Science Daily: Despite the rigors of scientific inquiry and the methodical approaches of the world's most talented researchers, sometimes science has a surprise in store. Such was the case when a group of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Akron discovered that a particular form of carbon coating not necessarily designed for wind turbines may indeed prove a boon to the wind industry -- a serendipitous finding that was recently highlighted in the journal Tribology International. Due to the strenuous environment inherent in wind turbine drivetrains, key components such as actuators, bearings and gears are prone to failure, meaning turbines require regular maintenance that helps drive up the price of wind energy. Prolonging the life of these components could greatly reduce the cost of wind power, the fastest growing source of energy in the world, thereby making it an even more attractive energy source. Cont'd...
Ballard Power Systems today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell certain of the Company's methanol Telecom Backup Power business assets
ROTH Investor Tour to Meet with 20 Solar Power and Clean Technology Companies on Booth Tours and Facility Visits
WINDSOURCING.COM broadens its product portfolio and adds BASF Coatings' RELEST® repair program for rotor blades to it. Herewith the company further extends its position as the world's major sales portal for wind turbine products.
Commercial real estate landlords, in particular, ought to capitalize on the growing opportunity to lease their rooftops to utilities, notes LeClairRyan energy advisor and former utility CEO.
His recent speaking engagement hosted by the San Diego Renewable Energy Society and Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) highlighted the roles of Community Solar, Community Choice Energy, Peer-to-Peer Solar and the Expansion of Regional and Global Energy Grids could play in meeting future energy needs.
Christian Ridley for Newsweek: Algal biofuels are in trouble. This alternative fuel source could help reduce overall carbon emissions without taking land from food production, like many crop-based biofuels do. But several major companies including Shell and ExxonMobil are seemingly abandoning their investments in this environmentally friendly fuel. So why has this promising technology failed to deliver, and what could be done to save it? Algae are photosynthetic organisms related to plants that grow in water and produce energy fromcarbon dioxide and sunlight. Single-celled microalgae can be used to produce large amounts of fat, which can be converted into biodiesel, the most common form of biofuel. There are many possible ingredients for making biofuels, from corn to used cooking oil. But algae are particularly interesting because they can be grown rapidly and produce large amounts of fuel relative to the resources used to grow them (high productivity). Cont'd...
Richard Martin for MIT Technology Review: At the giant Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park under construction near Dubai, a desalination facility goes into operation this month. Run by an array of solar panels and batteries, the system will produce about 13,200 gallons of drinking water a day for use on site. That’s insignificant compared with desalination plants elsewhere, but it’s a start toward answering a pressing question: can countries stop burning fossil fuels to supply fresh water? Hundreds of desalination plants are planned or under way worldwide because fresh water is increasingly precious. According to a report from the International Food Policy Research Institute, more than half the world’s population will be at risk of water shortages by 2050 if current trends continue. In drought-ridden California, a $1 billion plant at Carlsbad, north of San Diego, will produce 54 million gallons of fresh water a day. The giant Sorek plant in Israel can crank out more than 160 million gallons a day (see “Megascale Desalination” and “Desalination Out of Desperation”). But these plants are a devil’s bargain; they use power from plants that, in most cases, emit greenhouse gases, ultimately worsening the problem of drought. Saudi Arabia, for instance, uses around 300,000 barrels of oil every day to desalinate seawater, providing some 60 percent of its fresh water supply. That’s not sustainable. Finding a way to produce fresh water without burning fossil fuels is critical not just for the desert countries of the Middle East but for a growing number of places around the world. Cont'd...
When the increasing awareness of new energy , Tesla Model 3 has come to market with a more affordable price ,so where can we get the endless electricity?
PVinsights:Polysilicon price uptrend softens after the scheduling production retrieval of REC silicon
Polysilicon rally turns slow this week as the REC silicon production retrieval has alleviated buyer¡¦s speculation on supply shortage. Although polysilicon price in China continues on the rise, the scope is relatively incremental as compared to the past few weeks. In addition, since the non-American polysilicon suppliers have increased shipments to China for better spot prices, the supply level in overseas has become rather limited, leading the price in overseas to increase obviously this week. Nevertheless, the polysilicon has gradually losing its momentum amid the speculations on increasing supply level.
It's official: Roof Tech is now a player in the commercial solar market and the loyalty of one dedicated customer made it happen.
5DWatts has developed a patent pending concentrated solar system that allows you to get heat and electricity from the sun with a single device!
Today, 5D Watts, a custom composite manufacturing company, initiated formal certification testing of Hybrid Solar Concentration PV and Heat Energy System.
Meazon Opens Office on campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan
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