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Cleantech University Prize Highlights Next Generation of Clean Energy Innovators

One of the formative moments in my career was participating in an Energy Department competition called FutureCar — known today as EcoCAR 3 — which challenges students to develop more fuel efficient and sustainable vehicles. Participating in that competition inspired … Continue reading

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Tokyo Firm Taps Biomass in Japan for Market-Leading Gains

A little-known Tokyo-based company’s commitment to biomass has made it a darling among investors. As of the end of trade on June 22, First Energy Service Co. had jumped 42 percent in the last month, making it the top performer … Continue reading

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How Canada Went Geothermal, and How the US Will, Too

Ontario is going geothermal. The U.S. is shortly behind, and here’s why: Geothermal heat pumps provide the only reasonable solution to heating without combustion. Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan identifies geothermal 10 times as the go-to heating (and cooling) technology … Continue reading

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UK’s Renewable Energy Future Vulnerable Following Vote to Exit EU

Despite being an issue that knows no borders, affects all and is of vital interest to future generations, the environment was low on the agenda ahead of the UK’s historic vote to leave the European Union. The short answer to … Continue reading

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Natural Gas: Bridge or Barrier to a Clean Energy Future?

Much has been made of the use of natural gas as a bridge to a clean renewable energy economy. The primary argument in support of natural gas is the fact that it is cleaner than coal and can be conveniently … Continue reading

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Cost to Replace California Nuclear With Solar: $15 Billion

PG&E Corp.’s plan to shut California’s last nuclear power plant by 2025 would cost $15 billion if all its output is replaced with solar-generated electricity at current prices, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analysts. Actual costs could be lower because the … Continue reading

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World’s Longest Wind Turbine Blade Unveiled in Denmark

Offshore wind turbine provider Adwen and blade provider LM Wind Power have unveiled what they say is the longest wind turbine blade in the world. Designed for offshore wind applications, the 88.4-meter (290 feet) component was developed for Adwen’s AD … Continue reading

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More African Countries Embrace Geothermal Power, Receive $37M in Funding

The tiny East African countries of Rwanda, Djibouti and the Union of Comoros have joined the African league of geothermal power producers, in a field still dominated by Kenya after applying and getting funding to commence surface studies and drilling … Continue reading

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SunEdison CEO Chatila Resigns From Bankrupt Renewables Giant

Ahmad Chatila, chief executive officer of bankrupt clean-energy giant SunEdison Inc., has resigned. His last day was Wednesday. SunEdison appointed John Dubel, the company’s chief restructuring officer since late April, to replace Chatila, according to a statement Wednesday. Dubel joined … Continue reading

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The 100-MW Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Plant Re-vamp — Earning Millions

Completely oblivious of its surroundings, our single most, massive source of energy, the sun, produces power that amounts roughly up to 3.85x 1017 GW — that has contributed to a substantial amount of the world’s power needs, as the cost … Continue reading

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