Antonio Pasolini

Antonio Pasolini
Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist currently based in Berlin who writes about clean energy, green living and sustainability. He also works as a translator (Portuguese-English) and promotes animal rights and veganism in his spare time. He is the proud guardian of a dog called Dylan, who was rescued from a public shelter in Spain. Pasolini recently launched a book of short stories in Portuguese called Ponto de Fuga.

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7 years 1 month ago

A new paper published by the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development examines how governments, donors and businesses can work together to provide poor communities with sustainable energy supplies.

The paper focuses on PERMER (Project for Renewable Energy in Rural Markets), an Argentinean program that has successfully delivered basic electricity access to remote, rural...

7 years 4 months ago

Anyone who follows news on new solar technology is probably aware that conversion efficiency, that is, the amount of solar light, that actually becomes electricity, is the top challenge for this industry. Currently the top conversion rate is around 18% which means there’s definitely room for much more efficiency.

In a recent interview, Hypersolar’s CEO Tim Young said what we should be looking for “disruptive technologies”, which are technologies that represent game-changing breakthroughs, not traditional technologies that may not be economically viable over the long term without...

7 years 5 months ago

The idea of turning windows into solar cells in not exactly new. It is, in many ways, an ideal solution. It can be seamlessly integrated into the architecture of a building and generate power at the same time, making the most of a larger solar harvesting area in the case of tall, vertical buildings. It’s a win-win situation.

But the technology is not ready yet, even though one company called New Energy is developing its trademark Solar Window and making considerable progress with it.

This week...

7 years 5 months ago

Good news from the wind industry front. According to the latest figures released by the American Wind Energy Association, America’s wind power industry grew by 15% in 2010 and provided 26% of all new electric generating capacity in the United States. With the 5,116 MW added last year, U.S. wind installations now stand at 40,181 MW, enough to supply electricity for over 10 million American homes.

“The American wind industry is delivering, despite competing with energy sectors that have permanent government subsidies in place,” said Denise Bode, AWEA'...

7 years 5 months ago

As the expected environmental benefits of biofuel made from food crops such as corn, rapeseed and wheat have not materialized, the race is on to find a competitive second generation of biofuels whose raw material is wood, grasses and non-edible parts of plants, which do not compete with food crops and forest coverage.

Brazil, a world leader in sugar cane ethanol, has been investing  in cellulosic ethanol research, focusing on bagasse, the residue of sugar cane.

More research is also taking...

7 years 5 months ago

Ontario in Canada has big plans for renewable energy and a new contract signed by a group of companies last week signals the region is working seriously towards energy sustainability.

The deal in question involves a contract to supply and support a 5 MW ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system, composed of 20,410 modules. It was signed between Alderville First Nation, a First Nations community within Southeastern Ontario established in 1837, and Silfab Ontario, a...

7 years 5 months ago

The aviation industry has a significant impact (2%) on the global carbon footprint and it’s looking for ways to mitigate it with alternative fuels.

One of the latest news from this industry is that Honeywell successfully powered an Interjet Airbus A320-214 during a flight between Mexico City and Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas with its Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced using the company’s UOP process technology. The fuel does not requires any aircraft or...

7 years 5 months ago

The glass that covers buildings across North America and elsewhere could become a source of solar electricity if a technology currently under development becomes commercially viable.

A company that works to develop a solar type of technology that generates electricity on see-thru glass today announced that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. NREL is one of the world's most respected and advanced solar-...

7 years 6 months ago

Brazil, the world leader in sugar cane ethanol production and consumption, has announced that its national Development Bank (BNDES) and the Brazilian Innovation Agency (FINEP) have signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement, pledging R$1 billion between 2011 and 2014 for a Joint Plan to Support Industrial Technological Innovation in the sugar-based Energy and Chemical Sectors (PAISS).

According to a statement released earlier this week, the objective of the deal is to stimulate the development, production and commercialization of new technologies to process sugarcane biomass. The...

7 years 6 months ago

For the fifth time Chicago magazine dishes out awards to local businesses and professionals who are blazing new trails in environmental ideas and concepts.

The winners have been announced in the magazine’s April issue and the honorees are architect Nathan Kipnis, restaurateurs Dan Rosenthal and Ina Pinkney, fashion designer Lara Miller, activist Kimberly Wasserman, and city worker Matthew Stewart. Chosen from a list of more than 150 nominees, they will be congratulated at a reception at the Shedd Aquarium on March 30th.

Two of the winners have been recognized for their...