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Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Rooftop wind turbines:
"McKenzie Bay International Ltd. today announced its DERMOND, INC subsidiary has begun marketing its first two commercial products: WindStorsm,, a renewable electricity generation and storage system, and the DERMOND Wind Turbine “DWT” for building rooftop and off-grid, remote access, markets. WindStor, a ‘turnkey’ wind-power system that incorporates a DWT and a Vanadium-based battery, is designed to provide onsite-generated power for commercial buildings, multistory residential dwellings, light industrial users, businesses, and off-grid users in remote areas of the world. WindStor provides an uninterruptible power supply that is also suitable for peak shaving and load leveling applications. DWTs are ideal for rooftop applications because their blades rotate around the mast allowing them to operate in areas of frequently changing wind directions. DWTs offer greater safety as the blades are securely attached at four points, both ends plus safety harnesses, with kill switches to instantly shut down blade rotation to prevent blades and turbine from falling to the ground." The company has a interest in a vanadium mine. Purchase and lease of turbines in 2004. 3:58:56 PM
Supporting Poor Communities Under the Kyoto Protocol
: "July 16, 2003 -- Poor communities in developing countries will benefit from the groundbreaking Community Development Carbon Fund (CDCF) which became operational yesterday. The World Bank which developed the CDCF in collaboration with the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat and the International Emissions Trading Association, announced commitments of $35 million from both public and private sector participants, as part of a $100 million package. ..
The CDCF represent a pioneer effort which focuses on small-scale projects at the local level in the least developed countries and poor communities of developing countries, through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 agreement to limit climate altering greenhouse gas emissions. This flexibility mechanism of the Protocol allows OECD countries to fulfill some of their greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments through projects in the developing world.
The CDCF will support initiatives with significant and measurable community development benefits in fields such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and solid waste to energy conversion. So far, contributors include the governments of Canada, Italy, and the Netherlands, Japanese companies such as Daiwa Securities SMBC, Idemitsu Kosan, Nippon Oil, Okinawa Electric, BASF of Germany, and ENDESA of Spain. A number of other companies and governments are expected to announce their participation over the next several weeks.." 2:54:57 PM
Decentralized Infrastructure For Rural Transformation Project
: Worldbank $20m project in Bolivia: "This project will provide financing for the first phase of an ambitious plan to bring electricity and communications capabilities to rural communities, where 40 percent of the population live. New or improved technologies, including solar energy and cellular telephony, will conquer geographical obstacles that have limited past infrastructure expansion projects in the countryside. Initial goals include installation of 15,000 household solar power systems, 25,000 new cellular phone users in 100 communities, and a fully operational Internet portal that is part of the Country Gateway web network of development-oriented information systems. For more information, please call Christopher Neal at (202)-473-7229, fax at 522.3698, or e-mail Cneal1@worldbank.org
" Project information documents available
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: "SHEC LABS - Solar Hydrogen Energy Corporation today unveiled its advanced solar concentrator technology that intensifies sunlight 5,000 times." Photos and video available. 2:44:12 PM
Reunion Island RE
: "- The president of Reunion says his African island can become energy self-sufficient with the development of renewable energy sources. Paul Vergès says Reunion will become a "unique example in the world of an island without oil or power but with wind, solar and volcanic energy." " 2:35:53 PM
: "- Syria will invest US$1.5 billion until 2011 to install 800 MW of wind turbines and 16,000 solar PV systems in 1,000 villages. Renewables should provide 4% of national energy by 2011, and create 7,225 jobs and reduce annual GHG emissions by 2.6 MT. Electricity minister Mouneib Saem Al-Daher says generation of the same output by oil would cost only $410 million but, in the long term, would cost $5.6 billion while the renewables option would be $3.3 billion. " 2:33:25 PM
U.N. nuclear inspectors estimate 22 pounds of uranium missing from looted Iraqi plant
: "..they said the material couldn't be used to make nuclear weapons. The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that the vast majority of uranium feared stolen from Iraq's largest nuclear research facility at Tuwaitha after Iraqi troops fled on the eve of the U.S.-led war had been recovered, though it gave no figure. " The quantity involved may have been dispersed as dust when the containers with the material were emptied. But, they couldn't check on isotopes
: "an IAEA spokeswoman said the agency had not been permitted by U.S. occupation authorities to check the status of Tuwaitha's stocks of highly-radioactive cesium-137, cobalt-160 and other materials which could be used in dirty bombs. ''There were around 400 of these radioactive sources stored at Tuwaitha,'' IAEA's Melissa Fleming said. Witnesses have said that villagers near Tuwaitha, especially children, have shown symptoms of radiation sickness. ''Any case of radiation sickness would probably be from these highly-radioactive sources, not from the low-grade natural uranium at Location C,'' Fleming said. The environmental organisation Greenpeace organised its own mission to Iraq to determine the level of contamination of areas around Iraq's looted nuclear sites. " 8:22:46 AM