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SHFT Sampler 11-19-10

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Weekly links: The Philadelphia Eagles get clean and SHFT pops up in NYC with Wired.

Oh snap, SHFT is popping up again this week, this time with the cool nerds at Wired. The space opens today, at 692 Broadway in NoHo. The SHFT selection looks a lot like this. The Philadelphia Eagles expect to save $60 million on energy costs by retrofitting their their stadium with wind turbines and solar panels. They should consider attaching turbines to Michael Vick's heels. This......read more

Beautiful Wind Farm Photos by Yozo Takada

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Japanese photographer applies delicate look to "Windscape" series.

Who says wind turbines are industrial eyesores? Shot with the camera of Japanese photographer Yozo Takada, wind farms take on a beautifully muted look that sharply contrasts the brawn and power of the structures. Loving the gauzy vibe of the photos. Very nice. (via Colossal)...read more

Scottish Wind Farm Photos by Toby Smith

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A celebratory union of striking landscapes and sustainable energy structures

Toby Smith's photos of wind farms in the Scottish Highlands capture nature's grandiosity and marvels of human engineering in equal measure. The flicks are part of the London photographer's "Scottish Renewables" series, which also included hydro projects and their associated landscapes. "With its raging seas, wind-swept hills and high rainfall, Britain has more potential kinetic......read more

Renewable Energy Production Exceeds Nuclear

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US biofuels, wind, solar, and hydro production on the rise

Well, renewable power is not in last place anymore. According to the Monthly Energy Review published by the Energy Information Administration, renewable energy production has passed nuclear energy and is continuing to grow rapidly. By the agency's definition, renewable energy includes biofuels, geothermal, solar, hydroelectric, and wind power. Together, these sources currently......read more

Storing Wind Energy In-House

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When supply outstrips demand, utilities look to consumers to help stabilize power grid

In the Pacific Northwest, wind power has become an important source of income in rural areas, where energy entrepreneurs are eagerly erecting turbines in windy zones like the Columbia River Gorge. But wind is a volatile beast, and all the new turbines have presented utilities with a problem: when it's storming, the turbines create more electricity than the grid can soak up. In the New York......read more

Renewable Energy Investment Surpasses Fossil Fuels

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Money is flocking to clean energy, according to Bloomberg report

The prospects for getting a global agreement on limiting greenhouse gases may be grim, but the world is shifting toward consuming more renewable energy in any case. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, last year investors poured $187 billion into electricity from renewable sources (wind, sun, biomass, etc.), versus $157 billion for fossil fuels, marking the first time ever that clean......read more

Spain Slashes Subsidies for Renewables

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With bleak European prospects, clean energy companies focus on other markets

With Spain in the midst of an economic meltdown, the Spanish government has cut off aid to the domestic renewable energy industry -- once the most heavily subsidized in Europe. Faced with an empty trough, Spanish clean energy companies are responding by seeking out projects abroad.  As Todd Woody mentions at Forbes, the Spanish renewable energy giant Abengoa is making 90% of its capital......read more

4 Reasons to Get Excited About Alternative Energy

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Ethical Ocean lays out the latest developments in renewable power

We looked at the relative pros and cons of the various renewable energy sources a couple months ago. Now one of our favorite environmental nonprofits has laid out four reasons to get excited about developments in clean tech. In the Ethical Ocean article, Lena Lam espouses on the huge potential of green power: Algae fuel
 Biofuel created from algae – yes, pond scum – may soon be......read more

Wind Map: Get Blown Away

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Data visualization project renders flowing air in visible form

With their newly unveiled Wind Map, Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg use their impressive data visualization skills to create a real-time, flowing image of wind currents the United States. The pair, who are employed as co-directors of Google's "Big Picture" visualization group in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are using the art project to promote wind power development. "An......read more

Around the World in an Eco-Powered Yacht

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In prestigious Vendee Globe sailing race, Javier Sanso's boat relies on the power of wind, water and sun

From Mother Nature Network's Jim Motavalli: I’m not a Kennedy—I don’t sail. I get seasick in anything more challenging than a kiddie pool. And yet I’m fascinating by the Vendée Globe, a round-the-world solo yachting race now underway, with the competitors currently battling it out at the halfway point in the Southern Ocean, on the way to a big finish in......read more

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