U.S. Solar Energy Industry Breaks Records

Joanna Schroeder

GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have released the “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 3rd Quarter 2013,” the definitive analysis of solar power markets in the U.S., with strategic state-specific data for 28 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. According to the report, the U.S. installed 930 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics (PV) in Q3 2013 is up …

Alternative energy, Electricity, Research, Solar

USDA, DOE Fund $8M for Bioenergy Feedstocks

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) today announced $8 million in research grants to develop non-food feedstocks that can be used for bioenergy. USDA said the grants are part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to develop domestic renewable energy and advanced biofuels, providing a more secure future for America’s energy needs and enhancing rural …

advance biofuels, biomass, Research

Staggering Wind Turbines Produces More Energy

Joanna Schroeder

According to the University of Delaware’s Cristina Archer and her Atmosphere and Energy Research Group, staggering and spacing out turbines in an offshore wind farm can improve performance by as much as 33 percent. The findings, which appeared in Geophysical Research Letters, could help engineers plan improved offshore wind farms. “Staggering every other row was amazingly efficient,” said Archer, associate …

offshore wind, Renewable Energy, Research, Wind

Biodiesel Feedstock’s Proteins Mapped

John Davis

Researchers in Europe and South America have mapped the protein of a biodiesel feedstock, castor beans, in hopes of reducing the poisons in the leftover pulp. This article from The Almagest says researchers from the University of Southern Denmark and hope to be able to get more out of the bean. Countries like Brazil and India grow large quantities of …

Biodiesel, Research

Offshore Wind Needs EUR123 Billion to Meet Goals

Joanna Schroeder

According to new research, the offshore wind energy sector needs up to EUR123 billion in investment between now and 2020 if it is to meet its target of 40 GW of installed capacity. Equity and debt provides are willing to invest; however, they are holding back due to regulatory instability. What’s blocking the investment is the uncertainty caused by changing …

Alternative energy, Electricity, Research, Wind

What Will We Drive in 2023?

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new study, “Tomorrow’s Vehicles: What Will We Drive in 2023?” released by the Fuels Institute, the growth of vehicles running on alternative fuels will accelerate over the next decade but diesel-fuel and gasoline-powered vehicles will continue to dominate the market. For light-duty vehicles (passenger vehicles and light trucks), gasoline-powered vehicles will continue to dominate the market, although …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Research

Pressure Cooking to Improve Electric Car Batteries

Joanna Schroeder

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have redesigned the component materials of the battery found in electric vehicles in an environmentally friendly way. The goal was to solve several problems with the technology including they take a long time to charge; the charge doesn’t hold long enough to drive long distances; they don’t allow drivers …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Research

World Energy Scenarios Report: More Must Be Done

Joanna Schroeder

COP-19 is taking place in Warsaw, Poland and today the World Energy Council (WEC) released a new report, “World Energy Scenarios: Composing energy futures in 2050.” The world is set to face several significant challenges in balancing global energy needs in addressing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma. The WEC study assesses two policy scenarios: the more consumer-driven Jazz …

Electricity, International, Renewable Energy, Research, Solar

Project Aims to Convert Natural Gas to Butanol

Joanna Schroeder

A new project spearheaded by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are using their expertise in protein expression, enzyme engineering and high-throughput assays to develop biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel or methane to butanol for transportation. The $34 million project by the Advanced Research Project Agency Energy (ARPA-E) is one of a set of 15 Reducing …

Alternative energy, biobutanol, Natural Gas, Research

Industrial, Commercial, to Dominate EV Market

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new report from IDTechEx, over the next decade, the largest global electric vehicle (EV) value sector will be industrial and commercial for land, water and air – accounting for nearly 50 percent of the total hybrid and pure electric vehicle business. “Industrial and Commercial Hybrid & Pure Electric Vehicles 2013-2023: Forecasts, Opportunities, Players,” finds that the EV …

Electric Vehicles, Research