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10 Years of Progress in Renewables

Written by , on June 19, 2015

In its 2015 “Global Status Report”, REN21, the global renewable energy policy network, has summarised the increase in renewable energy capacity in the 10 years from 2004 to 2014. In 2004, global renewable power capacity (excluding hydro) was 85 gigawatts. In 2014, it reached 657 gigawatts.  Read more »

Fueling Vehicles with Hydrogen from Corn Waste

Written by , on April 8, 2015

Researchers have found a way to make hydrogen fuel by a biological method that uses cheap and abundantly available corn stover (the stalks, cobs and husks) and greatly reduces the time it takes to produce the fuel.  Read more »

Fish-friendly Turbine

Written by , on January 16, 2012

The U.S. Electric Power Research Institute is currently testing a turbine designed for generating hydroelectricity with significantly reduced fish mortality. The turbine, designed by Alden Laboratories, aims to provide safer passage for fish migrating downstream. Current methods of protecting fish, such as bypasses and non-generating spills, are estimated to reduce the amount of hydroelectic power […]  Read more »

Europe Plans a Renewables Super-grid

Written by , on January 11, 2010

Nine European countries have agreed to work together to build an electricity "super-grid" which will allow them to integrate their renewable energy production and storage facilities. The nine countries – Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland and the UK – are planning a network made up of thousands of kilometres of […]  Read more »

Hydroelectric Power

Written by , on May 1, 2008

Such as Australia’s Snowy Mountains Scheme: How It Works The Australian Institute of Energy has produced a Fact Sheet on hydroelectric power with a focus on small (grid-connected) and micro (not grid-connected) systems. Click here to download the Fact Sheet (687K pdf).  Read more »

Plans for World’s Largest Hydro Scheme on the Congo River

Written by , on April 25, 2008

Seven African governments and the world’s largest banks and construction firms met in London this week to plan the most powerful dam ever conceived – an $US 80 billion hydro power project on the Congo River. The Grand Inga dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo would generate twice as much electricity as the world’s […]  Read more »