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Why fickle wind power wins out over nuclear

Why fickle wind power wins out over nuclear

Posted Tue, 10 May 2011 14:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Whilst yesterday's Renewable Energy Review pushed the UK's nuclear button firmly - as a solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions - it's in fact a time to hit the pause button. Nuclear power will be a costly dangerous diversion from the real solution - making truly renewable energy sources into a reliable foundation for our future energy needs.

Why fickle wind power wins out over nuclear

Nuclear crutch needed says UK's Renewable Energy Review

Nuclear crutch needed says UK's Renewable Energy Review

Posted Mon, 09 May 2011 14:26:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The UK's Climate Change Committee threw its weight behind a greater role for nuclear power, in order to achieve renewables targets of 15% by 2020, and 30% by 2030. As part of a broad review of the renewables sector, asked for by the governing Coalition, the road-map set out sees a mix of 'low-carbon' energy sources - but a slow-down in the push for offshore wind farms.

Nuclear crutch needed says UK's Renewable Energy Review

UN Clean Development Mechanism Hits 3,000 Projects

UN Clean Development Mechanism Hits 3,000 Projects

Posted Sun, 08 May 2011 13:15:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Scheme to help developing countries reduce emissions reaches important milestone. The UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) which is designed to help reduce greenhouse gases from developing countries has reached 3000 projects: a wind farm in Inner Mongolia, which is a province of China.

UN Clean Development Mechanism Hits 3,000 Projects

Evolving more efficient wind farms

Evolving more efficient wind farms

Posted Thu, 05 May 2011 19:04:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

Dr Frank Neumann of the School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide is using this approach to determine the best placement of turbines on a wind farm to enhance their productivity. The project involves collaboration with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Evolving more efficient wind farms

New York Looks to Landfill for Renewable Energy

New York Looks to Landfill for Renewable Energy

Posted Tue, 03 May 2011 21:54:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Are 'brownfield' sites the renewable power generators of tomorrow? Landfill, disused mines, redundant industrial sites and even rooftops are all starting to look like attractive locations for renewable energies generators such as solar power, wind turbines and even biomass production. All we need is the commitment from business and government to put them to good use.

New York Looks to Landfill for Renewable Energy

US wind power strategy won't be stymied by warming climate

US wind power strategy won't be stymied by warming climate

Posted Tue, 03 May 2011 16:21:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Global warming is unlikely to suck the power out of a US wind farm energy solution. That's the good news to come from a paper in this weeks Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which projects strengthening winds in many areas slated for wind farms. The paper helps to fill in a worrying blank on the possible knock-ons to renewables due to climate change.

US wind power strategy won't be stymied by warming climate

Google says cheap renewable energy will take longer than expected

Google says cheap renewable energy will take longer than expected

Posted Sat, 30 Apr 2011 14:27:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Google's drive to make renewable energy cheaper than coal power energy is a long term mission. Since launching the initiative, Google has cut investment in renewable energy technology companies while increasing investment in renewable power generation schemes, most notably with a recent $100 million investment in the world's largest wind farm in Oregon, US.

Google says cheap renewable energy will take longer than expected

Rose-tinted report on China's emissions can't dodge bullet

Rose-tinted report on China's emissions can't dodge bullet

Posted Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:26:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The authors of a new report from Berkeley Lab may paint a rosy picture of China's future emissions, seeing them as peaking much earlier than other analysts - but sadly it may still be too little, too late, unless we all take our foot off of the global gas pedal.

Rose-tinted report on China's emissions can't dodge bullet

Biofuels tipped to fuel transportation sector by 2050

Biofuels tipped to fuel transportation sector by 2050

Posted Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:59:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Biofuels are predicted to be supplying over a quarter of the world's transport fuel market by the year 2050. As the world struggles with rising petrol and diesel costs, biofuels are increasingly being seen as the most viable alternative source. However, this will come at a cost.

Biofuels tipped to fuel transportation sector by 2050

Ukraine marks 25th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster

Ukraine marks 25th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster

Posted Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:58:00 GMT by Laura Brown

25 years on, the world remembers history's worst nuclear disaster. Just after midnight on 26 April 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, just 60 miles north of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, exploded. Over 350,000 people were evacuated. It was, and remains, the world's worst nuclear disaster.

Ukraine marks 25th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster

Green Energy From Estuaries

Green Energy From Estuaries

Posted Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:22:01 GMT by Mike Campbell

An estuary is defined as being the mixing zone where fresh river water meets the salt water of the ocean. The penetration of salt water into the fresh river water can extend backwards from the coast for some distance. Researchers at Stanford University recently published details of a battery which uses changes in salinity to produce electricity (see Nano Lett., 2011, 11 (4), pp 1810-1813).

Green Energy From Estuaries

Fukushima: A Rush to Nuclear Energy Judgment?

Fukushima: A Rush to Nuclear Energy Judgment?

Posted Mon, 25 Apr 2011 08:10:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

At the start of this piece, let me nail my colours to the mast: I am a proponent of nuclear energy and I have worked on the periphery of the nuclear industry. What has slowly emerged since a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit north east Japan on the 11th of March has served to show how ignorant the world is about radioactivity and risk.

Fukushima: A Rush to Nuclear Energy Judgment?

Hydrogen fuel-cells get a boost with a cheap catalyst makeover

Hydrogen fuel-cells get a boost with a cheap catalyst makeover

Posted Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Hydrogen-powered cars, laptops and mobiles could be a step closer, thanks to the discovery of a practical - and cheap - alternative to sky-high priced platinum. Platinum is currently the best catalyst for hydrogen fuel-cells. But the new carbon-iron-cobalt catalyst, described in today's Science, works as well as platinum, and its low cost could pull hydrogen power out of the shadows into a brighter renewable future.

Hydrogen fuel-cells get a boost with a cheap catalyst makeover

Nine month pledge to end Japan's nuclear crisis

Nine month pledge to end Japan's nuclear crisis

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2011 11:07:27 GMT by Laura Brown

Tepco puts a roadmap in place to end the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant by the end of the year.The operators of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are implementing a nine month roadmap, ensuring the crisis will be resolved by the end of 2011. Fresh concerns were raised last week when, on Friday, levels of radiation in the sea near reactor 2 were measured to be 6,500 times the legal limit.

Nine month pledge to end Japan's nuclear crisis

Ethical impact of biofuels bonanza has 'backfired badly'

Ethical impact of biofuels bonanza has 'backfired badly'

Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:52:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Government policies that have pushed biofuels as part of the move to a greener transport system, have often pushed ethical concerns, for indigenous peoples, to one side. So says a new report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, on the ethical impact of the rush to biofuels. An internationally agreed ethical certification scheme is the way forward, say the authors.

Ethical impact of biofuels bonanza has 'backfired badly'

Shale-gas 'worse than coal' for total life-cycle emissions

Shale-gas 'worse than coal' for total life-cycle emissions

Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 13:05:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A new study on the total climate-impact of fossil fuels shows that natural gas is more dangerous to the planet than coal - but that top of the roost for climate-change causing fuels may well be shale gas. This massive new energy resource, being aggressively exploited across the US, has been slated for the waste-water pollution contamination from 'fracking'. Now its image as a 'clean' transitional fuel is in doubt too.

Shale-gas 'worse than coal' for total life-cycle emissions

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Battery Power helps renewable energy independents.

Posted Wed, 04 May 2016 08:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Climate warriors, renewables champions, carbon absorbers or not?

Posted Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

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Hybrid energy: bacteria+solar harvesting!

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Smart, energetic glass could take over

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Rise of Renewables: a first for Solar Power in Central Asia

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Oil boom in Texas is over?

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Wave power works with heart technology!

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High-energy desert sun and water/wind power from mountains!

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Solar fuel cells develop in Sweden.

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The Battle for Keystone

Posted Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:02:38 GMT by Michael Evans

Photovoltaic Summer!

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Liquid costs of biofuel grasses

Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2011 16:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Amnesty slams 'sacrificing' of Amazon's peoples rights over new dam license

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 16:16:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Scaling Down Ambitions on Renewable Energy Not Cost Effective

Posted Tue, 08 Nov 2011 20:52:01 GMT by Angela Munro

Offshore wind farm provides shelter for some species

Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:03:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Energy on the cheap

Posted Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:35:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Scots smash renewable energy targets

Posted Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:21:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Decreasing support for nuclear power in the U.S.

Posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 07:02:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

One country's solar energy storage problems

Posted Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:56:30 GMT by JW Dowey