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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Sergio Ferreira

Sergio Ferreira

Drought and water overuse in Europe - All press releases - EEA - 0 views

  • In Europe as a whole, 44 % of abstraction is used for energy production, 24 % for agriculture, 21 % for public water supply and 11 % for industry.
  • In southern Europe, for example, agriculture accounts for 60 % of the total water abstracted and reaches as much as 80 % in certain areas.
Sergio Ferreira

EU states handed ambitious renewable energy targets | EU - European Information on Energy - 0 views

  • To achieve these objectives, every nation in the 27-member bloc is required to increase its share of renewables by 5.5% from 2005 levels, with the remaining increase calculated on the basis of per capita gross domestic product (GDP). EU countries are free to decide their preferred 'mix' of renewables in order to take account of their different potentials, but must present national action plans (NAPs) outlining their strategies to the Commission by 31 March 2010. The plans will need to be defined along three sectors: electricity, heating and cooling and transport.
Sergio Ferreira

IEA World Energy Outlook 2007 - 0 views

    • Sergio Ferreira
      And some people are still talking about electricity for free... Today, the price of oil is almost passing the $100 a barrel - it reached $97,86 yesterday. And our energy needs will grow by 50% in the coming 23 years. Impressive... and maybe worrying...
Sergio Ferreira

Free-Energy Battery Inventor Killed at Airport? - 0 views

  • inventor of a revolutionary, affordable, clean energy technology
  • He was apparently on his way to Europe where he was to secure major funding for the development and commercialization of his technology, which could make oil obsolete
  • DeGeus was the inventor of a thin wafer-like material/device that somehow specially aligned the atoms or electron currents ongoing in that material, so that the wafer produced a constant amperage at a small voltage – continuous real power, or in other words a strange kind of “self-powering battery
Sergio Ferreira

Europe's environment: 'major concerns remain', says EEA report - 0 views

  • The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released its fourth assessment report on the environmental situation in 53 European countries, highlighting significant air pollution, biodiversity loss and poor water quality across the region. 
Sergio Ferreira

High Speed Electric Rail? Sure. In U.S.? Come Again? at After Gutenberg - 0 views

  • Kati Thompson proposes global rail as an alternative to burning kerosene at high altitude, which has disproportionate effects on global warming.
    Reality or virtual reality:  replacing air transport by high speed electrical rail systems
Sergio Ferreira

What price carbon? - 0 views

  • based on EPRI's cost comparisons, a price on carbon of $50 per metric ton of CO2 equivalent would catapult wind and natural gas ahead of coal. Given how deeply skewed those assumptions are, and how rapidly renewable costs are falling, I'm guessing the needed price is much, much lower.
Sergio Ferreira

Energy Outlook - 0 views

  • many reasons why oil prices have increased so dramatically, compared to their level prior to 2004. It's a long list, including the shift in power from commercial oil companies to national oil companies, and from non-OPEC producers to OPEC, geopolitical tensions, the growth of Asia, inventory, speculation, and even the lagged impact of the late 1990s oil price collapse.
Sergio Ferreira

ETS is likely to increase electricity prices - 0 views

  • power plants, oil refineries, steel mills and cement factories - which account for almost half of the EU's CO2 emissions.
  • he biggest change to the reformed scheme is that EU member states will no longer come up with the so-called national allocation plans, meaning they will no longer grant permits to pollute to their companies. Instead, the "plans would be replaced by auctioning or free allocation through single EU-wide rules,"
  • "Electricity prices may increase by 10-15 percent by 2020," one EU official said on Monday, referring to a commission impact assessment study.
Sergio Ferreira

ENERTRAG Hybrid Energy Plant Off the Starting Blocks - 0 views

  • Following the successful integration of over 120 megawatts of wind power and biogas, the new hydrogen energy plant, with an output of 500 kilowatts, will be the world’s first industrial-scale hybrid energy plant to use renewable energies.
    The first industrial-scale hybrid energy plant to use renewables is due to start operating in 2008 in Germany.
Sergio Ferreira

EPA Declines Texas Request to Reduce Renewable Fuel Requirements - 0 views

  • deny a request from the State of Texas to reduce the national Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)
  • perceived contribution of the RFS to high grain prices, which are negatively impacting the production of beef, poultry, and eggs in his state
Sergio Ferreira

From Wales, a box to make biofuel from car fumes | Science | Reuters - 0 views

  • Through a chemical reaction, the captured gases from the box would be fed to algae, which would then be crushed to produce a bio-oil. This extract can be converted to produce a biodiesel almost identical to normal diesel.
    These guys are actually receiving offers from big car manufacturers...
Sergio Ferreira

Sweden Rolls Out New High-Speed Green Train on Old Tracks :: PNN Planet2025 News Network - 0 views

  • new ECO4 energy saving technologies have been installed, including a new permanent magnet motor that delivers increased propulsion chain efficiency and a "driver assistance system."
Sergio Ferreira

MIT Develops Way to Bank Solar Energy at Home - 0 views

  • During photosynthesis, plants use sunlight to break water into hydrogen and oxygen atoms and later on the atoms recombine and produce energy. MIT scientists have tried to duplicate this method of plants to store sun’s energy.
  • The main constituent in Nocera and Kanan’s procedure is a new catalyst that generates oxygen gas from water and another catalyst produces hydrogen gas. The catalysts are cobalt and platinum. These new catalysts work at normal room temperature in neutral pH water and the whole system can be installed easily.
Sergio Ferreira

New York Expands Renewable Net Metering and Green Roof Incentives - 0 views

  • legislative package on August 5 that will encourage people throughout the state to install grid-connected solar and wind power systems, systems that generate power from farm wastes, and green roofs. Most of the bills relate to net metering, which allows homeowners and businesses to earn credit for any excess power that they feed back into the electric grid
  • up to 2 megawatts in capacity, or equal in size to the customer's peak load, whichever is less, and increases the maximum solar power system size for residential customers to 25 kilowatts, up from 10 kilowatts
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