In the News: Research and Development in Renewable Energy, Small Wind Markets

In the News: Research and Development in Renewable Energy, Small Wind Markets

Huffington Post
With Home Solar and Wind Power, Size Matters
Wouldn’t it be great if you could stick a solar panel the size of a dinner place on the roof of your electrical vehicle, and have all the power you need? How about a wind turbine the size of a lawn ornament on your roof too, for night time?

Unfortunately it’s all a matter of maximums. There’s only so much energy available in solar radiation and in moving air. It’s the size of the collector and the intensity of resource that matters.

Iowa is 2nd largest wind energy producer
U.S. Department of Energy numbers released Tuesday show Iowa is the country’s second biggest wind energy producer. Only Texas – with eight times as many people and almost five times as much space as Iowa – has a higher wind energy production capacity than Iowa.

Renewable Energy World
It’s Back to the Future on the US Clean Tech Industry
President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney recently stated how each would “get tough” with China. This reminded me of a conversation with economists I had in Vice President Biden’s office several years ago. We discussed how to put together the president’s stimulus proposal and the possibility of using clean tech programs – solar, wind, batteries and others – as one of the lynchpins of the program.

Environmental Leader
Pike: Distributed Renewable Power Supply to Triple by 2017
As the current centralized model of power generation, transmission, and distribution grows ever more costly, the use of renewable distributed energy generation sources such as distributed solar photovoltaics, small wind power and stationary fuel cells is set to triple by 2017, according to a report by Pike Research.

The Age
Sun rises on a renewable wind blowing through global energy industry
[This] year is likely to be seen by future historians as the “tipping point, the beginning of the clean energy era” when the world turned decisively towards renewable energy, according to the chief of Australia’s Climate Commission, Tim Flannery.

US News
Wind Energy Tax Credit: More Hot Air or Key Job Creator?
In a state where wind turbines are almost as common as corn fields, President Barack Obama unleashed a fury of criticism at GOP opponents Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan over their energy policy in Iowa last week, underscoring the importance of “homegrown” energy in a state that relies on wind power for almost 7,000 jobs, according to the administration.

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