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Alternative Energy

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…

The Beginning of the Nuclear Renaissance Will Not be Televised

Jun 21, 2011 at 07:52 | Ferdinand E. Banks

According to the United Nations energy organization (IAEA), statistics indicate that for 2009 and 2010, nuclear reactors in Sweden and Germany managed by the Swedish firm Vattenfall  had the lowest…

Aviation Biofuels About to Take Off

Jun 20, 2011 at 07:41 | John Daly

An extraordinary convergence of recent events seems poised shortly to make aviation biofuels the belle of the investor’s ball. The first is that on 8 June the follows the international…

Will Alternative Energy Save Us From Peak Oil

Jun 17, 2011 at 08:22 | Dave Summers

The people of the world are going to continue to use energy. The fundamental question that this future reality poses relates to the sources from which the energy will be…

Google's $280 Million Investment in Solar Loans

Jun 17, 2011 at 08:15 | Jess McCabe

Google has invested $280 million to set up a residential solar fund with installer SolarCity, which leases systems to households that want to avoid the upfront costs of buying and…

Water Shortages Threatening France's Nuclear Reactor Complex

Jun 16, 2011 at 07:31 | John Daly

Nuclear energy company executives worldwide can be forgiven for wondering if Mother Nature is pursuing a vendetta against them. The 11 March 9.0 Richter scale earthquake that rattled Japan saw…

Nuclear Twilight in Europe

Jun 15, 2011 at 08:18 | John Daly

It is becoming evident to many that the March nuclear catastrophe at Japan’s six reactor Daichi Fukushima complex has dealt a huge, possibly fatal, blow to the nuclear industry’s hopes…

Low Natural Gas Prices Make Nuclear Power a Losing Investment

Jun 15, 2011 at 07:59 | Gloria Gonzalez

Low natural gas prices have thwarted investment in nuclear generators in the US and federal loan guarantees will not help nuclear power reach parity, experts said. Even before the accident…

A New Nuclear Revolution – Safe, Clean and Abundant

Jun 14, 2011 at 08:44 | Al Fin

Somewhere in Cheshire an energy revolution is brewing. Modern nuclear researchers are developing new approaches to safe subcritical reactors, using fertile thorium as fuel. The new reactor designs will be…

Despite Fukushima Nuclear Power Production to increase by 27% before 2020

Jun 13, 2011 at 07:08 | Stuart Burns

One could be forgiven for thinking that ever since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, the global nuclear industry would be dead in the water. Indeed, the reaction of…

Why Japan Will Turn to Solar Energy Following Fukushima

Jun 10, 2011 at 07:36 | John Daly

As the dire news continues to leach out of Fukishima, the silver lining in its nuclear cloud is that renewable energy technologies, despite their daunting start-up costs, are receiving renewed…

Researchers Develop a More Efficient Approach to Extracting Geothermal Energy

Jun 10, 2011 at 07:18 | EcoSeed

Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Earth Sciences have developed an approach to extracting geothermal energy more efficiently while reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide at the same time. The…

Shell's $12 Billion Brazilian Biofuel Venture

Jun 09, 2011 at 08:17 | Graham Cooper

Shell has combined forces with Brazilian ethanol company Cosan and launched a $12 billion joint venture, named Raizen, in one of the biggest biofuel deals to date. Plans for the…

The Economics of Nuclear Power

Jun 09, 2011 at 08:09 | Daily Energy Report

When considering various sources of power, it is important to note that the analysis of power generation costs is a complex process that is highly dependent upon the location of…

Brazilian Government Investing $22 Billion in Sugarcane and Ethanol Production

Jun 08, 2011 at 07:43 | EcoSeed

Brazil's government unveiled new financing and other incentives for sugarcane ethanol production on Monday, vowing to work closely with the private sector to boost production in an industry that has…

Germany and the Nuclear Future

Jun 08, 2011 at 07:39 | Ferdinand E. Banks

Lets start with the bottom line, or what I usually call ‘The Message’ While Germany might temporarily abandon nuclear facilities located in Germany, they will never abandon electricity generated in…

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