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Alternative Energy

Can Asia Live Without Nuclear Power

Apr 18, 2011 at 10:36 | Stuart Burns

Every time there is a spike in the cost of energy such as the ’73 crisis and the ’79/80 oil price spike — and then again in ‘07/08 — alternative…

World Bank Increasing Renewable Energy Finance but Reducing Coal Investments

Apr 13, 2011 at 09:05 | Jess McCabe

A leaked draft of the World Bank’s energy strategy says renewables and hydropower will receive a bigger proportion of financing from the institution, with further restrictions imposed on coal projects.…

Completely Wrong About Nuclear Power

Apr 13, 2011 at 09:04 | Ferdinand E. Banks

When the subject was oil, my students at the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok) were politely asked to study the situation in the United States. It told me everything I…

Could Political Instability Rule out North Africa as a Major Solar Energy Producer

Apr 12, 2011 at 08:13 | Economywatch

Higher oil prices are usually good news for clean energy because they make costly technologies like solar and wind less daunting to investors. But for one of the world’s most…

Wind Farm Investments Growing in Popularity as Pension Funds Increase Stakes

Apr 12, 2011 at 08:10 | Graham Cooper

PensionDanmark, a pension fund with around €14 billion ($20 billion) under management, has made its second investment in offshore wind farms and is planning more. A consortium led by PensionDanmark…

Nuclear Waste Storage in the Spotlight Following Fukushima

Apr 11, 2011 at 09:08 | Stuart Burns

Events at Fukushima in Japan have put the spotlight not just on nuclear power as a source of energy, but on the storage of nuclear waste. Some of the gravest…

Spent Nuclear Fuels Could Provide an Economic Opportunity for the UK

Apr 06, 2011 at 07:00 | Jess McCabe

The UK should turn its stockpiles of spent nuclear fuel into a £10 billion ($16 billion) economic opportunity, according to a report from the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment.…

Extent of Nuclear Disaster Still Unknown as Rescue Teams Struggle to Regain Control

Apr 04, 2011 at 01:47 | RFE/RL staff

After three weeks of efforts to regain control of Japan's damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, several bits of bad news this week showed the job could…

Is Thorium the Future of Nuclear Power

Mar 31, 2011 at 04:44 | Stuart Burns

So following the near meltdown of several reactors at Fukushima Nuclear Power, it’s dead is it? Well, to follow one FT article, you could be mistaken for thinking that…

A Critical Look at the Green Energy Economy

Mar 31, 2011 at 04:40 | Al Fin

First, green energy is diffuse, and it takes a tremendous amount of land and material to harness even a little bit of energy. Jesse Ausubel, director of the Program for…

Nuclear Power: Down but Certainly not Out

Mar 30, 2011 at 04:10 | SciDev SciDev

The World Still Needs Nuclear Power — But it Must be Safer and More Transparent Earlier this month, an explosion in the energy sector caused immense destruction, costing the lives…

Just How Energy Efficient is Corn Ethanol

Mar 30, 2011 at 04:03 | David Caploe PhD

The race is on to find alternate sources of fuel and energy and quit dependence on oil, especially with ever increasing and volatile oil prices. But are alternate energy sources…

The Cost of Fuel Cell Catalysts Could Drop by a Factor of 650

Mar 30, 2011 at 04:01 | Al Fin

Platinum, which represents at least a quarter of the cost of fuel cells, currently sells for about $65,000 per kilogram. These researchers say their activated carbon nanotubes cost about $100…

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster May Damage US Clean Energy Ambitions

Mar 29, 2011 at 04:34 | Gloria Gonzalez

The near-meltdown of nuclear reactors in Japan may derail already shaky prospects for a US clean energy standard (CES) and an expansion of the US nuclear fleet. Prospects for a…

Is loss of electricity a risk for spent nuclear fuel?

Mar 28, 2011 at 03:13 | Gail Tverberg

The usual plan for spent nuclear fuel in the United States is to transfer it to a cooling pool and then after some time to transfer it to dry cask…

Middle East's Largest Solar Energy Project Secures $600 Million Financing

Mar 28, 2011 at 03:04 | Environmental Finance

Plans to build the largest solar power plant in the Middle East moved a step closer to reality after financing closed on the $600 million Shams 1 project in the…

Thorium: The Future of Nuclear Energy?

Mar 24, 2011 at 14:22 | Professor Chris Rhodes

97% of world market supplies of rare earth elements (REEs) come from China and look to become insecure in regard to meeting "green" energy targets, since exports of REEs are…

The Nuclear Energy Crossroad – What are our Options Going Forward

Mar 23, 2011 at 16:39 | Gail Tverberg

We are at a crossroads with respect to nuclear energy, having discovered a new way (or several new ways) that nuclear plants can fail. How do we deal with such…

Japan's Crisis Hold Lessons for India's Nuclear Future

Mar 23, 2011 at 16:29 | SciDev SciDev

Four of the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan seem to be steadily moving towards progressive core melting. If sizeable core melt occurs, very dangerous species of…

Japan’s Nukes – Scary or Interesting Concern?

Mar 23, 2011 at 06:07 | Brian Westenhaus

Fast answer – an interesting concern.  Those words are chosen as the human tragedy unfolds.  Perhaps hundreds or thousands of people are exposed to the elements, including overnights in cold…

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