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The Engine Looks Familiar, But It Runs on Hydrogen

The Engine Looks Familiar, But It Runs on Hydrogen

HYDROGEN – Brightly colored signs and pennants flapping in the breeze are all the grandness that the opening of a new filling station usually warrants, but knots of government officials attended elaborate ceremonies – in Los Angeles, Washington and Berlin – at three recent ribbon cuttings…
Microgrids as Fact and Metaphor

Microgrids as Fact and Metaphor

In visualizing microgrids as smaller versions of the existing grid, we ignore a whole new dimension of the impending electricity revolution that I wish to call “microgrid as metaphor,” and distinguish it from “microgrid as fact.” Let me elaborate.
Namibia announces $338M, 5-year renewable energy strategy

Namibia announces $338M, 5-year renewable energy strategy

Namibia’s state-run utility will build four plants powered by renewable energy over the next five years as the southern African nation seeks to guarantee local supplies and cut its use of fossil fuels.
Is There a Safe Way to Invest in Renewable Energy Today?

Is There a Safe Way to Invest in Renewable Energy Today?

Mr. Lynch, I have a multipart question. You have said that you felt that we were already in a recession, could you elaborate on that? You have warned readers a number of times in 2007 and in early 2008 about the volatility of solar stocks. I am truly glad I listened, thank you. Is there another more conservative way to play the solar industry? Thanks. -- Brad Harris, Austin Texas
Imperium Renewables Opens Largest Biodiesel Facility in U.S.

Imperium Renewables Opens Largest Biodiesel Facility in U.S.

Imperium Renewables recently celebrated the official opening of its Imperium Grays Harbor biodiesel facility in Washington state. With an annual capacity of 100 million gallons per year, it is the largest biodiesel production facility in the U.S.
ABB Announces Power-One Inverter Rebranding Amidst Apparent Stop-Shipment

ABB Announces Power-One Inverter Rebranding Amidst Apparent Stop-Shipment

Power technology group ABB made a $1 billion solar commitment with its purchase of the number-two solar PV inverter manufacturer Power-One in April 2013. Last week, the Swiss company announced that it finalized the integration, and all Power-One components will now display ABB branding. However in the same week, RenewableEnergyWorld.com caught wind of a supposed global stop-ship on all Power-One Trio string inverters.
GE To Close Delaware Solar Facility

GE To Close Delaware Solar Facility

GE Energy confirmed this week that it plans to close its 35-megawatt (MW) Glasgow, Delaware solar module production facility in the next nine months. The company said that the facility can no longer produce modules at a competitive price and that it will stop manufacturing its crystalline silicon modules in January.
Renewable Fuel Standard 2.0

Renewable Fuel Standard 2.0

I have heard that some people are worried that renewable fuel standards or low-carbon fuel standards or simple market forces favoring biofuels will "cause people to rip up sustainable soybean fields and turn them into big switchgrass plantations." And that EPA is proposing elaborate new laws saying that farmers and foresters cannot grow biofuel crops on land previously used for other purposes. Is this true and what do you think about all that? – Lisa N., Wilton, CT
Non-Financial Benefits to Residential Solar

Non-Financial Benefits to Residential Solar

There are many benefits in installing residential solar power in the home. Most of them are related to lower energy costs. Environmental concerns and less reliance on natural resources are additional benefits of such systems. Electricity often relies on the use of coal plants for generation of power. Burning coal puts carbon emissions into the environment. The use of gas, oil, […]
SunShot Awards Rain on Storage Innovators

SunShot Awards Rain on Storage Innovators

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) showed again at the SPI 2014 trade show in Las Vegas last week that it is dedicated to fomenting many of the best innovations in the renewable energy industry, with an additional $53 million in SunShot awards. The announcement this week is $15 million to help integrate distributed solar energy systems into the grid.