The ocean harbors abundant energy in the form of wind, waves and sun. All of these could be sampled on something called an Energy Island: a floating rig that drills for renewables instead of petroleum. The Energy Island would have an OTEC (ocean thermal energy conversion) plant at its center, but spread across the 2,000-foot-wide (600-meter-wide) platform would also be wind turbines and solar collectors. Additionally, wave energy converters and sea current turbines would capture energy from water moving around the structure. One of these hexagonally-shaped islands could generate 250 megawatts. Read more here.
CEO of Algae-to-Oil Technology Company, OriginOil, Inc. (OTCBB: OOIL) Reminds Investors of the Bright Future for Advanced Biofuels
With the downturn in the economy, consumers are looking for ways to reduce living expenses and save money. While we can't help with your slumping 401k, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) does have some useful tips to help ease the burden of winter energy bills.
The leaders of the American Wind Energy Association, Geothermal Energy Association, National Hydropower Association and Solar Energy Industries Association today released the following statement:
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO Unirac Inc., North America's leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting solutions, partnered with enXco Inc. to supply a Laminate RapidRac commercial flat roof solution for a 1.8 MW solar array.
The Jacksonville (Texas) Independent School District has implemented $1.3 million in facility enhancements designed to improve operations, comfort and efficiency at Jacksonville Middle School. The Energy Solutions division of TAC completed the work as a performance contract with the district.
At a time when U.S. gasoline prices were arcing beyond $4 a gallon nationwide, Sapphire Energy said it had proven the feasibility of using algae to make "green crude" that can serve as an identical substitute for crude oil. Sapphire said its product, unlike other biofuels, could enter the pipeline at any petroleum refinery for processing into gasoline and other fuels. Sapphire's process has been used successfully to make the three most important fuels, gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, and all three products have been independently certified to meet fuel standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Sapphire's concept calls for creating enormous algae "farms" throughout the desert lands of the southwestern United States. Read more here.
Conservation Services Group expands its capabilities to the Southeast region with the newly created position of Southeast regional director. Industry veteran Bruce Teal has been named to the post, according to Stephen Cowell, CEO.
Boeing and Air New Zealand have announced that they will carry out the first flight test of "second generation" sustainable biofuel in an airliner on 3 December. The planned test will be carried out using an Air New Zealand Boeing 747 flying from Auckland. During the flight, one of the jumbo's four Rolls-Royce engines will run partly on biofuel. The juice to be used in next month's Antipodean test will be made from jatropha nuts. The hardy jatropha is said by its advocates to be capable of growing usefully in arid regions unsuitable for food crops, and in this case - according to Boeing - the nuts have been "sourced from nonarable lands in India and Southeastern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania)". Other ideas for gen-2.0 jetfuel biomass include algae farmed on water, various kinds of fungus, even domestic garbage. Read more here.
John Woolard, CEO of a private California-based solar energy company called BrightSource Energy, offers his outlook on solar energy.
"We may be at 30 percent module efficiency by the end of 2009": Sol3g
Mumbai, the financial capital of India, joins metropolises such as Johannesburg, Sao Paolo, Seoul and Los Angeles, as well as smaller communities, as the 1000th Member of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, a global association of local governments committed to sustainability
Xantrex Technology Inc., a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, announces it was awarded contracts from enXco Inc., an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, valued at approximately US$1.5 million.
Nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on sale within five years, say scientists at Los Alamos, the US government laboratory which developed the first atomic bomb. The miniature reactors will be factory-sealed, contain no weapons-grade material, have no moving parts and will be nearly impossible to steal because they will be encased in concrete and buried underground. The goal is to generate electricity for 10 cents a watt anywhere in the world. The reactors, only a few metres in diameter, will be delivered on the back of a lorry to be buried underground. They must be refuelled every 7 to 10 years. Read More Here.
Zenergy has successfully completed testing of its first commercial HTS Fault Current Limiter, which is expected to be installed in the commercial electricity grid of Southern California Edison in Q1 2009. Zenergy's FCL represents its second groundbreaking commercial product based on HTS technology.
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