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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Biofuel Waste Product Recycled for Electricity

A byproduct of biofuel manufacture can power microbial fuel cells to generate electricity cheaply and efficiently, according to scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn Conference. The work could help develop self-powered devices that would depollute waste water and be used to survey weather in extreme environments.

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Company Perspectives: SiGNa Chemistry Brings Smart Hydrogen Fuel Cells to the Renewables Marketplace

According to Carney, when these fuel cartridges are used to provide electricity, the only emissions are water vapor and a benign by-product, sodium silicate – a desirable energy solution that emits no greenhouse gases or toxic byproducts, from supply chain to application. And once the powder in a NaSi cartridge is depleted, both the cartridge and remaining material can be fully recycled.

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Xcel Energy Seeks More Renewables in New Mexico

SPS is seeking, on an annual basis, approximately 88,705 MWh of “other” renewable energy generation as defined by the New Mexico Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), or an equivalent amount of biogas of approximately 665,300 MMBtu (one million British thermal units) to be in commercial operation no later than January 1, 2015. SPS prefers that the biomass resources be located in New Mexico.

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New Hydrogen Catalyst Takes off Like a Rocket

News on hydrogen from Tina Casey at Clean Technica. New Hydrogen Catalyst Takes off Like a Rocket (via Clean Technica)   The next generation of low-cost fuel cells could take your home off the grid and free your car from the gas pump with clean, renewable energy, and researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have brought us one step closer to that future. The team has deployed a biomimicry-based hydrogen…

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Two-stroke Engines Getting Challenged by CORE GasLess Power

This product, and the coming line of non-gas landscaping products from this innovative company, speak volumes about innovation that originates in this country and the sustainable business that follows. Two-stroke Engines Getting Challenged by CORE GasLess Power (via Clean Technica) The two-stroke gasoline engine – a huge emissions emitter and contributor to global warming and pollution – may be staring at its death bed far sooner than the gasoline engine for the automobile. That is if CORE Outdoor Power has any…

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