Author: Shifra Mincer

Energy Tower Visionary: How It Works [INTERVIEW]

Imagine a power plant that used only cold air to spin a turbine: no need for expensive solar PV panels or gigantic wind turbines. The theory is simple, says Dan Zaslavsky, a professor of agricultural engineering at the Technion, Israel’s… Read More

White House’s Green Button Gets Big Buy-In

What if American homeowners could see the detailed breakdown of their energy costs as clearly as they could see the items they buy grocery shopping? Would Americans try harder to save if they could see exactly where their money was… Read More

Scotland Sees Clean Energy Revving Up Economy

Scotland has been actively pursuing its goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Among its initiatives has been the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) that is home to research and development projects on underwater and ocean energy devices and… Read More

Geothermal Steams Forward, Under The Radar

Geothermal has long been touted as the only stable form of renewable energy because it produces constant 24-hour energy from hot rocks deep underneath the ground. Like the energy it produces, the geothermal industry is proving to be strong and… Read More
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UK Wind Power Had Record-Breaking 2011

The United Kingdom, racing toward a 2020 goal of 15 percent renewable energy, used less power in 2011 than in 2010, and an increasing proportion of what it did use came from renewables as wind power generation grew substantially. Renewable… Read More
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BrightSource Rival Powers Ahead On Molten Salt [INTERVIEW]

The U.S.-Israeli concentrating solar power (CSP) company BrightSource Energy last night announced it was pulling its public stock offering planned for today, saying “the continued market and economic volatility are not optimal conditions for an IPO” [PDF]. The turn of… Read More

Clean Energy On The Farm Gets Big US Assist

Farms are energy hungry enterprises that need power for equipment, farming, processing and packaging. In 2007 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a renewable energy program that would provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to support wind,… Read More