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N.C. offshore wind faces big challenges, even bigger opportunities, advocates say

N.C. offshore wind faces big challenges, even bigger opportunities, advocates say

A new coalition of environmental and clean energy groups is working to overcome barriers to offshore wind, including local pockets of opposition and an approaching ban on energy development in the southern Atlantic Ocean.
Solar energy’s cloudy past

Solar energy’s cloudy past

Fifty years ago, scientists at Bell Laboratories unveiled the first modern solar cell, using a silicon semiconductor to convert light into electricity. Their demonstration inspired a 1954 New York Times article to predict that solar cells would eventually lead “to the realization of one of mankind’s most cherished dreams — the harnessing of the almost limitless energy of the sun.”
Is Lithium-ion a Borgia Battery?

Is Lithium-ion a Borgia Battery?

I've recently learned that lithium-ion batteries might be a triple threat – Borgia batteries – cherished by eco-royalty, poisonous in the extreme, and explosive enough to wreak havoc in a $25 million laboratory that was built to safely manage battery explosions.
Kitchen Tips for an Energy-Wise Thanksgiving

Kitchen Tips for an Energy-Wise Thanksgiving

Traditionally, Thanksgiving in the US is a time for delicious food, shared with cherished company. This year, as you count your blessings, the California Energy Commission says you might give a thought to the reliable energy sources that enable you to prepare those culinary delights so enjoyed by family and friends.
Book Assesses U.S. Sustainable Development Efforts

Book Assesses U.S. Sustainable Development Efforts

At a time when major questions are being asked all across the political spectrum about the state of the nation's and the world's environment, the Environmental Law Institute has released Stumbling Toward Sustainability, the most current assessment of U.S. environmental law and policy.
Top 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Solar Energy

Top 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Solar Energy

The solar industry is changing rapidly as it experiences unprecedented growth. Here are 6 facts that may surprise you about this increasingly popular source of power.
Maryland Buying More Green Power

Maryland Buying More Green Power

The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) has been soliciting bids for for electricity generation, transmission and related management services for accounts in the Conectiv service territory.
U.S. professor joins Danish researcher as winners of Global Energy Prize

U.S. professor joins Danish researcher as winners of Global Energy Prize

A U.S. researcher focused on energy storage was one of two professors worldwide who were honored with the 2019 Global Energy Prize announced Thursday in Russia. Khalil Amine of the U.S. and Danish professor Frede Blaabjerg were awarded the prestigious prize from the Global Energy Association. Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak handed out the honor in Moscow. Amine, who […]
On its 60th Birthday, Solar PV Has Become a Major Contender

On its 60th Birthday, Solar PV Has Become a Major Contender

On April 25, 1954 in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, technicians at AT&T’s legendary Bell Labs publicly demonstrated a solar photovoltaic panel for the first time, capturing light to power the rotation of a miniature Ferris wheel. The New York Times called it “the beginning of a new era, eventually leading to the realization of one of mankind’s most cherished dreams.”
Techno-Innovations for Non-Profits

Techno-Innovations for Non-Profits

These days passion and a good idea will only get you so far.  When looking at any industry there will always be a few whales, many sharks, hundreds of tuna and thousands of minnows. If you want to make a big splash you need leverage. Leveraging the success of your organization on a game changer is the goal for any start […]