advanced renewable energy system Articles

  • Powering Renewable Programs: The Utility Perspective

    When considering how to build out a renewable energy portfolio, there are a lot of factors and many points of view to consider. For purposes of this narrative, we will take the point of view of the electric utility itself. Your electricity providers are quite familiar with the concept of a “smart grid.” According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a smart grid “generally refers ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • The whey to renewable energy

    When Tom Wilson with the Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension set out to study the feasibility of a community-based anaerobic digester in Mercer County, he initially analyzed processing manure collected from area dairies and food wastes gathered from the local college, nearby prisons and industrial food processors. But the economics of transporting the materials just did not make ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Saving Renewable Energy for a Rainy Day

    Despite advances in renewable energy technologies, one of the largest hurdles in their widespread adoption has been their intermittent reliability. Energy is only useful if it is available as the grid demands it, which is why concerns about carbon emissions are overridden in favor of the more dependable oil, coal and gas for baseload power. In order for renewable sources such as wind and solar ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • The shifting landscape for renewable energy in the UK

    The UK Government has a commitment to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050 (from 1990 levels). As a result, the UK landscape surrounding renewable energy is shifting rapidly to help deliver a low carbon future. Recently, there have been a number of national consultations which are likely to have a significant bearing on the future viability of non-fossil ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Renewable energy and the green economy: Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009

    Ontario's Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 (the 'Act') received Royal Assent on May 14, 2009. The Act's aim is to foster the growth of renewable energy projects, promote a green economy and energy conservation and to encourage the efficient use of energy. Its scope equals its intended impact on Ontario's energy sector: both are substantial. To realize its objects, the Act creates the ...


    By McMillan LLP

  • Are renewables approaching a tipping point?

    The REN21 Renewables 2007 Global Status Report presents information about the current status of renewable energy around the world. The report is a joint project of the Worldwatch Institute and REN21 (the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) and was initiated in 2005. The 2007 edition is the third in the series. Investment Trends: This year’s report finds a dynamic, rapidly ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Create new jobs & cut emissions by investing in renewable energy efficiency

    At a time when major US companies are announcing job layoffs almost daily, the renewable energy industry is hiring new workers every day to build wind farms, install rooftop solar arrays, and build solar thermal and geothermal power plants. The output of industrial firms that manufacture the equipment for these energy facilities is expanding by well over 30 percent a year. These investments both ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Concentrating Solar Power Global Outlook 09 - Why renewable energy is hot

    What is CSP? CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) systems produce heat or electricity using hundreds of mirrors to concentrate the sun’s rays to a temperature typically between 400 and 1000ºC. There are a variety of mirror shapes, sun-tracking methods and ways to provide useful energy, but they all work under the same principle. Individual CSP plants are now typically between 50 and 280MW in size, ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • Data center energy efficiency, renewable energy, and carbon offset investment best practices

    Learn how to green your organization’s energy consumption, and achieve both energy savings and public relations benefits with this comprehensive guide. Get actionable advice on energy sustainability from green pioneers in IT. Many IT firms with large data centers and other energy intensive operations are adopting cutting-edge strategies to reduce their substantial energy costs and ...

  • Advanced, integrated systems meet the challenges of commercial-scale operation

    Technological frontiers in die alternative energy industry continue to widen in countries around the globe. As such, die exploitation of biomass as a source of energy has become die fastest-growing sector among a growing roster of energy solutions. Today, more energy is produced from various forms of biomass dian from all wind, solar and geodicrmal applications combined. Much of die excitement ...


    By Beltran Technologies, Inc.

  • Recent Testing, Training, and Research Conducted at Ohmsett - The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility

    Abstract Ohmsett - The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility plays a critical role in developing the most effective response technologies enabling a rapid and efficient response to an actual spill. The facility, which is operated by the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), provides a crucial intermediate step ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Bioenergy Outlook: Defending the renewable fuels standard

    Although major advances in climate change and renewable energy policies are unlikely this year, there is still much that can and must be done. It is true that there are major obstacles to progress in Washington DC, but further repeating the discouraging prognosis will not be helpful. Instead, Bioenergy Outlook — BioCycle’s new bioenergy column — will, in this and occasional ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • World Forum to Examine Latest Microgrid Advances and Opportunities

    Interest in microgrids as a strategy for ensuring energy security and reliability is growing worldwide, especially in the wake of events such as Hurricane Sandy. Military installations, hospitals, data centers and remote off-grid regions that must have dependable power – no matter what – are increasingly turning to the microgrid paradigm. This is helping to drive a projected 330% ...

  • High Capacity Advancing Oil Recovery System performance testing at Ohmsett for the Wendy Schmidt oil cleanup X challenge

    Abstract Ohmsett - The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility was selected as the test venue for the $1.4 Million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. The competition was designed to inspire a new generation of innovative solutions for recovering spilled oil from the seawater’s surface. Ten finalists, selected from more than 350 entries ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Oceans of Energy

    Technologies that harness the energy of moving water or temperature differentials in the oceans promise to deliver abundant carbon-free electricity. Long before humans got hooked on fossil fuels, we learned how to harness the power of water to do work. Rivers ran mills that ground flour, sawed logs or spun looms that transformed fibers into textiles. Later generations realized that moving water ...


    By Ensia

  • P2 for SMEs: How to advance pollution prevention in small and medium-sized organizations

    Businesses in the small- and medium-sized enterprise sector are a vital part of the Canadian economy. So-called 'SME' firms have less than 500 employees and less than $50-million in annual revenues. But SMEs are the fastest growing facet of the Canadian economy, and as such are especially important to the successful adoption of pollution prevention (referred to as 'P2' in government circles). SME ...

  • Advanced WESP designs assure superior gas cleaning performance

    Nowadays, many industries are facing formidable environmental challenges and there is a growing need for effective, economical gas cleaning and air pollution control equipment. Michael Beltran of Beltran Technologies, Inc. reports on a renewed interest in high-efficiency wet electrostatic precipitators (WESPs) and discusses their importance for controlling sulphuric acid mists and other ...


    By Beltran Technologies, Inc.

  • Haiti Sustainable Energy Roadmap. Harnessing Domestic Energy Resources to Build a Reliable, Affordable, and Climate - Compatible Electricity System

    Haiti’s electricity sector stands at a crossroads. Haiti depends on imported petroleum for 85% of its electricity generation, diverting 7 percent of its annual gross domestic product to importing fuel. Still, only 25% of the Haitian population has regular access to electricity, bringing barriers to advances in economic opportunity, health, education, and social equality. Yet, according to ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Low-carbon energy: a roadmap

    Technologies available today, and those expected to become competitive over the next decade, will permit a rapid decarbonization of the global energy economy. New renewable energy technologies, combined with a broad suite of energy-efficiency advances, will allow global energy needs to be met without fossil fuels and by adding only minimally to the cost of energy services. The world is now in the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Landfills Expand Energy Output

    HIGH fossil fuel prices and growing concern about global climate change are creating favorable conditions for landfill gas energy (LFGE) projects. Notably, endorsement of LFGE by Federal agencies and many states as a form of “green” power has enabled LFGE developers to earn premiums for electricity marketed through green power programs, and to benefit from expanded federal tax credits for ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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