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CA Lottery Hits Jackpot with Solar and Ice-based Energy Storage
04/14/14, Contributed by, CALMAC
The Pavilion of CA Lottery Uses Ice Storage and Solar Panels to Achieve Net Zero.

Developing Renewable Energy Projects on Brownfields: Mitigating Environmental Risks & Liabilities
04/14/14, Jon Benjamin and Mathew Swain , Farella Braun + Martel’s Environmental Law Department
Although the environmental risks and liabilities associated with brownfields generally diminishes their viability as locations for such facilities, these risks and liabilities can often be sufficiently controlled and minimized through governmental and private party tools to make certain projects worth pursuing.

Half of power plant capacity additions in 2013 came from natural gas
04/14/14, Reprinted with permission from, Today in Energy
But Solar came second - twice as much as coal - and Wind was 4th (comment from AltEnergyMag)

Why Oil Industry Estimates for Energy Reserves Can Be an X-File
04/14/14, Dr. Alan Rozich, BioConversion Solutions LLC
Hopefully, we won’t have to deal constantly with misinformation like Mulder and Scully had to when jousting with their malevolent arch-nemesis, the Cigarette Smoking Man. However, be prepared to do some digging to get at the facts.

Distributed Generations Future Impact on the U.S. Capacity Markets
04/14/14, Samir Succar, ICF International
As variable, distributed generation increasingly becomes a prevalent source of generation in regions, changes in capacity market dynamics will have a profound impact on generating assets and their future economic viability.

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Alternative Energy Stories of the Day

11 innovative companies giving energy storage a jolt

Submitted on: 04/22/14, 02:19 PM

Technological and market forces have converged to make energy storage one of the most exciting — and potentially game-changing — opportunities for commercial and industrial facility managers, grid operators, homeowners and investors.

Forward-thinking utilities, battery suppliers, power inverter producers, system integrators and public-sector supporters are driving a massive expansion of energy storage solutions aimed at enabling the grid of the future — or even a grid-less future.

Although the energy storage value chain includes hundreds — if not thousands — of players, the following are leading the charge. Full Article:

Here are 11 innovative companies giving energy storage a jolt:

1. Aquion Energy: A cleaner chemistry
2. General Electric: A storage giant awakens
3. Green Charge Networks: Power efficiency
4. LG Chem: Leading lithium-ion battery maker
5. NEC Corporation: Global grid-scale storage
6. NRG Energy: From V2G to 'post-grid future'
7. Princeton Power: Grid-tied storage
8. Solar Grid Storage: A match made in the heavens
9 and 10. SolarCity and Tesla: A dynamic duo
11. Sonnenbatterie: From Europe with love

 

A blow to corn-based biofuels
Submitted on: 04/21/14, 06:22 AM
Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate chang

Obama to challenge private companies to boost solar power use
Submitted on: 04/17/14, 12:26 PM
President Obama will challenge companies Thursday to expand their use of solar power, part of his ongoing effort to leverage the power of his office to achieve goals that have been stymied by Congress. The new initiative comes as the White House is hosting a Solar Su

Global Wind Power Capacity Projected To Nearly Double In 5 Years
Submitted on: 04/15/14, 02:54 PM
Asia is now leagues ahead of other regions within the global wind market. Furthermore, this market is expected to grow at an annual cumulative capacity rate of more than 10 percent over the coming five years. A recent Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) report shows othe

MIT, Harvard scientists study how to produce solar power without sunlight
Submitted on: 04/14/14, 07:45 AM
A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University are working on a technology that wouldn't require sunlight to produce solar power. The team is developing a material that can absorb the sun's heat and store th

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Today's Alternative Energy Headlines

Fraunhofer IWES Kassel Director, Prof. Dr. Clemens Hoffmann appointed as Conference General Chairman of EU BC&E 2014
Submitted on: 04/23/14, 03:35 AM
Prof. Dr. Clemens Hoffmann, Director of Fraunhofer IWES Kassel has been appointed as Conference General Chairman of the 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition.

Chinese PV enterprises to grasp the advantages of photovoltaic industry
Submitted on: 04/22/14, 08:20 PM
Recently, the United States launched a new round of photovoltaic products against China "double reverse", combined with the industry slowdown, financial and other factors, industry profit level is still low; the parties need to work towards a full recovery.

Solar Frontier and State University of New York CNSE Investigate Potential Joint R&D and Manufacturing
Submitted on: 04/22/14, 08:18 PM
MOU initiates feasibility study to bring advanced Japanese CIS solar photovoltaic technology to U.S.

SolarWorld powers spread of grass-roots community solar purchasing from coast to coast
Submitted on: 04/22/14, 08:14 PM
SolarWorld has supplied about 3 megawatts of panels for 26 ‘solarize' efforts

New GEA Report Details Trends and Substantial Growth in the Global Geothermal Market
Submitted on: 04/22/14, 08:09 PM
U.S. additions in Utah, Nevada, California, and New Mexico kept the industry on the map domestically in 2013, and future growth looks promising.

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