Energy efficiency fails to cut consumption: study
November 27, 2007 05:08 PM - Reuters
In what the study calls "the efficiency paradox," consumers have taken money saved from greater energy efficiency and spent it on more and bigger appliances and vehicles, consuming even more energy in the process.
The Solution to High Carbon Emissions on the Road? Gigantic Trucks!
November 27, 2007 09:03 AM - , Environmental Graffiti
In what at first glance seems like a contradictory move, the British government is pushing gigantic trucks as a way to cut carbon emissions and costs.
The trucks are called LHVs, for longer, heavier vehicles, or “superlorries”. They are similar to the Australian “road trains”, although they are a bit smaller. It consists of two trailers joined together behind a single engine. The trucks can carry 60% more than normal trucks, which cuts down on costs and carbon emissions.
M2E Power Announces Revolutionary New Energy Generation Technology
November 27, 2007 08:59 AM - , Green Progress
M2E Power, Inc, provider of groundbreaking solutions for mobile and large-scale power generation, today announced that it has raised $8M in its Series A funding. OVP Venture Partners led the round, with additional participation from @Ventures, Highway 12 Ventures and existing investors. The company will use the funds to speed commercialization of its patent-pending M2E™ (Motion to Energy) technology, which promises to fundamentally transform the way military and consumer mobile devices are powered. M2E can also be used in larger scale generator applications such as wind power and ocean wave power.
Offshore R.I. wind power projects proposed
November 26, 2007 03:50 PM - Reuters
Allco Renewable Energy Group said on Monday that it plans to develop up to four offshore wind power projects in Rhode Island.
In a release, Allco Renewable, a New York based renewable energy investment firm, said it submitted eight preliminary permit applications to the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) on September 21.
Planting Carbon Deep in the Earth
November 26, 2007 11:43 AM - Univeristy of Leeds
Storing carbon dioxide deep below the earth’s surface could be a safe, long-term solution to one of the planet’s major contributors to climate change.
University of Leeds - Research shows that porous sandstone, drained of oil by the energy giants, could provide a safe reservoir for carbon dioxide. The study found that sandstone reacts with injected fluids more quickly than had been predicted - such reactions are essential if the captured CO2 is not to leak back to the surface.
Leeds Researchers Fueling the "Hydrogen Economy"
November 26, 2007 11:23 AM - Univeristy of Leeds
LEEDS, ENGLAND - Scientists at the University of Leeds are turning low-grade sludge into high-value gas in a process which could make eco-friendly biodiesel even greener and more economical to produce.
Biodiesel – motor fuel derived from vegetable oil - is a renewable alternative to rapidly depleting fossil fuels. It is biodegradable and non-toxic, and production is on the up. But for each molecule of biodiesel produced, another of low-value crude glycerol is generated, and its disposal presents a growing economic and environmental problem.
US Renewable Fuel for UK Power Plant.
November 26, 2007 08:55 AM - , Private Landowner Network
At a time when the US should be scrambling to build more renewable energy capacity at home it is instead on course to export a valuable homegrown renewable fuel: wood chips.
Prenergy Power Limited, of London, England has been given the go-ahead by Britain’s Department of Trade & Industry to build a 350 megawatt powerplant in Port Talbot on the south coast of Wales. The powerplant will be fueled by wood chips that are expected to be imported from the US and Canada. Wood chip fuel will arrive by ship in the deep water port or perhaps by rail car from other sources. The powerplant will burn around three million tons per year from sustainable sources.
Spain hydroelectric reserves cut in half
November 21, 2007 12:10 PM - Reuters
Hydroelectric reservoir levels fell to 49.4 percent from 50.3 percent of capacity a week earlier. As little as four months ago, Spain's hydro reservoirs were more than 80 percent full.
Germany plans rise in biofuels blending
November 21, 2007 12:06 PM - Reuters
Presenting a joint biofuels strategy agreed between the government, the automobile industry, oil companies and the farming sector, Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Germany planned to raise the level of biofuels blended into fossil diesel and gasoline to 10 percent from 5 percent now by 2010.
UK approves world's biggest biomass power plant
November 21, 2007 08:23 AM - Reuters
The 400-million pound, 350-megawatt power plant proposed by Prenergy for Port Talbot will burn wood from sustainable sources in North America, and represents 70 percent of the Welsh Assembly's total renewable energy target for 2010, when it is expected to begin operations.