U.S. added 147 megawatts of geothermal energy in 2012

Geothermal power has a promising future, but so far it has lagged behind most of its other renewable energy cousins, especially wind and solar. So while wind power in the US has grown by 13.2 gigawatts in 2012, with 5.5 gigawatts of that just in December , geothermal's growth is more modest. According to the Geothermal Energy Association, the U.S. added 147.05 MW of gross geothermal power capacity in 2012, which is 5% more than in 2011. That might not seem like much, but geothermal power has very desirable attributes that make it worth developing further; unlike wind and solar, it generates power 24/7 regardless of the weather. It's true that there are many ways to mitigate the intermittency of wind and solar, including possibly with grid-scale liquid-metal batteries, but having some nice clean baseload power in the mix will always be a good thing. Now the trick is to reduce costs, and to make sure we understand the geology properly to avoid problems.

Contract strategies play critical role in obtaining project finance in the offshore wind sector

Cost reduction remains priority number one for companies working in the offshore wind space; retaining that rank for the past decade. As the current cost of energy production remains high (£140 per MGW/h according to a survey by the Crown Estate in 2012), the number of external investors looking to enter the market stays low, urging the industry to demonstrate better results towards sustainability.

PROINSO and MECASOLAR to exhibit solar PV self-consumption solutions at Genera 2013

PROINSO and MECASOLAR will participate in the Energy & Environment International Trade Fair, GENERA 2013, to be held 26-28 February in the Feria de Madrid convention and exhibition centre (Hall 5/Stand 5C06).

CSP Today will celebrate its first event in Latin America next July

Following the company's success organizing events for the concentrated solar power community in Europe, USA, India, MENA and South Africa, CSP Today has just announced the dates for the first CSP Today dedicated to the LATAM market.

Clenergy celebrates the grand opening of its China Headquarters – Clenergy Technology Park

Clenergy celebrated the grand opening of its global R&D centre and manufacturing base -- Clenergy Technology Park -- in Xiamen, China on January 20th. The establishment of the Park is another import milestone for the company, setting a solid foundation for Clenergy's future development.

Ballard Announces Additional SDTC Funding to Advance Fuel Cell Modules Used to Power Buses

Ballard announced that it has been awarded approximately C$2.0 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) for a one-year extension to a project that is furthering commercialization of the Company's fuel cell power module for use in the transit bus market.

Is Texas on a path to Solar Domination?

SolarBridge Galvanizes Workforce with ACPV Roadshow and Training

"Commercialisation and partnerships will be key themes and conversations during the event." ZeaChem

Crucial issues discussed ahead of the Bio-based Chemicals Conference and Exhibition

MAGE SOLAR impresses with new line of high-wattage modules at PV America East

Market introduction of 300W MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules; convincing and well-rounded product and service portfolio

The Future of Hydrogen Powered Cars

Over one and a half million hydrogen powered vehicles could be on UK roads by 2030 according to a joint Government-industry study.

HVDC (high voltage, direct current) and Grid Modernization

Unlike with AC transmission, there is no distance limitation when using HVDC cables for underground or submarine transmission. HVDC transmission is directly controllable firming up capacity by mitigating congestion on parallel paths.

Solid Waste to Syngas - From Demonstration to Commercialization

In December 2012, Ottawa's City Council signed a 20 year contract with Plasco, committing 109,500 tonnes of municipal solid waste to a Plasco waste conversion facility. The City's support was achieved through a collaborative approach, commitment to open and transparent communication, and careful attention to risk management.

Are there any disadvantages to alternative fuels?

While we can see the advantages of alternative fuels, they also produce some disadvantages. In our search for the ideal fuel of the future, let's look at what are the advantages of the fuels presently being developed along with the disadvantages.

Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project Assembles Team of Local Experts and World-Class Partners

LEEDCo's ‘Icebreaker,' the nation's first freshwater offshore wind project, begins year-long advanced technology demonstration program

California requires 50MW of energy storage for local capacity requirements

CPUC orders SCE to meet local capacity requirements and at least 50 MW has to come from energy storage resurces

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