Archive for April 2010

Morocco’s new Solar Project to Generate 2000MWs

Apr 17th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: North Africa and Middle East, Solar Thermal, Top Story

Morocco is a North African country with no oil reserves. But nature has endowed this country with another bounty i.e. over 3000 hours of sunshine per year. Now they are aiming to undertake an ambitious plan of producing 40% of their energy needs via solar energy. They will spend $9 billion to generate 2000MWs of [...]

Energy Grid Could Make Offshore Wind Power More Reliable

Apr 17th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story, Wind Power

Scientists believe that natural resources can meet the energy needs of the entire human population. Wind energy too has huge potential to generate power for us. Researchers are trying to trap offshore wind power. But there are still many hiccups that are preventing us from utilizing natural resources for our needs. Wind turbines produce intermittent [...]

Salt Water: The Tangy Taste of Energy Freedom

Apr 16th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Biofuels, Top Story

A visitor to Eastern Europe after the fall of communism would have been awestruck by the massive posters touting Winston cigarettes as “the taste of freedom” that often plastered locations where posters of Chairman Stalin and his ilk has once fluttered. It looked as if Christo had wrapped the Iron Curtain in a project sponsored [...]

Scientists Harvest Electricity from Living Algae Cells

Apr 15th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Biofuels, Top Story

Stanford University scientists have created a tiny electrode that can harness an electric current from a single algae cell, a breakthrough they hope will one day lead to the creation of an inexpensive source of renewable energy. The nanoelectrode, made of gold and specifically designed to probe inside cells, is so sharp that it is [...]

Massive Arctic ice cap is shrinking, study shows; Rate accelerating since 1985

Apr 13th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Climate Change, Top Story

Close to 50 years of data show the Devon Island ice cap, one of the largest ice masses in the Canadian High Arctic, is thinning and shrinking. A paper published in the March edition of Arctic, the journal of the University of Calgary’s Arctic Institute of North America, reports that between 1961 and 1985, the [...]