Author: Lauren Craig

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Enzymes Lead the Way To Sustainable Biodiesel

The traditional method of producing biodiesel involves a chemical reaction of an oil feedstock and catalysts like potassium hydroxide and sulfuric acid. Handling these caustic chemicals is dangerous, and production technicians must wear protective gear at all times during the… Read More
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MIT Battery Hums Cheaply With Molten Metals

Researchers at MIT say they have developed a new type of low-cost battery that could be the future of affordable energy storage systems, making it more economical for utilities to integrate intermittent renewable energy technologies like solar and wind power… Read More
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Cellulosic Ethanol Finds A Friend In Hot Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was originally counting on U.S. ethanol producers to mix 500 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol into the country’s gasoline supply in 2012. Ain’t happening—by a long shot. After ethanol producers indicated that they would… Read More
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Solar Power Lights Up Delaware Volunteer Fire Company

Delaware-based Cermet Materials manufactures screen-printable conductive pastes for the thin-film photovoltaic (PV) industry. Several of the company’s employees are also local volunteer firefighters. So, when Cermet Materials owners Charlie Falletta and Pansy Tong were approached by their employees about financing… Read More
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No Roof, No Problem For Arizona Solar Devotees

Not to be outdone by fellow Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power’s innovative Bright Tucson Solar Program, UniSource Energy Services (UES) is unveiling a new program that allows its electric customers to buy solar energy directly from two solar power plants… Read More
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Helping Offshore Wind Farms Weather The Storm

The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that if the U.S. is going to generate 20 percent of its electricity from wind, nearly 54 gigawatts (GW) of that power will need to come from offshore wind farms. While the U.S.… Read More

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens In UK

The title of world’s largest offshore wind power has been reclaimed. SSE announced the commissioning of the 367.2-megawatt (MW) Walney wind farm off the coast of Barrow-in-Furness, beating out the 300-MW Thanet Wind Farm (also in U.K. waters) for the… Read More