DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft is planned to start and finish its first round-the-world flight from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, a government-backed renewable energy company in the oil-rich Gulf federation said Thursday.
The choice of Abu Dhabi as the launch site for the historic journey is likely to bolster the wealthy emirate's efforts to position itself as a champion of renewable energy. It controls the bulk of the vast petroleum reserves in the Emirates, a seven-state federation that ranks among the largest oil exporters in OPEC.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.
The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome the fact that — even in Wyoming — wind doesn't blow all the time.
Car-mounted technology called flutter-driven triboelectrification has the potential to generate enough energy to charge a cell phone or tablet, according to Korean researchers writing in the journal Nature Communications, the Los Angeles Times reports.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An alliance of four companies has proposed an $8 billion project to supply the Los Angeles area with large amounts of electricity from a wind farm in Wyoming. Here are a few things to know about the ambitious project:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has proved challenging.
An alliance of four companies say they have found an answer in an underground salt formation.
The owners of the Ivanpah solar project in the Mojave Desert -- including NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy -- have applied for Treasury Department grants even as they have delayed paying back millions borrowed through Energy Department loans, according to documents tracked by The Wall Street Journal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four companies proposed an $8 billion project Tuesday that within a decade could send wind energy generated on the plains of Wyoming to power-thirsty households in Southern California.
The sprawling project — if approved and financed — would create one of the country's largest wind farms 40 miles north of Cheyenne, a huge energy storage site inside caverns in a Utah salt formation and a 525-mile electric transmission line connecting them.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals.
"We have amazingly special places here," U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a news conference at a desert wind farm near Palm Springs with U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and other officials releasing the multi-agency draft plan.
Researchers led by Donald Sadoway of MIT, writing in the journal Nature, detail a new battery using molten metal – described as cheap and durable – which is aimed at storing power on a grid scale, the BBC reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law several bills designed to boost use of clean-air vehicles in California.
One bill signed Sunday allows 15,000 additional electric and partial zero-emissions vehicles, or 70,000 total vehicles, to get green stickers that allow driving in carpool lanes even when solo.
Another requires freeway high-occupancy toll lane operators to allow clean air vehicles to drive for free or reduced rates. Such roads exist in Orange and Riverside counties, and the San Francisco area.
The announcement of a cutback in production at the Khaji oilfield shared between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait has helped prop up oil prices early Monday. U.S. benchmark crude was 20 cents higher to $82.95 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude slipped just 10 cents to $86.06, Reuters reports.
Increased natural gas production, which has almost replaced supplies depleted by last winter’s deep freeze, has sent prices down even as the next cold season approaches, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Some environmental concerns still need to be satisfied, but Freeport LNG can start site preparation as well as construction for liquefaction facilities at its planned export facility at Quintana Island in Texas, under permission granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Friday, FuelFix reports.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has warned that Congressional investigations can be tools of “intimidation,” according to a blog post from lobbyist David Goldston, who hasn’t yet said whether the group will respond to a letter from Republican lawmakers including Sen. David Vitter, R-La., demanding documents and emails regarding its communications with the Environmental Protection Agency over the EPA’s carbon rule, The Hill reports.
As operators like Exelon, Dominion and Duke Energy apply for extensions to keep older nuclear power plants in service, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be faced with questions about their safety, The New York Times reports.
Officials in New York said they would be quick to restart a Fire Island dune restoration project following a court ruling rejecting a bid from the Audubon Society to stop it, over concerns about its impact on piping plovers, Newsday reports.
Abengoa Bioenergy, which opened a big production plant in Kansas Friday, is pinning its hopes for the success of the project on the use of ethanol in plastics as well as fuel, The New York Times reports.