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December 15 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Researchers in Spain, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia have developed a system to produce hydrogen from water and sunlight in a way that is clean, renewable and more cost-effective than other methods. [Nanotechnology News]
  • A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to cheaper sustainable power with less manufacturing time. It also reaches an old goal of discovering a PV material that can use energy from visible and infrared light, not just ultraviolet light. [Science Daily]
  • An algorithmic approach to grid analysis, developed by UC Santa Barbara professor Igor Mezic along with Yoshihiko Susuki from Kyoto University, can predict future massive instabilities in the power grid and make power outages a thing of the past. [Science Daily]

World:

  • Oman holds out huge solar and wind energy potential. Several huge renewable energy projects are in the pipeline. The Public Authority for Electricity and Water is also planning to use renewable energy resources to provide potable water supplies in some remote areas. [Omanet.com]
  • New data from Greenpeace show that while the coal industry has been busy hyping up a coal “renaissance,” coal consumption in the EU peaked one and half years ago, and in just the first half of 2013 it was down 8% compared to a year ago. So much for the renaissance. [Energy Collective]

US:

  • A market mechanism called renewable energy credits, or RECs, makes it possible for producers to sell green power across the country to consumers who cannot or do not want to put panels on their roofs. [The Desert Sun]
  • The average American family spends about $10,000 a year for transportation, according to Author Elly Blue’s new book Bikenomics. By biking, walking, and riding public transportation, a great deal of money could be saved by consumers. [CleanTechnica]
  • According to a new survey from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Consumers Union, 42% of current American drivers can use EVs with little change to driving habits or costly home charging infrastructure. [CleanTechnica]
  • The shale revolution will not meet conventional expectations. More than 3,500 wells have been drilled in the Haynesville play, which in 2012 was the top-producing shale gas play in the U.S., yet production is falling owing to the 47% yearly field decline rate. [Resilience]
  • Dupont senior vice president James C. Collins Jr. testified before the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works, saying that changing the renewable fuel standard (RFS) would hurt his company because it had invested hundreds of millions based the RFS. [Philly.com]

 

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