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Alternative Energy / Renewable Energy

Biomass: Just Because it's Green Doesn't Mean it's Clean

Feb 16, 2012 at 18:04 | Daniel J. Graeber

Florida residents last year filed a legal challenge against a company that was planning to build a biomass incinerator in the Florida Panhandle. They complained the incinerator project was a…

Independent Analysis Proves the Effectiveness of Federal Loan Guarantees

Feb 16, 2012 at 17:45 | Science Progress

Take a deep breath, because what I’m about to tell you may be shocking: Federal loan guarantees for energy projects have been successful, cost-effective investments—contrary to what some conservatives insist…

Green Energy's Positive Impact on the World's Poor

Feb 09, 2012 at 16:52 | Juan Cole

Renewable energy is often thought of as an initiative of advanced, sane countries such as Portugal and Germany. But there is another arena where green energy is making an impact–…

Hydrokinetic Power Could Grow to be a Big Player if it Passes its First Test

Jan 31, 2012 at 17:18 | James Burgess

Hydrokinetic power shows great promise for growth as it can be theoretically installed in both industrial waterways such as wastewater treatment and food processing plants, and natural water ways without…

In 2011, Global Spending on Renewable Energy Rose 40 Percent

Jan 30, 2012 at 17:43 | John Daly

A global revolution is slowly transforming the world’s energy market, with traditional transnational fossil fuel conglomerates facing future changes that will transform their previously cozy environment, whether they like it…

Waste to Energy: A Great Source of Clean Energy - But is it the Correct Waste?

Jan 26, 2012 at 17:34 | Barry Stevens

Converting Waste-to-Energy, and in particular MSW, are hot topics throughout the global landscape. The conversion process, which consists of a number of physical and complex chemical steps, serves a much…

Our Energy Future: Can the Ocean Provide for all our Energy Needs?

Jan 25, 2012 at 17:49 | Tom Murphy

With the exception of tidal energy, our focus thus far has been on land-based energy sources. Meanwhile, the ocean absorbs a prodigious fraction of the Sun’s incident energy, creating thermal…

European Supergrid to Revolutionise Renewable Energy?

Jan 25, 2012 at 15:29 | James Burgess

Europe is the world leader in renewable energy generation, but as with all renewable energy sources they face the problem of reliability. One way of overcoming this limitation and ensuring…

Using Ocean Temperature Differences to Create Renewable Energy

Jan 22, 2012 at 19:38 | James Burgess

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is an idea for creating renewable energy by exploiting the difference in ocean temperatures between the surface and the seabed. The OTEC permit office first…

Another Reason to Invest in Canada?

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:49 | John Daly

Canada represents a fascinating conundrum in North American oil production. First off, its population of 34 million represents the largest foreign oil source for its giant southern neighbour, with a…

Which Renewable Fuel Looks Set to Replace Traditional Petroleum Fuels

Jan 16, 2012 at 17:29 | Dave Summers

While it may be way too early to declare a final winner in the race to find replacement renewable liquid fuels to replace the jet fuel and diesel that power…

Investment in Clean Technology Set to Reach Record Levels in 2012

Jan 11, 2012 at 17:03 | Gloria Gonzalez

The clean-tech sector is primed for a record-setting year of investments in 2012, following robust growth in 2011 despite difficult conditions, according to the Cleantech Group. Global clean technology venture…

Why Africa Needs to Embrace Bamboo Charcoal

Jan 10, 2012 at 17:04 | Brian Westenhaus

In the developed world where a flip of a switch or twist of a knob starts food heating the idea of gathering dung, wood or making charcoal for food preparation…

Expiration of Cash Grant to Affect Biomass & Wind More than Solar

Jan 09, 2012 at 16:56 | Gloria Gonzalez

The expiration of the 1603 US cash grant programme is likely to slow but not stop the solar industry’s fast march toward grid parity, as solar costs continue to decline…

Football Pitch-Sized Batteries Could Change the World of Renewable Energy

Jan 08, 2012 at 11:00 | James Burgess

2011 saw huge advances in solar, wind and other renewable energy sources, and these advancements will continue into 2012. In fact 2012 could be the year that renewable energy sources…

Investment in African Renewable Energy Reaches $3.6 Billion in 2011

Jan 03, 2012 at 19:26 | John Daly

First, the bad news.Although Africa has vast fossil and renewable energy sources, only twenty percent of its population has direct access to electricity and in some rural areas,…

What is Both Sustainable and Renewable that Makes Financial Sense Today?

Jan 01, 2012 at 20:42 | Barry Stevens

The answer is: Municipal solid waste (“MSW”) and its conversion into energy!  There are few, if any, energy technologies that can claim to be both renewable and sustainable but also…

Central Asia's Creative Alternatives to Fossil Fuels

Dec 20, 2011 at 12:47 | RFE/RL staff

Soaring fuel prices; electricity rationing; early snow -- it's enough to send people scurrying for alternative ways to heat their homes and cook their meals. In some parts of Central…

How Will Renewable Energy Fare in 2012?

Dec 19, 2011 at 19:27 | James Burgess

Renewable energy is considered the future. The best way for us to combat climate change, survive the decline of oil and generally provide cheap, safer, secure energy. However the industry…

Subsidies: The Poisoned Chalice of Renewable Energy

Dec 19, 2011 at 19:20 | MasterResource

“Solar subsidies are a placebo which is giving the general public a sense of security about our energy future and is robbing the motivation of those entrepreneurs that could actually…

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