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Altaeros Energies floating wind turbine churns out electricity and Wi-Fi

April 2nd, 2014 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

Altaeros Energies floating wind turbine. This floating turbine, developed by Altaeros Energies could someday travel to every remote corner of the globe. There, they could deliver electricity and Internet connectivity to people and villages living off-the-grid. (Video)    

Wireless electricity is here

March 20th, 2014 at 9:46 am » Comments Off

In the house of the future, wire-free energy transfer could be as easy as wireless internet. When Katie Hall saw a light-bulb glowing in the middle of a room with no wires attached she was shocked. Looking back, it was a crude experiment, she remembers: a tiny room filled with gigantic copper refrigerator coils — […]

U.S. wind power accounts for 4% of energy for first time ever

March 10th, 2014 at 1:58 pm » Comments Off

The wind energy industry started 2014 with a record 12GW of wind capacity under construction. Wind power in the U.S. accounted for more than 4% of the energy on the grid last year. This is the first time this milestone has been breached. However, the distribution of wind power across states varied greatly, with some […]

UK gets more electricity from offshore wind farms than all other countries combined

February 25th, 2014 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

The UK is currently far ahead of countries like the US and China. The UK doesn’t get enough credit for its pioneering work in offshore wind power. They have helped push forward the industry and everybody else will benefit from these advances, in the same way that Germany helped turbocharge the solar industry over the past decade and […]

World’s largest solar plant is now creating electricity

February 18th, 2014 at 11:52 am » Comments Off

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest solar power plant, takes 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide and controls them with computers to focus the Sun’s light to the top of 459-foot towers where water is turned into steam to power turbines. (Photos)

Can we achieve a smoother, more secure grid with energy storage?

February 14th, 2014 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Storing energy along the U.S. grid could help keep the power on. For years, has said that if the energy industry could solve the energy storage problem, it would unlock gigawatts of renewable energy capacity all over the world.  About a year ago, progress started really picking up.  More than 200 energy storage companies were […]

Future predictions for the oil and gas industry

February 14th, 2014 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

A flawed prediction for oil and gas? One comment about the oil and gas industry comes up quite a bit from very well educated people in a number of disciplines related to the climate issue – “The oil and gas industry has only got 20 years”. A few years back, a report by the WWF […]

Why the days are numbered for traditional utility companies

February 6th, 2014 at 9:34 am » Comments Off

Utilities are under fire from technologies such as rooftop solar. Duke Energy is the biggest utility in the U.S.  The recently retired head of the utility company, Jim Rogers, has had some interesting things to say about the fate of the traditional utility, particularly with the proliferation of rooftop solar.    

Top 5 facts about the solar jobs market

January 30th, 2014 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

In the United States a solar system is installed every four minutes. The solar industry is adding a lot of new jobs in the process. There are 142,698 jobs throughout the industry, according to the Solar Foundation. That’s a 20 percent increase since 2012 — a jump driven both by growth in installations and new […]

China installed more solar power than any other country in 2013

January 28th, 2014 at 12:21 pm » Comments Off

China has “outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts” to install a record 12 GW of photovoltaic projects. There were predictions all through 2013 that suggested Japan would walk away the dominant solar PV market. Bloomberg New Energy Finance has revealed that despite those predictions China has “outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts” to install a […]

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