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
Hydrogen
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.

  • Hydrofg=gen Fuel Cells
    Where Have You Been So Long?

    Hydrogen is the simplest element. An atom of hydrogen consists of only one proton and one electron. It’s also the most plentiful element in the universe. Despite its simplicity and abundance, hydrogen doesn’t occur naturally as a gas on the Earth – it’s always combined with other elements. Water, for example, is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen (H2O)..

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  • Biomass
    How Biomass Works:

    From the US Dept. of Energy: 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.

  • “Fusion
    From Forbes Magazine: 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.

  • 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?


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    Alternative Energy (Renewable Energy, aka R/E)


    Including News on Solar, Hydrogen Power, Energy Storage,
    HydroElectricPower and Tidal and Wave Energy Stories (Released within the past 3 months).
    • • The 'Solar' of the Lion
      Making a Zoo More
      Environmentally Friendly

      Sep. 13, 2021, (ZME Science), - Londoners might already be familiar with the giant Whipsnade White Lion, an iconic landmark overlooking Britain’s huge Whipsnade zoo. But this chalk landmark is now getting a modern counterpart that will help the zoo get closer to its sustainability goals.

      The new lion will cover an area of two acres (87.100 sq ft, or 8.090 sq meters) and will be made out of solar panels, estimated to provide one-third of the power requirements of the Zoo — around 1MWs of power (enough to power some 700 houses). Although its sheer size will mean that someone at ground level won’t be able to see the lion’s shape but Whipsnade is confident that it will “create a spectacle to be seen from the skies”.

    • • ArcelorMittal is Investing in India Renewable Energy
      Now Even Iron & Steel Wants
      to Get Into the Act

      Sep. 12, 2021, (CleanTechnica)One of the world’s largest mining and steel manufacturing companies — ArcelorMittal — has announced grand plans to develop renewable energy assets in India.

      According to media reports, ArcelorMittal has expressed interest in developing renewable energy projects in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

    • • Many Solar Companies Ask for Stronger Congressional Legislation
      Will They Get It?

      Sep. 12, 2021, (CleanTechnica) -700+ solar companies would like to see stronger action from Congress in support of solar power (and, naturally, solar companies would rather make more money, not less). They sent a joint letter to Congress asking for 6 specific things to provide a boost to the solar industry. The first thing on the list: extend the federal solar tax credit (Investment Tax Credit), which provides a 30% reduction in the cost of a solar project.

    • • Solar Can Provide Nearly Half of the Nation’s Electricity by 2050
      The President’s Vision to Reshape the U.S. Energy Infrastructure and Cut Greenhouse Gases

      Sep. 8, 2021, (Washington Post), -The Biden administration announced a blueprint Wednesday outlining how solar energy could produce nearly half of the nation’s electricity by mid-century, part of its ambitious bid to address climate change.

      The new Energy Department analysis shows how the United States can scale up production of solar panels, which now provide 3% of the nation’s electricity, to 45% over the next three decades. It would entail the United States doubling its installed solar power every year for the next four years, compared with 2020, and then doubling it again by 2030.

    • • Scottish Government Launches Net-Zero Strategy
      Oil and Gas Reliant North
      East to Receive Financial Help
      to Make Transition to Renewables

      Sep. 7, 2021, (reNEWS.BIZ)-The Scottish Government has laid out a plan to lead the country's “economic transformation” towards a net-zero economy over the next decade.

      First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a string of cash funds to help public transport, homes and the regions most reliant on oil and gas sectors make the change as part of a new Programme for Government strategy.

      Details of the blueprint will be rolled out over the next 12 months under the banner, the Just Transition Plan.

    • • Louisiana Needs To Embrace Building Microgrids
      Hurricane Ida Should be Proof

      Sep. 7, 2021, (CleanTechnica)-Last week, Hurricane Ida knocked out all 8 transmission lines into New Orleans. In Baton Rouge, it took out communications along with electricity — with the exception of those who had Verizon. Although most of Baton Rouge is getting back online, New Orleans as well as smaller towns and cities still don’t have power.

      Louisiana Needs Microgrids, yet their leaders don’t seem to want them. Advocates have been trying for years to make our local grid resilient, but oddly, those in charge don’t seem to want that. Why?

    • • A Renewable City Coalition Grows in Western Montana
      From the Local Energy Rules Podcast

      Aug. 27, 2021, (CleanTechnica)-For this episode of our Voices of 100% series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell talks with Helena Sustainability Coordinator Patrick Judge and Citizens Conservation Commission Member Mark Juedeman. Judge and Juedeman supported Helena as the city committed to 100% renewable energy. In making its commitment, Helena has joined Missoula and Bozeman, building a commanding coalition in western Montana.

      Listen to the full episode and explore more resources in the article — including a transcript and summary of the conversation.

    • • Energy Storage Can Solve Big Problems for Renewables
      The Challenge of Moving to 100% Renewable Electricity

      Aug. 26, 2021, (THE CONVERSATION)-In recent decades the cost of wind and solar power generation has dropped dramatically. This is one reason that the U.S. Department of Energy projects that renewable energy will be the fastest-growing U.S. energy source through 2050.

      However, it’s still relatively expensive to store energy. And since renewable energy generation isn’t available all the time – it happens when the wind blows or the sun shines – storage is essential.

    • • Building the Path to Safer Battery Storage
      This Also Covers Fire Safety

      Aug. 25, 2021, (Energy Central)-Advancements in lithium-ion technology are driving widespread battery adoption, with broad applications for consumer, commercial, and industrial use. Over the years, the cost of lithium-ion battery storage continues to decline, while interest in renewable energy deployments increases.

      This environment makes the application and use of battery energy storage increasingly significant for electric power companies. To enable this growth, The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) investigates battery health, safety, and environmental uses with the goal to provide best practices and key findings for owners, operators, and developers of energy storage.

    • • Mexico City Taps Solar Energy for Waterway Clean Up
      Historic Aztec-era Canals are the Target

      Aug. 24, 2021 (REUTERS), -Mexican scientists have developed a unique "nanobubble" system using solar energy to improve water quality in the canals of Mexico City's Xochimilco ecological zone, a popular tourist attraction.

      Officials in Mexico City have been focused on cleaning up the long-polluted waters of Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few areas of the capital that still boasts canal networks dating back to Aztec times.

      A team of researchers from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) has developed a method using solar energy to activate a pump that sends cleansing nanobubbles into the water.

    • • Global Maritime Picks up BP Renewables Gig
      Framework Agreement to Provide
      Specialist Marine Services
      to Upcoming Projects

      Aug. 24, 2021 (reNEWS.BIZr), -Global Maritime has been awarded a framework agreement (FA) to provide specialist marine services to BP, including its upcoming renewable energy projects.

      The FA will include marine vessel assurance, engineering, project operations, HSSE and general marine consultancy, and will run for 3 years, starting immediately.

      BP Solutions marine discipline lead Nick Cranch said: "I am looking forward to leveraging Global Maritime’s experience to support BP marine operations across our operating regions and help us perform while we transform to our zero carbon future."

    • • Using 3.5GW Wind and Solar to Produce Green Ammonia
      ACME Signs Agreement with Omani
      Government Body for $3.5 Billion

      Aug. 24, 2021 (WINDPOWER Montly), -Indian renewables developer ACME plans to build a 3.5GW wind-and-solar complex to produce green ammonia in Oman.

      It has signed an agreement with an Omani government authority for the $3.5 billion project in the Port of Duqm, next to the Arabian Sea.

      The project would use output from 3GW of solar PV and 500MW of wind capacity to produce 2,400 tonnes of green ammonia per day.

      Green ammonia can be made by using renewable electricity to power electrolysers producing green hydrogen and then adding nitrogen. It can be used for fertilizer and shipping fuels.

      The developer aims to export this green ammonia to demand centers in Europe and Asia, it explained.

    • • Purple Bacteria Turns Sewage Into Hydrogen Fuel
      Turning Your Toilet Into a Source
      of Energy and Useable Organic Material

      Aug. 23, 2021 (ZME Science), -Household sewage and industrial wastewater are very rich in organic compounds, and organic compounds can be very useful. But there’s a catch: we don’t know of any efficient way to extract them from the eww goo yet. So these resource-laden liquids get treated, and the material they contain is handled as a contaminant.

      New research plans to address this problem — and by using an environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient solution to boot.

    • • Making Fossil-Free Steel
      Hydrogen — For Cars, No;
      For Steel, Yes

      Aug. 23, 2021 (CleanTechnic), -The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland is Queensland’s peak automotive body, and I was both amazed and amused that there is an altercation going on in their “Your Say” section about hydrogen fueled cars. The first writer is pleased that the magazine is providing balance to the “hype” around electric cars — his next car will be a hybrid, then after that a car powered by hydrogen.

      Well, that gives them 15 years or so to get it right based on some industry forecasts. The second reader looks at the chemistry and physics involved and declares that there is a widespread misunderstanding of hydrogen’s properties. It will not be easy to make it work.

    • • Solar Panels are a Pain to Recycle
      These Companies are Trying to Fix That

      Aug. 19, 2021, (M.I.T. Technology Review)-Millions of solar panels have been installed in the last two decades—and since they typically last between 25 and 30 years, many will soon be ready for retirement and probably headed to a landfill. But new efforts to recycle these panels could reduce both the amount of waste and the new material that needs to be mined.

      Only about 10% of panels in the US are recycled—it isn’t mandated by federal regulations, and recycling the devices is currently much more expensive than just discarding them. But the materials in solar panels coming offline each year could be worth an estimated $2 billion by 2050.

    • • Why Florida Will Become the Southeast’s Solar Leader
      It's Not Called the
      Sunshine State For Nothing

      Aug. 16, 2021 (Renewable Energy World), -Utility-led expansions, competitive prices, and favorable state policies are developing Florida into the Southeast’s leader for solar capacity, according to a new report by S&P.

      The state is expected to add more than 13,000 MW of solar generation installed over the next decade, the author’s stated, citing state regulators, with enough capacity coming online this year to top region-leader North Carolina.

    • • 10,000 MW Large-Scale Battery
      Power Capacity to be Added to the Grid
      The EIA Has Confirmed It

      Aug. 16, 2021 (Renewable Energy World), -The U.S. could add 10,000 MW of large-scale battery power capacity from 2021-23 – 10 times the total in 2019 – according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

      EIA expects most of the new storage capacity to come from systems co-located or connected to solar projects. By the end of 2020, most large-scale battery storage systems were built as standalone facilities.

      Based on planned projects by utilities over the next two years, U.S. battery storage that is co-located with generation is expected to increase from 30% to 60%.

    • • Blue Hydrogen is Worse for Climate than Fossil Fuels
      Not All Hydrogen Fuel is the Same

      Aug. 14, 2021 (ZME Science), - Blue hydrogen, an energy source that involves obtaining hydrogen by using methane in natural gas, is usually described as a low-carbon option for generating electricity, powering vehicles, and even heating buildings. But researchers believe it may actually cause more harm to the climate than conventional fossil fuels.

      In a new study, a team from Stanford and Cornell universities found that the CO2 footprint of blue hydrogen is more than 20% greater than that generated by natural gas or coal and around 60% higher than burning diesel oil for heat. The finding comes at the time the Biden administration is funding a set of regional hydrogen hubs.

    • • Large Offshore Hydrogen Park to Open in Germany
      The Aquasector Collaboration

      Aug. 14, 2021 (Energy Central) -Norwegian energy firm Equinor, with its partners RWE, Shell, and Gasunie signed a declaration of intent to further intensify their collaboration on the AquaSector Project - which aims to build Germany's first large-scale offshore hydrogen park.

      The project's goal is to demonstrate that in Germany offshore-based hydrogen production enables an efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable way to produce green hydrogen.

    • • Europe’s Largest Energy Storage Project
      Successfully Connects to the Grid
      The Minty Plant is Up and Ready

      Aug. 5, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Two years after a devastating blackout struck the United Kingdom, Europe’s largest energy storage project – the 100MW/100 MWh Minety plant – has been successfully grid-connected.

      The plant is designed for maximizing renewable energy assets and providing grid stability using Sungrow’s 1500V energy storage system solutions. Sungrow provided NCM and LFP battery energy storage systems, which the company says minimized the plant footprint and reduced system cost by 5%.

    • • Renewables Overtake Coal, but...
      Natural Gas Still Dominates
      U.S. Power Generation

      Aug. 4, 2021 (Allegheny Front) -Renewable energy has inched above both coal and nuclear power for the first time, to become the second highest source of electricity in the United States behind natural gas.

      Figures released last week by the Energy Information Administration show wind, hydroelectric, solar, biomass and geothermal combined accounted for 834 billion kilowatt-hours or about 21% of all generation in 2020. Natural gas still leads as the nation’s top source of electricity, generating 1,617 kWh last year, or about 40% of U.S. power generation.

    • • DOE's Plan to Halve Solar Costs by 2030
      Cheaper than Fossil Fuels Solar
      Can be Made Still Less Expensive

      Aug. 3, 2021 (Climate Reality Project), - Back in March, the US Department of Energy (DOE) made a quietly momentous set of announcements about the future of clean energy in the US.

      First, that DOE aims to cut the cost of solar energy by 60% within the next 10 years. And second, that it’ll spend nearly $128 million over that time to lower costs, improve performance, and accelerate the deployment of solar energy technologies.

      In between those figures and the 10-year time frame, it might be easy to lose one core fact: this is actually a really, really big deal. Not just for the US solar industry, but for the global transition to clean energy and – by extension – the global climate fight.

    • • Congress’ Infrastructure Bill For Renewable Energy
      Just What's In It?

      Aug. 3, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -The Biden administration and leaders in the U.S. Congress unveiled details of the 2,700-page, bipartisan infrastructure package on Sunday that includes $550 billion in new spending. The deal is expected to move quickly – and is likely to change in many ways – before receiving final approval later this week.

      So, what’s in the deal for renewable energy? While the legislation won’t, on its own, accomplish President Biden’s climate and clean energy goals, advocates have called the bill a “down payment” on the president’s broader ambitions.

    • • SunHydrogen Spotlights its Green Hydrogen Technology
      Also Mentioned: Its Involvement
      in the Green Hydrogen Market

      Aug. 3, 2021 (Energy Central -SunHydrogen, Inc, the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, this week shared a new video that showcases its nanoparticle-based green hydrogen technology, placing it in the context of the fast-growing global hydrogen market.

      “For all our investors, but especially our newest followers and first-time viewers, we hope this introductory video serves as a fresh look at where the future is headed and what sets us apart,” said Odessa Stork, Director of Communications at SunHydrogen. “We’re excited to continue utilizing video communication to connect with our audience across all platforms as we make progress toward commercialization.”

    • • A German Village Embraces a Solar Future
      The Town of Sprakebüll in Northern
      Germany Has Embraced Renewable Energy

      Aug. 2, 2021 (DW News -"I am proud of Sprakebüll. It's great to be a part of this, to hear people from outside tell me how Sprakebüll has become known for its green energy," says Christina Johannsen.

      Johannsen runs an organic farm and shop with her husband, and customers often bring up the subject. After all, in Sprakebüll — population 260 — the energy revolution has already happened.

    • • Microgrids in Australia — the Next Big Step
      It's the Power Melbourne Project

      July 28, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Australia is one of the leaders in the world in the adaptation of electrical power grids to the new technologies of renewable energy. Famous for the Hornsdale Power Reserve (Tesla’s Big Battery in South Australia), the country is now trialing microgrids with smaller batteries in cities (Sydney and Melbourne), isolated country towns, and mining complexes.

      In Melbourne, the city council is seeking to establish a network of 5 MW batteries (the Power Melbourne Project). These batteries will enable a more efficient use of the network, putting power back in when it is needed the most. Early days yet — more details to be revealed.

    • • Shell to Become a Clean Energy Provider
      This Happens With the
      Shell's Acquisition of Inspire

      July 28, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Inspire, a company that purchases renewable energy credits (RECS) and retires them on behalf of its customers, announced it has signed an agreement to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell New Energies US LLC. As part of Shell, Inspire intends to rapidly scale its offering of access to sustainable energy to U.S. households.

      According to its website, Inspire is licensed to do business in several deregulated states and DC. It recruits customers and sells them clean energy for a fixed price.

    • • California’s NEM 3.0 Must Grow Rooftop Solar Sustainably
      Reforming Net-Metering Policies

      July 27, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -A proceeding to reform net energy metering (NEM) policy is underway at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). NEM determines how much utility customers with rooftop solar get paid for the electricity their solar panels produce. One of the foremost challenges that the CPUC faces in developing the new NEM policy, called NEM 3.0, is to ensure that rooftop solar continues to grow sustainably in California as required by law.

    • • The UK’s ‘Green Jobs Taskforce’
      The Plan to Boost Britain’s Green Economy

      July 23, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - Public support for clean energy is growing at a pace of knots and most governments now also view climate change as a non-negotiable priority to tackle. Additionally, the business case for transitioning to a low carbon economy is now better understood and stacks up as a means of future-proofing any country from energy deficits or financial downturns.

      With all of the above in mind, the UK’s Government has been looking very closely at its green policies, cognizant that switching to low carbon technologies will boost the British economy by billions of pounds over the coming years.

    • • Renewables Could Meet at Least 33% of Need by 2030
      It Could Go Further Than That

      July 21, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Last week, Ken Bossong of the SUN DAY campaign said that data released over the past decade by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as near-term forecasts by both agencies suggest continued strong growth by renewable energy sources. However, unless accelerated, that growth will fall short of President Biden’s clean power goals for 2030.

      EIA’s data from the past ten years indicate renewables could be one-third of U.S. electrical generation in 2030.

    • • 30 Million Solar Homes Would Create 1.77 Million Jobs
      Result: $69B in Energy Savings

      July 19, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -A new report finds that installing rooftop solar panels and community solar systems to serve the equivalent of 30 million American homes would create significant economic benefits — including 1.77 million jobs and $69 billion electricity bill savings over the next five years — while addressing the climate crisis and historic inequities.

      The report, “The National Impact of 30 Million Solar Homes: A Vision for an Equitable Economic Recovery Built on Climate Protection and Energy Democracy,” builds on federal policy recommendations developed by the Initiative for Energy Justice, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and Solar United Neighbors as part of the 30 Million Solar Homes campaign.

    • • NJ Encourages Community Solar, ‘Dual-Use’ Solar and More
      Solar Energy Industries
      Association Applauds the Action

      July 12, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Earlier this month, the New Jersey legislature passed two pieces of legislation that will help increase solar development across the state.

      S2605 establishes the SREC-II program at the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), which includes incentives for at least 1500 MW of behind-the-meter solar facilities and 750 MW of community solar by 2026. It also includes a new competitive solicitation process to incentivize at least 1500 MW of large-scale solar power facilities by 2026, and develops siting criteria for large-scale solar projects.

    • • Bifacial Solar Panels Can Increase Yields
      The Roof Color Can Play a Role

      July 9, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - Most people don’t give the color of their roofs a second thought, but it could be costing their business a lot of money.

      White or light gray roofs can increase rooftop bifacial PV energy yields by up to 25 percent and increase the return on investment by up to 10%, according to new research by Opsun, a bifacial PV racking company.

      Other companies are improving performance more directly. According to Reuters, a German company called Enerparc improved their bifacial performance by adding a field layer — they covered the ground with gravel, which reflected more light on the panels. They also found that performance changed with the season, improving during the winter when there’s presumably ice and snow on the ground.

    • • Green Hydrogen For New York State
      Initiatives Announced to Explore
      Green Hydrogen for Decarbonization

      July 9, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced that New York plans to explore the potential role of green hydrogen as part of the state’s comprehensive decarbonization strategy.

      To support this effort to study green hydrogen and its possible applications, the state is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), joining two hydrogen-focused organizations to inform state decision-making and making $12.5 million in funding available for long duration energy storage technologies and demonstration projects that may include green hydrogen

    • • Solar Is Dirt-Cheap and...
      About to Get Even More Powerful

      July 5, 2021 (Bloomberg CityLab -The solar industry has spent decades slashing the cost of generating electricity direct from the sun. Now it’s focusing on making panels even more powerful.

      With savings in equipment manufacturing hitting a plateau and more recently pressured by rising prices of raw materials, producers are stepping up work on advances in technology — building better components and employing increasingly sophisticated designs to generate more electricity from the same-sized solar farms.

    • • Perovskite Solar Cell Field Just Got Way Redder & Hotter
      A New Perovskite Solar Cell
      Venture is Proof That Legacy Energy
      Stakeholders Can Pivot to Renewables

      July 5, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -The siren call of the ultra-cheap, highly efficient perovskite solar cell has lured many a researcher into the lab, and now the big investors are getting into the act — including a company that has roots in the fossil energy industry. The new venture is yet another sign that some oil and gas stakeholders can pivot their R&D resources to push the renewable energy revolution into high gear — so why aren’t they all doing it?

      Plenty of ink has been spilled on the perovskite solar cell topic of late, and for good reason. Synthetic perovksite crystals are relatively cheap and easy to grow, and their superior optical qualities are a perfect match for the next generation of low cost solar cells.

    • • Balancing a Renewable Grid
      What Are the Options?

      July 2, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Over the past decade or so, the dominant trend has been the retirement of coal plants and the steady advance of renewable sources of generation. The next wave appears to be the phasing out as many natural gas-fired facilities as is feasible as more wind and solar resources are deployed.

      But there has been an unintended consequence in this headlong rush to displace rotating generation assets – grid instability. The steam turbines and gas turbines of power coal plants, combined cycle and natural gas peaking facilities play a vital role in terms of grid inertia, stability, and the provision of reactive power in the form of VARs (Voltage Ampere Reactive).

      The story contains an informative graphic.

    • • ComEd’s New “Give-A-Ray” Program
      The Program Expands Access to Community Solar

      June 30, 2021 (POWERGRID) -The Mayor of Rockford, Ill., this week joined community solar provider Nexamp and ComEd to launch Give-A-Ray, a new 15-year program to provide solar energy benefits and savings to low and moderate income customers in Rockford and the surrounding area for free. With the help of local support services, including the Rockford Housing Authority, outreach to potential participants is underway.

      “Rockford places a high priority on using more renewable energy to generate electricity and on making sure the many benefits are available to customers regardless of income level,” said Mayor Tom McNamara. “We thank Nexamp and ComEd for bringing this innovative offering to Rockford and we look forward to working with them to increase access to solar among residents who are most in need.”

    • • R.E. Will Take Almost 40% of the Global Power Mix by 2030
      The World is Heading
      Towards Smart Decarbonization

      June 22, 2021 (InvestorIdeas) -The global push for a transition to cleaner energy, driven by strong policies and financial support, will heavily impact the future of renewables, according to GlobalData. The leading data and analytics company notes that renewables are expected to take almost 40% of the power mix by 2030.

      Their latest report, Global Power Mix in Transition, reveals that there is increasing investment in solar and wind plants, and new technologies such as hydrogen, energy storage, carbon capture and smart grids are driving change in the power sector - supporting a path to smart decarbonization.

    • • The Case For Floating Solar
      It's Not Limited to Just Rooftops

      June 18, 2021 (Scientific American) -Restrictions on land use for greenfield solar projects, roof orientation, and inherent technical advantages, may prove floating solar, or floatovoltaic to be a viable energy alternative.

      When it comes to large-scale solar projects, the most common alternatives to rooftop solar panel systems include ground mounts or solar canopies. There’s a newer alternative that’s making quite the splash in the solar industry: floating solar.

      Floatovoltaic is defined as solar panels arrayed to float on the top of a lake or reservoir, placed on a buoyant sub-structure, and anchored with a measure of flexible movement. The technology is relatively-new starting in 2008 with China, Japan, and the U.K. as the early adopters.

    • • Affordable Housing in Aspen to Run On Solar Energy
      It's All Electric

      June 18, 2021 (INHABITAT) -A new, 53,000-square-foot building in Aspen is set to become one of the first multi-family structures to run entirely on electricity and solar energy in Colorado.

      The $19 million project, funded by Aspen Skiing Company and set to open in early June 2021, is a response to the area’s affordable housing and climate crises.

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    • • Hot Rocks - The Perfect Renewable Energy
      A Beautiful and Informative Graphic

      June 15, 2021 (Energy Central), by John Benson -Geothermal Power, a renewable energy source that was first used to generate electricity in Larderello, Italy, in 1904, and thus is one of the oldest renewable energy sources. It has been used in my home state (California) to generate a significant amount of our electric energy since the early 1960s.

      In 1985 I became heavily involved with the Geysers Geothermal Generating Field, what is now (still) is the largest in the world by several metrics.

      However I have never posted a paper about Geothermal Power. I have decided to rectify this failure and write this post. As I started researching this, I found that this technology has not only been amazing in the past and present, it will be important to our efforts to overcome climate change in the future.

    • • DOE Provides NYPA, EPRI $200,000 to Research Long-Duration Storage
      In Addition to the DOE’s
      Funding, the Project Participants
      Will Contribute Another $50,000.

      June 14, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced this week that it will launch a project with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to explore the use of crushed rock thermal energy storage to provide reliable and effective energy storage in a market with significant renewable energy resources.

      The project will be led by EPRI and funded by a $200,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant. It will investigate the feasibility of a thermal energy storage (TES) technology developed by Brenmiller Energy, an Israeli developer and manufacturer of thermal energy storage systems.

      If determined to be feasible, the investigation team will pilot the technology and evaluate its ability to provide effective and economical energy storage at NYPA’s Eugene W. Zeltmann Power Project in Astoria.

    • • U.S. D.O.E. Announces 14.5 Million$ to Accelerate Geothermal
      FOA, Solicits the Partnership
      of Well Owners or
      Operators to Help Cost-effectively
      Bring More Geothermal Power Online

      June 10, 2021 (CleanTechnica)-Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for up to $14.5 million to support active field testing of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) technologies and techniques within existing wells. EGS, like all geothermal resources, supplies secure, resilient renewable electricity and heating and cooling that is always-available regardless of weather, and with a small environmental footprint.

    • • Using 3D Printing to Repair Geothermal Components
      Enel Green Power Pilots the Program

      June 9, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Enel Green Power has published an article noting the use of 3D printing in their flagship Geyser project at Santa Barbara metallurgy labs in Cavriglia, Italy.

      The idea to use 3D printing to repair essential components was spawned at a roundtable discussion organized by the project Geyser team. A group of technicians and experts from the geothermal, thermal and hydroelectric sectors gathered to discuss how to optimize the management of geothermal plants.

      “It all started from our curiosity and desire to use the 3D printer that we had in-house,” says Nicoletta Mazzuca, Enel Green Power’s project manager for Geyser. “We wanted to repair parts that were going to end up in landfills because they couldn’t be fixed with conventional forging techniques.”

    • • Drilling Begun for Ethiopia Electric Power Geothermal Well
      Kenya Electricity Generating
      Company Has Begun Drilling
      the First Geothermal Well

      June 8, 2021 (Renewable Energy World), -his sets into motion Phase II of the $70.4 million contract. KenGen’s managing director and chief executive officer, Rebecca Miano, through a statement, said the works began over the last weekend in May.

      “The exercise started on May 29, 2021, whereby the first hole section was drilled to 29 meters within eight hours. So far, drilling operations are running smoothly as the team moves to the next hole section. Drilling a single well takes about two months to complete. We however hope to shorten this period despite the prevailing circumstances brought about by COVID-19),” she said.

    • • Coal State University Ditches Coal For Geothermal Energy
      The Iconic Coal State of W.Virginia Could
      Lead the Eastern US Into the Sparkling
      Green Geothermal Energy Future

      Apr. 30, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -The US geothermal energy industry has been left at the starting gate as wind and solar race ahead, but it looks like the geothermal tortoise is finally putting one foot ahead of the other. In the latest development, the iconic coal state of West Virginia just nailed down federal funding that will help West Virginia University shut down a coal-fired cogeneration plant on campus and switch to renewable energy.

    • • Recognizing Iron Mountain Data Centers for Energy Efficiency
      Leadership Through
      Better Buildings Challenge

      Mar. 16, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Iron Mountain Data Centers for its commitment to energy efficiency through DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge. Since joining the program in 2016, Iron Mountain met its first energy-savings goal of 20% and has now set a new goal of improving data center power usage efficiency (PUE) by 30% over a five-year period across three data centers — or nearly 600,000 square feet of built space.

    • • Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)
      A Man-made Enhanced EGS
      Can Extract Abundant Heat Resource
      Thousands of Feet Below the Surface

      Mar. 7, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -The geothermal energy industry has never realized its true potential in the US, despite the seemingly magical promise of nonstop, 24/7 renewable energy sitting just below the surface of the Earth. However, it seems like things are finally starting to gel. No, for real!

      For the inside scoop on the prospects for a geothermal revolution CleanTechnica sought out Nneka Uzoh, the director of energy innovation at the climate-tech accelerator Elemental Excelerator.

    • • BP and Chevron’s Backing a Canada-based Geothermal Startup
      Yes, Those Fossil Fuel Companies

      Mar. 3, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Renewable energy businesses can be promising investments for larger companies looking to improve their carbon footprints. Sometimes, what some might assume to be the least likely investors will pour funds into renewables. That’s the case with Eavor Technologies’ most recent round of fundraising.

      Oil giants BP and Chevron were among the chief investors in the $40 million funding round for the Canada-based geothermal startup.

    • • DOE Awards $46 Million for Geothermal Initiative
      Will Encourage Projects with Potential
      to Power Millions of U.S. Homes

      Feb. 24, 2021 (CleanTechnica) - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that its Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Initiative at the University of Utah has selected 17 projects to receive up to $46 million in funding for cutting-edge, domestic, and carbon-free geothermal projects with potential to supply power to homes in the United States.

    • • A UK Geo-Thermal First
      It's the United Downs
      Demonstration Project in Cornwall

      (NBC News), Jan. 4, 2021, -Ecotricity is to buy the electricity generated by Geothermal Engineering's United Downs Demonstration Project in Cornwall under a power purchase agreement (PPA), the first time that geothermal electricity will be produced and sold in the UK.

      The PPA follows the latest round of successful testing at the deep geothermal site, Geothermal Engineering said.

      Under the terms of the deal, Ecotricity will receive a minimum of 3MW of baseload electricity.


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    • • Geothermal Energy in Colombia
      It's Right Under Their Feet

      (Energy Central), Dec. 14, 2020 -The Ministry of Mines and Energy of Colombia announced the publication of a draft decree that promotes the use and exploitation of clean energy from geothermal energy.

      Below we will observe the main aspects of the draft which is available for consultation and comment:

      Legal entities that acquire the Geothermal Registry prepared and required by the MME will be able to carry out the activity of exploiting geothermal resources; this person will be called the Developer. This Register is independent of each activity, that is, a Register will be required for the exploration activity and another Register for the exploitation activity.

    • • First DEEP Geothermal Well In Saskatchewan Exceeds Expectations
      Geothermal's Advantage Over Wind
      and Solar: It Operates Continuously
      All Day, Every Day.

      (CleanTechnica), Sept. 19, 2020 - That means the electricity it provides is dispatchable whenever it is needed regardless of how windy or sunny it is. Deep Earth Energy Production (DEEP) is a Canadian company that wants to use the hot water located beneath the Deadwood Formation in Saskatchewan to produce geothermal energy. The temperature of the brine sequestered beneath the surface averages 122º C.

      Engineering reports indicate the Deadwood Formation aquifer is capable of supporting multiple geothermal generating facilities but first a plan has to be created to collect the groundwater, bring it to the surface, use it to generate electricity, then inject it back underground to be reheated. The process uses advanced drilling techniques developed by the fracking industry.

      DEEP says it has completed a preliminary subsurface design that optimizes the well spacing and configuration to produce 20 MW of geothermal power using ten horizontal wells — 6 producers and 4 injectors.

    • • Geothermal – What You Don’t See Right Under Your Feet
      Geothermal is Abundant, Base-load, Renewable Energy.

      (Renewable Energy World), by Jay Dauenhauer -Sept. 4, 2020, I don’t mean to pick favorites, but geothermal is definitely near the top. It is renewable, base-load, and potentially abundant.

      The problem is that we have only been accessing geothermal energy where there is naturally occurring underground water and geology to allow it to pass.

      Enhanced Geothermal Systems artificially add water and fractures to the geology to create far more geothermal potential.

      Click now to read or listen
      to the Energy Cast podcast.

    • • Exciting Lithium News
      It Can Be Extracted From
      Groundwater At Geothermal Installations

      July 19, 2020,(CleanTechnica ) -Scientists at the KIT Energy Center at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology say there is enough lithium dissolved in the groundwater extracted by German geothermal heating and electricity installations to meet the needs of most if not all of the battery manufacturers in the country.

      “As far as we know, there can be up to 200 milligrams per liter,” says geoscientist Dr. Jens Grimmer of the Institute of Applied Geosciences at KIT. “If we consistently use this potential, we could cover a considerable part of the demand in Germany.”

      The implications are enormous.

    • • Silver State Dishing Out Golden Geothermal Power
      The Race is On!

      Sep. 24, 2020 (AENewsa)- 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.

    • • Utah Orgs Seek Geothermal Research Proposals
      Geothermal Research Proposals
      For Awards Worth $46M

      May 1, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) - The University of Utah and Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) announced FORGE Solicitation 2020-1.

      This is the first formal call for research proposals on enhanced geothermal system technologies from the FORGE program. Up to 18 awards are anticipated for up to a total of $46,000,000 and each award has a maximum period of performance of three years.

      The topic areas for technology testing and evaluations, their maximum potential funding and potential number of awards can be viewed in the article.

    • • Geothermal: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
      Harnessing Heat:
      How the Federal Government Can
      Advance Geothermal Energy

      Apr. 24, 2020 (Energy Central) - There is a virtually limitless supply of energy right beneath us: geothermal heat. The Earth’s core holds heat that radiates out to the subsurface. This heat can be harnessed for a variety of uses including electricity generation, heating and cooling of buildings, and other industrial and hybrid applications. Geothermal energy is clean, safe, and renewable. Because geothermal electricity is reliable, always-on energy, it is an excellent match for a grid replete with intermittent renewables like wind and solar energy.

      Geothermal technologies have been employed for over one hundred years. But while wind and solar energy have grown rapidly over the past few decades, geothermal has struggled to scale up beyond niche applications. Geothermal energy’s relatively slow growth can be attributed to a combination of unmet technical challenges and policy barriers, and an inability to fully leverage state and federal renewable energy policies that have boosted wind and solar energy’s growth.

    • • Geothermal Possibilities for the United Kingdom
      Bubbling Under - Can the UK Tap Into Geothermal Energy?

      Dec. 13, 2019  (InvestorIdeas)- The UK's geothermal potential has been known for decades. While high cost and fears over its connection to seismic activity have historically made investors wary, a new push for the resource is on the horizon.

      GlobalData's power technology writer Scarlett Evans says: "BGS researchers joined geologists from across the country in a report published in Petroleum Geoscience, which urges energy providers to turn their focus to this untapped resource, labelling geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage as ‘critical' to moving the UK towards its target.

      "Previous geothermal projects have failed to get off the ground due to financial issues, yet reasons to pursue the resource remain as strong as ever. Dependent on a more consistent source than that of solar or wind, geothermal plants operate more than 90% of the time and use far less land per MW than other renewables. As the BGS report says, with 99.9% of the planet at a temperature greater than 100°C, geothermal is a renewable resource with great potential."

    • • GTh Gets onto the Bus
      Geothermal-powered Bus
      Station Will Use Anti-Smog
      Blocks to Fight Pollution

      Aug. 13, 2019 (inhabitat)) -The Polish city of Lublin will soon be home to an environmentally friendly bus station that not only offers a new and attractive public space, but also combats urban air pollution. Designed by Polish architectural firm Tremend, the Integrated Intermodal Metropolitan Station in Lublin will be built near the train station and aims to revitalize the area around the railway station. The contemporary design, combined with its environmental focus and green features, earned the project a spot on World Architecture Festival’s World Building of the Year shortlist.

      Click for the story and a Slideshow.

    • • GTh Energy Storage is Good for What Ails You
      Australian Brewer Eyes
      Thermal Energy Storage System

      Aug. 9, 2019 (Renewable Energy World) -South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees and Stone & Wood Brewing Company have agreed to undertake a feasibility study for the integration of 1414 Degrees’ electrically charged Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS-IND).

      If it goes ahead, the 10MWh system will be installed at the brewer’s Murwillumbah brewery in northern New South Wales.

      Stone & Wood is actively scoping innovative and more sustainable energy solutions and 1414 Degrees’ says its TESS-IND can provide reliable heat sourced from renewables on the grid.

      Click for the full story.

    • • Military Families Benefit From GTh
      Louisiana’s Military Families Benefit
      Geothermal and Modern
      Energy-Saving Devices

      July 29, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)) -Last week, Corvias announced that it had entered the final phase of its geothermal installation and energy upgrades effort at the U.S. Army’s Fort Polk in West-Central Louisiana, a milestone that once complete will not only modernize the aging infrastructure but save the Army significant money and benefit military families.

      Part of the U.S. Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a program through which the Department of Defense works with the private sector to revitalize military family housing, the work includes the installation of geothermal heat pumps and ENERGY STAR electric and water saving devices. All upgrades associated with this project, which began in 2018, are slated to be completed in early 2020 and will significantly reduce the community’s carbon footprint, said Corvias.

      Click now to read on.

    • • New Zealand GTh: 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.

    • • Excellence Award for 1st 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 With GTh
      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.

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    • • Studio Solarix Photovoltaics
      Designs Contributing to a Solar Future

      -Studio Solarix makes coloured solar panels and facade systems by doing this we can make buildings more sustainable, both in new construction and redevelopment. To this end, it designs, researches and develops aesthetic, sustainable and energy-generating facade elements.

      It originated from a joint ambition of Reinier Bosch (product designer, artist) and Marloes van Heteren (architect). With a great deal of substantive knowledge, they are the initiators of Solarix in the market of architecture, product development, design and sustainability; a beautiful facade panel that provides energy to people.

    • • 5 Things You Should Know About Fuel Cells
      Just What is a Fuel Cell?

      July 27, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -A hydrogen fuel cell is an electrochemical power generator that combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, with water and heat as by-products. Simply put, hydrogen fuel cells form energy that can be used to power anything from commercial vehicles to drones.

      Hydrogen fuel cell technology offers the advantages of a clean and reliable alternative energy source to customers in a growing number of applications – electric vehicles, including forklifts, delivery vans, drones, and cars – primary and backup power for a variety of commercial, industrial, and residential buildings; and more futuristic-sounding applications like air taxis.

      Click now to learn the 5 things.
    • • Alt Fuel Transportation (Not Just Cars)
      Alt-Fuelers

      Visit our Alternative Energy Transport section, filled with photos and information on the latest technology.

      Warning: Your'e Going to want one.

    • • 5 Things To Know About Installing Solar
      These Must Be Considered
      Before Going Forward

      1. Is your location’s climate suitable for solar?

      2. Is your home suitable for solar panels?

      3. Do you have access to solar financial incentives?

      4. How much do you pay for electricity?

      5. Have you found a solar installer?

    • • Calculate Solar (Lease Vs. Buy)
      Free Tool:
      Lease vs.Buy Modeling Calculator

      Chris Lord’s FREE Site Lease vs. Buy Modeling Calculator allows users to compare a lease rate against a potential purchase of a solar PV site where the lease rate (including escalator) is known.

    • • France Passes Green Rooftop Law
      Shouldn't All Countries Demand This?

      Mar. 31, 2021(INHABITATs), -France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers.

      Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least partially covered in either solar panels or plants.

      Environmental activists had originally called for all for all rooftops to be 100% green, but the Government limited the scope of the law to include commercial buildings only. In an effort to make it less onerous for businesses, the rooftops will also only have to be partially green.

    • • The Spherical Sun Power Generator
      Here's How It Works

      (AE News), Apr. 13, 2020 -German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing twice the yield of a conventional solar panel in a much smaller surface area. The futuristic design is fully rotational and is suitable for inclined surfaces, walls of buildings, and anywhere with access to the sky. It can even be used as an electric car charging station.


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      with photos and videos.
    • • Curse of "White Oil": EV's Dirty Secret
      The Lithium Gold Rush
      Threatens Massive Environmental Damage

      (The Guardian), Dec. 8, 2020 -The race is on to find a steady source of lithium, a key component in rechargeable electric car batteries. But while the EU focuses on emissions, the lithium gold rush threatens environmental damage on an industrial scale


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    • • Solar Water Heating for Your Home
      How to Get Started

      (greener ideal), Oct. 19, 2017 -After solar power, solar water heating is often the next step that homeowners take to make their home more sustainable.

      A solar water heating system works by converting sunlight into heat using a solar thermal collector. This heat is then used to heat water in homes and swimming pools.

      If you plan to install a solar water heating system in your home, make sure to include domestic hot water as well. There’s little point in installing a solar water heating system if you can’t benefit from domestic hot water which is a necessity all year round.


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    • • Renewable Energy Deployment in Ghana:
      The Hype, Hope and Reality

      Jan. 31, 2020,(SAGE journals) -Over recent years, few areas of international development research have seen as much transformation as those relating to energy access and low carbon transitions. Ghana, amongst other African economies, has seen an increase in energy demand surpassing the supply of energy in the last decade. The incorporation of the incorporation of renewable energy into the mix is, therefore, seen as a significant role in addressing the energy needs by replacing conventional fuels with clean and reliable domestic electricity with the advantage of local economic opportunities.

      The country has adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG); SDG goal 7 targets ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services. This target presents a formidable challenge to Ghana because the country still relies mainly on non-renewable energy sources. The country has a huge potential for renewable energy that remains underexploited. This study, therefore, seeks to assess the current renewable energy resource situation, examine the trend in Ghana’s energy consumption and undertake a comprehensive review and critical evaluation of Ghana’s renewable energy drive and policies.

    • • The Ivory Soap of Solar
      It Floats! Here's How

      April 1, 2020 (AENews)-Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative to ground-mounted systems is particularly suitable for water-intensive industries who cannot afford to waste either land or water.

      The main float is constructed of high-density thermoplastic (HDPE) and is set at a 12 degree angle to support a standard 60 Cell PV solar module. A secondary non-slip HDPE float is then used to link the main floats together and provide a platform for maintenance and added buoyancy as illustrated when you click on the link to the story.

    • • Spray on That Solar Panel!
      AI May Help Scientists
      Make Spray-On Solar Cells

      Dec. 16, 2019  (ScienceDaily)- Artificial Intelligence may be just the thing to accelerate spray-on solar cell technology, which could revolutionize how consumers use energy.

      It's a stunning example of how 3D printing is not only a viable and affordable construction method of the future but also a revolutionary system that can help reduce plastic waste.

      A research team at the University of Central Florida used Machine Learning, aka Artificial Intelligence to optimize the materials used to make perovskite solar cells (PSC). The Organic-Inorganic halide perovskites material used in PSC converts photovoltaic power into consumable energy.

    • • U.S. Electricity Generation By Energy Source
      What Is U.S. Electricity
      Generation By Energy Source?

      Sept. 18, 2019 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)-In 2018, about 4,178 billion kilowatthours (kWh) (or 4.18 trillion kWh) of electricity were generated at utility-scale electricity generation facilities in the United States.1 About 63% of this electricity generation was from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, petroleum, and other gases). About 20% was from nuclear energy, and about 17% was from renewable energy sources. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that an additional 30 billion kWh of electricity generation was from small-scale solar photovoltaic systems in 2018

      Click now to see the source distribution.

    • • Wind Turbines - A Whale of An Idea
      Whale Power Wind Turbine
      Blades – an Introduction

      Bright Hub -One of the most beneficial ways of increasing the efficiency of a wind turbine is to modify the design of the turbine blades. Although there are already many types of blade designs already in the market, only a few designs have turned out to be useful.

      Whalepower, a Canadian company that uses bio-mimicry, a concept of adapting the designs of nature into developing mechanical machine, has changed the design of the conventional turbine blades from flat smooth blades to a ridged design similar to that of whale fins. The blades of whale power turbine features a series of ridges just like the tubercles or bumps found on the humpback whale fins.

      Click now for the story
      and a free PDF download.

    • • Renewable Energy Stadiums: a Focus on the Future
      Renewable Energy
      Stadiums of the Future

      Apr. 4, 2019 (Power Technology) —How are modern stadiums using renewables as a source of energy and which are the best stadiums for renewable energy in the world?

      Sports stadiums require a huge amount of power, in particular on match-days when lighting, air-conditioning and video screens all electricity, along with a vast multitude of other energy-intensive demands. Even when not in use, stadiums and other sporting arenas need large amounts of power for maintenance.

      The possibilities for incorporating renewable energy technology into stadiums and the surrounding areas provide a huge opportunity for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This can include placing solar panels on roofs and on the roads leading towards the arenas.

    • • The Case for Solar Farms
      The Case For Solar Farms on
      Landfills or Unusable Lands

      In the U.S. several landfills have already been converted into solar farms. The project also provides the opportunity to convert an unusable land and turn it into something that can become the asset of the community.

    • • H2O Consumption: Shocking Facts
      Water Consumption: Shocking Facts

      Water is a finite resource, as water wars in California can attest. Reducing our water footprint is essential to conserving this life-giving substance.

    • • 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.

    • • Bright News for Solar Panels - They Could Work at Night
      Your Solar Panels
      Could Soon Work at Night

      Jan. 7, 2020 (Arcadia Blog) -One of the most popular clean energy sources in North America, solar power, has skyrocketed in use in the U.S. over the last decade. Current estimates show that the volume of solar energy generated across installations nationally is enough to power 12-million American homes, and that number is only expected to grow.

      They’re limited to generating energy during the day — but function less efficiently the cloudier it is outside, collecting an estimated 10 to 25 percent of their typical output on cloudy days.

      But recent research from Soochow University in Suzhou, China, stands to change this. In 2018, a research team from the Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials crafted a solar cell that simultaneously generates electricity from sunlight and rainfall — allowing solar panels to continue to collect energy at full capacity during storms and subsequently expanding the duration of time at which a panel can function in any given day. Unlike typical solar panels, these panels would continue working on cloudy days and crucially, could even work at night.

    • • 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.

    • • 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 ove 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.

    • • 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.

    • • The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Is Here
      Breakthrough in Green Transportation

      Here’s a quick primer on what a hydrogen fuel cell is…
      Simply put, it’s an electromagnetic cell that converts the chemical energy of a fuel (for our purposes, hydrogen) and an oxidizing agent (oxygen) into electricity through a chemical reaction.

      Click now for the full
      report from Outsider Club.

    • • Renewable Energy in Your Home
      Arcadia Power

      Arcadia's Solar Energy Is available to both renters & homeowners - without solar panels. Get renewable energy at home without switching providers or installing any equipment •easy to use dashboard •wind sources •experts on hand.

    • • Floating Solar PVs Could Make a Big Splash in the US
      FPV Systems Gain Traction
      Across the World

      July, 2020 (NREL)-A floating solar photovoltaic (FPV) system is an emerging technology in which a solar photovoltaic (PV) system is placed directly on top of a body of water, as opposed to on land or on building rooftops. An NREL blog post from Jan. 24, 2017 discussed FPV and was based on forward-thinking state energy offices inquiring about the technology through NREL’s state technical assistance programs. The blog post introduced the technology and discussed the benefits of FPVs, as well as different examples of pilot FPVs in the United States.

    • • 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.

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

      Jan. 2, 2018 - From Clean Technica : 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.

    • • Alt. Energy Videos
      There's Much to Learn - Get Educated

      From Natiional Geographic: There are many benefits to using renewable energy resources, but what is it exactly? From solar to wind, find out more about alternative energy, the fastest-growing source of energy in the world, and how we can use it to combat climate change

    • • Solar Women
      Eight Great Women in
      the Science of Solar

      Dec. 15, 2017 - From Renewable Energy World: 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.

    • • 50Hertz, Is Banking on Renewables
      50Hertz Sets 100% Renewables Goal

      July 6, 2020,(4C Offshore) -Transmission System Operator (TSO) 50Hertz has launched an economic and climate initiative for the grid area the company is responsible for: the eastern German states as well as the city states of Berlin and Hamburg. With the slogan “From 60 to 100 by 2032: for an economy with prospects”, 50Hertz has set itself the specific goal of getting the electricity demand in its grid area covered – and securely integrated – with 100 percent renewable energies by 2032. In 2019, the annual average share of renewables attained about 60%.

      0Hertz stated it will align its entire corporate strategy with this new objective and use all its know-how to that end in the scope of its statutory duty to operate the grid securely and reliably. This involves new approaches to system operation, a consistent digitization of the integration of an increasingly volatile electricity supply as well as the participation in innovative models of sector coupling to generate heat and produce hydrogen from “green” power.

    • • Plants Can Create Energy
      Experiments Are Proving It

      From Wageningen University: Experiments have proven that plants can serve as a source of clean and renewable energy.

      As part of the European project PlantPower, researchers are studying whether this technology is suitable for large-scale applications.They are also examining the technical feasibility and the economic profitability.

      Scientists all over the world are looking for alternatives to fossil fuels. Plant materials are already used as an energy source through bio-fermentation. Now it appears that living plants can also contribute to energy production. In a plant microbial fuel cell, living plants work together with micro-organisms to create electricity.

      This results in clean and renewable energy, while the plant remains alive. The first practical tests have been very promising. In projects supported by the EU and Agentschap NL (an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs), European and Dutch institutes, universities, and businesses are cooperating to gain more knowledge about this technology and its applications.

    • • Renewables on the Rise!
      A Decade Of Progress
      Towards a Clean Energy Future

      Nov. 25, 2019  (Environment Florida) —Clean energy is sweeping across America and is poised for more dramatic growth in the coming years.

      Wind turbines and solar panels were novelties ten years ago; today, they are everyday parts of America’s energy landscape. As recently as 2010, energy-saving LED light bulbs cost $40 apiece; today, they cost a few dollars at the hardware store. Just a few years ago, electric vehicles seemed a far-off solution to decarbonize our transportation system; now, they have broken through to the mass market.

      Virtually every day, there are new developments that increase our ability to produce renewable energy, apply renewable energy more widely and flexibly to meet a wide range of energy needs, and reduce our overall energy use — developments that enable us to envision an economy powered entirely with clean, renewable energy.

    • • Information on Buying From a Green Power Source
      Buying From a Green Power Source

      Sept. 1, 2019 (Union of Concerned Scientists)-Innovative programs around the country now make it possible for all environmentally conscious energy consumers to support renewable energy directly by participating in the "green" power market. The willingness to pay for the benefits of increasing our renewable energy supplies can be tapped within any market structure and by any size or type of energy consumer.

    • • 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.

    • • 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

    • • 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.

    • • Take the Fossil Fuel Bypass
      The 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.

    • • EU Renewable Energy Stats
      Renewable Energy Records
      for the European Union

      In 2017 renewable energy represented 17.5 % of energy consumed in the EU, on a path to the 2020 target of 20 %.

      The share of energy from renewable sources used in transport activities reached 7.6 % in 2017.

      These stats will be updated in Feb. 2020. Stay tuned.

    • • 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.

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

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

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

      Feb. 10, 2017 -From The Greener Ideal: 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.

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  • 1366
  • A123 Systems
  • Adara Power
  • All Earth Renewables
  • All Sun Trackers
  • American Energy Tech
  • American Wind Energy
  • AMYRUS
  • Aquion Energy
  • Arcadia Power
  • Array Technologies
  • Borrego Solar
  • Bright Source Energy
  • Carnegie Wave Energy
  • Clarion Energy
  • Clean Energy States
  • Center for Alt. Technologies
  • d.Light
  • Earth Ministry
  • EarthSpark
  • Envision Solar
  • eSolar
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Fl. Solar Power Direcrtory
  • General Fusion
  • GlassPoint
  • Go Green Solar
  • Goldwind Science & Tech
  • Greren Lancer
  • Halotechnics
  • Hello Sage
  • Hydorgen Kick Start
  • Imergy Power Systems
  • Infinty PV
  • Joule Unlimited
  • Ocean Renewable Power
  • Oregon Wave Energy Trust
  • Power Parasol
  • Plugless Wireless RP
  • PV Crops
  • Renewable Energy LI
  • The Rite Project
  • Romania Renewables Haven
  • Semprius Solar Cells
  • SEPA Solar Power Assoc
  • Seimans
  • Silverspring Infrastructure
  • Solar Gardens
  • Solarmer Energy
  • Solar Shade Parking
  • Sunpower Oasis Solar Tracker
  • Suntech Solar Cells
  • TESLA
  • Vernon Electric
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    Resources

    (An Alphabetical Listing)
    Click the associated image for more information.

    8 Minute Renewables Logo

    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).

     


    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.
     



    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.


    Adara Power

    (Formerly Juicebox Energy)

    AllEarth Logo

    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.

    AllEarth Logo

    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. Click on the header for more.


    Allsun Trackers Logo

    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.

     

    American Wind
    Energy Association


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


    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.

     

    Aquinon Logo

    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.


    Array Tech Logo

    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.

    Array Tech Logo

    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.
     

    Borrego Solar Logo

    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.


      Bright Source

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    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.
     

    Carnegie Wave Logo

    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.
     
    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.

     


    Carnegie Wave Logo

    In early 2018 Clarion Energy acquired PennWell, putting us in an unrivalled position globally in the Energy sector. The acquisition has brought together two of the industry’s most well-respected names to create one of the largest events companies in the world. We have taken a number of PennWell’s leading events including DISTRIBUTECH, POWERGEN and HydroVision International and added them to our leading Utility Week and Future Energy events to form the Power & Energy Series from Clarion Energy, a World Leading Portfolio of Events.

     

    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.

    d.Light Solar Logo

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Helio Sage
    Wisdom In Sun

    Helio Sage Logo

     
    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

    infintyPV

    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.”

    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.




    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.

     



    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.



    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

     

    General Fusion Logo


    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 Logo

    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.

     

    GlassPoint Logo

    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

    Halotechnics Logo


    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.

     

    Hydrogen's Forty-Fold
    Kick Start



    It might be useful to look at key points from last week’s announc-ements regarding the European hydrogen strategy and tease out what that might mean for the supply chain.
    The strategy from the EU Commission recognises hydrogen a key pillar of our energy system. Hydrogen is expected to provide at least 13% of the final energy demand by 2050 in Europe.

    Helio Sage Logo

    "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

    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.

    Ocean Renewaable Power

    Ocean Renewable Power Company Logo

    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.
    Oregon Wave Enery Trust

    OWET Logo

    A 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.


    Plugless, Wireless
    Vehicle Electric Charging

    Power Parasol Logo

    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.

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

    Power Parasol Logo

    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.

     

    PV Crops
    PVCropsLogo

    (PhotoVoltaic Post reduction, ReliabilityOperational 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.

     

    The Rite Project

    RITE Project

    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 Logo

    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%.

     


    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.

    Google Gives
    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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    Leading in Solar Power
    with Storage.

    (And it's delivered
    day and night - Today.


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    SolarReserve is a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects, which include electricity 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
    (Puts Parking Lots to Work)

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    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 Inc


    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
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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.


    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

    (For the 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.
     
     

     

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    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.
     

     

    Water Furnace


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

     

    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.

    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.
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    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 by clicking the banner above:


    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

    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.

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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.

     

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    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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