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Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY is the Canadian leader in clean energy research and technology development. With over 450 scientists, engineers and technicians and more than 100 years of experience, we are Canada's knowledge centre for scientific expertise on clean energy technologies. CanmetENERGY supports Natural Resources Canada's priorities to promote the sustainable and economic development of our natural resources, while improving the quality of life of Canadians. Home page of E-Futures Doctoral Training Centre for Interdisciplinary Energy Research E-Futures is a Doctoral Training Centre that will train a new generation of scientists and engineers to address the challenges inherent in making the transition to a sustainable energy future. Students will receive an overview of energy issues in the first year of their training before developing individual specialisations through research projects. E-Futures draws together world-class research within the University of Sheffield to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today's evolving issues regarding energy generation, management and supply. E-Futures also represents a new working culture, fostering relationships between teams in universities and forging lasting links with industry and other external organisations. Students will receive a formal programme of taught material to develop and enhance their technical interdisciplinary knowledge, and broaden their set of skills.

Cool roof The albedo of several types of roofs Reflective surfaces are artificially-altered surfaces that can deliver high solar reflectance (the ability to reflect the visible, infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths of the sun, reducing heat transfer to the surface) and high thermal emittance (the ability to radiate absorbed, or non-reflected solar energy).[1] Reflective surfaces are a form of geoengineering. The most well-known type of reflective surface is the cool roof. Two-thirds of the world's new solar panels were installed in Europe in 2011 - News & events - JRC Over the past ten years, the PV industry grew in Europe by an average of over 40% per year© stock.xchng (Debbie Mous) Europe accounted for two thirds of the world-wide newly installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2011, with 18.5 GW. Its overall PV capacity totalled 52 GW. The yearly electricity produced by PV could power a country with the electricity demand of Austria, which corresponds to 2% of the EU's electricity needs. These are some of the highlights of the 2012 Photovoltaics Status Report published today by the JRC. The study summarises and evaluates the current activities regarding manufacturing, policies and market implementation world-wide.

Rocky Mountain Institute - Driving the Efficient Use of Resources Creating Better Buildings Achieving deeper levels of energy savings will require a scaling up of investment in energy efficiency. RMI’s new practice guide on how to calculate and present value from deep energy retrofits can help drive that investment. Further Study - Choosing your Career - Students - Careers Service Some useful resources For the vast majority of postgraduate courses and research programmes there is no centralised application system; you simply apply direct to the institution concerned. In most cases, there will be no fixed closing date, but you need to check this with the institution. Generally speaking, it is advisable to apply nine to twelve months before the intended starting date, especially as this may improve your chances of obtaining funding. Postgraduate courses | These databases lists courses and research opportunities by subject area and also include information on funding sources

Photobioreactor Photobioreactor in general[edit] A bioreactor is an installation for the production of microorganisms outside their natural but inside an artificial environment. The prefix “photo” particularly describes the bio-reactor's property to cultivate phototrophic microorganisms, or organisms which grow on by utilizing light energy. These organisms use the process of photosynthesis to build their own biomass from light and CO2. Members of this group are Plants, Mosses, Macroalgae, Microalgae, Cyanobacteria and Purple Bacteria. Key objective of a photobioreactor, or PBR, is the controlled supply of specific environmental conditions for respective species.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council “A workforce trained to competency-based standards that are market valued leads to safer, more cost-effective clean energy use, which boosts consumer confidence and supports the expansion of solar and other renewable energy installations across the country.”Jane Weissman, IREC President and CEO IREC is ensuring that our clean energy workforce is well trained to quality, competency-based standards — and trained by programs that teach the skills in demand by employers. IREC leads the nation in the development of quality and competency standards, accreditation and certification programs for clean energy educators and training programs in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Together, they form a strong foundation for a quality workforce with market-valued skills.

The Emerging Climate Technology Consensus Update (Jul 16, 2010): Expanding on a Washington Post op-ed, Vinod Khosla delineates his argument "about the deficiencies of an isolated cap-and-trade or carbon-pricing bill," and joins the climate technology consensus. Khosla writes, "If we want to make a significant difference, we need to get on the path to reducing carbon worldwide by 80 percent now by focusing on what I call "carbon reduction capacity building" -- in other words, we need to develop radical carbon-reduction technologies. A utility cap (or a carbon price) won't build capacity -- it will just increase our utility costs and decrease our manufacturing competitiveness without any increase in our technological competitiveness. Update (Jul 14, 2010): Other observers have reached similar conclusions about the faltering pollution paradigm. Walter Russell Mead and Clive Crook weigh in on "The Big Green Lie" but can't agree on what it is. By Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger

Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory SWITCH-WECCDesigning low-cost, low-carbon power systems using the SWITCH optimization model The SWITCH model can explore the cost and feasibility of generation, transmission, and storage options for the future electricity system. The model identifies cost-effective investment decisions for meeting electricity demand, taking into account the existing grid as well as projections of future technological developments, renewable energy potential, fuel costs, and public policy. SWITCH uses time-synchronized load and renewable generation data to evaluate future capacity investments while ensuring that load is met and policy goals are reached at minimum cost. The optimization is formulated as a deterministic linear program, which is solved by standard commercial software. For more information, see this intro to SWITCH-WECC, a summary of the model’s capabilities, and extensive model documentation.