Energy Transformation

By Carol Brighton | Highlighting innovative developments in energy use and generation.

New clean energy credit union to help consumers go green, save money

The CECU will help Americans in all 50 states get loans for solar panels, electric cars, and more.<p>Donald Trump’s election has led many environmentalists to despair over the federal government’s stance towards clean energy and regulations. Even with states and cities trying to take the lead on …

Clean Energy

New global survey reveals that everyone loves green energy — especially the Chinese

Also everyone hates coal.<p>I have written many times about the high levels of public support in the US for renewable energy — support that has been strikingly consistent over the years, despite the lack of similar enthusiasm among policymakers.<p>Now the Danish green energy company Ørsted (which used to …

Renewable Energy

New study supports the creation of wind farms high above the earth's surface

Sky Farms<p>Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia have devised the best altitudes for flying …

Scientific Research

Delaware Researchers Discover How to Cut Offshore Wind Construction Costs by $1.6B

Working closely with industry partners, University of Delaware researchers have developed a new method for constructing offshore wind farms and …

Swedish Startup Tilts Into Power With Wooden Windmills

A Swedish startup says its modular windmills can cut costs and help solve the logistical challenge of transporting giant masts to wind farms.<p>Modvion, …

Sweden

Water evaporation could provide vast amounts of renewable energy, find scientists

A new source of vast amounts of renewable energy – the evaporation of water – has been discovered by scientists.<p>Writing in the journal <i>Nature</i> …

Renewable Energy

How to Turn Trash Into Energy in 12 Hours

The U.K. might soon be powering its lights with energy that comes from the trash.<p>A Danish energy company is working on new machines that sort …

Recycling

What’s Up in Coal Country: Alternative-Energy Jobs

From the mountain hollows of Appalachia to the vast open plains of Wyoming, the coal industry long offered the promise of a six-figure income without a four-year college degree, transforming sleepy farm towns into thriving commercial centers.<p>But today, as King Coal is being dethroned — by cheap …

After generations working in coal, young West Virginians are finding jobs in solar

Tanner Lee Swiger graduated from high school in Wayne County, West Virginia this spring. His father and grandfather both worked in West Virginia’s coal industry. But not Swiger, or any of his high school classmates.<p>Nobody from his graduating class is working in coal, says Swiger. “[They’re] …

Morgan Stanley and Citi Say They Will Run on 100 Percent Clean Energy

Anna Hirtenstein Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. announced they will get all of their energy from renewables in a few years, another show of …

Renewable Energy

Clean Energy Is Approaching a Tipping Point

The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on …

Renewable Energy

Scottish tidal power station breaks world record for electricity generation

A tidal power station in the Pentland Firth between mainland Scotland and Orkney has broken the world record for electricity generation, the company …

Renewable Energy

World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Waves Goodbye to Oil Industry

In another sign that the petroleum era is drawing to a close, Denmark is selling off its last oil company with barely a peep.<p>Once considered a …

Oil

In Big Test of Wind Farm Durability, Texas Facility Quickly Restarts After Harvey

Papalote Creek Wind Farm near Corpus Christi is already producing power<p>By<p>Russell Gold<p>For the first time in the history of the burgeoning U.S. wind industry, a wind farm got hit by a hurricane—and it was back producing power within days.<p>Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of …

Corpus Christi

Almost every country in the world can power itself with renewable energy

The planet is pretty much ready to go 100 percent renewable by 2050.<p>The country’s energy mix is under scrutiny. A report commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry acknowledges that low natural gas prices—not renewables—are behind the recent closure of coal energy plants, and that the grid has …

London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar …

Sadiq Khan

Tesla Batteries May Back Up Wind Farm Off Massachusetts Coast

Deepwater Wind LLC is proposing to pair Tesla Inc. batteries with massive offshore wind turbines as part of a bid to supply the state of …

Tesla

Unusual: a nuclear power plant is converted into a photovoltaic farm | The Quebec Times

<b>In the United States, a consortium of energy specialists and solar project specialists converted a former nuclear power plant into a photovoltaic</b> …

Smart startup has a new idea for renewable energy, and it involves giant kites

“Let’s go fly a kite” used to be a cheerful refrain from the end of Disney’s <i>Mary Poppins</i>. As it turns out, it could be a crucially important idea in …

Jeff Bezos

The Energy Secretary Is Wrong: The Grid is Ready for Renewables

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is expected to issue a report saying renewables pose a threat to the electricity grid. But the truth is that …

Energy

City of Edmonds becomes 1st in Washington to commit to 100% renewables

The city of Edmonds in Washington has committed to a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100 per cent clean and renewable energy by 2025

Renewable Energy

World's cutest solar farm in China is shaped like a panda

Who says solar panel installations can’t be adorable? The Panda Power Plant in Datong, China is shaped like the country’s treasured animal – and the …

Renewable Energy

Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapor: Compound catalyses splitting of water molecules

Compound catalyses splitting of water molecules<p>Researchers have developed a compound that draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and …

Big business sees the promise of clean energy

PITY America’s big businesses. For years their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint were dismissed by environmentalists as “greenwashing”. Now, …

Renewable Energy

Solar jobs growing 17 times faster than US economy

President Trump may be focused on saving coal miners, but solar continues to be the hot spot in today's jobs market.<p>Solar employment expanded last year 17 times faster than the total US economy, according to an International Renewable Energy Agency report published on Wednesday that cited data from …

Renewable Energy

Old Coal Mines Have a Place in the Future of Clean Energy

Ben Chafin sees the future of clean energy in abandoned coal shafts.<p>The Virginia state senator, whose Appalachian district is pockmarked with empty …

Energy

A Chinese company is offering free training for US coal miners to become wind farmers

If you want to truly understand what’s happening in the energy industry, the best thing to do is to travel deep into the heart of American coal country, to Carbon County, Wyoming (yes, that’s a real place).<p>The state produces most coal in the US, and Carbon County has long been known (and was named) …

Energy

Oregon wind farm for Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) aims for reduced footprint with big turbines - Portland Business Journal

By Pete Danko <br>– Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal<p>May 19, 2017, 6:16am PDT<b><br>Updated</b> May 21, 2017, 3:46pm PDT<p>Fewer but bigger turbines — the most …

Wind Farm

The Plan to Build a Wind Farm Island by 2050

It could supply over 80 million people with wind power, and major players are betting on it.<p>Among ideas to increase use of wind power in the world, the North Sea Wind Power Hub might be the most ambitious. The plan is build an artificial island in the North Sea that would supply energy to up to 80 …

North Sea