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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

Is wind energy what we want?

Is wind energy what we want?

Posted Fri, 05 Aug 2011 13:09:00 GMT by Jessica Allan

As Chris Huhne addressed Vestas this week, Jessica Allan discusses whether public opinion will prevent the large scale implementation of wind energy in the UK. Wind energy does seem a very attractive option - it can be produced in the UK, which could massively increase energy security, lower greenhouse emissions and act as a buffer against global energy price fluctuations.

Is wind energy what we want?

No respite for Kenyans, as power cost rises

No respite for Kenyans, as power cost rises

Posted Thu, 04 Aug 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Peter Kahare

There is no respite for Kenyans as cost of electricity supply is set to steadily rise for the next three months due to low rainfall. Between now and October, Kenyans should expect to pay higher prices for electricity as power will be generated from fuel.

No respite for Kenyans, as power cost rises

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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

Energy for free from the sea

Posted Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:53:48 GMT by JW Dowey

One country's solar energy storage problems

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

President Obama Addresses Clean Energy Standard, Dependence On Oil

Posted Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:34:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Message from Fukushima - stop playing with fire and harvest the sun

Posted Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:33:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Clean energy now lags behind fossil fuels

Posted Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:27:51 GMT by JW Dowey

From Solar Panel To Bio-panel, Going Green With Algae.

Posted Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:33:02 GMT by Kieran Ball

Wind power backed in Britain - but not by Donald Trump

Posted Sat, 21 Apr 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

WWF reports 100% Renewable Energy Power is Possible

Posted Mon, 14 Feb 2011 08:00:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Solar could meet 16% of heating, cooling energy demand by 2050

Posted Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:21:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Arizona argument: The impact of renewable energy

Posted Sun, 11 Dec 2011 15:14:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Solar power 'the real thing' after Japan earthquake

Posted Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:15:04 GMT by Adrian Bishop

UK wave power machines get new funding

Posted Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:39:00 GMT by Julian Jackson