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Links: A new alternative energy group in Italy
MILANO MIGLIORE  True Green and Conservative in Italy,
Now running with LETIZIA MORATTI, for Major of Milan
2020 and alternative energy in Italy

Renewable Energy – 2020: Italy and the future

From left:: Giorgio Ruscito (amministratore delegato Areté Energia); Rinaldo Sorgenti (Comitato scientifico Orizzonteneregia, vicepresidente Assocarboni); Gabriele Boccasile (Direzione Agricoltura Regione Lombardia); Massimo Gallanti (Direttore Sviluppo dei Sistemi Elettrici, ERSE); Gianluca Alimonti (Docente Fondamenti di Energetica, INFN e Università degli Studi di Milano); Stefano Alaimo (Responsabile Unità Gestione Mercati per l’Energia, GME); Michelangelo Marinelli (presidente CEG); Luigi Bodria (Coordinatore del corso di Laurea in Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie, Università Studi Milano)

A small palm oil biomass thermoelectric plant will save a paper mill and 120 jobs
On July 10th, the new power station, fed with vegetable oils and paper mill by-products, will begin operation in the town of Guarcino, in the Lazio region. A  20.5 MWe plant, born of a partnership between CEG – Heat Energy Gas, and Financial Valentini Guarcino mills industry, in Frosinone, will be saving the mill, by producing an additional annual income of over € 2 million. This will allow the rebirth of the complex after a long period of crisis also tied to higher energy costs.

2016 Olympics Waterfall in Rio
Solar  Tower for the 2016 Olympic Games – Rio de Janeiro

Getúlio (Jeff) Santos President Brazilian Specialty Foods, Inc.

The challenge was to design a vertical structure on the island of Cotonduba that in addition to serving as an observation tower would become a symbol of welcome to newcomers in Rio either by sea or by air once it has been host city of 2016 Olympic Games. Designed by RAFA firm headquartered in   Zurich  ,   Switzerland ,it is called ” Solar City Tower , this structure was chosen in response to the initial proposal and it has the potential to generate enough energy not only for the Olympic city, but also for part of the city of Rio . Its design makes it store solar energy during the day, while the surplus energy produced is piped to pump sea water within the tower giving the effect of a waterfall outside. This water is reused simultaneously by turbines which are designed to produce energy during the night. These characteristics give it the epithet tower generator which is intended as a continuation of some of the resolutions taken during the Earth Summit United Nations in 1992 that took place in Rio and also promotes the use of natural resources in energy among these people.The tower also has an amphitheater, an auditorium, cafeteria and shops accessible on the ground floor where you can take an elevator that leads to various observatories and a retractable platform for the practice of bungee. At the top of the tower, it will be possible to appreciate the scenery around the island where it will be erected and its waterfall will become a benchmark for 2016 and the city of Rio de Janeiro  .

SANDIA and the Nuclear Program

Giovedì 05 Febbraio 2009 By: Guido George Lombardi 

Two employees of Sandia National Laboratories are leading well-respected nuclear power associations, and a retiree has been honored by one of the top organizations in the country. Steve Ortiz, a 29-year Labs employee, is president of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), and Tom Sanders, manager of Sandia’s Global Nuclear Futures Initiative, is president-elect of the American Nuclear Society. In addition, Rip Anderson, who retired from Sandia in 2002 after 41 years, was recently honored by the American Nuclear Society with a Presidential Citation for his active engagement in the education of the public on nuclear issues. “These are the two leading organizations in the world that address the challenges associated with nuclear energy, nonproliferation and nuclear materials management and that contribute significantly to the science and engineering foundation for nuclear energy worldwide.” says Les Shephard, vice president of Sandia’s Energy, Security, and Defense Technology Center. “This recognition is a real tribute to Steve, Tom and Rip and their personal commitments and dedication to excellence that has had significant impact on the Laboratory and on these two organizations.” Ortiz started at Sandia in 1980 as a member of technical staff in the Nuclear Safeguards and Security Directorate and from 1988 to 1990 was the technical division supervisor for the Satellite Integration and Test Organization in the Space Systems Department. Since 1990 he has been manager of Sandia’s Security Technology Department in the Nuclear Security Systems Center. Over the years Ortiz has assumed growing responsibilities in INMM, including serving as chairman of the Physical Protection Technical Division, senior member of INMM, member of the INMM Technical Program Committee, member at large of the INMM executive committee, INMM vice president from 2006-2008 and currently INMM president. Sanders is currently vice president of the American Nuclear Society and will become president in June. The 23-year Sandia veteran is the leader of the Global Nuclear Futures vision at the Labs. He led the development of topical meetings, policy papers, news articles, partnerships with other countries and nongovernmental organizations and caucus events on Capitol Hill to articulate that a healthy and thriving U.S. nuclear energy infrastructure is key to global proliferation risk management in the future. Anderson, now retired, is an internationally recognized expert in risk and performance assessment. As manager of the WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) Performance Assessment Department at Sandia, he led the construction and preparation of performance assessment analysis for a compliance certification application to the Environmental Protection Agency that resulted in the opening of the facility. He joined Sandia in 1961 and while at the Labs he was acting director of the Nuclear Waste Management Programs Center, senior manager of the Program Development and Environmental Decisions Department, manager of the WIPP Performance Assessment and Nuclear Waste Technologies Department and manager of the Subseabed Programs Department

Italian Geo Thermal Energy in South America<
Energy: Italy working in Chile and Peru in the development of geothermal energy production 
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 By: Francesco Tomicic
(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs )

Renewable energy, particularly geothermal, is an opportunity ‘for economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean and Italian companies. 

ECLAC, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, with the support of Italy, is developing several projects involving the development of geothermal energy in Chile and Peru. To take stock of the situation the same ECLAC, together with the Chilean Government and with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Santiago, organized a “week of Geothermal Energy” with two significant events: an international conference where they discussed the situation and prospects for development of geothermal energy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Another event that took place in Lima, Peru ‘, on December 4 and 5 , focused on potential for development of geothermal energy in that country. Lima is about to end the last phase of the project “Renewable energy” for the production of endogenous development in the countries of the Andean and Caribbean implemented by the Division of Natural Resources and infrastructure of ECLAC, with funding from the Italian Government.

To inaugurate the “Geothermal week’ was Paul Casardi, Ambassador of Chile in Italy which has ensured the support of the Italian Government, through the Development Cooperation Agency, to all the projects in the field of geothermal energy. A sector – the Ambassador pointed out – in which Italy has over a hundred years of experience, as evidenced by the fact that geothermal energy is used to produce one quarter of all energy consumed by the Tuscany Region. On the occasion of the International Conference, which was attended by the President of Enel Latin America, the Italian Embassy in Chile has produced a publication on historical Italian use of geothermal energy: the publication was given as a gift to many conference participants.

Wind in Trieste? 
Monday, April 6, 2009.  By  Francesco Battaglia
from “Il Piccolo” of April 2, 2009 

A wind power plant may be built in the Gulf of Trieste with most of its components built and operated in the city of Monfalcone. The project was described yesterday by executives of the Company’s Ansaldo Industrial Systems and Hardware to the chairman of the European infrastructure of the regional council, Alexander Colautti.

These off-shore platforms, in some respects similar to oil, which would allow the total output of 30 megawatts (the equivalent of the annual consumption of about 10 000 families) would be shipped to the distribution network in parallel to those produced with traditional sources. The platforms, consisting of a base from which rises a “tower” which captures the wind by a propeller, would be built in Monfalcone and then transported offshore where the base is submerged under water, leaving only  the ” towers.” above the waters.

“The plant would be installed at least 15 miles from the coast – said the Vice President of Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali, Ferdinando Piazza – with a visual impact therefore not particularly significant and could be a landmark for the whole area of the Adriatic, including neighboring countries. ” The project involves an investment of 5-6 million euro in respect of the infrastructure related to the production of 30-40 million related to the implementation of the platform wind itself. The choice of Monfalcone as a possible place to install a plant of this type is linked to good wind conditions that occur in that particular area of the Gulf of Trieste. “We have significant competitive advantage for the construction of this plant – says the president of SBE, Alessandro Vescovini – relating to the presence of a quay to the siding already existential and proximity of establishments.”

The presence of wind power plant would, according to the promoters of the project, with the holding of hundreds of skilled workers “already exist in this area considered the vocation of shipbuilding.” In addition to the project described yesterday, Ansaldo is working together with the University of Trieste and Udine, the implementation of a prototype permanent magnet generator 50 ton and 4 meters in diameter to produce 2.5-megawatt wind power that will be presented in October and that points to the world market: “It is a booming industry – supports Square – and we believe that significant in a crisis like the one we are experiencing is going to make an effort to aggressively invest in innovation ‘.

Yesterday’s was only the first contact between companies that want to pursue the project and the institutions but to tteggiamento of Colautti is opening. “Of course we all want in-depth analysis of the case, we are only a phase approach to the project. However – the member states of the PDL – it is certainly interesting hypothesis that goes in the direction that we want to follow with regard to energy policy, namely the search for alternative and renewable sources. ”

The project, which has been shown to Colautti through a computer simulation, it is considered by the regional council “not particularly impacting on the environment and landscape. There are definitely some interesting prospects in terms of both production, at a later time, even the sale of energy. Colautti assured that you will make a spokesman for the project to the regional council in the coming months and could organize a series of hearings in the Committee reports to the Council.

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