A novel ‘energy kite,’ which only uses about 1/10 of the material a conventional wind system would use, is being currently developed by Makani.
Commercial buildings in the US are one of biggest users of energy and thus present opportunities for implementing measures for significant energy savings. This is being achieved by the use of sensors and analytic software that can collect real-time data on how energy is being consumed.
Researchers at MIT and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia have improved feasibility for pressure-retarded osmosis (PRO) systems by reducing the size of the costly membrane. Future applications for PRO could include powering side-by-side desalination and wastewater treatment plants.
Aquamarine Power has developed and is currently testing a device for turning wave energy into electricity. Named “Oyster,” it is essentially a wave-powered pump that can use the energy from the waves to drive an onshore hydro-electric turbine.
General Electric has teamed up with Quirky, a New York-based startup, to launch what they call “the world’s smartest air conditioner”.
In what seems to be straight out of a sci-fi movie, efforts are currently underway to have flexible photovoltaic fibers in fabrics to harvest solar energy. A separate project looks to capture kinetic energy from clothing.
A collaborative effort in UK has developed a new technique to turn urine into electricity using microbial fuel cells (MFCs).
Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a new type of solar concentrator that allows people to actually see through the window while creating solar energy.
In a recent report, the International Energy Agency has estimated that common electronic devices like TVs, printers, game consoles, etc. waste $80 billion of power a year due to inefficient technology.
Quasar Energy Group has developed a technology to generate electricity from bio-waste. Quasar rebuilt and updated an old sewage plant in Ohio (Wooster) with three new digesters that generate biogas (methane) from waste, which is then used to produce electricity.
The FTSE Group, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and BlackRock, has launched a first equity global index series that excludes companies linked to production of fossil fuels in an attempt to discourage the fossil fuel companies from further extracting carbon-based fuels and provide an impetus to the renewable energy industry. Similar initiatives such as Divest Harvard, which calls upon the University to freeze new investments in fossil fuel companies, are also developing.
Adding to the list of potential ill effects of hydraulic fracturing or fracking which include ground water contamination and enhanced seismic activity (earthquakes), the generation of radioactive waste becomes the latest topic of debate. When water (along with sand and chemicals) is used to crack open these formations to release the hydrocarbons, radium is also displaced to the surface along with the water.
This article from The Global Warming Policy Foundation and Dr. Benny Peiser discusses the use of coal in Germany and some other parts of Europe.
December 19, 2013: WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that helps create a consistent national framework to ensure the safe and effective deployment of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies.