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December 21 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a continuous chemical process that urns wet algae into useful crude oil. Using wet algae eliminates costly drying and extraction steps and brings the processing time to about one hour. [CleanTechnica]
  • A team of researchers based at the University of Houston has discovered a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight, potentially creating a clean and renewable source of energy. [BioNews Texas]


  • France’s offshore wind support regime has fallen foul of European state aid rules. The Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled this week that the country’s feed-in support mechanism “falls within the concept of an intervention” and should be annulled. [reNews]
  • Thirteen community energy projects received Nova Scotia government clearance to proceed to the next stage of development. The projects from eight different groups will operate under the province’s Community Feed-In Tariff program. []
  • Most islands have very high energy costs, because they are dependent on fossil fuels. Solar with some wind have typically been the technologies of choice, but Nevis, in what is becoming something of a Caribbean trend, is turning to geothermal. [EarthTechling]
  • E.ON reports it has submitted a planning application for the Strathy Wood wind farm development to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit. The wind farm facility would be able to generate up to 78 MW, enough power for about 52,535 homes. [SmartMeters]
  • Vestas has installed the nacelle of its V164 8.0-MW offshore wind prototype at the Osterild onshore test site in Denmark. The company lifted the 390-tonne unit into place on its 140-metre tower on 19 December. [reNews]



  • According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, solar, biomass, wind, geothermal, and hydropower units provided 394-MW – or 100% – of all new electrical generation placed in-service in November 2013. For 2013 so far, they have provided 35%. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • Now that N.C. regulators approved a three-year pilot that lets Duke Energy sell renewable energy at premium prices to large customers, the company expects to sign up customers quickly. Google will probably be first, but Facebook and others are expected to follow. [Charlotte Business Journal]
  • The Solar Electric Power Association is partnering with ScottMadden Management Consultants to conduct a benchmarking study on renewable energy organizational structure within North American electric utilities. [Solar Industry]
  • Vestas Wind Systems announced Friday that it is continuing to hire hundreds of production workers in Colorado after receiving a 220-megawatt order from EDF Renewable Energy for two wind-energy projects in the Texas Panhandle. [Denver Post]

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