RENEWABLE ENERGY PROVIDES 99% OF ALL NEW U.S. ELECTRICAL GENERATING CAPACITY IN OCTOBER 2013

YEAR-TO-DATE, RENEWABLES OUTPACE COAL, OIL, AND NUCLEAR POWER COMBINED According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, solar, biomass, and wind “units” provided 694 MW of new electrical generating capacity last month or 99.3% of all new generation placed in-service (the balance of 5 MW was provided by oil.) Twelve new solar units accounted for 504 MW or 72.1% of all new electrical generating capacity in October 2013 followed by four…

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World's First "Ene-Farm" Home Fuel Cell for Condominiums to Be Released

This October 21 press announcement on a condominium fuel cell to soon be released n Japan in interesting. Expect to see much more concerning the development of fuel cells that can substantially reduce energy consumption. “Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. President: Tsuyoshi Okamoto and Panasonic Corporation President: Kazuhiro Tsuga today announced the joint development of the world’s first “Ene-Farm” home fuel cell for condominiums. The new “Ene-Farm” home fuel cell for condominiums will be sold by Tokyo Gas from April 1,…

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Creating Inexpensive Hydrogen Fuel From Water

A new, relatively inexpensive means of producing hydrogen fuel from water — relying on charcoal powder and lasers — has now been created by researchers. The new method owes its relative affordability to the cheaper materials involved — charcoal and carbon powder rather than expensive catalysts or high-power electric currents. As of now, though, the technique is only proven on very small scales — until the method is modified to produce larger quantities of hydrogen, applications will be limited. The…

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Green Hydrogen Fuel Thanks To Microorganisms In Salt Flats?

This article has been reposted from Green Building Elements sister site CleanTechnica. Bacteriorhodopsin — an intriguing protein found within the membranes of the ancient microorganisms living in the desert salt flats of California and Nevada — may allow for the cheap, efficient production of “environmentally friendly” hydrogen fuel from nothing but sunlight and saltwater, according to new research from the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. By combining bacteriorhodopsin with semiconducting nano-particles, the researchers were able to create a…

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Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 1 (Including 34 Charts & Graphs)

As the end of the year approaches, this post concerning renewable energy from Zach Shahan at Clean Technica provides an excellent string of information. We will follow up on this post with Part 2. Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 1 (Including 34 Charts & Graphs) (via Clean Technica)   As I mentioned in my article covering the latest US Solar Market Insight report (which I just published a few hours ago), I was “out of the office” today giving a presentation on solar power…

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