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Alternative Energy

Carbon Price Alone Cannot Unlock US Nuclear Ambitions

Oct 25, 2010 at 08:09 | Gloria Gonzalez

A federal carbon price would provide a major boost to the US nuclear power industry, but would not solve all its problems, experts said. “That would turn the industry around,”…

Is Fusion Power Closer to Becoming Reality

Oct 23, 2010 at 09:39 | David Gabel

It has been called the holy grail of energy technology; a perfectly clean source with an unlimited supply. Nuclear fusion has been demonstrated to be possible, but converting it to…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Google Gets Into Offshore Wind

Oct 19, 2010 at 09:28 | Green energy Reporter

This week Google dipped its toes in the largely underdeveloped but extremely promising U.S. offshore and, in doing so, further clarified its ambitious renewable energy strategy. The Mountain View, Calif.,…

Algae is the Next Big Thing in Biofuels

Oct 19, 2010 at 09:25 | Al Fin

The Earth is 70% covered by salt water. It makes sense to utilise the saltwater marine environment to produce feedstocks for fuels, chemicals, plastics, and other materials. Biofuels from…

A Fuel cell that runs on Regular Diesel and Biodiesel

Oct 18, 2010 at 08:38 | Brian Westenhaus

Using biodiesel as well as regular diesel in a fuel cell is for many an incredible idea. The Research Council of Norway’s RENERGI program Technical Director Dag Øvrebø is developing…

Venezuela to Have Their First Nuclear Power Plant

Oct 17, 2010 at 10:03 | RFE/RL staff

Russia and Venezuela have signed an agreement for Russia to build Venezuela's first nuclear power plant. The agreement was signed during a visit by Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez to Moscow…

Cash Floods Into Offshore Wind Projects

Oct 17, 2010 at 09:59 | Mark Nicholls

Investment in clean energy hit $37.9 billion in the third quarter, as a flood of cash into offshore wind infrastructure in the North Sea helped drive a record $32.8 billion…

The Solar Boom in California

Oct 15, 2010 at 09:04 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

There is a gold rush of a different kind going on in California, the solar variety. There is a stampede by 49 alternative energy projects, including nine solar ones, to…

Google to Invest in Massive Offshore Wind Project

Oct 15, 2010 at 08:39 | Jess McCabe

Google is to invest in a gigantic, $5 billion ‘backbone’ transmission project, which could connect up 6GW of offshore wind to the eastern US grid. If built, the Atlantic Wind…

Nuclear Power: More Cost Effective Than Wind Energy

Oct 14, 2010 at 08:36 | Brian Westenhaus

If you’re a large electrical user and concerned about just what all the alternative power generation ideas will do to your stockholders, management and labor interests, knowing just what the…

Algae Fuels Coming Under Pressure

Oct 14, 2010 at 08:23 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The conventional route to biodiesel consists of extracting oil from plants and converting it to the methyl esters of fatty acids that are present in the lipid-components, known as triglycerides.…

Improving Solar Cell Technology

Oct 14, 2010 at 08:19 | Brian Westenhaus

A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the U.K. has found that the low rate of energy conversion in all-polymer photovoltaic solar-cell technology is caused by the…

The Massive Potential of U.S. Biofuels

Oct 13, 2010 at 08:05 | Al Fin

More than 80% of total agricultural production in the United States is used to feed animals, not human beings directly; Our analysis shows that the US can produce very large…

White House to Install Solar Panels

Oct 11, 2010 at 10:45 | David Gabel

Coinciding with its push for more renewable energy development, the executive branch of the US federal government has decided to install solar panels on the White House. This is a…

Re-Wiring Britain for Low-Carbon Future Will Cost £32bn – Ofgem

Oct 11, 2010 at 10:41 | Jess McCabe

Britain will need to spend £32 billion ($51 billion) re-wiring and piping its electricity and natural gas transmission network in the next 10 years, as part of efforts to…

Indium Shortage Creates problems For Solar Cell Manufacturers

Oct 08, 2010 at 10:55 | Professor Chris Rhodes

One principal advantage of thin-film solar cells is that they use far less (maybe 1/100th the amount) of the semiconductor materials that are required to fabricate first-generation solar cells. The…

The Double Play in First Solar

Oct 06, 2010 at 20:41 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

There is another angle to the solar play, which I bet you haven’t thought of. I have been arguing that companies like First Solar (FSLR) are great proxy for oil,…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Banks Remain Cautious on Green Investments

Oct 05, 2010 at 18:45 | Green energy Reporter

With Congress adjourned and a Democratic majority that’s fighting for its survival, it sure doesn’t seem like these green initiatives are going to be expanded anytime soon. That stark reality…

California’s Aggressive Renewables Target

Oct 05, 2010 at 09:52 | Charlotte Dudley

Californian utilities can meet an aggressive 33% renewable target – so long as issues over grid capacity and regulation are clarified. The Californian Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a proposal…

The Potential and Future of Concentrated Solar Power

Oct 02, 2010 at 12:44 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems employ lenses or mirrors coupled with tracking systems to concentrate a large area of sunlight into a small beam, rather in analogy with the simple…

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