Think about Middle-Eastern OPEC countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates and what comes to mind? Is it the obvious: oil? Or is it solar energy, smart grids and green technology? For a growing number of people in the Middle East and elsewhere, and for... Read more
 “Heat batteries,” fuel from pine trees and alternatives to increasingly expensive rare earth materials are among the quests of 60 research projects set to receive $156 million from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The funds, allocated in the department’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget,... Read more
A couple of intriguing figures pop out in today’s announcement that local councils in the UK will soon be able to send, for profit, any clean energy they generate back into the electricity grid: One is the number 0.01 per cent, which is the pitiable amount of electricity Britain... Read more
Ask most people who follow the clean energy and low-carbon technology markets, and you’ll hear a common refrain: Without a standard price on carbon dioxide emissions that fairly reflects true environmental costs, we don’t have a prayer of building a green global economy anytime soon. The most recent warning... Read more
There’s a lesson the would-be architects of our clean, renewable-energy future can take from the international response to the deadly Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti: it’s not the possible that matters … it’s the scalable. The evidence remains everywhere to be seen in quake-torn cities like Port-au-Prince, where tens... Read more
“Electric cactus” is more than a great band name (takers anyone?) … it could be the first step toward turning living plants into generators of clean, renewable energy. Researchers at France’s Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CNRS) recently developed a biofuel cell that can generate power using the two... Read more
The globe needs to rev up development of 10 clean-energy technologies to avoid dangerous climate change, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is holding its annual meeting this week in Davos, Switzerland. So what are these technologies, how much do they cost and where do they stand... Read more
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched an open-source wiki that’s available to anyone interested in helping to deploy clean-energy technologies around the world. The Open Energy Information web platform will make the department’s resources and open energy data widely available to the public. “This information platform will... Read more
Intellectual property rights could just as well inspire solutions to climate change, rather than hinder them, according to Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). Speaking at a conference in Geneva this week, Jarraud said countries could best address climate change through international cooperation, a multi-disciplinary approach... Read more
Despite the global economic crisis that began last year, worldwide spending on clean energy rose by 5 per cent in 2008, thanks in large part to China, Brazil and other emerging economices. That’s according to a report — “Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2009” — prepared by New... Read more