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Micro Windmill Recharges Phone Batteries

Micro Windmill Recharges Phone Batteries

A UT Arlington research associate and electrical engineering professor have designed a micro-windmill that generates wind energy and may become an innovative solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging and home energy generation where large windmills are not preferred. Smitha Rao and J.-C. Chiao designed and built the device that is about 1.8 mm


Google Hearts Wind Power

Google announced yesterday that it has ponied up $75 million for a wind farm in Carson County, TX. In it’s lock box of wind farm assets, this is number 15 for the Internet giant. Patterson Energy Group (NASDAQ:PEGI), one of my top picks for 2014, is developing the project, which provides enough juice to power 56,000


Top 10 Clean Energy Developments in 2013

The end of the year is always a good time for reflection and introspection, but why should we stop at analyzing ourselves?  As 2013 draws to a close, I invite you to take a couple of moments to relive some of the major highlights in clean energy that took place this year. And share your

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In Focus: The Supergrid

With the development of the smart-grid and distributed generation, the trend in energy seems to be local, but the future of the electric grid may in fact be more regional and global. In the United States, as in many countries throughout the world, energy independence and energy security are often stated goals; however, energy independence


Hitachi’s CrystEna Energy Storage System

Who knows how economical it might be, but the Japanese electronics and industrial giant Hitachi is moving toward marketing an energy storage system that could be a companion piece to renewable power generation — another sign of the growing interest in such products. The company said a system called CrystEna (that’s “crystal” and “energy” shortened and squished together; maybe


Why Solar is Beating Wind

Renewable energy helps sustain energy in a way that is protective of the environment. However, the renewable energy market is equally just as important to the stability of the financial market. Specifically, solar energy has made a rapid expansion on our planet during the past decade. Recently, the renewable source of energy surpassed the growth


New Micro-Reactor Can Study Catalytic Nanoparticles

Anatoly Frenkel, a professor of physics at Yeshiva University, is collaborating with materials scientist Eric Stach and others at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to develop new ways to study the behavior of catalytic nanoparticles. “We are developing a new ‘micro-reactor’ that enables us to explore many aspects of catalytic function using


Renewable Energy Standard: Coming Soon to the United States?

Two bills calling on the U.S. to create a renewable energy standard (RES) were introduced in the Senate this week. Both bills were introduced by Senate Democrats, and both call on the U.S. to source 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2025. The bills could be a


Solar PV and Energy Storage The Time is Now

June 16th, 2013 was a big day for renewable energy in Europe. On this sunny, windy Sunday afternoon in the summer, solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind peaked at over 60% of Germany’s electricity demand between 2 and 3 PM. The same afternoon, Italy’s hydroelectric, PV, biomass, geothermal and wind plants met the nation’s entire electricity


New Energy Patents Increase

A recent study by MIT and Santa Fe Institute (SFI) researchers found a “dramatic growth in innovation” in renewable energy technologies. The scientists based their conclusions on the number of new energy patents issued in the U.S. from 1970 to 2009. The growth is primarily driven by patents that are related to renewable energy. While


Google Buys 240 MW of Wind Power

Courtesy of Treehugger, here’s yet more evidence that wind power has become an economically competitive, mainstream power source across America. Over the past few years, Google has started to turn into an energy company – arenewable energy company – on top of everything else that it does. They’ve made countless investments in solar power and wind power,


NREL: Solar Competitive with Natural Gas by 2025

By 2025, wind and solar electric generation could be cost-competitive with new natural-fired electric generation without federal subsidies in the Western U.S., according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). That’s if renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations and the report takes into consideration transmission and integration costs


Solar Power Deals – Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff

Making the shift to solar power is an easy decision considering the rapid rise of power bills and is a choice that homeowners are now making every day. The volume of people moving to solar has increased significantly over the past few years with the topic of ‘going green’ becoming more prominent and the change


Study: Coal is a BAD Investment

There was a time when investors made a great deal of money from investing in coal, but new research shows that those days are drawing to a close. As reviewed in a ThinkProgress article by Joe Romm, Goldman Sachs has published a new research paper shows that coal used to generate power is no longer