Jul 2, 2015

Discovery brightens solar energy's future

Scientists in Switzerland announced a clean-energy breakthrough on Wednesday; a cheaper solar technology that splits water molecules to create clean-burning hydrogen fuel. The solar panel design will make it cheaper to produce hydrogen, but a simple version won’t be available for average citizens for ...

Jun 22, 2015

Largest offshore wind turbine unveiled in Fukushima

A huge floating wind turbine for an experimental offshore power generation project was unveiled Monday at Onahama port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. With an output capacity of 7,000 kilowatts, the turbine is the largest piece of offshore wind power generation equipment in the world. ...

Jun 18, 2015

USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles

A program designed to promote ethanol and biodiesel fuels will be expanded to companies using plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber in manufacturing products such as bottles and packaging, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. The USDA is proposing to add manufacturers of these ...

Kyocera launches world's biggest floating solar power station

Jun 11, 2015

Kyocera launches world's biggest floating solar power station

Kyocera Corp. started Thursday operating the world’s biggest floating solar power station, a 2.3-megawatt facility in western Japan that will help utilities improve the efficiency of solar-produced electricity. A joint venture led by the Kyoto-based electronics maker opened the “mega-solar” station on the surface ...

Poor planning drains China's potential for hydropower

Jun 7, 2015

Poor planning drains China's potential for hydropower

China could be wasting enough hydroelectricity to power Britain and Germany for a year, depriving its smog-bound eastern regions of huge volumes of clean energy as a result of poor planning and weak grid infrastructure. A controversial dam-building program raised China’s hydropower capacity to ...