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Monthly Archive: August 2010

World’s Most Powerful Tide Power Tubine

Written by , on August 13, 2010

Atlantis Resources Corporation has unveiled the largest and most powerful tidal power turbine ever built. It is due for installation at a dedicated berth at the European Marine Energy Centre, located in Orkney, Scotland later this summer. Despatching 1 megawatt of predictable power at a water velocity of 2.65m/s, the turbine is designed for harsh […]  Read more »

Goldman Sachs to Build World’s Largest Concentrating Solar PV Plant

Written by , on August 10, 2010

In what is hopefully a sign that the finance industry may be beginning to realise the real potential of investing in clean energy rather than manuactured financial derivatives, Goldman Sachs, through its subsidiary Cogentrix, is to build a 30-megawatt solar power plant near Alamosa, in southern Colorado. The plant is expected to be the largest […]  Read more »

China Orders 2,087 Polluting Factories to Close

Written by , on August 10, 2010

The Chinese government has ordered over 2,087 firms in high-polluting and energy-intensive industries to shut down outdated plant by the end of September. Companies that fail to do so risk having bank loans frozen, approvals for new projects and land purchases refused and their electricity cut off. Companies effected produce steel, coal, cement, aluminium, glass […]  Read more »

Unmanned Solar-powered Vehicles On Their Way from Belgrade to Beijing

Written by , on August 6, 2010

Unmanned, solar-powered vehicles have arrived in Kiev, Ukraine, after setting out from Belgrade on a three-month journey to Beijing. Their journey can be tracked live at The vehicles from the Italian VisLab are unmanned, run on electrical power and are partly powered by solar energy. They intend to bring goods packed in Italy to […]  Read more »

Cheaper Solar Cells Using Nickel and Selenium

Written by , on August 6, 2010

In a study published in Applied Physics Letters, a team of scientists at the University of Toronto demonstrated that nickel can work just as well as gold for electrical contacts in colloidal quantum dot solar cells. Quantum dot solar cells are already economical, as the dots themselves are nanoscale bits of a semiconductor material, created […]  Read more »

Eat Insects to Save the World?

Written by , on August 6, 2010

A policy paper on the eating of insects is being formally considered by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. Professor Arnold van Huis, an entomologist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the author of the paper, says eating insects has advantages: “There is a meat crisis,” he said. “The world population will grow […]  Read more »

40% Decline in Marine Phytoplankton

Written by , on August 3, 2010

Researchers led by Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, have published a paper in the journal Nature showing that marine phytoplankton have declined substantially in the world’s oceans over the past century. Phytoplankton are the basis of the entire marine food chain. They produce around half of the oxygen in […]  Read more »

“Unmistakeable” Indicators of Global Warming

Written by , on August 3, 2010

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has published a report detailing ten indicators which “we would unambiguously expect them to increase or decrease if the world were warming.” In a warming world, we would expect the following indicators to increase: land surface air temperature sea-surface temperature marine air temperature sea level tropospheric temperature ocean […]  Read more »

Vertical Axis Offshore Wind Turbine Design

Written by , on August 3, 2010

British company Wind Power Limited has unveiled the design of a new vertical axis wind turbine intended for large-scale offshore power generation. The design is seen as having the potential of becoming the basis for the next generation of offshore wind turbines as it does not have the same weight constraints as a normal wind […]  Read more »