Energy

Printed Solar Cells Hold Promise for Unlit Rural Areas

By Sci Dev Net Advances in printed solar cell technology promise clean renewable energy, opening possibilities for 1.3 billion people still without electric power in developing countries. The technology, which only requires the use of existing industrial-size printers, can produce solar cells that are flexible and inexpensive to transport, says Scott Watkins, director of the overseas business unit of Korean ...

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Community Solar: The Utility of the Future

By Timothy SchoechleCourtesy of Solar Today A Colorado community is developing a community-based clean energy economy. Citizens of Boulder, Colorado, in collaboration with city government, have been engaged in local climate action activities for more than a decade, and in 2014 adopted a Climate Commitment to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Boulder, Colorado, sits at ...

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New Report Details Path to 100% Renewables by 2050

By Jon Queally Common Dreams Greenpeace says world leaders must not let the fossil fuel industry stand in the way of the necessary—and attainable—transition to a clean and safe energy future With scientists and experts from around the world telling world leaders with increasing urgency ahead of upcoming climate talks in Paris that “It must be done,” a new report ...

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How Biofuels Can Cool Our Climate

By Evan H. DeLuciaCourtesy of EOS Critics of biofuels like ethanol argue they are an unsustainable use of land. But with careful management, next-generation grass-based biofuels can net climate savings and improve their ecosystems. Miscanthus and switchgrass, two perennial grasses that could be used for biofuels, grow in front of a corn crib. Photo: Evan DeLucia As the world seeks ...

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Experimental Biomass Harvest a Step Toward Sustainable, Biofuels-Powered Future

By Jeff MulhollemPenn State News The first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and bio-based economic development, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The shrub willow stand at the Penn State Rockview site can ...

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Solar Surges: Renewable Energy Jobs Topped 8 Million in 2015

By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams On the heels of clean fuel milestones in Germany and Portugal , a new report finds that the renewable energy industry employed over 8.1 million people worldwide in 2015. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) annual review, that figure marks a 5% increase from the previous year. China led the pack, accounting for ...

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Closure of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

By Lauren McCauley Common Dreams In landmark agreement, California’s last remaining nuclear plant will be replaced by greenhouse-gas-free energy sources The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant is located in Avila Beach along California’s central coast.  Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission/cc A plan to shutter the last remaining nuclear power plant in California and replace it with renewable energy is being heralded widely ...

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Future Bioeconomy Supported by More Than One Billion Tons of Biomass Potential

By The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Within 25 years, the United States could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits. The 2016 Billion-Ton Report, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy ...

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Energy Department Reports Show Strong Growth of U.S. Wind Power

By Energy.Gov Annual reports analyzing the wind energy industry released today by the Energy Department show continued rapid growth in wind power installations in 2015, demonstrating market resilience and underscoring the vitality of the U.S. wind energy market on a global scale. Wind power provides clean energy to homes and businesses, reduces climate-changing carbon pollution, and boosts America’s economic competitiveness. ...

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Study Links Texas Earthquakes to Wastewater Injection

By Joel Bahr Berkeley News A new study co-authored by UC Berkeley professor Michael Manga confirms that earthquakes in America’s oil country — including a 4.8 magnitude quake that rocked Texas in 2012 — are being triggered by significant injections of wastewater below the surface of the Earth. Shale gas drilling rig near Alvarado, Texas. Photo: David R. Tribble, CC ...

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