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Environmentalists in Argentina on Alert Following Belgian Central Fissures

 

Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Foundation of Argentina warned today that the Argentina Atucha nuclear plant has one of the 19 reactors in operation with Dutch vessels provided by the RDM, one of which presented cracks in a Belgian central.

Both organizations reported in disseminated environmentalists who claim that the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development confirmed that Atucha have a vessel provided by Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (RDM).

The Natural Resources Foundation of Argentina and Greenpeace and agreed that the cracks detected in the Doel-3 reactor, a Belgian central, indicate that there is a “serious risk” in all plants with pressure vessels provided by RDM.

Both organizations have called on the Nuclear Regulatory Authority and the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina to report publicly if RDM acted as provider of Atucha, which is centrally located 115 kilometers from Buenos Aires.

“There are 22 million Argentines who live within 300 miles of Atucha and could be affected by a major accident at the plant” he warned Mauro Fernández, of Greenpeace Argentina.

Atucha, which is of 374 megawatts, was inaugurated in 1974, which Argentina was a pioneer in Latin America in the use of nuclear power to generate electricity.

The country has two nuclear plants and a reservoi, which was launched last September.

 

 

Altmaier Wants to Fight for Affordable Electricity

 

BERLIN, Germany – Federal Environment Minister, Peter Altmaier (CDU), assumes that electricity prices will rise during the phasing out of nuclear power.

“Everyone knew when to phase out nuclear energy, the energy transition can not be had for free,” the CDU politician said on Wednesday in the ZDF “Morning Magazine”.

Task of the federal government is to organize the transformation of energy so that these price increases were within the scope and power remain affordable.

According to Altmaier, the energy revolution will not fail. Needed were new power lines. This would be in the Federal Network noted that should be adopted no later than early next year.

Northern Energy Leaders Begins Negotiation with Indians

 

The leaders of Northern Energy, began negotiations today with the Indians in Belo Monte, who take their work for two weeks in protest over its potential impact on the Brazilian Amazon.

The meeting will last until tomorrow, so there is no expected agreement today, said a consortium spokesman.

About 300 Indians of six ethnic groups occupy the Pimentel site, principal place of work since last June 21, according to several organizations that support the protest.

The work on the Pimentel site, which is located in the town of Altamira (Pará), are paralyzed since last week “for security reasons” because of the occupation, according to the spokesman.

The Indians today signed a letter to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, to demand the annulment of the construction license for the work and to respect the right of native peoples to decide on the construction of the dam.

Belo Monte, which will be the third largest plant of the world, has the backing of the Brazilian government, which denies that will have impact on indigenous lands in the region.

The letter to Rousseff argues that the works are already affecting water quality in the Xingu River, which is “cloudy and unhealthy”, preventing the Indians bathing or washing clothes and forced to do “long walks” to find water drinking, according to the text published by NGOs.

The Indians also complained that the builder is not meeting all the requirements of mitigating the impact of the work, which began in March last year.

 

 

Largest Solar Boat in the World Come to Port Adriano

 

PALMA DE MALLORCA – The largest solar boat in the world, the MS Turanor PlanetSolar, comes this Tuesday to Port Adriano (Calvia), with a ceremony attended by the financial vice-president of Business and Employment Promotion, Josep Ignasi Aguiló.

This vessel is the first that has been around the world being driven solely by solar energy. The event, which will run between 12.00 and 14.00 hours, will begin with a welcome by the port address.

There will also be an introduction by the master of PlanetSolar and Immosolar representative, and proceed to visiting the ship.

GE Technology to Reduce Emissions

 

Fenosa Natural Gas has chosen GE to find a solution that would allow the center to continue to operate in compliance with the scenario of reducing energy demand. When it becomes operational in the second quarter of 2014, the turbine, GNF, will operate with a level of NOx emissions that is lower, putting the plant in a position to provide power during periods of lower demand, as well as optimize the response distribution, reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions of CO2.

The DLN 2.6 + technology leverages advanced platform solutions that provides the flexibility needed to balance production, operational availability and control of emissions to reduce costs. The project responds to a new Contractual Service Agreement (CSA) of GE. These agreements are structured to provide customers with predictable maintenance costs while ensuring high availability and a steady stream of profit from the operation of the facilities. To date, GE has in course of long-term service agreements in over 700 installations throughout the world.

“GE aims to partner with clients to find solutions that GNF targeted to changing market conditions in which they operate,” said Dick Ayres, General Manager, South Europe at GE Power Generation Services. “The agreement for this project includes also the possibility to evaluate all operations returning GNF recommendations on possible areas for improvement,” he added.

“The investment we made ​​in the DLN 2.6 + technology from GE means greater flexibility and ability to organize the best,” said Jesús Bertet Sanjuán, Director of Combined-Cycle Generation of GNF. “In a market like this, where flexibility and organizational skills are two crucial elements of operational, DLN 2.6 + technology will allow to capitalize quickly on opportunities of GNF energy sales at higher prices,” said Franck Oger, Regional General Manager , GE & PGS Thermal Units.

Fenosa Natural Gas is a division of Gas Natural SDG SA, one of the largest multinationals operators of gas and electricity. It is present in over 25 countries, with approximately 20 million customers and an installed capacity of over 17 GW.

Going green: energy efficiency tips when heating and cooling your home

The rising cost of utility bills means everyone wants to reduce the amount they spend on heating their home in winter and cooling it in summer. There are several ways to make your property more energy efficient, so here are a few tips to help get you started.

Insulation

Having proper insulation for your loft and walls could save you more than you might think on your heating bills. Where walls are concerned, you’ll need to find out whether your home has solid or cavity walls. With the former, you can choose between internal or external insulation, while with the latter, insulation is fitted in the gap between the two layers of your walls.

Meanwhile, loft insulation can save you a significant sum, as around one-quarter of the heat generated in your house will be lost through this part of the home. As it’s relatively cheap to install – normally between £100 and £350 for the whole property according to the Energy Saving Trust – you could get your money back within two years.

This works the other way too, as in the summer having insulation will help keep cool air inside your home.

Consider your windows

There are some simple changes you can make to your habits that can make your heating and cooling efforts more effective. For instance, in the winter, you should close your curtains or blinds around dusk to prevent heat escaping through your windows. In the summer, keeping curtains drawn during the day can stop the sun’s light from heating a room, helping it stay cooler.

You should also check for draughts around your windows and reseal them if you can feel air getting in anywhere. If you are using air conditioning equipment  in the summer, keep the windows closed, as you want to prevent your cooled, climate-controlled air escaping outside.

Temperature control

Turning your thermostat down by one degree can save around ten per cent on your heating bill, so if you can cope with your house being a little cooler in the winter it is well worth doing. Similarly, setting your air conditioning unit one or two degrees higher in the summer while you are out of the house will stop it using too much energy to cool a home no one is in.

Use a programmable thermostat to help you set the temperature depending on your schedule. That way, you can ensure the heating or air conditioning is only on when people are at home and isn’t using unnecessary energy at times when there is nobody around.

Another tip to save energy and prevent your cooling system working too hard is to reduce the fan setting on your air conditioner. This has the added benefit of removing the humidity from the air, which will make your home more comfortable in hot weather.

Check your vents

If you have an air conditioning system in your home it is important to regularly check the ducts and vents to ensure there is no damage to them. Even small holes or cracks can make a difference to the performance of your unit, so it is worth being certain you don’t have any defects. You also need to replace your filter whenever it looks dirty, as a build-up of dust and grime will mean your system needs to work harder to cool your property.

Fleet management to be the key for EV Revolution

There is absolutely no doubt that the electric vehicle revolution is just in its infancy and while promotion agencies are already going gaga about how good driving an EV is, there are many that still are not convinced about their practicality.

The problem with the purchase of EVs is not so much the lack of interest or even the ability of car makers to produce quality vehicle in this class, but the absence of a supporting infrastructure that will assure owners that all is well. And Fleet management might be one of the keys to the success of the electric vehicle revolution in the years to come, if the necessary concerns are addressed.

One of the key aspects of fleet management is a vehicle tracking system and with improving technology, cheaper hardware and better software at hand, this aspect of fleet management has become far more advanced and affective than ever before.

This has meant that fleet management is now an area of greater significance than ever before and companies are now far more interested in having dedicated units and hiring experts who will help them in this field. And appealing to this sector will help increase the demand of EV sales exponentially.

One that that is already in their favor is the Plug-in Car Grants and tax cuts that the government offers for the ‘green vehicles’. What needs to be improved though is vehicle recharge pints and their number which will assure that they are not left high and dry on the road. Also essential is a chain of retail that will help fleet managers sell the used EVs effectively after their lifetime is done. Currently the market for used EVs is almost non-existent and hence proves to be major setback for EVs when it comes to becoming effective investment options.

Tracking vehicles and managing both infrastructure and fuel costs help companies immensely and being part of such efficient fleets will help the future of EVs greatly.