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Alternative Energy

The Growing Market for Biodiesel and Bio Oils

Jul 13, 2011 at 07:51 | Brian Westenhaus

Today biodiesel is made by the batch, a naturally less efficient way for processes to run.  A continuous process would be less expensive to run, easier to manage and need…

Australia to Invest $10 Billion in Renewable Energy

Jul 12, 2011 at 07:53 | Energy Digital

Australian taxpayers will front the bill for what will be the biggest single investment in renewable energy ever.  During negotiations of a new carbon price and diversion away from renewable…

Clean Tech Sector Heading for a Major Crash

Jul 11, 2011 at 08:32 | Breakthrough Institute

The global clean energy industry is set for a major crash. The reason is simple. Clean energy is still much more expensive and less reliable than coal or gas, and…

The Natural Limits of Wind Energy

Jul 11, 2011 at 08:22 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The amount of energy available in the Earth system to be extracted by wind-turbines is limited, and if sufficient energy is removed the world climate will be affected. These striking…

Fuels from the Sea: Micro-Algae and Macro-Algae

Jul 07, 2011 at 07:52 | Al Fin

Marine ecosystems are an untapped resource that account for over 50% of global biomass and seaweeds themselves are capable of producing more biomass per square metre than fast growing terrestrial…

Nuclear Energy and a Main Battle Tank

Jul 07, 2011 at 07:48 | Ferdinand E. Banks

Miracles take place in every war. The United States accounted for some of these during the Second World War, of which two were decisive. These were the construction of the…

Despite Fukushima, Russia’s Nuclear Industry is Open for Business

Jul 06, 2011 at 08:41 | John Daly

Japan’s 11 March catastrophe at its six-reactor Daichi Fukushima nuclear power complex has had global repercussions, hardly surprising given the trillions of dollars invested in civilian nuclear energy over the…

The Optimal Solar Solution: Stratosphere Solar Collection

Jul 05, 2011 at 09:28 | Brian Westenhaus

Very high altitude offers major solar advantages.  The stratosphere begins at 5 to 30 miles up, depending on where you look and the conditions at the moment.  The stratosphere is…

Faux Commandos Breach Two U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

Jul 04, 2011 at 09:56 | Energy Digital

Imagine you’re an engineer at a nuclear power plant that contains some of the most dangerous materials known to man.  Suddenly, commandos slip past security guards, killing some of your…

France Gives Thumbs Up to Nuclear Energy with $1.4 Billion Investment

Jun 30, 2011 at 08:39 | Charlotte Dudley

France will invest €1 billion ($1.4billion) in its nuclear power programme, bucking the post-Fukushima trend away from nuclear energy. Announcing the energy funding package – which also commits a further…

Google Study: Clean Energy Investments can Raise GDP by Billions and Employ Millions

Jun 30, 2011 at 08:31 | EcoSeed

Google.org, the internet giant’s philanthropic arm, released a new study saying that new ideas and improvements in clean energy and related industries together with policies that encourage them can help…

Biofuels Could be the Savior of Sub-Saharan Africa

Jun 30, 2011 at 08:18 | Al Fin

800 million people live in Sub-Saharan Africa and a third of them don’t have enough food. By 2050, an estimated 1.95 billion people will be trying to live off the…

The Largest Solar Rooftop Project in the World: Total Cost $2.6 Billion

Jun 29, 2011 at 08:01 | Energy Digital

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Prologis, and NRG Energy team up for the largest rooftop distributed solar project in the world. Rooftop solar energy is great for the home, but…

Worldwide Nuclear Industry Woes Deepen

Jun 27, 2011 at 08:36 | John Daly

The year 2011 will go down for the nuclear industry worldwide as an annus horribilis.First came the March Fukushima nuclear disaster, with operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) belatedly…

What Manufacturers Don’t want you to know About Electric Cars

Jun 24, 2011 at 07:35 | Daily Energy Report

Electric cars seem like the socially conscious, feel-good investment among environmentally friendly consumers. In corporate boardrooms, the innovation seemed well liked indeed. What’s not to like? Cars like the Nissan…

How to Incinerate the Entire U.S. Stockpile of Nuclear Waste Within 20 Years

Jun 24, 2011 at 07:32 | Al Fin

Many billions of dollars have been spent on large scale fusion efforts such as the National Ignition Facility in Livermore or ITER in France. But if the best use of…

Google Puts More Money into Giant Californian Wind Farm

Jun 24, 2011 at 07:30 | Gloria Gonzalez

Google and investment bank Citi have boosted their investments in the largest wind farm in the US. The companies will finance a second phase of the Alta Wind Energy Center…

Investigation of Aging U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Reveals Some Scary Truths

Jun 23, 2011 at 07:43 | Energy Digital

Amidst the ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan—that third-party scientific investigators are claiming is 30 times worse than Chernobyl—some countries seem to be coming to their senses and rethinking the cost…

Small Hydropower’s Negative Impact on The Environment

Jun 22, 2011 at 07:47 | SciDev SciDev

A belief that 'small' hydropower systems are a source of clean energy with little or no environmental problems is driving the growing interest in mini, micro, and pico hydro systems…

Biogas Fuel Cell Could Offer an Affordable Alternative to Short-Lived Batteries

Jun 22, 2011 at 07:44 | Green Futures

Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are pioneering a methane fuel cell which could provide portable storage for small-scale power generation, and an affordable alternative to…

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