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Turbine-Free Wind Power

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Are oscillating panels the future of wind energy?

Wind power may be clean, green, and renewable, but it doesn't come without its problems. It's noisy as hell for people living nearby, and it poses serious risks to flying wildlife and sensitive shoreline habitats. A group of mechanical engineers from Cornell have responded with a solution that may represent the future of wind energy tech. The working prototype, dubbed Vibro-Wind,......read more

Solar Roads

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Rhode Island researchers look to harvest solar energy from asphalt.

There are 2.7 million miles of roads stretching across the United States. On hot days, all that asphalt absorbs warmth from the sun, heating to 140 degrees or more. The energy potential of this phenomenon has not gone unnoticed. Researchers from the University of Rhode Island are looking into several ways to harness the solar energy potential of roads to melt ice, power streetlights and signs,......read more

China to Build World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm

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Country asserts its position as global renewable energy leader.

China is the global leader in wind turbine production and one of the world's largest producers of solar and photovoltaic energy. Now, the country seeks to asserts its position as the world's renewable energy leader by constructing the world's largest offshore wind farm in Bohai Bay, a few hours from Beijing. The Bohai Bay project will produce 1,000 MW of electricity, usurping the......read more

U.S. Military Orders Shift to Renewable Energy

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Renewable power is cheaper and safer, military leaders say.

Environmentalists have found a surprising new ally in the push towards a renewable energy future. The New York Times reports that the U.S. military is increasingly looking toward renewable energy technologies to save lives and money. The story comes not long after we reported on the military's opposition to surveillance-interfering wind farms in the U.S. Citing troop safety and cost savings,......read more

Nano-Thin Solar Cell Potential

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Stanford engineers reach breakthrough in solar energy research.

Researchers at Stanford University may have reached a breakthrough in their efforts to improve solar efficiency and affordability. According to Stanford University News, the scientists discovered that "by properly configuring the thicknesses of several thin layers of films, an organic polymer thin film could absorb as much as 10 times more energy from sunlight than was thought......read more

U.S. Military vs. Wind Farms

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Renewable energy projects face off against formidable foe.

Renewable energy projects have faced some interesting opposition over the years. Some are opposed by environmentalists have because of threats to endangered species. Others are opposed by ordinary citizens for aesthetic reasons. Now the U.S. military presents a formidable new opponent. The specific menaces targeted by the Armed Forces are wind turbines, the blades of which are indistinguishable......read more

Good Day Sunshine

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The president announces federal support for two solar energy companies.

Some welcome news from Washington, as President Obama announced Saturday that the federal government will provide nearly $2 billion in loan guarantees for new projects by two solar power companies. As many as 5,000 green jobs will be created by the guarantees, which are to be covered by money from the $787 billion Recovery Act stimulus package. Colorado-based Abengoa Solar, a division of Spanish......read more

Senators Discuss Potential Energy Bill

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Democrats announce willingness to scale back bill for Republican support.

A group of bi-partisan group of senators met with President Obama on Tuesday to discuss the proposed climate bill. After the meeting, Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman said that they were prepared to scale back the bill to in exchange for Republican support. While the exact details of the bill were not divulged, the shift in position includes a middle of the road compromise on how carbon will......read more

The Most Solar Town in America

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Nipton, California taps the sun for its energy needs.

A small town on the border of the Mojave Desert is the new leader in solar energy. Nipton, California, a town of about 250 people, gets 85% of its electricity from a new 80 kilowatt solar project. This proves that renewable energy technology is already advanced enough to power our homes and lives, albeit maybe just in small towns for now. But the possibilities are endless, and as a gateway......read more

Senate Receives Climate and Energy Bill

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Plan includes retooled section on offshore drilling.

Senators John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman finally released their 987-page climate bill, which they hope will be passed as a means to slow down pollution and global warming. The bill was amended in light of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, greatly scaling back the planned expansion of new offshore drilling sites. Despite the support of some utilities and energy companies, it seems unlikely that......read more

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