Renewables

 A Sustainable Path Forward

The momentum behind renewable energy has been accelerating over the past decade, with no sign of slowing down. Advances in technologies for solar and wind generation, distribution, and storage, along with proven economic and environmental benefits, are making clean energy sources more attractive for both consumers and big businesses.

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Water evaporation shows promise as source of renewable energy

September 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Water evaporation shows promise as source of renewable energy

A new method of harvesting energy from water evaporation could be comparable to that of wind and solar power and might one day have a big impact on solving our power problems.

Printed solar tiles that are thinner, cheaper, and easier to use

May 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Printed solar tiles that are thinner, cheaper, and easier to use

Researchers from the University of Newcastle in Australia have found a way to print solar tiles cheaper and faster than traditional methods, which could be a game changer in the renewable energy industry.

Smart blinds generate solar electricity while shading your windows

May 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Smart blinds generate solar electricity while shading your windows

Solar smart blinds track the sun's angle in the sky throughout the day and produce clean electricity for the home or office to offset energy bills.

Indian berry contains a crucial ingredient for creating cheap solar cells

May 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Indian berry contains a crucial ingredient for creating cheap solar cells

A group of Indian researchers have been experimenting with a pigment from indigenous berries that could make solar panels far less expensive and may even provide a lasting solution to India’s chronic power shortages.

UK electrical grid is so overrun with renewable power, it may pay wind farms to stop producing it

April 10th, 2017|Comments Off on UK electrical grid is so overrun with renewable power, it may pay wind farms to stop producing it

Britain will have too much electricity this summer due to the growth in wind and solar farms, the country's grid operator has forecast, warning it could be forced to order power plants to switch off at times of low power demand.

Big oil replacing rigs with wind turbines

March 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Big oil replacing rigs with wind turbines

Big oil is starting to challenge the biggest utilities in the race to erect wind turbines at sea, which might help drive down costs of wind power.

Scientists drill deep to harness the awesome energy of volcanoes

February 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Scientists drill deep to harness the awesome energy of volcanoes

Researchers investigating the feasibility of volcano-powered electricity successfully drilled into the core of one in Iceland, reaching a record-breaking depth of nearly 3 miles (4.8 kilometers).

9 unusual ways we can harness the wind’s energy

February 9th, 2017|Comments Off on 9 unusual ways we can harness the wind’s energy

Is the traditional three-bladed turbine really the most efficient way to generate wind energy? These innovative ideas for harnessing energy from the air improve upon the existing technology in nine wildly different ways.

China builds world’s biggest solar farm in journey to become green superpower

February 1st, 2017|Comments Off on China builds world’s biggest solar farm in journey to become green superpower

GREEN GIANT: A 27-square-kilometre solar farm in China’s Qinghai province underscores the country's determination to transform itself from climate change villain to a green energy colossus.

Solar employs more workers than coal, oil and natural gas combined

January 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Solar employs more workers than coal, oil and natural gas combined

U.S. solar employs more workers than any other energy industry, including coal, oil and natural gas combined, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report.

How solar panels can thrive in winter weather

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

LET IT SNOW: Though it may seem that solar power is ideal for the summer, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels can produce useful power throughout all four seasons. Researchers have shown that #solar can still successfully generate electricity in snowy areas and other harsh environments.

Should we be burning our trash into energy?

January 4th, 2017|0 Comments

BURNING ISSUE: Other countries convert incinerated waste into electricity and heat. Could this help our trash crisis?

2016 was the year solar panels finally became cheaper than fossil fuels. Just wait for 2017

December 28th, 2016|0 Comments

LET IT SHINE: The renewable energy future will arrive when installing new solar panels is cheaper than a comparable investment in coal, natural gas or other options. That day has come.

Solar is booming … costs keep falling

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

BRIGHT FUTURE: As solar power heats up, prices are going down. Over the past 40 years, the cost of solar has decreased by more than 99 percent.

Google says it will run entirely on renewable energy in 2017

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

FEELING LUCKY: Last year, Google consumed as much energy as the city of San Francisco. Next year, it said, all of that energy will come from wind farms and solar panels.

India now has world’s largest solar plant, which can power 150,000 homes

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

SUN SALUTATION: India has released images of the world’s largest solar power plant at a single location. And it was built in just eight months.

Six unexpected sources of renewable energy

November 27th, 2016|0 Comments

FORCE OF NATURE: Researches are focusing on unconventional sources of renewable power such as dirt and microbes, underground stores of liquid magma, and even pedestrian footsteps to harvest energy that would otherwise be wasted.

Tesla runs an entire island on solar power

November 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

PARADISE FOUND: Tesla is running an island in American Samoa "nearly 100 percent" on a renewable energy microgrid that utilizes 5,328 solar panels and 60 Tesla Powerpacks.

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