Posts Tagged ‘Energy’
The U.S. is set to get its first tidal power turbines placed off the coast of Maine this summer. The TidGen Cobscook Bay project is located of the coast of Eastport, Maine. Turbines will be placed in 50-100 feet deep water to take advantage of the 100 billion tons of. . .
Current solar technology can only harness about sixty percent of the solar energy reaching the Earth. The other forty percent reaching the Earth lies in the near-infrared region of the light spectrum. That energy currently cannot be harnessed by conventional silicon based solar cells. But a new kind of all-carbon. . .
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued a report yesterday highlighting the top ten countries that invested the most in clean energy technology for 2011. The report shows that China continues to lead the world in clean energy technology manufacturing and investing. The U.S. took second place. The report also ranked. . .
The U.S. seems to be bucking the trend of phasing out nuclear power plants. Unlike Europe, which seemed to have discovered a newfound desire to decommission all of their nuclear power plants. Europe found this new determination after seeing what happened in Japan after the Fuskushima disaster. Japan is still. . .
Washington lawmakers Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) teamed up on Thursday to introduce legislation designed to stop subsidies to the oil, coal and natural gas industries, preserving an estimated $110 billion over the next ten years. The measure, End Polluter Welfare Act, would do away with. . .
General Electric today introduced a 100-watt equivalent LED bulb which is the clearest example yet of how high-tech lighting has become. The company’s Energy Smart LED bulb consumes 27 watts to give off the same amount of light as a 100-watt incandescent lamp. It will be released in the first. . .
The state of Maine has given the go ahead to install the first tidal energy project in the U.S. on Cobscook Bay. State regulators put three utilities on the path to distribute electricity harnessed from tides at the nation’s eastern tip, a key milestone in a bid to turn the. . .
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued a report on the state of power generated by different sources. In 2011 coal decreased to below forty percent of the total power generated in the U.S. The last time this happened was in 1978. The EIA attributes the decrease in coal to. . .
Current gasoline prices are again heading northward. The irony in the increases being passed to consumers is that demand has softened up, and OPEC, in its desire to maintain its artificially high prices have reduced output to force prices back up. It’s a maddening merry go round of controlled price. . .
A group of transatlantic universities have joined forces to improve the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process whereby biological systems convert sunlight into food and the source of all the fossil fuels we burn today. Glasgow scientists Professor Lee Cronin, Gardiner Chair of Chemistry, and Professor Mike Blatt, Regius. . .
The Long Island New York town of Hempstead may be at the forefront of carbon neutral thinking in the U.S. In 2009 they became the first town near New York City to install a hydrogen and natural gas fueling station. They currently operate two town vehicles and a town bus. . .
The first solar tower has been built in the U.S. The solar tower acts as a storage device for all of the energy pulled in from solar heliostats – billboard size sun tracking devices. The tower is a molten salt storage device that retains the energy being converted from the. . .
A recently published paper in Science claims that a new process has been developed to turn seaweed into a viable feedstock for biofuel. Bio Architecture Lab says that they’ve isolated an enzyme that could be used to convert seaweed into sugar. Making fuel and chemicals from crops such as corn. . .
A new company is looking to take human pee, or any other water source that’s near by, and turn it into a sustainable energy source for a portable charger. The company, SiGNa Chemistry, has developed a product called the PowerTrekk. The PowerTrekk system uses sodium silicide cartridges, along with any. . .