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    Jaguar’s new plant now sports UK’s largest rooftop solar array!

    jaguar-solar-arrayOne of the biggest automobile manufacturers hailing from the United Kingdom, Jaguar Land Rover, has recently taken a step towards energy efficiency. The company has topped its new plant in South Staffordshire with the largest rooftop solar array in the UK! The company’s Engine Manufacturing Centre now plays home to more than 21,000 photovoltaic panels on its roof. The solar panels have a joint capacity of 5.8 MW and Jaguar plans to increase this to at least 6.3 MW soon!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on April 5, 2014
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    Plant-e develops a simple technique to generate electricity from thriving plants

    plant-0We all new plants give out oxygen, better the quality of the environment and work as a food source. What we didn’t know however, is the fact that plants also work as electricity generators! A Dutch start-up called Plant-e has developed a fantastic way to use plants to generate electricity. The principal behind it all is pretty simple. When plants use photosynthesis, organic matter generated is excreted by the roots into the soil. This organic matter is consumed by microorganisms and the byproduct of the entire process is electrons! By placing an electrode in the soil near the roots, small amounts of electricity can be generated.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 22, 2014
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    California’s Ivanpah solar thermal power plant basks in the glory of the sun!

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    What better place could you chose to play home to the biggest solar energy power plant in the world, than the sunny state of California, right? Well, that’s exactly why this plant in the Mojave Desert has begun operations off late, basking in the glory of the sun and powering up the grid with clean solar juice. Located 80 kilometers southwest of Las Vegas and is 14 square kilometers in size, the Ivanpah power plant sports over 300,000 rotatable mirrors (heliostats)!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on February 19, 2014
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    Google splashes cash in its continuous efforts to go green

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    Searching stuff on Google is a simple matter of a few clicks of a mouse and the miniscule effort you need to take to punch words on your keyboard. However, a simple search does consume astounding amounts of energy, given the fact that these queries sent by us hapless folk are sent across the internet to servers where they are processed and sent back to you with results within microseconds. This also obviously implies that being a search engine giant isn’t the most eco-friendly business in town, which is why, Google has been striving hard to keep the earth green.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on February 19, 2014
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    The world’s largest solar thermal power plant begins operations in California

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    The Golden State has finally begun shining bright with a surge of solar electricity as the world’s largest solar thermal plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California, has finally begun operations. The solar plant is backed by Google and NRG Energy and promises to generate a total 392MW of power through 173,500 multi-mirror units. Simply put, this plant will generate enough energy to power up 140,000 homes in the United States of America.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on February 14, 2014
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    Wind energy is Spain’s biggest energy source!

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    The windy country of Spain has carved a place for itself in history books and world records as news has sprung out of the nation being crowned as the first to be majorly reliant on wind energy. Today, energy generated from the wind is Spain’s main source of electricity generation. Industry association AEE said in a statement, “Spain is the first country in the world where wind energy was the technology that most contributed to the coverage of demand in a full year.”

    Posted in Alternative Energy on January 20, 2014
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    Iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” goes green with solar power

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    If you’ve been to Las Vegas or stared at pictures of this glamorous city long enough, you might have noticed an iconic sign reading “Welcome to Las Vegas” that has been greeting visitors to the city since decades. This sign, which has been around since the 1950s, has now been given a green sprinkle. While the lights on this one haven’t been replaced for OLEDs, yet, the Welcome to Las Vegas now powers on in a much more eco-friendly way, using solar energy!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on January 14, 2014
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    Scotland goes the renewable-energy way!

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    Perhaps the world isn’t doomed to a future packed with pollutants in the air, dead trees and piles of junk! Perhaps, humankind could indeed mend its ways and step forwards towards a more energy-efficient and environment-friendly future! One of the reasons we’ve been thinking along these lines lately is because of the tidings we’ve heard from Scotland recently. As per reports, a record 40% of electricity used in Scotland last year came from renewable sources! UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) statistics proved that about 40.3% of energy consumption in 2012 was met by renewable energy alone.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 23, 2013
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    Germany basks in the sunshine with tremendous solar-energy developments

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    Germany has always been looked up to for its sausages, beer and automobile technology. One of the most recent reasons to look up to this nation in the last decade however has been the tremendous rise in renewable energy use, across German states! The country has pretty much left the world in awe, as it storms forward towards a green and efficient future. So why is Germany leading the way in solar energy? Simply because of a commitment to reduce fossil-fuel-generated energy use!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 12, 2013
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    Shimizu Corporation plans to place solar panels on the moon and generate 13,000 terawatts of energy

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    Solar power is the way ahead and the world is quickly leaning towards this fantastic source of never-ending never-ceasing alternate energy. However, harvesting this promising energy from the sun isn’t a breeze and the process requires lots of space, for the installation of photovoltaic cells. Given the fact that the better part of the world is already packed with humanity and its developments, a team of Japanese engineers from the Shimizu Corporation is now looking forward to placing solar cells on the moon and turning the celestial body into a massive solar power plant!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 30, 2013
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