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Last month we reported that Ethiopia had just opened the largest wind farm in Africa. A third of Ethiopia, the continent's second most populous nation, conducts their day to day without any access to electricity. The new wind farm has the potential to change the lives of millions. Ethiopia ... keep reading
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The annual report is an important assessment of U.S. energy statistics for 2012, including renewable electricity, worldwide renewable energy development, clean ... keep reading
One of New York’s largest utilities will save $84 million by paying developers to put solar panels on the roofs of buildings. And it's not alone, Maria Galucci from Inside Climate News reports. A handful of U.S. utilities have discovered they can save money by encouraging small ... keep reading
The untapped potential of marine micro-organisms in the Pacific is massive. Not much research has been done either- but these bacteria could provide solutions from cosmetics, to medicines and biodegradable plastics. Bernard Costa is a Polynesian bio-chemist who established the first biotech company in French Polynesia. Pacific Biotech and three ... keep reading
Straw from agriculture could play an important role in the future energy mix for Germany. Up until now it has been underutilised as a biomass residue and waste material. These were the conclusions of a study conducted by the TLL (Thueringian regional institute for agriculture), the DBFZ (German biomass research ... keep reading
Written by Tilo Arnhold, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, original article: Renewable Energy World. last month, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Carbon Sequestration, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Green energy
Last week the European Parliament backed a proposal to limit the amount of food crops used to produce bio-fuel. Bio-fuels are seen as an environmentally friendly way to cut fossil fuel use. The move to reduce the percentage of bio-fuels in the market from 10% to 6% arrives on that ... keep reading
Hawaii Bioenergy and Sapphire Energy have each received $5 million investments from the Energy Department, part of some $22 million in new investments by the agency to help develop cost-competitive algae fuels and streamline the biomass feedstock supply chain for advanced biofuels. The Energy Department has invested $16.5 million ... keep reading
A new strain of yellow-green algae, heterococcus sp. DN1, which may prove to be a efficient source for biofuels, has been discovered in the snow fields of the Rocky Mountains. Research examining this new alga, published in Biotechnology Progress, reveals that H. sp. DN1 is found to grow at temperatures ... keep reading
The search for a less-expensive, sustainable source of biomass, or plant material, for producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel has led scientists to duckweed, that fast-growing floating plant that turns ponds and lakes green. That’s the topic of a report in ACS’ journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. Christodoulos A ... keep reading
In the race for renewable biofuels, the three leading U.S. contenders are algae, jatropha and camelina. All have their passionate advocates, but amidst the partisan campaigning, camelina is emerging at the initial winner, with enormous potential implications for U.S. agronomy and companies involved in its cultivation. On 26 ... keep reading
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