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The Illinois wind farm is located at a distance from Ikea's properties to directly power their energy needs.

IKEA Buying Illinois Wind Farm, Its First U.S. Investment In Wind Energy Project

Swedish home furnishing giant Ikea’s U.S. subsidiary acquired a wind farm under construction in Illinois, as part of the company’s initiative towards running its stores completely on renewable energy. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Hoopeston Wind, an under-construction 98-megawatt wind energy project in Vermillion County, Ill is the company’s largest, single renewable energy investment to [...]

Solar Impulse 2 has better batteries for storing energy soaked up from the sun by the roughly 17,200 solar cells that cover the huge wings, thereby making Solar Impulse 2 more energy-efficient.

Solar Impulse 2 to fly around the world fuel free in 2015

A futuristic flying machine built for an ambitious mission to try and fly around the world without using fuel has been unveiled. The plane is designed to fly around the world powered only by the sun. Pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard revealed the solar powered flight on Wednesday in a ceremony in Payerne Air [...]

SolarCity has teamed up with venture firms Vulcan Capital and Omidyar Network to invest $7 million into Off-Grid Electric

SolarCity to invest $7M in Off-Grid African Solar Firm, Could this help the solar services in developing countries?

SolarCity, America’s largest provider of solar services to people who can’t afford to pay upfront for a system is now looking to do the same for off-grid solar in developing nations. SolarCity has teamed up with venture firms Vulcan Capital and Omidyar Network to invest $7 million into Off-Grid Electric, a Tanzania-based company offering solar lighting [...]

The company proclaimed that, together with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd., it had included Natixis and Rabobank as "lead arrangers" for the Cape Wind Project.

Cape Wind Project secures $400 Million more in Financial Backing

In a statement released on Wednesday Cape Wind Associates announced it has secured more financial partners – French Bank Natixis and Netherlands based financial services Rabobank, to back the Cape Wind project in its efforts to build a 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound. The company proclaimed that, together with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ [...]

U.S. wind energy capacity grew from 25 GW to over 61 GW, a 140% growth rate over the past five years, yet electricity produced from these wind turbines grew at a rate of 200%, outdoing capacity growth and making wind energy cheaper than ever

Turbine Tech innovation and operational improvements Played vital Role In U.S. Wind Power Growth, Cost decline

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), U.S. wind energy generation has surpassed the growth in new wind power capacity, all due to technological innovation and operational improvements. U.S. wind energy capacity grew from 25 GW to over 61 GW, a 140% growth rate over the past five years, yet electricity produced from these wind turbines [...]

Experts believe demand will mushroom next year and increase 33 percent by 2020 from last year's 73 billion cubic feet a day.

Natural gas industry struggles with price volatility and delivery issues

Even with plenty of natural gas in the ground, America’s plan to use more natural gas to operate power plants, make chemicals, drive vehicles and heat homes may not go as smoothly as expected. The bitter weather this winter shows there are obstacles in producing and supplying gas. The harsh temperatures increased demand for natural gas [...]

At times, wind energy produces as much as 25% of the electricity on the Texas power grid.

Wind Power continues to be a major contributor to the US power mix

According to the latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) at the Department of Energy; wind power generated 4.13% of all the electricity in America and is the fifth largest electricity source in the country. It accounts for nearly 30 % of all new generating capacity for the last five years, which is sufficient [...]

EPA Pollution reductions will prevent 2000 premature deaths

EPA adopts tougher pollution rule to lower sulfur limits in fuel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday has finalized the new Tier 3 vehicle emission standards for cars and gasoline that the agency claims will significantly reduce harmful pollution, improve public health and prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses and create a cleaner environment, all by reducing the amount of sulfur that’s released into [...]

Wind farms located in hurricane prone areas can be designed to withstand winds in excess of 150 mph (67.056 m/sec) – or a Category 4 hurricane.

Wind Turbines Could Abate Deadly Hurricanes Before The storms Make Landfall, Study Claims

A ground-breaking study published in the journal Nature Climate Change claims that, huge offshore wind turbines have the power to weaken hurricanes, wave heights and reduce storm surge. The study led by Stanford University engineer Mark Jacobson, who has been building a weather and pollution model for the last 24 years, says today’s wind turbines could significantly withstand [...]

California procures more than 6 percent of its electricity from wind power and employs around 80,000 workers. Without PTC, the industry can survive but not thrive.

The Future of Wind Power: Without PTC, will the Economically Benefiting Industry Thrive?

American wind power is now a well accepted renewable energy source because of its smart state and federal policies that promotes economic benefits in all 50 states including California. The government’s federal tax policy has been instrumental in growing the energy concord that provides power to California and all over the United States. Be it [...]

Ivanpah is comprised of 340,000 sun-tracking mirrors (heliostats), which surround three, 459-foot towers Read more: World's Largest Solar Thermal Energy Plant Opens in California

World’s Biggest Solar thermal power plant goes online in California desert

World’s largest solar project, Ivanpah solar thermal power station officially opened on February 13, 2014.

Sprawling across 5 square miles (13 square kilometres) in the Mojave desert near the California-Nevada border, the $2.2 billion (USD) Ivanpah solar Electric Generating System has more than 340,000 computer controlled mirrors that focus reflected sunlight onto boilers located on the top of three towers, each of which is 150 feet tall (45 meters). The sun heats water inside the towers, creating steam that moves turbines and generates enough emissions-free electricity to power 140,000 homes, or about 392-megawatts. Far from a distance, these mirrors which are known as heliostats look like a clear lake rising from the desert.

Robotic Lawnmower uses cuttings from lawn to create a kind of ‘grass biomass’ which can harvest as fuel. The unused pellet fuel can also be used for other tasks such as heating or power generation.

Robotic EcoMow Cut Dependence on Fossil Fuels

EcoMow Technologies a startup founded by CEO graduate student Jason Force from George Mason University have created a prototype of a self-guiding robotic lawnmower that uses cuttings from lawn to create a kind of ‘grass biomass’ which can harvest as fuel. The unused pellet fuel can also be used for other tasks such as heating or power generation.

The battery electrode features silicon nanoparticles clustered like pomegranate seeds in a tough carbon rind.

Innovative ‘Pomegranate-inspired’ Design Solves Major Drawbacks for Lithium Ion Batteries

Innovators at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have created an electrode designed like a pomegranate – with silicon nano particles bunched like seeds in an intense carbon skin. What so special about this creation is that, it beats some remaining barriers to utilizing silicon for a new generation of [...]

World Bank's Thirsty Energy Initiative

World Bank’s Thirsty Energy Initiative Signifies Growing Importance of Energy-Water Nexus

Two of our highly important global resources, Energy and water are intricately linked. However, when it comes to organising, the regulatory agencies, who manage these valuable resources, are often disunited and uncoordinated in their decision-making. With the World Bank recently launching its  Thirsty Energy initiative, it appears that the energy-water nexus is finally being given [...]

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Platform Launched to Help Grow Ocean Energy Industry

According to reports the world’s foremost crowdfunding platform for the ocean energy industry launched on 10th Feb, contrived to tackle a dearth of early-stage funding for a rapidly growing part of the renewable energy sector. Clean Reach, reportedly launching five projects, provides a new way to generate an energy source that could apparently offer almost [...]

Clean Energy drives job growth in the United States

Overwhelming Support for Clean Energy drives job growth in the United States

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in its recent report says the renewable energy industry has created around 615,000 jobs in the United States. That’s a huge number of Americans working towards providing this nation with clean renewable energy from sun, plants and wind. Renewable energy development is making a difference in this country, Americans [...]

World’s First Carbon-Neutral Hotel Group

World’s First Carbon-Neutral Hotel Group – a great case study of Environmentally Conscious Entrepreneurship

Born in a family entrepreneurs and healthcare personnel with an inherited entrepreneurial lore, Kristen Brøchner’s philosophy in life is straightforward – if you value ethics in your business, the money will follow automatically. Arthur Hotel Group byproduct of Brøchner Hotels a family owned business running since 1982. In June 2013 when due to generational change [...]

Magma Chamber

Iceland Successfully Harnesses Energy Directly From Magma

Five years ago, engineers at Icelandic Deep Drilling Project, IDDP witnessed a bizarre site while drilling a borehole in Krafla, Northeast Iceland. At 2100m they had accidently hit Earth’s magma chambers, intruding into the planet’s upper crust from below at searing temperatures of 900 to 1000 Celsius that generated super-hot vents of stems. The magma-heated [...]

This computer simulation visualizes the filaments of dark matter thought to underpin the Universe's structure of galaxies and galaxy clusters

2014: a year for synthetic biology, dark matter, and more!

Expectations concerning energy and science continue to build up as new discoveries and enterprises are unveiled during the first weeks of 2014. This year promises interesting energy and health solutions, which go from upgrades in wind powered renewable electricity to further understanding of what black matter is.