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Alternative Energy

Solar Energy Still Has a Long Way to Go

Jul 30, 2010 at 11:47 | Al Fin

Journalists from the mainstream media have been credulous cheerleaders for the wind and solar industries -- and for the faux environmental movement in general. Rod Adams takes the New York…

Carbon Trading Bill Dropped From US Senate

Jul 30, 2010 at 11:45 | Carbon Finance

The failure of the US Senate to enact comprehensive energy and climate legislation prior to the August recess likely dooms its prospects for 2010, despite vows by its most ardent…

GM’s New Electric Vehicle Generates Enthusiasm Despite High Price Tag

Jul 28, 2010 at 15:02 | Darrell Delamaide

General Motors’ announcement that its new electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, would have a price tag of $41,000 created some sticker shock, and critics quickly charged that no one would…

Captured CO2 to be Used as a New Fuel Source Using Solar Power

Jul 28, 2010 at 14:56 | Brian Westenhaus

George Washington University’s Dr. Stuart Licht and colleagues have published the first experimental evidence of their new solar thermal electrochemical photovoltaic (STEP) process, which combines electrical and chemical pathways…

What Renewable Projects Would you Purchase Electricity From if you Were a Power Utility

Jul 27, 2010 at 04:16 | Dave Forest

Renewables (and particularly geothermal) are becoming a more popular talking point amongst utilities and governments these days. Just this week, America's Geothermal Energy Association said it will tell utilities at…

US Renewables Financing Set to Collapse Without Grant Extension

Jul 26, 2010 at 03:43 | Gloria Gonzalez

Renewable energy financing will decline precipitously next year if the US Congress fails to extend the cash grant programme, financing experts have warned. Combining funds from the Section 1603 Treasury…

The Future of Nuclear Energy: Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

Jul 22, 2010 at 03:42 | Rod Adams

Pick up almost any book about nuclear energy and you will find that the prevailing wisdom is that nuclear plants must be very large in order to be competitive. This…

Clean Energy Infrastructure a Good Match for Pension Funds

Jul 20, 2010 at 05:15 | Graham Cooper

Investments in European renewable energy infrastructure are a good choice for pension funds and insurance companies because they provide a good match with their liability profiles, said Joost Bergsma, CEO…

Batteries Are the Shocking Truth about Electric Cars

Jul 19, 2010 at 12:09 | Llewellyn King

Can white elephants come in green? President Barack Obama flew to Holland, Mich., on Thursday to attend groundbreaking ceremonies for a new lithium-ion battery plant, which the White House advertised…

Chinese Green Sector Surges as Europe Suffers in Q2

Jul 19, 2010 at 07:11 | Jess McCabe

Mixed fortunes have dogged the clean-tech and clean energy sectors in the second quarter of 2010, according to latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and VB/Research. Global…

Serve Yourself a Piece of Yellow Cake

Jul 15, 2010 at 14:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Uranium traders have been stunned by a sudden Chinese effort to corner the supplies in an effort to fuel the world's most ambitious nuclear program. The once moribund market now…

Energy and Politics: Japan and India Discussing a Civilian Nuclear Energy Program

Jul 15, 2010 at 14:17 | Harsh Pant

Japan, long critical of Indian nuclear policy, is discussing a civilian nuclear energy cooperation agreement that could be signed by the end of the year when the Indian prime minister…

Here's the Bottom Line on Uranium

Jul 15, 2010 at 07:11 | Dave Forest

It's been an interesting few weeks since I last checked in on uranium. The search for what's next in yellowcake projects has taken me to some out-of-the-way places. Dusty…

Solar Powered Plane completes Night Flight

Jul 15, 2010 at 02:59 | ISN Security Watch

This week’s record-breaking night flight by the Solar Impulse aircraft has been widely acclaimed, but few of us are ever likely to fly in such a plane. Swiss adventurer Bertrand…

GE, VC Firms Launch $200 Million Contest for Smart Grid Innovation

Jul 14, 2010 at 03:05 | Darrell Delamaide

General Electric and four venture capital funds launched a $200 million contest for innovations in smart grid technology, pledging to use the money to fund development of the winning entries.…

Can Renewable Energy Really Satisfy Our Energy Needs

Jul 12, 2010 at 03:44 | The Oil Drum

With the tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill now focussing President Obama's and the American people's minds on where their energy comes from, and what some of the collateral costs…

Clean-Tech Venture Capital Investment Hits Record $4bn

Jul 09, 2010 at 06:32 | Charlotte Dudley

Global venture capital investment in clean-tech firms hit record levels in the first half of 2010, with investment totalling more than $4 billion, preliminary figures reveal. A preliminary report from…

USDA Publishes New Papers on the Energy Return of Corn Ethanol

Jul 08, 2010 at 02:34 | Robert Rapier

Over the past decade, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published several papers in which they investigated the energy return of corn ethanol. The energy return on…

Why Alternative Energy Will Never "Pencil Out"

Jul 07, 2010 at 15:48 | Charles Hugh Smith

Advocates of a smooth transition away from petroleum may be surprised by the consequences of huge swings in the cost of oil. I first proposed a "head-fake" in the price…

Obama Announces $2 Billion More in Stimulus Aid for Solar Power

Jul 07, 2010 at 04:05 | Darrell Delamaide

President Barack Obama announced nearly $2 billion in government loan guarantees for two solar projects, placing bets on both solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies. The two projects will directly create…

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