Power Engineering taught us everything we need to know about tidal energy generation while gas 2.0 told us that waves had powered the US electricity grid for the first time.

The Economist revealed that scientists in Italy are working on turning that green algae in the canals of Venice into green energy. The hope is to identify unicellular micro-algae that can be bred in new bioreactors to provide efficient biomass for electricity and motor fuel production.

The Local Germany informed us that Germany plans to buy solar power from Greece.  With Germany abandoning nuclear power and Greece in a very serious economic crisis, both countries are looking at ways of helping each other.  Greece believes it can supply 10 to 15 GW of electricity to Germany from solar operations.  See also German energy firms seek gold in Greek sunshine.

From gas 2.0 we found out that in Austria you can now recharge your electric vehicle at parking meters.  The town of Ybbs an der Danau became the first to allow its EV owners the convenience of using a new system introduced by Siemens whereby they can recharge their vehicles when they pay for parking.  The idea is to  integrate recharging into existing infrastructure, such as parking meters, in order to place no distinction between somewhere to park your car and somewhere to charge it.

In the energy to waste world we learned from the Montreal Gazette that a landfill gas-to-energy facility is being built near Drummondville, Quebec.  To be completed next year, the plant will sell electricity to Hydro-Québec and send heat generated by the process to a commercial greenhouse that produces tomatoes.  It will generate 7.6 MW annually, enough electricity to service about 6,500 homes.  In Vero Beach, Florida plans are underway to construct a bioprocessing facility that will produce cellulosic ethanol. According to the Southeast Farm Press the facility will use a gas fermentation process to produce an estimated 8 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol from citrus fruit, vegetable and yard wastes. It will be completed in 2012.  The Sun Star told us that Lubao in the province of Pampanga in the Philippines will be building a facility to process 800 metric tons of garbage a day and convert it into 22 megawatts of electricity. The electricity will be sold to the grid and help the province deal with its garbage problems.




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