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April 2nd, 2014 at 10:04 am

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

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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)

 

 

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March 10th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

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

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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 states well ahead of others.

 

 

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March 4th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Microgrids will soon make large electrical grids obsolete

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Workers install solar electric panels on a residential rooftop.

The head of America’s second-largest power company, David Crane, said microgrids will soon phase out large centralized electrical grids making the industry’s current business model obsolete.

 

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February 18th, 2014 at 11:52 am

World’s largest solar plant is now creating electricity

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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)

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February 14th, 2014 at 11:32 am

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

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Storing energy along the U.S. grid could help keep the power on.

For years, RenewableEnergyWorld.com 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 present at Intersolar in Munich in 2013, exhibiting their solutions.

 

 

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February 14th, 2014 at 10:56 am

Future predictions for the oil and gas industry

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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 took a similar but slightly less aggressive line, through the publication of an energy model forecast which showed that the world could be effectively fossil energy free as early as 2050.

 

 

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February 6th, 2014 at 9:34 am

Why the days are numbered for traditional utility companies

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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.

 

 

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January 31st, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Top 15 ways to boost mental energy levels

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One of the biggest contributors to energy levels is the mind. The benefits of having high levels of mental energy include happiness, confidence, focus, and increased willpower, motivation, and productivity.

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January 13th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

New battery material could make storing hours of power from wind and solar sources less expensive

Novel energy storage materials flow from the white containers into a fuel-cell like device in the foreground, where they generate electricity.

It would be great if utilities would be able to store the power that wind farms generate at night when no one wants and then be able to use it when the demand is high during the day. But conventional battery technology is so expensive that it only makes economic sense to store a few minutes of electricity, enough to smooth out a few fluctuations from gusts of wind.

 

 

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December 27th, 2013 at 9:51 am

Why women need more sleep than men

The average American adult requires between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every day.

According to a new study from Duke University, women need more sleep than men. The researchers have discovered that, compared to men, women experience more mental and physical consequences from inadequate rest. Besides giving half the population a legitimate reason to sleep in, the findings could also inspire new health recommendations for women at greater risk of heart disease, depression, and psychological problems.

 

 

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