ERCOT predicts that wind energy will play a major role in Texas’ future

Wind Energy - Tall Wind Turbine

Wind energy is quickly gaining importance in Texas Wind energy will become an integral part of Texas’ future, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The organization operates the majority of the energy grid in the state and believes that wind power has become a reliable source of electricity capable of meeting the needs of consumers throughout Texas. ERCOT’s seasonal assessment shows that wind energy will be able to generate enough electricity to help meet projected peak demand, which is significant as temperatures rise and consumers rely more…

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Colorado city sets sights on renewable energy to combat power problems

Renewable Energy - Pueblo, Colorado Courthouse

Homeowners voice concern over power outages and hope to see more renewable energy solutions Homeowners in Pueblo, Colorado, have come together to voice concern over the city’s apparent energy crisis. According to homeowners, as well as other locals, the city has been struggling with blackouts for some time. In some cases, these power outages have forced families to travel to motels and even homeless shelters in order to access the electricity they need. Local businesses have also expressed concern over increasing power bills, a problem that is creating a significant…

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Germany to convert large coal mine into a new energy storage system

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New project aims to change an old coal mine into an efficient energy storage solution Germany has launched an ambitious new project that involved converting an old coal mine into a large-scale battery storage system. The Prosper-Haniel coal mine is the subject of the project. The mine was built in 1863 and produces approximately 3 million tons of coal every year. It is one of the few remaining active coal mines in Germany, but is slated for complete closure in 2018, when government subsidies supporting the mine are no longer…

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Model shows that solar energy could help New York reach its power storage goals

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CUNY releases new roadmap highlighting the benefits of solar energy and power storage Sustainable CUNY, an initiative launched by the City University of New York, has published a new roadmap that could help ensure that New York is capable of reaching its energy storage targets. The roadmap suggests that the use of solar energy technology could help bolster energy storage systems, providing these systems with a reliable source of electrical power. While the roadmap is designed for New York City specifically, CUNY believes that it can also be applied to…

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Scotland grants approval for another offshore wind energy project

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New offshore wind energy project wins the approval of the Scottish government The Scottish government has granted approval for another offshore wind energy system. The Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Demonstration Project, as the name suggests, is meant to showcase the capabilities of offshore turbines. These turbines have the potential to produce significant amounts of electrical power due to their ability to capture the strong wind currents that can be found at sea. Plans for the new project follow approval granted for two other offshore wind farms, which began development last…

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UK to invest nearly $30 million in fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure

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Government announces new initiative to support fuel cell vehicles The United Kingdom government has announced that it will commit nearly $30 million in funding to support the clean transportation sector. The funding is meant to accelerate the adoption of fuel cell vehicles and aid in the development of a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The UK Department of Transport will be issuing the funding, providing aid to companies specializing in hydrogen and those that develop fuel cell technology. The funding will also be issued to automakers that produce fuel cell vehicles….

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Largest solar farm in Alabama is now online

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New solar farm has been brought online in Alabama Alabama’s largest solar energy system, the River Bend Solar Farm, has come online. The new solar farm is the largest that has ever been built in the state and is being maintained by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The solar farm has a capacity of 75 megawatts, which is being fed into the Alabama energy grid. The Tennessee Valley Authority expects that the solar energy system will be able to generate enough electricity to power 15,000 average homes. Solar farm expected to…

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Beijing closes its last large-scale coal power plant in favor of renewable energy

Renewable Energy - Coal Plant

Major coal facility has ceased operations The last large-scale coal power plant in Beijing, China, has ceased operations. The city has been working to fight air pollution for some time now, and coal power plants have become a target. In order to reduce air pollution, Beijing has made it a priority to embrace renewable energy and clean transportation. As such, the city has adopted several policies that could help accomplish this goal. Beijing also has the ambitious goal of becoming China’s first city to be powered completely by renewable energy…

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Hydrogen fuel cells could revolutionize railway systems

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New study showcases the potential of hydrogen fuel cells and how they can be used to power trains Fuel Cell Systems has successfully showcased the feasibility of hydrogen fuel cells being used to power trains in the United Kingdom. The feasibility study was conducted with aid from the University of Birmingham and Hitachi Rail Europe. Through the six-month study, Fuel Cell Systems found that hydrogen fuel cells can be used to increase the efficiency and operational lifespan of trains. Moreover, fuel cells could improve the overall quality of life within…

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Project Sunroof aims to help homeowners understand their solar energy potential

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Google’s new project could shed some light on residential solar energy Google has launched a new initiative called Project Sunroof that intends to determine the viability of rooftop solar energy systems throughout the United States. Project Sunroof has developed 3-D models of rooftops in every state. The models include local foliage, which could have an effect on the amount of sunlight that reaches solar panels. The initiative also takes into account local weather patterns in order to adequately estimate how much electricity rooftop solar energy systems can produce. Interest in…

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Researchers develop innovative hydrogen fuel production system

Hydrogen Fuel Research - St Johns Rear Buildings at the University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge finds a new way to use biomass to produce hydrogen fuel Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed an innovative new method of producing hydrogen fuel. The method involves combining ambient sunlight and biomass, such as paper, wood, and leaves, in order to generate hydrogen. Converting biomass into hydrogen has long been an interest for the renewable energy community, but relatively few endeavors have managed to find success. Notably, the new method developed by scientists at the University of Cambridge focuses on biomass waste. New system…

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Europeans believe they are feeling the impact of climate change already

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Survey highlights major concerns regarding climate change Climate change is already having a major impact in Europe, according to a new survey from Cardiff University. The university is heading a new project, called European Perceptions of Climate Change. The survey draws upon the perception of citizens in four major European countries. Many Europeans have expressed concern over the impact of climate change, primarily when it comes to severe flooding and strong storms. The survey is meant to shed light on how this phenomenon is affecting the lives of people in…

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Canadian government provides more funding to help advance fuel cell vehicles

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Sustainable Development Technology Canada provides AFCC with $10 million in new funding Sustainable Development Technology Canada has announced that it will be providing British Columbia’s Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) with $10 million in new funding. AFCC has been working on developing fuel cells and providing support for this technology since 2008 and has even received backing from automakers Ford and Daimler. As the demand for clean vehicles rise, AFCC expects that hydrogen fuel cells will play a major role in the emerging clean transportation space. Study shows that many…

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Apple to focus on renewable energy in Japan

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Ibiden commits to providing Apple manufacturing with renewable energy Ibiden, a Japanese electronics company, has announced that it will help Apple embrace clean power in Japan. The company has become the first in the country to pledge that it will power all of Apple’s Japanese manufacturing efforts with renewable energy. This marks a significant step forward in Apple’s continued efforts to make use of clean energy in order to become more environmentally friendly and reduce its reliance on fossil-fuels. Apples moves to based its manufacturing in Japan on renewable energy…

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Tesla activates its large solar energy project in Hawaii

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Tesla has completed installation on its new solar project Tesla has activated its new large-scale solar energy system, which has been built on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. This week, the company announced that it had successfully completed installing the systems needed to power the 13 megawatt project. The project, at peak performance, is expected to generate 52 megwatt-hours of electrical power, further increasing the rapidly growing solar energy capacity that is being built in Hawaii. Electricity provided by new solar energy project is less expensive than oil The Kauai…

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BMW is betting on both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells for the future of transportation

Hydrogen Fuel Cells - BMW logo on vehicle

BMW will be supporting both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells How the world powers its vehicles will be determined within the next 10 years, according to Ian Robertson, head of global sales and marketing for BMW. In recent years, BMW has been showing a greater interest in moving away from fossil-fuels in order to become more environmentally friendly and better accommodate the changing needs of consumers. The automaker believes that either hydrogen fuel cells or battery systems will become the primary method of powering future vehicles. Batteries and fuel cells…

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