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Alternative Energy

Indian Nuclear Power Plant Emerging as Protest Magnet

Oct 17, 2011 at 08:28 | John Daly

Although the global nuclear power industry is loath to admit it, the 11 March incident at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant complex has proven a global game changer, leading…

Race to Build America’s First Offshore Windfarms

Oct 17, 2011 at 07:54 | David Gabel

Plans for large commercial-scale wind farms have been on the table for years, but constantly held up by environmental permitting issues, financing concerns, or local objections based on aesthetics. States…

Royal Society Calls for a Nuclear Forum to Manage the Growth of the Nuclear Industry

Oct 17, 2011 at 07:51 | SciDev SciDev

A "nuclear Davos", convening the nations and industries that are involved in nuclear power, could be the way to deal with problems arising from the worldwide growth in nuclear-derived energy,…

Moving Beyond Solyndra: Vital Steps the Solar Industry Needs to Take

Oct 14, 2011 at 07:43 | MasterResource

In Solar Energy Tough Love, I described the perverse impacts of government industrial policy on the solar energy sector in its vainglorious attempt to choose winners and losers.  That policy…

Virgin Atlantic to Use New Jet fuel Created from Industrial Waste Gases

Oct 13, 2011 at 07:52 | Brian Westenhaus

Waste gases emitted by blast furnaces, coke ovens and BOF (basic oxygen furnace) operations can now be converted into low-cost ethanol and high-value chemicals.  The new fuel production process recycles…

Good News for Global Warming as Artificial Photosynthesis Moves One Step Closer

Oct 10, 2011 at 07:44 | Brian Westenhaus

University of Illinois chemical and biological engineering professor Paul Kenis and his research group joined with researchers at Dioxide Materials, a startup company, have found a catalyst that improves…

Why Nuclear Power Could be the Best Solution for California’s Energy Needs

Oct 10, 2011 at 07:42 | Energy Digital

The California Council on Science and Technology has examined the potential of nuclear energy to meet California’s electricity demand in the year 2050.  The main focus of the organization’s analysis…

Political Intrusion is Destroying the U.S. Nuclear Power Industry

Oct 07, 2011 at 07:39 | Brian Westenhaus

Finally, the US Department of Energy’s First Quadrennial Technology Review, released last week, identifies Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing as the technology’s primary obstacle. It would seem obvious to most…

Solyndra Bankruptcy Could Hobble the U.S. Renewable Energy Sector

Oct 07, 2011 at 07:36 | Gloria Gonzalez

The controversy surrounding the collapse of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra could make it impossible to extend the US loan guarantee or cash grant programmes for renewable energy and may make…

How Fungi Could Help Create the Next Generation of Biofuels

Oct 06, 2011 at 06:53 | EcoSeed

The genetic make-up of heat-loving fungi could form the basis of better enzymes for use in the extraction of sugars from biomass for the next generation of biofuels. A team…

The Solar Industry is Thriving and Solyndra was the Exception Not the Rule

Oct 05, 2011 at 07:12 | Gloria Gonzalez

The bankruptcy of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra should not be used as an excuse to pull government support from a thriving US solar sector, according to solar executives. “A lot…

Have Rising Costs and Increased Risks Made Nuclear Energy a Poor Choice?

Oct 04, 2011 at 07:17 | SciDev SciDev

There are 440 nuclear reactors operating around the world, providing about 14 per cent of the world's electricity supply. Most were installed 30–40 years ago, when the relative cost of…

Armenia’s Aging Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant Alarms Caucasian Neighbors

Oct 03, 2011 at 07:33 | John Daly

The USSR might have imploded two decades ago, but debris from its headlong industrialization drive litter the post-Soviet landscape, and nothing more unsettles the population of the fifteen new nations…

What Exactly Are Green Jobs?

Oct 03, 2011 at 07:12 | MasterResource

Even if there were a usable model to analyze job creation, we are left with the problem of identifying which jobs are actually “green.”  A renewable project can result in…

Belarus, Russia to Finalize Deal on Nuclear Power Plant Construction

Oct 01, 2011 at 02:40 | Charles Kennedy

The Russian Federation’s ambassador to Belarus Alekhandr Surikov told reporters in the Belarusian capital Minsk that a draft Belarusian-Russian interstate agreement on the construction of a new 2,400 megawatt nuclear…

America's Unrequited Love of Alternative Energy

Sep 30, 2011 at 04:08 | Llewellyn King

Like many Democrats, President Obama wants to believe -- wants desperately to believe -- in the technologies that can safely be assumed to be alternative. Most of them are used…

New Biofuel Could Replace Today’s Standard Fuel for Diesel Engines

Sep 30, 2011 at 03:59 | Brian Westenhaus

From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory comes the announcement that researchers with the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified a potential new advanced biofuel that could…

Google Increases Investment in Residential Solar Power

Sep 29, 2011 at 04:08 | Gloria Gonzalez

Google will spend $75 million to finance residential solar installations, raising its total investment in the clean energy sector to more than $850 million. The Mountain View, California-based search giant’s…

The Broken Dreams of Nuclear Electricity

Sep 29, 2011 at 04:03 | SciDev SciDev

Nuclear power is no magic solution, argues Pervez Hoodbhoy — it's not safe, or cheap, and it leads to weapons programmes. A string of energy-starved developing countries have looked at…

Germany - It’s Not Easy Being Green

Sep 28, 2011 at 04:53 | John Daly

Forty-one years ago on Sesame Street, Kermit the frog sang a plaintive song, “It’s not easy being green.” In a gesture of solidarity, perhaps he should fax the lyrics…

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