Concerns about climate change, energy security and ever-shrinking conventional resources are very much on everyone's mind these days. Policymakers' shifting commitment to embracing renewable technology bodes well for the future of alternatives. So despite the still-sagging economy, green players are jockeying for dominance in the world of New Energy.
Another week has come and gone. And, what a week it was. Some may say renewable energies and technologies are expensive, insignificant, or a waste of money. However, no one can ever claim renewable energies are not exciting. Once again this week was littered with unusual, spectacular, wildly creative, and downright crazy inventions and ideas for generating clean energy.&
The hottest two things going right now are vampires and renewable energy. Okay, so maybe vampires are slightly hotter among teenagers and bored women approaching middle age. But it was inevitable that someone would put the two together.
Geobacter, an anaerobic sediment-loving microbe with hair like filaments called pili that are 20,000 times finer than a human hair, was discovered by Derek Lovley and some colleagues in sediment under the Potomac River in 1987.
An analysis from the research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan says that alternative green energy storage options are "opening up as a significant industry with immense potential."
But high costs are hindering the speed of green energy storage development and its large-scale commercialization.
A new kind of stainless steel developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) promises to improve energy efficiency and lower the costs for a wide variety of applications.
Gills Onions in Oxnard California generates 1.5 million pounds of onion waste a week, and converts 100% of it into ultra-clean, renewable energy and cattle feed.