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NREL Fills Leadership Role at Wind Technology Center

by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)  (Oct. 2, 2015)

Dr. Daniel Laird will join the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Oct. 12 as director of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), the country's premier wind energy technology research facility. Laird, who earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Madison-Wisconsin, is relocating from the Energy ...

Thai Teenager Wins Asia Pacific Prize of UNEP`s International Children Painting Competition

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Sep. 10, 2015)

Fourteen-year-old Panchachon Phommueang from Thailand has won the Asia Pacific prize of the annual International Children's Painting Competition organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for her evocative depiction of how renewable energy can be harnessed for the well-being of people on the planet. Phommueang's painting, on the ...

Survey of attitudes towards marine protected areas gives mixed response

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Sep. 3, 2015)

The views of organisations and industries affected by marine protected areas (MPAs) have been gathered by a new survey. 36 organisations from the UK and France responded to the survey, which asked about the perceived socio-economic and environmental impacts of multiple-use MPAs. Environmental NGOs, managing agencies and research centres gave a ...

Overfishing and Climate Change, Combined, Intensify Ocean Threats

by GLOBE Foundation  (Aug. 18, 2015)

The combination of overfishing and climate change may be putting the oceans’ health—and our own well being—at risk. As State of the World 2015 contributing author Katie Auth explains, protecting lives and livelihoods will require urgent and concerted action to improve the oceans’ condition (www.worldwatch.org). ...

New G9 report on marine transfer design issues for the offshore wind sector

by Energy Institute (EI)  (Aug. 18, 2015)

A report resulting from the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association (G9)'s first Safe by Design workshop is now available. The report explores a number of key topics associated with the transfer of personnel from a Crew Transfer Vessel to a transition piece via the traditional push on method (including design of the transfer connector, new ...

Energy Department Awards $7.4 Million to Develop Advanced Components for Wave and Tidal Energy Systems

by US Department of Energy  (Aug. 6, 2015)

The Energy Department today announced four entities selected to receive $7.4 million to spur innovation of next-generation water power component technologies, designed for manufacturability and built specifically for marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems. The projects will address technical challenges in three areas: advanced controls, ...

Coastal and Marine Operators Group Receives Second-Place Gulf Guardian Award in Business and Industry Category

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Jul. 30, 2015)

The Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced Coastal and Marine Operations (CAMO) Group will receive a Second Place 2015 Gulf Guardian Award in the Business and Industry Category. The awards ceremony will be held on July 30, 2015, at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas. “The Gulf of Mexico is a precious natural resource not ...

Marine governance across the English Channel lacks integration

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jul. 23, 2015)

The English Channel (La Manche) is one of the world’s busiest sea areas, and management of it is a challenging task. This study reviews governance across the Channel, finding poor integration between countries, sectors, policies and research. The study also considers management in terms of the ecosystem approach and suggests that linking ...

Innovative Wave Power Device Starts Producing Clean Power in Hawaii

by US Department of Energy  (Jul. 6, 2015)

With support from the Energy Department and the U.S. Navy, a prototype wave energy device has advanced successfully from initial concept to grid-connected, open-sea pilot testing. The device, called Azura, was recently launched and installed in a 30-meter test berth at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Kaneohe Bay, on the ...

Chile, a Sun and Sea ‘Mine’

by Enel Green Power SpA  (Jun. 30, 2015)

The country, which is famous for its metal ores, also has abundant renewable energy. With 2,380 hours a year of exposure and a radiation percentage higher than that of the Sahara, it has a considerable growth potential in solar PV, and the long Ocean coastline offer significant development prospects for marine energy. Chile, which is famous in ...

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