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Alternative Energy / Renewable Energy

  • The Coming Clean Energy Space Race

    One of the seminal achievements of the last century was the Space Race and its successful culmination in putting a man on the moon. What must have seemed like a wildly audacious plan when it was first announced, ushered in a new era of satellites and space shuttles, and positioned America at the forefront of a technological revolution. Now a new program, backed by a number of notable British scientists and business luminaries, is seeking to capture the same spirit of perseverance and use it to address another huge challenge – climate change. The Global Apollo Programme is setting out…

  • Germany Struggles With Too Much Renewable Energy

    Since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany has been one of the few countries that have successfully moved away from nuclear energy. Germany has so far successfully shut down its nine units that had the capacity of generating enough power for at least 20 million homes in Europe. In fact, the contribution of nuclear power in Germany’s electricity generation has now fallen to just 16 percent and renewables are now the preferred source of electricity generation in the country. Image Source: GreenTechMedia However, Germany and its neighbors are now facing an unusual problem. With the dramatic increase in green energy…

  • The Most Innovative Companies In Renewable Energy

    As the oil price bust continues, renewable energy and sustainability innovation is continuing unabated. For instance, an architecture company recently unveiled a set of plans for a smart floating farm project that helps preserve land space and improve food production efficiency. The plans are just hypothetical at this point and it is unclear if they will ever be built, but that’s not really the point. The project shows that, around the world, companies and individuals continue to devote time and resources to innovation in sustainable living.In a similar vein for instance, in the solar field, small companies are creating a…

  • Buffet’s Solar “Insurance” Coup In Nevada

    Warren Buffet is generally regarded as something of a demi-god in investing circles. Most of the praise comes for his stock picking abilities though, rather than for his ability to select good managers at good companies and give them the freedom to run those firms well. That acumen is a critical component of Berkshire’s success, as one of Buffet’s portfolio companies recently demonstrated. Nevada utility company NV Energy is ideally positioned to benefit from solar power. Nevada is one of those states with a lot of sun, a lot of land, and not many people. The Nevada wilderness is a…

  • Why Bigger Is No Longer Better In Energy

    A product, technology or energy source that is both cost-effective and bankable will scale, and this is the key to victory. The good news for photovoltaics is that nothing scales like silicon, except maybe enthusiasm on Wall Street, which is highly correlated to the amount of money being printed (and it seems, for now, that there are no limits to that process). However, Silicon Valley is not called Germanium Valley for a reason, though it could have been. On February 6, 1959, Jack Kilby, a Texas Instrument’s engineer, filed U.S. Patent 3,138,743 for “Miniaturized Electronic Circuits.” It was the first…

  • Could The U.S. Go Fully Green By 2050?

    There’s little debate surrounding the ultimate future of the energy industry. Hint: it’s renewable. Simply put, the way of finite resources is just that – helplessly bound to end. When, and at what rate, we transition to renewable energies is much less clear, however. The current, largely unofficial, U.S. renewable electricity target is 20 percent by 2030. The Energy Information Administration is less optimistic and projects that renewable generation won’t surpass 20 percent until 2040, and only if oil prices rebound and remain high (greater than $100 per barrel). Still, others believe that a 100 percent renewable future is possible,…

  • Military Renewable Investment Could See Huge Growth In Coming Years

    Last month, an estimated 1,700 NATO troops undertook a military exercise to test a range of renewable and energy efficiency technologies that will hopefully reduce NATO’s reliance on fossil fuels. With thousands of soldiers killed or injured in attacks on fuel convoys across conflict zones, reducing the military’s vulnerability is critical. However, it is not just military operations but also humanitarian assistance efforts that stand to gain from greater innovation in renewable deployment and efficiency in complex and dangerous situations. Delivering fuel to combat zones is both risky and expensive. Attacks on fuel convoys in places like Iraq and Afghanistan…

  • Who Will Take The Energy Storage Crown?

    Renewable energy sources are getting a new lease on life thanks to rapidly rising cost of fossil fuel extraction and rising greenhouse emissions. According to a report from UNEP, last year saw an increase in global renewable energy investments to $270 billion, representing growth of 17 percent from 2013. This shows that renewables are “brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower crude oil prices,” the report concludes. Renewables are already competing with oil and other fossil fuels, but to overcome its biggest drawback – that of intermittency in power generation– energy storage is still one of the most critical elements…

  • Is Saint-Gobain An Energy Play?

    As it celebrates the 350th anniversary of its foundation this year, French multinational Saint-Gobain sees itself in the forefront of the meeting the challenge of climate change by addressing the problem of sustainable energy. “It is a very important part of our strategy,” CEO Pierre-André de Chalendar said in an interview with Oilprice.com. “We are focused on products that are solutions to the problem.” Related: This Country Wants To Rejoin OPEC As Soon As Possible A leading global manufacturer of construction materials, Saint-Gobain feels that its products – from the glass wool used in insulation to innovative breakthroughs in reflective roofs…

  • Electric Vehicles To Become Mainstream In Short Period Of Time

    What would the world look like if electric cars took the lead in market share by 2030? “Couldn’t happen,” you say?Consider the ramping up of some of the most basic items that have conquered the American market over the past century. Refrigerators went from a luxury item to 60 percent household penetration during the Depression and World War II. Technologies we used to live without including PCs, the Internet, and cell phones have become an integral part of daily life.Related: Price Manipulation In The Oil Markets?Percentage of U.S. Households - Source: Financial Times (Click Image To Enlarge)Once a breakthrough gets its…

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