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Friday
Apr052013

LAND sds Managing Sustainable Change

Published April 5, 2013

 

 

LAND sds' role in the ecosystem is to promote sustainability and sustainable conversion for organizational growth, profitability, quality and efficiency. The task to sustainability starts uniquely with the step toward considering meaning, implication and impact on the organization and supply chain.

 

LAND sds supports organizations through our management of organizational change, feasibility, research, analyses and planning. These tools provide a structure, road map and acumen to the construction of a sustainable organization. The process is collaborative and reflective of the organization's culture.

 

With this mission we have structured other services that fit distinctively within the mastery of sustainability. We look forward to serving and providing a level of intelligence, rigor and benefit that is exclusively ours to provide. Contact LAND sds to learn more on our strategy, management and consulting at land@landsds.com

 

 

Friday
Feb152013

Report Wind Energy Projects at Capacity

 

 

by Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, February 15, 2013

 

Wind Energy topic of growth continue to be reported.  The energy discourse for capacity is at critical measurement to gain more advocates for alternatives. SNL Energy Report: Wind Led Completed Power Projects by Capacity in 2012 reported Green Energy News

"There were 430 power projects completed in 2012, totaling 29,335 MW, according to SNL Energy data. Solar topped the list for the number of projects completed during the year, with 175, and wind came in second, with 136 projects. By capacity, wind led the list, with nearly 13,000 MW, or 44 percent of the total capacity completed."

"Total capacity added in 2012 was significantly greater than the 20,436 MW added in 2011, according to SNL Energy data. The total capacity completed in 2012 represented nearly $73 billion in estimated construction costs, based on details available on specific projects."

"According to SNL Energy data, 12,953 MW of wind capacity was completed in 2012, blowing away previous records and, for the first time, accounting for more generation capacity than any other technology. This gush of wind capacity came as the industry raced to complete projects ahead of the scheduled expiration of the production tax credit at the end of 2012, which has since been extended."

If wind is at capacity the road ahead is steep and in decline. Wind energy in areas of greatest functionality if at capacity will reduce manufacturing, green jobs, growth and energy views for next steps toward advocacy. Wind news needs evaluation to determine the conversation for energy development.

Monday
Feb042013

Black Carbon Study Reports Contribution to Climate Change

 

 

 

By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, February 4, 2013

 

As we learn more about climate change and its impact studies are offered. One study provided from The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy “Bounding the role of black carbon in the climate system: A scientific assessment,” reports Clean Energy in "Black Carbon Significant to Climate Change" is one such effort.

"The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy welcomes a new landmark study, “Bounding the role of black carbon in the climate system: A scientific assessment,” that provides new evidence on the importance of black carbon (BC) as a climate pollutant."

“This report underscores the critical need to continue the fight to reduce diesel pollution. For close to a decade, SACE has advocated for diesel emission reductions to protect public health, which is still very critical. But, with the growing evidence of the role of black carbon in climate change, it is increasingly important that we focus on a comprehensive, targeted plan to cut emissions from diesel engines and other black carbon sources."

"The study finds that diesel engines are the best target for mitigation, followed by brick kilns and residential stoves, and that cleaning up diesel engines could slow warming immediately."

Studies and research can lead to break through information that when complied can offer actionable steps to change to mitigate the effects, as well as, preventative steps to the reduction in climate change. Information when used can support sustainable planning and development for healthy, safe and green cities.

 

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Monday
Feb042013

Kyoto Protocol Produces Economic Development Opportunities

 

 

By Dr. Tyra Oldham, Sustainability Expert, LAND sds, February 4, 2013

 

The development of six thousand projects toward change by the Kyoto Protocol was announced. The news was set forth to establish emission reduction solutions across the world. The advent of such mechanism can spur clean and development within the 37 nations participating. The article "6000 Projects in Developing Countries, Thanks to Kyoto Protocol" reported by Sustainable Business offered relevant information to the formation of projects using emission credits to offsets equivalents to on the ground projects.

"Under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), emission-reduction projects in developing countries - such as conserving high priority forests or developing clean energy projects - apply for certified emission reduction credits, each equivalent to one ton of carbon."

"The Clean Development Mechanism is also the main source of income for United Nation's Adaptation Fund, which finances projects that help developing countries that are particularly vulnerable adapt to the impact of climate change."

"Research shows that the CDM has spurred $215 billion in investments, but low prices for certified emission reduction credits threaten the program. The value of credits is down over 90% in the past year because of weak demand."

"Under the Kyoto protocol, 37 countries and the EU agreed to binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They could reduce them by using three "flexible mechanisms" - cutting emissions directly, trading emissions credits or through Clean Development Mechanism."

These projects and offsets can spur growth and advance clean-energy, emission reduction plans and schemes to drive economic development. The advancement of the CDM produces capital (human, economic and intellectual) in the short-term advancing sustainable solutions to be measured, studied and integrated into long-term system for overall sustainability.

 

Learn more about LAND sds  planning, research, consulting and analyses services for sustainability and profitability.

Tuesday
Jan292013

Research on the Ability to Listen to the Sun

 

 

 

Re-reported by Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, January 29, 2013

 

When we consider energy and sustainability the research directly related to the sun is relevant and related to a smarter planet and how it is managed. We reported the information from the Smart Planet which provided what "If we could hear the sun, what would it sound like?".

The research indicated that, "We can’t hear the sun because sound waves can’t travel through the vacuum of space — they need an atmosphere, where they travel by creating changes in pressure."

"Scott McIntosh of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and other scientists measured changes in the light waves that the sun emits and translated those changes into sound waves."

"The light waves are a reflection of the giant waves of gas that travel inside the sun and burst to the sun’s surface. In the picture, you can see an ejection of material from the sun in the upper right corner."

"The scientists measured the light by using a dopplergraph, an instrument mounted on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory — one thing it can measure is the time it takes gas waves to travel through the sun. (SOHO was built in Europe under the direction of the European Space Agency and launched by NASA in 1995). According to McIntosh, the sound of the sun includes many different frequencies mixed together."

To understand how we managed our planet assists in gaining optimal functionality as clean-energy is adopted. The information provided by researchers on the sun, wind and more can assist us to sustainable solutions and implementation. Moreover, research can guide us into understanding climate change and growth.

Thursday
Dec272012

New Solar Technology Advances Energy Efficiency from Stanford

 

 

By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, December 27, 2012

Universities continue to develop innovation in the clean-green-energy pursuit. Stanford is bringing forth technology that adds to the efficiency of solar. Lake County News reported on new solar technology “Stanford researchers make breakthrough on peel-and-stick solar panels”.  

Solar tech  

“Stanford researchers have succeeded in developing the world’s first peel-and-stick thin-film solar cells. The breakthrough is described in a paper in the December 20th issue of Scientific Reports.

Unlike standard thin-film solar cells, the peel-and-stick version from Stanford does not require any direct fabrication on the final carrier substrate.

And while the development of thin-film solar cells promised to inject some flexibility into the technology, explains Xiaolin Zheng, a Stanford assistant professor of mechanical engineering and senior author of the paper, scientists found that use of alternative substrates was problematic in the extreme.

Zheng said, “Nonconventional or ‘universal’ substrates are difficult to use for photovoltaics because they typically have irregular surfaces and they don’t do well with the thermal and chemical processing necessary to produce today’s solar cells. We got around these problems by developing this peel-and-stick process, which gives thin-film solar cells flexibility and attachment potential we’ve never seen before, and also reduces their general cost and weight. It’s significant that we didn’t lose any of the original cell efficiency,” Zheng said.”

The exploration and development of new solar technologies can with investment, feasibility and application support the development and cross pollination of new energy solutions for energy efficiency effectiveness. The sticking point is customer adoption and developing the price point for competitive advantage. The continued research of universities to promote cutting edge technologies boosts the cognitive scale and advances opportunities for start-ups or businesses to bridge new verticals that can evolutionize how we serve up and source energy for today and the future.