Category SOLAR POWER for the World

First European Award for PlusEnergy Buildings of CHF(^$) 100,000

In order to promote PEB around Europe, there will be a Swiss and European Award for Plus Energy Buildings in 2010. It is the goal of this PEB Award to support architects and engineers according to the actual PEB level of technology in order to realise PEB possibly nationwide. The most creative architects, engineers and businessmen realise increasingly efficient buildings consuming less energy at full comfort: PEB produce more energy than they averagely need for their total heating, warm water and electricity aPhoton 1/2010, p. 51: The equity price of the Chinese enterprise Trina Solar has increased by 410.7% since January 1, 2009. In Europe, equity prices of solar enterprises have drastically decreased.

bPhoton 1/EU, Joint Research Centre, Renewable Energy Unit, PV Status Report 2009,


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15th PEB conclusion for Barack Obama: yes, you can build a White PEB House (Open Letter)

Dear Mr. President, as President of the United States you visited Saudi Arabia in spring 2009. According to the media, you were asking your hosts to send less money to Pakistan and Afghanistan because it might be used for financing terrorists’ actions. We have to ask ourselves if those who are obstructing the use of renewable energies in our countries and sustaining the payments aProf. Dr. Bernard Lane published several professional articles at the University of Bristol/UK on the subject. They were in parts also published in practically all Swiss newspapers and magazines; in occasion of the hotel inauguration in December 16, 1983, there were also several articles in German newspapers such as Frankfurter Allgemeine, Siiddeutsche Zeitung, Der Stern, Berliner Morgenpostand others.

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14th PEB conclusion of Socrates: independence is the precondition for freedom

As millions of other examples from SMEs, the history of the hotel Ucliva shows that renewable energies create jobs and lead to a sustainable, regional ecology of public interest. Renewable energies and in particular solar energy can be used on all continents and even in far-away communities by the local population. The sun is shining for us all and supplies enough energy for free in order to be independent and to free ourselves from non-renewable energies that will come to an end in the 21st century—all in the true sense of Socrates’ words: Independence is the precondition of freedom...

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13th PEB conclusion: creating jobs with ecological behaviour

All these examples show that the opponents’ arguments against renewable energies are based on lack of knowledge and ignorance of facts—to the disfavour of SMEs that have no lobby for PR campaigns. The main argument Bill Clinton used in 1996 in his successful election campaign is still the same today: "It’s the economy, stupid.” The main argument is jobs and then ecology. In 1978, a majority of Waltenburg’s inhabitants combated the drainage of the Rhine and fought for its preservation up to Federal Court. Their action resulted in approximately 15 jobs (some of them part time) and the biggest employer in town. In 1988, the ecologic hotel was awarded by the Council of Europe in Strassbourg (see Fig. 44.51)...

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12th PEB conclusion: "domestic investments for jobs&quot

"Instead of sending our money abroad for buying fuel oil, we better create domestic jobs with the know-how of German engineers,” declared the German Minister of Environment (and member of the CDU) Norbert Rottgen. a There is no other energy and job machine that substitutes more energy and creates millions of sustainable jobs at the same time than the implementation of a PEB program. The initiates of the CO2-free hotel Ucliva acted according to Rottgen’s motto on June 23, 1978, when they founded a hotel co-operative in Waltensburg/Grisons. They wanted to create jobs in their alpine town at the Vorder Rhine in order to stop migration (see Fig. 44...

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11th PEB conclusion: what was possible 25 years ago and is now realised in Shanghai

If it is possible to refurbish energy-intensive businesses with an energy index of 750 kWh/m2a to PEB, why should it not be possible to realise all future European average buildings with ten times lower energy indexes of 40 to 70 kWh/m2a as PEB as well? Furthermore, if in Pudong at the Huang-Pu river of Shanghai apartment and business buildings with altitudes of 350 to 420 m are built in a weekly rhythm, why should it not be possible in European cities and towns to enlarge buildings or building groups by some aAlpiq solar wall: In Geneva, the technological department of Alpiq presented a solar wall with micro-amorphous solar cells from Oerlikon-Solar and designed in co­operation with SUPSI. Installed on the facade, this wall produces approximately 85 kWh/m2a...

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10th PEB conclusion: physics or nature’s gift per square meter

Solar radiation in Central Europe brings approximately 1000 kWh/m2 a. The sun is essential for the loop of nature and outnumbers the total energy need of the whole world by a factor of 10,000. The solar reserves will last for the coming four billion years. If we analyse the gifts of nature and physics per square meter from the viewpoint of the final consumer or according to the demand-side management, we note different heights of precipitation depending on the location, an annual increase in biomass and solar radiation. These three energy sources can be transformed into kWh/m2 as follows:

• Hydropower: With precipitation in Central Europe, nature makes a water gift per square meter of «1m height (1 m2 x 1 m) i. e. 1 m3 of water « 11 of water per m2...

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9th PEB conclusion: Lord Foster is leading the way for architecture in the 21st century

The principles mentioned by Lord N. Foster at the 15th Swiss Solar Prize are valid also for the 20th Solar Prize and for architecture of the 21st century. "Architects, designers and planners cannot continue to ignore the damage our building inflict on the natural environment.” As the consequences of our past inaction become ever more apparent, designing for a sustainable future becomes a necessity, not a choice. The way we shape our buildings, our neighbourhoods and our global lifestyles has now become even more important than ever—we must ensure that sustainability becomes as inseparable from our design processes as time, cost and quality...

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