Iceland to begin hydrogen fuel production at geothermal power plant

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ON Power has announced it will start its experimental production of hydrogen. The Icelandic geothermal power utility is set to start hydrogen fuel production later this month near its Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in Southwest Iceland, which is located close to the country`s capital, Reykjavik. The hydrogen station is part of a bigger European research project. Along with two other Icelandic companies – Orkan and Icelandic New Energy – ON Power is participating in a European hydrogen research project. As part of its participation, it has purchased an electrolyte, which…

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Novel carbon-neutral fuel from Iceland to be mixed with petrol for UK cars

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The Icelandic fuel is generated using a renewable power source. The carbon neutral fuel is methanol created by Icelandic-based Carbon Recycling International (CRI). It is produced using renewable geothermal energy, powered by a nearby volcano. For the first time in the UK, methanol will come from a full renewable source. Although methanol combined with petrol isn’t exactly new in the UK, what makes CRI’s methanol unique is that it is produced entirely from renewables and it is not biofuel. This helps to eliminate the concerns of biomass critics who feel…

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Mexico could achieve its geothermal energy potential with help from Seequent

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Mexico has the capacity to generate huge geothermal power. The country has incredible geothermal energy potential, but the cost to tap into this potential has created a significant barrier. However, Seequent, a New Zealand company, may be able to help Mexico overcome this hurdle. The New Zealand company has developed a close relationship with Mexico. Since its inception back in 2004, Seequent has developed a close relationship with the North American country. Specializing in developing technologies designed to overcome environmental, earth and energy challenges, Seequent intends to support the development…

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Samsung aims for 100% renewable energy

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Company had ambitious new plans for clean power Samsung has announced that it will completely power it’s operations in the United States,  China, and Europe with renewable energy. The company plans to accomplish this goal within the next two years. Samsung has already made significant progress toward this endeavor in its native South Korea. There, the company installed some 42,000 square meters of solar panels and has begun tapping into geothermal energy. Samsung will help partners embrace renewable power Samsung has also announced that it will be working with its…

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China aims to use renewable energy to generate heat

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China launches a new heating plan for its northern provinces China intends to use renewable energy to provide heat for half of its northern provinces by 2019. By 2021, an estimated 70% of the heat generated in the north will come from renewable energy systems. Beijing is an aggressive supporter of this endeavor. The city has long been working to distance itself from fossil-fuels, largely due to its air pollution problems. By embracing clean power, Beijing may be able to accomplish its goal and focus more heavily on clean technology…

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Geothermal energy may be coming to the University of Utah

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University seeks to make use of clean power The University of Utah is looking to make more use of geothermal energy. The university is currently working to finalize a deal that will see approximately half of its electricity come from clean power sources. Currently, both Cyrq Energy, a company based in Utah, and Berkshire Hathaway Renewables have submitted proposals to provide the university with renewable energy. These companies are looking to bring some 30 megawatts of clean power to the University of Utah over the next 25 years. Geothermal energy…

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Geothermal energy could help Central America prosper

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IRENA highlights the potential benefits of geothermal power in Central America Geothermal energy could be key to helping Central America become a low-carbon economy, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Central America is home to vast geothermal resources, much of which has gone untapped. This is beginning to change, however, and many Central American countries have now established themselves as leaders in geothermal installations. IRENA suggests that low-carbon economic development could be accelerated in these countries if governments embrace new policies. Countries could tap into geothermal energy for…

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New geothermal energy system could take form in Scotland

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Plans to develop a new geothermal system are advancing in Scotland Plans to develop a new geothermal energy project in Glasgow, Scotland, may become reality next month. The United Kingdom Geoenergy Observatories Project is looking to build Glasgow’s Geothermal Energy Research Field. The new system would help gather information on the viability of geothermal power. This form of energy has begun to gain more attention in the United Kingdom in recent years. This is largely due to the country’s overarching interest in clean energy. Scotland may become a leader in…

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US may not be able to meet its renewable energy goals by 2050

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Study suggests that the country may miss its renewable energy targets due to narrow focus The United States may need to expand its energy focus if it intends to become carbon neutral in the future. A new study from a group of 21 academic and private energy researchers argues that the country’s focus on renewable energy is too narrow. As such, the U.S. may not be able to meet its environmental goals of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Moreover, the country may not even be able to significantly reduce its…

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Washington looks to build up its geothermal energy capacity

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New legislation aims to streamline the use of geothermal energy in the state Washington legislators have passed a new bill that aims to streamline the state’s use of geothermal energy. The state has shown some interest in this form of clean power recently, but has been slow to embrace geothermal power when compared to its neighbors. Washington already uses a heavy mix of clean power sources, but is now looking to ensure that geothermal energy plays a larger role in its sustainable future. Washington has been somewhat slow in developing…

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Los Angeles will be receiving power from geothermal energy sources

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LADWP forms agreement to make use of geothermal energy The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has formed a new agreement to make use of geothermal energy. This is expected to help Los Angeles accomplish its environmental goals within the coming years. By 2025, the city intends to become coal-free, relying completely on renewable energy. The agreement to acquire geothermal energy was approved by the City Council and finally signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti shortly thereafter. Geothermal energy will be coming from projects in Nevada Per the agreement,…

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Ambitious geothermal energy project in Iceland successfully completes its first phase

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Iceland Deep Drilling Project has completed drilling into a volcano Geologists and engineers in Iceland have successfully completed the first stage of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, focused on gauging the economic feasibility of unconventional geothermal energy resources. The project involved drilling deep into the heart of a volcano. Drilling such a borehole is quite risky, but the project has managed to reach its target depth. Now, researchers will determine how the volcano can be used to generate geothermal energy in an effective manner. Project drills 2.9 miles into a…

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Geothermal heating plant spreads the warmth in Paris

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The Clichy-Batignolles municipality of the French capital now has a fully operational facility. The geothermal heating plant launched at the Paris City Hall in February is now operational. The facility is located in the Clichy-Batignolles municipality in the greater Parisian area. The new geothermal facility provides home within the district with eco-friendly heat and sanitary water. Aside from the environmental advantages available through the geothermal heating plant, it was also designed to be the first component of a broader network of localized power generation. It also represents a sizeable opportunity…

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Geothermal energy is gaining more ground in China

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Oil company begins to break into the geothermal energy market Sinopec, a large state-run oil company in China, has plans to move into geothermal energy. The company recently began drilling hundreds of wells throughout China. Instead of tapping into oil reserves, however, these wells are designed to leverage the potential of geothermal energy. This energy will be used to provide heat for homes in various parts of the country. This heat will not be generated through the use of fossil-fuels, making it environmentally friendly. Northern provinces are experiencing the benefits…

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Iceland to develop one of the world’s largest geothermal energy systems

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New geothermal energy project is being developed in Iceland Iceland has begun development on what may become the world’s deepest geothermal borehole. The country is drilling the borehole into the heart of a volcano. The borehole will be at a depth of 3.10 miles, significantly deeper than other geothermal boreholes in the country. Iceland is currently one of the leading producers of geothermal energy and the country is eager to embrace this form of power more aggressively in an effort to reduce reliance on fossil-fuels. New project could generate up…

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China to invest $361 billion into the renewable energy sector

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China has high hopes for renewable energy China is set to invest $361 billion into renewable energy by 2020, according to the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA). The country has been working to distance itself from fossil-fuels in recent years and has become one of the largest investors in renewable energy. The NEA believes that renewable energy systems will account for approximately half of the electricity generated in China by 2020. Larger investments in renewable energy may have a significant impact on China’s economy. Investing in renewable energy may create…

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