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National Labs Prioritize Study of Enhanced Geothermal Systems for Commercialization

National Labs Prioritize Study of Enhanced Geothermal Systems for Commercialization

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory yesterday said it will lead a $9 million project to remove technical barriers to commercialization of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) for electricity generation.
Centia Biofuels Process Produces Biogas

Centia Biofuels Process Produces Biogas

Diversified Energy Corporation announced that during a recent demonstration the Centia process produced a bio-gasoline fuel very similar to traditional unleaded gasoline. Centia is an advanced biofuels production process that takes any renewable oil input source and produces transportation fuels that are 1-for-1 replacements for petroleum jet fuel, diesel, and gasoline.
National Lab Tackles Hydrogen Storage

National Lab Tackles Hydrogen Storage

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, along with Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, will lead a new national Center for Chemical Hydrogen Storage. It is one of three Department of Energy "Centers of Excellence" aimed at enabling use of hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Germany’s Chemical Industry Looks at Switching to Biomass

Germany’s Chemical Industry Looks at Switching to Biomass

Germany's chemical industry -- the world's third biggest -- depends on fossil fuels for its products. But a new research center to be built in Germany's industrial heartland Leuna in Saxony Anhalt may help to change that.
Stanford Engineers Create a Low-cost Battery for Storing Renewable Energy

Stanford Engineers Create a Low-cost Battery for Storing Renewable Energy

A battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power or other forms of renewable energy for consumption during off hours.  
Testing the Limits of Solar Power

Testing the Limits of Solar Power

Swiss company Sputnik Engineering has committed to ramping up production of its SolarMax inverters to 400 megawatts (MW) of capacity by the end of 2008. The ambitious target comes as the company is also about to open a new manufacturing facility in Port, Switzerland in March.
Testing the Limits of Solar Power

Testing the Limits of Solar Power

Swiss company Sputnik Engineering has committed to ramping up production of its SolarMax inverters to 400 megawatts (MW) of capacity by the end of 2008. The ambitious target comes as the company is also about to open a new manufacturing facility in Port, Switzerland in March.
German Lawmakers Vote to Reduce Renewable Energy Subsidies

German Lawmakers Vote to Reduce Renewable Energy Subsidies

German lawmakers backed an extensive revision of the country’s EEG clean-energy law to curb subsidies and slow gains in power prices that are the second-costliest in the European Union.
Industry News

Industry News

FERC launches small/low impact hydro Internet site
Dam Safety: Investigating Failures of Post-Tensioned Anchors

Dam Safety: Investigating Failures of Post-Tensioned Anchors

When seven post-tensioned anchors along the intake canal wall at the Alvkarleby hydroelectric station in Sweden failed, dam safety engineers for owner Vattenfall AB conducted an exhaustive investigation of the nature and causes of the failure. The investigation gave the utility the information needed to safely restabilize the dam.