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Alternative Energy

Here's the Bottom Line on Uranium

Here's the Bottom Line on Uranium

Jul 15, 2010 at 07:11 | Dave Forest

It's been an interesting few weeks since I last checked in on uranium. The search for what's next in yellowcake projects has taken me to some out-of-the-way places. Dusty…

Solar Powered Plane completes Night Flight

Solar Powered Plane completes Night Flight

Jul 15, 2010 at 02:59 | ISN Security Watch

This week’s record-breaking night flight by the Solar Impulse aircraft has been widely acclaimed, but few of us are ever likely to fly in such a plane. Swiss adventurer Bertrand…

GE, VC Firms Launch $200 Million Contest for Smart Grid Innovation

GE, VC Firms Launch $200 Million Contest for Smart Grid Innovation

Jul 14, 2010 at 03:05 | Darrell Delamaide

General Electric and four venture capital funds launched a $200 million contest for innovations in smart grid technology, pledging to use the money to fund development of the winning entries.…

Can Renewable Energy Really Satisfy Our Energy Needs

Can Renewable Energy Really Satisfy Our Energy Needs

Jul 12, 2010 at 03:44 | The Oil Drum

With the tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill now focussing President Obama's and the American people's minds on where their energy comes from, and what some of the collateral costs…

Clean-Tech Venture Capital Investment Hits Record $4bn

Clean-Tech Venture Capital Investment Hits Record $4bn

Jul 09, 2010 at 06:32 | Charlotte Dudley

Global venture capital investment in clean-tech firms hit record levels in the first half of 2010, with investment totalling more than $4 billion, preliminary figures reveal. A preliminary report from…

USDA Publishes New Papers on the Energy Return of Corn Ethanol

USDA Publishes New Papers on the Energy Return of Corn Ethanol

Jul 08, 2010 at 02:34 | Robert Rapier

Over the past decade, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published several papers in which they investigated the energy return of corn ethanol. The energy return on…

Why Alternative Energy Will Never Pencil Out

Why Alternative Energy Will Never "Pencil Out"

Jul 07, 2010 at 15:48 | Charles Hugh Smith

Advocates of a smooth transition away from petroleum may be surprised by the consequences of huge swings in the cost of oil. I first proposed a "head-fake" in the price…

Obama Announces $2 Billion More in Stimulus Aid for Solar Power

Obama Announces $2 Billion More in Stimulus Aid for Solar Power

Jul 07, 2010 at 04:05 | Darrell Delamaide

President Barack Obama announced nearly $2 billion in government loan guarantees for two solar projects, placing bets on both solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies. The two projects will directly create…

India’s Growing Nuclear Industry

India’s Growing Nuclear Industry

Jul 06, 2010 at 03:10 | Frank O'Donnell

Canada’s recent decision to resume civilian nuclear trade with India after an absence of 36 years illustrates how far India has come since the international isolation following its 1974 nuclear…

Germany Eyes $500 Million for Public-Private Climate Fund

Germany Eyes $500 Million for Public-Private Climate Fund

Jul 04, 2010 at 12:39 | Christopher Cundy

Germany has launched a 'climate protection' fund to help local banks invest in energy efficiency and renewables for small businesses and households in developing countries, seeding it with more than…

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