Brazil in the Headlines for More Than the World Cup All eyes were on Brazil this week as the country kicked off the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but it’s not just soccer people were talking about. Out of the 12 stadiums in use for the duration of the tournament, four have a combined solar capacity […]
From hydropower to the fossil fuel industry, catch up on the latest energy news in this week’s Friday Fastbreak. U.S. Looks to Hydropower to Cut Dependency on Coal A new study from the U.S. Department of Energy suggests that the country can reduce its reliance on coal and, thus, lower greenhouse gas emissions, by embracing […]
Flying Wind Turbine Brings Energy Innovation to Alaska Alaskans might soon be paying lower electricity prices, thanks to a flying wind turbine. Created by Massachusetts-based Altaeros, the Buoyant Airborne Turbine is a 60-foot blimp that captures wind 1,000 feet above the ground (where it blows more powerfully) and transfers it to wind power centers via […]
One of the central problems of renewable energy is how and where to store all that boundless energy we pull out of the wind or down from the sun so we’ll have some when it’s not windy or sunny. A German engineer thinks he has the answer: Store it on the bottom of the ocean.
Could it be true? After years of dawdling, members of Congress are showing some signs of moving forward on energy policy. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, the new Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman, hinted to the National Journal Daily recently that the ice on Capitol Hill is thawing in at least one area. […]