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Germans Turns Lemons Into Lemonade

Posted by Tom Denham on Mar 28, 2017 1:01:49 PM

The demise of coal mines as countries turn to renewable energy leaves behind employment losses in the surrounding communities and large tracts of unusable land.

Germany may have found a solution to the problem.  It is turning one of its old coal mines into a giant 'battery station' that will be a pumped storage plant that will provide hydroelectric power and provide energy to around 400,000 homes.



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Topics: Alternative fuel energy

Geothermal Strides in Iceland Could Benefit California

Posted by Tom Denham on Mar 10, 2017 12:57:21 PM

In 2009, the Iceland Deep Drilling Project accidentally drilled into a magma reservoir about a mile below the surface when it was planning to construct a conventional geothermal well. As an experiment, researchers poured water down the magma well to see how much energy it could generate, and they ended up creating the most powerful geothermal well ever drilled, generating approximately 30 megawatts of power.



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Topics: Alternative fuel energy

Dropping Battery Prices: Electric Car Popularity Could Skyrocket

Posted by Tom Denham on Nov 23, 2016 7:40:29 AM

Most electric car owners are still classified as “early adopters” and forecasts by oil companies and governments have projected modest increases in electric car sales.  According to a new study, those projections are dramatically off. 

New research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that big reductions in battery prices are significantly underestimated, and that during the 2020s electric vehicles will become a more economic option than gasoline or diesel cars in most countries.

 



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Topics: Alternative fuel energy