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Marine Sciences Lab. Adopts Green Power

Marine Sciences Lab. Adopts Green Power

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, has turned to the garbage dump to power its operations. All of the research facility's electrical energy needs now are met by electricity generated by a plant that uses methane gas from a regional sanitary waste landfill - or green power.
Government Shutdown’s Impact on Hydropower Industry Unclear

Government Shutdown’s Impact on Hydropower Industry Unclear

Clouds of uncertainty hang over Washington D.C. after Congress was unable to pass the federal budget before the new fiscal year began at 12 a.m. October 1, sending the government into its first shutdown since 1995.
Energy Lab Commits to RE, Efficiency

Energy Lab Commits to RE, Efficiency

Employees at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are doing their part to reinforce the message of Earth Day and "walking the talk" by reducing their impact on the environment at work through the Laboratory's "Sustainable NREL" program.
Stanford Researchers Use Solar Power To Study Wild Elephants in Africa

Stanford Researchers Use Solar Power To Study Wild Elephants in Africa

A team of elephant researchers from Stanford University has transformed a remote corner of southern Africa into a high-tech field camp run entirely on sunlight. The seasonal solar-powered research camp gives scientists a rare opportunity to quietly observe, videotape and photograph wild elephants at Mushara waterhole, an isolated oasis in Etosha National Park in Namibia.
R&D Forum

R&D Forum

Research reports and study findings related to hydropower for July 2014
Solving the Biomass Puzzle

Solving the Biomass Puzzle

Biomass holds great promise as a petroleum replacement, but unlocking its true potential remains a puzzle. A group of researchers at Iowa State University and the U.S Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory hope to develop the pieces of that puzzle to create a clearer picture of what takes place within a plant and how that applies to its downstream uses as biomass.
Offshore Use of Vertical-axis Wind Turbines Gets Closer Look

Offshore Use of Vertical-axis Wind Turbines Gets Closer Look

Sandia National Laboratories' wind energy researchers are re-evaluating vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) to help solve some of the problems of generating energy from offshore breezes.
Fish Protection: Cooperative Research Advances Fish-Friendly Turbine Design

Fish Protection: Cooperative Research Advances Fish-Friendly Turbine Design

Research into the effects of sudden pressure changes inside a turbine on fish is providing valuable insight to guide the design of fish-friendly turbines. Installation of a new unit at 603-MW Ice Harbor is intended to provide field results to evaluate the success of this work.
National Lab Supports Development of High-Heat Geothermal Drilling Technology

National Lab Supports Development of High-Heat Geothermal Drilling Technology

Sandia National Laboratories and Swedish firm Atlas Copco recently completed a three-year project to develop a new drilling tool that can handle the high temperatures associated with geothermal drilling.
NREL Expands Biomass Research Potential

NREL Expands Biomass Research Potential

Plant and waste materials have always had the potential for energy production. Taking that potential and using it on a grand scale to create a source of energy that is useful to the general population is slowly making its way into the public view, however, and scientists are eager to find out all about the process.