SolarCity teams with Tesla Motors to develop new residential energy system

Hydrogen Fuel - Working together

Partnership aims to make solar energy more affordable SolarCity, a leading developer of solar energy systems used for homes and businesses, has announced a partnership with Tesla Motors, makers of electric vehicles. The partnership will be focused on combining solar panels with home batteries in an effort to make solar energy more alluring to consumers. The coalition is spurred by the rapidly dropping price of solar panel manufacture and batteries. The two companies believe that this trend can be used to make alternative energy a viable option for home energy.…

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World’s first electrified snail generates electricity with a biofuel cell

biofuel-snail

Scientists from the Clarkson University in New York have created the world’s first electrified snail. The snail’s shell is equipped with a small biofuel cell that produces electricity. The snail is the latest addition in living organisms sporting their own energy systems. The science community has been interested in how energy systems can be integrated into living organisms for some time. Last year, a cockroach fitted with its own hydrogen fuel cell made its debut and was to be used as a new kind of spy device. Researchers implanted a…

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Report shows that global catalyst market is showing healthy signs of growth

Renewable Energy Report

ReportsnReports, a market research firm that accumulates reports from around the world, has added a new report to its offering. The report, “Refinery Catalyst Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018,” details the trends emerging in the global catalyst market. The report concerns hydro-processing catalysts, which are commonly used in hydrogen fuel cells. Comprising 683 pages, the data contained within the report suggests that the market is growing at a quick pace and could reach $4.3 billion by 2018. The growth is largely spurred by the growing popularity…

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Federal government to grant Department of Energy more money to pursue alternative energy projects in 2012

US Alternative Energy

In late 2010, the Obama administration announced that it would be making cuts to the research and development fund for the Department of Energy for the 2011 fiscal year. The move was criticized by alternative energy advocates throughout the nation. As a result of the cuts, hydrogen, solar and wind power were forced to rely heavily on private investments in order to progress. Over the course of the year, however, the Department of Energy has taken a new stance on alternative energy, backed heavily by claims made by the Department…

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Department of Energy report details the supply risk associated with rare earth materials

Renewable Energy Report

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy has released a new report detailing how the supply of high-demand materials could affect the progress of alternative energy. The report, titled “2012 Critical Materials Strategy,” shows how important rare earth materials are to the clean energy business. These materials are often used in the construction of clean energy systems, such as hydrogen fuel cells. As their name suggests, these materials are rare and ultimately finite, presenting a significant supply risk to nations interested in adopting alternative energy. According to the report,…

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China to add 9 million green jobs in five years thanks to alternative energy plans

China Alternative Energy

A new report from the China Council of International Co-operation on Environment and Development shows that China could add at least 9.5 million jobs in the next five years as it adopts alternative energies. The coming of alternative energy brings a new sector of business often referred to as “green business.” New technologies demand new jobs and new energy systems must be maintained by new personnel. The report finds that the adoption of clean technology and alternative energy could revolutionize the Chinese economy, leading the nation to a new era…

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Cold fusion a reality thanks to E-Cat reactor and Andrea Rossi

Andrea Rossi

As technology advances, new energy systems are becoming viable for humanity. Cold fusion, a controversial yet promising way to generate energy, has been the subject of much debate in recent months. Research concerning cold fusion has been difficult to follow due to the disdain the scientific community has for the concept. Physicist Andrea Rossi has been working on a new cold fusion energy system called E-Cat, which is built to generate more than 1 megawatt of electricity every hour. The E-Cat is a large, cold fusion reactor that has generated…

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