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Forest fuel may need rethinking

Forest fuel may need rethinking

Posted Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:24:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Obtaining biofuel from forests has been shown to increase carbon emissions. Biofuel production is not without controversy; the food or fuel debate cannot be avoided in developing countries and the impact on water resources is unavoidable. The drive to find alternatives to fossil fuels has caused as many arguments as it has found solutions.

Forest fuel may need rethinking

Learning solar lessons from the plant world

Learning solar lessons from the plant world

Posted Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:35:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Plants use the sun with brilliant efficiency and scientists are trying to learn how the microscopic systems they use to photosynthesise light could make our own solar power systems more efficient. Scientists are trying to learn better ways to harvest the sun's energy from photosynthesis in plants.

Learning solar lessons from the plant world

Solar Cells for the Future

Solar Cells for the Future

Posted Thu, 22 Sep 2011 23:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

With the use of cells in watches, road signs, buoys and on your local rooftops, the future of the PV (photovoltaic) cell seems assured to be in all of our futures. To utilise the 1KW of energy per m2 that lands on top of us would be a solution to most energy problems.

Solar Cells for the Future

Fukushima six months on: scientists assess the impacts

Fukushima six months on: scientists assess the impacts

Posted Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:29:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The Japanese earthquake and tsunami cast new doubt on the safety of nuclear power facilities and, six months, on politicians and scientists are starting to assess the impacts of the biggest nuclear incident since Chernobyl.

Fukushima six months on: scientists assess the impacts

US researchers detect radioactivity from Fukushima in US air

US researchers detect radioactivity from Fukushima in US air

Posted Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:54:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Texas at Austin have published a research paper describing the detection of radio-xenon in air sampled in the USA (Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Volume 102, Issue 7, July 2011, Pages 681-68).

US researchers detect radioactivity from Fukushima in US air

Fatal accident at Marcoule nuclear facility

Fatal accident at Marcoule nuclear facility

Posted Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:52:01 GMT by Mike Campbell

A worker was reported to have been killed in an accident at the site of the Marcoule nuclear facility. The incident, which left four other people injured, one seriously, involved a fire and an explosion near a furnace in a radioactive waste storage area, but authorities are stressing that there has been no release of radiation to the environment at this stage.

Fatal accident at Marcoule nuclear facility

Texas struggles to manage hydrofracking water use

Texas struggles to manage hydrofracking water use

Posted Sat, 10 Sep 2011 16:49:00 GMT by Michael Clark

Drought-stricken Texas is looking to manage water use at hydrofracking operations, but current law is flawed: operators using wells for hydrofracking are exempt from water use reporting requirements. Water utilities and regulators have put restrictions on residential, commercial, and agricultural water use, and now they are turning to fracking.

Texas struggles to manage hydrofracking water use

Nano tubes strengthen turbine future

Nano tubes strengthen turbine future

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:05:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A new material could be the answer to the current maxing out of wind turbine size caused by blade weight. A university researcher has found a new material to make lighter blades that are eight times tougher than the current best.

Nano tubes strengthen turbine future

Liquid costs of biofuel grasses

Liquid costs of biofuel grasses

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

While some grasses may produce a good return in biofuel production, the amount of water they drink could make them unsuitable and costly in many conditions. A University of Illinois study carried out a detailed analysis effects on water supplies associated with growing miscanthus and switchgrass which have been tipped as a possible alternative to corn as a biofuel crop.

Liquid costs of biofuel grasses

Does the panda hold a key to the greenest biofuels?

Does the panda hold a key to the greenest biofuels?

Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:31:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Bacteria lurking in the gut of bamboo-chomping pandas may help 'cellulosic biofuels' to leap a major hurdle for their wider use. Analysis of panda poop, presented at this week's ACS meeting, has shown that enzymes from the bacteria are excellent at digesting the cellulose in grasses, woods and stalks - and at everyday conditions, potentially opening the door for new biofuels that don't compete for land with crops for food.

Does the panda hold a key to the greenest biofuels?

Put Arctic drilling plans on ice, says WWF Russia

Put Arctic drilling plans on ice, says WWF Russia

Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2011 19:38:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

WWF Russia is asking for authorities there to pause plans for oil-drilling in the Arctic's Pechora Sea, claiming that company Gazprom would be unable to handle anything except the most minor of spills. The area is home to a major migratory bird feeding ground, as well as endangered Atlantic walruses. A region-wide plan for upgrading oil-spill infrastructure is desperately needed they say.

Put Arctic drilling plans on ice, says WWF Russia

US seeks to implement lessons learned from Fukushima quickly

US seeks to implement lessons learned from Fukushima quickly

Posted Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:27:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

Post Fukushima, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) quickly established a Task Force which was charged with analysing the Fukushima incident and identifying changes and improvements which could be applied to the American nuclear industry. The NRC now seek to implement the lessons learned - and as quickly as possible.

US seeks to implement lessons learned from Fukushima quickly

'Hinkley Point C' - Britain's newest nuclear power station

'Hinkley Point C' - Britain's newest nuclear power station

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:11:00 GMT by Peter Schofield

This article looks at the newest UK nuclear development - 'Hinkley Point C' and compares energy supply with that of renewable energy, set in the UK. Nuclear energy has been under rapid fire from industry experts this year and public perception has been shaken in the fission technology since the Fukushima disaster early this year. EDF has been given permission to build 'Hinkley Point C' on the Somerset Coast.

'Hinkley Point C' - Britain's newest nuclear power station

Trump opposes Aberdeen offshore wind farm

Trump opposes Aberdeen offshore wind farm

Posted Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:58:01 GMT by Jessica Allan

US billionaire Donald Trump has criticised the proposal of a small offshore wind farm off the Aberdeen coast, the location of his luxury golf resort. Trump claims that the turbines will spoil the view, but this seems hypocritical given that the construction of his 500 hectare resort has dramatically changed the visual landscape of the coast.

Trump opposes Aberdeen offshore wind farm

Half-way report in fracking from US DoE - full of half-measures?

Half-way report in fracking from US DoE - full of half-measures?

Posted Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:59:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The US Department of Energy released its interim report on drilling for shale gas today, sketching out plans for gently easing a regulatory framework around fracking - whilst still leaving the door open to the shale gas boom. The boom itself continues to draw critics, though, not least those who believe the resource's potential may be overblown.

Half-way report in fracking from US DoE - full of half-measures?

Offshore wind farm provides shelter for some species

Offshore wind farm provides shelter for some species

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

While some campaigners against wind farms focus on birds killed by rotating turbines, new Dutch research suggests that offshore wind farms can in fact be a relatively benign influence on habitats providing shelter for many species in busy waters.

Offshore wind farm provides shelter for some species

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Energy aplenty from solar PV

Posted Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:02:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

What to do with CO2

Posted Thu, 22 May 2014 11:44:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Wind turbines save your city

Posted Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Energy aplenty from the tides

Posted Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:59:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Energy across borders cuts prices

Posted Mon, 06 Jan 2014 09:14:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Energy on the cheap

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

Future energy from photosynthetic protein

Posted Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:30:01 GMT by JW Dowey

The future offshore is wind

Posted Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Nuclear deserted?

Posted Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Fusion attempt successful

Posted Tue, 08 Oct 2013 13:27:35 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Blue superhighway' threatened by well near Australian reef

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2011 12:31:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Jet stream winds show less renewable energy potential

Posted Mon, 12 Dec 2011 15:55:18 GMT by Adrian Bishop

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

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

California Solar Energy Subsidies Are Shining Bright

Posted Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:59:00 GMT by Albert Ross

Nuclear Age: Another of Humanity's Disastrous Decisions

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 19:40:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Wind turbines 'help crops', say US researchers

Posted Tue, 04 Jan 2011 14:15:00 GMT by John Dean

New biogas plant opens in Belgium

Posted Wed, 05 Sep 2012 05:58:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Hydrofracking impacts water quantity, too

Posted Mon, 16 May 2011 22:59:00 GMT by Michael Clark

Google says cheap renewable energy will take longer than expected

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

Solar energy for US student homes

Posted Fri, 18 May 2012 11:58:10 GMT by Adrian Bishop