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Oil spill from BP rig explosion at 5,000 barrels a day

CNN reports the volume of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's Horizon disaster has risen to 5000 barrels per day - Oil spill from rig explosion at 5,000 barrels a day. The oil spill from last week's deadly rig explosion in the Gulf of...

Posted April 29, 2010    

The humble battery: 210 years later, the breakthrough we still await

Energy Bulletin has an article from Steve LeVine on the history of battery - The humble battery: 210 years later, the breakthrough we still await. The battery could be a shoo-in for the most confounding of all technologies. Invented in 1799 by...

Posted April 28, 2010    

Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Underwater robots trying to seal well

The Guardian has a look at BP's disaster drilling in the Gulf Of Mexico, with the rig sunk, 11 people dead and the well leaking oil into the waters and looking rather difficult to stop anytime soon - Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Underwater robots...

Posted April 27, 2010    

Wind Turbines Shed Their Gears

Technology Review has an article on GE and Siemens adopting direct drive wind turbines - Wind Turbines Shed Their Gears. Wind turbine manufacturers are turning away from the industry-standard gearboxes and generators in a bid to boost the...

Posted April 27, 2010    

CPRS into the deep freeze

Crikey has a look at the shelving of the government's proposed CPRS - so after a few years of Labour government we haven't really made any progress on global warming (a messed up insulation installation scheme and slightly improved MRET aside) -...

Posted April 27, 2010    

Utilities start massive upgrade of New England grid

The Boston Globe has an article on smart grid initiatives in the north east of the US - Utilities start massive upgrade of region’s grid. Power companies in New England are beginning work on a nearly half-billion-dollar plan to upgrade the region’s...

Posted April 26, 2010    

Solar Coalition Calls to Install Solar Panels on the White House

Inhabitat has a post on efforts to turn the clock both back and forward and have solar panels re-installed on the roof of the White House - Solar Coalition Calls to Install Solar Panels on the White House. Some of you probably know that President...

Posted April 26, 2010    

Wind's latest problem: it ... makes power too cheap

Jerome a Paris has an interesting post at the European Tribune about the economics of wind power - Wind's latest problem: it ... makes power too cheap. Bloomberg has a somewhat confusing article about the newest complaint about wind power, but the...

Posted April 25, 2010    

Coal giants and gas firms set for clash

The Australian has an article on the looming clash between coal miners and coal seam gas producers in Queensland - Coal giants and gas firms set for clash THE massive ramp-up planned in Queensland coal seam gas production to feed Gladstone liquefied...

Posted April 25, 2010    

Light-Trapping Photovoltaics

Technology Review has a look at the use of nanoparticles to improve solar power performance - TR10: Light-Trapping Photovoltaics. In 1995, finishing her undergraduate degree in physics, Kylie Catchpole decided to take a risk on a field that was...

Posted April 23, 2010    

US Geothermal power generation grows 29% in 2009

KCSG.com has a report on the growth of geothermal power generation in the United States - Geothermal Grows 26% in 2009 - Utah Ranks Third Among Top 15 States. The US geothermal power industry continued strong growth in 2009, according to a new...

Posted April 22, 2010    

Siemens: Picture the Future

There have been plenty of plans to switch Australia to 100% clean energy floated in recent times (see Beyond Zero Emissions and Desertec Australia for some examples). The latest entrant is from Siemens, with their "Picture the Future: Australia (...

Posted April 21, 2010