Monthly Archives: August 2012

New power plant in Copenhagen to double as ski slope

Thanks to a clever design, a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the Amager district of Copenhagen, Denmark, will also serve as a ski slope. When architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group won the contest to design the replacement … Continue reading

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How will Energy Strategy 2050 financially impact the Danish consumer?

Currently 80% of Denmark’s energy needs come from oil, coal and gas. So the transition to a clean green energy supply by 2050 will be a major challenge for all Danes. Today, fossils fuels are cheaper than renewable energy, though … Continue reading

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Univ. of Colorado at Boulder begins building carbon-conscious campus district energy system

The first phase of construction on a University of Colorado Boulder campus utility project that will provide efficient heating and cooling and significantly reduce the university’s carbon emissions begins this week on the south side of campus. Completion is scheduled … Continue reading

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Groundwater district cooling reduces energy consumption in Frederiksberg, Denmark

The Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH) reports that a district cooling system is being constructed that will use cold groundwater from the subsurface to cool buildings in Frederiksberg Municipality, Denmark. The project will dramatically reduce energy consumption and greenhouse … Continue reading

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Montpelier VT biomass project back on track

The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports that the Montpelier City Council, in a dramatic reversal of last week’s vote, has approved the first phase of the district energy project that supporters say will bring major long-term savings. The city will put … Continue reading

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White House Issues Executive Order in Support of CHP

This morning, on August 30, 2012, President Obama signed an Executive Order calling for action in the deployment of 40 gigawatts of new, cost-effective industrial Combined Heat and Power (CHP) capacity in the United States by 2020.  Text of the … Continue reading

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BAE facilitates agreement between Nexterra and Stopford to develop energy-from-renewable-waste projects in the UK

Nexterra Systems Corp., based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Stopford Projects Ltd., in Ellesmere Port, south of Liverpool, England, have formed a strategic alliance to develop and market Nexterra’s energy-from-renewable-waste gasification systems for the industrial and district energy markets … Continue reading

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Is CHP really one of the next big things?

Smart Grid News asks and responds to the question: “Who’s using Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and what are they doing with it?” Iceland, Italy, Germany, Turkey and other countries use CHP with renewable geothermal energy and send the heat … Continue reading

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California announces 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan

KQED News reports that California has announced its 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan [PDF], which promotes an array of organic materials as a large and untapped fuel source for an energy-hungry state.  In 2007, “biomass” energy accounted for roughly 2.1 percent … Continue reading

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Dubai: Empower’s district cooling consumption rises 23.2% in July 2012 vs. July 2011

Emirates Central Cooling Corporation (Empower), a major district cooling service provider in the region, reports that consumption of district cooling provided by the company rose by 23.2 percent in July 2012, compared to same period last year. The company also … Continue reading

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