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Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?

April 1 2015 | 8:35 am

Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerSince 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative […]...

France Passes Green Rooftop Law

March 31 2015 | 7:10 am

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar PowerFrance keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers. Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least […]...

Apple Electric Car: Concept Photos

March 30 2015 | 7:11 am

Electric Cars | Future Technology | TransportationRecent rumours that suggest Apple may be working on an electric car have inspired the website carwow to produce some concept images of what the vehicle may look like. Speculation that Apple may be in talks to purchase electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors inspired the illustrations to have a similar resemblance. Apple obviously has the […]...

The Bigfoot Electric Monster Truck

March 27 2015 | 7:33 am

Electric Cars | TransportationSome Friday fun… we discovered this intriguing electric beast while covering this week’s Vancouver Auto Show. It’s not really going to do much to help the environment, but we think it’s kind of neat that many manufacturers are jumping on the electric vehicle bandwagon. If anything this could help expose new technologies to a completely […]...

Top 10 Green Cars – 2015 Vancouver Auto Show

March 26 2015 | 7:18 am

Electric Cars | Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | TransportationThis Tuesday we had a unique opportunity to preview the Vancouver International Auto Show. This year’s show features a wide variety of electric, hydrogen and hybrid-electric vehicles. We took full advantage and we’re absolutely thrilled to see so many manufacturers putting research and development into clean transportation technologies. Almost every manufacturer had something future-friendly to […]...

Tulip Shaped Solar Plants to be Installed in Ethiopia

March 24 2015 | 7:39 am

Energy Industry | Future Technology | Solar PowerAORA Solar has announced that it will begin construction of its solar-biogas power plants in Ethiopia. Construction of the first pilot plant will start by mid-2015. Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy has stated that ” AORA’s unique solar-hybrid technology is impressive and well-suited to provide both energy and heat to support local economic […]...

Tree Shaped Wind Turbines to be Installed in Paris

March 23 2015 | 7:08 am

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesA French company called New Wind is installing tree-shaped wind turbines at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. The company’s founder, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière came up with the idea while in a Paris square, when he “saw the leaves tremble when there was not a breath of air.” He hopes the trees can be […]...

Japan Closer to Harvesting Solar Energy from Space

March 19 2015 | 7:57 am

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar PowerSince 2008, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has been working hard to develop technologies to transmit electricity wirelessly. The goal of the Space Solar Power Systems (SSPS), is to be able to transmit energy from orbiting solar panels by 2030. On March 12th, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration test of […]...

The Eiffel Tower Installs Two Wind Turbines

March 16 2015 | 7:27 am

Energy Industry | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesThe 126 year old Eiffel Tower is going green! A pair of camouflaged VisionAIR5 wind turbines were installed inside the scaffolding on the second floor, and are expected to generate 10,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year. That’s enough to power the tower’s entire first floor; including history exhibits, a souvenir shop and restaurants. The […]...

Possible Dual Rotor Technology for Wind Turbines

March 15 2015 | 7:24 am

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesIowa State Aerospace Engineers Anupam Sharma and Hui Hu are exploring the possibility of adding a smaller, secondary rotor to wind turbines. The engineers studied the base of existing turbines and found two major problems. First, they are big round structural pieces that don’t harvest any wind energy because they are not shaped like an […]...

The Kymogen Wave Energy Generator

March 14 2015 | 7:17 am

Energy Inventions | Hydro Power | Wave PowerMechanical Engineer David Hartmann and Craftsman Jason Ballash have designed a new wave power technology called the KymoGen, which has the potential to produce clean, low-cost energy using the constant power of waves. Key to the design is its simplicity. A portable 8’x8′ platform is tethered to a mooring on the sea floor. Inside the […]...

Man Converts Toyota Prius into Motor Home

March 13 2015 | 7:29 am

Hybrid Cars | TransportationIt’s Friday, so we figured it’s time for a little humour. James Lawler, a Landscaper from Torquay Australia, has built himself a mini-motorhome atop his Toyota Prius Hybrid. The project took just over a week to complete using scrap materials, and ended up costing him just under $150. What inspired this project? Lawler says “There’s […]...

Meet the ELF: A Pedal-Powered, Solar-Electric Hybrid

March 12 2015 | 8:16 am

Pedal Power | Solar Power | TransportationDescribed as the “most efficient vehicle on the planet”, The ELF is a solar and pedal-powered hybrid tricycle hand-built in the United States by Organic Transit. It is available in one, two and three seater models, and according to their website it gets the equivalent of 1800 miles per gallon! It is legally considered a […]...

How Recycled CO2 is Changing the Manufacturing Landscape

March 11 2015 | 7:24 am

Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Environment and SustainabilityEnvironmentalists have pushed greenhouse gases as being the leading cause of global warming. Carbon dioxide has been regarded as being the biggest contributor to the greenhouse effect. But what if there was a way to recycle the most abundant greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere? Carbon dioxide is a major byproduct of industrial power generation […]...

The Hydrobee: USB Power from Nature

March 10 2015 | 7:07 am

Energy Inventions | Human Power | Hydro PowerWe just received an email from a company called Hydrobee, asking us to vote for them as Autodesk’s inventor of the Year. Having never heard of this we checked it out… what a neat invention! This soda-can sized device generates electricity for USB devices when you’re off the grid. It can generate power using flowing […]...

Goodyear Releases Electricity-Generating Tire Concept

March 9 2015 | 8:34 am

Electric Cars | Future Technology | TransportationWe’ve been getting a lot of positive news about electric cars recently. This week at the Geneva International Auto Show, Goodyear unveiled a new concept tire called the BH03. While we don’t know why it is called that, we do know that Goodyear’s new tire looks radical and could potentially generate electricity for electric cars […]...

Meet the Makani Energy Kite

March 8 2015 | 8:40 am

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines Back in 2013 Google purchased a company called Makani, creators of the Energy Kite. Their goal is to make wind energy pricing competitive with fossil fuels, and they believe a...

Nissan Launches 7-seater Electric Minivan

March 6 2015 | 1:32 pm

Electric Cars | Energy Industry | TransportationEver wanted to own an electric car, but didn’t think any of the current options were practical? Think again! Nissan is turning over a new leaf with it’s new 100% electric e-NV200 — a 7-seater electric minivan — perfect for cargo, families and even taxis. Previously only available as a 5-seater, the new model has […]...

The Lateral Axis Wind Turbine

March 5 2015 | 9:29 am

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesSri Lankan inventor Leelananda Jayasuriya just sent us this concept for a Lateral Axis Wind Turbine. The turbine functions just like a Ferris Wheel, with the blades orbiting in an epicyclical path around the central shaft. Leelananda believes there are many advantages to his design: it can rotate with the direction of the wind, it […]...

Meet the Strati: A 3D Printed Electric Car

March 4 2015 | 11:54 am

Electric Cars | Future Technology | Transportation3D Printing is all the rage these days, so it’s no surprise someone has printed a complete and functional electric automobile, appropriately named the Strati (Italian for “layers”) 18 months ago, Phoenix Arizona company Local Motors teamed up with Cincinnati Incorporated to develop a neighborhood electric car. The project is open source; members are encouraged […]...

Green Cars in 2015 (Infographic)

March 3 2015 | 8:17 am

Electric Cars | Hybrid Cars | TransportationConsidering a green car? These days it makes a lot of sense but there are so many options; electric, hybrid, hydrogen and even solar. One day soon we’ll all be driving one, so how do we choose? And if we don’t have a green car, what can you we do to help the environment in […]...

Google Biodome: New Headquarters to Blend with Environment

March 2 2015 | 9:32 am

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Future TechnologyToday Google announced their exciting proposal to redevelop four sites in Mountain View, California. Designed by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio, the new headquarters will be the first time Google will design and build their offices from scratch. The concept is simple and genius: instead of building permanent structures with […]...

3D Printed Solar Energy Trees

February 28 2015 | 8:24 am

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerHow would nature do it? Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland may be discovering the answer, thanks to advancing solar and 3D printing technologies. They have developed some very decorative prototypes of what they are calling “energy harvesting trees”. The tiny leaves generate and store solar energy and can be used to […]...

The Benefits of Solar Power (Infographic)

February 23 2015 | 1:23 am

Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerHome Inspector Bill Barber recently created an excellent infographic that details how solar panels can power homes and help the environment at the same time. According to the infographic, “1 hour of Energy from the Sun = 1 Year of Power for the Global Population”. And as stated, solar power remains the 3rd most important […]...

Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester

April 29 2011 | 9:37 pm

Do you know who is the most competent solar power expert, according to a research team from Tel Aviv University? It is the humble common Oriental hornet found in our gardens! Much to the astonishment of the scientists and researchers, the hornet utilizes solar power much like a plant and it produces electricity. [...] Read More...Posted in: Environment, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power...

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Greenest Destination in New York City

April 27 2011 | 11:35 pm

New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting even greener with the addition of a solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station – the first of its kind in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge Park has already added a number of green areas with lush grass, making it a great spot for both locals [...] Read More...Posted in: Environment, Politics, Solar Power...

Infinyte I4: A Purely Electric Catamaran Cruiser

April 27 2011 | 2:08 am

While solar-power electric hybrid vehicles are a proven success story on the roads, the time is ripe for the appearance of solar-electric watercraft. Already a pontoon boat – Loon – is available in the market. It is solar-electric powered and can seat eight passengers. Now a smaller one – the purely electric run, Infinyte [...] Read More...Posted in: Electric Cars, Future Energy, Transportation...

Pepsi’s New Green PET Bottle

April 26 2011 | 12:20 am

PepsiCo is one of the leading food and beverage businesses in the world. Since 2010, it has been focusing on protecting the earth’s natural energy resources with competent use of soil, water, power and finding and focusing on innovative ways to do so. Recently PepsiCo developed the world’s first plastic bottle made entirely from [...] Read More...Posted in: Environment, Industry, Inventions...

Flying Wind Farms: Future Power Harvesters

April 24 2011 | 11:34 pm

How would you like swarms of kite-like airborne turbines spinning at high altitudes sending power down via nano-tube cable tethers to generate power for your community? This could very well be a true picture of future power harvesters according to NASA. A federal fund of $100,000 is being reserved for exploring these high-altitude, nano-tube [...] Read More...Posted in: Future Energy, Wind Farms, Wind Power...

Hydrogen Generation & Storage Made Easy with Nano-Technology

April 18 2011 | 7:34 am

Fuels like gasoline, based on hydrocarbon, create pollution and carbon footprint. Hydrogen has been claimed to be a good alternative to replace fossil fuel since the 1970s. But hydrogen’s potential has not been realized even partially mainly because of storage and commercial production difficulties. There have been research being done on renewable energy sources [...] Read More...Posted in: Fuel Cells, Future Energy, Hydrogen Fuel...
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Update: Daily Peak Oil News Feeds and Submissions

Peak Oil Feed As a part of our continued site upgrades, we are now offering 4 new services: daily peak oil news feeds, the ability to submit peak oil articles (with HTML), a submission form for link exchanges and/or RSS feeds, and a RSS feed tool for peak oil webmasters. We hope these new features will provide a better resource for our visitors while giving webmasters and bloggers a new way to increase their online visibility. The subject of oil depletion and world energy supplies is increasing on a daily basis - we are dedicated to improving our site in order to meet the growing public ...

World Energy Predictions 2006-2030

World Energy OutlookThe World Energy Outlook (WEO) is a yearly energy forecast published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the International Energy Agency (IEA). The 2006 report urges the international community to invest heavily in energy efficiency in order to avoid a global economic crisis. Governments will need to invest at least $20 billion into the energy infrastructure over the next 25 years to meet the growing worldwide demand for electronic technologies and gadgets. Demand for oil and energy resources from industrialized nations like China are expected ...
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American Oil Depletion in Canada

Canadian OilCanadian oil wells supply a large percentage of American natural gas and oil imports. Satisfying America’s prodigious energy appetite depends on the continued availability of Canadian energy sources. About 25 percent of the crude oil and 80 percent of the natural gas imported into the United States come from our very accommodating neighbor to the north. More than half of the fuel pumped out of Canadian wells heads south to keep us Yankees warm and happily tooling about on our highways. What happens when Canada runs out of its oil and natural gas resources? What will this mean for the economies of both Canada and the United States? Even though the Canadian economy is no less dependent on hydrocarbon energy ...

North American Energy Consumption

Energy ConsumptionWhenever the price of gas rises, North Americans begin to talk about driving less. Recent oil price trends have seen a noticeable reduction in SUV sales and have hit the large automobile manufacturers hard. Middle class America has been hit hardest by the rising cost of living; higher taxes and mortgages, car payments and the rising price of home and vehicle energy. Large suburban homes require large amounts of heat, electricity (for lighting) and air conditioning. Most households have two or more full-sized cars which are used to travel far distances for education and employment. All of these factors ...

Energy Supply Solutions

Energy SuppliesLou Grinzo, a technical writer and bachelor in economics, is working hard to raise awareness about the peak oil situation in two ways. First, he is trying to introduce people to the major trends in energy development and talk about what can be done for the future. Second, he wants to give people the references they'll need to fact-check his information. He says that he's been an 'energy geek' since the 1973 oil crisis, and he is obsessed with gaining knowledge about global energy economics and supplies. His take on energy resources is not as pessimistic as some, he believes oil will not become as expensive as some experts believe because the price ...

Global Ecosystem Collapse - WWF Report

Future EcosystemEvery other year, the World Wildlife Fund publishes the Living Planet Report, which charts trends in the world's ecosystem biodiversity and the human ecological footprint. The most recent report update released Oct 24th, 2006 warns of a worldwide ecosystem collapse within 50 years. The WWF report urges that we must reduce global consumption by at least half of current trends in order to avoid a serious global catastrophe. The world's natural resource depletion is currently escalating "at a rate unprecedented in human history". Growth in demand for raw materials, food and energy is having a devastating impact on the earth's ability to sustain natural biodiversity and clean air. The ...

World Oil Reserves and Supply Statistics

Oil SupplyGlobal oil resources are at times difficult to measure. World oil statistics are available from a variety of sources, but no one can make an accurate prediction of when and where new oil deposits will be found, or how much oil exists in these unknown locations. In order to be able to predict the date when oil supplies will run out, we need to have a grasp of how many supplies currently remain. Future geo-technologies may allow us to better analyze oil deposits, but until then we have to rely on the data we have. Here is a comprehensive listing of research sources for current oil supply statistics. » Source: Peak Oil Statistics ...

2006 Boston ASPO World Oil Conference

Peak Oil ConferenceThe 2006 Boston World Oil Conference will be held October 27th and 28th at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts . Time for Action: A Midnight Ride for Peak Oil is co-hosted by ASPO-USA and Boston University. ASPO USA announces the second “Dialogue with the Experts,” a high-level conference to discuss impacts of and responses to a peak in world oil production. Experts will provide current information and oil supply statistics along with alalysis of alternative energy research and technology. Attendants at this year's peak oil conference will have the opportunity to voice their questions and concerns. » Source: ...

Low Gas Prices = Demand Increase

Gas PricesAmericans are celebrating plunging gasoline prices by hitting the roads. After barely rising during the summer months, gasoline demand rose swiftly in September, the American Petroleum Institute said Wednesday. Deliveries of gasoline to U.S. service stations, a proxy for demand, rose more than 4% in September from the same month a year ago. That number was boosted by the comparison with September 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita interrupted deliveries. But even excluding the hurricane effects, gas demand likely was up approximately 2% in September, API economist Ron Planting says. That's about triple the average increase over the prior six months and the biggest gain since August 2005. » Source: USA Today ...

Global Oil Addiction Alternatives

Global OilThe economic growth of many nations is exclusively linked to the international oil production economy. This fact results in increased resouce competition between the great powers, and as we have seen in recent U.S. foreign policy, war and conflict are born from these factors. The growing energy needs of Asian nations such as China and Japan are only likely to increase the political tension during the coming decades. America needs to lead by example by investing heavily in renewable energy research and technology. Not only will this leadership help lessen the growing energy needs in the continental United States, but it will also go ...