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etc Bulletin 35

Send date: 2011-04-01 10:00:00
etc Bulletin 35
Environmental Training Community
April SICP Advanced Training Courses
Coming Up Next at VIU
Venice International University is pleased to welcome the delegations of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (MEP) arriving in Venice in April to participate in "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency" and "Environmental Protection Supervision and Inspection" trainings program respectively.
SOLWA (SOLar Water)
Dr. Paolo Franceschetti is an Italian engineer who has projected a system to produce drinking water from polluted waters or from waters with a high concentration of salt, using solar power.
China Takes the Lead in Wind Power Installed Capacity
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has recently published the data analysis of the global wind power capacity for 2010. Despite a slight fall in respect to figures in 2009 (35.8 GW installed in 2010 as opposed to 38,6 GW in the previous year) the total installed capacity increased by 22,5%. This result is mainly due to China's performance, which created up to nearly half of the new installed capacity.
Recycled Tetra Pak Containers Used to Produce Paper
An innovative process to produce paper from recycled Tetra Pak containers has been developed by the Italian Lucart Group, which already produce various lines of environmentally friendly tissue paper for domestic and professional use. This innovation was awarded with a prize during the 2010 edition of Innovazione Amica dell'Ambiente (Environmentally Friendly Innovation), promoted by Legambiente, an Italian environmental association.
New European Topic Centre for Climate Change
A new research centre was created under contract to the European Environment Agency (EEA).The Centre is headed by the Italian Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC) with nine other European partners, among which Thetis Spa (Venice, Italy) can be counted.
NEWater: Singapore bottles wastewater
Recycled treated wastewater will help Singapore to base its water provision on local resources.
The Southeast Asian island city-state lacks sufficient watersheds and natural rivers to withdraw potable water. Up until now, the country resorted to freshwater imports from Malaysia to overcome this problem.
Harvesting the Sun's Energy with Nanoantennas
Researchers from the Idaho National Laboratory, along with partners at Microcontinuum Inc. (Cambridge, MA) and Patrick Pinhero from the University of Missouri have recently developed a new technology that could significantly increase the efficiency of traditional solar panels whilst also allowing them to produce energy after sunset.
PlusEnergy House
Fasanenstrasse 87, in Berlin, is a building that is part of the PlusEnergy House project and will be financed by the German State with approximately 2.5/3 million euro. The positive piece of news is that this kind of house produces more energy than its owners actually need, and considering the consumptions of a common family, the amount produced is twice its actual needs. This is possible thanks to attention placed on the used materials, which are some of the best available technologies,totally recyclable.
Energy Saving For Computers: Standby Mode & Software
The main strategic objective of the project "Selina" (Standby and Off-Mode Energy Losses in New Appliances Measured in Shops) is the market transformation leading to a substantial reduction of standby and off-mode consumption of electronic devices. In the long term, another goal is to produce a Guidelines Leaflet including advice on purchasing and operating equipment.
Linköping Biogas Plant
Linköping has been linked to biogas production from the mid 1990's. The Swedish Biogas plant started in 1995, and the biogas is used for light duty vehicles (private cars, taxis and distribution vehicles), for tracks and also urban city buses. From 2005, the Linköping Biogas plant also provides fuel for the world's first Biogas train for its route from Linköping and Västervik on the East Coast of Sweden.


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