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.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and BioEnergy Solutions announced that their biogas-to-pipeline injection project in Fresno County, Calif. has begun production of renewable natural gas derived from animal waste.
The Collegiate School in New York has partnered with Juice Energy Inc. to decisively reduce its carbon footprint. Beginning in mid-February, the school began purchasing green power equal to its total usage of 639,000 kilowatt-hours annually.
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.
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.
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.