Energy Observer Readies For World Adventure

In 2017, a high-tech ocean vessel powered by the sun, wind and sea water will start a 6 year journey; during which it will visit 50 countries – including Australia. Originally built in Canada in 1983 by naval architect Nigel Irens, the maxi-catamaran Energy Observer has been lengthened four times and now measures 30.5 meters […]

Companies Urge New U.S President To Keep Climate Policies

Stating failure to do so could put America’s prosperity at risk, hundreds of companies and investors have signed an open letter urging President-elect Trump and other leaders to keep climate policies. Launched in November, Business Backs Low Carbon USA has now attracted more than 630 signatories. Among the companies are DuPont, eBay, Mars Incorporated, Levi […]

More Renewable Energy Grants In Canberra

Two new renewable energy grant programs for businesses and organisations in Canberra were announced by Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury yesterday. The Direct Grants scheme will support new and emerging technologies and ventures with the potential to deliver on a clean energy future, and that support the development of the ACT as […]

Mandatory Residential Rooftop Solar Proposed For India

A new report by India’s Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has recommended major cities implement mandatory installations of rooftop solar power systems in all new housing developments to replace diesel generators used as back-up power. The policy briefing, Solar Rooftop: Replacing Diesel Generators in Residential Societies, found sporadic power supply from the grid in […]

Clicking Clean – Building The Green Internet

Apple, Google and Facebook have been lauded by Greenpeace for their renewable energy efforts in the organisation’s latest report. ” Clicking Clean: Who is Winning the Race to Build a Green Internet?” details the energy footprints of large data center operators and dozens of the world’s most popular websites and applications. As the Internet is […]

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant To Shut Down

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the closure of the Indian Point Energy Center by April 2021; an announcement that will likely make many nervous New York residents very happy. Located less than 40 kilometres from New York City, the 2,000MW power station has had a troubled past since its three reactors began operations […]

Harnessing Solar Power To Drive UK Trains

Could solar power be harnessed to help energise parts of the UK’s vast railway network? To find out, climate action group 10:10 is leading the Renewable Traction Power project; a coalition of scientists, community organisations and businesses that will investigate if trackside solar panels could be used to disconnect British trains from the main power […]

U.S. Renewables After 8 Years Of Obama – Then And Now

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Secretary Ernest Moniz has detailed the Obama Administration’s efforts on renewables in an exit memo published last week. Back in 2008, the USA had 1.2GW of solar and 25GW of wind energy capacity installed says Secretary Moniz. Today, that tally has reached 31GW of solar energy capacity and 75GW of […]

Acciona 100% Eco-Powered Reaches Dakar Halfway Point

Acciona 100% EcoPowered has traveled more than 4,000 kilometres so far in this year’s Dakar Rally and the team has its sights firmly set on finishing the grueling race. Touted as the world’s only all-electric high end rally car, the vehicle boasts 250kW of power, equivalent to a 340 horsepower combustion engine. It has a […]

Coal Power Haunts South Australia’s Port Augusta

The coal-fired Northern Power Station in South Australia’s Port Augusta may have shut down nearly 8 months ago, but a potentially toxic legacy remains. Ash left over from burning coal was stored in a 220 hectare site close to the shuttered station. It had been treated with a dust suppressant in November, but heavy rains […]