When its new solar panel factory in Portland, Oregon, opened for operation last week, Solopower, based in San Jose, California, qualified for a $197 million government loan guarantee.
For a century, coal was king in the town of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. At one time, it had the largest underground coal mining operation in the world, but the last working mine was closed in 2001. In October, when the Newaberdeen Gardens Townhouse complex opens, two former mines will be put to good use -- their water will be used as a source of geothermal energy to power in-floor heating.
Considering it composes roughly 80% of our body, water is humanity's most important resource. With more than 7 billion people on the planet, water is becoming increasingly more precious. Given its absolute value, the Stockholm Energy Institute (SEI) recently published a report evaluating the potential impact of renewable energy technologies on water resources.
Canada’s New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is taking part in a research project that will produce ethanol from beer and soda waste. NBCC and Canadian company Milco Industries are working together to create a $500,000 modular pilot plant that will turn the waste drink products into ethanol.
"Fossil fuel": it's a term that's been as synonymous with human activity as breathing since the beginning of the 20th Century. This video by the Post Carbon Institute shows just how ingrained fossil fuels are in the global economy and how important the difficult challenge of transitioning away from them is.
If researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC – Davis) are correct, the world could run out of oil close to 100 years before alternative fuels are ready to take over.
A paper on rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity and market penetration in the U.S., written by three National Renewable Energy Laboratory colleagues (Easan Drury, Paul Denholm and Robert Margolis), shows that fully 1 gigawatt (GW) of the world’s 15 gigawatts of solar PV was installed in the U.S. alone by December of 2009.