That's right, whisky. Scottish (where else?) researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have figured out a way to use the byproducts of their nation's most famous beverage as biofuel, capable of running in any normal engine. Like some other biofuels, no modifications to the car are needed, making it an easily adopted, if not easily made or found, alternative. During the making of whisky (in this case likely Scotch, rather than the more freedom-loving whisky of my own nation, the glorious amber elixir that is bourbon), two main byproducts are produced. "Pot ale" is the name for the leftover liquid in the stills, and "draff" is the leftover, used-up grains. Together, the pot ale and draff can be converted into butanol. Butanol can actually be burned in typical gas engines, but due to its higher cost and difficulty in producing, it's more likely to be added in smaller doses to regular gasoline-maybe 5% or 10%. Source - SmartPlanet.com
Ed Roland of the American rock band Collective Soul recently had a Power Partners Solar™ water heating system installed in his home.
High efficiency drives decision to again choose Tritan
A report by the Australian Academy of Science affirms that the world is warming, that carbon emissions is driving change, that these emissions arise from human activity, and that if we do not reduce emissions, significant impacts on our society and environment will result.
Albany NY - MSE Power Systems Inc ("MSE") headquartered in Albany, NY announced today a company name change to CG Power Solutions USA Inc.
The ocean-current technology developer Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has been working on a pilot version of its cross-flow turbine since 2004. Over the last six years, the company has learned a number of important lessons about the difficulties of deploying energy technologies in the marine environment. ORPC's 30-kw unit, which was installed in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of Maine, was battered by bad weather and did not function properly due to wrongly-sized parts. But the company announced today that the test of its 60-kW pre-commercial device, known as the TGU, was running smoothly and had delivered compatible electricity to the Maine grid at a consistent output. No word on how much electricity was actually generated. The machine was installed in Cobsook Bay in Eastport Maine last fall. Source - RenewableEnergyWorld
Alencon Systems, Inc. will demonstrate its new series of utility scale, grid-tied inverter systems ranging from 4 to 100 Megawatts in capacity at the Solar Power International Expo.
The IPVEA will offer numerous resources in stand L2/H2/A8 at the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition. EU PVSEC is scheduled to take place 6-9 September 201 at the Feria Valencia in Valencia, Spain.
We are pleased to announce that Hyundai Heavy Industries and Matinee Energy have signed a master agreement for renewable energy projects in the United States.
WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) welcomes the completion by SunPower Corporation of a 505-kilowatt solar power installation built for Horizon Power in Marble Bar and Nullagine in the east Pilbara region of Western Australia.
A new report by analyst Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that global governments' support for fossil fuel industry is about 10 times that offered to renewable energy says the WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA).
WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) congratulates Curtin University researchers who have made a breakthrough in converting biomass into "clean" combustible gaseous fuels that can be used to generate a continuous source of electricity, commonly referred to as base load electricity.
The WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) created an election scorecard based on a comprehensive list of policy actions to ensure strong growth of the Australian sustainable energy industry - The Greens received the highest score of 73, Labor 32, and Coalition 11 out a possible 100.
Our Future with Green Energy is the theme of a conference and trade fair that will take place in Aruba from September 29th to October 1st, 2010:
Fuel cells are ideal for space missions for many reasons. Fuel cells can run for long durations without interruption as long as fuel is supplied. They produce electricity very efficiently and reliably. In addition, the light weight of fuel cells reduces total launch pad weight.
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