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Previously confined to shallow water installations or land, deep water wind power may be the next frontier for wind developers.
Air quality is a critical issue for workers who use diesel engines in confined spaces, and using biodiesel fuel in mining equipment is one way to help protect their health.
Once confined to laboratories and tiny test sites, the algal industry has begun to move aggressively into creating larger farms and sophisticated production facilities capable of manufacturing thousands of gallons of biofuels and oils for a wide range of products.
In his 2006 State of the Union address, President Bush acknowledged the potential for switchgrass as a source of ethanol to reduce the nation's reliance on foreign oil. According to Albert Kausch, a University of Rhode Island (URI) plant geneticist on the cutting edge of switchgrass research, native switchgrass grown commercially today could produce ethanol for approximately $2.70 per gallon -- but by genetically improving a number of plant traits the production price could get as low as $1 per gallon.
Australia [Sydney Morning Herald] It was May 2004 and John Howard was looking for an exit clause. A Federal Government scheme to kickstart Australia's renewable energy industry had proved successful beyond anybody's expectations. Wind, the cheapest and most viable source of renewable energy, was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the mandatory renewable energy target.
The US and Canada are waking up to the prospects of solar power generation. Prices for solar PV have fallen and utilities are increasingly developing projects that use the sun to generate electricity. Solar power, once seemingly confined to the desert Southwest, is making inroads from Florida to New Jersey, Colorado to Nevada. Lindsay Morris, associate editor, Power Engineering, reprinted from RenewableEnergyWorld.com.
Magnum Energy, an inverter/charger manufacturer for the RV/Marine industries, announced the availability of a new pure sine wave inverter for customers with smaller power needs in mobile applications. The new MMS 1012 has a continuous output of 1000 watts with a 50-amp charger. The Power Factor Corrected (PFC) Charger uses less energy from a generator than standard chargers-using only 7.5 amps per 50 amps versus 12.5 amps used by standard chargers. The MMS is backed by 24-month parts and labor warranty and is ETL listed to the stringent requirements of UL/cUL458 and CSA C22.2#107.1. Magnum's new inverter/chargers come standard with 20amp transfer relay. The MMS is fan cooled, enabling the unit to work well in confined spaces. If the inverter does exceed its temperature limits, it will automatically shut down and then restart when it cools down. The unit's small footprint (16.6L X 8.4W X 4.7) allows for easier installation in smaller spaces.
BP Alternative Energy said last week that it plans to focus its future wind developments in the U.S. only and is looking to pull out of projects in China with Goldwind, Turkey and two projects in India with Suzlon.
At a one-day workshop on methane recovery systems last month, the Methane Recovery Work Group solicited support for a proposed demonstration project to turn manure gases into fuel for generating heat or electricity. The industry steering committee suggested that converting animal-waste methane into energy would reduce odors and emissions at livestock operations.
Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency, NREL said on Oct. 6.