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Amazing 'spinning' wind turbine wins UK Dyson award

A new device called the O-Wind Turbine that can capture wind from any direction has been awarded the coveted Dyson Award. Most importantly, unlike traditional turbines, it could be effective in cities.

Manure could heat your home

Waterloo - Farm manure could be a effective source of renewable energy, according to new research. This would additionally help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.

World's most powerful wind turbine unveiled

GE Renewable Resources is planing to construct an offshore wind turbine, said to be the world's most powerful ever. The turbine will be some 100 meters taller than the Washington Monument obelisk in the U.S.

Innovations in wind power inspired by owl feathers

Bethlehem - Scientists have devised a mathematical solution to minimize noise and to maximize the aerodynamics in relation to porous airfoils (2-D wings). This will improve wind turbines and air vehicles.

Essential Science: Alternative power from the microbial world

From biofuels to batteries, microorganisms provide unique and continual alternative resources for the energy industry. The question is whether they can provide this energy consistently and reliably? Several biotech startups think so.

Renewable energy leaps forward with floating wind farm

Aberdeen - New technology will enable the world's first floating wind farm to be constructed and the platform has emerged, for its first public viewing, off the coast of Scotland. The technology promises lower costs energy for businesses and consumers.

New evidence for wind turbines posing risks to birds

San Fransisco - Wind turbines have many advocates as a low-cost source of ‘green’ electricity. However, depending on where the turbines are cited, there is a risk of birds being killed.

World’s largest solar farm planned for Japan

Tokyo - Solar power is one of the leading ‘alternative energy’ technologies. Japan, which has long favored nuclear power solutions, is to construct the world’s largest solar power plant.

Denmark's wind-powered electricity usage sets world record

A staggering 42 percent of Denmark's domestic energy use came from wind power in 2015. This set a new world record, breaking a record Denmark set just a year before.

Clean hydrogen energy can allegedly be produced from methane

Rio De Janeiro - Researcher Fabio B. Noronha claims that he and his team with the National Institute of Technology may have found a way to convert methane into hydrogen energy.

First geothermal power plant in 15 years to go online in Japan

Japan has been actively seeking alternative energy sources since the Fukushima Daiachii disaster. With the public's resistance to reopening nuclear power plants, utilizing the country's many naturally occurring hot springs may be the answer.

Professor: U.S. can switch to 100% green energy by 2050

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago, Stanford professor Marc Jacobson presented The Solutions Project, a roadmap for the development of renewable energy sources across all 50 United States.

Sugar-powered batteries could be the future

Currently, lithium-ion batteries are the go-to for all technological needs, but they could soon fall by the wayside with news of a sugar-powered battery which lasts 10 times as long.

China smashes world record for solar installation in 2013

Beijing - China installed a record 12 gigawatts of solar panels in 2013, making the nation home to more photovoltaic panels than anywhere else on earth.

From plastic to oil: Making waves with a machine and a vision Special

Vancouver - Upgyres, a Vancouver organization, is looking to use the famous Blest machine that converts plastic into oil as a tool to clean up the North Pacifc plastic garbage patch. My interview with its director sheds light on this enterprise.

Canadian activist starts appeal against wind power company Special

The Ontario government is refusing to hear testimony from experts on noise and safety in an ongoing Environmental Review Tribunal, according to the campaign group Wind Concerns Ontario.

Artificial forest converts sunlight into energy, research claims

Berkeley scientists are developing an artificial forest to convert solar energy into chemical fuels. In a process that mimics photosynthesis, it soaks up light to generate oxygen and hydrogen, two gases that can be used to power fuel cells.

'Sirius' documentary has premiered, now available to view or buy

On April 22, Dr Steven Greer and filmmaker Amardeep Kaleka premiered their new alien documentary "Sirius" to the world, streamed online from Los Angeles, Ca. The film is now available for viewing and purchase.

America working together to stave off end of the oil age

Houston - Recently the oil and gas industry captured headlines in all news publications. Whether it was a new report stating the sector faces a “rollercoaster ride” or Iran building a huge oil refinery in Pakistan, Texas tea is always in the spotlight.

Google one step closer to wind power

The Google-backed Atlantic Wind Connection passed an initial approval stage this week and will now undergo an environmental review.

University of Southern California Develops Printable Solar Cells

Los Angeles - The path for cheap solar energy has been paved, but we can't walk it just yet. Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed a liquid solar cell which they say can essentially be printed onto surfaces of any shape.

Record 109% Growth in US Solar Panel Installations

2011 was a record smashing year for the US solar industry, with 109% growth in the number of photovoltaic solar installations.

Op-Ed: Turning rubbish into energy — The Kenyan way

Africa has long been regarded as a basket case and a bottomless pit for aid, but now, with a little help from their President and a foundation, Kenyans are doing something for themselves: building wind turbines from scrap metal.

You may someday drive a car powered by coffee

Coffee junkies rely on their daily java to propel them through the morning, but it may not be long before automobiles are also powered by caffeine.

Belgium parliament agrees to complete phase-out of nuclear power

Brussels - Belgium's coalition government has agreed on a conditional exit strategy to wean the European nation off domestically-generated nuclear power by 2025.

Op-Ed: Tragedy & Hope — A massive oil slick, and massive wind generators

As Shell confirms a massive oil spill in the North Sea, an equally massive windfarm is launched from a Belfast shipyward to generate clean, renewable energy for Britain.

Op-Ed: Yet another oil spill, and a glimmer of hope for the future

The name Deepwater Horizon will live forever in the halls of infamy, which may not be long if the doomsayers are right, and as yet another major spill is reported, this time off the coast of Scotland.

Britain must invest in green technology, says minister

Energy Minister Chris Huhne appeared on a BBC current affairs programme this morning, and was upbeat about the challenges presented by the ongoing turbulence in oil and gas prices.

Obama to expand oil production, industry says ‘positive nuggets’

Washington - President Barack Obama on Saturday called for increased domestic oil and gas production through the extension of existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaskan coast, and for issuing more lease sales in Alaska’s Federal Petroleum Reserve.

Natural gas shortages reported across several US states

After numerous winter storms and sustained cold temperatures have struck across the nation, several US states are experiencing shortages in natural gas supplies.
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The Cachoeira de Paulo Afonso hydro-electric plant in Brazil.
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