• Nations ink deal to provide safer atomic power

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Minnesota Form Nation’s Largest Community Owned Wind Project

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Energy Storage: A Building Block For The Power Grid Of The Future

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Italy's debate on alternative energy cranks up

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Clean coal to qualify for Kyoto carbon offsets

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Platinum-free fuel cell developed in Japan

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Green skies: Engineer's work may reduce jet travel's role in global warming

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Shell lays off Alaska oil staff amid environmental fight

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Chrysler Sets Up New Hybrid Development Unit

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • GM to power warehouse with solar energy

    DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp said on Thursday it will add one of the largest solar power installations in corporate use at a warehouse in California, generating half the electricity needed to run the 300,000-square-foot (28,000-square-meter) facility. The automaker said it has partnered with a subsidiary of Constellation Energy, which will design, build, own and operate the solar array on the roof of a GM service and parts operation warehouse in Fontana, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. >> Read the Full Article