Energy

India to provide subsidy for solar power plants
January 2, 2008 04:24 AM - Reuters

India will subsidize the running of solar power plants to help develop a renewable energy infrastructure, where high costs can be prohibitive, the minister for renewable energy said on Wednesday. Renewable energy accounts for about 7.5 percent of India's installed generation capacity of 127,673 MW, a rate that compares favorably with much of the rest of the world.

Cyclone veers away from Australia's northwest coast
January 1, 2008 09:23 PM - Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Oil companies have begun to resume production in Australia's remote northwest coast after government meteorologists on Sunday cancelled a cyclone warning for category two tropical cyclone Melanie. The bureau cancelled cyclone warnings along the coast as Melanie, packing winds of up to 150 kph (94 mph), was moving away from the coast and was expected to remain offshore, it said on its Web site (www.bom.gov.au).

Beijing introduces cleaner fuel standards
January 1, 2008 08:36 PM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has introduced cleaner fuel standards in its capital Beijing, its latest effort to curb the city's notorious pollution ahead of the Olympic Games in August. Under the new standards, retailers will be required to supply gasoline and diesel equivalent to the Euro IV standard, a move that will cut emissions of acid rain-causing sulphur dioxide by 1,840 tonnes, the China Daily said on Wednesday, citing Beijing's Environmental Protection Bureau.

Solatubes: Power-free lighting solution
January 1, 2008 11:15 AM - , Triple Pundit

If you're looking for an innovative and highly energy efficient daylighting system, Solatube may be the answer. These sunlight tubes combine art and science to provide beautiful and functional daylighting. This technology has actually been tauted as one of the most technologically advanced daylighting products available today. The combination of creative component integration along with a sleek design provides an abundance of pure, clean and natural light for any interior space.

Nobel Expert: Car Industry Can Reach, Exceed New Standards
December 31, 2007 10:54 PM - UC Davis, Newswire

Davis California - UC Davis auto fuels authority Daniel Sperling says that despite years of automakers "kicking and screaming" about the new mileage standards that Congress set this week, the industry should be able to reach -- even exceed -- 35 mpg by 2020.

Utilities Remind Customers: Protect Home From Carbon Monoxide
December 31, 2007 10:07 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SAN FRANCISCO - Many customers are turning gas furnaces on to stay warm as cold winter weather arrives in force. The west coast utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company reminds customers nationwide to make sure all gas furnaces and appliances inside the home are in proper working order. Gas appliances that do not burn properly can produce unsafe concentrations of carbon monoxide, a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that can cause serious illness and even death if not detected.

Robots Taking Over The Job On Offshore Oil Drilling Platforms
December 31, 2007 06:03 PM - SINTEF

SINTEF scientist Pal Liljeback is standing in the new NOK 80 million laboratory financed by Norsk Hydro. The lab covers only 30 square metres and lies deep in the basement of one of the Electro buildings on the SINTEF/NTNU campus on Gloshaugen in Trondheim. An orange robot arm hangs from a steel beam that spans the room at ceiling height, framed by large, sky-blue support beams.

BP Texas City refinery to miss 2007 restart goal
December 31, 2007 12:02 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delays to the restart of a crude unit at BP Plc's <BP.L> Texas City, Texas, refinery will cause the major to miss its goal of raising crude oil processing rates at the refinery to 400,000 barrels per day by the end of 2007, a source familiar with refinery operations said Monday.

December Wind Blows in the Right Direction for Vestas.
December 31, 2007 11:17 AM - , Private Landowner Network

If one company’s sales are a bellwether for the industry then the wind energy industry is set for years of solid growth. Vestas Wind Systems, of Randers, Denmark, with a 28 percent market share and more than 33,500 wind turbines in service worldwide, is the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer.

Symposium looks at developing biofuel research
December 31, 2007 10:34 AM - Cornell Chronicle

Global warming, oil's role in national security and bolstering rural economies are all pressing issues in the United States today. A potentially important consideration in addressing these issues? Bioenergy and biofuels, according to Cornell experts who reviewed research into developing biofuel technologies at a Dec. 14 Cornell symposium.

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