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Ireland Looks to Be A World Leader in Wave Energy

August 8, 2013 by Colin Cafferty
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North Mayo is a region scarred by emigration and unemployment. Now a chance exists to harness the brute force of Nature, of turning climate into an ally that will help benefit local communities and appease the effects of man-made climate change.[read more]

Energy Risks: Sex, Murder, Public Utility Capital Ratios

June 19, 2013 by Adam James

What do sex, murder, and public utility capital ratios have in common? They all carry a certain level of risk. Let’s start with the most exciting one; capital ratios for public utilities.[read more]

How a Capacity Market Works

June 14, 2013 by Adam James
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There is a difference between energy and capacity, and power plants are compensated for both because both are important to maintaining the electrical system in different ways.[read more]

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Energy Storage Innovation: Niagara Pumped Storage System

March 30, 2013 by Roger Faulkner
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This is an out-of-the-box idea for a massive energy storage scheme, the largest potential pumped storage opportunity anywhere in North America: the Lake Erie/Lake Ontario System.[read more]

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion: National Security Implications

March 29, 2013 by Jim Baird
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With Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion deployment, the navy can become energy self-sufficient in its own domain and can be relieved of a heavy burden in the Middle East; a win for the navy, a win for the planet.[read more]

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

March 11, 2013 by Jim Baird
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One of the most important and threatening risks of climate change is sea-level rise. The mechanisms are well understood, and the direction of changes in sea-level is highly certain.[read more]

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Can Tidal Energy Take Off?

February 7, 2013 by Celine Rottier
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The small French island of Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is famous for its fast and forcefully rising tides. The famous writer Victor Hugo once claimed them to be as fast as galloping horses. Tidal energy is all about capturing this energy of the sea. While large tidal projects have been proposed for centuries, actual...[read more]

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Can the Wave Energy Industry Produce - On A Large Scale?

January 31, 2013 by Celine Rottier
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While going for a stroll along the seaside, many enjoy the magnificent sight of waves hitting the shore. Few will realize the unique opportunity to visualize the enormous amount of energy that waves carry. Is this the next big source of renewable energy?[read more]

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New Energy Sources: Possibilities and Prospects

January 18, 2013 by Mark Caine
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Energy transition is not just an imperative: it’s a certainty. But while it’s certain that we’ll continue to transition towards a new energy mix, far less certain are the nature of this mix and the speed of our transition. Also uncertain, though certain to be profound, are the impacts of this transition on human societies and the economies and earth systems that sustain them.[read more]

First U.S. Tidal Power Project Launches in Maine

July 24, 2012 by Nathanael Greene

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The ocean is a tremendous bank of energy. Covering more than two-thirds of our planet, the amount of energy embodied in the ocean’s tides, currents, and waves, not to mention temperature and salinity gradients, could power the world—if we were able to commercialize the technology to harness its renewable power.While technologies...[read more]

Predicting Waves Could Double Ocean Energy Capture

June 29, 2012 by Nino Marchetti
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Surfers spend half their time on the water sitting upright on their boards, scanning the horizon for the next suitable wave. The reason of course is that a wave’s size and power is going to tell you a lot about how good a ride you’re likely to have.Well, the same is true of wave energy capture technology. Put simply, some waves are...[read more]

Wave Energy Device Tested In Black Sea

June 9, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

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Israel-based wave power designer and manufacturer Eco Wave Power (EWP) has completed the first open water phase of testing for its new wave energy device. The company said it successfully installed a medium-scale wave energy power plant in the Black Sea during April.The latest phase of testing follows on from the initial...[read more]

UK Marine Energy Continues Aggressive Expansion

April 19, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

The British government has a launched a £20 million ($32 million) scheme to fund projects for groups of wave machines.The funding money is available for up to two pre-commercial projects and will allow the development of single device prototypes into a cluster of devices. The successful bids will test the operation of their...[read more]

Talking Fukushima One Year On

March 11, 2012 by Dan Yurman

On the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Dan Yurman takes a look to separate the facts from the fiction.[read more]

Tidal Energy: the Next Wave in Alternative Energy

February 13, 2012 by Antonio Pasolini

 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued its first pilot project license for a tidal energy project located in New York City’s East River. The project is owned by Verdant Power and is known as the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project. The project’s capacity is 1,050-kilowatts and uses the East River’s...[read more]