Science has relentlessly sought nature’s ability to turn sunlight into useful fuel. Recently, Penn State University researchers developed a device that could split water and produce recoverable hydrogen.
The case for wind power growth in the northern plains states just got stronger. In February 2008, a partnership of two utility companies announced plans for a large-scale transmission line, which will accommodate several new wind farm developments in North Dakota.
Debunking the notion that all renewable power rides in on the wind or the rays of the sun, a developer in Idaho is pioneering a revolutionary, clean technology in the state’s first geothermal power plant.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, an approved proposal by Berkeley’s City Council could pave the way for thousands of city residents to convert to solar power without property owners having to front the costs. On Nov.
Through hydroelectric power, a dam on the Red Sea could solve the growing energy demands of millions of people in the Middle East and alleviate some of the region’s tensions pertaining to oil supplies.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has awarded the first commercial wave energy project license. Finavera Renewables Inc., a Vancouver, British Columbia-based developer announced the milestone in December 2007.
Generating renewable power is only part of the equation; once electricity is captured from green sources, such as solar, wind and biomass, it has to be transmitted. According to a recent study, state governments are failing to supply the needed infrastructure to make this happen.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a division of United Technologies has partnered with U.S. Renewables to promote a solar-power plant that will use a new method of harvesting heat from the sun. Hamilton -Sundstrand and U.S.
Integrys Energy Services announced that all four units at its recently completed Winnebago Energy Center, a landfill gas-to-electricity plant located in Rockford, Ill., now are operational and actively supplying electric power to the grid.
According to Global Sources’ China Sourcing Report, despite higher polysilicon prices, most Chinese solar panel manufacturers say they plan to lower or keep prices steady in 2008. Specifically, the report shows 88 percent of suppliers plan to decrease or keep prices stable.
In addition to conserving resources, alternative energies—and the federal and state policies—relating to them offer electrical contractors many opportunities to provide their customers with new technologies and value-added services and expertise.
The Conti Group, a 100-year-old construction and engineering firm headquartered in New Jersey, announced the formation of Alternity Wind Power as an integrated developer of utility-scale wind-farm projects in North America.
Frito-Lay employees dedicated the company’s new solar electric power system that has been installed on the roof of its Arizona service center in Phoenix, the company’s largest distribution center in the United States.
SunPower Corporation announced that its Spanish subsidiary will design and construct an 18-megawatt (MW) Olivenza solar electric power plant in the Badajoz region of Spain. Olivenza is expected to generate more than 32 million kilowatt-hours of power per year upon completion.