Keynote speaker US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodman Clinton, highlighted the Western hemisphere partnership and reiterated that energy innovation shall increase in scale with governments and businesses investing in new technologies and new sources of energy. These will promote progress in energy innovation, help people save money, deploy indigenous sources of energy and fight climate change.

Five critical areas of engagement and two proposed new areas were mentioned by her: energy efficiency, renewable energy, cleaner fossil fuels, energy poverty, infrastructure, sustainable forestry and land use, and assisting developing countries adapt to climate change. She highlighted sustainable energy initiatives by Columbia, Mexico and Brazil in the areas of long distance electrical transmission, wind energy and energy-efficient homes.

 Six energy and climate initiatives were also launched by the US: advance sustainable energy in the Caribbean, support energy and environmental security in Central America, work to advance sustainable biomass energy, the US will work through the Peace Corps to advance renewable energy efforts, three top scientists from the US will serve as ECPA fellows, consultants, advisors or educators, and the US will promote use of shale gas as the cleanest fossil fuel for power generation.



 The WADE Canada RETScreen Training Workshop once again received excellent feedback from all participants, this time at a workshop held in Chatham-Kent on 26–27 May. Employees from Chatham-Kent businesses including the utility, engineering firms, the Municipality and instructors from Ridgetown campus attended the workshop and dinner.

 The training workshop included a tour of the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus Biodiesel Plant, where participants learned about the farmgate and second-generation biodiesel research, which is now being applied in various farms of the region. The University hopes to develop a profitable model for farmers to convert their used crop materials into biodiesel on-site, using equipment already available for farming purposes.



 Power-Gen India & Central Asia 2010, the premier exhibition and conference in South East Asia, for power generation, transmission and distribution industries, was recently held in Mumbai. Mr. Sridhar Samudrala, Asia Director, WADE, chaired the Energy Efficiency session in the event.

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Sridhar Samudrala, Director Asia, WADE at the event with other delegates

 Dr. Sastry Munukutla, Director, US Centre for Energy System Research, presented ‘software for inexpensive on-line monitoring of efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions monitoring in coal-fired units,’ followed by
presentations: ‘Increasing efficiency and reducing carbon footprint through the use of Organic Rankine Cycle technology’ by Mr. Venkataramana Muvvala, Area Director, Pratt & Whitney Power, US, and ‘Condition monitoring of rotating machines’ and ‘Energy efficiency – recovery of lost MW through auxiliary power reduction & combustion enhancement’ by Mr. Mukesh Vyas, Divisional Manager, Forbes Marshall, India and Mr. Michael Pelzer, General Manager, SAS Global, US. 



 The China Low Carbon Economy Forum 2010 held in Beijing, China was co-hosted by WADE, the China Association of Science and Technology Industry Parks, and the Financial Times. The key theme of the conference was ‘Low Carbon City, Low Carbon Industry and Low Carbon Finance’.

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Ju Ning, Country Manager, China, WADE (left) with other delegates at the China Low Carbon Economy Forum 2010

 Ju Ning, Country Manager, China, WADE moderated the closing ceremony discussion titled ‘Post Copenhagen Low Carbon Economy Outlook.”



 A workshop on Macro Decentralized Energy: Gaps and Barrier to Deployment co-sponsored by WADE, the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and the UK Combined Heat & Power Association (CHPA) was held in London on 21 May. Mr. Syed Z Hassan, Program Director, WADE, attended the workshop.

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Mr Syed Z Hassan, Program Director WADE (left) with Mr Hirofaumi Kyutoku, Managing Director of Japan Gas Association (JSA)

 Mr. Hassan also met up with the Mr. Hirofaumi Kyutoku, Managing Director of the Japan Gas Association (JSA) in London for an exchange of ideas and cooperation between WADE and JSA. The meeting was arranged on the request of the Japan Gas Association for assistance in guiding JSA on the application of stationary fuel cell technology and a global marketing strategy.



On 29 and 30May, 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and/or social significance opened their doors to the public as part of the city’s ‘Doors Open Toronto’. WADE Canada President, Anouk Kendall and Board Member, Jim Baxter of the City of Toronto attended City Hall’s Green Roof Launch.

Mayor David Miller hosted the official opening ceremony of the new landscaped gardens of Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall’s Podium green roof. A new Green Roof Bylaw will mandate green roofs on new construction and encourage retrofit projects. The goals for the demonstration project include generating reliable technical data on green roof performance in areas such as energy efficiency, stormwater retention, the extended lifespan of roof membrane and plant survival in the Toronto climatic context.

The City is supporting research on city-wide cooling benefits of green roofs in the summer and the potential offsets of greenhouse gas, smog reduction and energy efficiency gains by reducing cooling energy needs in all buildings. For example, a green roof that can reduce the solar gain of a building by 2–4°C in summer would reduce energy consumption by approximately 10%.

‘This green space is truly an oasis.’ says Anouk Kendall. ‘The colours of the greenery and flowers transition across the roof and throughout the year, making it a living, constantly changing canvas for onlookers in the offices above. Local beekeepers are ecstatic because this ‘garden’ has already become a pollination destination for the bees. It’s a tranquil and beautiful inner city space which also supports energy conservation and environmental benefits.’



WADE member Caterpillar Inc. subsidiary Solar Turbines welcomed US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to 

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Secretary Locke speaking at the Solar Turbines manufacturing facility

the company’s Kearny Mesa facility in San Diego, California. Secretary Locke toured the factory, where gas turbine packages are assembled for the global oil and gas and power generation industries. Natural gas and renewable fuels such as landfill methane, biogas, and coke oven gas power the turbine packages. Solar’s products are used extensively throughout the world for high efficiency power generation, petroleum production and gas compression.

 After the tour, Secretary Locke hosted an export-focused, business discussion with about 100 small business owners from the San Diego area. ‘At this facility, our employees assemble, package, test and ship turbomachinery solutions to customers in more than 90 countries,’ said Steve Gosselin, Solar Turbines president and Caterpillar vice president. ‘Last year, more than 70% of the products made at our San Diego area facilities were exported, so we clearly understand the proven benefits of open trade and the need to support trade initiatives,’ Gosselin added.

During the business discussion following the tour, Secretary Locke explained the department’s new National Export Initiative (NEI), which aims to double US exports over the next five years. The NEI focuses on three key areas: expanding trade advocacy, improving access to credit for small and medium businesses that want to export and supporting efforts to open foreign markets for US companies. ‘In these uncertain economic times, Solar Turbines has not only survived, but has thrived because of its exporting success,’ Locke said. ‘When traditional drivers of US economic growth like consumer and business spending are facing headwinds, increasing exports must be a central part of America’s economic recovery and job creation efforts.’

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