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Alternative Energy

Republican Victory Could Spell Trouble for the Clean Energy Sector

Nov 09, 2010 at 11:51 | Gloria Gonzalez

A day after a landslide Republican victory in the US House of Representatives, President Barack Obama pledged to work with his opponents to find common ground on energy issues, but…

France and China Begin Strategic Nuclear Partnership

Nov 08, 2010 at 11:42 | RFE/RL staff

France and China have agreed to form what they are calling a "strategic" partnership in civilian nuclear power. The announcement came on November 4 as Chinese President Hu Jintao opened…

Algae Biofuels Dealt a Blow by BP funded EBI

Nov 08, 2010 at 08:58 | Al Fin

The Energy Biosciences Institute -- funded by a $500 million grant from oil giant BP -- has released a "technoeconomic" report meant to cast a discouraging pall over the future…

Turning Grass Into Fuel

Nov 05, 2010 at 12:05 | Brian Westenhaus

Researchers at the University of Illinois have completed the first extensive geographic yield and economic analysis of potential bioenergy grass crops in the Midwestern United States. It’s the best work…

Despite Limitless Supplies of Coal – Mongolia Looks to Wind Energy

Nov 04, 2010 at 09:03 | Eurasianet

Despite Mongolia’s nearly limitless supplies of coal, Ulaanbaatar recently approved plans to set up the country’s first commercial wind farm. The decision is fueling a public debate that aims to…

The Coming Boom in U.S. Solar Farms

Nov 03, 2010 at 12:04 | Andy Soos

How large can a Photo Voltaic (PV) solar farm be? It, of course, depends, on the available land space and the efficiency of the solar cells involved. Sarnia Solar Facility,…

Britain and France to Share Nuclear Research Facilities

Nov 03, 2010 at 12:02 | Breffni O'Rourke

The leaders of Britain and France have sealed agreements on a defense partnership between their two nations which is unparalleled in scope. British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Wind Power Losing its Allure to Investors

Nov 01, 2010 at 10:24 | Green energy Reporter

After a couple of years of sustained growth, U.S. wind power investments have fallen off the cliff over the past year, pummeled by a combination of record-low natural gas prices,…

Wind Power Projects Affected by Financial Crisis

Nov 01, 2010 at 09:28 | Jess McCabe

Fewer wind turbines will be installed this year, in a delayed reaction to the collapse in investment caused by the financial crisis. Total onshore and offshore wind installations are expected…

US Geothermal Sector Set for Significant Growth in 2011

Oct 29, 2010 at 12:33 | Gloria Gonzalez

The US geothermal power sector is poised for significant growth in 2011, thanks to the economic stimulus package. Approximately 500MW to 700MW of geothermal power projects will enter the final…

The World’s Largest Solar Plant

Oct 28, 2010 at 11:13 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Unfortunately, I know Blythe, California too well. This natural blast furnace is in a God forsaken corner of the state where I hunted jack rabbits as a kid, the Indians…

US Government Agency Faulted in Nuclear Abandonment

Oct 27, 2010 at 10:35 | Llewellyn King

If you are heading north on the Chesapeake Bay, just above where the Patuxent River enters it, and you will see the Cove Point liquefied natural gas terminal and gas…

UK Joining Europe on Biogas Strategy

Oct 27, 2010 at 10:28 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The European Union has a major drive to turn all kinds of waste into energy, particularly from biogas. There are two main incentives for this, the first being the geological…

Is Exelon Building an Alternative Energy Conglomerate?

Oct 27, 2010 at 10:14 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Exelon (EXC) popped up on my radar a few months ago, when it bought the wind energy business from John Deere (DE) for $900 million. The company plans to cash…

Artificial Cells and Fuel Production from Algae

Oct 26, 2010 at 14:39 | Professor Chris Rhodes

In the latest issue of "Chemistry World" is a report describing "the first synthetic cell". What has in fact been done is to insert a chemically synthesised genome into a…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Investment Banks Responding to Increase in Green Investments

Oct 26, 2010 at 14:37 | Green energy Reporter

There’s a trend that’s been fueling a lot of merger and acquisition deals, not just this week but over the past couple of years (since the dark days of September…

Unsavory Facts About Wind Energy

Oct 25, 2010 at 08:19 | Al Fin

Wind energy has become a great cause and crusade by faux environmentalists and Obamists in and out of government. But big wind energy is most famous for the things it…

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.,…

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