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New PNNL Geothermal Heat Extraction Process Optimizes Low-Temperature Resources
Thursday, July 16 2009
Global
A new method has been found by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists to capture geothermal energy from lower temperature energy sources. In related geothermal news, a new study by NYU Stern Professor Melissa Schilling found that geothermal is producing the greatest efficiency returns per R&D dollar invested, with wind in second. Solar energy is quite a ways behind, and fossil fuel efficiencies are stagnant, if not dropping, despite getting a huge amount of the R&D budget.
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US Departments of Treasury, Energy Announce More Than $3B in Recovery Act Funds for Direct Payments for Renewable Energy Projects
Thursday, July 09 2009
Nation
The US Departments of Treasury and Energy announced that they will be providing about $3 billion in direct payments to renewable energy projects in lieu of tax credits in order to stimulate the economy. These payments would get money to the estimated 5000 qualifying projects faster than a tax credit would. The money is coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
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Sears Tower to Undergo $350M Green Remodel
Wednesday, June 24 2009
City
The Sears tower is getting $350 million in updates that will save an estimated 24 million gallons of water a year and cut the tower's energy consumption by 80%. Among the measures are a green roof, solar thermal systems, and wind turbines on various tiered roofs.
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Can Wind Power Get Up to Speed?
Tuesday, June 23 2009
Global
A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) has done a more detailed analysis of all available wind resources and has found that there is more than enough wind out there to replace global fossil fuel usage. It found that, if off-shore wind were taken into account, even areas that are thought to be poor for wind power, such as Japan, has many times their current energy demand in available wind resources.
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Australia wind farm gets go-ahead
Tuesday, June 09 2009
Nation
Approval has been granted for the construction of Australia's largest wind farm, consisting of 600 wind turbines.
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Floating wind turbine launched
Friday, June 05 2009
Global
The first floating wind turbine was put off the coast of Norway this week. These turbines are able to be anchored in water up to 600m (about 2000ft) deep, allowing them to be put far enough off shore to limit the disruptions to shipping channels, tourism, bird life and marine ecosystems typical off-shore installations cause.
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Japanese Firms to Construct Smart Grid Project in US
Friday, June 05 2009
City
A group of Japanese firms are looking to construct a small smart-grid system in an undisclosed New Mexico town that will incorporate solar energy and battery-storage systems. It hopes to provide this smart grid to 1000 residents by the end of 2010.
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Clean Energy Funding Trumps Fossil Fuels
Wednesday, June 03 2009
Global
For the first time ever, clean energy investments trumped investment into fossil fuel power in 2008. According to the United Nations Environment Program, of the $250 billion invested in new energy generation in 2008, $140 billion was in clean energy technologies versus $110 billion in fossil fuel energy.
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