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Google Reins in Spending on Renewable Energy Technology

Nov 26, 2011 at 10:50 | James Burgess

Back in July Larry Page became Google’s new chief executive and immediately began a campaign to reign in Google’s projects and focus their resources. This was due to the stiff…

India and Bangladesh Spar Over Tipaimukh Dam

Nov 24, 2011 at 17:11 | John Daly

While renewable energy advocates see hydroelectric facilities as largely beneficial, things get complex when the rivers to be harnessed cross international borders. Bangladesh and India are now at loggerheads…

DOD Recognizes Biofuels Limitations and Steps up Energy Innovation

Nov 24, 2011 at 16:46 | Innovation Policy Blog

It’s worth noting a pair of recent developments on the Defence Department energy front. One is a useful reminder of what DOD can achieve now with the proper support, and…

Canada Increasing Renewable Energy Exports to U.S.

Nov 23, 2011 at 17:44 | John Daly

Most Americans are only dimly aware of Canada’s importance to U.S. energy imports. The typical American audience, if they are aware of Canadian energy exports to the U.S. at all,…

Time to Stop Playing Politics and Focus on Clean Energy Reforms

Nov 20, 2011 at 10:01 | Breakthrough Institute

Congressional investigators should prioritize clean energy commercialization solutions over political grandstanding and focus on identifying key lessons from the experience of the Loan Programs Office. Congress should put these lessons…

Creating Renewable Natural Gas with Solar Power

Nov 17, 2011 at 16:36 | Energy Digital

HyperSolar, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to make renewable natural gas using solar power, announced yesterday that it has filed a patent application for the production of renewable…

Every Little Helps - Converting Wasted Kinetic Energy into Electricity

Nov 15, 2011 at 16:52 | James Burgess

Humanity is constantly looking at innovative technologies to help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Yet it’s not always the big discoveries that make the difference. Small inventions that reduce…

Germany Faces Sticker Shock Over Renewable Energy to Replace Nuclear

Nov 09, 2011 at 08:17 | John Daly

On 30 May, in the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany would close all of its 18 nuclear power plants between 2015 and…

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…

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