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• Renewable Energy
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Renewable Energy (AKA Alternative Energy) was here before any living thing on Planet Earth. Call it a gift from nature (and we should never look a gift-horse in the mouth), these free energy sources come in many flavors and are ours to use. Thanks to the skyrocketing cost of fossil (carbon-based) fuels, both in economic and human terms, Renewable Energy's time has truly come. Where can we get 400 trillion watts of power, every second of every day? Why the sun, of course. Myth Vs. Reality


Alternative Energy Types

Active Solar
Alt-Fuelers
Bio-mass
Fusion ?
Geo-Thermal
  • Active Solar
    Active Solar

    The sun can be used directly to heat water for pools, homes and industry, to provide space heating and to generate electricity. The sun's energy can also be used to distill water and cook food.

    Read the 7 myths about solar energy by clicking on the Active Solar icon now.

  • Tesla Roadster
    Surprise - Surprise

    Not what you expected when we talk about alternate fuel cars.

    Click now for the story
    on this new class of vehicles.

  • Biomass
    How Biomass Works:

    Not what you expected when we talk about alternate fuel cars.

    Energy is stored in organic materials such as wood, grains and peat. Wood and peat are both burned to provide heat. Grains can be fermented into ethanol and used as a liquid fuel. Pelleting, a technology that transforms wood, grass or other fibrous materials into small pellets that can easily transported, and are beginning to compete favorably with fossil based fuels. Pellets, used in Europe, have yet to catch on in America.

    Click now to learn what the US Dept. of Energy has to say about this renewable source.

  • “Fusion
    Fusion Confusion:

    Some say it’s the ‘Energy of the Future and always will be.’.

    But lately, there is more optimism that fusion will become a reality in the not-too-distant future.

    Click now to read the Forbes Magazine article.

  • Biomass
    The Skinny on Geo-thermal:

    Heat from the earth's core can be used to generate electricity. It can also be used directly (with heat pumps) to heat and cool buildings.

    Click the Geothermal icon
    to learn more about this renewable source.

  • Passive Solar
    Small Hydro
    Tidal Power
    Wind Power
    Wave Power
  • Passive Solar
    Passive Solar Defined:

    Passive solar energy is incorporated into energy efficient building and landscape design, e.g. window placement to heat retaining walls and floors.

    Click now for a Wikipedia
    definition of Passive Solar

  • “Small
    What is Small Hydro?

    Small hydro projects will generate power by using falling water at an average capacity of 20 megawatts or less. A 'run-of-the-river' project also uses falling water by directing water to the turbine using pipes, rather than dams.

  • “Tidal
    Wave or Tidal:

    The movement of waves and tides, particularly in shallow water, can be harnessed and converted to electricity.

    Thank you, Moon!

  • Wind Energy
    The Energy is
    Blowing in the Wind

    The energy from the wind can be harnessed by wind turbines and windmills to generate electricity and also to pump water.

  • Wave Power” width=
    Wave Energy - It Floats!

    Wave energy is as source of power that comes from the endless march of the waves as they roll into the shore then back out again.

    Humans harness this power along the coastal regions of the United States, Canada, Scotland, and Australia. Energy that comes from the waves in the ocean sounds like a boundless, harmless supply. But is it without its drawbacks?


  • Of Interest

    • Will the Sunshine State Adopt Solar Energy
      Will We Have Have
      a Solar-Powered Florida?

      Solar Thermal Magazine Feb.10, 2019 -You would think that a state that refers to itself as the sunshine state would be rushing to install solar power technology. I mean with all that sunshine ( not to mention wind, wave and tidal energy) available why buy electricity from out of state.

      Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), already a self proclaimed leader in solar energy, has announced a groundbreaking “30-by-30” plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030 and make the state of Florida a world leader in the production of solar energy.

      Interested? Click now to learn more.

    • How Solar is Looking for 2019
      What's In Store For Solar In 2019?

      EnergyCentral , Dec. 30, 2018 - These are tumultuous times for solar. After growing rapidly in the last decade, the industry slowed down this year. The economics of solar panel installations, which is heavily subsidized and thrives on cheap panels imported from China, caught up with the industry. There was a sharp drop in the number of residential and utility installations of solar after the Trump administration instituted tariffs on solar panels made in China. The administration also tried to revive the coal industry by questioning renewable energy’s ability to generate baseload power.

      But it was not bad news all the way.

      Next quarter should see the highest number of utility installations of solar, in terms of power, according to consulting firm Wood Mackenzie. The product mix at utility installations also underwent a change as tracking systems, which follow the sun’s path through the day, became more popular as compared to fixed tilt systems. That is expected to continue in 2019.

    • 156 Major Brands Going 100% Renewable
      156 Major Brands Going 100% Renewable

      January, 2019 Arcadia Power Blog -The fight against climate change is a fight for everyone, from individuals to businesses, national and local governments.

      Among many leaders driving change towards a 100% renewable energy future, find these 156 major global companies—each of whom have pledged to go 100% renewable in the near future.

      Look for your trusted bank, service, or a favorite brand, and see when and how each of them are working to meet their goals. Click to read on.

    • Free E-Book - How Renewables Work
      A Practical Guide To Solar,
      Wind, and Geothermal

      Around the world, cities, states, countries, and companies (and people just like you!) are making the switch to clean, renewable energy to help confront climate change – and because it just makes good economic sense.

      Renewable energy is both a clean alternative to the fossil fuels driving the climate crisis and an engine for job creation. What’s not to love? But like any new technology, as it starts to take hold, there are bound to be questions.

      Click to download the e-book
      from The Climate Reality Project.

    • Just How Does Solar Power Work?
      How Does Solar Power Work, Anyway?

      Apr. 4, 2018 -Today, solar power is everywhere – from home roofs to Ikea superstores to the Nevada desert. And thank goodness. It’s a win-win solution to the climate crisis that creates jobs, saves money, and helps cut the carbon pollution changing our planet.

      Plus, when it comes to energy, solar might be the closest thing to free money out there – and we haven’t even begun to touch its full potential.

      Click now to see how
      from The Climate Reality Project.

    • Geothermal - What It Is/How it Works
      How Exactly Does Geothermal Energy Work?

      While it’s hard to miss a massive solar array or a field full of wind turbines, so much of the action with geothermal energy happens out-of-sight that it tends to not generate as much love as its buzzier brothers in the renewable energy landscape.

      And that’s too bad, because geothermal energy is pretty awesome. It takes the natural functions of the Earth and puts them to great use heating homes, creating electricity, and helping to propel the global shift from the dirty fossil fuels driving climate change to renewables.

      Click now to learn more
      from The Climate Reality Project.

    • Clean Energy California
      Clean Energy In California:
      The Golden State Deserves a Gold Star

      May 11, 2018 -California has faced its fair share of challenges due the climate crisis. But now it’s fighting back with a powerful weapon: renewable energy.

      More than that, the Golden State is proving that we can start a renewable energy revolution right now.

      With the White House stepping out of the climate fight, California has stepped up in a big way, leading a coalition of 16 states and the District of Columbia suing to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from weakening fuel efficiency standards.

      Click now for more from the Climate Reality Project.

    • Al Gore Explains Renewable Energy
      Climate 101: What is Renewable Energy?

      Renewable energy is energy generated from ongoing natural processes like wind or sunlight that are not depleted when used. Unlike fossil fuels, these types of energy are theoretically unlimited. In contrast, fossil fuels like oil and gas are finite resources formed in the earth over hundreds of millions of years from the remains of plants and animals.

      Importantly, and unlike fossil fuels, renewable energy is clean and doesn’t release carbon pollution into the atmosphere (which drives climate change). Burning fossil fuels does.

      Click now read the PDF from The Climate Reality Project.

    • What Smart Grids Can Do for You
      Could the Next Disaster
      in Puerto Rico Be Prevented?

      Mar. 20, 2018 -Months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still struggling to become fully energized. A number of grassroots efforts think solar energy can speed the recovery and prevent a total blackout when the next storm hits.

      Click to learn more from PBS News. A video is included.

    • How Would You Like That Car Printed?
      Your Next Car Could Be A 3D
      -Printed Electric Car

      Mar. 24, 2018 -With all the talk of hyper-performance electric vehicles (EV) and other ‘unobtainium’ cars, we’re happy to report a refreshing story that should appease those unhappy with electric vehicle (EV) affordability. How about a 3D-printed EV for $7,500? And the best part is that you won’t have to wait for it very long.

      Click to read more from Clean Technica.

    • Green Jobs - They’re Booming
      Career Pathways and
      Possibilities in Renewable Energy

      Feb. 27, 2018 -Are you passionate about green energy and protecting our planet? Are you looking for a career you can be proud of that offers possibilities we aren’t even aware of yet? Look no further than the renewable energy industry.

      You could be working in wind or solar power in no time with the right education and tools to get you set on this exciting path. Here are some of the best degrees to pursue and the career choices that may come your way.

      Click now for the good news
      from Renewable Energy World.

    • Solar Can Get Even Cheaper
      A Break-through to Create
      Low-cost Solar Cells

      Jan. 21, 2018 - A team of talented scientists from Stanford University situated in Stanford, in Silicon Valley, 20 miles (approximately 30 Km) out of San Jose, California, USA have successfully displayed the usage of nanotechnology. The method to manufacture crystalline silicon (c-Si) thin-film solar cells which are being claimed to be more efficient at capturing solar energy.

      Click now for the story.

    • Hydrogen & Solar: Together At Last
      Like Two Lost Souls, Hydrogen and
      Concentrating Solar Power Find Each Other

      Jan. 2, 2018 - Not too long ago, the mention of hydrogen, or concentrating solar power, or both at the same time, would be met by a roll of the eye from alternative energy insiders. Hydrogen is an abundant and clean-burning fuel, but the primary source of hydrogen is natural gas. Concentrating solar power has a built-in energy storage element, but it is more complicated and expensive than other solar technologies. Et cetera, et cetera, and so on and so forth.

      Click now for the story
      from Clean Technica.

    • Solar Women
      Eight Great Women in
      the Science of Solar

      Dec. 15, 2017 - It is easier to believe in the future of solar today than it was decades ago. This article honors eight of the women who believed and persevered and pioneered the PV industry of today and without who it might be a very different industry indeed.

      Each woman has in her own way championed the cause of climate change as well as the cause of the solar industry and has worked tirelessly educating, conducting research and deploying solar technologies to ensure the future of the industry.

      Click for the complete
      Renewable Energy World article.

    • Solar PV Spray Ons
      We Soon Be Able to Spray On Solar PV

      Apr. 11, 2017 - Can you imagine a world in which you could spray on your power source and place it wherever you’d like? Maybe on the windows of your home or on the roof of your car. Perhaps on the sides of your tall business building.

      Well, solar technology companies are working on a way to literally spray on solar cells to any convenient surface, which will harness power from the sun and eliminate dependence on wasteful energy. To boot, this futuristic option may be more affordable than the solar panels being created in Silicon Valley today.

    • Fusion Energy: Has Its Time Come?
      New Hope For Fusion Energy

      Forbes Magazie, Jan. 14, 2019  - Two recent developments in the world of fusion power are giving scientists and policymakers newfound optimism for the elusive ‘holy grail’ of energy technologies. The first is a discovery by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) which uses radio frequency (RF) technology to greatly reduce so-called ‘plasma disruption’ – the leading challenge to achieving a sustained, net energy gain fusion reaction. This is a key element in making fusion a feasible source of electricity.

      Interested? Click now to learn more.

    • The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy
      Which Are the Shining Cities in 2019

      Environment Florida, May 31, 2019  - Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 60 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed — enough to power nearly one in every 11 homes in America. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.

      America’s major cities have played a key role in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap tremendous benefits from solar energy. As population centers, they are major sources of electricity demand and, with millions of rooftops suitable for solar panels, they have the potential to be major sources of clean energy production as well.

      Interested? Click now for the story and a map.

    • How Concentrated Solar Works
      Concentrated Solar and 24/7 Power

      Watch this short video, and learn how concentrated solar power works to bring the energy of the sun, even when it is no longer shining.

    • E-Vehicles Did Not Begin in the Current Era
      Electric Transportation History

      PBS.org, Mar.15, 2019

      1832-39 Scottish inventor Robert Anderson invents the first crude electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable primary cells.

      1835: American Thomas Davenport is credited with building the first practical electric vehicle -- a small locomotive.

      1859: French physicist Gaston Planté invents the rechargeable lead-acid storage battery. In 1881, his countryman Camille Faure will improve the storage battery's ability to supply current and invent the basic lead-acid battery used in automobiles.

      For the rest of the history, click now

    • A Renewable Energy Year in Review
      A year in review: 6 of Our
      Favorite Renewable Energy Stories

      Jan. 2, 2019 Arcadia Power -Despite a number of alarming climate change headlines, 2018 had many big wins for renewable energy. The proliferation of solar and wind power went beyond almost all previous predictions, a record number of states, communities, and companies have joined the renewable energy 100 pledge, and many more.

      Here’s a small collection of some of our favorite renewable energy headlines and milestones from the past year. Sneak preview: the future is bright.

    • Solar Bike Paths in Dutch
      Dutch Solar Bike Path Solar
      Road Successful & Expanding

      March 12, 2017 - The Netherlands is covered with bike paths, connecting more or less every destination a person might wish to go to and greatly increasing the convenience of cycling as a sustainable mode of transport.

      In the densely populated country, where space is scarce, a consortium of companies and research labs called SolaRoad is endeavoring to make those cycle lanes reduce carbon emissions in yet another way: by having them to generate solar electricity.

      Click now to get up to speed.

    • North American 100% R.E. Projects
      Renewable Energy for the New World

      View a chart showing all of the reported projects in North and Central America that have 100% renewable energy goals, including some you would not have expected.

    • The Highway or the Wattway!
      First Wattway Solar Road Pilot In
      U.S. Pops Up In Rural Georgia

      Feb. 7, 2017 - The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama.

    • Take the Fossil Fuel Bypass
      Fossil Fuels Bypass is Not Science Fiction

      Feb. 14, 2017 - Here is a vision of the future in a warming world without fossil fuels.

      No switching on the air conditioning because your roof re-radiates the sun’s heat back into space.

      You don’t have to worry that the current from solar energy will turn off at night, because the same sunlight that powered the refrigerator has also turned two greenhouse gases into hydrocarbon fuel that serves as battery back-up.

    • Net-zero Solar Farmhouse
      The Net-zero Solar
      Farmhouse from Deltic

      The new Solar Farmhouse contains everything the quintessential home possesses -- the quaint front porch, the white wood siding, the gabled roof, and the simple lines -- updated with a slew of net-zero features, including a passive solar design, air-tight building envelope, and open plan.

      Click now to learn more
      and to view a slideshow.

    • Finding Alternative Fuel Fill-ups
      Finding Fueling Stations
      for Electric Vehicles

      Find alternative fueling stations near an address or ZIP code or along a route in the United States. Enter a state to see a station count or see stations data by state.

      Click for the web page

    • Supertree-Sprouting Gardens
      Singapore's Supertree-Sprouting Gardens

      Gardens by the Bay will be Singapore's largest garden project and is central to their continued development of Marina Bay.

      Click now for the story and a slideshow.

    • Solar Tax Incentives
      Solar Tax Incentives:

      There are various incentives being offered. The article explains it in detail.

      Click now to learn how
      to take advantage of them.

    • Breakthrough Energy Coalition
      Breakthrough Energy Coalition Explained

      The world needs widely available reliable, affordable, carbon-free energy. New tools are needed to power the world.

      Bill Gates, George Soros and others are behind this.

      Click now for more.

    • Storage Advance
      New Foam Batteries Promise
      Fast Charging, Higher Capacity

      Affordable, lightweight, and versatile, batteries made of porous materials could soon transform energy storage.

      Click now to get charged up.

    • Clean Energy Trends Slideshow
      Top 10 Clean Energy Trends
      Drive the Clean Energy Revolution

      The world’s energy systems, markets, and values are rapidly changing in response to climate disruption — and those mitigation efforts may be starting to move the needle.

      Click now to view the slideshow.

    • Solar Blending With Your Environment
      Discreet Solar Power For Your Roof

      Feb. 10, 2017 -Here is an inconvenient truth that advocates of alternative energy sources are reluctant to admit – traditional solar panels can be a bit of an eyesore.

      Especially in a residential setting, bulky solar panels may detract from the aesthetic of any house, no matter how much the owner tries to convince you otherwise.

      Think about the streets in your neighborhood, and ask yourself how many of the homes actually have visible solar panels, and you will quickly realize that they are not very popular.

      Click for more from The Greener Ideal.

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    The Experts

  • • Biomass BigWigs
    Biomass Experts

    ORC experts are peer-recommended authorities who have been carefully selected and rigorously screened.

    Click now to learn what Biomass
    is, and much more.

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  • • Geothermal Gurus
    Biomass Experts

    They host the International Geothermal Association webpage, for convenient downloads of the IGA News by GRC members.

    Click now to go to that site.

  • • Hydro Hawks
    Request a Hydro-Energy Expert

    Click now for the link
    and more Hydro Info.

  • • Solar Smarties
    Ask the Solar Expert

    Steven Strong, and other solar experts answer questions about Active and Passive home solar, as was featured on NOVA

    Click now for access.

  • • Wind Wonks
    Paul Gipe - Wind Energy Expert

    Click now to view an internationally known wind energy expert's “A Trip Around the World of Wind Power”.

    This was presented on his
    visit to Green Energy Ohio

  • • Tidal Toters
    Tidal Power Experts

    As presented on On Point, several years back, experts discuss technological advancements, roadblocks to implementation.

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    Click for a presentation and video.


  • Solar Tax Incentives



    Alternative Energy (Renewable Energy, aka R/E.)

    Including News on Solar, Energy Storage, Hydropower and Tidal Energy Stories
    (Stories in the last 90 days)


    • Who Says We Can’t Have Solar Energy At Night?
      Solar Power That Works At Night
      a Renewable Energy Game-Changer

      July 11, 2019 Phys.Org -An innovative thermal battery being developed by Curtin University researchers will be key to a solar power system capable of producing electricity overnight, rivaling fossil fuels as a viable source of power for commercial and heavy industries around the world, including mining operations.

      Curtin is collaborating with international renewable energy companies United Sun Systems and ITP Thermal on the potentially game-changing project, which is being led by Professor Craig Buckley from Curtin's School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

      Click now to shine some sunlight on this story.

    • India: Power To the People, But What Kind?
      POWERGEN India 2020 to Support
      Energy Transition in India

      July 10, 2019 Electric Light & Power -The Indian power sector is undergoing significant changes that have redefined the industry’s outlook for the next decade.

      A key pillar of the government’s focus on sustained economic growth is its ‘Power for All’ policy to electrify the entire country and this is driving ever-increasing electricity demand.

      And to be able to meet this surging demand and provide cleaner, cheaper and more reliable access to power, hundreds of billion dollars of investment in infrastructure and technology are required.

      Click now for the story.

    • 3.3 Million U.K. Customers Can Now Use Renewable Energy
      EON Switches All U.K.
      Customers to 100% Renewable Power

      July 9, 2019 Renewable Energy World -EON SE is now supplying all of its 3.3 million residential customers in Britain with 100% renewable electricity, the first of the U.K.’s “Big Six” utilities to do so.

      Clean power is available on all its tariffs at no extra cost with most of the renewable energy coming from its own wind, biomass and solar sources, the utility said in a statement. EON operates and owns more than 20 onshore and offshore wind farms across the U.K.

      EON switched household consumers to clean energy in a bid to stem a customer exodus to smaller rivals such as Ovo Energy Ltd. and Bulb Energy Ltd. that have offered 100% renewable tariffs at cheaper rates for some time.

      Interested? Click for the story.

    • It's Time to Talk About Microgrids
      How a Perfect Storm Is Driving
      Microgrids Into The Mainstream

      July 2, 2019 Renewable Energy World - Given the diverse benefits that microgrids provide – reductions in energy costs, business risk, and carbon emissions, and increases in resiliency and power reliability – one wonders why discussion of microgrids has only started to take off recently.

      Most of this can be explained and understood in that it comes down to the fact that microgrids are now experiencing “the perfect storm” of factors relating to why they are beginning to make so much sense. These factors include pivotal advances in technology, reduction of costs, and significant changes in the environment and traditional electric grids all around us. Today, these factors and other related energy innovations are leading many large energy users to contemplate how they might be able to leverage a microgrid to help them address their own energy and infrastructure needs. In this article, we will present key reasons for why now is the right time to start thinking about microgrids more seriously as well as some perspectives on how to make the leap to your first microgrid.

      Click now for more of the story.

    • SDA Adds to Their Solar Storage System
      San Diego Airport Installs
      2 MW/4 Storage System to
      Complement Existing PV Array

      June 27, 2019 Renewable Energy World - Yesterday, ENGIE Storage announced that San Diego International Airport (SAN) installed a 2 MW/4 MWh GridSynergy energy storage system. Paired with the airport’s existing 5.5 MW of solar capacity, the new energy storage system will reduce energy charges during peak demand, which according to ENGIE equate to approximately 40 percent of the airport’s monthly electricity costs. The system is expected to begin operation in early 2020.

      The airport will be using GridSynergy’s cloud-based software, which will draw on past and present energy generation and usage data at the airport to calculate optimal charge and discharge cycles for the lithium-ion batteries. GridSynergy will continually learn and adapt to the airport’s energy needs over the next ten years, said ENGIE.

      Click now for the story.

    • Big Things Coming for Wind and Solar
      Bloomberg Predicts Wind
      and Solar Will Power Half
      the World and Bag $9 Trillion Investment

      June 20, 2019 Renewable Energy World - Wind or solar now represent the least expensive option for adding new power generation capacity in approximately two-thirds of the world.

      And further falls in technology will see the two leading forms of renewable energy powering nearly half of the global grid by 2050 and attracting $9.5 trillion in new investment between now and then.

      Those are two of the headline findings from the latest New Energy Outlook report from BloombergNEF (BNEF), which was unveiled yesterday…

      Click now for the optimistic story.

    • Women Are Missing Out On the Clean Energy Jobs
      Women Are Missing Out On the
      Clean Energy Job Boom in America

      June 20, 2019 Renewable Energy World - While the industry is welcoming more women leaders, its rank-and-file workforce is still a lot like those at fossil-fuel companies: white and dominated by men. The lack of gender diversity is being driven by manufacturing jobs, and that means women are now missing out on the biggest jobs boom America has to offer.

      Solar installer and wind-turbine technician are the two fastest-growing professions in the U.S., projected to rise more than any others through 2026. One in every 50 new positions created in the U.S. involved solar in 2016, and clean power now accounts for about a third of all employment in the energy sector.

      Click now for more of this story.

    • Hydrogen Is The Fuel Of The Future
      Hydrogen Is the Fuel of the Future.
      For Real This Time, IEA Says

      June 14, 2019 Renewable Energy World -Hydrogen, which has been touted as the fuel of the future much of the past five decades, may finally be on the verge of converting its potential to reality.

      Governments, automakers and even oil and gas giants are part of a growing coalition pushing a larger role for the fuel as the world seeks to reduce carbon emissions while still providing reliable electricity to a growing population and powering complex industrial processes, the International Energy Agency said in a report released Friday.

      The report underscores the challenges -- existing production techniques are polluting and costly, while the gas itself is volatile and highly flammable -- as the energy industry responds to increasingly urgent calls to decarbonize amid doomsday climate change scenarios. Policies must be put in place now to support early investments needed to reduce costs and scale up the industry, the agency recommended.

      Excited? Click now for the story.

    • Largest Electrothermal Energy Storage System
      Siemens Inaugurates World’s Largest
      Electrothermal Energy Storage System

      June 12, 2019 Renewable Energy World -Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) said that is has begun operation of its electric thermal energy storage system (ETES), a milestone in the development of energy storage solutions, according to the company.

      The heat storage facility is located in Hamburg-Altenwerder and contains around 1,000 tonnes of volcanic rock as an energy storage medium. It is fed with electrical energy converted into hot air by means of a resistance heater and a blower that heats the rock to 750°C. When demand peaks, ETES uses a steam turbine for the re-electrification of the stored energy. The ETES pilot plant can thus store up to 130 MWh of thermal energy for a week. In addition, the storage capacity of the system remains constant throughout the charging cycles.

      Interested? Click now for the story.

    • Tax Credits for All Low-Carbon Energy?
      As Renewable Energy Subsidies
      Expire, Experts Advocate Tax Credits

      June 4, 2019 Scientific American -Renewable energy subsidies are one of the few climate policies that lawmakers have consistently agreed on. Now, they’re about to end.

      The production tax credit for wind power will expire at the end of this year. Investment tax credits for residential solar energy will be zeroed out in 2022, and commercial solar credits will hit a floor of 10% that year.

      Two researchers at Columbia University have an idea of what should take their place: expanded tax incentives for clean electricity generation that stress function over the technology-specific brand of subsidies favored today. They would coordinate the tax credits with targeted research and development dollars, helping push new low-carbon technologies into the mix.

      Click now for whole the story.

    •  Ivory Soap Is Not the Only Thing That Floats  
      California’s Largest
      Floating Solar Array

      Renewable Energy World, May 28, 2019  - Ciel & Terre and the Town of Windsor officials said they started construction of what will be the largest floating solar power system in the state of California. The floating solar array will be installed on the Town’s largest recycled water storage pond and is expected to meet 90% of the town’s water treatment and pump facilities’ energy needs.

      The Ciel & Terre solar installation will consist of 4,959 (360W) high-output solar panels mounted atop the company’s patented Hydrelio floating solar racking system. The 1.78-MW system will generate power for the Windsor Wastewater Reclamation Facility, Public Works Corporation Yard, and the Geysers pump station, delivering approximately 90% of the water reclamation facilities’ power requirements while saving about 30% of the electricity cost based on the facilities’ existing grid service. The array will be floated in the pond and tethered to the shore, making it resistant to wind and seismic loads.

      Interested? Click now to read on.

    •   Utilities That Make Solar Far More Expensive  
      To Some Solar Users, Power
      Company Fees Are An Unfair Charge

      NPR News, June 2, 2019  -In Alabama's Blount County, off the highway, down a dirt road and up a hill is writer T.K. Thorne's house. She points to her roof and a shining row of black solar panels.

      It's a 4-kilowatt system — pretty typical for residential solar — and Thorne got it almost four years ago hoping to help the environment and reduce her electricity bill.

      It was a big investment — $8,400 even after a federal tax break. Thorne estimated how long it would take to pay off the solar system, installed the panels, and began waiting for the savings to begin.

      Interested (or disgusted?) Click now for more.

    • Green New Deal? Britain’s Already Got One 
      Labour Party Launches Solar
      Panel Program For 1.75M Homes

      Inhabitat, May 17, 2019  - Britain’s Labour Party has announced a major new green program, pledging to install solar panels on up to 1.75 million government-subsidized and low-income houses. In what has been called the start of a U.K. version of America’s Green New Deal, the goal of the project is to radically address climate change while creating green jobs.

      The Labour Party will provide free solar panels to one million government-subsidized homes and offer grants and interest-free loans for panels on up to 750,000 additional low-income homes. The panels will be enough to power the homes, providing residents with free electricity and savings of approximately $150 USD per year. Any additional electricity produced from the panels will return to the national grid, which the party says will become publicly owned by local authorities. The program will also provide nearly 17,000 jobs in the renewable energy industry.

      Interested? Click now for the story.

    • Try a Little Salt On those Renewables  
      Salt Could Be the
      Future of Renewable Energy

      New York Post, May 9, 2019  -BERLIN — Amid the hum and heat of Berlin’s Reuter thermal power station stands a shining contraption that looks out of place in the decades-old machine hall.

      The energy company, together with a Swedish start-up, is testing the use of salt — though not quite the common table variety — to store heat, which accounts for more than half the power consumed in Germany.

      Interested? Click now for whole story.

    •  How About a Green New Border Wall? 
      Instead of a Border Wall,
      Why Not a ‘Clean Energy Corridor’?

      CityLab, May 8, 2019  -President Donald Trump, a year and a half ago, proposed putting solar panels here, on the border wall that had been a rallying cry of his campaign. “Look, there’s no better place for solar than the Mexico border—the southern border,” he said at the time.

      It’s not infeasible, technically. The notion of a solar-paneled border wall might have seemed underdeveloped, but a group of scientists based out of Purdue University and other large research institutions are now proposing a plan that, they say, would unite the Republican Party’s call for more border security with the Democratic Party’s calls for a Green New Deal.

      Interested? Click now for whole story.

    •   Tennessee’s Largest Solar Facility Now Online   
      Tennessee’s Largest Solar
      Facility Is Now Online

      Renewable Energy World, Apr. 29, 2019  - Last week, independent power producer Silicon Ranch Corporation said that the 53-MW solar array that it built in partnership with the City of Millington, the U.S. Navy, Memphis, Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is now operational. It’s the largest solar power plant in the state.

      The project is located in Millington, Tennessee and Silicon Ranch said it employed 300 people to construct it. Power from the project will go to Naval Support Academy (NSA) Mid-South and TVA, who will be purchasing the energy at “cost-competitive rates” for the next 20 years, according to Silicon Ranch.

      Interested? Click now for whole story.

    •  Renewables in the U.S. Surpoass Coal Energy  
      April is Shaping Up to Be Momentous
      In Transition From Coal To Renewables

      Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Apr. 25, 2019  - The future of the U.S. electricity generation industry may have arrived, and it is not good news for struggling coal-fired generating plants.

      This month, for the first time ever, the renewable energy sector (hydro, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal) is projected to generate more electricity than coal-fired plants, which totals about 240 gigawatts (GW) of still-operating capacity. According to data published this month in the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Short-Term Energy Outlook, renewables may even trump coal through the month of May as well.

      Interested? Click now for whole story.

    •  14 Solar Projects Selected by Duke Energy 
      Duke Energy Selects
      14 Solar Projects, 602 Mw In All

      Phys.org News, Apr. 17,2019 -Bringing more cost-effective solar energy to the Carolinas, 14 utility-scale projects have been selected during an independently judged bidding process – part of a 2017 comprehensive renewable energy law.

      Based on an independent evaluation process, Duke Energy will produce or purchase a total of 602 MW of renewable energy from projects under the North Carolina’s Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy (CPRE) program.

      According to independent administrator Accion Group, customers will see savings of around $375 million over the 20-year contract period versus the company's avoided cost — the price at which many solar contracts had been set prior to the CPRE program.

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    • World’s Largest Wind Farm Comning N.J.
      N.J. Just Gave the Green
      Light to Build the Nation’s
      Largest Offshore Wind Farm

      June 21, 2019 tableau -The nation’s largest offshore wind farm is one step closer to reality off the Jersey Shore.

      On Friday, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities granted the state’s first award for offshore wind to the Danish energy company Ørsted and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) for the proposed 1,100-megawatt Ocean Wind project.

      Interested? Click now to read on.

    • Do You Want Wind Energy? Go Fly a Kite  
      An Innovative Approach to
      Making Electricity From the Wind

      June 6, 2019 The Economist -The wind blowing more strongly at higher altitudes is why wind turbines have grown ever taller. The blade tips of today’s biggest now reach up a dizzying 260 metres, the height of the Transamerica building in San Francisco. Many dream of capturing stronger winds even higher up than that, but building taller turbine masts and constructing blades able to withstand the terrifying stresses involved in high-altitude wind gathering are costly. A number of firms are therefore developing a different and, they hope, ultimately cheaper approach to generating electricity at great heights. Their idea is to skip the mast altogether. Instead they propose to fly kites.

      Click now for loftier levels.

    • Approval For R.I. Offshore Wind Project 
      Rhode Island Offshore Wind Farm
      Gets Power Contract Approved

      Electric Light & Power, May 20, 2019  - The developers of a new offshore wind farm say their power contract has been approved by Rhode Island regulators.

      Danish-based Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Eversource say the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission approved their 20-year power purchase agreement with National Grid Tuesday.

      Orsted and Eversource are co-owners of the 400-megawatt wind farm, called Revolution Wind. The plans call for up to 50 turbines in federal waters south of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

      Interested? Click now to see the way the wind blows.

    • Wind Energy - One of the Best Years Ever  
      Utility-Scale Wind Energy
      Ramping Up For One
      of Best Years In U.S.

      Electric Light & Power, May 16, 2019  - U.S. wind energy capacity in 2019 should rise the most in six years as the federal production tax credit phases out, according to the government’s Energy Information Administration.

      EIA data forecasts that U.S. wind capacity added this year should total 12.7 GW, by far the best since 2012’s record of 13.3 GW. That was the year the production tax credit (PTC) was originally supposed to phase out, although it was extended until federal legislation ends over the next year.

      Click now to learn what’s blowing in the wind.

    • Has U.S. Offshore Wind Power's Time Come?
      Can a Leader in Offshore Wind
      Power Succeed in the United States?

      NY Times Climate Forward, May 9, 2019  -London — A little-known Danish company may have some of the answers for tackling climate change.

      Whether it has the impact it hopes will depend in part on its ability to compete with some of the biggest energy companies on the planet.

      Over the last three decades, the company, Orsted, has figured out how to build giant wind farms powered by turbines the size of jumbo jets in the shallow waters around northern Europe. These installations generate large streams of clean energy. The electricity they produce also comes at a similar cost to new natural-gas fired plants, according to Deepa Venkateswaran, an analyst at Bernstein, a market research firm. Ms. Venkateswaran said that with many new offshore wind plants expected in the coming years, the cost of building them was likely to continue to fall.

      Interested? Read all all about it.

      • Longest Wind Turbine Blade Readt to Roll
        The World’s Longest Wind Turbine
        Blade Rolls Off the Assembly Line

        Renewable Energy World. Apr. 22, 2019  -Last week, LM Wind Power said it had successfully manufactured the world’s first wind turbine blade to surpass 100 meters in length.

        The 107-meter blade completed the molding process at LM’s factory in Cherbourg, France and will now proceed with post-molding finishing touches, before undergoing rigorous testing and validation to demonstrate its ability to withstand more than 20 years of operation offshore.

        The factory itself is brand new and is located on the banks of the English Channel in Normandy, just a short drive from the wide, sandy beaches where Allied troops landed on D-Day, said GE in a separate release. The plant was built near Cherbourg’s industrial port to allow workers to load the blades onto ships and send them to their destination.

    •   France is Developing Its Off-Shore Wind Industry  
      Siemens Gamesa Signs Major
      French Offshore Wind Deal

      Renewable Energy World. Apr. 16, 2019  -France’s plans to develop its offshore wind industry have taken a significant step forward with the signing of a deal with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE).

      SGRE signed a framework agreement with Eolien Maritime France (EMF) to supply and service offshore wind turbines with a capacity of approximately 1000 MW for two of EMF’s three French offshore wind projects currently under development.

      EMF is a consortium comprising of EDF Renewables and Enbridge and both projects are expected to use SWT-7.0-154 DD offshore wind turbines. The deal is still subject to contract and EMF’s final investment decision.

    • The Largest Wind Farm In The Baltic Sea?
      E.On Opens Its Largest
      Offshore Wind Farm in Baltic Sea

      Electric Light & Power, Apr. 16,2019 -The Arkona offshore wind farm of E.On and Equinor went into operation with a festive event in the port of Sassnitz-Mukran on the island of Rügen.

      Arkona is the largest wind farm in the entire Baltic Sea, according to E.On.

      Arkona sets a standard for the transition of the energy system. We will discuss how we achieve the climate goals. It is not sufficient to convert energy production. We see great potential in the heating sector. We are also facing a major change in the transport sector," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was present at the opening event.

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    • GWC Optimism on Wind Power Capacity
      GWEC Says More Than 300 GW
      of Wind Power Capacity
      to Come Online by 2024

      April 4, 2019 Renewable Energy World -Yesterday, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) unveiled the 14th edition of its Global Wind Report, which it says has been completely revamped.

      The report provides a comprehensive global view of both the onshore and offshore wind energy sector. Data in the report confirms that 2018 was a positive year for the wind industry, with 51.3 GW of new installations. Market-based mechanisms, such as auctions, tenders and Green Certificates were the main drivers behind new installations in 2018

    • Demand Drives Record Year for Wind Energy
      Consumer Demand Drives Record Year for Wind Energy Purchases, AWEA Says

      Feb. 6, 2019 Renewable Energy World -Fortune 500 brands and a range of other non-utility entities are catalyzing America’s growing demand for renewable energy by purchasing a record amount of wind power in 2018, according to a recent report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Consumer demand combined with policy stability and low, stable prices helped wind power capacity installations rise to the third strongest quarter in the industry’s history.

      AWEA’s U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Report reveals that non-utility customers like AT&T, Walmart, ExxonMobil and Shell Energy purchased a record 4,203 MW of wind power capacity in 2018 through power purchase agreements (PPA). Contracted wind capacity from non-utility customers in 2018 surged 66% higher than the previous high-water mark in 2015. Data from the Business Renewables Center confirms that wind provides more energy to corporate brands than any other renewable source.

      Click now to be blown away.

    •  Offshore Wind Federal Project For the First Time   
      Development of US Offshore Wind

      Offshore Energy Today,Jan. 25, 2019 -“As California goes, so does the rest of the country”, comments Liz Burdock, the Executive Director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. She is referring to the fierce competition between US states related to renewable energy portfolio. As there is no federal outline for renewable energy, each state decides on their own renewable energy policy.

      The US has two demonstration projects coming up in 2020, the two-turbine 12MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project and the Icebreaker Wind project in the Great Lakes in Ohio. With a potential third demonstration project planned plus the move to commercialization, things are picking up state-side.

    • Germany: Wind Exceeded Coal Powery in 2018
      Renewables, Led by Wind,
      Provided More Power Than
      Coal in Germany in 2018

      ars Technica, Jan. 3, 2019 -According to the Fraunhofer Institute, Germany's renewable power sector produced more electricity than coal in 2018 for the first time ever, with renewables providing 40 per cent of the year’s produced electricity and coal providing 38 per cent.

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    • New Zealand Geothermal: It's The Gift That Keeps on Giving
      New Zealand: Te Ahi O Maui
      Geothermal Power Could Reduce Power
      Bills by More than $300 a Year

      Geothermal Social Council, Jan. 18, 2019 -Some Gisborne power bills could be about to fall by more than $300 a year, following the commissioning of a new $136m geothermal power plant.

      First initiated in 2011, Eastland Group’s 25 MW geothermal power plant, Te Ahi O Maui, became operational in October last year after building started in earnest in 2017.

      Now, Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said the Kawerau-based power plant\’s performance, combined with the group’s ongoing investment in innovative electricity retailer Flick Electric Co, meant Eastland Group and Flick Electric had been able to announce a new electricity product for Tairawhiti: FIXIE by Flick.

    • The Excellence Award for First Place Goes To Turkey's Zorlu Energy
      USA, Idaho: Power Engineers
      Wins Engineering Excellence
      Award for Kizildere-3 Geothermal Power Plant

      Geothermal Social Council, Jan. 15, 2019 -The power plant is owned and operated by Zorlu Energy, a major Turkish contractor, investor and industrial holding company. Kizildere-3, Turkey’s largest geothermal power plant, is one of the world’s only triple-flash plus combined-cycle configuration geothermal plants — an arrangement that combines two well-known types of technology to increase efficiency. With the addition of this 165 MW geothermal plant to Turkey’s generation fleet, the country can further reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels.

    • In Africa, Kenya Sets an Example & Is Now Doing It With Geothermal
      Kenya's Green Geothermal Power
      an Example to the World

      Aljzeera, Dec. 8, 2018 -Geothermal power comprises about 43% of Kenya’s electricity supply, even as millions of Kenyans still depend on trees to make charcoal.

      As climate talks proceed in Poland at the ongoing COP24 summit, the East African nation’s efforts are an example to the world’s big emitters.

    • Int. Energy Agency: Positive Geothermal Energy Growth Predictions
      IEA Predicts Geothermal Growth
      of 3,600 to 4,500 MW 2018-2023

      Think Geo Energy, Oct. 10, 2018 -In its Market Report Renewables 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) provides its analysis and forecasts to 2023.

      According to IEA, the geothermal power generation capacity is to expand by 28% or around 4GW. While IEA says it would reach just over 17,000 MW, the actual figure might be more closer to 18,000 MW,

    • Geothermal Energy Is Being Used In Food Production - Who Knew?
      Utilisation on Geothermal in Food
      Production – A Study for North Iceland

      Think Geo Energy, Oct. 10, 2018 -In a short study shared with ThinkGeoEnergy this week, a student of the University of Reykjavik looked at how geothermal energy could be utilised in food production, specifically for the dehydration of tomatoes.

      The document looks at how sustainable use of resources could be promoted in the north eastern part of Iceland. Traditionally, tomatoes grow naturally in higher temperatures than what can be experienced in the climate of Iceland.

    • Congratulations: Nevada Can Now Become a Leader in Geothermal
      Silver State Dishing Out
      Golden Geothermal Power

      Think Geo Energy, Sep. 24, 2018 -Nevada is poised to lead in producing energy from geothermal heat sources in the entire US. Presently playing second fiddle to California, the day is not far off when it will overtake California in converting geothermal heat into electricity.

      Nevada is experiencing a rush of developers who have already companies producing power or with projects under development. Projects by people like Enel Green Power and Nevada Geothermal Power are fast putting the state on the road. Veterans and newbie’s vie with each other to start production.

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    • How About Some Solar Power With That Ice Cream?
      Nissan Unveils a Solar-Powered, Zero-Emissions Ice Cream Van

      June 25, 2019   inhabitat - To celebrate the U.K.’s Clean Air Day, Nissan has unveiled an impressive electric ice cream van that generates zero emissions while serving up a variety of cool and refreshing ice cream flavors on the go. The van is a fully electric vehicle installed with two Nissan Energy ROAM power packs and rooftop solar panels in order to power the van as well as the on-board equipment that helps keep the scrumptious ice cream nice and cold.

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    • When Will the World Switch to Electric Busses?
      Why Electric Buses Haven't Taken
      Over The World—Yet

      June 7, 2019 Wired -IN LOTS OF ways, the electric bus feels like a technology whose time has come. Transportation is responsible for about a quarter of global emissions, and those emissions are growing faster than in any other sector. While buses are just a small slice of the worldwide vehicle fleet, they have an outsize effect on the environment. That’s partly because they’re so dirty—one Bogotá bus fleet made up just 5 percent of the city’s total vehicles, but a quarter of its CO2, 40 percent of nitrogen oxide, and more than half of all its particulate matter vehicle emissions. And because buses operate exactly where the people are concentrated, we feel the effects that much more acutely.

      Interested? Click now to learn more.

    • Md., MI & N.Y. Dealing With Charging Infrastructure
      How Some States Are Tackling Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Gap

      Energy Central, May 17, 2019  - Research shows the United States is facing a looming electric vehicle charging infrastructure gap, and is unprepared for the charging needs of expected EV deployment by 2025. Part one of this series explored how California is using its investor-owned utility (IOU) EV infrastructure programs to turn the state’s car culture into climate leadership.

      About half of all U.S. EVs are located in California, where utility regulators are addressing the infrastructure gap by designing programs that spur EV infrastructure deployment while addressing hard-to-reach market segments like disadvantaged communities and multi-family housing. But California is not alone – New York, Maryland, and Michigan are helping bridge the EV infrastructure gap through utility programs.

      Interested? Click now for the story.

    • Electric Vehicles Expansion - Pressure on Utilites
      What Utilities Companies Can Do to
      Prepare For Electric Vehicle Growth

      EnergyCentral Apr. 9, 2019 -Electronic vehicle (EV) adoption is now transcending sectors — and as transportation electrifies, this creates notable opportunity for electric utilities.

      But to reap the potentially transformative benefits of transportation electrification, utilities need to have the proper framework in place. In preparation for EV adoption (by residential and commercial customers), it is critical for utilities to implement a holistic approach to transportation electrification — one that ensures the infrastructure, systems and services are in place to align the goals of utilities and their customers.

      By proactively planning for transportation electrification with a truly integrated solution, utilities can drive customer satisfaction and bolster stakeholder value.

    • Want to Charge Your EV Faster - Comnig Soon
      Ultra-fast EV Chargers Coming
      Soon as Manufacturers Ramp Up

      Renewable Energy World, Apr 5, 2019 -The viability of electric vehicles depends in part on a manufacturing plant in eastern Australia, where gleaming white cabinets the size of large refrigerators are loaded onto shipping crates. They’re among the most advanced car chargers available, promising to deliver a full tank of juice in minutes.

      Automakers and energy companies are spearheading the global rollout of these ultra-fast charging pumps to lure consumers away from gas guzzlers and toward vehicles powered by electricity. Thousands of souped-up stations are being installed along highways from Shanghai to Germany and California, with the capacity to charge enough for 20 miles (32 km) of driving range in one minute.

    • Tesla’s Latest Move Could Spark the EV Market
      Tesla Acquisition Will Spark Shift in EV Market

      Renewable Energy World, Mar.6, 2019 - Maxwell Technologies is a pioneer in the design and manufacture of the high power density ultra-capacitors. The company has virtually unlimited opportunity, playing in the transportation, industrial and consumer markets. Maxwell’s core megatrends which drive its values include integration of renewable energy into the grid, electrification of ICE and accelerating EV growth fits like a glove into Tesla’s energy strategy.

      Tesla Model 3 currently has an energy density (at cell level) of 210 Wh/kg and 275 Wh/liter at the battery pack level. Maxwell claims that its patented dry cell electrode can produce energy density of over 300 Wh/kg which is 42.8% increase whereas the planned energy density of over 500 Wh/kg would be a 138% increase compared to Tesla’s current batteries.

    • Are All EVs Green? (No, It's Not About Their Color)
      Are All Electric Vehicles Green?

      Solar Thermal Magazine, Feb. 25, 2019 -Electric vehicles should be greener than combustion engine vehicles right? Think of all the co2 and other emissions that even the cleanest of clean burning gas or diesel engines pump into our atmosphere.

      What is important in charging an electric vehicle is how the electricity was generated in the first place. Electricity made from bituminous Kentucky open pit mined coal is as dirty as it comes. Using the electricity made in such a way to power an electric drive system is kind of like closing the barn door when the horse has run away. It is too late, the damage is done. The co2 is already in our air and oceans.

      So learn before you burn.

    • A Real Tube Carrying Dreams of 600-M.P.H. Transit
      Virgin Hyperloop One

      Feb. 18, 2019 NY Times Climate Forward - California just decided to sharply scale back its plans for a high-speed rail artery meant to transform travel up and down the state. But in the desert outside Las Vegas, the transportation ambitions still seem limitless.

      Here, engineers working for Virgin Hyperloop One are testing a radically different type of mass transit: one that aims to move people and cargo in small wheel-less pods in a vacuum tube at speeds that could exceed 600 miles per hour. Today’s swiftest rail travel, at top speeds less than half as fast, would become a quaint anachronism.

    • Battery Chargers That Won’t Keep You Waiting
      Designing the Fast Charge Battery

      Feb. 11, 2019 Solar Thermal Magazine - Battery electric vehicles have come a long way in the last decade. Consumers are starting to understand the benefits of electric transportation such as reduced maintenance, increased reliability, greater acceleration and ease of automation. They also understand the disadvantages namely battery life and battery charging time. Faster is better when it comes to electric vehicles right?

      While gas tanks can be filled in a matter of minutes, charging the battery of an electric car takes much longer. To level the playing field and make electric vehicles more attractive, scientists are working on fast-charging technologies.

    • Electric Planes that Will Vertically Takeoff and Land
      An Autonomous Electrical Vertical
      Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) Partnership

      Feb. 9, 2019 CleanTecnica -According to Honeywell, the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pipistrel means the companies will together develop urban air mobility solutions. The aircraft will integrate Honeywell’s avionics, navigation, flight control systems, connectivity, and other products and services in the future autonomous Pipistrel eVTOL.

      Pipistrel seems to have developed an electric airplane — or more to the point, converted one of its airplanes to electricity — with much success, as you can see from the video below. It also announced an eVTOL for Uber last year. We don’t have much in terms of the design, but the Uber one can give us an idea of the new Pipistrel & Honeywell eVTOL. Click to read and/or watch.

    • China is Far Ahead of the U.S. on EV Chargers
      China Is Leaving The U.S. in
      the Dust On Electric-Vehicle Chargers

      Feb. 5, 2019;M.I.T. Technology Review - 2018 was the fourth warmest year since records began in 1880, according to studies out today from NASA, the UK Met Office, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

      Record-breaking: The NASA study found that Earth’s global surface temperature last year was 0.83 °C warmer than the 1951-1980 mean. That temperature was topped only in 2016, 2017, and 2015. The data shows that the last five years are collectively the warmest ever recorded, while 18 of the 19 hottest years have taken place since 2001. The NOAA study, which uses a different methodology, agreed.

    • Ford Mustang Hybrid: You Should Have Had a V-8
      Ford Mustang Hybrid: Should have a V-8?

      Jan. 28, 2019 Green Car Reports - In an era of spreading electric cars and more stringent fuel-economy and emissions standards, some muscle cars are losing their signature V-8 engines.

      The Ford Mustang, despite the company's announcements that it will be offered as a hybrid, may not be one of them.

      According to new patent filings from Ford, revealed by AutoGuide, the Mustang may get both a hybrid system and a V-8.

    • How to Be Getting the Best Deal on Electric Cars
      Best Deals On Electric, Plug-In,
      and Hybrid Cars For January 2019

      Jan. 25, 2019 Green Car Reports - The new year brings new deals, and our partners at CarsDirect.com have found deals on some new models that have never made our list before for the beginning of 2019.

      While the new year often isn't the very best time to find a great deal on a new car, winter weather keeps many buyers at home, which often makes car dealers ready to bargain.

      Here we've rounded up the best deals on electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid cars for this month. The list focuses on green cars that are widely available and skip over deals on relatively scarce "compliance cars" sold only in a few areas to meet regulatory requirements. This month, we skipped fuel-efficient gas cars as well, because the best deals aren't really that fuel.

    • Green Transportation Will Include Green Batteries
      Toyota, Panasonic Announce
      Venture For Green Auto Batteries

      Jan. 22, 2018 EnergyCentral -Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are setting up a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming.

      Panasonic, which has a partnership with Tesla for the Palo Alto-based company's Nevada factory, is the world's biggest manufacturer of electric car batteries. Chinese manufacturers are responsible for two places among the top five while Toyota is nowhere in the picture. But rankings simplify the complex ecosystem underpinning electric car batteries.

    • Volkswagen Will Make Electric Vehicles in Tennessee
      VW Chooses Chattanooga For EV Manufacturing

      Jan. 15, 2019 CleanTecnica -“The US is one of the most important locations for us and producing electric cars in Chattanooga is a key part of our growth strategy in North America,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen, at the Detroit auto show.

      The EV factory will employ 1,000 new workers and will lead to many more jobs in the area for suppliers. We reported last week that SK Innovation will spend $5 billion on a battery factory outside Atlanta, Georgia. It expects that facility to be in full operation by 2022. Coincidentally (or not) the Volkswagen EV production line is expected to be cranking out cars by 2022. Google says it is a 118 mile straight shot up Interstate 75 from Atlanta to Chattanooga. Hmm.

    • Oil-Rich Countries Take Renewable Energy Plunge
      Is Oman Ready to Make
      the Transition to Smart,
      Electric, Low-Carbon Mobility?

      Jan. 13, 2019 CleanTechnica - This is the question that Global EVRT’s groundbreaking eMobility Forum Oman seeks to consider on January 20 as it brings together key leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from business, industry, and government to accelerate the transition to electric mobility.

      The way we move people and products from place to place is undergoing the most profound transformation since the invention of the steam engine and the automobile. The world is rapidly accelerating the transition to a clean, smart, electric mobility future, and the pace of change is truly breathtaking.

    • Nissan Motors Turns Over a New Leaf
      2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Revealed:
      226-mile Range, Quicker Acceleration

      Green Car Reports, Jan. 8, 2019 - Nissan unveiled Tuesday a new version of the 2019 Leaf electric car, called the Leaf Plus or Leaf e+, that can go well over 200 miles on a charge.

      Although such a model has been a long time coming, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus stands as strong evidence that in the eight years since the first deliveries of the Leaf, Nissan has listened carefully to what Americans want in electric vehicles: longer driving range, quicker acceleration, faster charging, and a better driver interface.

    • Harley's Electric Motorcycles Are Hot Hot Hot
      Harley-Davidson Debuts New LiveWire &
      Concept Electric Motorcycles At CES

      Clean Technica, Jan. 8, 2019 - Ouch! Take that, EV doubters. It’s one thing for a fresh new electric vehicle startup like Tesla to rock the world of personal mobility. It’s quite another when iconic US manufacturers — you know, the ones that made America great 50 or 100 years ago — walk the EV walk. In the latest development, yesterday the legendary Harley-Davidson company jumped into the world of electric motorcycles with the launch of pre-orders for its new 2020 LiveWire at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

      That’s just for starters. Harley-Davidson also showcased new concepts for lightweight electric motorcycles and other two-wheelers at CES, indicating that it expects healthy interest in two-wheeled electric mobility of all kinds.

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    Why is it called 8 Minutes Renewable Energy? Because it takes about that time for the sun to reach the earth. Click the image for this commercial (yet informative website).

     

    A123 Systems

    Lithium-ion batteries make electric cars possible at mass-market prices.Key innovation: Nanostructured electrodes result in lithium batteries more durable and safer than those in cell phones and laptops.

    Technology: A123 develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries that are safer than those in mobile phones and laptops and use less expensive elements. The materials are structured at the nanoscale in a way that enables them to charge and discharge quickly, making them well suited for use in electric vehicles and in electrical-grid storage.

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    Interest in residential energy storage technology has grown dramatically worldwide as consumers search for a method of capturing self-produced solar energy, reducing their carbon footprint, and reducing their reliance on utilities.

    These sentiments combined with the need to be positioned on a global scale have led JuiceBox Energy, a privately-held Silicon Valley company committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected energy storage, to rebrand as Adara Power. Formed in 2013, the company has successfully installed its advanced 8.6kWh and 17.2kWh Energy Storage Systems across the U.S. with growing domestic and international demand for renewable energy sources.



    AllSun Tracker Systems
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    An AllSun Tracker is just as the name implies: an array of solar panels (either 20 or 24) mounted on a ground mounted steel pole that moves with the sun as it crosses the sky. It is a dual-axis, active solar tracker that uses a motor and GPS (Global Positioning System) to turn the solar PV panels east to west and up and down. This movement keeps the solar panels perpendicular to the sun’s rays, steadily in-line with the sun’s position on the horizon every day, any time of the year. As a result, the amount of sunlight reaching the panels is maximized and electricity generation is greatly increased.


    American Energy Technologies

    A full service design/build renewable energy installation company serving owners and operators of professional businesses or multi-family residential buildings throughout the Northeast. AET works closely with their customers to help them understand their renewable energy options, state and federal requirements, and the financial benefits they can achieve. They are actively engaged in solar array projects in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

     

    Aquinon Energy
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    The developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) batteries and energy storage systems, today announced that it has completed the closing of a $55 million Series D financing round. Due to strong investor interest, the total amount of funding for this round was increased from the $35 million level previously announced by the company in April of 2013.

    They are completing $55M financing round to bring transformative energy storage systems to market.

    The Series D financing includes participation from new investors Bill Gates, Yung’s Enterprise, Nick and Joby Pritzker through their family’s firm Tao Invest, Bright Capital, and Gentry Venture Partners. Previous investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital, and Advanced Technology Ventures also participated in the round.

    Borrego Solar
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    Designs and installs commercial solar power systems, providing a complete range of solar energy solutions including turnkey solar installation, integrated financing and solar consulting services.

    Click the image to see the arrays that they have installed.



    Carnegie Wave Energy
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    Wave energy possesses unique characteristics that offer an advantage over other renewables such as wind and solar energy:
    • Less variable and with the variability being more gradual and with notice
    •  More predictable. Australia’s preeminent research organization, the CSIRO, estimates wave energy is at least three times more predictable than wind energy
    •  The proximity of favorable wave energy sites to ultimate end users, so it minimizes transmission issues. Notably, approximately 60% of the world’s population lives within 60 kilometres of a coast.

    Clean Energy States Alliance

    Eighteen states across the U.S. with established clean energy funds or programs have banded together to promote clean energy technologies. The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of members from 16 clean energy funds and two state agencies; it provides information and technical services to its members and works with them to build and expand clean energy markets in the United States.


     
    Earth Ministry

    Through outreach and organizing within faith communities, Earth Ministry mobilizes Christians to live their faith by caring for the places they inhabit and working in their communities, churches, and government to promote justice for Earth and all its inhabitants.


    Envision Solar

    In the U.S., Envision Solar, headquarted in San Diego, California, has developed the unique EV ARC (Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Charger), which is the world’s first fully autonomous, mobile, and 100 percent solar charged EV station. While in the U.S., the average, grid-tied EV charging system supplies electricity, which mostly comes from fossil fueled power plants, the EV ARC provides 100 percent clean, renewable electricity for EVs in public areas. Click image for more information.


     
    First Solar

    New types of photovoltaics are reducing the cost of solar power.

    Key innovation: "Thin-film" solar panels based on cadmium telluride, which are cheaper than:conventional silicon panels, have made the company one of the world's largest photovoltaic manufacturers.

    Technology: The leading producer of thin-film solar panels, First Solar has established an alternative to conventional silicon-­based technology. The key is a material called cadmium telluride, which absorbs light better than silicon does; as a result, extremely thin films of the material are all that’s needed.


    General Fusion

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    General Fusion’s Magnetized Target Fusion system uses a sphere, filled with molten lead-lithium that is pumped to form a vortex.  On each pulse, magnetically-confined plasma is injected into the vortex. Around the sphere, an array of pistons impact and drive a pressure wave into the centre of the sphere, compressing the plasma to fusion conditions. Visit their website to see a case made for this unlimited energy source.

     

    Go Green Solar

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    GoGreenSolar.com is a leading solar and wind power internet retailer and online community. The company has passionately helped customers all over the world deploy renewable energy systems for their homes, businesses and non-profit agendas. GoGreenSolar.com carries the highest quality products from reputable manufacturers:Kaco Solar, Sanyo Solar, EarthLED, Xantrex, Kaneka, Southwest WindPower, Fronius, Enphase Energy, SMA, Heliodyne, Morningstar, Outback.

     

    Green Lancer

    GreenLancer’s online platform is providing the next generation of solar energy design services and significantly reducing the time and costs associated with developing solar energy projects. GreenLancer.com is a web-based company that designs solar energy systems, in the CLOUD. Our unique business model leverages the use of cutting edge technology, the internet, and powerful collaboration strategies. The results have made solar energy design support easy, affordable, very reliable and accessible to anyone, anywhere. Learn More

     

     

    Helio Sage
    Wisdom In Sun

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    HelioSage is a leading national developer of commercial and utility scale solar projects, with a development pipeline totaling more than 900 megawatts across 20 states. The Company was founded by several of the principals of Greenlight Energy, Inc., one of the country’s largest independent wind energy companies at the time of its 2006 sale to BP Alternative Energy. With experience gained across more than 500 megawatts of completed renewable energy transactions, representing over $1 billion in invested capital, HelioSage is a recognized leader in large-scale solar energy development.


    Infinity PV

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    infinityPV’s CEO: Printed solar cells need to happen. I’m all in!

    For decades scientists have been pursuing an exceedingly ambitious goal: They hope to provide clean energy for the entire world. Solutions including fusion, wind, solar, and more are all in the works, each with their own sets of promises and costs. Frederik C. Krebs, CEO of infinityPV, sees one clear path to a renewable energy future: “Printed solar cells hold the promises of solving our energy needs - we have the technology, all needed materials are abundant, and we spend extremely limited energy producing them.”

     

     

     
    Ocean Renewable Power

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    The Bay of Fundy, located on the border between eastern Maine and Canada, is one of the most robust tidal energy resources in the world.

    Each day, 100 billion tons of water flow in and out of this bay, with the force of 8,000 locomotives and tidal ranges of up to 50 feet or more. At its mouth, off of Eastport and Lubec, Maine, ORPC is operating the first commercial, grid-connected tidal power system in the country, also the first ocean energy project to be delivering power to the public grid anywhere in the U.S. and all of the Americas


    Plugless, Wireless
    Vehicle Electric Charging

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    Transfer energy without the cord!

    Plugless uses inductive charging technology to eliminate the need to plug in your EV. Two aligned magnetic coils send power to your EV over an air gap between your vehicle and the included Wireless Charging Station.

    Power Parasol
    (Out of the Desert. Off the Rooftops. Into the Community)

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    PowerParasol® is a transformative tool that produces immediate results for customers who make the investment in changing their environment.

    Used to cover parks, pedestrian malls, parking lots, playgrounds community open space, or business and storage areas, the patent pending Power Parasol provides shade, security, lighting, and solar energy. All of this, while creating an environment of dappled light that allows grass, flowers, bushes and trees to flourish underneath the structure resulting in comfortable, inviting outdoor areas.

     

    Renewable Energy - LI

    RELI is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. RELI seeks public participation in energy policy decisions to encourage energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, and to protect our environment, economy, and public health.

     


     
    Romania
    Eastern Europe’s
    Renewables Haven

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    Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.

    Since 2003, global consultancy Ernst & Young has released its Country Attractiveness Indices, which gives a numerical ranking to 30 global renewable energy markets by scoring renewable energy investment strategies and resource availability. The indices are updated on a quarterly basis and the most recent report can be found here.


    SEPA - Solar
    Electric Power Association

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    SEPA's mission is to support utility integration of solar to the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good. We envision a future where solar represents a significant portion of the U.S. electricity portfolio while maintaining healthy and vibrant utility and solar industries.


    Silver Spring Networks

    Silver Spring

    Computer intelligence in the electric grid will make energy distribution more efficient.

    Key innovation: Developed hardware and software that standardize the way disparate parts of the grid communicate.

    Technology: The company builds secure, adaptable network infrastructure that helps utilities and their customers manage their energy use more efficiently. Silver Spring Networks' software allows utilities to automatically manage their distribution of electricity by quickly responding to spikes and lulls in electricity generation and demand, as well as failures in the grid. The company also builds its communication chips into smart electric and gas meters that relay data to a centralized software system. Consumers can access the data to monitor their own energy use through a Web portal that Silver Spring maintains.


    Solar Gardens

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    A Solar Garden is a community shared solar array with grid-connected subscribers.

    Homes and businesses, even if shaded by trees, receive a bill credit as if the panels were on their own roof using “virtual net metering”. The Solar Gardens Institute (SGI) provides tools and training to co-develop community solar arrays. Land owners, community groups, local governments, utilities and solar integrators.

    Click on the image to learn more and to locate installations throughout the U.S.A.


    Solar Roadways

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    Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds... literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots.

    A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole Click here. They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a "home" for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.


    SolarWindow Technologies

    SolarWindow™ Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW) is developing first-of-their-kind electricity-generating see-through windows and products for America’s 85 million detached homes and commercial buildings.

    Their mission has been to create SolarWindow™ products which produce extraordinary amounts of clean electricity, financially reward their customers, and benefit the environment. A bold undertaking.

    Click here for their website.
    Watch an impressive video.

    Sunbandit
    Solar Hybrid Energy Systems

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    Sun Bandit® is a revolutionary new way in which solar is used to heat water. This innovative new technology utilizes PV technology to deliver clean, reliable hot water by putting the free energy of the sun to work for you in ways that makes owning a solar system more practical and affordable than ever before.

     

    SunRnr of Virginia

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    Manufactures and sells high-quality, high-capability, green, silent, portable generator power systems that store over 2000W renewable energy in a rechargeable battery for off grid electricity or emergency backup power.

    Started in the Shenandoah Valley in 2004 when Alan Mattichak realized the need and potential for a non-gasoline, alternative energy, portable generator, rechargeable battery, energy storage system with useful power available for remote location, off grid electricity for work, recreation, and supplemental power.

     

    Synthetic Genomics

    Why: Genetically engineered microbes are a promising way to make biofuels.

    Key innovation: Created synthetic bacterial cells, possibly paving the way for organisms specifically tailored to make fuels.

    Technology: Strains of algae engineered by Synthetic Genomics excrete oils that could be refined to make biofuels, including equivalents of gasoline and diesel. In partnership with ExxonMobil, which has agreed to invest up to $600 million in the project, the company is studying many strains of algae, using high-throughput methods to help identify those that produce large amounts of the desired oils and to reveal techniques for engineering known strains in ways that will increase their oil production.


    Touranor Solar Ship

    Solar Ship The MS Türanor Planet Solar, gets part of its name from the Tolkein’s saga Lord of the Rings. Türanor means ‘the power of the sun’. This sun powered ship was designed by an engineer from New Zealand, built in Germany and is now home to five crew and four scientists from Europe.

    The ship, powered without burning a drop of fossil fuel, completed, in August, 2013, a year and a half circumnavigation of the earth. Click the photo for more from Living on Earth.org

    Vernon Electric

    Vernon Electric Logo Vernon Electric provides Community Solar, whose name speaks for itself, makes it possible to use solar energy without actually installing it on your roof.Click the image to learn more about this innovative answer to fossil fuel addiction.

     

     

    WikiHow
    Setting Up Your Own PV Generator

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    While there are a lot of decisions you can make, this particular how-to focuses on small-scale solar generation (<1kWh/day), and simplifies it so that just about anyone can set up a functioning system. However, beware that compromises in efficiency, safety, and code adherence may be made for the sake of simplicity.

    Where can I get these solar panels? - Glad you asked.

     

     

     

    1366 Technologies

    Conventional solar power is still too expensive to compete with fossil fuels, in part because of the cost of manufacturing silicon-based solar cells.

    Key innovation: Developed a cheaper method for making silicon wafers, the most expensive component of a solar module.

    Technology: The process that 1366 has developed makes it possible to mold solar wafers—the thin sheets of silicon that serve as the core of a solar cell—directly from molten silicon rather than cutting them from larger ingots or crystals, which can waste up to half the material. The company has also developed a method for manufacturing solar cells that increases the amount of light the cell can absorb by reducing the area that’s shaded by electron-conducting wires and by decreasing the amount of light reflected off the surface. Increasing the light absorption helps increase the power output of the cell, effectively decreasing the cost per watt.

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    AllEarth Renewables

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    They've designed and manufactures the dual-axis AllSun Trackers - affordable, complete grid-connected solar electric systems that produce up to 45% more energy than fixed rooftop systems. AllSun Trackers vastly simplify system design, supply chain management, installation and maintenance for systems large and small and was named a Top-10 green product of the year by BuildingGreen. AllEarth Renewables was named the fastest growing company in Vermont in 2010 and 2011.

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    Amyris

    Advanced biofuels could help reduce the use of gasoline and diesel.

    Key innovation: Its genetically engineered yeast turns sugars into a building block of diesel fuel, which is usable in the existing transportation infrastructure.

    Technology: Amyris has engineered yeasts that convert sugars into a hydrocarbon molecule called farnesene, which can be processed into fuels for transport or products for the chemical industry. If hydrogenated, the hydrocarbon can be turned into a diesel fuel that burns cleaner than conventional diesel, reducing emissions of sulfur, nitrogen oxides, and particulates.

    American Wind
    Energy Association

    The mission of the American Wind Energy Association is to promote wind power growth through advocacy, communication, and education.


     
     
     
     
     
    Arcadia Power
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    Arcadia Power is a nationwide renewable energy company. They were founded with one simple mission in mind: to make our world better by changing the way we power our homes and businesses from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

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    Array Technologies
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    Array Technologies, Inc. is a leading U.S.-based solar manufacturer of solar tracking and solar racking systems for utilities, corporations, small businesses and homeowners. They provide solar tracking and racking solutions for any project, whatever its scale, location or requirements.

    Click on the logo for more information and a video.

    Bright Source Energy
    Bright Source

    It efficiently produces solar thermal power, which focuses sunlight to heat water into steam.

    Key innovation:  A boiler is heated directly with sunlight that bounces off mirrors.

     

     
     
    Center for Alternative Technology (CAT)

    CAT is concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life.

    Within this search CAT' explores and demonstrates a wide range of alternatives, communicating to other people the options for them to achieve positive change in their own lives.

     
     
     
    d.Light Solar
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    d.light is a for-profit social enterprise whose purpose is to create new freedoms for customers without access to reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future. We design, manufacture and distribute solar light and power products throughout the developing world. We aim to empower the lives of at least 100 million people by 2020. d.light serves over 40 countries, through over 10,000 retail outlets, 10 field offices, and four regional hubs. The company employs over 100 people directly, and indirectly employs hundreds more worldwide.

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    EarthSpark

    EarthSpark is honored to have been featured in Solar Frontiers, a recent short film by The Economist. Watch to see a family in the Haitian community of Les Anglais getting electricity for the first time and meet some of the men and women working on solar innovation in some unexpected places from Haiti to Alabama and beyond.

    eSolar

    Reducing the cost of constructing solar thermal plants will make them more competitive with fossil-fuel plants.

    Key innovation: Software controls the mirrors that focus rays from the sun, eliminating the need to position them by hand.

    Technology: The company uses arrays of tens of thousands of mirrors to focus sunlight on a central tower, producing intense heat that turns water into steam to generate electricity. The mirrors are installed on prefabricated metal frames that allow them to pivot and tilt to track the sun throughout the day and from season to season. Proprietary software ensures that all the mirrors are aimed properly.

     


    Florida Power &
    Light Solar Facility
    FPL

    At 25 megawatts, the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center is the largest solar photovoltaic plant in the country. Now if they only would stop trying to kill solar roofs in the "Sunshine State," it might make them look mich better to true environmentalists.

     


    Florida Solar Power Directory

    Solar Power

    A directory of Solar Power providers and training facilities in South Florida

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    GlassPoint Solar

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    GlassPoint designs, manufactures and installs solar steam generators for the oil and gas industry worldwide. When used for thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) GlassPoint solar steam generators significantly reduce both gas consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

     

    Goldwind Science and Technology

    Increasing the time that turbines are operational will lower the cost of wind power.

    Key innovation: Co-developed a direct-drive wind turbine that eliminates the need for a gearbox. Having fewer moving parts reduces the chance of costly mechanical failure.
    Note: Revenue $1.6 billion

     

    Halotechnics
    Solar Thermal Storage

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    Breakthrough Molten Salts with Game-changing Properties -In our combinatorial chemistry labs we have screened thousands of novel mixtures and developed materials with the best combination of melting point, maximum operating temperature, and cost. Our research has resulted in our Saltstream patent-pending formulas. Saltstream materials utilize eutectic mixtures with drastically reduced melting points, reducing the risk of freezing and expanding the operating range of the fluid.


     
    Imergy Power Systems

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    "The world needs radical new energy solutions. Imergy is supplying them now. Our paradigm-shifting Energy Storage Platform (ESP) fits as seamlessly into a remote village as it does into a large-scale commercial application. Cost savings and ROI are deep and fast. Scaling up is simple and inexpensive. Smart technology ensures efficient consumption. And the sustainable design meets today’s highest standards for responsible energy systems."-from the Imergy Website

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    Joule Unlimited

    Biofuels could be far cheaper if they weren't made from corn, sugarcane, and other forms of biomass.

    Key innovation: Designed microbes that convert carbon dioxide and water directly into fuels.

    Technology: Joule has engineered microbes that harness the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide and water directly into ethanol or hydrocarbon fuels. When housed in bioreactors in sunny areas and at full-scale production, the company says, these photosynthetic organisms can produce 15,000 gallons of diesel or 25,000 gallons of ethanol per acre per year. The process offers an advantage over making biofuels from corn or cellulose, because growing those materials requires large amounts of arable land. It’s also an improvement over using photosynthetic algae to make biofuel precursors, as some other companies do, because those chemicals must then be processed to make fuel.

    Oregon Wave Enery Trust

     

    OWET LogoA nonprofit, public-private partnership that is helping to responsibly develop ocean energy by connecting stakeholders, supporting research and development, and engaging in public outreach and policy work.

    OWET works with a wide range of stakeholders including: fishing and environmental groups, utilities, industry, government and interested citizens.

    With 300 miles of coastline characterized by powerful waves and steady and constant winds, a robust electrical transmission system close to coastal communities, transportation and port infrastructure, experienced and established manufacturing and supply chain, supportive policies and leading research institutions, Oregon is uniquely positioned to be North America’s leader in ocean energy.

    With the growing need for new clean sources of energy and sustainable family-wage jobs, OWET’s goal is to attract and build the ocean energy industry and to maximize the benefits for the environment and economy.


     
    PVCROPS

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    PVCROPS (PhotoVoltaic Cost reduction, Reliability, Operational performance,
    Prediction and Simulation) is a €6 million funded pan-European, three year project involving 12 organisations across 7 EU member states. PVCROPS aims to improve Solar Photovoltaic (PV) penetration within electricity networks throughout each of the life stages of Building Integrated PV (BIPV) systems and Ground-Based PV plants.

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    The Rite Project

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    The RITE Project by Verdant Power is a world’s first initiative that will test, demonstrate and deliver commercial electricity from their Free Flow Kinetic Hydropower System. The project is located in the East Channel of the East River in New York, NY, and generates clean renewable energy from the river's tidal currents.

     

    Semprius

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    delivers a unique high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) module design that begins with its proprietary micro-transfer printing process. This process enables Semprius to use the world's smallest solar cell - approximately the size of a pencil point - to create solar modules with unmatched costs and performance advantages. In September 2013, Semprius set a new record for commercial solar module efficiency, reaching 35.5%.


     
     
     
     
     
    Siemens

    Increasing the time that turbines are operational will lower the cost of wind power.

    Key innovation: Co-developed a direct-drive wind turbine that eliminates the need for a gearbox. Having fewer moving parts reduces the chance of costly mechanical failure. Note: Revenues $103.7 billion.


    Solar City
    Google Giving Solar Energy
    a New Lease on Life

    Solar City

    June 15, 2011 - Google announced that it’s investing $280 million in SolarCity, a company that installs and maintains residential-scale solar panels. Customers pay a fee for this service, either up-front or at a monthly rate—and end up saving more money on electricity than they would if they were to buy and install the panels themselves—but they avoid the risk and long-term commitment of ownership. In this system, SolarCity and, by extension, Google take on that risk and the government tax credits that go along with installing solar panels. Why not let Google help you save a little on your electricity bill ?
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    Solar Reserve
    Leading the world in solar
    power with storage.
    Delivered day and night - Today.

    SolarReserve is a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects, which include Solar roadways Logoelectricity generation by solar thermal energy and photovoltaic panels. In addition, SolarReserve has commercialized a proprietary advanced solar thermal technology with integrated energy storage that solves the intermittency issues experienced with other renewable energy sources. This proven US-developed technology generates renewable baseload and dispatchable power and can compete with traditional fossil-fired and nuclear electricity generation. The company currently has more than $1.8 billion of projects in operation worldwide, with development and long-term power contracts for 775 megawatts (MW) of solar projects representing $3.4 billion of project capital.

     


    Solar Shade Parking Structures
    (Put Your Parking Lot to Work

    Solar Shaded Parking Lot

    Alpha Energy’s Photovoltaic Solar Shade Structures are parking canopies with a roof specifically designed to provide low-cost support for a solar power system. Solar shade structures offer a dual benefit: shading for cars and solar production. A visible display of a company’s commitment to renewable energy, the solar shade structures can be used throughout the day to generate electricity and can be complimented with lighting and security cameras for safe usage at night as well.

     

    Solarmer Energy

    Solarmer Energy Inc. is a developer of transparent, flexible plastic solar panels, the next wave in generating renewable energy from the sun. These solar panels are opening the door for a wide range of new application areas in renewable energy, which are not currently addressable with conventional silicon solar panel technology. Our company's solar panels have the potential to reduce the cost of renewable energy down to 12-15 cents/kWh and less than $1/Watt, which means plastic solar panels will be the first in solar capable of generating electricity on par with conventional fuel costs.

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    SunPower
    Oasis Solar Tracker

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    SunPower partnered with EPCs to engineer the high-performance Oasis for faster, easier installation. Features include fewer parts and piles; above-ground, plug-and-play DC wiring; and wider distance between rows to easily accommodate construction and O&M equipment.


    Suntech

    Extremely large-scale production of solar panels is reducing the technology's cost.

    Key innovation: Developed its own solar cells and equipment for manufacturing them cheaply.

    Technology: Suntech is the world’s largest producer of crystalline-silicon solar panels, the most common type. It specializes in multicrystalline cells, which produce somewhat less power per square meter than single-­crystal cells but yield a competitive price per watt because the materials cost less.

    The company’s current generation of solar cells has broken an efficiency record for multicrystalline cells that had stood for 15 years; one key to the accomplishment was to increase the amount of light the cells absorb by texturing their surface and decreasing the thickness of electron-conducting wires.

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    Tesla Solar Roof and Power Wall
    (Best looking solar roof ever!)

     

    The sun provides more than enough energy in just one hour to supply our planet’s energy needs for an entire year. Your home can capture this free, abundant energy source through rooftop solar tiles, turning sunlight into electricity for immediate use or storage in a Powerwall battery.

    Click here to shine a light.

     
     
    Verdant Power
    Specialists in Marine
    Renewable Energy

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    RITE Project Receives First Commercial License for Tidal Power in U.S. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a pilot commercial license to Verdant Power’s RITE Project – the first commercial license for tidal power in the US.

    Under the license, Verdant Power plans to develop a 1 MW pilot project in the East Channel of the East River comprised of up to 30 commercial class (Generation 5) Free Flow System turbines, which would be installed in a staged approach.

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    Water Furnace

    Makers of GeoThermal comfort systems for homes, businesses and institutions.

     
     
    ViZn Energy

    ViZn Energy has developed the world’s first safe, clean, reliable and cost effective grid storage battery. ViZn implements low-cost, non-acid Zinc/Iron chemistry enabling manufacturing with inexpensive construction materials. The battery stacks are molded construction with proprietary elements that have overcome the shunt issues historically afflicting flow batteries

    ViZn’s two primary products are targeted at the C&I, utility and micro-grid market. The Z20 is a 80kw/160kwh system housed in a 20ft shipping container. The GS200 is a building block of the ViZn 1MW assembly using five 20ft shipping containers providing 3MWh of energy. The ZAC is an integrated storage unit with grid tie hardware for installation simplicity. Click image for a related article.

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Debating 4 Dirty
    Myths on Clean Energy


    Debate 1: How is the Problem Defined?

    Myth:   Climate change is not real, thus “clean” energy is not needed
    Reality:  This is the wrong response to the wrong question; a broader framework is needed

    Debate 2: How to Involve Government?

    Myth:  The government should stop subsidizing clean energy and let the ”free market” work
    Reality:  The government is deeply involved in all forms of energy; there is no free market in energy

    Debate 3: Where To Focus Innovation?

    Myth:  We need new technology, period
    Reality:  We need innovation in technology, policy, business models, and financing

    Debate 4: Can Alternative Forms of
    Energy Make a Difference?

    Myth:  Some new technologies, such as solar and wind, will never make a dent in our energy mix
    Reality: It will take time, yes, but the signs are already clear they are having an impact

    Read the entire article by clicking Here

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    Alternative Energy Vehicles

    Click on a photo, below for more details.

    • The Electric Pickup Truck is Here   • Electric Vehicles Buyers Guide
    • Toyota, Nissan, Honda Back Hydrogen Fueling Stations
    • Electric Cars Are Here to Stay    • A Clean-Car Boom
    • Charging Scarcity     • Wind to Hydrogen Vs. Tesla  • Hydrogen Cars Now
    • Plug-In Hybrid Fuel Consuption Could Drop by 1/3

    There are too many alternative
    fuel vehicles for us to list here.
    This is only a sample.


    Hydrogen-Powered Tram Developed in China

    Energy Source: Hydrogen
    Hudrogen Tram
    In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram and not a train, the top speed will only be 70 kilometers per hour and it will be used in urban areas only. It is designed to carry 380 passengers.

    Lagonda SUV by Aston Martin

    Energy Source: Electric
    Lagonda
    When it comes to Aston Martin, the Lagonda holds a special place in the unobtainium world of collector cars aficionados. Reviving the brand name for a high-end electric SUV is a bold, smart, and darn risky step.
    Lagonda has confirmed plans for its first vehicle in the new era – the first in the newly revived brand, which has spun off from Aston Martin. The all-electric Lagonda SUV will be unveiled in 2021 and will be based on the Vision Concept showcased at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.
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    Hyperloop

    Energy Source: Electro Magnetic Propulsion
    HyperLoop
    Hyperloop brings airplane speeds to ground level, safely. Passengers and cargo capsules will hover through a network of low-pressure tubes between cities and transforming travel time from hours to minutes.
    HyperloopTT's technology breakthrough is a next generation passive magnetic levitation system. It's called Inductrack. Magnets arranged in a Halbach array configuration enable passive levitation over an unpowered but conductive track. And as capsules move through the low pressure environment, they use very little energy on route thanks to the reduced drag forces. To learn more about this futuristic mode of transportation, click on the image.

     
     

    Tesla Semi Electric Truck

    Energy Source: Much Electric Power
    Kia Niro PHEV
    The all-electric truck, which Musk unveiled on a mid-November night in a Hawthorne Municipal Airport Parking lot (adjacent to his SpaceX headquarters) just outside Los Angeles and has a remarkable 500-mile range, may be most notable for what it doesn't include. To learn more about this vehicle, click on the image.




    Kia Niro PHEV

    Energy Source: Plug-in Hybrid
    Kia Niro PHEV
    The Kia Niro plug-in hybrid will be available in US showrooms early in 2018. List price is $28,840 for the LX model, which comes with more features and standard equipment than the entry-level Kia Niro hybrid. That price includes a $940 destination fee. Kia says customers will be able to get a 12,000 mile per year lease for $259 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The lease price takes into consideration the $4,543 federal tax credit.
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    BMW Hurricane

    Energy Source: Propane
    BMW Propane Hurricane
    The world's fastest propane vehicle. Cost: about $45k. Engine: 660HP, top speed: 207mph - 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. More

     

     

     

    Chevy Bolt

    Energy Source: Plug-in Electric
    Chevy VoltHaving promised an affordable electric car at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet has used this year's CES to deliver with a production version of the Bolt, with a claimed range of over 200 miles (322 km)
    See also the Spark EV.

     

    The Elf

    Energy Source: Electricity & You

    The Elf


    Organic Transit™ brings you the Elf. It's a trike with a power assist.
    It gets 1,800 MPG, weighs 150lbs, load capacity of 350lbs and has a top speed of 20mph.


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    Toyota Mirai

    Energy Source: Hydrogen Fuel Cell

    Toyota Mirai

    Mirai means “future” in Japanese, and the exterior of the car reflects its aspirational nature. The futuristic aerodynamic lines of Mirai scream out that it is the rogue of the family, the non-conformist of the bunch. It looks and feels like a Prius that ran off 2 generations ago to do its own thing and has spent every spare minute since watching Back to the Future over and over. Or I may just be having flashbacks to Toyota’s Back to the Future themed Mirai for SEMA a few years back.
    The exterior is normal enough to blend in, but at a closer look, it is polarizing. The sweeping bank of lights across the rear of the vehicle accentuate the sweeping line that arcs from the nose to the tail. During the day, the lighting arrays are muted, but at night, they pop out to cut bold lines into the exterior of the vehicle.




    ACAL Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engine

    Energy Source: Hydrogen
    A 300,000 Mile Hydrogen Vehicle

    ACAL Fuel Cell Engine


    ACAL Energy Ltd, the British chemical engineering company, has announced today that its FlowCath® chemistry and engineering has enabled a PEM hydrogen fuel cell to reach 10,000 hours runtime on a third party automotive industry durability test without any significant signs of degradation. ACAL Energy’s breakthrough approach is also significantly cheaper than conventional fuel cell technology.

     

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    H2 Fuel Cell

    Energy Source: Hydrogen

    Hydrogen Fuel Cell

    Several manufacturers have announced plans to open the market for hydrogen powered cars and other vehicles (including planes!). Toyota will introduce a fuel-cell vehicle in 2015. Challenge: prodicing hydrogen that does not require fossil fuels. Currently, most hydrogen is made from natural gas.
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    Tesla Motors/S

    Energy Source: Electricity Only

    Tesla Roadster

    Electric Only: Up to speed: 0-60 im 3.7 seconds. Tailpipe emissions: 0.
    Miles per charge: 345. Charging? No problem. Watch this.video icon




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    Sono Motors

    Energy Source: Solar and Electric

    Sion Solar Vehicle

    The dream of being able to commute to work in a solar-powered car is finally becoming a reality. Sono Motors just unveiled the SION solar-powered electric car that can travel up to 18 miles using nothing but energy from the sun. The best part is that the SION isn’t just for the wealthy, since it only costs 16,000 Euros (around $18,600) plus the cost of the battery, and it is packed with incredible features like built-in moss filtration, bi-directional charging and integrated solar panels.






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