Coal Plants in Transition Study

An Economic Case Study in Energy Financing

Engineering Society of Detroit Conference on Alternative Energy

The ESD, the acronym for the Engineering Society of Detroit, is now 115 years old and it remains an august institution in the City of Detroit. Once housed in a magnificent marble building next to the Detroit Institute of the Arts it is an encompassing institution that holds many fine conferences on Engineering developments and Issues. Their recent conference held on March 3rd on Alternative Energy was something of a rousing affair, which we do indeed need since Michigan has been hardest hit in this recent Economic turn-down.

Distributed Energy Production And The DIY Movement

A distributed model revolutionized the way industrial-scale computing was delivered. Is it possible that something similar could be achieved for energy production?

Linear Cities Could Lead to 100% Global Sustainability

Energy, Food, & Transportation for the Components of our Genes, Forevermore!

AltEnergyMag Interview - Sanyo North America Now and in the Future

Aaron Fowles is the Specialist of Corporate Communications for SANYO North America Corporation's Regional Offices, based in San Diego. In this position, Mr. Fowles oversees all public relations activities, including media relations, strategic planning and implementation for all North American regional companies.

10 Things Every Solar Company Should Know in 2010

Renewable Energy companies need Public Relations (PR) for several reasons. The following are the top 10 things I believe every RE company should be aware of in 2010. Remember, the solar industry is still a nascent industry just at the beginning of its steep growth curve. But general awareness of solar and other renewables and their benefits is very low among the general public. The industry needs to educate and communicate with the American public so they better understand renewables and the bright future they can bring to our world.

The Promise and Pitfalls of "Solar as a Service"

By offering a means to install a solar power system without the initial capital, Power Purchase Agreements could be the Holy Grail for mass market adoption of solar. After being a major driver of solar installations over the last couple years, however, a number of obstacles still stand in their way. What makes these instruments so attractive?

The Global Fuel Cells Market

Key trends and growth opportunities up to 2015.

Significant Legal Issues For Landowners And Operators Of Wind Projects

Significant issues for the operator may include the operator's right to enter onto the land and monitor the land for wind potential before an agreement is executed with the landowner. This right is typically set forth in an option granted to the operator for a period lasting anywhere from two to ten years, in exchange for a fee paid to the landowner, allowing the operator adequate time to carry out a wind study to ascertain whether the land is a good candidate for a wind project.

How Improvements in Thin-Film Silicon PV Will Keep it Alive in the Marketplace

Thin-film silicon uses about one-hundredth the amount of silicon used by crystalline silicon PV but now that the silicon shortage is over what will keep TF Si'c current 43% market share from dropping?

The Role Of Law In The Renewable Energy Industry

Interview with Jack Jacobs, Managing Partner of Cleantech Law Partners.

Resetting the Clock: RPS and Realizing Energy Independence

The most pressing questions surrounding energy policy now are: 1) How do we reach these goals? And 2) Are they even attainable? Advocates from both sides of the aisle and in many industries, such as wind, solar, biomass, nuclear, and even domestically sourced natural gas and clean coal, have all thrown their hats in the ring professing that their technological approach is the way to go if there is any hope of truly changing the energy landscape.

Wind Powered Engines And The Elusive 59% Efficiency

Images of the 3 bladed wind engines are now seen everywhere and they have come to symbolize intelligent energy creation for virtually everyone but are these designs actually the most efficient ones possible? No one seems to know their efficiency so that vital issue is completely overlooked and rarely discussed. Efficiency is important to all.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Heating & Cooling of America

Greenhouse gas & energy are major problems for the future of America and Geothermal heat pumps are a great form of alternative energy has been around for over 30 years. Below are some facts about geothermal that you need to know.

Considerations in Fuel Cell Voltage Monitoring

Knowing what's happening inside a fuel cell is a critical function, especially as fuel cells are continuing to be developed. One important aspect of this is to measure the voltage of each cell in a stack. Although this may sound trivial, it can be more complex and more expensive than it may at first appear due to high voltages, high channel counts, communication types, etc. There are a few products commercially available that are designed specifically for fuel cell voltage monitoring.

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