Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Eighteen prominent international climate scientists and economists have authored a paper that seeks to answer the most vexing environmental question facing the planet: How to reverse soaring carbon dioxide emissions and prevent the world from experiencing destabilizing climate change.
Their answer, presented in the journal PLOS One, (more…)
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
According to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), soft costs accounted for 63.5% of total costs of residential solar installations, 56.7% for small commercial systems ( < 250kW) and 52% for large commercial systems ( ≥ 250kW) in 2012. The report, entitled, Benchmarking Non-Hardware (more…)
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
A shortage of “rare earth” metals, used in everything from electric car batteries to solar panels to wind turbines, is hampering the growth of renewable energy technologies. Researchers are now working to find alternatives to these critical elements or better ways to recycle them. (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013
Poland, like many East European nations, relies heavily on coal. Approximately 90 percent of the country’s electricity comes from coal. Worse yet, over two thirds of Poland’s coal-fired plants are over 30 years old and thus highly inefficient.
This means Polish citizens breathe the second (more…)
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Manufacturers and developers of wind turbines will be able to study construction methods, issues with the supply change, maintenance and more once the UK’s largest offshore wind demonstration site is completed.
The UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (more…)
Friday, November 15th, 2013
Irrigation pumps powered by clean renewable energy, such as solar pumps, could solve both the economic and environmental dilemma: they don’t emit greenhouse gases, and their fuel is free. But renewable-powered pumps have remained a marginal technology. There is currently no such pump available on the market that is tailored (more…)
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
China is on track to generate more electricity from renewable energy by 2035 than the U.S., the European Union, and Japan combined, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a new report.
In its World Energy Outlook report, the IEA also said that by 2035 renewable energy sources — wind, (more…)
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
C5.6 Technologies of Middleton (WI) and the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point recently won the grant to continue work on developing bacteria that will ferment sugar into isoprene, a high-energy molecule that can be used to make jet and other alternative energy fuels. The financial (more…)
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
When a speaker at yesterday’s CleanTechLA event presented what Deutsche Bank calls its “three pillars of a successful market,” I could see some of the main challenges associated with the migration to renewable energy. Abbreviated “TLC” (something that everyone and everything needs to receive), they are Transparency, Longevity, and Certainty. (more…)
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
As China forges ahead with its goal to generate 120,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020, they are damming more and more rivers. According to China, this is a safe strategy that will curb pollution, control floods, and minimize climate change. Conservationists and scientists across the globe however, disagree. (more…)