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https://t.co/qumPXkK5uD | #New Haven, Connecticut SOLARgeneration #solar #panels #energy # https://t.co/pbsjO0deOo
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EPA’s Energy Star Program Now Helps Commercial Building Owners Track Waste

EPA’s Energy Star Program Now Helps Commercial Building Owners Track Waste | Future energy | Scoop.it
Commercial building owners and managers have been using Portfolio Manager to track energy for some time.
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Concept Grid : le Smart grandeur nature - Energystream

Concept Grid : le Smart grandeur nature - Energystream | Future energy | Scoop.it
Vendredi 13 septembre, dans un communiqué de presse, EDF a annoncé avoir inauguré le premier démonstrateur européen dédié aux smart grids : Concept Grid.
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North American Windpower: Vestas' Engel Encourages EU Leaders To Adopt 2030 Climate, Energy Targets

North American Windpower: Vestas' Engel Encourages EU Leaders To Adopt 2030 Climate, Energy Targets | Future energy | Scoop.it
Bringing wind power news and analysis to industry professionals, North American Windpower covers utility-scale projects, renewable energy policy, turbine technology, and the market for new products and services.
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African oil exports under pressure as US output grows | EMEA Oil | Platts

African oil exports under pressure as US output grows | EMEA Oil | Platts | Future energy | Scoop.it
RT @PlattsOil: Platts Feature: Nigerian #oil reform in the works, minister says; companies see time

running out http://t.co/1ETkSCCYIP #gas
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New carbon nanotube films improve prospects of solar energy devices

New carbon nanotube films improve prospects of solar energy devices | Future energy | Scoop.it
New research by Yale University scientists helps pave the way for the next generation of solar cells, a renewable energy technology that directly converts solar energy into electricity.
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Nuclear Revival Dying in Europe as Power Prices Slump: Energy

Nuclear Revival Dying in Europe as Power Prices Slump: Energy | Future energy | Scoop.it
A Czech atomic-plant expansion planned near the German border had been one of the few prizes left for Europe’s nuclear-power industry after the Fukushima disaster stopped projects from Switzerland to Romania.
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Red tape trips up France’s green energy push | Eco News

Red tape trips up France’s green energy push | Eco News | Future energy | Scoop.it
A legal battle has frozen investment in France’s onshore wind sector, threatening a “sea change” in energy... http://t.co/ZZsHVoye
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A Quiet Breakthrough in Geothermal Energy - Businessweek

A Quiet Breakthrough in Geothermal Energy - Businessweek | Future energy | Scoop.it
AltaRock Energy reports progress as it works toward commercialization of its technology, which creates geothermal sources of power where none was naturally occurring (Geothermal projects take a lot longer than expected.
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Japan to start building world's biggest offshore wind farm this ...

Japan to start building world's biggest offshore wind farm this ... | Future energy | Scoop.it
New Japanese government to reconsider zero-nuclear policy. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's cabinet is set to unveil the new energy policy early next month by dismantling plans to eliminate nuclear power in the country by 2040.
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For $30, world’s most energy efficient lightbulb | SmartPlanet

For $30, world’s most energy efficient lightbulb | SmartPlanet | Future energy | Scoop.it
At only 12 watts, “Nanolight” provides the brightness of a 100-watt incandescent light bulb and can last decades.
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Under Obama, Spain's Solar, Wind Energy Companies Invest Big In US - Huffington Post

Under Obama, Spain's Solar, Wind Energy Companies Invest Big In US - Huffington Post | Future energy | Scoop.it
Under Obama, Spain's Solar, Wind Energy Companies Invest Big In US Huffington Post MADRID -- "We've got to make sure we're building sources of energy for the future, not just thinking about next year, but 10 years from now, 20 years from now,"...
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Small Chinese Solar Manufacturers Were Decimated In 2012

Small Chinese Solar Manufacturers Were Decimated In 2012 | Future energy | Scoop.it
 
Someone from ENF recently passed on the post below. It does a good job of succinctly presenting what was a rather huge solar story of 2012, so I decided to go ahead and repost it from ENF (with minor edits).
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OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet but big changes in energy, pollution

OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet but big changes in energy, pollution | Future energy | Scoop.it
HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama's presidency, slicing the nation's output of...
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Report: New Nuclear Power Technology Would Siphon Resources Away From ... - Progress Illinois

Report: New Nuclear Power Technology Would Siphon Resources Away From ... - Progress Illinois | Future energy | Scoop.it
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Large-scale nuclear reactors carry a price tag in the neighborhood of $6 billion to $9 billion. It is estimated that small, 100-megawatt reactors could cost approximately $250 million.

Although SMRs would be smaller in size, "creating an assembly line for SMR technology would require a massive financial commitment," Cooper writes in his report, "The Economic Failure of Nuclear Power and the Development of a Low-Carbon Electricity Future:  Why Small Modular Reactors Are Part of the Problem, Not the Solution."

He projects it would cost between $72 billion and $90 billion by 2020 to fund the development of just two SMR designs and assembly lines.

The estimated price tag to invest in SMRs is roughly equivalent to 75 percent of the total projected investment in U.S. electricity generation over the same time period, the report noted. It is also "substantially more" than what is expected to be spent on renewables, Cooper said.

"This massive commitment reinforces the traditional concern that nuclear power will crowd out the alternatives," he added.

SMRs themselves would also cost more, not less, than larger reactors, according to the report.

"The higher costs result from: lost economies of scale in containment structures, dedicated systems for control, management and emergency response, and the cost of licensing and security; operating costs between one-fifth and one-quarter higher; and decommissioning costs between two and three times as high," Cooper noted.

SMRs are up against greater challenges than previous technologies because they are "a radical new technology that its advocates would like to have treated in a very different way with respect to safety and licensing," Cooper explained.

"They would like to deploy lots of reactors close to population centers. That's the way they can make their economics work," he continued. "And they need to relax safety ... They've asked for a number of changes in safety to try to drive down the cost, and even then they cannot compete on costs."

The DOE has set a goal to have a commercial SMR by 2022 as part of its SMR Licensing Technical Support program, which was launched in 2012. The aim of the $452 million program is to support and accelerate the development and licensing of two SMR designs through cost-sharing agreements with industry partners. In November 2012, the DOE awarded its first five-year, cooperative agreement to North Carolina-based Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), in partnership with the Bechtel Power Corporation and the Tennessee Valley Authority, for its proposed 180-megawatt  "B&W mPower" SMR.

Last December, Oregon-based NuScale Power won the DOE's second cost-sharing agreement for a 45-megawatt reactor it is developing. 

But the industry's hype around SMRs is now fizzling, Cooper explained. The "unproven" SMR technology has already experienced setbacks in the marketplace, he said, pointing to recent announcements from Babcock & Wilcox and Westinghouse Electric Co., another small-reactor industry leader developing a 225-megawatt SMR.

Babcock & Wilcox said last month that it is slowing the development of and funding for its mPower technology because the company cannot find major investors for the effort. Westinghouse — after being passed up twice by the DOE for SMR cost-sharing agreements — announced in February that it is shifting its attention away from small-reactor technology because it does not have a customer base for SMRs.

"They are cutting back for simple reasons: They can't find customers. They can't find investors," Cooper said. "In a market economy like ours, that is a death knell, and so they have slashed their commitment to small modular reactors."

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World needs a major shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy: IPCC - Indian Express

World needs a major shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy: IPCC - Indian Express | Future energy | Scoop.it
Indian Express World needs a major shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy: IPCC Indian Express In the third report of a landmark climate assessment, the IPCC is expected to say that to keep warming in check, the world needs a major shift in...
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Is nuclear the UK's energy future? | Europe | DW.DE | 26.02.2013

Is nuclear the UK's energy future? | Europe | DW.DE | 26.02.2013 | Future energy | Scoop.it
When it comes to nuclear energy, Europe's policy is anything but unified. Individual countries are charting their own course - particularly Britain, where government plans show a very nuclear future.
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adidas energy boost running shoes

adidas energy boost running shoes | Future energy | Scoop.it
claiming to revolutionize running forever, the shoe integrates a cushioning material based on a groundbreaking development process to provide more energy return in comparison to standard EVA foam.
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Tesla to NYTimes: Your reporter lied | Fossils & Photons – Energy and Clean Tech | an SFGate.com blog

Tesla to NYTimes: Your reporter lied | Fossils & Photons – Energy and Clean Tech | an SFGate.com blog | Future energy | Scoop.it
Tesla to NYTimes: Your reporter lied (RT @SFGate: Tesla chief says NYT reviewer worked very hard to sabotage review of company's car.
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Home - System to harness the energy of braking trains for use in train stations - Spanish Railway News - Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles

Home - System to harness the energy of braking trains for use in train stations - Spanish Railway News - Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles | Future energy | Scoop.it
System to harness the energy of braking trains for use in train stations. http://t.co/GJWPpMU6
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Using Solar Energy to Create Wind Power

Using Solar Energy to Create Wind Power | Future energy | Scoop.it
This unique wind power solution involves using the heat of the sun to create an artificial wind to power turbines.
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Micro-algae is new energy source

Micro-algae is new energy source | Future energy | Scoop.it
science - In the Ennesys Lab in Nanterre, France, researchers are working on a project to produce energy from waste water by cultivating micro-algae in order to heat water and provide… (Micro-algae is new energy source | euronews, science:
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Thermal Energy Storage Could Make Money | New Energy and Fuel

Thermal Energy Storage Could Make Money | New Energy and Fuel | Future energy | Scoop.it
The study relies on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) for the energy source. Keep in mind the study is coming from a government entity. The report, “Simulating the Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy ...
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New Cost-efficient Method To Assess Renewable Energy Potential ...

New Cost-efficient Method To Assess Renewable Energy Potential ... | Future energy | Scoop.it
A new approach has been developed by Cranfield University for calculating the renewable energy potential of waste products prior to incineration process. The new method is expected to cut down time and money for the ...
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Government's “shocking” errors in wind farm deals

Government's “shocking” errors in wind farm deals | Future energy | Scoop.it
Households in Britain could see even higher energy bills in the coming years, due to the expansion of offshore wind farms.
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