Last Saturday, October 19, was the date of the Second Annual Global Frackdown. In case you didn't hear, the Global Frackdown is an international day of activism on which people who believe that global warming is an oncoming train that's about to knock us silly, gather in groups and protest the oil industry's practice of fracking.
The Solar Impulse is a revolutionary solar powered plane with “the wingspan of a 747, the weight of a mid-sized car, and the power of a scooter.” With more than 10,000 solar cells on board, the plane completed its journey across America on July 6th, 2013.
Some of the largest pension funds in the U.S. and the world are worried that fossil fuel companies may not be as profitable in the future because of efforts to limit climate change. Now, they're asking for details on how the firms will manage a long-term shift to cleaner energy sources.
Volvo Car Group has today announced that an advanced research project, conducted in partnership with Flanders’ Drive, has ended in results that using inductive charging for electric vehicles has “a promising future.” The company appears confident that with more regulatory insight, there is a good possibility that future electric vehicles will only need to be parked in the customer’s garage, for example, to be charged automatically.
Regardless of the industry they serve, most organizations and companies have a highly vested interest in efficiently managing the energy they consume. Effective energy management is essential to helping an organization reduce emissions and conserve resources.
Gerald Lechliter, a retired Army colonel, sought the restraining order in a broader Chancery Court lawsuit. He filed the suit last year challenging construction of the wind turbine on land that had been set aside for open space and the process in which it was approved and funded.
The U.S. Labor Department's OSHA has proposed more than $280,000 in fines against contractors working on a power plant in Berlin, N.H. OSHA says workers were exposed to serious and potentially fatal injuries from cave-ins, falls, scaffold collapses, crushing, lead and electrocution hazards. No one was killed or seriously hurt.
Using microwave energy for food processing offers many advantages over conventional thermal processing systems. Benefits include: instant on and off, less start up time, faster heating, high energy efficiency, smaller equipment footprint, precise process control and clean heat technology.
Britain has agreed to build the country's first nuclear power plant in a generation, ignoring concerns raised by the Fukushima meltdown in Japan as the U.K. seeks to secure its future energy needs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Chevron says it has suspended searching for shale gas in northeast Romania following protests in the capital and the local area against fracking.The company said in a statement Thursday its priority was to "conduct these activities in a safe and environmentally responsible manner."
Britain's finance minister announced Thursday his government will allow a Chinese company to own a majority stake in a new nuclear power plant as it tries to curb demand for fossil fuels.George Osborne made the announcement while he visited a nuclear power plant in southern China.
In the oil fields of Texas and North Dakota, communities that are enjoying the most prosperous economic boom in a generation are increasingly thinking about the days after the surge in drilling is over.Cities like Midland, Texas, are mindful that the runaway riches will eventually run out.
The number of safety violations at U.S. nuclear power plants varies dramatically from region to region, pointing to inconsistent enforcement in an industry now operating mostly beyond its original 40-year licenses, according to a congressional study awaiting release.
Hoku, which filed for bankruptcy protection in July, began building what was supposed to be a $370 million plant in 2007 to make polysilicon material destined to be used in solar panels. But the plant never opened. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jim Pappas last week issued the order approving the sale.
The rise in energy prices is an unwelcome reality in today’s manufacturing and business environment. While the rate of price increases for natural gas, heating oil, and other sources may vary from year to year, the upward trajectory is clear. Energy cost reduction strategies are vital to staying competitive.
Chemtura said Thursday that it will sell its consumer products business for $315 million and is exploring a sale of its agrochemicals unit as it focuses on chemicals for the transportation, energy and electronics industries. Chemtura has already been paring back the company, selling its antioxidant business for $200 million earlier this year.
The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says Japan should work harder to address international concerns about leaks of contaminated water at its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and that his agency will jointly monitor radiation levels in the nearby ocean.
A Grand Forks wind power equipment plant that laid off half of its 600 workers a year ago is nearly back to full strength. The Grand Forks Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1e4q0jL) that Denmark-based LM Wind Power expects to have 570 employees at its North Dakota facility by the end of the year.
A Massachusetts power plant recently cited by federal regulators as one of the state's heaviest polluters is planning to shut down. Owners of the coal-fired Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset filed papers Monday indicating the plant will no longer provide power to the region's electricity grid when it is retired as of May 2017.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that a pump to inject water into one of the severely damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant halted Monday, possibly due to a problem at a power switchboard. The halt occurred at around 9:47 a.m. But cooling of the No. 1 reactor immediately resumed through a backup pump, the utility known as TEPCO said.
Belgian chemical company Solvay says it's buying privately-held U.S. firm Chemlogics for $1.3 billion to strengthen its position in the market servicing the fast-growing oil and gas industry. Solvay SA said Monday the acquisition, expected to close by the end of the year, will enable it to take advantage of the U.S. energy sector's dynamic growth.
Moving slowly on a floating crane and a barge, two key parts for what will be the world's largest wind turbine test unit arrived in North Charleston on Thursday. A four-story tall gearbox and a giant steel connecting ring in a mammoth box were brought down the Cooper Rover to Clemson University's Wind Turbine Drive Train Testing Facility.
Another day, another radioactive-water spill. The operator of the meltdown-plagued Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant says at least 430 liters (110 gallons) spilled when workers overfilled a storage tank without a gauge that could have warned them of the danger.
Canadian Solar has closed on the sale of two of its solar power plants to energy infrastructure company TransCanada Corp. The solar company said Wednesday that the two Canadian plants, Brockville 2 and Burritts Rapids, are valued at more than $92.2 million.
By Tuesday, the pipes had been cleaned of the jellyfish and engineers were preparing to restart the reactor, which at 1,400 megawatts of output is the largest boiling-water reactor in the world, said Anders Osterberg, a spokesman for OKG, the plant operator.