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National Geographic Explorer Culhane Shows Garbage-Energy Isn't Science Fiction

January 4, 2015 by Marianne Lavelle

Garbage and Energy Generation

When I recently set out to write a story about the energy possibilities of garbage, which was portrayed as nothing but a sci-fi gag in the movie Back to the Future Part II, I knew I had to check in with National Geographic Emerging Explorer T.H. Culhane.[read more]

'Pay-As-You-Go' Solar Energy Companies Win National Geographic Terra Watt Prize

June 16, 2014 by Justin Guay

Pay-As-You-Go Solar Energy Prize

Just as solar leasing from the likes of SolarCity unlocked the solar market in the U.S., pay as you go solar providers are unlocking solar power for the masses worldwide. That's a big reason the off-grid solar market is booming, with over $45 million flowing into the market since November, 2013.[read more]

The problem with "Peak Oil" from an economist’s point of view

November 12, 2010 by Michael Giberson

The National Geographic Daily News blog cites a new International Energy Agency report that pins 2006 as the year in which oil production rates attained a pace that will not be again matched. Or, in other words, 2006 was the year of “Peak Oil.”  That projection is just one scenario of several looked at by IEA, but in their view this...[read more]

Google Searches For Key To Energy Savings

April 13, 2010 by Big Gav

National Geographic has an article on Google's power meter and initiatives to make smart meter data visible to end users - Google Searches For Key To Energy Savings Deep in the dark of the Minnesota night, some appliance was kicking on to rob Ed Kohler of hard-earned cash. He'd look later and see nighttime energy spikes reported by...[read more]

Plugging Into the Sun

September 26, 2009 by Big Gav

National Geographic's cover story this month (for readers outside the US) is on solar energy (particularly solar thermal power and thin film solar), noting "Sunlight bathes us in far more energy than we could ever need—if we could just catch enough" - Plugging Into the Sun. A related article is - Can Solar Save Us ? - with a photo...[read more]