Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
Biofuels remain the orphan child of western energy interests – like adopting children, everyone agrees that it’s a good idea, but not many want an alien rugrat in the house.
Now China, arguably the world’s most influential and dynamic economy, is beginning to eye renewables as (more…)
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Australia’s Jatenergy Limited energy company is to provide crude jatropha oil to Lufthansa for flight trials.
The Lufthansa tests are the world’s first, long-term trial of renewable jet fuel and will be used on Lufthansa’s regularly scheduled flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt. (more…)
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Two recent stories illustrate how far wind power can go in terms of efficiency and mechanics.
First, let’s take a look at what Japanese researchers have come up with.
According to Mother Nature Network, scientists at Kyushu University in Japan have come up with an (more…)
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
CSPcontinues to be somewhat of a Cinderella alternative energy technology in South East Asia. This is despite some heavyweight supporters, not least the Asian Development Bank’s US$2mn investment in 2010 to develop its so-called Asia Solar Energy Initiative in the Asia-Pacific region and events such as the 2010 (more…)
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
The bankruptcies of three major U.S. solar companies in recent weeks have propelled China into a dominant position in the global market for solar panel production, with the Chinese now commanding nearly three-fifths of the world’s production capacity.
While many U.S., Japanese, and European solar (more…)
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, following a summit meeting with Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev in the Siberian city of Khabarovsk, has expressed support for a proposed Russian project to send Siberian natural gas to South Korea through North Korean territory. (more…)
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
China’s omnivorous global appetite for energy resources is well known.
While biofuel production is one of the rising energy stars of the 21st century, it is unlikely to become a significant source for China in the near future, as the country’s arable land is devoted first and foremost to feeding the country’s (more…)
Monday, August 29th, 2011
While I think no piece about electric bikes is really complete without touching on the Optibike electric mountain bike I had the thrill of taking on a week-long test drive two years ago, this piece by energyNOW!’s Josh Zepps about the trajectory of the e-bike industry in a changing world economy and (more…)
Friday, August 26th, 2011
The Earthquake followed by a tsunami that devastated Japan back in March has spawned a veritable cleantech revolution, both on the research and governmental fronts.
Now Mitsubishi Chemical Corp has announced it has developed a spray-on solar power technology (more…)
Friday, August 26th, 2011
Japanese researchers are developing a new system that they say could ultimately power electric vehicles (EVs) for travel across “unlimited” distances without the hindrance of heavy batteries.
While based on railway infrastructure in which individual cars are powered through overhead wires, (more…)