Renewable energy generated more power than nuclear for first time since 1984

July 7, 2017 by  
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Nuclear power has dominated alternative energy sources in the United States for decades – that is, until this spring. Statistics recently released by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealed renewable energy surpassed nuclear energy in power generation in March and April of this year. Wind , solar , and hydroelectric power made that feat possible – the first two set records for generation, while hydroelectric generation surged after heavy rainfall in the country’s West. Utility-scale renewable sources generated more power than nuclear energy in the spring of 2017 in America, and it’s the first time they’ve done so since July 1984. According to the EIA, part of the reason for this fact is nuclear power plants often undergo maintenance when electricity demand is lower, like in the spring or fall. But renewable energy is also generating more and more power in the country. Related: The U.S. just generated 10% of its electricity from solar and wind for the first time In March, hydroelectric power generated 30 billion kilowatt-hours, which is the most amount of power from hydroelectric in almost six years. California’s emergence from their drought had a role to play in that – both record precipitation and the snowpack have made the state wetter than it’s been in years, which is great for hydroelectric generation. And with more wind and solar installations, the two sources have been offering record amounts of clean energy . The EIA said between March 2016 and March 2017, wind generation increased by 16 percent, while solar generation spiked by 65 percent. Net generation from nuclear has stayed largely flat since the late 1990s, according to the EIA. Many plants have also been retired. Even so, the EIA doesn’t expect the trend to continue. They said nuclear will probably overtake renewables during this summer, and looking at 2017 as a whole, nuclear power will likely generate more energy than renewables overall. Via the United States Energy Information Administration Images via Louis Moncouyoux on Unsplash and the United States Energy Information Administration

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Peru plans to dam Amazon River’s main source and displace thousands

May 29, 2015 by  
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Plans by the Peruvian government, alongside a Brazilian firm, to build some 20 hydroelectric dams across the main truck of the River Marañón would cause the displacement of thousands of individuals, and contribute to the “eco-system collapse” of the Amazon basin , according Paul Little, a U.S.-based environmental anthropologist. Additionally, according to a detailed report on Mongabay , the dams would cause a significant uptick in methane emissions, and produce far more power than is needed for the entire Peruvian population—raising fears the ecologically and economically risky hydroelectric dams are being built to serve mining companies, or to generate power for export sale to neighboring nations. Read the rest of Peru plans to dam Amazon River’s main source and displace thousands Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amazon basin , amazon environment , amazon river , chile energy , environmental destruction , fish migration , hydroelectric power , hydropower , peru energy , peru renewable energy , river maranon , south america , south america energy , south america renewable energy

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UK Breaks Second Renewable Energy Generation Record This Year

September 30, 2013 by  
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A new government report by the UK’s Department of Energy And Climate Change shows that the country has reached a record high in the amount of energy it derives from renewable sources. In the second quarter of 2013, a full 15.5% of the country’s electricity came from renewables, a jump of 5.8% compared to the same period last year. Read the rest of UK Breaks Second Renewable Energy Generation Record This Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , clean energy UK , government statistics clean energy , hydroelectric power , new clean energy record , new renewable energy record , renewable energy , renewable energy record UK , Solar Power , UK statistics clean energy        

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Abandoned Canadian Open-Pit Mine Could Be Turned Into 400 Megawatt Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant

February 21, 2013 by  
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Hydroelectric power can be a very efficient way to produce or augment renewable energy. But if you don’t have a nearby river that’s big enough to dam—that’s where pumped storage comes in. Using the power of gravity and a reversible turbine, Toronto’s Northland power wants to convert an old open-pit iron ore mine in Marmora, Ontario, into a waterfall five times the height of Niagara Falls. Water spilling over the new waterfall could generate 400-megawatts of power and allow customers to take advantage of peak-time power prices when demand is high and local wind turbines typically are less active. Read the rest of Abandoned Canadian Open-Pit Mine Could Be Turned Into 400 Megawatt Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , canada , hydro power , hydroelectric power , Marmora , Northland Power , Ontario , open pit mine , power storage , pumped storage , wind energy

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Cornell Scientists Create Functional, Lifelike Ear Using 3D-Printing and Living Cell Injections

February 21, 2013 by  
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Cornell bioengineers have combined 3-D printing with injectable gel molds to create an artificial ear, which looks and functions like a normal human ear. The new bioengineering method offers a more natural-feeling and painless alternative to conventional reconstructive surgery and prosthetics. The technology could help children born with microtia, congenital deformity and those who suffered ear loss to cancer or in an accident. Read the rest of Cornell Scientists Create Functional, Lifelike Ear Using 3D-Printing and Living Cell Injections Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed body parts , 3d printed ear , artificial ear , artificial organs , biomedical research , Bioregenerative medicine , Cornell bioengineering , microtia , microtia surgery , prosthetic technology , reconstructive medicine , synthetic organ transplants

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Google Unveils New Project Glass Features, Announces Contest to Find Prototype Testers

February 21, 2013 by  
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Google has released another concept video for Project Glass , showing the augmented reality glasses being used in real-world situations. Until now the device was tested only by Google employees, but the company has unveiled that they are ready to hand out the glasses to a select group of consumers who will aid in the product’s development and identify first-gen bugs. Those who want to get their hands on the prototype and become Google’s “Glass Explorers” have until February 27th to submit their applications. Read the rest of Google Unveils New Project Glass Features, Announces Contest to Find Prototype Testers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Glass Explorers contest , Google , Google augmented reality glasses , google competition , Google Glass , Google Glass Project , Google technology , Google+ contest , high-tech glasses , prototype device , Twitter contest , Web-connected glasses , wireless gadgets

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Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

February 21, 2013 by  
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Honda and SolarCity has announced a new $65 million partnership to make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers in the U.S. The partnership seeks to provide a cleaner source of electricity at a lower cost than utility-supplied power. Additionally, they hope to address global climate change by reducing CO2 emissions from home, business, and transportation energy use. Read the rest of Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , charging electric cars , dealerships , electric cars , green energy , Honda , renewable energy , Solar Power , solarcity

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Swooping Hoover Dam Re-Design Creates Spectacular Views for Visitors

April 9, 2011 by  
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BRC Designs’ Binary Table-01 is Made Entirely From Vintage Circuit Boards

April 9, 2011 by  
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If you have a soft spot for vintage circuitry then you’ll love these spectacular tables made from outdated electronics. Designed by Benjamin Rollins Caldwell of BRC Designs, the Binary Collection is a fusion of what Caldwell describes as “mid-century modern architectural philosophies” and material-inspired design innovation. This geek-chic piece is dubbed the BNR01110100, 011000010110, 001001101100, 01100101-01, or more simply, the Binary Table 01

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