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The Finnish Hydrogen Roadmap: Hydrogen to Join Electricity in Ending Traffic Pollution

The Finnish Hydrogen Roadmap: Hydrogen to Join Electricity in Ending Traffic Pollution

Global expectations for hydrogen are currently sky-high. Transport applications stand at the threshold of commercialisation, while ahead lies an investment boom in the hydrogen distribution network. The changeover to hydrogen based on natural gas would already mean a potential saving of billion in Finland's balance of payments. If hydrogen could then be produced from domestic renewable raw material, our car and bus traffic would eventually be practically self-sufficient and leave a significantly reduced carbon footprint. The above was revealed in the Finnish hydrogen roadmap published recently.
What’s Up with the Algae Biofuels Industry?

What’s Up with the Algae Biofuels Industry?

Algae, algae, algae —  biofuels made from and by the littleist creatures in the advanced bioeconomy is back in focus this week, as the DOE puts $18 million in funding into the marlet aimed at stimulating sub-$5 per gallon algae biofuels by 2019.
Ansaldo Fuel Cells Opens Alternative Energy Fueled Power Plant

Ansaldo Fuel Cells Opens Alternative Energy Fueled Power Plant

The newest of Ansaldo Fuel Cells' three prototype plants using an advanced, patented Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell (MCFC) stack has just started operating in Milan, Italy.
Silicon Shortage Drives Global Solar Mergers & Acquisitions

Silicon Shortage Drives Global Solar Mergers & Acquisitions

Acquisitions in the global solar industry are off to a strong start in 2006 following a major realignment in the solar industry. The recent sale of Shell Solar's crystalline solar business to SolarWorld was a clear indication that the economics of the photovoltaic manufacturing business has changed. Global merger and acquisition activity in the renewable energy sector has been growing at just under 50 percent per annum for five years, reaching $14USD billion in 2005, according to London, UK-based New Energy Finance. Activity in the photovoltaics sector, which has been one of the most acquisitive, is expected to increase.
How PV grid-tie inverters can zap utility power factor

How PV grid-tie inverters can zap utility power factor

Large grid-tie inverter systems are becoming more prevalent, and export energy credits from feed-in-tariffs help defray the large capital expenditure -- but a sub-par power factor could bring penalty charges from your utility. Gerritt Lee explains the problem and offers a solution.
How PV Grid-Tie Inverters Can Zap Utility Power Factor

How PV Grid-Tie Inverters Can Zap Utility Power Factor

The rush to harness energy from the sun to make electricity has inevitably fueled the development of large industrial-grade grid-tie inverters (GTI) that convert DC from photovoltaic (PV) panels into AC power for commercial use. Compared to their residential forerunners that generated only a few kilowatts (kW) of power, the mammoth systems of today are designed to put out upwards of 100kW. While these super-sized powerhouses can dramatically lessen reliance on utility power, there is something else they do that may surprise you.
The Cheapest Way to Scale Up Wind and Solar Energy? High-tech Power Lines

The Cheapest Way to Scale Up Wind and Solar Energy? High-tech Power Lines

Wind power and solar power are ways to reduce carbon emissions, but these generation sources are dependent on the vagaries of the weather, which means neither wind nor solar can produce electricity on-demand at all hours of the day. This variability has led many to assume that greatly expanding wind and solar to reduce carbon emissions will cause electricity costs to skyrocket and require expensive energy storage.
Twelve Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Stocks

Twelve Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Stocks

While many people think first about hydrogen when they think of fuel cells, fuel cells are not limited to hydrogen. They are a set of related technologies, many of which can generate electricity from a number of hydrocarbon fuels rather than hydrogen.
Tilting at windmills

Tilting at windmills

In Cervantes’ novel, Don Quixote catches sight of thirty or forty windmills towering over the Spanish grasslands. Mistaking them for foul and dangerous giants, he sets out to slay them. He is convinced that the valour and honour of his quest is sure to warrant divine blessing. Quixote’s motives are pure. However, his perception of the nature of the objects […]
Biochar: The Key to Carbon-Negative Biofuels

Biochar: The Key to Carbon-Negative Biofuels

The world is losing its battle against global warming. Even in Europe, where they have valiantly fought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the imbalance gets worse every day. Biofuels are the biggest disappointment. They still emit CO2 when burned and require fertilizer, processing and transportation which all emit even more CO2. The justification for biofuels is that the growing plants take CO2 out of the air. However, plants growing on the land before planting were already capturing CO2, so only the increase in CO2 capture (if any) should be counted.