Energy Transformation

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

Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon

<b>SYDNEY, BRISBANE, AND MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—</b>The ancient, arid landscapes of Australia are fertile ground for new growth, says Douglas MacFarlane, a …

Energy

Pioneering 'liquid air' project can help store excess electricity

A pioneering project in north-west England will turn air into liquid for energy storage to help electricity grids cope with a growing amount of wind and solar power.<p>The world’s first full-scale “liquid air” plant is based on a technology that advocates say is cheaper and able to provide power for …

Clean Energy

Clean Energy Puts the Squeeze on Natural Gas | Investopedia

While oil prices are have rebounded, natural gas and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) remained mired. Year-to-date, the United States Natural Gas …

Wind and solar power could meet four-fifths of U.S. electricity demand, study finds

<b>Irvine, Calif., Feb. 27, 2018 –</b> The United States could reliably meet about 80 percent of its electricity demand with solar and wind power …

New York Is Moving Aggressively To Harvest Its Offshore Wind

The East Coast of the United States is about to become a major offshore wind hub, with 7,500 megawatts (MW) being committed by Massachusetts (1,600 MW), New York (2,400 MW), and New Jersey (3,500 MW). Other states such as Connecticut, Maryland, and Rhode Island are likely to get into the game as …

Renewable Energy

ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, scale up algae biofuel

Advancing work under a collaboration established a decade ago, ExxonMobil and La Jolla’s Synthetic Genomics said they will begin outdoor growth of …

Biofuel

Platio unveils next-gen solar sidewalk that can charge electric vehicles

The sidewalks of the future could be paved with solar panels – and the clean energy they generate could power electric cars. Hungarian startup Platio …

This Mini Wind Turbine Can Power Your Home in a Gentle Breeze

The first time you see a Nemoi wind turbine, you may not realize it’s a turbine at all. A white and silver metallic structure about the size of a …

China’s first solar powered highway will recharge electric cars (PHOTOS,VIDEO)

China has successfully tested its first solar powered highway, opening the one-kilometer stretch of road to traffic ahead of plans to use it to …

France bans fracking and oil extraction in all of its territories

French parliamentarians have passed a law banning fossil fuel extraction. President Macron says he wants France to lead the world with switch to renewables<p>France’s parliament has passed into law a ban on producing oil and gas by 2040, a largely symbolic gesture as the country is 99% dependent on …

Fossil Fuels

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 …

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 …

Green 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 …

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, …

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> …

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 …

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] …

Coal

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …