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Posted By: Mark Cerasuolo - Senior Marketing Manager, OutBack Power
On: June 23, 2014
The economic and environmental benefits of solar and other clean energy sources are well documented and represent added value for the developed world, where sustainability is considered a lifestyle goal.  But in the developing world, sustainability is more often a means to improve quality of life, especially for those living  more...
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Posted By: Bryan Leyland - Consulting Engineer, LCL Ltd
On: May 30, 2014
The technologies described in this series generate electricity when their resource is available not when it is needed. In any power system, the generation must match the demand on a second by second basis. So, to go large-scale, renewable energy needs to find a technology that will store energy efficiently  more...
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Posted By: Bryan Leyland - Consulting Engineer, LCL Ltd
On: May 23, 2014
The potential energy in waves is enormous, so it is not surprising that there have been many attempts to use them to generate electricity. But while the potential is there, harnessing it is neither easy nor cheap. It is extremely difficult to design something that will survive a storm and,  more...
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Posted By: Bryan Leyland - Consulting Engineer, LCL Ltd
On: May 16, 2014
The current worldwide installed solar capacity is about 40,000 MW of photovoltaic power4 and about 1,170 MW of concentrated solar power.5 Solar power in the form of photo voltaic cells has been around for many years. Over the last few years, the cost of the cells themselves has dropped rapidly  more...
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Posted By: Bryan Leyland - Consulting Engineer, LCL Ltd
On: May 9, 2014
Wind power has been around for thousands of years. More than 300 years ago large areas of Holland and the Fens in the UK were drained using wind driven pumps. Because they were expensive to build and operate and the wind often did not blow when it was needed, they  more...
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Posted By: Bryan Leyland - Consulting Engineer, LCL Ltd
On: May 2, 2014
The enthusiasm for new renewable energy technologies started off with the oil scare of the 1980s and restarted with the advent of the belief that man-made carbon dioxide was causing dangerous global warming. Worldwide hundreds of billions of dollars are now being spent on subsidizing wind and solar power and  more...
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Posted By: Brooke Davies - General Counsel, Davies Consulting, Inc.
On: February 26, 2014
This winter, Mother Nature has had consumers, governments, utility line workers, system managers, and CEOs all planning for the worst:  an extended power outage.  For the most part, utilities have been and are prepared to respond quickly and effectively to weather outage incidents, even where those incidents happen with little  more...
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Posted By: Matthew Cohen - Energy Practice Leader, Direct Recruiters, Inc.
On: January 16, 2014
Matthew Cohen Interviews Dennis Quinn of Joule Assets and Richard Huntley of Retroficiency Dennis Quinn, COO, Joule Assets, Inc. In a recent Joule Assets press release, it was stated that the small to midsize EE market is going through a transformation thanks to financing vehicles. Can you elaborate on this?  more...
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Posted By: Davis Swan - President, Debarel Systems Ltd.
On: January 14, 2014
Most supporters of renewable energy development are probably pretty comfortable with the way things are going.  Wind and Solar generation has been increasing both in "nameplate capacity" and in actual production of electricity.  There have not been any significant grid failures that can be blamed on renewables.  Apart from a  more...
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Posted By: Davis Swan - President, Debarel Systems Ltd.
On: December 2, 2013
It was in May of 1961 that President John F. Kennedy declared that the United States would do the things required to land a man on the moon before the decade was out "not because they are easy but because they are hard".  Twenty months later a contract to design  more...
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