The SuperFriends and Their Planet-saving Microbial Biofuel Powers
Mom taught you well, I'll bet. Swat the flies, pour disinfectant on a slimy mold, and shock a pool or pond that has algae in it. Never touch anything riddled with a fungus, avoid bacteria like the plague. If you see a termite, call Orkin, and if you see e.coli (well you wouldn't, unless you have Superman-like vision, but you get the idea), run screaming into the night. Of course, in biofuels, you don't avoid any of the above.
Western Wind: A Clean Energy Rodney Dangerfield?
Renewable energy power producer Western Wind Energy Corp (WNDEF.PK, WND.V) feels it gets no respect. In particular, they have long felt that the investing public does not recognize the value of the company's existing and nearly completed wind farms.
BIPV Poised for Explosive Growth
Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) currently make up a small but increasing part of the world PV market, and many analysts predict a growth explosion in the sector, resulting in a multibillion-dollar annual market segment. The global BIPV market was estimated at 1201 MW in 2010 and is expected to increase at a 56% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach a capacity of 11,392 MW in 2015, according to Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV): Technologies and Global Markets, a new report from analysis firm BCC Research.
Lab-grown Green Slice Seems Poised for Prime Time
Once confined to laboratories and tiny test sites, the algal industry has begun to move aggressively into creating larger farms and sophisticated production facilities capable of manufacturing thousands of gallons of biofuels and oils for a wide range of products.
Oh CCS, Where Art Thou?
To anyone tracking the progress of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the U.K. over the past several years, last week's shelving of the Longannet Project in Scotland comes as little shock. This tortured process to contribute £1 billion of the government's money to a workable proposal has been playing out since 2007. Multiple bidders have fallen away until just ScottishPower and its consortium were left standing. The reasons for its demise are many, but surely the facts that large-scale carbon capture and storage is unproven and outrageously expensive must be near the top.
Q-Cells Building Europe's Largest Solar Park
Q-Cells has announced that it is building what it claims is Europe's largest solar park in Brandenburg-Briest, Germany. When completed the park will have a capacity of 91 MW. In addition, two sub-projects, Brandenburg-Briest West and Brandenburg-Briest Ost, are under construction and will have a total capacity of 60 MW.
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- Emerging Utility Solar Business Models: Creating New Market Opportunities
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- President Obama: "Questionable Competitive Practices Coming Out of China"
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