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 ...

May 21, 2015

House Republicans restrict 2016 spending on science by sector

U.S. House Republicans voted Wednesday to place limits on funding for scientific research, including climate change studies, as they passed legislation that more narrowly defines their priorities. Many in the American scientific community criticized the bill, which passed 217 votes to 205 and sets ...

With solar battery plan, Tesla CEO eyes energy revolution

| May 2, 2015

With solar battery plan, Tesla CEO eyes energy revolution

Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and businesses so the world can disconnect from ...