There will always be a little bit of the outrageous in renewable power. Yet, every day, in the realm of energy, what once seemed like the exclusive domain of fantasy becomes an accepted part of our lives. After all, not long ago, the thought of electric vehicles and solar-powered homes seemed little more than science fiction. Slowly, but surely, they are now becoming commonplace. READ MORE
Just as every new technology thrives on its own promise, drawbacks and flaws in the initial design also hold back progress. For example, computers were once the size of a room. Calculators were initially too expensive for most people to own. Until recently, solar and wind power were seen almost exclusively as the domain of large industries. READ MORE
Integrating the various forms of renewable energy into our complex patterns of transmission, distribution and consumption is nothing less than a monumental transformation.
On the other hand, the industry is making great strides, and new smart grid technologies are playing a vital role. READ MORE
If the hallmark of renewable technology is its ability to harness the earth’s forces in new and imaginative ways, then one recent innovation is really riding a wave.
The Oslo, Norway-based risk management company, DNV, has announced the development of a new concept that will take advantage of the vast solar capacity of the earth’s oceans. READ MORE
With all the popular momentum and political discourse buoying the transformation in the way the United States consumes and generates its power, measurable differences in energy patterns should become increasingly evident. READ MORE
If every form of promising new technology has a catch, then, with electric vehicles (EVs), that catch has to be the charging times.
On the other hand, if solar can reduce its costs, and wind turbines can be made small enough for residential consumers, shorter charging times for EVs also shouldn’t be too far off. READ MORE
These days, it seems every aspect of our energy consumption is transforming, and in that regard, the lighting industry is no exception. Within the lighting industry, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have assumed a prominent role in the quest for greater efficiency and reduced costs. READ MORE
Who says government can’t be run more like a business? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched an initiative that embraces one of the fundamental principles of market economics. It aims to help the solar industry overcome the stubborn obstacle of pricing in a manner that even the most strident critics of big government would appreciate. READ MORE