The future of Free Energy and the end of oil, coal and nuclear pollution


Sadly, it may well be that most of the world will never hear about this technology.. It is meant to be cheap and affordable for everyone, which means not much opportunity for money-making by big energy companies that rely mainly on petroleum!

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BBC – Earth News – Wind turbines wrong colour for wildlife


A study has revealed that a wind turbine’s colour affects how many insects it attracts, shedding more light on why the turbines occasionally kill bats and birds.

Scientists say that turbines, most commonly painted white or grey, draw in insects. These then lure bats and birds – as they pursue their prey – into the path of the turbine blades.

Support for the idea comes from another study showing that bats are most often killed by turbines at night and in summer, when insects are most abundant.

Paint them purple?
“It had been speculated that insects may be attracted to turbine structures for some reason and this then could attract insectivorous species, such as birds and bats, to forage in the vicinity,” said PhD student Chloe Long of Loughborough University, UK. Continue reading

Chicken manure to help power U.K. homes


The picturesque Cotswolds of England will soon be using those lovely animals dotting its hillsides to provide power to some of its homes.

A turnkey biogas station made by Alfagy plans to convert agricultural waste, including both feedstock and manure, into electricity.
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Study shows solar power is cheaper than nuclear


The Holy Grail of the solar industry — reaching grid parity — may no longer be a distant dream. Solar may have already reached that point, at least when compared to nuclear power, according to a new study by two researchers at Duke University.

It’s no secret that the cost of producing photovoltaic cells (PV) has been dropping for years. A PV system today costs just 50 percent of what it did in 1998. Breakthroughs in technology and manufacturing combined with an increase in demand and production have caused the price of solar power to decline steadily. At the same time, estimated costs for building new nuclear power plants have ballooned.

The result of these trends: “In the past year, the lines have crossed in North Carolina,” say study authors John Blackburn and Sam Cunningham. “Electricity from new solar installations is now cheaper than electricity from proposed new nuclear plants.” Continue reading

SoloPower rolls out flexible rooftop solar panels


The manufacturer of the panels claims that they are lighter than glass-encased panels and can be installed quicker than other technologies, and also that they achieved 11 percent efficiency!
Read more below:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20010229-54.html

Tongji solar power bamboo house set out for Europe Decathlon Competition


Tongji solar power bamboo house set out for Europe Decathlon Competition:
Two curve roofs, built by bamboo, run only by solar power, the bamboo
house can generate 9 kilowatt electricity, one bedroom and one living
room with whole set of facilities. This solar power bamboo house was
built by a team of our students from various departments for about half
a year, which was just completed and was going to be shipped to Madrid,
Spain, for the local 2010 Europe Decathlon Competition this June.
Read more at the website below:

http://www.tongji.edu.cn/English/EventNews/newshow.asp?id=736

Square Feet – Spreading Green Technology by Documenting its Benefits – NYTimes.com


Showing the Benefits of ‘Green’ Retrofits: This new report will reveal the savings which have been made due to retrofitting buildings in New York City via a public database of several hundred retrofitted buildings. This will definitely be a step forward in better understanding building energy usage and proving that building more efficiently is worth it!

Article below:
Showing the Benefits of ‘Green’ Retrofits

Daniel Barry for The New York Times: 1050 Amsterdam Avenue is one of the buildings considered in a project examining the cost savings of green technology.

The practice of retrofitting buildings with simple, environmentally friendly technology like more-efficient boilers and better-quality windows has been around for years, but there is little research on how much energy these changes actually save — and by extension, how much money they can save landlords and lenders. Continue reading