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The Criticality of Quality Offshore Equipment

While the world is waiting to see if OPEC will continue with current production cuts and levels in May, many countries are gearing up to increase both exploration and unshuttering of existing fields and wells. This slow increase provides both … Continue reading

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A Solar Energy Evolution: Modern Methods for Harnessing an Ancient Power Source

It is fairly easy to construct a convincing argument that we are in the midst of an energy revolution right now and solar power is leading the way. Harnessing the power of the sun is not necessarily a new concept … Continue reading

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Vancouver Goes Even Greener With New Rules for Multi-Unit Construction

When its ambitious Green Buildings Policy for Rezonings goes into effect May 1, Vancouver will gain even more stature as one of North America’s environmental leaders – especially in the building sector. But, the new bylaw has sparked questions over … Continue reading

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Funding Secured for Nine Waste-to-energy Plants in China

Dynagreen Environmental Protection Group will build nine new waste-to-energy (WTE) plants in China by 2018 with the support of new funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). ADB on Feb. 28 said that it signed agreements with 10 commercial banks … Continue reading

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Listen Up: Protecting Solar Consumers — Interview with Tom Kimbis from SEIA

The promise to homeowners is simple: install solar panels on your roof and save money on your electric bills. There are about 10,000 companies in the U.S that offer these solar installation services because they believe in both the economic … Continue reading

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Argentina Eyeing Lithium Superpower Status Amid Battery Boom

Image: The Salem Smart Power Center in Salem, Ore. Credit: Portland General Electric Argentina has some good news for Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc., and bad news for lithium producers elsewhere: the country may be about to flood the market with … Continue reading

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California Energy Commission Awards $2.7M to Berkeley Lab for Two Geothermal Projects

Image: The Geysers, the world’s largest geothermal field. Credit: Kurt Nihei | Berkeley Lab The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on March 1 said that its scientists have launched two California Energy Commission (CEC)-funded projects aimed at … Continue reading

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Fraunhofer Institute Completes Offshore Pumped Storage Concept Test

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology this week said it has completed a four-week test of its Stored Energy in the Sea (StEnSEA) concept. Fraunhofer said it recovered its three-meter diameter hollow sphere from the bottom … Continue reading

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KenGen Secures Generators for Olkaria V Geothermal Plant

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has secured two sets of 70-MW turbines and generators for the Olkaria V geothermal plant in Nakuru district in Kenya. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) will fulfill the turnkey order, along with Mitsubishi Corporation and … Continue reading

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Load and Location: DER and the Grid

Distributed energy resources (DER) are fast becoming cost competitive with traditionally generated electricity. According to Rocky Mountain Institute, grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems will reach economic parity with grid electricity within the next 10-15 years. Despite near-term technical and financial challenges, more … Continue reading

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