Turning Grass, Woodchips & Algae into Fuel with CoolPlanet

GE announced today that they have just joined an $8 million funding round for California-based start-up CoolPlanet, which is developing a unique thermal/mechanical processor technology that converts low-grade biomass - such as grass, woodchips, crop residue and algae — into high-grade fuel. With this recent upsurge in funding, can biofuels be a viable reality…

Understanding Residential Solar Power Warranties

When considering a residential solar power system, homeowners have numerous concerns before they commit to an installation. First and foremost, they are concerned about cost, then they want to know what the structural impact will be on their home and then they will, of course, be concerned about performance of the system. When considering performance, homeowners need to be comfortable with the warranty that comes with their home solar power system and what to expect when purchasing residential solar panels.

University Research Teaching Tools and Portable Research Lab

St Clair County Community College in Port Huron Michigan becomes the first American college to take delivery of the new Research PowerCube, possibly the most advanced wind and solar research tool available anywhere.

Using OnGreen.com for Cleantech Investment Deals

We are in the process of building the most extensive, and broadest cleantech expert community. You might think of this as the first cleantech ‘Linked-in'. Our expert members will come from across academia, industry and professional organizations. Experts will be able to communicate with other experts through our growing social network.

Waste Today, Green Energy Tomorrow

On average we throw away 2.7kgs of food per person, per week. Now, a leading environmental solutions company has developed a technology to convert this waste stream into green renewable energy.

What is the Function of Dams

Interdisciplinary cooperation of specialists from engineering, natural sciences, economics and humanities have now become as self-evident for large dam projects, especially those with considerable use of hydro power, as have public relations and awareness raising with the broad population.

Wireless Power Solutions for the Wind Industry

PowerbyProxi has just completed a successful trial of the Proxi-Ring™ 480, a frictionless and contact-free slip ring that provides wireless power and data to pitch control systems that drive blades in wind turbines. The technology was developed to replace mechanical slip rings which can be a source of problems for wind turbine operators due to the maintenance requirements and failures caused by physical connections and frictional rotation.

Worst Solar Excuses

Experts have talked to a number of our friends and other colleagues about solar power, we've been hearing a lot of the same excuses for not going solar.

6 Steps to Making E85 Ethanol

e85 Flex Fuel Vehicles are becoming more and more popular as the gas prices continue to rise. e85 is defiantly going to be a major relief for the United States fuel problem.

A Worldwide Waste-To-Energy Policy

While Achieving Energy, Food, Fuels, And Water Independence By Utilizing Already Existing And Individually Profitable Holistic Component Technologies

Building a Safer Lithium-Ion Battery

Lithium-ion batteries continue to be the technology of choice for small electronics but, as illustrated here, their continued evolution and the introduction of new large format applications require a closer look at the technology inside the battery.

Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

The direct methanol fuel cell or DMFC is emerging as a future winner in many of the applications that fuel cells can satisfy. DMFC is an important subset of the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology.

Editorial Comments

Imagine if the next Bill Gates is this minute working on a new solar panel design in his garage with a few friends. Let's hope so ... the Alternative Energy Industry needs it's Microsoft.

Energy Security Code of Conduct

All over the world, buildings energy consumption is increasing at a high rate due to the improvement in living standards in developing countries.

Grid-Tie Power Systems: Do You Need Battery Back-Up?

With most power outages only lasting a few hours, the PS1's battery bank can keep your vital loads running until grid-supplied power is available again.

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WS510 Secondary Standard

WS510 Secondary Standard

In the monitoring of large photovoltaic (Utility Scale), in assessing potential sites (Solar-assessment), or in up and coming electricity cost saving initiatives projects (Commercial & Industrial), the WS510 now provides the market a secondary standard pyranometer, ultrasonic wind speed, ultrasonic wind direction, temperature, pressure and humidity all in a single unit.. This sensor meets the high demands of the world meteorological organization (WMO) through the active valving at air temperature measurement and the inertia- and maintenance-free measurement of wind speed and wind direction on the ultrasonic principle. Equipped with a Kipp & Zonen pyranometer of the secondary standards, the WS510-UMB Compact weather sensor from Lufft unites the precision of a variety of meteorological individual sensors in a single all-in-one device, for the first time.