20 collegiate teams from all over the world will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. The teams design, build and operate energy-efficient, solar-powered homes that are attractive and affordable.
For the last two weeks much of the world has been caught up in the happenings of the largest international conference on climate change ever held. Since the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen is stealing all the headlines, most people, with the exception of the super infatuated clean-techies, have missed out on the latest developments in the clean energy universe.
According to Xinhua, China's official news agency, the country plans to have in place 100 gigawatts of wind power capacity by 2020 and expand its renewable energy capacity to 40% of the domestic energy market by 2050.
Did you know that offshore wind power turbines generate more power than on-shore turbines because wind speeds are generally higher and the wind is steadier offshore?
Here's another 10 great reasons offshore wind power might be one of our best investments in a carbon-free world:
1. Offshore wind tends to be less turbulent offshore, reducing wear on turbines.
2. Larger turbines, which can capture more wind energy, are feasible offshore because transportation is easier via water.
3. Offshore wind turbines can generate energy during times of high electricity use because of the “sea breeze effect.”
4. Offshore wind farms can generate energy near population centers.