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Can We Reduce the Ecological Risks of Extended Bioenergy Production?

Can We Reduce the Ecological Risks of Extended Bioenergy Production?

For years experts have discussed the ecological impact of the extended cultivation of energy crops. Scientists have now developed a computer model that allows assessing the impacts and comparing the effectiveness of strategies for the reduction of risks for biological diversity. Conclusion: The extension of bioenergy leads to problems to biological diversity in agrarian regions. With different accompanying measures, such as the conservation of near-nature areas, however, these effects could be partly reduced, as scientists of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) write in the current issue of the professional journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy.
US Utility-Scale Solar, Wind Capacity Could Double by 2020

US Utility-Scale Solar, Wind Capacity Could Double by 2020

Proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar in the U.S. could total 116 GW by December 2020 — effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115.5 GW, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Energy Infrastructure Update, with data through Nov. 30, 2017.
Independence LED Launches Groundbreaking Integration of Aquaponics and LED Grow Light System with Envista Farms

Independence LED Launches Groundbreaking Integration of Aquaponics and LED Grow Light System with Envista Farms

Strategic partners Envista Farms and Independence LED Lighting announced the launch of the latest indoor fish and vegetable farming facility on the market with advanced Aquaponics and LED Grow Lights. The facility at 1003 Maclay St, Harrisburg, PA 17103 opens in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg on January 9 through 14, 2016, and serves as a national prototype. Aquaponics combines aquaculture (raising fish in controlled environments) with hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a symbiotic environment, where the fish effluent helps to feed the plants, which in turn helps clean the water. This facility sets a new agricultural benchmark by adding advanced LED lights. For this project, Independence LED Lighting has developed custom LED Grow Light Systems for 16′ x 40′ planting elevated tables to grow basil and other vegetables. The accompanying fish are fresh water tilapia, natural herbivores. The Exhibition Display is in addition to the Large Scale Grow Operation across the street from the PA Farm Show. “Envista Farms focuses on local food production to build American food security and American job creation,” said Kevin Doyle, President of Envista Farms. “Working with Independence LED was a natural fit, since they are a leading provider of LED Grow Lights, an award-winning U.S. LED manufacturer, and committed to cost-effective innovation.” “Our team applauds the Envista Farms business model, and we share in the vision to strengthen America through innovation and job creation,” said, Charlie Szoradi, CEO of Independence LED Lighting. “Our modular LED Grow Lights area like high ROI pistons in an engine that drives a new paradigm in food production. We can now customize the wavelengths to deliver optimal Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density (PPFD) for any type of plant in any given indoor or greenhouse environment. Our team was pleased that Governor Tom Wolfe visited the exhibition and sees the value in this groundbreaking integration of aquaponics and LED technology that is made right here in Pennsylvania.”
T Boone Pickens, oil champion turned renewable energy investor, dies at 91

T Boone Pickens, oil champion turned renewable energy investor, dies at 91

By Laurence Arnold, Bloomberg T. Boone Pickens, the onetime Texas oil wildcatter turned corporate raider who became a billionaire energy investor and television pitchman for wind and natural-gas power, has died. He was 91. He died Wednesday of natural causes, according to spokesman Jay Rosser. Pickens’s primary residence was in Dallas. In late 2016, he posted a message on his LinkedIn page announcing […]