U.S. Development of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Technology

It’s no secret that auto manufacturers, battery manufacturers, government officials, and champions of renewable energy everywhere are disappointed by the slow rate of consumer adoption when it comes to electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.   But imagine how that might change if consumers could earn money from their electric cars. That … Continue reading U.S. Development of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Technology

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New Source of Geothermal Energy in Western US

Discovery of a new type of geothermal energy resource in Utah offers hope for significantly more potential across the western U.S., and a boost in geothermal power production. In this wind-whipped region of west central Utah lies a volcano, a literal hotbed of geothermal energy that has the potential to erupt with cheap, dependable power … Continue reading New Source of Geothermal Energy in Western US

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China’s wind energy to see steady growth

A report on China’s wind power outlook, jointly released by the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace, forecast that China’s wind power sector will maintain the steady growth momentum seen last year. China’s newly-installed wind power capacity will see growth of 15 to 18 gigawatts (GW) this year, after … Continue reading China’s wind energy to see steady growth

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U.S. photovoltaic solar power shipments set record in 2011

Total U.S. shipments of photovoltaic modules increased from 2, 644,498 peak kilowatts in 2010 to 3,772,075 peak kilowatts in 2011, a nearly 43-percent surge, according to the report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. U.S. shipments of solar photovoltaic modules reached a record high last year, despite declining prices for solar technology and photovoltaic cells, … Continue reading U.S. photovoltaic solar power shipments set record in 2011

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Time and Congress run out on wind energy industry

The wind industry, which was booming while the rest of our economy was struggling, now is in danger of withering away. Who’s to blame? Congress. On Wednesday, more than 300 Americans at LM Wind Power’s manufacturing facility in Grand Forks lost their jobs. Last week, more than 600 workers in Siemens Energy’s wind division were … Continue reading Time and Congress run out on wind energy industry

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Batteries Remain a Key Issue in Electric Vehicles

Due to the high cost of batteries, many consumers consider hybrid and electric vehicles to be too costly when compared to conventionally-powered models, which are becoming more fuel efficient. This situation poses a dilemma to auto makers, which face tightening fuel economy and emission mandates that may require electrified powertrains for compliance. The Strategy Analytics … Continue reading Batteries Remain a Key Issue in Electric Vehicles

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Mecca to establish SR 2.4 billion solar power project

“The solar power project will be established on an area of about two million square meters. About 20 international consortiums consisting of about 100 companies will compete for the execution of the project,” Mayor Osama bin Fadl Al-Bar told business daily Al-Eqtisadiah on Wednesday. Makkah municipality (Mecca) will establish a mega solar energy project, costing … Continue reading Mecca to establish SR 2.4 billion solar power project

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Romney’s wind energy agenda would cost thousands of jobs

Romney’s plan is so extreme that Gov. Terry Branstad and the state’s entire congressional delegation have come out in opposition. It’s easy to understand why. Although politicians in Washington don’t seem to agree on much, these incentives for wind energy — called the production tax credit — have been an exception. Iowans have seen firsthand … Continue reading Romney’s wind energy agenda would cost thousands of jobs

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Obama blocks Chinese firm’s purchase of U.S. wind energy projects

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday issued an order revoking a Chinese company’s purchase of four wind farm projects in the United States citing national security concern, amid the fierce presidential election battle. The order directs Ralls Corporation to divest its interest in the wind farm projects that it acquired in the U.S. state of … Continue reading Obama blocks Chinese firm’s purchase of U.S. wind energy projects

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Ethiopia turns to wind energy to boost energy security

While hydroelectric power will remain a predominant energy source, the country is looking to diversify its production of renewable power. Hydro power is vulnerable to the effects of climatic change, and non-renewable fuels such as gasoline and charcoal are polluting and expensive. Ethiopia is venturing into large-scale wind power generation for the first time as … Continue reading Ethiopia turns to wind energy to boost energy security

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Obama blocks Chinese wind farm located close to US navy site

President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese company from building wind turbines close to a Navy military site in Oregon due to national security concerns. The privately-owned Chinese company Ralls Corp, which had been installing wind turbines that had been made in China by Sany Group, will now be forced shelve its plans and … Continue reading Obama blocks Chinese wind farm located close to US navy site

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Denmark Renewable Energy Generation 40.7%, Wind Energy 28.1%

A surge in wind power production helped Denmark increase its percentage of renewable energy to 40.7% in 2011, finds a new report published by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA). Electricity production based on renewable energy accounted for 40.7% of domestic electricity supply in 2011, of which wind power contributed 28.1%, the DEA says. Consumption of … Continue reading Denmark Renewable Energy Generation 40.7%, Wind Energy 28.1%

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Optimism Sets Tone As Solar Power International Makes First Visit to Southeast

Clinton told the enthusiastic crowd that, in addition to ramping up collaborative efforts across the industry, educating the public is critical to achieving widespread adoption of solar energy as a substantial component of renewable energy. He explained, “most people don’t know that, in spite of economic adversity, government support and venture capital have catapulted the … Continue reading Optimism Sets Tone As Solar Power International Makes First Visit to Southeast

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Kyocera to Supply 30MW of Modules for Solar Power Plant in Northern Japan

The project will be operated by Eurus Energy Group’s subsidiary in charge of renewable energy generation business, with plans for construction to start in October of this year and operations to start in March 2014. The solar power plant is expected to generate the equivalent amount of annual power for roughly 9,600 typical households, off-setting … Continue reading Kyocera to Supply 30MW of Modules for Solar Power Plant in Northern Japan

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Ex-Im Guarantees PNC Loan to Finance Solar Energy in Barbados

This solar power project, one of the largest in the Caribbean, includes engineering services and solar-system racking exported from two American companies. Williams Industries-Williams evergreen Ltd will use the solar-power system to provide 1.4 megawatts of on-site power to ten sites within the Williams Group portfolio. Ex-Im Bank provided a $6.4 million loan guarantee to … Continue reading Ex-Im Guarantees PNC Loan to Finance Solar Energy in Barbados

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Electric vehicles in cities will improve air quality

Electric vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality, particularly in cities. If electric vehicles are used appropriately in big conurbations, it could help to improve air quality, says Europe’s biggest professional engineers’ body. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) submitted evidence to the Transport Select Committee inquiry into low carbon … Continue reading Electric vehicles in cities will improve air quality

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Doctoral Student Developing Next Generation of Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric Cars

Steven Arnold Klankowski, a doctoral candidate in chemistry, La Crescent, Minn., is working under Jun Li, professor of chemistry, to develop new materials that could be used in future lithium-ion batteries. The materials look to improve the energy storage capacity of batteries so that laptops, cellphones, electric cars and other mobile devices will last longer … Continue reading Doctoral Student Developing Next Generation of Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric Cars

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Renault and Others Debut Electric Vehicles at Paris Show

The Renault Zoe costs less than most electric vehicles at 20,700 euros ($26,650), or 13,700 Euros in France, thanks to government incentives. And it travels 210 kilometers (130 miles), according to the standard European mileage test. Simon Luque, Zoe project director for Renault, promises that this will translate into 150 kilometers of real-world driving. “That … Continue reading Renault and Others Debut Electric Vehicles at Paris Show

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