Eco Solutions
Officially hosted by Environmental Technology and Management Association (ETMA) and sponsored by Saudi Aramco, Eco Solutions is the only platform dedicated to environmental business in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.
5th Dii Desert Energy Conference
We observe that desert power is already clearly emerging in MENA. Wind and solar energy generation capacity is doubling in 2014 compared to 2013. 
Plug-In 2014 Conference
We’ve reached 200,000 plug-in electric vehicles and 7,750 charging stations across North America. Sensational vehicles with stunning performance and breakthrough technology. The progress has been undeniable, the future has never been more promising, but much work remains to be done and the time to act is now.
image Eco Solutions
image 5th Dii Desert Energy Conference
image Plug-In 2014 Conference
Move
-

News

Top Headline

Low cost foundations could cut wind energy costs by 10% over next decade

Low cost foundations could cut wind energy costs by 10% over next decade


The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is joining forces with Statoil, Statkraft, EON, DONG Energy and Universal Foundation, in close co-operation with Aalborg University, to undertake...

Read More...

Solar farms could create hotspots of biodiversity for decades

Solar farms could create hotspots of biodiversity for decades

Solar farms could be transformed into an oasis of plant and wildlife and help reverse declining numbers of bumblebees following the publication of new industry guidelines to support biodiversity.
Read More...

Material and energy recycling of waste

Material and energy recycling of waste

In December 2010 the European Commission issued a new guideline which no longer sees waste as an unnecessary burden but rather as a valuable resource. The waste hierarchy distinguishes five stages: waste...

Read More...
Move
-

Events

Top Headline

Solar Trade Mission Saudi Arabia

Solar Trade Mission Saudi Arabia

The perfect way to discover, evaluate and build partnerships in the Saudi Arabia solar market. Following upon the success of this event in November 2013, Solarplaza will again organize the Solar Trade...

Read More...

5th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power

5th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power

We are thrilled to announce our 2014 series - 5th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power on 22-25 Sept, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea, co-hosted by EnerOne. With Japan and South Korea's march towards clean...

Read More...

The 6th Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition 2014

The 6th Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition 2014

As China’s photovoltaic industry has frequently encountered anti-dumping and anti-subsidy in foreign countries, most people focus on the solution that the government adopts to deal with the crisis....

Read More...
Move
-

Companies

Top Headline

IPPO ENERGY S.r.l.

IPPO ENERGY S.r.l.

IPPO ENERGY S.r.l. is part of the JO Group, cluster of five Italian companies and two non-profit organisations. IPPO ENERGY is an Energy Service Company (ESCo), which has its core business in the implementation...

Read More...

VRG Energy India Ltd.

VRG Energy India Ltd.

Over the decades, harnessing the sun's energy for the purpose of restoring natural resources has come a long way from just heating water to many other applications. Catering to the demanding requirements...

Read More...

ML SOLAR LLC

ML SOLAR LLC

ML Solar is a manufacture and wholesale distributor of solar energy products.  Our products include solar panels, solar cells, inverters, controllers, JBOX, tabbing, bus, flux, mounting and many other...

Read More...
Move
-

Products

Top Headline

STAFOR COMBI thermodynamic unit - ion heater hybrid system

STAFOR COMBI thermodynamic unit - ion heater hybrid system

The annual heating price increase encourages owners of private houses and apartments to search for new heating technologies and technical solutions to reduce these rising costs. Often, these solutions...

Read More...

Istar Solar Polycrystalline Solar Modules

Istar Solar Polycrystalline Solar Modules

These Off-Grid photovoltaic modules are composed of 36 high efficiency policrystalline solar cells produced with the most innovative technologies of isotropic exturization and antireflecting coating. Istar...

Read More...

Windmill V52-850 kW

Windmill V52-850 kW

Our kilowatt turbine, the V52-850 kW, is extremely reliable, and well suited to sites with restricted access or complex terrain. Compact dimensions make the V52 easy to transport and install. We have...

Read More...
Move
-

Organisations

Top Headline

Lithuanian Wind Power Association

Lithuanian Wind Power Association

The Lithuanian Wind Power Association unites Lithuanian wind energy market participants, i.e. wind energy investors, facility producers and service providers.

Read More...

Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy

Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy

The Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy “FARE” is a coalition of concerned individuals, businesses, communities, associations, policy makers, non-profits, and renewable energy producers.  FARE is...

Read More...

European Biomass Industry Association

European Biomass Industry Association

EUBIA, the European Biomass Industry Association, was established in 1996 as an international non profit association in Brussels, Belgium. It groups together market forces, technology providers, and knowledge...

Read More...

An innovative low-cost smart paint that can detect microscopic faults in wind turbines before structural damage occurs is being developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

The environmentally-friendly paint uses nanotechnology to detect movement in large structures, and could shape the future of safety monitoring.

Traditional methods of assessing large structures are complex, time consuming and use expensive instrumentation, with costs spiraling into millions of pounds each year.

However, the smart paint costs just a fraction of the cost and can be simply sprayed onto any surface, with electrodes attached to detect structural damage long before failure occurs.

Dr Mohamed Saafi, of the University's Department of Civil Engineering, said: "The development of this smart paint technology could have far-reaching implications for the way we monitor the safety of large structures all over the world.

"There are no limitations as to where it could be used and the low-cost nature gives it a significant advantage over the current options available in the industry. The process of producing and applying the paint also gives it an advantage as no expertise is required and monitoring itself is straightforward."

The paint is formed using a recycled waste product known as fly ash and highly aligned carbon nanotubes. When mixed it has a cement-like property which makes it particularly useful in harsh environments.

Dr Saafi explained: "The process of monitoring involves in effect a wireless sensor network. The paint is interfaced with wireless communication nodes with power harvesting and warning capability to remotely detect any unseen damage such as micro-cracks in a wind turbine concrete foundation.

"Wind turbine foundations are currently being monitored through visual inspections. The developed paint with the wireless monitoring system would significantly reduce the maintenance costs and improve the safety of these large structures.

"Current technology is restricted to looking at specific areas of a structure at any given time, however, smart paint covers the whole structure which is particularly useful to maximise the opportunity of preventing significant damage."

The research has been carried out at Strathclyde with Dr Saafi working alongside David McGahon, who initiated the work as part of his PhD project. With fly ash being the main material used to make the paint, it costs just one percent of the alternative widely used inspection methods.

A prototype has been developed and tests have shown the paint to be highly effective. It is hoped further tests will be carried out in Glasgow in the near future.

Dr Saafi added: "We are able to carry out the end-to-end process at the University and we are hoping that we can now demonstrate its effectiveness on a large structure.

"The properties of the fly ash give the paint a durability that will allow it to be used in any environment which will be a massive advantage in areas where the weather can make safety monitoring particularly difficult.

"The smart paint represents a significant development and is one that has possibly been overlooked as a viable solution because research tends to focus on high-tech options that look to eliminate human control. Our research shows that by maintaining the human element the costs can be vastly reduced without an impact on effectiveness."

Source: Click Green

Name:
Email:

 

Events Calendar

  • 13 Oct 2014
    5th Dii Desert Energy Conference

    Register now for the 5th Dii Desert Energy Conference this October 13-14 in Rome where High-level international representatives from the political, industrial and scientific communities...

  • 04 Dec 2014
    The 9th AsiaSolar Photovoltaic Industry Exhibition and Forum

    Successfully being held for 8 times, AsiaSolar has attracted over 2,000 exhibitors, trade visitors up to 200,000. The concurrent AsiaSolar Photovoltaic Industry Forum successfully invited...

Renewable Energy Maps

Addition to the Map

Click here to find out how to add your Event, Company, Organisations or Products to the respective map. 

Contact Details

For questions, comments or suggestions concerning cooperation with RE-Database, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For questions concerning events or products advertised on our website, please contact the event's organizer or the respective company.

Copyright

© 2008-2014 Renewable Energy Database.    All Rights Reserved.