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May 12, 2009
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World's Largest Solar Power Tower Commissioned
from Renewable Energy World
Abengoa Solar has begun commercial operations of the world's largest solar power tower plant, a 20 MW installation. The company claims that the performance of the power plant, the so-called PS20, has exceeded its design output in the wake of its three-day production and operational testing period. More    E-mail article


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New for Green Buildings: City Parks in the Sky
from Greentech Media
The Shanghai Center, due to open in 2014, won’t just be the world’s second tallest building at 632 meters. It will also be a set of neighborhoods stacked on top of each other. The building will contain eight separate neighborhoods each 14 stories tall, says Dan Winey, managing principal for the Asia Pacific office of the architectural firm Gensler, which designed the building. These neighborhoods will contain retail outlets, office space and residences. But at the outer perimeter of each floor of these neighborhoods will be city parks complete with trees, tables and all of the other stuff one would expect in a city park. More    E-mail article

AFE 2009 Member-Get-A-Member Campaign: Who Do You Know That Could Benefit from Membership in AFE?
from AFE
Only you can best communicate the value of AFE membership. AFE provides the tools and information you need for day-to-day success as well as the long-term support for advancing your career. With more members comes a stronger Association, stronger products and services… a stronger profession! And a strong word-of-mouth marketing campaign is the surest way to promote AFE’s continued growth. Click here for the Member-Get-A-Member flyer to forward to your network of colleagues – Get the word out about AFE! More    E-mail article

Wave Energy Racing to Catch up with Wind
from Reuters
Wave energy could catch up with commercially more advanced offshore wind power within five years, the head of pioneers Aquamarine Power Ltd told Reuters. Government adviser Carbon Trust has calculated marine energy could supply up to 20 percent of Britain's power but the technology is still at the prototype stage. More    E-mail article

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from AFE
AFE's virtual classes provide a one-stop educational resource for the plant/facilities engineering, operations, and maintenance professional. Classes are taught by experienced representatives from the field. In addition, each course equates to 0.1 CEU or recertification credit for individuals currently holding AFE credentialing (CPE, CPMM or CPS). Plus – it's free for AFE Members! For information on upcoming classes, Click here.    E-mail article

Walkie Talkie Building Gets Green Light...Again
from Londonist
One of the more controversial additions to London’s skyline has been granted planning approval. Rafael Viñoly's distinctive 'Walkie Talkie' building recently underwent a design review, which has now passed muster with City councilors. The bulbous tower will stand 160m over Fenchurch Street, like a giant robotic cobra, and a publicly accessible 'sky garden' will crown the structure. That's if it ever gets built. More    E-mail article

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Building Made Entirely of Recycled Kitchen Sinks
from Inhabitat
This incredible reclaimed pavilion defies the old “everything but” cliché - it is entirely made of kitchen sinks. Built by 2012 Architechten in cooperation with Jeanne van Heeswijks of Jeanneworks, the structure has risen up as a stainless steel castle tower amidst the traditional architecture of Utrecht, Vlaardingen and Amsterdam. An inventive example of reclaimed construction, the Sustainable Sky Box serves as a multi-purpose space for cultural activities. More    E-mail article

Call for Speakers - Facilities America 2009, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, Greenville, S.C.
from AFE
AFE is now soliciting abstracts for presentations from knowledgeable professionals in industry, government, military, public education and academia for a comprehensive conference program on the latest facilities management topics at Facilities America 2009. Submissions should be in the form of individual presentations or panel discussions. Sessions are 1-½ hours in length. More    E-mail article

Service Launched to Improve Hospital Energy Efficiency
from GreenerBuildings
Consulting firm Environmental Health & Engineering has announced its new Hospital Energy Performance Service, saying it can help hospitals analyze and improve their energy systems to make them more efficient by 25 percent or more. More    E-mail article

Optiwind Accelerating Wind Turbine Taps New Energy Fields
from Inhabitat
Traditional three-blade turbines are great if you have lots of space to play with, but the Optiwind Compact Wind Accelerating Turbine is ideal for high-density, low-wind areas. The turbine’s series of small, five bladed fans funnel in wind and accelerate it, thereby cranking up wind speeds to generate more power. More    E-mail article

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