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Higgs factory a ‘must for big physics’

A top physicist says the construction of a "factory" to produce Higgs boson particles is a priority for the science community. In an exclusive interview, Nigel Lockyer, head of America's premier particle physics lab, said studying the Higgs could hasten major discoveries. He said momentum in the physics community was gathering for a machine to [...]

By | March 30th, 2018|Energy, Environment|Comments Off on Higgs factory a ‘must for big physics’

Study: wind and solar can power most of the United States

Some people doubt how much wind and solar can supply to a country’s electricity grid. We all know solar panels work well during the day, when the sun shines – they don’t work so well at night. And wind turbines only work when the wind is blowing. Fortunately, these two sources of energy fluctuate in [...]

By | March 27th, 2018|Business, Energy, Environment|Comments Off on Study: wind and solar can power most of the United States

GE announces Haliade-X, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine

GE Renewable Energy (NYSE:GE) today unveiled its plan to develop the largest, most powerful offshore wind turbine: the Haliade-X. Featuring a 12 MW direct drive generator and an industry leading gross capacity factor of 63 percent1 the Haliade-X will produce 45 percent more energy than any other offshore turbine available today2. GE will invest more [...]

By | March 14th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on GE announces Haliade-X, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine

New York commits $1.4 billion to renewable energy projects

On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his state would commit $1.4 billion to 26 renewable projects, including 22 solar farms, three wind farms, and one hydroelectric project. The outlay is a huge sum compared to what most states spend on renewable energy. At the same time, the governor denounced the Trump administration's [...]

By | March 13th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on New York commits $1.4 billion to renewable energy projects

Clean energy forces three California gas power plants to close

NRG Energy has confirmed its subsidiary, GenOn, plans to shutter three gas-fired power plants in California, continuing a trend of difficulties for fossil fuel generation in the state. According to Sierra Club, the facilities to be retired are all in Southern California and include the Etiwanda, Ormond Beach and Ellwood plants. NRG spokesman David Knox [...]

By | March 11th, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on Clean energy forces three California gas power plants to close

Cars buck falling CO2 emissions trend

Britain's carbon emissions have sunk to the level last seen in 1890 – the year before penalties were first awarded in football. In 2017, CO₂ emissions from fossil fuels fell by 2.6%. This was mainly driven by a 19% decline in coal use. It follows a 5.8% fall in 2016, which saw a record 52% [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|Business, Energy, Environment|Comments Off on Cars buck falling CO2 emissions trend

How Will Solar Be Used in 20 Years?

The story of solar power is one of progress. We have made great strides since the inception of this technology back in the 1970’s. But where is the solar industry going in the next 20 years? How will we use it? Will it be more widespread? We can most accurately predict the future growth of [...]

By | February 24th, 2018|Business, Energy|Comments Off on How Will Solar Be Used in 20 Years?

World’s largest solar park under development in Egypt

The Benban Solar Park aims to reach somewhere between 1.6-2.0GW of solar power by the middle of 2019. The projects will receive no incentives, however, it will be given a 25 year contract to sell its electricity at 7.8¢/kWh to the the state-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and pegged to the value of the [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|Energy|Comments Off on World’s largest solar park under development in Egypt

Trump Can’t Save Coal: More Capacity Closed Already in 2018 Than in Obama’s Entire First Term

Last week, the Sierra Club announced the latest U.S. coal plant to close: FirstEnergy’s Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia. It’s No. 268 in a long line of U.S. coal plants that have shut down since 2010, and among several to suspend operations this month. The environmental organisation lauded the closure as a victory in [...]

By | February 20th, 2018|Business, Energy, Environment|Comments Off on Trump Can’t Save Coal: More Capacity Closed Already in 2018 Than in Obama’s Entire First Term

New desalination technology turns the world’s oceans into unlimited lithium mine (+drinking water)

The earth’s ocean water is full of lithium salts and getting at it will simply be a byproduct of desalinating drinking water from seawater. This process is growing by leaps and bounds, especially as climate change is putting cities like Capetown in water crisis. Sure there are downsides to desalination like scooping up marine life [...]

By | February 18th, 2018|Energy, Environment|Comments Off on New desalination technology turns the world’s oceans into unlimited lithium mine (+drinking water)