A Golden Sandwich

| Gold is an extraordinary element. Its illuminating luster has, throughout history, been associated with prestige and opulence. Homer, in The Illiad and The Odyssey, referred to gold as the “glory of immortals and a sign of wealth among ordinary people.” Chemically, gold is a transition metal known for its malleability and low reactivity. Recently, scientists ... READ MORE

Green Goals for the Golden State

| California has taken steps on the path to clean energy lately. Last week, the state Assembly passed legislation that would set a target to eliminate carbon emissions from California’s energy generation profile. If signed into law by Governor Brown, the bill, S.B. 100, creates a clean energy goal, mandating that 100% of retail energy sales ... READ MORE

Wind Energy’s Inertia

| Today, wind turbines spin gracefully across the California desert; they tower over Iowa cornfields, and stand watch off coastal waters. Wind power is emerging as an increasingly viable power source. The domestic US market for offshore wind has gained momentum recently due to both declining costs and supportive policies. Current laws in several northeastern states ... READ MORE

Kilowatts from Kelp

| Seaweed is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth.  It stretches from the seafloor to the surface at an astonishing rate of two to three feet a day. And scientists believe that someday this quick-growing resource could provide a significant source of power.   The US Department of Energy (DOE) has recently invested in seaweed-to-fuel ... READ MORE

The Energy Industry’s Power Word: Re.no.vable

| Latin America is amidst a renewable energy revolution. The influx in investment has changed the energy landscape from Mexico’s northern border to the southernmost tip of South America, supplying the grid with ever-increasing sources of energía renovable.  According to a 2016 report by the International Renewable Energy Agency: since 2004, renewable energy investment in Latin ... READ MORE

When Red Turns Green

| As clean energy development gains momentum across the United States, some surprising front-runners are emerging in the race for renewable energy leadership—traditionally red states like Iowa and Wyoming. A recent study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) highlights state-by-state successes in advancing clean energy. The rankings used a dozen metrics in three primary areas ... READ MORE

Full Sail Ahead for Offshore Wind Power

| America’s coastlines are home to over half of the nation’s population. As people flock to seaside areas, where real estate is scarce and wind is abundant, interest has increased in adding offshore wind power to the generation mix. And as a result, last week the nation’s largest offshore wind farm was approved by the Long ... READ MORE

Acoustic Insight: Owl Wings Inspire Turbine Blade Design

| They glide silently through the night, a blur of noctilucent plumage. Unlike most birds, owls make virtually no noise when they fly, allowing them the element of surprise while hunting their prey. Several species, in fact, have developed specialized plumage to minimize aerodynamic noise from their wings. According to a study published in The Journal of ... READ MORE

When Energy from Waste Makes Economic Sense

| Quantum Biopower, a waste-to-energy company in Southington, Connecticut, is prepared to make energy and environmental history. Last spring, the company received approval from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to build a food-waste, anaerobic digestion plant. In June, the Southington Planning & Zoning committee gave its approval for construction. When completed—scheduled for the end of 2016—Quantum will ... READ MORE