terça-feira, 27 de outubro de 2015

Já ouviu falar em Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental?

Quem vive em Curitiba, talvez nunca tenha ouvido falar da SPVS - o que é difícil, mas pode acontecer.

Então, aos que - pela primeira vez - estão conhecendo estas 4 letrinhas -> "S P V S", terá a excelente oportunidade de conhecer a respeito. Vamos lá...

SPVS quer dizer: Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental
A SPVS é uma "Organização Não Governamental" que desenvolve projetos inovadores e de qualidade na área da conservação da natureza, com características voltadas à expansão e replicabilidade de ações direcionadas à manutenção do patrimônio natural e da biodiversidade.

Perto de 30 anos de atuação em diferentes biomas brasileiros, os trabalhos da SPVS são realizados sempre em ações conjuntas com empresas, instituições públicas e do terceiro setor, visam influenciar políticas públicas e buscam demonstrar o quanto a qualidade de vida, as atividades econômicas e o desenvolvimento são dependentes da existência de áreas naturais bem conservadas e da garantia da conservação da biodiversidade.

Por sua capacidade de inovação e criatividade, unida ao conhecimento científico e noção de prioridade em favor da conservação da biodiversidade, os projetos da SPVS têm correspondência com temas atuais e estão diretamente relacionados com assuntos que comprometem as atividades produtivas, a vida das pessoas e a sustentabilidade dos negócios."

A missão da SPVS é trabalhar pela conservação da natureza, através da proteção de áreas nativas, de ações de educação ambiental e do desenvolvimento de modelos para o uso racional dos recursos naturais.

Enfim... nós que vivemos em Curitiba, teremos a excelente chance de bater um papo com o pessoal da SPVS. Será no evento: Tai Chi & Plantas Nativas que ocorrerá no dia 07 de novembro, na Praça do Tai Chi (Av. Agua Verde esq. Rua Guilherme Pugsley), às 10h15. É livre! É grátis!
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Para saber mais sobre a SPVS
. http://www.spvs.org.br
. https://www.facebook.com/SPVSBrasil
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Para saber mais sobre o evento "Tai Chi & Plantas Nativas"
. https://www.facebook.com/PracadoTaiChi
. LevisLitz@gmail.com
. www.TaiChiCuritiba.com.br

quarta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2015

World's Most Detailed Wind Resource Data

IRENA and DTU Launch World's Most Detailed
Wind Resource Data

 Global Wind Atlas provides accurate wind resource data down to
the kilometre, boosting support for global wind energy development
 
 

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, 21 October, 2015 –  The most detailed data and statistics on global wind energy potential are now available online, thanks to a free resource launched today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The Global Wind Atlas provides wind resource data at one-kilometre resolution. Prior to this release, global wind data was only publically available at 10-kilometre resolution or poorer, which resulted in underestimations, increased risk and increased costs for wind energy planners.

 “Wind energy potential across the globe is vast, but the upfront costs of measuring potential and determining the best locations for projects is an obstacle in many countries,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “The new Global Wind Atlas provides this needed data directly and for free, making it a ground-breaking tool to help jumpstart wind energy development worldwide.”

Global Wind Atlas screenshot displaying wind data around the world
The Wind Atlas is the newest addition to the datasets available through IRENA’s Global Atlas, a renewable energy mapping tool. The dataset uses microscale modeling to capture wind speed variability on small scales, allowing for better estimates. When locating wind farms, developers naturally pick areas with the highest wind speeds. In datasets that provide average wind speeds over large areas, the enhancement of wind speeds due to small scale features such as hills and ridges are not captured, making the resource appear weaker than it actually is. The Wind Atlas can prevent this underestimation, provide visual maps showing wind speeds at three different heights, and also provide tools to generate and export data and statistics such as wind roses and wind speed distributions over a chosen area.

“The release of the Global Wind Atlas demonstrates the support of the international community to expand global renewable energy to address global climate change, increase electricity access and stimulate economic development,” said Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt. “Denmark, together with South Africa, has already developed the South African Wind Atlas and we have seen the value of the tool in the development of the wind energy sector.”

The Wind Atlas builds on decades of expertise in wind mapping at the Technical University of Denmark. It was funded by Denmark as part of its commitment to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) process, and represents the achievement of the goal set forth by the CEM’s Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group to help increase the global share of renewable energy by providing the world with detailed and validated wind potentials through an online platform. 

Access the Global Wind Atlas maps here: http://bit.ly/1PDgGrt and the new toolset here: http://bit.ly/1MAJrjs 

About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 143 Members (142 States and the European Union). Roughly 29 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. www.irena.org

About the Global AtlasThe IRENA Global Atlas for Renewable Energy aims to close the gap between nations that have, and nations that do not have, access to the necessary datasets, expertise and financial support to evaluate their national renewable energy potentials. As of January 2015, 67 countries and more than 50 institutes and partners were contributing to the initiative. The geographic information system (GIS) and mobile app (Global Atlas Pocket) provide free access to over 1,500 datasets that contain solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and marine energy potential for locations around the world. Online simulation tools allow to process this information and assess renewable energy potentials.

About the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) 
DTU was founded in 1829, and has ever since been dedicated to developing the natural and the technical sciences with a view to creating value for society. During the past two centuries, DTU has undergone a transformation from a 19th century polytechnical institution to a present-day international, multidisciplinary institution that caters for research, teaching, and collaboration across scientific, professional, and geographical borders.

Contact information:Hillary McBride, Communications Officer, IRENA,  hmcbride@irena.orgT: +971 2 417 9000; F: +971 56 410 3572

segunda-feira, 5 de outubro de 2015

Africa Can Quadruple Share of Renewable Energy by 2030

Africa Can Quadruple Share of Renewable Energy
by 2030, IRENA Report Finds



Modern renewable energy technologies could feasibly meet 22 per cent
of Africa’s energy needs within 15 years

Cape Town, South Africa, 5 October 2015 – The African continent could generate nearly a quarter of its energy needs through the use of indigenous, clean, renewable energy by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Africa 2030 – a comprehensive roadmap for Africa’s energy transition – finds that a combination of modern renewable technology could realistically meet 22 per cent of Africa’s energy needs by 2030, a more than a four-fold increase from just five per cent in 2013. The report also finds that scaling up modern renewables in Africa is an affordable means to help meet fast-growing energy demand while increasing energy access, improving health and achieving sustainability goals.

Four megawatt solar PV minigrids serving 30 villages in Mali
Photo: Courtesy of AMADER
“Africa holds some of the best renewable energy resources in the world in the form of biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “This, combined with the precipitous drop of renewable energy technology costs, creates a massive opportunity for African countries to both transform and expand their energy systems while providing a pathway for low-carbon economic growth.”

The report identifies nearly 10 exajoules – the equivalent of more than 341 megatonnes of coal – of options for sustainable development through renewable energy. Roughly 40 per cent of  this energy would be in the power sector. Solar resources are abundant across the continent, while biomass and hydropower potential are more plentiful in the central and southern regions. Wind resources are strongest in the north, east, and southern regions, and geothermal energy is strong in the Great Rift Valley. 

Renewable energy capacity additions could increase the share of modern renewables in the power sector to 50 per cent by 2030, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 310 megatonnes. Developing these projects is more cost-effective than ever before, with solar and wind projects across Africa now producing record-low electricity prices.

Roughly 50 per cent of the energy from the recommended options would be through biomass-based heat applications. Half of all energy use in Africa today involves traditional biomass consumption. The report estimates that a shift to modern renewable energy cooking solutions would reduce the use of traditional cook stoves by more than 60 per cent, saving USD 20 to 30 billion annually by 2030 through the reduction of health complications from poor indoor air quality.

“Tapping into renewable energy resources is the only way African nations can fuel economic growth, maximise socio-economic development and enhance energy security with limited environmental impact,” said Mr. Amin. “The technologies are available, reliable and increasingly cost-competitive. The onus is now on Africa’s governments to create conditions to accelerate deployment, paving the way for Africa’s unfettered, sustainable development.”  

The report recommends 14 actions to speed the uptake of renewables on the continent, including enabling policies and a regulatory framework to catalyse investment, adopting investment promotion measures, and off-grid renewable energy solutions to increase energy access and reduce poverty.

Africa 2030 is built on a country-by-country assessment of supply, demand, renewable energy potential, and technology prospects. The effort is a part of IRENA’s REmap 2030 programme, which provides a roadmap to double the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix by 2030. 

The report was released on the sidelines of the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference, which aims to provide a global platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to advance renewable energy. The 2015 conference is themed “RE-energising Africa” and seeks to position Africa as the business destination for renewable energy, given its current growth trajectory and need for clean energy investment for sustainable economic growth.

Download the full report: http://bit.ly/1VAd1dv 
More information on the REmap 2030 programme: www.irena.org/remap

About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 143 Members (142 States and the European Union). Roughly 30 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. www.irena.org