Google Commits to 10 Years of Wind Power for Finnish Data Center

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In another move toward renewable energy in its operations, Google is going to use the electricity produced from a planned 72MW wind farm in Sweden to power its data center in Finland for the next ten years. A project to develop the new wind farm, consisting of 3MW turbines, at a site in northern Sweden has just met with planning approval, and thanks to Google’s recent agreement to buy the entire output of the farm for the next 10 years, has secured all the financing necessary for construction. The wind farm is being developed by O2, and will be owned… read more

Lithium Deposit In Wyoming

Large deposit of lithium

A new lithium deposit discovered in southwest Wyoming could be enough to cover the annual U.S. lithium demand–and then some. Right now, 80% of all lithium in the United States comes from imports from countries such as Bolivia, which, incidentally, has enough lithium to power 4.8 billion electric cars. It also doesn’t hurt that lithium can be recycled from batteries, unlike oil which disappears completely. Even with these facts, some people still fear that we could eventually run out of lithium. Still, analysts suggest that our demand for lithium, as it increases, will lower prices, and that we should be good for… read more

Cold Fusion Reactor Claims to Have 10,000X the Energy Density of Gasoline

Cold Fusion Reactor Claims to Have 10,000X the Energy Density of Gasoline

Is it possible that an Italian engineer’s cold fusion project, which has been vilified in energy and tech circles, could actually produce clean energy as claimed? Cold fusion, or Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) devices are considered by many to be the domain of scammers and hoaxers, and are claimed to be complete bunk, but that hasn’t stopped the research. In fact, cold fusion projects may be just hitting their stride, if the data from a test on an Italian cold fusion device bears out. According to various reports on the web, the operation of Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi’s… read more

Scotland to Build World’s Largest Wave Farm

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A project that will culminate in the world’s largest wave farm, ultimately delivering 40MW of clean energy, has received approval from Scottish Ministers and will deployed off the coast of Scotland. The project, using Aquamarine Power’s “Oyster” technology, will deploy 40 to 50 of the near-shore wave energy harvesting machines in the ocean off of the northwest coast of Lewis over the next few years. “Aquamarine Power’s Oyster wave power technology captures energy in nearshore waves and converts it into clean sustainable electricity. Essentially Oyster is a wave-powered pump which pushes high pressure water to drive an onshore hydro-electric turbine…. read more

First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine in North America Launched

First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine in North America Launched

North America is about to get its first grid-connected offshore wind turbine, thanks to the launch of the VolturnUS, which should be online and producing wind energy in the next couple of weeks. The VolturnUS is a 1/8th scale prototype of a novel floating wind turbine design from the DeepCwind Consortium, and will gather data during its operation to help optimize the design of a full-sized (6MW) turbine that is in the works. The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center expects to be able to launch the final turbine design in 2016, so getting this scale version up… read more

US Could Produce 1/12 of its Fuel from Algae

Are Algae Powered Vehicles a Possibility?

An analysis of the land and water resources in the United States found that the country could likely grow enough algae every year to provide about 1/12 of its yearly fuel needs. According to the study, which looked at the water resources necessary to grow algae on a large scale, up to 25 billion gallons of algae-based fuel could be produced each year, and didn’t see water issues as a “deal breaker” in algae biofuels. The most promising locations for producing algae for fuel are hot and humid, with low evaporation rates and easy access to water, and the best… read more

The Power Of Your Sweat

Working Out

What does a gym provide? People sweat and in turn it helps them get fit and healthy. But have you ever heard of a gym that produces power? Gyms in Manhattan now have stationary bikes which are pedaled by club members, who are not just keeping themselves fit but also helping to produce power. This bike looks like traditional bikes found in gyms and clubs, but it has a tall black box with wires connected to it which is nothing but a compact generator that converts the mechanical wheeling motion of the bike into electric power. This can now be used in the… read more

Is Alternative Energy Too Risky?

Is Alternative Energy Too Risky?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is dangerous—this is has been accepted as fact. It isn’t necessarily unviable or illegitimate; it is just too young of a technology for the consequences and ramifications to be fully understood. However, the line may have been crossed recently, upping the ante to somewhere near “expect problems.” In an effort to capture geothermal energy to be used to create clean electricity, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has granted permission to AltaRock Energy to conduct fracking operations on the ground around Oregon’s dormant Newberry Volcano. If this notion of cracking the ground around a volcano,… read more

Google Acquires High-Altitude Wind Energy Company

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The ideas that seem the most “out there” in terms of practicality are many times the ones that end up disrupting an industry or market, and if a certain tech giant’s recent investment is any indication, airborne wind power is an up and coming industry. Soon after the first fully autonomous flight of their airborne kite power prototype, Makani Power was acquired by Google, which may give a huge boost to wind energy technology and eventually help to drive the costs of wind energy down to compete with fossil fuels. Makani Power spend just over a year building out their… read more

Are Algae Powered Vehicles a Possibility?

Are Algae Powered Vehicles a Possibility?

There are many ways of converting substances to biodiesel fuel, and researchers are continually finding new ways to use neat materials for gassing up vehicles. Algae are one example of a conceivable substance that seems to have some potential. When mixed with sunlight, bacteria and carbon dioxide, algae, in its water dense environment produces a lot of oil. In fact, an alga’s mass contains around 50% oil, which can be gathered, processed and converted into biodiesel fuel. Palm oils, in contrast, contain about 20% of convertible oil. Algae are naturally carbohydrate rich and can be turned into ethanol. Using algae as… read more