How drones are helping design the solar power plants of the future

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

At the edge of a plot of muddy farmland, a few miles down the road from the University of California at Davis, an engineer takes a few quick steps across crop rows and lets go of a three-foot drone. Within seconds, the device – which weighs less than 2lbs and carries a powerful camera […]

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Can Kite Power Revolutionize the Wind Industry?

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by

Rod Read, an engineer and stay-at-home dad, lives on the remote Isle of Lewis in Scotland. For the past seven years, he’s been designing a kite that he thinks could revolutionize wind power. His prototype, a series of spinning rainbow-colored rings, stands out against the gray Scottish sky. On a good day, the kite […]

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Hot Waste Water For District Heating

Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 by

A recovery of surplus heating from waste water is the focus in a new research project – the results can lead to energy savings, which both benefit economy and environment. Today the heating from the food production’s waste water vanishes, not being utilized, which a new project is now trying to solve. Elforsk has donated […]

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World’s first solar panel road opens in Normandy village

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by

France has opened what it claims to be the world’s first solar panel road, in a Normandy village. A 1km (0.6-mile) route in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche covered with 2,800 sq m of electricity-generating panels, was inaugurated on Thursday by the ecology minister, Ségolène Royal. It cost €5m (£4.2m) to construct and will […]

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Portland’s New Pipes Harvest Power From Drinking Water

Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2015 by

If you live in Portland, your lights may now be partly powered by your drinking water. An ingenious new system captures energy as water flows through the city’s pipes, creating hydropower without the negative environmental effects of something like a dam. Small turbines in the pipes spin […]

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Cars Powered by Heavy-Metal Thorium

Posted on Friday, November 8th, 2013 by

A U.S. company says it is getting closer to putting prototype electric cars on the road that will be powered by the heavy-metal thorium. Thorium is a naturally occurring, slightly radioactive rare-earth element discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius, who named it after Thor, the Norse god of thunder. It is […]

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Tires Made From Dandelions Replace Rubber

Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2013 by

It isn’t just fossil fuels that are a finite resource–rubber is another substance in high demand, and short supply. The latest estimates suggest that global demand for rubber is expected to outstrip supply by 20 percent, by 2020. That will inevitably lead to raised prices–bad news, considering just how many items made of rubber we […]

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Schools going Solar!

Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 by

Its summertime, and that means one of our themes is solar energy! As the sun shines its great to see so many schools installing solar panels to help power their educational experience. By 2013 over 500 schools in the United States had installed solar panels, not only reducing environmental impacts, but educating students every day […]

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A new trash-to-energy plant planned for Arizona

Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 by

On Monday Abengoa said it plans to build a $110 million factory in Glendale that will turn city garbage into electricity. Chicago-based power company Vieste Energy will own the planned factory, and Abengoa will build it and run it for 30 years. Construction will take 20 months, and create 50 jobs, says Abengoa. When fully […]

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Who needs oil? World’s largest solar power plant with 258,000 mirrors opens in Abu Dhabi

Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 by

In the sweltering heat of the Arabian sun,  Shams 1 generates electricity to power 20,000 homes in the UAE. And because solar power is generated during  peak demand the UAE is able to reduce the need for ‘peak shaving’ generators,  which are expensive and idle most of the year. Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company,  […]

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