Costa Rica has gone 113 days using only renewable energy

Country aims to abandon fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy Costa Rica has established itself as a pioneer in renewable energy. The small country has accomplished a major feat: Generating 100% of its electricity from renewable sources for 113 days straight. Costa Rico draws this energy from numerous sources and intends to continue in its efforts to abandon fossil-fuels throughout the rest of the year. The country has invested heavily in clean energy in order to become more environmentally friendly and curtail the potential impact of climate change. Costa Rica…

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California’s solar energy market is booming

Solar power is gaining strong momentum in California Solar energy generation has grown significantly in California from 2009 to 2014, according to the new California Green Innovation Index. The state has established a leading position in the solar energy market, investing heavily in this type of renewable power. While the state has shown a strong interest for solar power, it is also investing heavily in wind energy and biomass. Renewable energy has become an integral part of California’s plan to become more environmentally friendly and reduce harmful emissions. Solar energy…

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Uruguay reaches major milestone with renewable energy

Country could serve as an example in how countries can make use of renewable energy Uruguay is among the leading countries that are embracing renewable energy. World leaders are flocking to Paris, France to negotiate terms concerning the fight against climate change, highlighting emissions reduction and clean power, and Uruguay may serve as a prominent example of what can be accomplished through a focus on renewable energy. Converting to a sustainable society has proven difficult for large countries due to their strong reliance on fossil-fuels, but fighting climate change is…

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Scientists develop green technology from harmful algal blooms

Harmful algal blooms can be used as high-performance and low-cost electrodes for Na-ion batteries. A team of researchers, led by environmental engineer Dr. Da Deng at Wayne State University in Detroit, have discovered that harmful algal blooms (HABs) can be converted into high-performance electrodes for sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries. This green technology discovery is good news because, according to Deng, electrodes for Na-ion batteries have the potential to replace lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. The researchers have found a good use for an otherwise highly harmful substance. The researchers published a paper regarding…

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PCS Giant King Grass biofuel could replace coal

PCS Biofules Inc. has converted Giant King Grass into environmentally friendly coal replacement. By using its patented Polymer Carbon Solid (PCS) thermal catalytic process, PCS Biofules Inc., the Vancouver, Canada-based company, has successfully transformed Giant King Grass into a high-energy, carbon neutral, “drop-in” replacement for coal. This breakthrough was announced by California-based clean energy company, VIASPACE Inc., reported PennEnergy. The hybrid grass is considered to be the new biomass for green energy. Giant King Grass is a type of fast growing, high yield, and very tall hybrid grass. It can…

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The first geothermal power and biomass hybrid plant goes online

The new €15 million renewable energy power plant from Enel Green Power is a world first. The developer of clean power finished building the Cornia 2 geothermal power plant, which is said to be the first to combine the two renewable energy sources, geothermal steam production with biomass power. The plant is located in the Tuscany region of Italy and utilizes locally sourced forest biomass to heat steam, generated from geothermal energy that enters the plant, to a temperature of over 200° Celsius. The power plant will save 13,000 tons…

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China leads the way in planting biomass

Biomass is increasing throughout the world, offsetting carbon emissions A new study from the University of New South Wales’ Center of Excellence for Climate System Science shows that, globally, the amount of carbon stored in all living biomass above soil has increased by 4 billion tons since 2003. The study highlights China’s contribution to this, as the country is responsible for the largest increase in living biomass. The increase in biomass has had a significant impact on carbon emissions, which is helping improve the global environment. Increase in vegetation is…

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New research may improve production of biofuels

Scientists have discovered a way to boost the production of fuels and other renewable chemicals. According to news from Berkley Lab, researchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) have discovered a way to use biomass fermented by yeast to enhance the production of biofuels and renewable chemicals, without having to rely on costly enzyme cocktails or pre-treatments that are hard on the environment. The researchers believe that they can engineer biofuel-producing yeast. The researches with EBI, which is a partnership between Berkeley Lab and the University of California Berkeley, made…

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Polish town attains 100% renewable energy goal

Town of Kisielice receives all of its energy from renewable sources, such as wind and biomass A relatively small town in Poland has received the ManagEnergy Award from the European Commission for its accomplishments regarding renewable energy. The town of Kisielice, which has a population of approximately 2,222,  has been working to reduce emissions, abandon its reliance on fossil-fuels, improve air quality, and embrace clean energy. The town’s efforts have been successful, as it has reached a point where it can powered completely by renewable energy. Wind energy allows the…

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Renewable energy makes up the majority of new power generation in the US

New report highlights the growth that clean energy has made over the past six months The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects has released its latest Energy Infrastructure Update report. The report highlights the progress that has been made in the country’s energy sector, tracking the growth of clean power projects and how much they are contributing to the overarching infrastructure. The report shows that renewable energy has made considerable progress this year thanks to the completion of several projects that had begun in 2013 and 2012.…

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Alternative energy replaces coal in Ontario

Ontario becomes the first in North America to be coal-free. Coal is no longer being used to generate electricity in the Canadian province, which is now utilizing alternative energy sources to produce power in place of coal. Advanced biomass has been selected as the clean energy alternative. The Thunder Bay Generation Station was the last place in Ontario to burn coal for power. The 300-megawatt power plant opened in 1963 and is the province’s oldest coal-fired station. Even though coal burning has finally ceased, a goal that was reached earlier…

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Renewable energy makes progress in the US

New report highlights the growth of renewable power throughout the US The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released a new report concerning the growth of renewable power throughout the country in 2013. The U.S. has been moving to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly in recent years and efforts to adopt clean power have gained momentum as the cost of fossil-fuels continues to rise. Last year saw a significant increase in the country’s renewable energy capacity as new projects that had been under development for some time came…

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Report: 23% of world’s energy comes from renewable sources

New report highlights growth of renewable energy The U.S. has released a new report concerning the state or renewable energy around the world. The report shows that clean energy has been making strong progress in recent years, with 2012 and 2013 being very prominent in terms of growth and adoption. Several countries have begun taking clean power more seriously for economic and environmental reasons and while large countries may be leading the way in clean power, smaller countries are quickly becoming more attractive markets for energy developers. Solar and wind…

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Renewable energy capacity makes progress in the US

New report highlights new energy capacity A new report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows that renewable energy made strong progress in the U.S. during November. Energy projects throughout the country have been finding a large amount of support recently, which has helped them thrive in a time when the demand for alternative energy sources has begun growing exponentially. Developers have been able to take advantage of favorable incentives that have helped their projects make an impact on the country’s energy plans. 100% of energy capacity in November came…

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Gussing exemplifies the promise of renewable energy

Renewable energy helps save Austrian town A small town in Austria has accomplished a major feat recently, thanks to its focus on renewable energy and resources. The town of Gussing has had no significant industry or trade business for much of its existence, but has thrived despite this fact. The town boasts of a population of 4,000, which is growing relatively slowly, and is located in one of the most impoverished districts in Austria. Gussing has, however, managed to stave off poverty and ultimate collapse by adopting aggressive policies that…

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Hydrogen fuel cells come to the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe

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Ballard Power provides hydrogen fuel cell system to Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced the sale of a ClearGen PEM fuel cell system to the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe in Humboldt County, California. The hydrogen fuel cell system will be integrated with an existing biomass gasifier to form a biomass-to-fuel cell power solution. Ballard suggests that this hydrogen fuel cell system will be the first of its kind in the world, and has the potential to double the efficiency of…

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