Friday, November 25th, 2011
Google Inc. says it is abandoning its ambitious program to drive down the cost of renewable energy, one of seven major initiatives canceled by the Internet giant this week as it looks to focus on its core projects.
Launched four years ago through Google.org, the (more…)
Friday, November 18th, 2011
The more I delve into energy and climate issues, the more this seems completely evident: we should prefer energy efficiency and sobriety over renewables.
Making efficiency a priority – whereas renewables are the priority nowadays – will without a doubt benefit the consumer, the society as a whole and our (more…)
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
The good news is that on 8 November the International Energy Agency released its 2011 “World Energy Outlook.”
While it will cheer nuclear advocates, overall the report makes for grim reading.
Pulling no punches, the report states at the outset, (more…)
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
A recent post discussed the unduly restrictive eligibility requirements for the Korean Intellectual Property Office’s s (KIPO) expedited examination program for green tech patent applications.
While the KIPO “super speed” program boasts examination results in just one month, many (more…)
Friday, October 28th, 2011
For over 40 days, disenfranchised Americans have been occupying parks, streets, and plazas all over the country. Many are beginning to realize that those fighting for environmental justice and those fighting for economic justice share a common enemy.
Monday, September 19th, 2011
Our friends at the Solar Foundation released a sneak peek at the results of their 2011 National Solar Jobs Census. It comes as no surprise to any of us working in solar that this fast growing industry continues to brighten the American economy . . .
The census data shows that 100,237 Americans are (more…)
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
I’m generally pessimistic about the quality of life that I see for most Americans in the foreseeable future. There are so many general reasons for this: lack of American competitiveness in the global marketplace, our failures in education, declining work-ethic, dogged adherence to clearly unsustainable business (more…)
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
According to a new study by the Carbon Trust up to 240 GW of capacity of marine energy could be installed worldwide by 2050. Out of these, 75 percent could be coming from wave, and the remainder by tidal energy.
The total market for both wave and tidal energies (more…)
Monday, September 5th, 2011
Hurricane Irene, which knocked out power for approximately six million customers in 13 states and the District of Columbia last week, raises a question: What smart grid technology could have enabled homes, businesses, and mission critical institutions to have played a more vital role in providing reliability, security, and (more…)