Tag Archives: Biomass

Renewable Sources of Power Survive, but in a Patchwork

JUST a few years ago, the future of renewable energy looked as bright and shiny as a white turbine blade coming out of the mold. The federal government was handing out money under the stimulus package, states were approving clean … Continue reading

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Obstacles to Danish Wind Power

During howling winter weather two years ago, the thousands of windmills dotting Denmark and its coastline generated so much power that Danes had to pay other countries to take the surplus. The incident was the first of its kind, and … Continue reading

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Biomass and Electricity, Part 2

ClearEdge PowerThe five-kilowatt ClearEdge module runs hydrogen through a fuel cell to make electric current. It is about the size of a kitchen refrigerator. Another pathway for converting gas to electricity is fuel cells, which produce electricity with no byproducts … Continue reading

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Biomass and Electricity, Part One

FlexEnergyThe Flex PowerStation at Fort Benning in Georgia generates electricity from biomass in a landfill. Burning natural gas releases less heat-trapping carbon dioxide than burning coal does because it has only about half as much carbon per unit of energy. … Continue reading

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Green energy investment soars to $260bn

New data shows worldwide funding of green energy projects rose by 5% last year A Solyndra solar panel factory in California. The fallout from the company’s failure does not seem to have affected investment in green energy in the US. … Continue reading

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Scottish renewable electricity on track for ‘record year’

Figures reveal country is likely to produce its highest ever levels of electricity from renewable sources Wind turbines in East Renfrewshire. Scotland is set to generate a third of its electricity from renewable sources in 2011. Photograph: Murdo Macleod Scotland … Continue reading

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Why I’m lending my voice to community renewable schemes

When you bring together people, communities, like-minded NGOs and companies, really big changes can happen A graphic showing different energy sources that provide green energy at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage. Photograph: rivercottage.net About four years ago, we installed a wind … Continue reading

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