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Stealthy Story of USA Tidal Power

Stealthy Story of USA Tidal Power

PBS originally reported back in September of 2013 of the successful deployment of the USA’s first commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project. The good news is that the rest of the world is not waiting for the USA to led the way. Not only can Tidal power technology be used to harness the energy associated with [Continue]

Basic Electric Car Information by CNN

Basic Electric Car Information by CNN

CNN did a fairly decent news piece on EVs from Hong Kong back in 2011 and it still serves as a good basic introduction about electric cars in general. CNN should of mentioned that that even though the fully electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV has shorter range than the fossil fuel powered model—the EV version is much [Continue]

Australia Switched On for Wave Energy

Australia Switched On for Wave Energy

Carnegie Corporation’s Perth Wave Energy Project nears commissioning and operation phase. Carnegie has previously switched on their commercial renewable energy technology that creates electricity from the motion of passing ocean waves at their Garden Island, Western Australia location. Carnegie Corporation uses CETO (named after Greek sea [Continue]

USA Deploys Offshore Wind Farms Decades After Europe

USA Deploys Offshore Wind Farms Decades After Europe

Currently there are no offshore wind farms operating in the USA. However, three areas have just recently been selected as wind farm test sites (Virginia, Oregon and New Jersey), by the US federal government and have each received $47 million to deploy grid-connected systems in federal and state waters by 2017. Fishermen’s Energy will install [Continue]

Solar Shingles Can Replace Old Roof Shingles

Solar Shingles Can Replace Old Roof Shingles

Instead of using conventional shingles which just depreciate in value, spend approximately twice as much (which can be financed via the manufacturer) and get solar shingles or photovoltaic shingles that look conventional but can pay for itself instead by lowering your electric bill. In many states if your produce more electricity than you use the [Continue]

Worlds Largest Solar Thermal Plant in USA Shines

Worlds Largest Solar Thermal Plant in USA Shines

Ivanpah Solar Project was just activated in California’s Mojave Desert supplying clean energy to 140,000 homes. The Ivanpah Solar Project, which was privately funded by BrightSource, Google and NRG uses 170,000 sun-tracking mirrors called heliostats that refocus the sun’s energy on a receiver mounted on a 450’ tower. The receiver heats up a [Continue]

Incandescent Bulbs in the USA Now Illegal

Incandescent Bulbs in the USA Now Illegal

As of January 1st 2014 it is illegal to import or manufacturer the popular 60-watt and 40-watt light bulbs commonly used for residential lighting because of laws signed by George W Bush in 2007. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was part of a federal mandate to increase efficiency standards to reduce the [Continue]

Putting Global Energy Reserves into Relative Perspective

Putting Global Energy Reserves into Relative Perspective

Energy Investment: Where should humanity be investing their time, money and energy? Richard Perez produced this graphic snapshot of energy resources in 2009 (download the .pdf) for the International Energy Agency. The graphic compares planetary reserves expressed in terms of Terawatt years. Also worth noting is the amount of energy being consumed [Continue]

Help Save a Piece of the Brazilian Rainforest

Help Save a Piece of the Brazilian Rainforest

Keep the Brazilian Rainforest from being destroyed by owning a little bit of it yourself. Nothing offers better protection than being the owner/custodian. There are also quite few good things to be said for having a forested private residence or green vacation home in Rio de Janeiro, while being a champion of the environment and helping [Continue]

Tidal Turbine Turns Tides into Energy

Tidal Turbine Turns Tides into Energy

Siemens has been producing Tidal Power with their SeaGen commercial unit since 2008 in Portaferry Northern Ireland and is an excellent example of reliable renewable energy. Siemens basically spun off their Windturbine technology to function underwater as well. Currently the SeaGen is producing 1.2 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power [Continue]

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