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WHEN “GREEN” IS NOT CLEAN

By | Saturday, September 28, 2013|, , , , |

(Image above: Dust storm descending on Ocotillo - Jim Pelley photo) Sources of Greenhouses Gases - Courtesy Environmental ProtectionAgency The #1 source of Greenhouse Gases is not buildings or transportation, but electricity. That’s because 42% of it is still generated from coal. There are other questions regarding natural gas, which now supplies a [...]

SHHH! NEW LOW NOISE WIND TURBINE BLADES DESIGNED BY GE

By | Monday, August 19, 2013||

Forget about building a better mousetrap, if you could build a noise-free wind turbine the world will beat a path to your door. That’s not only on account of the annoyance factor, it’s because wind turbine noise can be a significant impediment to greater efficiency. GE has been tackling the problem head on in collaboration [...]

TOP 5 WIND ENERGY INSURANCE CLAIMS

By | Monday, August 12, 2013||

Innovation and development are integral parts of the move towards a renewable future, but so is understanding the problems currently being faced by renewable energy developers. In light of this, GCube – a world leader in renewable energy insurance services – has released a report detailing, among other notes, the top 5 US wind energy [...]

IS THE INTERMITTENCY OF WIND & SOLAR ONLY AN INTERMITTENT PROBLEM?

By | Monday, August 12, 2013|, |

Editor’s Note: One of CleanTechnica’s awesome readers has provided us with this exclusive guest post on the “intermittency” of various power sources — renewable and non-renewables. The article “knocks it out of the park,” so to speak. Get into a discussion with someone about the “intermittency” of wind or solar power? Add this article to your list of pieces [...]

IBM PREDICTS WIND & SOLAR FUTURE WITH NEW FORECASTING SYSTEM

By | Monday, August 12, 2013|, |

Advanced solution combines big data analytics and weather modeling technology to predict output of individual wind turbines ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an advanced power and weather modeling technology that will help utilities increase the reliability of renewable energy resources. The solution combines weather prediction and analytics to accurately forecast the [...]

USING BROWNFIELDS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

By | Thursday, August 8, 2013|, , |

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its preliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at 66,000 contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites across the country. No San Diego projects have received funding yet. Nahal Mogharabi, A public affairs specialist from their Los Angeles office, informed San Diego Loves Green that, “EPA would only have [...]

WIND ENERGY RESEARCH FACILITY TO BOOST OUTPUT

By | Tuesday, August 6, 2013|, |

A new research facility could help solve one of wind energy’s biggest limiting factors – the slowing effect multiple turbines have upon wind strength and power output within large wind farms. The Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility recently launched at Texas Tech University to study how turbine spacing within a wind farm affects turbulence, [...]

REDESIGNING THE ELECTRICITY MARKET FOR WIND AND SOLAR

By | Wednesday, June 26, 2013|, , |

Late last year, RenewEconomy wrote an analysis entitled the energy markets are broken. We were pilloried by some for exaggeration and being overly dramatic. But we simply drew on insight from the experts, and now they are quite open about the problem: the world’s energy markets do need to be redesigned, otherwise they cannot cope [...]

EUROPE CONTEMPLATING GOAL OF 100% RENEWABLE BY 2050

By | Tuesday, June 25, 2013|, |

European legislators have been urged to set a 100% renewable energy target for 2050 by the Global Alliance for 100% Renewable Energy. The Alliance, launched in Europe recently, criticised the EU legislators for not setting aggressive long-term renewable energy targets. Alliance members, which include World Future Council, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, and [...]

CREATIVE APPROACHES TO RENEWABLE ENERGY

By | Monday, June 24, 2013|, , |

Cleaner Power from Innovation: Creative Approaches to Renewable Energy (via Global Warming is Real) Innovation is the key to the future and central to the expansion of renewable sources of energy. There are a number of innovations that could radically transform the clean energy equation. Although renewable energy is growing exponentially around the world these [...]