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Green Hydrogen Hype Gets Dose of Reality

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Alternative Energy

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…

More Efficient Solar Energy

Sep 28, 2011 at 04:39 | Andy Soos

Solar power could be harvested more efficiently and transported over longer distances using tiny molecular circuits based on quantum mechanics, according to research inspired by new insights into natural photosynthesis.…

Novozymes Looking to Displace Charcoal with Biofuel in Mozambique

Sep 27, 2011 at 01:45 | Mark Nicholls

Novozymes is to help finance a novel integrated food and energy venture in Mozambique which aims to displace charcoal with biofuel – offering a more sustainable alternative, it says, with…

Creating a Clean Energy Revolution: The Arguments For and Against Carbon Taxation

Sep 26, 2011 at 04:26 | Breakthrough Institute

In the debate over climate legislation in 2009 and 2010, it was conventional wisdom that a price on carbon was the sine qua non of effective climate policy. All Very…

EU Calling for More Green Taxes to Prepare for a Sustainable Future

Sep 26, 2011 at 04:19 | Philippa Jones

The European Commission has drawn up a “roadmap to a resource efficient Europe”, which it believes shows the way for the EU to decouple economic growth from resource use and…

Siemens Exiting the Nuclear Energy Business to Focus on Renewables

Sep 21, 2011 at 14:43 | Energy Digital

“The chapter is closed,” says Siemens CEO Peter Löscher in regard to the company’s nuclear energy business.  In response to the world’s growing concern over the safety of nuclear power,…

Iran’s Bushehr Reactor - Benign or Merely Malignant with Bad PR?

Sep 21, 2011 at 08:37 | John Daly

The Iranian media is mounting a full court press against Western charges that its Bushehr nuclear power plant (NPP), which came online last week, in fact conceals a nefarious covert…

DOE’s Support for Clean Tech Sector Coming Under Fire Following Solyndra Failure

Sep 19, 2011 at 07:26 | Gloria Gonzalez

The collapse of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra has raised serious doubts about the legitimacy of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) process for evaluating loan guarantees and its ability to…

Interest in Alternative Biofuel Sources Increasing in the U.S.

Sep 16, 2011 at 16:25 | Charles Kennedy

As researchers in the U.S. consider alternative biofuel sources beyond grain feedstocks such as corn and soybeans, everything from alligator fat to herbivore excrement is being subjected to study. Currently…

Clean Tech Investments coming under Fire – Are Success Stories Merely Spin?

Sep 16, 2011 at 08:46 | Robert Rapier

This past week PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel — who was also an early investor in Facebook — made headlines when he declared that “Cleantech is an increasingly large disaster that…

Renewable Energy Sector to Face Increasing Economic Challenges

Sep 16, 2011 at 08:38 | Gloria Gonzalez

The renewable energy sector faces growing challenges from global economic instability and expiring or diminished government support in the US and Europe, although the nuclear accident in Japan is a…

Wind Power Takes a Hit as Charlestown Rhode Island Bans Wind Turbines

Sep 15, 2011 at 08:05 | Andy Soos

Wind mills are a clean alternative energy supply but not everyone agrees. The Rhode Island General Assembly’s newly enacted laws facilitating the siting, construction and power-purchase agreements for commercial-grade renewable…

Falling Demand in Europe for Solar Energy Systems

Sep 13, 2011 at 07:38 | Gloria Gonzalez

Conditions in the solar sector are deteriorating because of slack demand in key European markets, advisory and research firm Collins Stewart warned. The much hoped for demand recovery in Germany…

China is Interested in Biofuels - Why Not the West?

Sep 12, 2011 at 07:54 | John Daly

Biofuels remain the orphan child of western energy interests – like adopting children, everyone agrees that it’s a good idea, but not many want an alien rugrat in the house.…

Solar Energy to be Grid Competitive in Europe by 2013

Sep 08, 2011 at 08:03 | Jess McCabe

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation will be grid competitive in parts of Europe as early as 2013, and across key European markets by the end of the decade, according to…

Why After Solyndra’s Failure The U.S. Must Continue to Support Clean Energy Entrepreneurs

Sep 07, 2011 at 07:42 | Breakthrough Institute

The failure of Solyndra, while unfortunate for the company, its investors and employees, is not an indictment of federal energy technology policy. Indeed, judged by its whole portfolio of investments,…

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