The time is now for the energy consumer, says Anna Bruce, as energy “prosumers” produce, consume, and provide electricity and grid services in previously unimagined ways. Bruce, a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales’ School of Solar Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE), leads work on the role of distributed energy resources in the energy transition, analysing firsthand the dizzying level of complexity it brings.
Tyler, City In Texas, Changes Its Law Banning Solar Panels From Public View
I recently wrote about a senseless law in Tyler, Texas, that banned residents from getting solar if the panels were visible to the public. Well, we have great news! That law has been changed. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported on July 28 that the City of Tyler removed its restriction on solar panel installations.
The city council voted to revise the law to allow residents to install solar energy devices on their roofs as long as the devices are flush-mounted and color restricted. Ground-mounted devices
still have to be out of public sight. The Tyler City Council voted to revise this law after seeing the state’s push to clarify a solar panel ordinance and the passing of new state law, Senate Bill
398, which was just signed by Governor Gregg Abbot.
The new law says that municipalities may not prohibit or restrict the installation of solar energy devices. According to the new law, solar panel devices can only be restricted if it threatens public safety or violates the law.
The owners of Wright-Way Solar Technologies, Rudy and Yvonne Wright, shared their thoughts. Rudy urged the city council to have more reasonable and freedom-loving legislation on this, not just the max restriction the state allows. Rudy pointed out that he would like to see the existing restrictions on solar canceled.
“I would urge the council to please don’t try to keep us under the tightest leash that the state law allows and give us our freedom to capture the sun’s energy, whether that’s growing plants, or growing power for our battery system or helping maintain our stable grid,” Rudy said.
Yvonne added that, to her, the restrictions seemed to be purely aesthetic. She noted that there weren’t any threats posed by solar to public safety, health, or even detraction from property value. As for the latter, solar actually increases property values and makes the city more attractive by allowing residents to become energy independent.
Kyle Kingma, the city’s planning manager, added to the article. He said that if there were no changes made to the city ordinance regarding solar panels, then come Sept. 1, when the new state law about restrictions on solar energy goes into effect, it would not be enforceable. The new changes to the ordinance will allow any recent pending requests for solar panel installations that the city has received.
“This revision will provide the necessary clarity as to the ability to utilize solar energy devices in the city of Tyler,” he said.
This is great news for residents of Tyler, Texas, as well as those living in other cities who wish to go energy independent.
Quelle: Cleantechnica.com Text: Johnna Crider
Testing of Soluxa with colored solar panels on the facade of the University of Nijmegen has started
Radboud University in Nijmegen has put a test facade with colored solar panels from Soluxa into operation. It is the first demonstration of Vibrant technology with solar panels in every imaginable color.
The start-up Soluxa is a spin-off from Radboud University Nijmegen. Lourens van Dijk, founder of Soluxa, about the demonstration: “Nobody wants black office apartments or houses, but with the developed Vibrant technology this is a thing of the past. Now every facade can generate energy. This doubles the space available for solar collectors in the built-up area. The technology demonstrated is an important step in remembering the climate goals. '
60 square meters
The facade of 60 square meters is placed on the Huygens building of the Radboud University. The aim of the test facade is to map the output of the colored panels and to demonstrate what colored solar facades look like. 14 different colors were used for the test facade, including a special color that changed color depending on the viewing angle. The solar panels have a yield of 80 to 90 percent compared to a black solar panel.
Van Dijk: “The solar panel is a new option for facade cladding. Since the solar panels generate electricity, it is even cheaper than traditional cladding. The solar modules can be produced on a large scale and at a low price. '
By using solar panels on facades, solar energy is generated at different times of the day than solar panels on the roof. Van Dijk: “In the mornings and afternoons, the east and west facades generate a lot of energy. This is exactly the moment when a lot of energy is in demand. The south facade generates a lot in winter when the sun is low. Thus, this technology ensures a better distribution of the energy generation over the day and the year, so that the energy network is less stressed. '
Soluxa is currently developing the production technology. It is expected that the product will be able to be used on a large scale by mid-2022. Van Dijk: “The technology is suitable for both renovations and new buildings. There is already a lot of demand from the market, but we also notice that companies are sometimes a little hesitant. In order to rapidly apply the technology on a large scale, we are looking for companies that recognize the power and dare to share with us the risks associated with the application of this new technology. Quelle: Solarmagazine.nl Text: Els Stultiens
How Chinese Farmers Are Turning Gobi Desert Green
Since 1978, China has been planting millions of trees in an ambitious project aimed at holding back a growing Gobi desert. After spending decades planting trees in the Gobi desert, farmer Wang Jinyi has helped make the vast land green again. Under the state-driven Green Great Wall, armies of volunteers have joined the reforestation of the Gobi desert as part of China’s goal to expand total forest coverage there to 24.1% by 2023. Here's a look at some images. In March, heavy sandstorms hit Beijing for the first time in six years, putting the country's reforestation efforts under scrutiny, with land increasingly scarce and trees no longer able to offset the impact of climate change.
Gobi desert expanse stretching over 500,000 square-mile from Mongolia to northwest China, which would coat Tiananmen Square in dust nearly every spring. Now a local institution in northwest China's Gansu province, Wang Tianchang and his family lead busloads of young volunteers from the provincial capital of Lanzhou into the desert each year to plant and irrigate new trees and bushes. The Wangs have been fighting desertification since they settled on barren land near the village of Hongshui in Wuwei, a city in Gansu close to the border with Inner Mongolia, in 1980. Over the last four decades, the Three-North Shelter Forest Programme, a tree-planting scheme known colloquially as the "Great Green Wall", has helped raise total forest coverage to nearly a quarter of China's total area, up from less than 10% in 1949.
In a battered jeep loaded with a water tank and flying a large Chinese national flag, the Wang family have been planting the spindly "huabang" in the rolling dunes. The flowering bush known as the sweetvetch has an 80% success rate even in harsh desert conditions and has become a key part of efforts to "hold down the sand", a term used locally for planting bushes and grasses in even squares across the desert slopes to stop sand drifting into nearby farmland. Quelle: Indiantimes.com Text: Anuj Tiwari
Wir müssen uns einer neuen Ästhetik ergeben. Landschaften und Städte werden sich aufgrund der zunehmenden Zahl von Instrumenten zur Energieerzeugung verändern. Um eine erfolgreiche Energiewende zu erreichen, benötigen wir eine unglaubliche Anzahl effizienter Tools, die sowohl privat als auch öffentlich sinnvoll installiert werden müssen. Die Standorte müssen organisiert und genehmigt werden. Durch Beten und Moralisieren wird nichts erreicht. Wir müssen mit Photovoltaik, Windkraftanlagen, Batterien... Tabuplätze einnehmen. Ob das allgemeine Erscheinungsbild der Welt hässlicher oder attraktiver sein wird, ist zweitrangig. Entweder viele Module und Räder oder fiese Kohlekraftwerke die uns vergiften und demoralisieren. Text: Webmaster
Roof solar panels in Changjiang Village, China
Trash becomes electricity The electricity for the electric vehicles is produced in-house - in the waste-to-energy plant (MHKW) in Hedder Gleichennheim, whose shareholders are partly FES and the Frankfurt energy supplier Mainova. The twelve-meter-long solo buses are charged there during breaks in operation, both during the day and at night - regardless of whether the batteries are completely or only partially empty. An energy management system ensures that the vehicles always have enough power when they are in use. Household waste and non-recyclable commercial waste from Frankfurt and the surrounding districts of Hochtaunus and Maintaunus are incinerated in the MHKW to generate electricity. Röttele explains: “When household waste is burned, energy is released. This is used to heat steam to 500 degrees Celsius and thus generate a pressure of 60 bar. With this steam as an energy carrier, district heating and - with the help of turbines - electricity are generated. " According to the information, up to 525,000 tons of waste can be recycled in the plant per year. About 0.4 MWh or 400 kWh of electricity is generated from one ton of waste. “A bus needs from completely empty to one hundred percent full 300 kW. We can load a bus around 1.3 times with one ton, ”says Röttele. In other words: "A full charge takes 0.75 tons." www.mhkw-frankfurt.de
Ausgezeichnet durch mich Georg Schoener "Weltec Biopower"
I would be very happy if all carproducers would join forces to preserve our beloved earth, our living space. Mobility is very helpful, but production and use leave negative marks on our ecosystem. I use my car every day and am annoyed that I am actively involved in pollution. The automotive industry and all of us having an obligation to start activities for the climate and the environment and I do not miss the opportunity to criticize the incredibly dirty fleet of company cars in our federal government. Die Welt sollte das dem ADAC zu Grunde liegende Konzept und die darin befindliche soziale Komponente zum vorbildlichen Leitsatz erheben. Eine einheitliche Mobilitätswende hin zum Gebrauch umweltfreundlicher Kraftstoffe funktioniert dann, also nicht nur auf Deutschland bezogen, wenn sich der Mensch seiner Verantwortung gegenüber seinen Mitmenschen und der Umwelt bewußt wird und sein Handeln, seine Mobilität, vernünftig und tolerant dahingehend ausrichtet. Das heisst es darf keine Nischen geben in denen lustig und vergnügt weiterhin das Klima durch fossile Kraftstoffe verpestetet wird als wäre nichts gewesen. Der ADAC ist eine sehr gute Sache mit viel Potential das sich weiterdenken und führen lässt. Ich als ADAC-Mitglied bin schon bestens bedient worden. Text: Webmaster
Motorsport ist Umweltverschmutzung in der negativen Qualität von Umweltverbrechen, vergleichbar mit Kohlekraftwerken und illegal entsorgtem Müll in der Landschaft. Wer sich in besonderem Maß an der Unterstützung und Förderung verantwortungsloser und wie es scheint geistesschwacher Enthusiasten beteiligt ist selbst zum Umweltverbrecher geworden. Es geht beim Motorsport um egoistische Rücksichtslosigkeit, ein stark ausgeprägtes Suchtverhalten, skrupellose Medienanstalten die ihre Sendekanäle mit Inhalten bestücken, die eine möglichst breite Masse von Menschen, mit einem dazu passenden IQ ansprechen sollen, um sie letztendlich mit horrenden Fernsehgebühren auszubeuten. Wir alle sollten uns die Frage stellen ob mit dem Irrsinn des Motorsports, der mit fossilen Kraftstoffen betrieben wird, eine ernsthafte Energiewende und Heilung des Weltklimas zu bewerkstelligen ist. Text: Webmaster
The people who find themselves in such a drastic poverty and hopelessness have to be integrated into the system of "remuneration by work". These people can be encouraged to restore their own environment properly. I plead for the worldwide expansion of this system. We will see how their living conditions change for the better. Text: Webmaster
Sr. Ignacio S. Galán, me impresiona usted mucho, me encantaría que se involucrara en proyectos que conviertan los residuos en energía respetuosa con el clima, hay suficiente material, muchas gracias.
Mr. Ignacio S. Galán, you impress me very much, I would be glad if you would get involved in projects that turn waste into climate-friendly energy, there is enough material, thank you. Text: Webmaster
Clear cases of environmental crime, where is the judiciary?
I point out that this criminal activities of such insane air pollution should be subjected to a police investigation. On the one hand, investors in renewable energies are trying to counteract air pollution and, on the other hand, disrespectful, loveless environment-sinners pollute all of our air. A real energy transition shouldn't tolerate that. I call for clear legislation against such climate crimes. I have the impression the greater the endeavors of the industry, the more the achievements are torpedoed by destructive ignoramuses. Text: Webmaster