Wind Energy Faces Challenges

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new paper, “Challenges for Wind Energy’s Future,” although a negligible player in electricity generation, wind energy comes at an exorbitant taxpayer expense. In addition, the report finds that the wind industry faces several likely “insurmountable” challenges to becoming a dependable part of America’s energy portfolio. Author Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., discusses in the paper that while wind itself …

Alternative energy, Opinion, Wind

Cali Can Broaden Hydrogen Fueling Network

Joanna Schroeder

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have published a study that found a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen. This, the researchers suggest, a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach. The report examined 70 commercial gasoline stations throughout California and sought to determine which, if any, could integrate hydrogen fuel, …

Alternative energy, Hydrogen

ACORE Study: Evolving Business Models for Renewable Energy

Joanna Schroeder

A new study has been released, “Evolving Business Models for Renewable Energy,” from the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). With aid from several members, the report explores key issues and provides recommendations related to evolving utility and other business models for renewable energy. The report was produced in conjunction with ACORE’s Power Generation and Infrastructure Initiative. “From potential storage …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Smart Grid, Solar

UC Riverside Named an Energy Frontier Research Center

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $100 million in new funding for 32 new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). The EFRCs are designed to accerlerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a new 21st century energy economy in the U.S. One of the new research centers will live at University of California- Riverside (UC Riverside). …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, energy efficiency

Higher Ethanol Blends Campaign Expands

Joanna Schroeder

The 4th annual Alternative Fuel Road Show is kicking off in Georgia to educate consumers about the benefits of higher blends of ethanol. The FlexFuel Awareness Campaign is sponsored in part by Growth Energy, the Kansas and Nebraska Corn and Ethanol Boards along with several others. The roadshow is the largest clean fuel vehicle educational tour and is designed to …

Alternative energy, Alternative Vehicles, biofuels, Growth Energy

New Geothermal Paper Examines Costs, Benefits

Joanna Schroeder

A new paper released by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) examines the public economic costs and benefits of geothermal energy. “The Economic Costs and Benefits of Geothermal Power,” is another viewpoint of the value and affordability of geothermal energy based on an analysis from several government and private sector reports published in 2014. Geothermal power “compares favorably with other technologies …

Alternative energy, Geothermal

Mosaic Launches New National Solar Tech Platform

Joanna Schroeder

Mosiac is going national. The first solar company to ever use crowdsourcing investments to finance solar projects has just launched another first of its kind technology platform: Mosaic Places. The technology will enable the nation to go solar one location at a time. So how does it work? The public can nominate community centers, schools, libraries and places of worship …

Alternative energy, Energy, energy efficiency, Environment, Renewable Energy, Solar

HP Hood Converts Fuel Oil to CNG

Joanna Schroeder

HP Hood’s plant located in Lafargeville, New York is converting from fuel oil to compressed natural gas (CNG) as a boiler fuel. According to the company, CNG is much less expensive than fuel oil, therefore the new technology will make the plant more competitive. After the conversion, the plant will emit 26 percent less CO2, much less SO2 and NOx, …

Alternative energy, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

CSP: ELEMENTS Awarded to Southern Research Institute

Joanna Schroeder

Southern Research Institute has signed a jointly funded cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the DOE’s new Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS) funding program. The program is part of the SunShot Initiative. CSP: ELEMENTS supports the development of high-temperature thermochemical energy storage (TCES) systems that …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Energy Storage, Solar, Video

Spider ST Solar Roof Mount System Seeing Success

Joanna Schroeder

Patriot Solar Group (PSG) has announced they are seeing success with their recently launched Spider ST roof mount system. The Spider ST is a polypropylene polymer-based roof mount for commercial flat roof applications. Because of its design and ease of use, the company says it offers solar installers unique cost saving features. Although mounting systems are defined as “hardware costs,” …

Alternative energy, Renewable Energy, Solar