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Light energy stored in a battery at last

Light energy stored in a battery at last



Researchers have advanced on yet another front in the race to achieve solar energy for all. The wind power enthusiasts must be wondering when their next development can “eclipse” the achievements of the photochemists!

How to lighten your life: a solar power guide

How to lighten your life: a solar power guide

Subsistence is a life style now. Using wind power or PV cells, we can all reduce energy costs, both to ourselves and the environment.

Wind turbines save your city

Wind turbines save your city

Some nations have disregarded wind turbines as an energy source, until now. The added advantage of a protective function against all storms would gain lots of political clout in certain cities we know!

Photovoltaic Summer!

Photovoltaic Summer!



The future may be in fracking, as we reported from the UK last week. It does seem more likely that the improvement recently in integrated solar absorption technology and simpler photovoltaic systems should join with wind energy and the sheer power of hydro-electricity in converting us FROM gas.

A New Wind Blows Sheer Efficiency

A New Wind Blows Sheer Efficiency

Promising new EU wind energy and offshore wind turbine technology research project, SUPRAPOWER, which means, SUPerconducting, Reliable, lightweight, And more POWERful offshore wind turbine.

Belgium Plans Doubly-Effective ''Island of Wind''

Belgium Plans Doubly-Effective ''Island of Wind''

Belgium plans to increase its renewable wind energy capacity by constructing a doughnut shaped 'Island of Wind' in the North Sea.

The sounds of mellow fruitfulness from wind energy organisations

The sounds of mellow fruitfulness from wind energy organisations

'Renewable UK' are having their annual gathering in Glasgow this week. The quite venerable organisation now includes tidal energy and wave power organisations, since it began as a simply academic wind power lobby.

Totally Wind-powered and Terrestrial

Totally Wind-powered and Terrestrial

Stanford University has announced that the next twenty years could see the world's energy requirements filled by wind energy.

America is full of Wind (power)

America is full of Wind (power)



New study outlines 2011 growth in the U.S. wind industry. Now only behind China in wind farm energy generation, some U.S. states have farmed the power bonus from this renewable energy source.

Blowing Wind Where the Sun Don't Shine

Blowing Wind Where the Sun Don't Shine



Could wind turbines save the world? An article written by Ashlea Jones discusses how wind energy could and should be developed as a renewable energy source in the United States where solar is not an option.

Obamable Energy

Obamable Energy

1.5 million homes will be powered as President Obama's ,''We Can't Wait'' renewable energy initiative on solar and wind power begins to gather pace.

Abundance raise first 300k for wind turbines, launch solar investment opportunity

Abundance raise first 300k for wind turbines, launch solar investment opportunity



The first £300,000 has been raised through 'democratic finance' in just four weeks for the Abundance wind turbine investment scheme in the UK. Abundance have also launched their second renewable energy investment opportunity, debentures in solar panels.

Democratic finance for UK wind power scheme

Democratic finance for UK wind power scheme

Abundance start new renewable energy community investment platform. Small investors are being given the chance to help fund a £1.4 million UK wind turbine development, putting in as little as £5 and getting returns of up to 8%, says Abundance NRG Ltd.

Global Wind Day 2012

Global Wind Day 2012



Global Wind Day on June 15th will give people the opportunity of finding out everything they need to know about wind energy. The use of wind power is almost as old as time and although wind farms operate in more than 75 countries around the world, for many people this form of energy production remains a mystery.

The soaring habits of Golden Eagles

The soaring habits of Golden Eagles

Migrating golden eagles use thermals and wind when flying to conserve energy. Wind farm developments have an impact on soaring bird species as a study on movements of golden eagles in flight shows.

Wind power backed in Britain - but not by Donald Trump

Wind power backed in Britain - but not by Donald Trump

Two surveys, welcomed by the WWF, show most Scottish and indeed the majority of all British people back wind farms. They come as property tycoon Donald Trump is due to appear before Scottish MSPs who are investigating a proposed wind farm that he claims will ruin the countryside and coast.

Bird kill during wind farm construction

Bird kill during wind farm construction



Bird deaths associated with wind turbines. Mortality estimates have varied widely and a study looks at what effect wind farm construction has on birds and why.

Getting exotic with clean energy technology

Getting exotic with clean energy technology

Even as solar panels, wind turbines and biofuels are powering their way into the conventional energy scene, clean energy innovators cannot pause for breath. New energy solutions bring new challenges, and so researchers are increasingly turning to the exotic to make the green energy dream real.

New York State aims to protect coastal wildlife and promote wind power

New York State aims to protect coastal wildlife and promote wind power



A new collaborative report has been compiled to help promote offshore renewable energy developments in New York State, while protecting fish and birdlife.

Farmer harvests £8k a year from wind turbine

Farmer harvests £8k a year from wind turbine

Eco-friendly dairy farmer Uriah Godsell is set to reap up to £8,000 a year in energy bill savings after installing a wind turbine from Ploughcroft Renewables.

WWF backs planned £1 billion Scottish wind farm projects

WWF backs planned £1 billion Scottish wind farm projects

Top environmental body WWF is backing plans to create 10 wind farms across Scotland that could inject £1 billion into the economy and create around 600 jobs.

Is Trump wrong to protest the wind?

Is Trump wrong to protest the wind?

Donald Trump is drawing on his big guns to fight wind power and preserve an unblemished view for his multi-million dollar golf development in Scotland. But does his fight against the wind turbine have any puff in it?

Wind power generates 6% of EU electricity

Wind power generates 6% of EU electricity

Last year, there was enough wind power capacity in the European Union to generate six per cent of its electricity, according to the European Wind Energy Association.

The Earth Times Asks: Should We Embrace Wind Power?

The Earth Times Asks: Should We Embrace Wind Power?

Continuing The Earth Times' series of debates on the hottest topics in the fields of the environment and conservation, we explore the arguments for and against wind power. Tackling the issue are Jonathan Pyke and Mark Duchamp.

The effect of wind turbines on bats

The effect of wind turbines on bats

Bat populations everywhere are being decimated by a combination of threats they have no defense against. For instance, there's white-nose syndrome in the northeastern and eastern United States. And now, bats are turning up dead in the vicinity of wind farms. The number of fatalities is appalling.

Tilting at Windmills

Tilting at Windmills



Article on the decreasing popularity of wind farms by Mike Campbell. Tilting at windmills looks at how his attitude to wind power has changed over the past 20 years.

Nano tubes strengthen turbine future

Nano tubes strengthen turbine future

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.

Trump opposes Aberdeen offshore wind farm

Trump opposes Aberdeen offshore wind farm

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.

Offshore wind farm provides shelter for some species

Offshore wind farm provides shelter for some species



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.

Is wind energy what we want?

Is wind energy what we want?

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.

Scottish Government pledges to boost renewables in agriculture sector

Scottish Government pledges to boost renewables in agriculture sector

Farmers expected to benefit from Green Energy revolution in Scotland. Wind Turbines can, for example be installed on agricultural or grazing land and provide an extra income-stream, yet only marginally reduce the area used for food growing. Similarly production of biofuels from agricultural waste maximises the return farmers can make on their investments.

Wind of discontent

Wind of discontent

An environmentalist observing the steady rotation of the hundreds offshore wind turbines at the coast of Germany's North Sea, stretching from the Dutch border all the way up to the islands of Fohr and Sylt, gets a sense of a peaceful tranquility and hopeful enthusiasm: This could be the future of green energy, one possible way to help fight climate change. Meanwhile, the troubles under the surface of the water usually go unnoticed.

Winds of change in the US

Winds of change in the US

Campaigner call for more consistent policy for the wind energy sector. The new chair of the American Wind Energy Association is calling for more consistency at policy level to develop the wind sector. Does it point to a change in how government sees wind energy in the US?

Biodiversity Research Institute studies wind turbine dangers to wildlife

Biodiversity Research Institute studies wind turbine dangers to wildlife



Careful location of renewable energy developments may reduce impacts on birds and bats. Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) has established a new wildlife and renewable energy program to study and understand the movements of birds and bats and to assess the potential interactions between energy facilities and wildlife.

WindMade of change in new business certification

WindMade of change in new business certification



A new certfication process will allow companies to boast of their use of wind power to consumers keen to buy green. Companies can start to use the 'WindMade' certification from September this year, with a standard for products planned to follow.

Celebrate the power of wind with Global Wind Day

Celebrate the power of wind with Global Wind Day

Today, Global Wind Day is being celebrated around the world to promote the untapped possibilities of using wind to supply our energy. Today there are wind farms in operation in more than 75 countries, which generate renewable energy delivering power to millions of people.

Rare Earth Metals - a Bottleneck in Supply?

Rare Earth Metals - a Bottleneck in Supply?

Vital element in clean technology could have shortages, but new mines are on the horizon. China currently supplies 97% of the so-called Rare Earths - metal elements which are vital to green technologies like electric cars, fuel cells or wind turbines, not to mention iPhones, plasma screens, and myriads of other consumer goods.

Why fickle wind power wins out over nuclear

Why fickle wind power wins out over nuclear



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.

Nuclear crutch needed says UK's Renewable Energy Review

Nuclear crutch needed says UK's Renewable Energy Review

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.

UN Clean Development Mechanism Hits 3,000 Projects

UN Clean Development Mechanism Hits 3,000 Projects



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.

Evolving more efficient wind farms

Evolving more efficient wind farms



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.

Wind Farms paid to stop producing energy

Wind Farms paid to stop producing energy

Research reveals six Scottish wind farms were paid £890,000 to shut down. Six wind farms in Scotland were paid £890,000 to stop producing energy because the National Grid was unable to use the power they were generating. The cost - around 20 times the value of the electricity being generated - it is expected, will ultimately be passed down to the consumer.

New York Looks to Landfill for Renewable Energy

New York Looks to Landfill for Renewable Energy



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.

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

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

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.

Google says cheap renewable energy will take longer than expected

Google says cheap renewable energy will take longer than expected



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.

Wind power may have limits - but we don't need to push them

Wind power may have limits - but we don't need to push them

Headlines that wind power may not be renewable have quickly been scotched - with New Scientist changing its title for the provocative piece. It looked at a paper on how renewable energy production stacked up against the amount of 'free energy' the earth has at its disposal. But do we really need to claim such massive shares of the earth's energy bounty that those limits become a concern?

Credit-crisis dragged wind power's 2010 growth down

Credit-crisis dragged wind power's 2010 growth down

The growth in wind power slowed in 2010, according to the Global Wind Report, an annual overview from the wind industry. But brighter things are projected for the next 2 years, with China and the developing world leading the way.

Scotland to Build World's Largest Tidal Power Array

Scotland to Build World's Largest Tidal Power Array

Ten underwater turbines to lead technology research in exciting project. The Scottish Government has backed a plan to build 10 one-megawatt tidal power turbines in a strait between the small islands of Islay (pronounced ''Isla'') and Jura off the West coast of Scotland. This will be the world's largest tidal power station - which resembles a wind farm, only underwater!

Make Your Own Energy Pathways to 2050

Make Your Own Energy Pathways to 2050

UK Climate Change Department releases software tool Pathways 2050 to open debate on carbon emissions and energy policy. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released Pathways to 2050 on their website. It is a piece of software that allows you to reduce British climate emissions by, for example, electrifying the railways or building more wind turbines.

Wind-powered car sails its way across continent

Wind-powered car sails its way across continent



The Wind Explorer, a wind-powered vehicle recently completed journey across Australia. You've heard of solar powered cars, now it's time to welcome wind powered vehicles, which by and large avail of the same basic technology - bar the kites and the turbine!

Renewables playing its part in UK employment market

Renewables playing its part in UK employment market

Research has revealed that renewable energy in the UK is starting to make an impact on employment statistics. RenewableUK, the country's leading voice for the renewable energy industry, has published the most comprehensive ever employment figures for the wind energy industry, showing a 91 per cent increase in full-time employment in the sector between 2007/8 and 2009/10.

Wind turbines 'help crops', say US researchers

Wind turbines 'help crops', say US researchers



Research conducted by American scientists has suggested that wind turbines operating on Midwestern farm fields may be good for crop production. The research suggests that the turbine blades that generate renewable energy might also help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and drier..

Wind Farms - Fact vs. Fiction

Wind Farms - Fact vs. Fiction

Wind farms are a viable alternative source of supplementary power. Here are some of the main myths surrounding this issue, along with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about wind farms.

Large-scale offshore wind farms get the go ahead in US

Large-scale offshore wind farms get the go ahead in US



The Obama Administration has announced approval of a major initiative to progress offshore wind power farms along the American Atlantic Coast.

EU tackles conflict of interest between renewables and biodiversity

EU tackles conflict of interest between renewables and biodiversity

New planning guidelines for wind turbines that are located on biodiversity sites published by the European Commission. In the context of sustainable development, what is more important: renewable energy or biodiversity loss? At first glance the two don't seem mutually exclusive, but they can be in the case of wind turbines. That's why over the years legislation has been put into place to make sure that things like 'bird collision' are avoided.