Tag Archives: alternative energy

Denmark Aiming for 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

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Not quite Scotland’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2025, but still a highly ambitious one (relative to other countries), Denmark’s newest renewable energy target proposals aim to have wind supplying it with half of its electricity by 2020, and renewable energy supplying it with ALL of its energy by 2050. And all of its power and heat would come from renewables by 2035.

Romania Home to Large, New Wind Energy Hub

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Vestas is the world’s leading manufacturer of wind turbines. There are 41,000 Vestas wind turbines in 65 countries around the world, creating approximately 20,000 jobs. Together, they cut CO2 emissions by about 40 million tons every year. Vestas knows wind energy. It recently decided that it would locate its Eastern European wind energy hub in […]

Africa Getting its First Giant Wind Farm

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Four Cape Verde islands have just been granted funding to build Africa’s first giant wind farm. The project is being considered a model for other African countries. The European Investment Bank (EIB) and African Development Bank (AfDB) agreed last week to give 45 million euros ($62.84 million) “to design, build, and operate” this onshore wind […]

“Sustainable Stoke” to Become UK’s Greenest City?

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About a week ago, energy giant E.ON signed a £2.3 million ($3.65 million) renewable energy/energy efficiency deal with the city of Stoke in the UK. This deal comes as part of Stoke’s efforts to become the UK’s “first sustainable city” — quite an aim (sustainability is a popular word but no easy thing to achieve). […]

Largest Offshore Wind Farm in World Completed in UK

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Since I’m on a renewable energy in Europe kick this week, thought I’d share one more piece of good news. The largest offshore wind farm in the world was launched in the UK last week. This $1.2 billion wind farm, called the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, consists of 100 V90 wind turbines from Danish wind energy […]

Ecovillage Spotlight: Findhorn Ecovillage, Scotland

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Ecovillages are great habitats and support systems for people who want to live environmentally friendlier, happier, healthier lives. One of the most famous modern ecovillages, Findhorn Ecovillage, starts this ecovillage spotlight series. Ecovillages often combine ecological planning and design with innovative social, political and/or economic systems. Additionally, they often include certain cultural or spiritual goals. […]

World's First Floating Wind Turbine Opens in Norway

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The world’s very first floating fullscale offshore wind turbine has officially been inaugurated in the North Sea off the coast of Norway. The turbine even has a name: Hywind. It measures 213 feet tall and weighs 5,300 tonnes, and it rests on a floating stand which is filled with water and rocks to provide balast. […]

NASA’s BioFuel Proposal: Off-shore Algae Harvesting in Plastic Bags

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Picture: Offshore Algae Harvesting in Semi-permeable bags NASA’s design calls for using large plastic bags, made of forward-osmosis membranes, and filled with sewage for offshore harvesting of algae for bio-fuel. My earlier post about leveraging nanotechnology for increasing the commercial viability of Algal bio-fuel opened me up a fantastic world of realizations. The wonderful technologies being developed by NASA […]