Lockheed Martin to Design Largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant

Lockheed Martin and Reignwood Group have signed a contract to start design of a 10 MW Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) power plant, which, when complete, will be the largest ocean thermal energy conversion plant to date. Continue reading Lockheed Martin to Design Largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant

Study: Netherlands May Become ‘Electrically Unstable’

The four percent growth in renewable energy in the Netherlands, rising to 16% in 2023, as laid down in the recent Energy Agreement, makes electrical grid stability a pressing matter for the country. Urgent investment in electrical grid energy storage technologies is required to counter the impending instability caused by the increasing power surges of electricity from wind turbines and solar cells, according to the doctoral research by Stefan Nykamp at the University of Twente. Continue reading Study: Netherlands May Become ‘Electrically Unstable’

Obama Calls for More Solar, Renewables as Part of New Climate Action Plan

Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced the White House’s new Climate Action Plan to curb carbon and other pollutants in the air. During a speech announcing the plan, he called for more solar and wind power projects to help curb the country’s appetite for fossil fuel and reduce the U.S.’s carbon pollution to 17 percent below 2005 levels. At the same time, he renewed calls to increase the amount of renewable energy installed in the U.S. and set forth new renewable energy goals for the federal government. Continue reading Obama Calls for More Solar, Renewables as Part of New Climate Action Plan

Two Biofuel Production Processes Offer Significant Emission Reduction

According to research published in the Forest Products Journal and currently featured on its publications page, there are two technologies for producing transportation fuels from woody biomass that can potentially exceed the current Environmental Protection Agency emission requirements for renewable fuels. Continue reading Two Biofuel Production Processes Offer Significant Emission Reduction

Eurostat: in 2011 Renewable Energy Share in the EU Went Up to 13%

According to the Eurostat data, in 2011 the share of the renewable energy in the EU is estimated to have contributed 13.0% of gross final energy consumption. In 2004 this figure was just 7.9%. The share of renewables in gross final energy consumption is one of the headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy. The target to be reached by 2020 is a share of 20% renewable energy use in gross final energy consumption. The national targets take into account the Member States’ different starting points, renewable energy potential and economic performance. Continue reading Eurostat: in 2011 Renewable Energy Share in the EU Went Up to 13%

Lockheed Martin to Build Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Power Plant in China

Lockheed Martin has announced that it is working with Reignwood Group to develop an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) pilot power plant off the coast of southern China. This technology is based on using the temperature difference between cooler deep and warmer surface ocean waters to run a heat engine and produce electricity. A memorandum of agreement between the two companies was signed in Beijing last Saturday. Continue reading Lockheed Martin to Build Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Power Plant in China

Dry Cooling Project for Thermal Power Stations Receives ARPA-E Award

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, in the United States more fresh water is now used for thermoelectric power production (41%) than for agricultural irrigation (37%). Innovations in power plant cooling could therefore provide much needed aid in promoting water conservation efforts. The Energy & Environmental Research Center’s (EERC’s) novel dry cooling project, which has the potential to reduce the largest use of water in the United States, was recently awarded one of just 66 cutting-edge research project awards given by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) “Open 2012″ Program. Continue reading Dry Cooling Project for Thermal Power Stations Receives ARPA-E Award

Reusing Ash from Burning Waste to Produce Hydrogen

When waste is burnt at the incineration plants, its solid mass is reduced by 80-85%. What’s left is mostly ash formed by the inorganic constituents of the waste. Sometimes it is used for construction purposes, but it still usually goes to the landfill. A new technology developed at the Lund University (Sweden) can turn this ash into a hydrogen gas. The method is presented in a new thesis. Continue reading Reusing Ash from Burning Waste to Produce Hydrogen

Plant It Green: An Educational Online City Building Game Launched

National Geographic, General Electric and the Center for Science (a national network of leading science centers), have launched an educational online city building game that allows players to design their own city—much like Cityville but free and with an emphasis on green technology. Continue reading Plant It Green: An Educational Online City Building Game Launched