- Wind Farms Can Be Viable, They Just Need One Hard To Do Thing
Worldwide installations of solar and wind power has skyrocketed. Since 2009, the heyday of government subsidies, global solar photovoltaic installations have increased about 40 percent a year on average, and the installed capacity of wind turbines has dou ...
Article - News Staff - Mar 20 2014 - 3:05pm
- Virtual Power Plants May Mean The End Of The Electrical Grid As We Know It
A recent trend has seen government efforts to switch to energy sources that are variable- wind turbines and solar parks- but those have been expensive and have not caught on because grid structures, industry and private households don't want to deal ...
Article - News Staff - Mar 25 2014 - 9:35am
- When It Comes To Genetically Modified Biofuels, Resistance Is Not Futile
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified the genetic origins of a microbial resistance to ionic liquids, based on a pair of genes discovered in a bacterium native to a tropical rainforest in Puerto Rico, and ...
Article - News Staff - Mar 26 2014 - 1:08pm
- Stranded Capacity: Delays Banning Coal Plants Will Make Banning Them More Expensive Later
Article - News Staff - Mar 31 2014 - 10:18am
- New Checkerboard Optimization Scheme Could Reduce Wake Effects In Wind Turbines
As long as mandates and subsidies continue, wind turbines will continue to be part of the alternative energy mix. That means going beyond hype and potential and focusing on physical design, such as spacing and orienting individual turbines to maximize the ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 2 2014 - 3:00am
- Hydrogen's Potential In Alternative Energy Is Fading
Countries are looking for fossil fuel alternatives that can get somewhere near the density of gasoline but with less impact on the global ecosystem. Among the most promising contenders for mainstream alternative energy production, especially on alternative ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 2 2014 - 2:00pm
- Tiny Microbial Power Generator Runs On Spit
Spit-powered, micro-sized microbial fuel cells produce enough energy to run on-chip applications, according to a paper in Asia Materials. Microbial fuel cells create energy when bacteria break down organic material producing a charge that is transferred t ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 3 2014 - 5:55pm
- How Meta: Using The Sun To Create Solar Energy Materials
Oregon State University chemists have discovered how to use the sun as more than just a way to harvest passive energy- they can use it to directly produce the solar energy materials that make energy harvesting possible. This breakthrough by chemical engin ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 3 2014 - 2:31pm
- American Fracking Is Europe's Best Hope To Avoid Russian Interference
Russia has control over energy supplies and distribution systems in Ukraine and that means they control energy supplies in Western Europe. It's made a lot of Russians rich and prevents Europe from taking any meaningful stance on Russian aggression in ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 5 2014 - 8:56pm
- Grow Crops On Photovoltaic Farms
Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, at least according to computer models. ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 9 2014 - 10:00pm