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).
    • • Building Canada’s Largest Remote Solar + Storage Microgrid
      Pictures Tell the Story

      May 10, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Fort Chipewyan is an isolated community in Canada that is not connected to the main power grid. The community, which used to rely on diesel for power generation, is now home to the country’s largest community solar and storage microgrid project.

      Before the microgrid, diesel fuel was the source for all electricity production but since delivery of fuel depends on a shrinking window of winter ice road access, a new solution for electricity was needed.

    • • Ford's Best Rooftop Solar-Plus-Storage Ever
      Rooftop Solar, Energy Storage, and EV
      Charging in Ford’s Plans For
      its Research & Engineering Center

      May 6, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Fresh off its triumphant foray into statusy e-mobility with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV, the Ford Motor Co. is now setting the bar on rooftop solar power with an array of 2,159 panels covering the top floor of its Deck 400 parking garage. We say it’s the best ever because now you can’t park any cars there even if you wanted to. The less cars the better, right? And yet…and yet…something is missing from this picture.

    • • Airports and Renewable Energy Production
      They Should Be Covered With Solar
      Farms & Large Rooftop Solar Systems

      May 6, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Some airports have plastered their roofs with solar panels or installed solar farms on their abundant green space. However, that’s still a tiny percentage of the world’s airports, and there’s an enormous amount of potential sitting there and waiting to be tapped at airports around the globe.

      Airports generally have two things that are ideal for solar power systems:
      1) large, wide open areas with minimal tree cover that won’t be in the shadow of skyscrapers any time soon, or ever;
      2) large, flat roofs. Either of these can easily be home to hundreds or thousands of solar panels.

    • • Battery Storage Retrofits to California Solar Projects
      Mitsubishi and Powin are Providing It

      May 4, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - Southern Power has awarded a combined 640-MWh energy storage project to Mitsubishi Power Americas and Powin LLC.

      The two-site utility-scale battery project is designed to enhance California’s grid reliability with additional and flexible resource capacity paired with renewable energies. Southern Power is the wholesale energy wing of Atlanta-based utility owner Southern Co.

      The battery energy storage systems (BESS) represent some of the largest retrofits of solar and storage in North America, the companies said. Southern Power’s 205-MW Garland Solar Facility in Kern County will add 88 MW/352-MWh of energy storage, while the 204-MW Tranquility Solar Facility in Fresno County will add 72 MW/288 MWh of BESS capacity.

    • • Installing Solar Panels Over California’s Canals
      That Could Yield Water,
      Land, Air and Climate Payoffs

      May. 3, 2021 (THE CONVERSATION)-Climate change and water scarcity are front and center in the western U.S. The region’s climate is warming, a severe multi-year drought is underway and groundwater supplies are being over-pumped in many locations.

      Western states are pursuing many strategies to adapt to these stresses and prepare for the future. These include measures to promote renewable energy development, conserve water, and manage natural and working lands more sustainably.

    • • Rooftop Solar Vs Utility Scale
      Which Solar Energy
      Type Creates More Jobs?

      May. 3, 2021 (CleanTechnica)-In late 2020, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission asked the state’s electric and gas utilities to discuss what infrastructure projects they had in queue that could be accelerated to support the COVID-battered economy.

      Tucked into a proposal from Xcel Energy, the state’s largest electric company, was a comparison of two proposed solar projects: one, a giant solar array on the site of a closing coal plant; the other, a small collection of rooftop solar projects to serve low-income residents.

      In a nondescript table was a bombshell revelation about the relative economic benefits of solar at small scale: for every million the utility proposed spending on rooftop solar, it would create 30 times more jobs than $1 million spent on utility-scale solar.

    • • Solar Power Generation In US increased by 26% In 2020
      It's Now Up to 91k Kw Hours

      Apr. 28, 2021 (Investorideas.com)-Renewable energy has become more mainstream in recent times especially in the US. According to data presented by TradingPlatforms.com, Solar Power Generation in the US increased by 26% YoY in 2020 - producing just under 91,000 Million Kilowatt Hours of solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) power.

    • • Top 10 In-Demand Green Jobs for 2021+
      A Net-Zero Carbon World
      Offers New Opportunities

      Apr. 27, 2021 (greener ideal) -As countries look forward to the post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery, the focus is now shifting to green jobs to jumpstart economies. Indeed, the future is green, and as such more people are transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

      The race to a net-zero carbon world will see green jobs grow significantly as every industry seeks a workforce that can plan and implement innovative solutions for sustainable development.

    • • How Solar Power Continues to Shock the World
      Australian Smarts and Chinese
      Industrial Might Made Solar Energy
      the Cheapest Power We Have Seen

      Apr. 24, 2021 (The Guardian)-In the year 2000, the International Energy Agency (IAEA) made a prediction that would come back to haunt it: by 2020, the world would have installed a grand total of 18 gigawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity. Seven years later, the forecast would be proven spectacularly wrong when roughly 18 gigawatts of solar capacity were installed in a single year alone.

      Ever since the agency was founded in 1974 to measure the world’s energy systems and anticipate changes, the yearly World Energy Outlook has been a must-read document for policymakers the world over.

    • • Replacing a Former Coal Mine With Renewable Energy
      CPV Has Developed 400+ MW
      of Renewable Capacity in Place of Coal

      Apr. 22, 2021 (Renewable Energy World)- In honor of Earth Day, Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) announced that through the contributions of its employees, partners and shareholders, it has repurposed brownfield sites, including former coal mines, for utility-scale renewable development. As of April 2021, the company has more than 400 MWs of renewable energy projects in advanced development within the PJM region on former coal mine sites.

      The renewable projects, spread out across Pennsylvania and Maryland, will put these sites that have limited use to good work by creating renewable energy while providing economic growth for host communities.

    • • Texas Will Soon Rival California In Utility-Scale Solar Power
      YES! We Said "Texas"

      Apr. 22, 2021 (YaleEnvironment360), -Texas will add 10 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power in the next two years, meaning it will soon rival California as the state with the most large-scale solar power, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

      The EIA said that Texas will add 4.6 gigawatts of utility-scale solar this year and 5.4 gigawatts in 2022, giving the state a total capacity of 15 gigawatts within two years. Factoring in the intermittency of solar energy, that’s enough to power roughly 5 million homes, according to Reuters.

    • • Blue X: A Wave Energy-Harvesting Prototype
      The New Wave We Are All Hoping For?

      Apr. 22, 2021 (INHABITAT), -Mocean Energy, a U.K.-based wave power company, has unveiled Blue X, a machine prototype that will be used to harvest tidal energy. The prototype was unveiled on Wednesday, April 21 in a ceremony at the Forth Ports’ Rosyth Docks. Weighing 38 metric tons and measuring 20 meters long, the prototype will be deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre’s Scapa Flow site for trials. If the trials go according to plan, the machine will be moved to the EMEC’s Billia Croo testing site for large-scale trials.

    • • Green Hydrogen's Role in Singapore Decarbonization Scheme
      LNG Stakeholders are Still
      Pitching Decarbonization
      Through Not-So-Green Hydrogen

      Apr. 22, 2021 (CleanTechnica, -The Intertubes are ablaze with news that Royal Dutch Shell will test its first hydrogen fuel cell cargo ship in Singapore. That’s great news for green hydrogen fans, but don’t whip out the pom-poms just yet. Natural gas is still a factor in Singapore’s decarbonization plan, and Shell appears to be leaning on fuel cells to un-strand some of its soon-to-be-stranded natural gas assets before they become stranded.

    • • Electric Power: Halfway to Achieving Zero Emissions
      Renewable Energy’s Rapid Growth is
      Accelerating a National Shift to
      a Carbon-Free Electric Power System

      Apr. 20, 2021 (Renewable Energy World, -So far 17 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have adopted laws or executive orders setting goals for reaching 100% clean electricity by 2050 or sooner. And 46 U.S. utilities have pledged to go carbon-free. Now the Biden administration and some members of Congress are proposing to decarbonize the power sector by 2035.

      While this much change in 15 years seems ambitious, our new report, “Halfway to Zero,” looks back at the past 15 and finds that power sector emissions are half of what they were projected to be.

    • • Solar Panel Shades Makes for More Diverse Flowers
      Another Good Use for Photovoltaics

      Apr. 13, 2021 (ZME Science) -Solar panels make for very good real estate — if you’re a flower. A new paper reports that the partial shade these panels generate can increase the abundance of flowers and create a delay in their blooming time, which could help improve our agricultural output. The authors explain that extending bloom times is important for pollinators, as it provides them food later in the season.

      Click now to read or listen to the story.
    • • Japanese Company Wants to Produce Energy From Ocean Waves
      A New Wave in Energy is Coming

      Apr. 13, 2021 (ZME Science) -Transitioning to a carbon-free economy is not an easy task, and it will require every bit of energy we can find. Hydropower has traditionally been excellent, but it is largely tapped out. Wind and solar energy are strongly on the rise, but they come with their own shortcomings in terms of availability and capacity, and nuclear power is seemingly falling out of favor. The new kid on the block might have something to say about all that — wave energy.

      Click now to read or listen to the story.
    • • Here Comes the Sun: Let's Keep It That Way
      Homeowners, Group Seek Action on
      Alabama Power’s Solar Fee

      Apr. 12, 2021 (POWERGRID), Homeowners and an environmental group are asking federal regulators to step in over Alabama Power’s fees on home solar panels, fees they argue purposely discourages the use of solar in the sun-rich state.

      The petition filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asserts that the Alabama Public Service Commission violated federal law when it upheld the fees. It asks the commission to initiate an enforcement action against the PSC and direct the state agency to order Alabama Power to sell electricity to solar customers at nondiscriminatory rates.

    • • Reshaping The Renewable Energy Landscape With “Floatovoltaics”
      Floating Solar Arrays on US Hydroelectric
      Plant Reservoirs Could Become an
      Important New Electricity Source

      Apr. 6, 2021 (KIPP & ZONEN) -Recent studies suggest that installing floating solar arrays on US hydroelectric plant reservoirs could become an important new source of electricity. Learn about the advantages of both generation systems, tools to assure smooth operations, case studies, and challenges remaining in this emerging field.

      Click for the story and download their white paper now!

    • • 500-MW Plant, Will be the Largest Solar Facility in Texas
      Construction of the
      Akina Plant is Now Beginning

      Apr. 6, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -In southeastern Texas surrounded by farmland, Rosendin’s Renewable Energy Group (REG) has begun building the largest solar power project in the state.

      The group is composed of 30% Women, an industry first.

      The 500-MWac/631-MWdc Aktina Renewable Power Project calls for the installation of 1.4 million solar modules across 4,000 acres in Wharton County, located outside the Houston Metro area. The complete project should be online in the first half of 2022, said the company.

      Click now to read or listen to the story.
    • • A Microgrid to Move Energy to the Areas that Need It
      Moving that Renewable
      Power is the Challenge

      Apr. 5, 2021 (THE CONVERSATION, -Today it’s not possible to move electricity seamlessly from one end of the U.S. to the other. But over the past decade, researchers at national laboratories and universities have been working closely with industry engineers to design an interstate electricity system that can. And President Biden’s infrastructure plan would move in this direction by allocating billions of dollars to build high-voltage transmission lines that can “move cheaper, cleaner electricity to where it is needed most.”

      Such places are vanishingly rare.

    • • Brookfield Renewable Partnering to Produce Green Hydrogen
      Plug Power is the Other Partner
      for the Hydropower-Fueled Plant

      Apr. 1, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Plug Power Inc. and Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. announced plans to build a green hydrogen production plant, which would use 100% renewable energy from Brookfield Renewable’s 252-MW Holtwood hydroelectric facility.

      Green hydrogen from this facility will support decarbonization of the transportation and logistics industries in the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic. The plant will be located along the Susquehanna River in south-central Pennsylvania, U.S., and is expected to be online by late 2022, with construction slated to begin by in the first quarter of 2022.

    • • Apple's Support of Clean Energy Capacity
      Apple Announced that its 2020 Green
      Bonds Will Support the Installation
      of 1.2 Gw of Renewable Energy Capacity

      Mar. 26, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - The company funded 17 green bond projects, from the $4.7 billion in green bond funding the company issued since 2016. From its green bond portfolio, Apple has so far allocated $2.8 billion to projects.

      In 2020, Apple has funded the development of 350MW of new energy generation capacity in Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, and Denmark in 2020 from its green bonds.

      The renewables projects will avoid an average of 921,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually, which is equivalent to removing nearly 200,000 cars from the road.

    • • Who Really Benefits From Solar Net Metering?

      • Saves Money for Entire Neighborhood,
      • Less Network Upgrades,
      • Safer Community:

      Mar. 25, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - Since today’s solar systems are all tied to the grid, if a solar-powered homeowner generates more electricity than they use, the excess goes back to their utility company, spinning the meter backward and giving them a credit for the electricity the solar panel system generated. In simple terms, net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid.

      Net metering’s billing mechanism then credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid.

    • • How Renewable Energy Has Done Since 2010
      The Shift in US Electricity
      Generation in the Past 11 Years

      Mar. 22, 2021 (CleanTechnica) - With official US electricity generation in for last year, Zachary Shahan has created new charts for how US electricity generation has shifted by source from 2010 through 2020. The charts just cover the main sources (solar, wind, coal, natural gas, and nuclear).

      Click now to read the story with several graphs.

    • • Hanover Residents Raise Hands For 100% Renewable Energy
      The People of Hanover, N.H.
      Have Made Their Voices Heard

      Mar. 16, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - Hosting an in-person community gathering may be unthinkable these days, but that is exactly how Hanover, N.H. endorsed its 100 percent renewable energy goal back in 2017: a show of hands in the high school gymnasium.

      For this episode of our Voices of 100% series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Hanover, N.H. Sustainability Director April Salas. They discuss the importance of coalition building, how to take action in a small town, and slowing down to achieve goals the right way.

      Click now to read or listen to the podcast.
    • • Is Kinder-Morgan Going Rogue?
      The Pipeline Giant
      Starts Energy Transition
      Ventures Group - Focus: Renewables

      Mar. 15, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - A big-time fossil fuels player is jumping into the energy transition in a bolder, more focused way.

      Kinder Morgan Inc. has formed a new Energy Transition Ventures group to identify and pursue commercial opportunities within the low-carbon sector. The company is one of the biggest in the oil and gas infrastructure sector, with close to 85,000 miles of pipelines and 144 terminals either under ownership or interest, according to reports.

    • • New Energy Storage Deployment Topped Record 3,500 MWh in 2020
      Based on a Report from
      the Energy Storage Association(ESA)

      Mar. 10, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - Energy storage installation grew nearly 200%, totaling an all-time operational record in 4th Qtr 2020, according to a new report.

      The report released by analytics and research firm Wood MacKenzie and the ESA latest U.S. Monitor report indicated that about 2,156 MWh of new energy storage was brought online in the last three months of the year. This breaks the previous quarterly record and is 182% higher than 2020’s third quarter, according to the report.

    • • Long Island Can Produce More Electricity than the Region Uses Each Year
      Banding Utilities, Municipalities, Solar
      Developers, Farmers and Many Others
      to Help Develop the L.I. Solar Roadmap

      Mar. 11, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -The Long Island Solar Roadmap (the Roadmap), a new report and interactive map from The Nature Conservancy and , demonstrates how Long Island could produce more solar electricity than the region uses all year by developing solar capacity on “low-impact” sites such as parking lots, capped landfills, and commercial building rooftops.

      Crucially, the Roadmap finds that these solar installations can be deployed without negatively affecting the region’s natural areas, forests, or prime farmlands. Public opinion research, conducted in 2019 for the report, found overwhelming support for solar energy, with 92% of surveyed Long Islanders in favor of solar development in their communities.

      Click now for the story and map.
    • • Tesla is Building a 100MW Battery in Texas
      This Could be Welcome News
      After the Recent Disaster

      Mar. 10, 2021 (INHABITAT) -The battery is expected to power up to 20,000 homes. When the project is complete, the residents of the town may no longer have to worry about power outages, even in the most extreme weather events. The project is slated to start operating in June 2021.

      The Gambit project has drawn a lot of attention nationally, not because of its type but due to the secretive manner in which it is being conducted. The locals say that the workers on the site appear to be under strict instructions not to draw attention or respond to public questions. Reporters had to dig deep to link Gambit to Tesla. Elon Musk’s Telsa has been investing in energy quietly but rapidly.

    • • Cleaning Up Renewable Energy
      Managing Renewable Energy Waste
      From Solar Panels

      Mar. 5, 2021 (Renewable) -Australia has the highest proportion of household photovoltaic (PV) systems in the world, with more than 21% of homes — or around 2.59 million — now possessing a solar energy system.

      It is estimated more than 100,000 tonnes of solar panels will enter Australia’s national waste stream by 2035.

      Research Professor in Advanced Materials Peter Majewski is leading research at the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute to help establish a lifetime stewardship scheme for Australia’s PV industry, ensuring end-of-life strategies are in place to manage solar waste.

    • • Peninsula Clean Energy Now Offering 100% Emission-Free Power
      The 100-MW Mustang Two Whirlaway
      Solar Project is Just One
      of Many RE Projects From Which
      Peninsula Purchases Power

      Mar. 3, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Peninsula Clean Energy said it has begun providing 100 percent carbon-free electricity to all of its nearly 300,000 customers, which is ahead of California’s 2045 zero-emission power generation mandate and a step in helping the agency achieve its ultimate goal of providing all customers 100 percent renewable power on a 24/7 basis.

    • • Ocean Energy About to Ride a Wave
      Tidal and Wave Energy: a Greatly
      Underutilized Renewable Power Source

      Mar. 3, 2021 (Deutsche Welle) -Though the Orkney archipelago off the northern Scottish coast is only home to about 22,000 people, it has become a global hub for harnessing a boundless renewable energy source: the ocean.

      For two decades, Orkney's fast-flowing tidal inlets and coastlines battered by ocean swells have been test sites for fledgling wave and tidal stream energy prototypes. More are being expanded and plugged into the UK grid.


      Click now the story with images.
    • • Energy With a Peel: Not Green Power, But Orange Power
      Using Discarded Oranges to Obtain Electricity

      Feb. 25, 2021 (ZME Science) -Located in Southern Spain, Seville is the European city with the largest number of orange trees — more than 45,000. In fact, there are so many oranges that despite the city’s healthy appetite, tons of oranges end up being discarded every year. Now, the city came up with a solution, using them to obtain electricity. It’s only a pilot program for now but it could be expanded in the medium-term.

      Click now to read or listen to the story.
    • • Des Moines Pushes for Carbon-Free Power
      The City is Exploring Several
      Strategies to Cut Emissions

      Feb. 17, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -As Des Moines leaders begin drafting plans for achieving the city’s ambitious new clean energy goals, one challenge looms above all: getting buy-in from the city’s investor-owned utility.

      Iowa’s most populous city passed a resolution last month calling for a transition to 100% carbon-free electricity community-wide by 2035. Officials are exploring several strategies, including solar panels on city buildings and an expanded energy benchmarking program for buildings, but none will get Des Moines to its goal without changes to the electricity mix it receives from MidAmerican Energy.

    • • New York Energy Solution Project
      New York's Renewable Energy Transmission Lines

      Feb. 16, 2021 ( POWERGRID ) -Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last week announced that the New York State Public Service Commission approved the project – an estimated $530 million, 54.5-mile, 345-kilovolt transmission line that will run from Rensselaer County to Dutchess County. The line is needed to speed the flow of clean energy to high-demand markets and consumers downstate, said the governor.

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    • • 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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    • • 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.


      Click now for the story
      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


      Click now for more.
    • • 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.


      Click now to learn more.
    • • 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 over hundreds of millions of years from the remains of plants and animals.

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

      Click now read the PDF from The Climate Reality Project.

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

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

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

    • • 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.

    • • 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.

    • • 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.

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    • • 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.

    • • Renewables on the Rise!
      A Decade Of Progress
      Clean Energy is Sweeping Across America

      Nov. 25, 2019  (Environment Florida) —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.

    • 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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    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)

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    Interest in residential energy storage technology has grown dramatically worldwide as consumers search for a method of capturing self-produced solar energy, reducing their carbon footprint, and reducing their reliance on utilities.
    These sentiments combined with the need to be positioned on a global scale have led JuiceBox Energy, a privately-held Silicon Valley company committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected energy storage, to rebrand as Adara Power. Formed in 2013, the company has successfully installed its advanced 8.6kWh and 17.2kWh Energy Storage Systems across the U.S. with growing domestic and international demand for renewable energy sources.

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


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

    American Energy Technologies


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

     

    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.

     

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    The developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) batteries and energy storage systems, today announced that it has completed the closing of a $55 million Series D financing round. Due to strong investor interest, the total amount of funding for this round was increased from the $35 million level previously announced by the company in April of 2013.
    They are completing $55M financing round to bring transformative energy storage systems to market.
    The Series D financing includes participation from new investors Bill Gates, Yung’s Enterprise, Nick and Joby Pritzker through their family’s firm Tao Invest, Bright Capital, and Gentry Venture Partners. Previous investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital, and Advanced Technology Ventures also participated in the round.


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

    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.


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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.

     


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    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

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

    Infinity PV

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

    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

     

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


    Go Green Solar 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.

     

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

     

    Goldwind Science and Technology

    Increasing the time that turbines are operational will lower the cost of wind power.
    Key innovation: Co-developed a direct-drive wind turbine that eliminates the need for a gearbox. Having fewer moving parts reduces the chance of costly mechanical failure.
    Note: Revenue $1.6 billion

     

    Halotechnics Solar
    Thermal Storage

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

     

    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.

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

    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

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    The Bay of Fundy, located on the border between eastern Maine and Canada, is one of the most robust tidal energy resources in the world.
    Each day, 100 billion tons of water flow in and out of this bay, with the force of 8,000 locomotives and tidal ranges of up to 50 feet or more. At its mouth, off of Eastport and Lubec, Maine, ORPC is operating the first commercial, grid-connected tidal power system in the country, also the first ocean energy project to be delivering power to the public grid anywhere in the U.S. and all of the Americas.
    Oregon Wave Enery Trust

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    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

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    Transfer energy without the cord!
    Plugless uses inductive charging technology to eliminate the need to plug in your EV. Two aligned magnetic coils send power to your EV over an air gap between your vehicle and the included Wireless Charging Station.

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

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    PowerParasol® is a transformative tool that produces immediate results for customers who make the investment in changing their environment.
    Used to cover parks, pedestrian malls, parking lots, playgrounds community open space, or business and storage areas, the patent pending Power Parasol provides shade, security, lighting, and solar energy. All of this, while creating an environment of dappled light that allows grass, flowers, bushes and trees to flourish underneath the structure resulting in comfortable, inviting outdoor areas.

     

    PV Crops
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    (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

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

     


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

     


    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
    Solar Tracke
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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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