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Bloom Energy Makes Lower Carbon Electricity From Gas in Chattanooga, Tennessee: Scientific American

Jul 10th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Energy and Environment, Top Story

The state of Tennessee just got its first Bloom Energy “Server”, which turns any gaseous fuels into electricity using its cheaper new kind of fuel cell. Installed in collaboration with the TVA and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, these 100 KW Bloom Boxes have just been installed on the top floor of the partnering EPB [...]

Mobile Solar-Powered Biofuel Processors Will Roam the U.S. in Search of Fuel : CleanTechnica

Jul 10th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a concept for a new biofuel process that could enable the biofuel industry to expand by leaps and bounds.  Until now, one big obstacle has been the cost of transporting large quantities of heavy plant matter to centralized refineries.  The new process would be compact enough to pick up [...]

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 [...]

California Proposes First Renewable Energy Storage Requirements

Mar 7th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Energy and Environment, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Top Story, Wind Power

California Attorney General Jerry Brown has announced a completely new kind of renewable energy legislation, introduced by State Assembly member Nancy Skinner (D) – designed to add more renewable energy storage to the grid. You’ve heard of Renewable Energy Standards. These are (state level only, so far) rules that require that electric utilities add more [...]

India Announces Coal Tax To Fund Renewable Energy Projects : CleanTechnica

Mar 7th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Climate Change, South Asia, Top Story

In a landmark announcement the Indian Finance Minister, in his annual Budget speech, put forward the proposal of setting of National Clean Energy Fund which would be constituted through tax lieved on coal usage in the country. The quantum of tax would be INR 50 per ton of coal used, which would generate an annual [...]

New solar-cell efficiency record set

Mar 5th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, Top Story

Here’s a seemingly simple solar power fact*: the sun bathes Earth with enough energy in one hour (4.3 x 1020 joules) to more than fill all of humanity’s present energy use in a year (4.1 x 1020 joules). So how to convert it? In the world of solar energy harvesting, there’s a constant battle between [...]