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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.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 10 comments

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.
In the Media by Matthew Hendricks - 6 comments

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.
In the Media by Michael Thomas - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 3 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by J Ocean Dennie - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto

'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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 8 comments

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.
In the Media by Yani Smith - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Yani Smith

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.
In the Media by Yani Smith

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.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tucker Cummings - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Andrew Reeves - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Alexander Baron

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.
In the Media by Alexander Baron

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.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann

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.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Crematoriums heating homes in Denmark, Sweden

In the process of trying to make crematoriums more eco-friendly, some communities in Sweden and Denmark have come up with a novel source of energy. Instead of letting all that excess heat go up the chimney, it’s piped into the local heating network.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

Maine, Nova Scotia sign offshore energy agreement

Both Maine and Nova Scotia have been actively developing alternative sources of energy over the past several years, and now they’ll be working together to develop offshore wind and tidal energy sources.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 5 comments

Bloom Box new alternative energy source?

Its inventor promises this little device, somewhat smaller than the average household furnace, will revolutionize the energy industry.
In the Media by Stephanie Dearing - 3 comments

U.S.Oil Dependency Has Historical Roots

When the Drake Oil Well in Titusville, Pennsylvania began seeping crude oil 150 years ago, humanity allowed itself to become engulfed in the ecology of oil.
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 15 comments

Native American Chief Holds Patent for Viable Energy Source

As America looks to alternative energy sources, someone who respects the environment might have the answer to preserving it and solving the nation's alternative energy needs at the same time.
In the Media by Carol Forsloff - 9 comments

The Passive House heating concept - no furnace, but warm

Have some good thick insulation and a thing called a heat exchanger, and it looks like you can have a nice warm home for almost nothing, compared to normal heating bills. Instead of central heating, this is central ventilation.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 11 comments

Seaweed Promoted as an Alternative Energy Source

In the very near future, seaweed and algae might be harvested in order to provide society with alternative energy sources.
In the Media by Susan Keeping - 5 comments

People Should Be Encouraged, Not Forced To Switch To Renewable Energy

The council of Marburg, Germany has passed a law making it mandatory for its homeowners to install solar panels. While the decision is aimed at reducing the town's carbon emissions but some citizens are unhappy with this 'green dictatorship'.
In the Media by mridulc - 7 comments

Wind-Powered Vehicle Ready to Race in the Netherlands

Students of the Team InVentus at Stuttgart University constructed a vehicle, the Ventomobile, that is solely powered by wind energy.
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 5 comments

Playground Seesaw Generates Energy

Daniel Sheridan is hoping to solve the energy problems in Africa by enlisting the help of children in the playground. His invention won the "most innovative product" award.
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 10 comments
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