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    What’s the Future for Scotland’s Planned Wind Farm Rollout?

    scotland-wind-farmAlex Salmond’s SNP may have lost the independence referendum, but the drive remains to put the country on the path of becoming the “Saudi Arabia of renewables”. There has been much talk about the impact Mr. Salmond’s seeming infatuation with wind farms will have on the Scottish public. So the question is: what does the future hold for wind energy in Scotland?

    Posted in Alternative Energy on September 27, 2014
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    Finnair to use cooking oil to power its flights to New York

    finnair-airplaneThere’s something good cooking at Finnair! Very recently, this Finnish airline announced flights from Helsinki to New York powered by an environmentally sustainable biofuel. Simply put, Finnair plans to fly planes using cooking oil. To do so, the airliner will use biofuel by SkyNRG Nordic, a joint venture between SkyNRG and Statoil Aviation. This biofuel is manufactured from cooking oil recycled from restaurants and will work as a better alternative to conventional jet fuel.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on September 26, 2014
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    If all goes as planned, California could use 100% renewable energy by 2050

    renewable-powerCalifornia is currently at the forefront in the United States, bringing home new renewable energy options and stepping away from conventional coal-fired power plants. Not so surprisingly, the state could soon be powered 100% by renewable energy and Stanford has recently presented a “roadmap” to accomplish this goal by 2050. Using wind, water and sunlight to its benefit, California could soon begin basking in clean and green energy, while reducing emissions and its carbon footprint.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on August 19, 2014
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    Wale’s first grid-connected freestanding tidal turbine begins tests

    sea-turbine-2Nothing can stop the United Kingdom from soaking in some green juice, and that includes the tide! Very recently, an underwater turbine off the coast of Pembrokeshire at Ramsey Sound was unveiled. This project is currently on a 12-month long trial period and will generate clean and green renewable energy for homes in St. Davids. Built by Mustange Marin, the structure that stands seven storeys high will generate energy from tidal currents on the sea bed.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on August 13, 2014
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    Chinese student creates art installation that displays wind-energy generation in real time

    打印Art does not necessarily need to stay static and never-changing. Instead, with a little bit of innovation and a whole lot of creativity, art can be mixed with modern-day technology to churn out installations that are eye-catching and pretty useful too! Jiavu Liu, a student at the Royal College of Art (RCA), designed one such installation called the Within Invisibility, which is essentially an LED installation that reacts to wind pattern data collected from 40 Chinese cities in real time!

    Posted in Alternative Energy, Featured on July 9, 2014
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    India’s soon-to-be Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, shows interest in solar power

    modiIndia has recently won the appreciation of the world after successfully conducting the biggest democratic elections. The soon to be Prime Minister of the Southern Asian nation, Mr. Narendra Modi, has won the favor of the public not only for his knack at developing cities but also for his green ideologies. Narendra Taneja, convener of the energy division at Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party said, “We look upon solar as having the potential to completely transform the way we look at the energy space.”

    Posted in Alternative Energy on May 23, 2014
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    South Korean researchers generate elecricity from a toilet flush

    flushing-toilet-energyFlushing a toilet has been known to serve just one purpose, until now. Besides taking away all your waste to a land where you never have to look at it again, toilet flushes will now help power up homes in South Korea. Scientists in South Korea have developed the means to harvest the mechanical energy generated from the flushing of a toilet and convert it all to usable electricity. From the experiments conducted, these researchers have concluded that the movement of a single droplet is enough to power up a green LED.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on April 22, 2014
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    Growing crops on solar-power farms works as a win-win situation!

    solar-farmLet’s not deny it. Solar plants are a space-taking affair and many a times, most areas don’t have enough space to house these renewable-energy-generating facilities. The Stanford scientists have therefore come up with a way to save space and integrate photovoltaic farms with agricultural areas! A system like this works as a boon for areas like southwestern United States where water is scarce. The system proposed by the scientists will allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on April 18, 2014
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    IKEA invests in its first American wind farm with a 98 megawatt capacity

    ikeaWhile most multinationals around the globe shy away from taking a greener step, some companies like IKEA are a shining example of how the manufacturing sector can settle for more energy efficient and eco-friendly practices. For the 206th time since its conception, IKEA has shown the world just how environmentally friendly it is with its recent investment in its first wind power facility in the United States! IKEA’s new wind farm is located in Hoopeston and has a 98 megawatt capacity.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on April 18, 2014
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    Solar powered mobile Wheely’s Café is an eco-friendly coffee cart

    wheelys-cafe-1There’s nothing better than a cup of joe, except a cup of joe brought to life by the power of the sun! Behold Wheely’s Café, one of the first among mobile coffee-serving restaurants, powered by the sun! This solar powered cart is as revolutionary as revolutionary gets and is an “ecological café bike”. The little bike-cart has everything needed to brew a cup of coffee, tea and serve all of this alongside soft drinks and pastries.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on April 15, 2014
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