New World Record For Solar Aircraft
September 16, 2007 11:57 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
QinetiQ's Zephyr UAV exceeds official world record for longest duration unmanned flight White Sands, NM - There's a new world record for unmanned flight, this one solar powered, set this week by what's called an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The craft exceeded the official world record time for the longest duration unmanned flight with a 54 hour flight achieved during trials at the US Military's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. A company called QinetiQ’s made the craft, which they call Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE).
Nations ink deal to provide safer atomic power
September 16, 2007 11:43 AM - Mark Heinrich, Reuters
VIENNA (Reuters) - Sixteen nations signed a U.S.-initiated pact on Sunday to help meet soaring world energy demand by developing nuclear technology less prone to being illicitly diverted into making atomic weapons. Eleven nations joined five nuclear fuel-producing powers -- the United States, Russia, China, France and Japan -- which formed the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership in a GNEP statement of principles at a ceremony in Vienna. The new members ranged from Kazakhstan to Poland, Jordan and Ghana. Almost two-dozen nations were present as potential candidates or observers including Canada, Libya, Turkey, South Korea, Britain and other large EU states.
Minnesota Form Nation’s Largest Community Owned Wind Project
September 15, 2007 10:07 AM - Bruce C. Mulliken, Private Landowner Network
Minnesota - The 300 MW High Country Energy wind farm will be located in Minnesota’s eastern Dodge and western Olmsted counties. High Country Energy, LLC was formed by National Wind in partnership with seven members of the community: Barry Rogne, Bryant Hokeness, Dan Hoffman, Eric Lee, Ken Binkley, Kevin Green and Larry Larson.
Energy Storage: A Building Block For The Power Grid Of The Future
September 15, 2007 10:00 AM - Bruce C. Mulliken, Private Landowner Network
American Electric Power (AEP) claims to be the only US utility company to be using advanced energy storage technologies as part of its electricity infrastructure. The company thinks that other utilities will follow their lead. They’re probably correct. Renewables on the grid, particularly wind energy, are a growing presence. Fortunately, the peak generating period for many wind farms - mid-afternoon into the early evening hours - coincides nicely with the peak demand period for electricity consumption.
Italy's debate on alternative energy cranks up
September 15, 2007 08:27 AM -
Italian government officials took to newspapers on Saturday to promote alternative energy, including banned nuclear power, as a debate over the country's heavy dependence on power imports cranked up. "We are not giving up on nuclear even if it's not our immediate answer," Economic Development Minister Pierluigi Bersani told La Repubblica newspaper in an interview.
Clean coal to qualify for Kyoto carbon offsets
September 14, 2007 02:38 PM - Gerard Wynn, Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Very efficient coal-fired power plants will be able to sell carbon offsets under the Kyoto Protocol, in an expansion of project eligibility under the carbon trading scheme, U.N. official Jose Miguez said. "It was approved," he told Reuters on Friday. China is set to overtake the United States this year as the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, blamed for global warming, largely because of its rapidly rising coal consumption.
Platinum-free fuel cell developed in Japan
September 14, 2007 10:56 AM - Reuters
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd said on Friday it has developed a technology to make fuel cells without platinum, the precious metal used in the electrolyte process in existing hydrogen-based fuel cells. By using alkali, instead of acid, anion exchange membranes, Daihatsu's fuel cell can work with less costly metals which are less resistant to corrosion than platinum, such as cobalt or nickel, Daihatsu said in a statement.
Green skies: Engineer's work may reduce jet travel's role in global warming
September 14, 2007 07:36 AM - Hilary Parker -Princeton U
Princeton Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Fred Dryer has a lofty goal: end the nation's reliance on oil for jet travel. With potentially major benefits for energy security and the environment riding upon his success, Dryer is advancing the fundamental knowledge of jet fuels while developing practical, innovative energy sources.
Shell lays off Alaska oil staff amid environmental fight
September 14, 2007 07:10 AM - Reuters
Royal Dutch Shell Plc has begun laying off workers in Alaska amid an ongoing legal battle that has held up the company's plans to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea, the company said in a statement. Shell had planned to drill up to four oil exploration wells on its Sivulliq prospect in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast this summer.
Chrysler Sets Up New Hybrid Development Unit
September 13, 2007 08:31 PM - Kevin Krolicki, Reuters
DETROIT (Reuters) - Chrysler LLC said on Thursday it was creating a new unit to jump-start its development of hybrid and electric vehicles, pushing the newly private automaker into a fast-growing segment where it now lags. Chrysler, which has been hurt by its reliance on sales of trucks and sport-utility vehicles, said it was creating a new organization within the company called "Envi" -- from "environment" -- to develop more energy efficient vehicles. The new development unit will be headed by Lou Rhodes, who had previously headed Chrysler's advanced engineering and vehicle concept development teams, Chrysler said.