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Are Wood Skyscrapers the Future Building Trend?

Concrete or wood skyscrapers? Wood, you ask? Can you even build tall buildings out of wood? There has been a movement for wood-based, eco-friendly architecture for years. Some architects believe that when harvested responsibly, wood is one of the best materials architects a

Talking Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) with Rachel Dahl and James Faulds

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected a site near Fallon for its Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), and $2 million in federal funds to launch the ground-breaking research project.

Biogas: Big Opportunities, But Beware the Risks

Today, there are more than 191 biogas sites already operating on farms and about 1,500 more at wastewater treatment plants, but there is tremendous opportunity for more growth in biogas systems.

Why one company sees great potential in the U.S. offshore wind market

By Jaclyn Brandt for FierceEnergy:  In April, DONG Energy signed an agreement to take over RES Americas Developments Inc.'s (RES) more than 1,000-megawatt (MW) development project rights off the coast of Massachusetts. RES had secured the rights to two leases from the U.S.

The Road to Change: Electric Vehicles Power the Future for Everyone

The EV industry is on the precipice of a significant growth spurt. AltEnergyMag.com talks with Principal Solar about this and the their now available White Paper "The Road To Change: Electric Vehicles Power the Future for Everyone".

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Berkeley lab unveils new solar energy center aimed at producing fuel from sunlight

Jeremy Thomas for Inside Bay Area News:  In a christening hailed as a key moment in the effort to harness the sun's energy to create fuel, Lawrence Berkeley Lab officials on Tuesday unveiled a $59 million Solar Energy Research Center.
Named after former Energy Department Secretary and Lab Director Steven Chu, the 40,000-square-foot Chu Hall will be a place of world-changing research in producing cheaper, more efficient renewable energy to replace fossil fuels, said Chu, who was honored for inspiring the mission.
"This is one of the most important problems that science, technology and innovation really need to solve," Chu said. "It's a very big deal. ... We simply need to save the world, and it's going to be science that's going to be at the heart of that solution."
The facility will be home to the Berkeley hub of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, a Department of Energy-funded collaboration led by the California Institute of Technology that is attempting to create solar fuel as plants do by using sunlight and other catalysts to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas and convert carbon dioxide into liquid fuels such as methanol and ethanol. The byproduct of producing such a fuel would be oxygen.

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Intersolar - Steca Solar Electronics at Intersolar North America: performance, innovation and quality

Award-winning off grid PV systems at booth 8741

MECASOLAR supplies 1MW in 2-Axis trackers to solar PV plant in Romania

Mecasolar has supplied 97 dual axis solar trackers in Romania. The 1MW installation, in Miroslava, will be connected at the end of June.

Morgan Advanced Materials announces TR Block Insulation products with excellent strength and insulation and low environmental impact

Morgan Advanced Materials' Thermal Ceramics business announces the availability of TR Block Insulation products, which feature excellent physical and thermal insulating properties, while maintaining a low environmental impact. TR-19TM and TR-20TM structural block insulation is ideal for side and end wall insulation in carbon baking pits, backup insulation in aluminum pot cells, reheat and pusher furnaces, copper reverberatory furnaces, and oil-fired water tube boilers. They are an excellent low-cost insulation option, especially as a replacement for mineral wool panel insulation, and are good for interior and exterior use on bustle pipes, hot air pipes, stacks, and other curved or circular equipment.

A Company Committment To Solar Power In Texas And Beyond

Circular Energy is a company totally committed to renewable energy and is proud to be leading by example. The Pro Power Providers partner location in Fort Worth, Texas is a solar powered facility designed and installed by Circular Energy.

SunEdison Announces Utah's Largest Solar Power Plant Is Now Operational

SunEdison's 3.8 Megawatt South Milford Solar Plant Comes Online

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Maxwell Technologies – Ultracapacitor Solutions for Wind Pitch Control

Maxwell Technologies - Ultracapacitor Solutions for Wind Pitch Control

Variable wind conditions at a wind farm can impact the quality of power output. Maxwell's ultracapacitors provide burst power for electric blade pitch control systems to optimize wind turbine output and/or to ensure rotor speed remains within a safe operating range. In addition, Maxwell's ultracapacitors have demonstrated their durability and reliability at -40 to 65°C, which enables pitch control systems to meet grueling wind energy expectations under extreme conditions. Maxwell ultracapacitors are reliable for hundreds of thousands of cycles, and nearly eliminate site visits to change out batteries. Our wind-system ultracapacitors range from 350 to 3,400 farad cells and integrated modules of 16, 75 and 160 volts. Maxwell ultracapacitors have a proven track record of success in over 30,000 turbines in operation worldwide.

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Solar Roof Hook / Quick Screws

Solar Roof Hook / Quick Screws

Today, SolarRoofHook.com has a wide range of innovative products for mounting solar panels onto residential roofs. Solarroofhook.com can produce custom products from start to finish in 60 days and are continually working with installers to deliver the exact products needed for any type of roof.