Tag Archives: Renewable Energy

Clever Device Generates Electricity from Thin Air

by Victor Tangermann, Futurism

A team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have come up with a clever device they dubbed the “air-gen,” which can generate electricity from moisture found in air. According to the team, their discovery could revolutionize green energy by offering some key advantages over other renewable source including sun or wind energy.

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Solar, wind and hydro power could soon surpass coal

by Matt Egan, CNN Business

Coal, long the king of America’s electric grid, will soon get toppled by renewable energy.

Solar and wind power are growing so rapidly that for the first time ever, the United States will likely get more power in 2021 from renewable energy than from coal, according to projections from the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis.

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Six places where renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuels

by Cat DiStasio, Engadget

From the US to Dubai, and some places in between

In the race to reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, cost is a huge factor. It’s taken years, but advances in technology and increases in both efficiency and output have helped bring down the expense of renewable energy, which has in turn increased demand. Globally, fossil fuels are still cheaper than these alternative sources, but there are a few places around the world where clean energy is winning, dollar for dollar. Continue reading Six places where renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuels

Google says it’ll be fully powered by renewable energy in 2017

by Tom Mendelsohn, arsTECHNICA

It’s not about maintaining a public image—“We are convinced this is good for business.”

Google has announced it will power its entire global operations using energy from renewable sources next year.

In a move that the search and advertising giant is hailing as “a huge milestone,” 100 percent of the 2600 megawatts or so that Google’s parent company Alphabet needs to power its data centers and offices around the world will be acquired by solar or wind energy. Continue reading Google says it’ll be fully powered by renewable energy in 2017

Six unexpected sources of renewable energy

by Cat DiStasio, Engadget

Think: Las Vegas streetlights powered by footsteps

When it comes to discussions about renewable energy, solar and wind power often take center stage. To a lesser degree, other forms like geothermal energy and hydro-power also get some attention. But many people may not be aware that there are many other sources of renewable energy currently in use around the world, all helping to counterbalance the enormous carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. Small projects are turning to dirt and microbes, underground stores of liquid magma and even pedestrian footsteps to harvest energy that would otherwise be wasted. Continue reading Six unexpected sources of renewable energy