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Alternative Energy / Renewable Energy

Ethiopia - An Alternative Energy Future Beyond Hydropower?

Nov 04, 2011 at 08:55 | John Daly

Like many countries in Africa, Ethiopia is investigating the country’s renewable energy potential. While recent hydroelectric projects, including the 1,870 megawatt $2.2 billion Gilgel Gibe III dam on the Omo…

Green Revolution Needed in the Asia-Pacific Region - UNEP

Nov 01, 2011 at 08:29 | SciDev SciDev

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region need a new 'industrial revolution' based on green technologies to provide food, water, energy and housing while cutting down their resource consumption and emissions by…

Revolutionary New Process Turns Biomass Waste into Fuel Oil

Oct 31, 2011 at 08:29 | Brian Westenhaus

A University of Maine engineer and his research team have discovered a revolutionary new chemical process that can transform forest residues, along with other materials such as municipal solid waste,…

Finland to Open the World’s Largest Biomass Gasification Plant

Oct 25, 2011 at 07:35 | Green Futures

New power plant will run on forest waste, save 230,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Finland has announced plans for the world’s largest biomass gasification plant, a 140MW facility running…

Cleantech Investors not Losing Faith Following Solyndra Setback

Oct 21, 2011 at 07:28 | Gloria Gonzalez

Investors will not shy away from the clean-tech sector because of the collapse of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, according to an executive from the Cleantech Group. “Nobody is running for…

Germany Sets Aside $130 Billion for Renewable Energy

Oct 19, 2011 at 07:35 | John Daly

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on 30 May that Germany, the world's fourth-largest economy and Europe's biggest, would shutter all of its 17 nuclear power plants between 2015 and 2022,…

Good News for Global Warming as Artificial Photosynthesis Moves One Step Closer

Oct 10, 2011 at 07:44 | Brian Westenhaus

University of Illinois chemical and biological engineering professor Paul Kenis and his research group joined with researchers at Dioxide Materials, a startup company, have found a catalyst that improves…

Solyndra Bankruptcy Could Hobble the U.S. Renewable Energy Sector

Oct 07, 2011 at 07:36 | Gloria Gonzalez

The controversy surrounding the collapse of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra could make it impossible to extend the US loan guarantee or cash grant programmes for renewable energy and may make…

What Exactly Are Green Jobs?

Oct 03, 2011 at 07:12 | MasterResource

Even if there were a usable model to analyze job creation, we are left with the problem of identifying which jobs are actually “green.”  A renewable project can result in…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

In the Aftermath of Fukushima, Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Rise to 20 Percent

Sep 06, 2011 at 08:10 | John Daly

The worldwide implications for nuclear power advocates in light of the 11 March disaster at Japan’s Daichi Fukushima nuclear complex, battered first by an earthquake and a subsequent tsunami, are…


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