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Royal wedding = Royally big swings in energy use
One of the big obstacles people always talk about in making the switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy...
Clean-energy future requires more than wind, sun
A new World Economic Forum report argues that scaling up renewables takes more more than public and private...
Can US fast-track vital energy storage?
Utility companies have long been in the business of generating energy, but storing energy is another...
Kyocera helps Italy expand its solar footprint
Japanese solar-cell manufacturer Kyocera has supplied about 6 megawatts (MW) of multi-crystalline silicon...
Grid-based energy storage gets a funding boost
Here’s an encouraging development in the area of grid-based energy storage: Beacon Power is nudging...
Energy accidents happen ... and they'll cost us
While most US motorists probably know very well what they pay for a gallon of gas at the pump, the nation...
Fotowatio builds Texas-size PV plant near Austin
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has closed financing and begun construction of its 30-megawatt Webberville...
Echelon, Infor help users 'fine-tune' building strategies
Echelon and Infor are teaming up to make it easier for businesses and industrial customers to analyse...
'Age of cheap energy is over': IEA chief
In his latest warning that a global energy makeover can’t come fast enough, the chief of the International...
US government seeks savings through demand response
Viridity has entered into a master agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLA Energy) to...
Boeing goes solar with largest installation in Southeast
Boeing and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) have entered into a partnership that will enable...
Advanced solar project wins $2.1bn loan guarantee
The US Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment for a $2.1 billion  loan guarantee to...
Palm Beach looks for 95MW of energy ... in trash
The Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority has awarded a $668 million contract for engineering, procurement...
Google-backed project to double solar thermal in US
Solar thermal electricity production in the US is poised for a big boost, now that financing has recently...
Weighing the long-term economics of energy
Analysing the economics of commodities so you can can compare one to another is a tricky business. Make...
Feed-in tariff cut shocks UK PV market
British officials today announced the cutting of support for large-scale (greater than 50 kilowatts)...
Heat incentive could revolutionise UK
The UK government has today announced the details of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) policy which...
Webinar: What's status of UK feed-in tariff?
How successful has the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) been in stimulating the growth of renewable energy across...
How much oil is left?
Greenbang CEO Dan Ilett posed a simple question to our team over the weekend: “Guys — how...
In land of photovoltaics, Europe is king
The world solar photovoltaic (PV) market saw significant growth in 2010, with Europe dominating in terms...
Changing our energy habits for good
“The Human Element,” as Dow Chemical rightly notes in its global ad campaign, is the one...
Don't let 'dumb' bring grid down
If you go by the old saying that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, you have to conclude...
Storage critical to future grid
Around the world, development of renewables has been speeding up, even if — in most regions —...
Solarcentury sees FIT-driven growth
With the introduction of the feed-in tariff (FIT) last year, renewable energy sources such as solar and...
Incentives fire up UK solar market
The introduction of the feed-in tariff (FIT) incentive policy on 1 April has sparked an explosive reaction...
Your choice: Efficiency or a BP moment
Last year’s devastating BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was caused by corporate decisions that...
Carrots & sticks will drive energy change
We don’t have to sit around waiting and hoping for a “magic bullet” that can solve...
For energy, no more 'business as usual'
Sustainability and “green” business have become common topics in many corporate boardrooms,...
The secret to sustainability? Commitment
What does it take to become one of six finalists for a $1.5 million prize in sustainability? On the surface,...
2011 holds clean-energy hopes, fears
Hopes for a clean-energy, low-carbon economy are looking a bit shaky in some parts of the world for 2011,...
Nuclear is key to energy security
By Tara McGeehan, Logica Nuclear currently generates roughly 25 per cent of the UK’s power, providing...
Energy efficiency: Nice on paper, but ...
If Mike Nichols’ classic comedy, “The Graduate,” were made today, the famous line about...
With right policies, solar power can bloom
By Raph Raggatt Solar power promises huge potential to generate both hundreds of gigawatts of low-carbon...
Energy, carbon: Not good enough yet
If sustainability efforts in 2010 can be summed up in one sentence, it’s this: “Some of us...
We'll save energy if the neighbours do first
Across America, a number of homeowners are beginning to reduce their household energy usage. But why?...
After Gulf spill, peak oil risk grows
Despite the progress we’ve made in expanding renewable energy supplies, we’re simply not...
Green jobs will drive recovery
By Daniel E. Fielding Amongst all the problems the United States is currently dealing with, the two issues...
Energy future rests on subsidies, China
Considering the serious energy and climate concerns raised in the International Energy Agency’s...
Energy inaction will cost us trillions
The International Energy Agency’s “World Energy Outlook 2010” doesn’t paint a...
Don't measure energy ... model it
Large data centre operators are getting better at monitoring and measuring their energy use, but those...
California vote: Hope for clean energy
The fossil-fuel industry might continue to have a tight grip on US politics, but its hold isn’t...
German grid blinded by the light
Can you ever have too much clean energy? Germany has discovered that you can. And, unfortunately, it’s...
Battery death starts at nanoscale
Why do batteries lose their ability to hold a charge as they age? New research suggests the slow death...
Ice 'batteries' can store clean energy
Distributed energy storage across the electricity grid will help us take better advantage of renewable...
Solar cell hits record efficiency
Sanyo this week unveiled a new solar cell that boasts a world-leading efficiency of 21.1 per cent. The...
Energy aid to poor benefits us all
One of the interesting concepts explored during the recent IBM sustainability summit was how to encourage...
Record coal spending not the answer
What’s more important: fighting poverty or developing clean, renewable energy sources over fossil-fuel...
Energy revolutions: No overnight delivery
The cleantech company with the mystery microorganism it says can convert sunlight into liquid fuel announced...
Building sustainability: Time to get smart
Government and business leaders don’t disagree much over the need to build a much more sustainable...
Sneak peek of the hydrogen economy
What could a hydrogen-based energy economy look like? You’ll find a glimpse of its potential in...
Self-repairing solar cell copies plants
Nature’s been doing it for millions of years, but humans are still trying to unlock the secret:...
Oil politics will keep growing uglier
So a leaked German report warns that peak oil has arrived and we’ll start seeing serious side-effects...
Peak oil is here: German think tank
What will 2010 be remembered for? According to a leaked report from a German think tank, this could be...
US 'not close' to energy security
Rising petrol prices and increasingly difficult-to-extract oil might threaten the US’s car-dependent...
Small-scale energy could be big
You’re slowly paying off a mortgage on your new home and rumour has it you could make a few pennies...
How to make coal 'clean(er)'
What exactly does clean coal mean? We know that mining coal creates dust and releases methane gas. We...
World's first grid-scale flywheel energy plant to go online soon
How can a technology known to ancient potters and spinners help create a 21st-century smart energy grid?...
Clean energy loses a champion: Matt Simmons dies at 67
The movement to shift away from fossil fuels and embrace renewable energy lost a champion this week when...
Wanted: Energy storage technology for 25 million homes
With the UK facing increasing concerns over how to keep the lights on in years to come, one public-private...
Clock's ticking: Carbon emissions must peak by 2015
A new carbon cycle model developed by researchers in Europe indicates that global carbon emissions must...
UK’s solar energy prospects brighten with Sharp plant expansion
The UK might not have a reputation as the sunniest place in the world, but its prospects as a player...
What’s the UK’s energy statement: ‘Boo-yah!’ or ‘Meh’?
When it comes to building a secure, low-carbon future for the UK, the new coalition government says it...
Renewable energy: Not all it's cracked up to be?
A recent bit of news from Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) suggests that James Lovelock, the scientist...
Solar catamaran sails Mediterranean to promote renewables
A solar-powered catamaran recently set sail off the coast of Spain to begin a three-summer-long campaign...
Solar panels = Financial salvation for struggling UK churches
With many churches in the UK struggling financially, a British energy company says it’s found a...
Coming soon to UK: Heating gas from brewery waste
Starting later this summer, the UK will achieve a first in biowaste energy: a new plant using brewery...
Sahara power for Europe: The light at the end of the desert
Desertification is a dirty word, but deserts are not entirely without their uses. Plans are underway...
Award-winning startup aims to turn CO2 into green fuel
What began as a research project at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is now an ambitious...
How to grow world energy 49% by 2035? Magic might help
The latest prediction for where the world is heading in terms of energy use doesn’t exactly paint...
Waste-to-fuel reactor wins 2010 industry award
A new type of reactor that converts waste materials into liquid fuels has won the 2010 award from CWC...
Reactor built to study stars could yield secret to fusion energy
They’re not making any immediate promises, but Italian and Russian researchers say a new type of...
'Creative math tricks' won't solve energy, climate problems
Attention, world leaders: it’s time to stop playing creative accounting tricks with carbon emissions...
Are the costs of deep-ocean oil too high?
With the US Gulf Coast facing imminent disaster as the oil from a sunken drilling rig moves toward shore,...
Why it doesn't matter that there's 'plenty of oil left'
Peak oil felt like a very real and immediate possibility around the time of the oil price peak in mid-2008,...
One offshore wind project per decade? Not a recipe for energy security
If they’re serious about boosting their domestic renewable energy capacity, US citizens had better...
Power with a purpose: Solar energy for water treatment
More than a billion people in the world today lack access to clean drinking water and there are more...
The military's top 10 energy, climate worries
Late last month, a group of national security strategists, top researchers and analysts gathered at the...
Romania to see world's 'most ambitious' wind farm project
A Spanish energy company has set its sights on making Romania home to the world’s “most ambitious”...
Could a New Zealand bacterium foster a hydrogen economy?
How could a bacterium discovered in a New Zealand hot spring pave the way for a clean-energy, hydrogen-based...
Clean energy: It's not just for wussies and hippies anymore
If going green and promoting renewable energy is such a wussy, hippy thing to do, how come the vast majority...
New breakthrough could revive promise of better solar cells
Researchers in Canada say they might have found a way to overcome the cost and technology problems that...
The Magic 8 Ball explains new US move to 'Drill, baby, drill'
So US President Barack Obama has decided to open vast new stretches of the nation’s coastline to...
New map to clean energy: 'This time could be different'
If European and North African power markets worked together, both regions could generate 100 per cent...
For smart grid to succeed, consumers need to be on board
All the bells, whistles and smart-energy technologies won’t be able to deliver on the promise of...
Peak oil coming soon? Let's see what it might look like
The words “peak oil” are being heard more often these days, and in increasingly exalted corridors,...
Report: Renewable heat energy key to UK's energy future
Peak oil might have been on the minds of business leaders who met in a behind-closed-doors summit with...
Twenty years later, is cold fusion energy poised for a comeback?
More than 20 years after the term “cold fusion” became a pariah in the science world, researchers...
Bloomberg: Renewables spending needs to reach $500bn by 2030
Global spending on renewable energy projects could more than double by 2030, but that alone won’t...
Welcome to the cloak-and-dagger world of peak oil, climate
Who would’ve thunk it? As we ease into the second decade of the 21st century — a period that...
The trouble with clean energy $ources
A lot of attention is given to one of the big problems with renewable energy source: intermittency, which...
US announces $100 million for large-scale energy storage research
The US Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $100 million in Recovery Act funding to speed up the...
Network seeks ways to 'steal' energy from the environment
A new virtual network of researchers and industry experts launched today with the goal of advancing energy...
Stealthy Bloom Energy unveils new fuel-cell technology
Bloom Energy, a California-based company whose fuel-cell technology was profiled in a recent “60...
Don't waste waste, study says: Use it to generate energy
Municipal waste, sewage sludge and “slurry” from livestock (yes, it’s what you think...
Biogas from waste could actually benefit climate, research shows
Making transport fuel from waste can do more than reduce greenhouse gas emissions from petrol, according...
It greens, it cleans, it fuels power plants: Humble canary grass
What began as an effort to find the best plant for beautifying contaminated industrial site ended up...
Economists cite Colbert in making case for better energy policies
Mandates and subsidies for biofuel production and consumption might sound like good ideas, but when the...
Oil crunch: An 'urgent, clear and present danger'
Even if you’re not concerned about climate change, there are growing signs we’re in a race...
Brazil: Europe's perfect supplier for biomass & biofuels
Editor’s note: The following is a guest commentary by Stanley Wootliff, chairman of jatropha grower...
Panel will discuss treating waste as a resource, not a problem
Want to learn more about the latest innovations for turning trash into fuel? Then mark your calendars...
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