Silicor Materials Commits to Carbon Neutrality at Iceland Solar Silicon Plant

Company to offset 2,800 tons of CO2 through new environmental initiative

5 Benefits of attending GTL Americas in 2016

Join us and be part of a major networking experience where you will hear 14+ presentations and case studies from an expert speaker panel focusing on the latest developments and technological advances. If you've joined us in the past, find out from below why you should return!

Hydropower And Pumped Storage

The pumped storage provides a load at times of high electricity output and low electricity demand, enabling additional system peak capacity.

70% of Mongolian nomads now have solar power

by MIHAI ANDREI for ZME Science:  In many the vast steppes of Mongolia, some things have remained unchanged for centuries. But some things have changed, and big time: according to a new report, almost 3 out of 4 Mongolian nomads are now using solar power.

Even if your lifestyle is pretty much Medieval, you can still benefit from advanced technology – that’s the reasoning behind a new government initiative that encourages nomads to use solar power. Mongolia is a geographically large but sparsely populated country. Covering over 600,000 square miles, it only has a population of 3 million people. About 1.2 million of Mongolia’s citizens live in the urban capital of Ulaanbaatar, while the remaining population is widely dispersed throughout the country with a large number residing in rural areas. In total, about a quarter of the population consists of nomadic herders.

The per capita income in Mongolia at the start of the millennium was about US$470 per year, with income amongst herders even lower.  Cont'd...

The leading European hydropower trade fair opens

The industry emphasizes the importance of Salzburg for the hydropower sector

Secretary Moniz Awards $125 Million for 41 Transformational Energy Technology Projects Ahead of COP21 in Paris

ARPA-E's OPEN 2015 Program Selects Innovative Energy Technologies to Advance US Energy Security and Help Achieve Climate Goals

Renewables Academy (RENAC) Launches E-Learning Platform in Spanish on Renewable Energy

RENAC will launch its e-learning platform RENAC Online in Spanish on April 2016

SEIA Applauds Governor Cuomo For Setting a 50 Percent Renewable Electricity Mandate

"Governor Cuomo's plan to implement a 50 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) represents a strong endorsement for solar power as part of a responsible approach to a clean energy future."

Registration Opens for 5th Annual NABCEP Continuing Education

2016 Continuing Education Conference will be held at Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego, CA from April 4-6.

UofL's renewable energy prize goes to Harvard chemist Daniel Nocera

Nominations for 2017 Leigh Ann Conn Prize due by Dec. 31, 2016

New Mandate Turns California into Largest US Market for Zero Emission Vehicles

Expansion of charging infrastructure will be the single largest factor influencing ZEV adoption, finds Frost & Sullivan

Mercedes Is Proposing A Novel Solution To Meet Energy Storage Demand

By Michael McDonald for OilPrice.com:  Ever since Tesla announced its PowerWall battery project earlier this year, interest in stationary storage and battery technology in general has been explosive. Now, Mercedes Benz has put together an interesting project built around recycled batteries that might help drive even more interest in grid scale utility storage and help to blend the consumer and commercial markets for batteries.

Under Mercedes’ new project, a consortium of companies is going to create the world’s largest grid storage facility using used batteries in Lunen, Germany. The project will have the capacity to store 13 megawatts of power (enough to meet the demand of 130,000 homes) based on reusing automotive batteries. The basic premise is that when the battery from an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid vehicle is no longer reliable enough to start a car, it still has up to 80% of its original storage capacity remaining. As a result, a large series of these batteries can be connected to store energy from renewable sources like solar and wind power.  Cont'd...

Toronto Hydro to test world's first underwater energy storage system

Dario Balca , CTV Toronto:  Toronto Hydro has announced it will launch the world’s first-ever underwater energy storage system in Lake Ontario.

The utility has partnered with Hydrostor Inc., a company that specializes in innovative energy storage systems, for a two-year-pilot project intended to create a backup for the city’s electricity grid big enough to power approximately 350 homes.

"We're very excited to see this new technology in action,” said Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines. “Toronto Hydro has been very busy exploring new ways to power our grid, and I think this is the most creative project we've been involved in so far. Supporting innovative solutions for Toronto's power needs will continue to be a focus for our organization."

The system works by taking electrical energy and converting it into compressed air so that it can be stored under water in large, balloon-like structures.

The storage facility will be located three kilometres off the southern tip of the Toronto Island and 55 metres under water.

When the city’s electricity grid needs power, crews will open a valve that lets the pressurized air out. The air is then converted back into electricity and fed into the grid.  Cont'd...

Siemens software controller maximizes performance and usability

Offers all advantages of Simatic S7-1500 standard controller ----Delivers maximum 24/7 availability ----Ideal for high performance machine requirements

Finally Cellulosic Ethanol Cheaper to Make and Build Than Traditional Ethanol and Gasoline

Alliance BioEnergy's CTS Fuel is Proving to Cost Remarkably Less to Build and Operate Compared to Other Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies and Traditional Corn Ethanol Plants

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