According to this fabulous report on renewable energy trends in Europe, there are several reasons that the Continent’s power utilities are investing heavily in this arena. The author writes:
The appetite of Europe’s major utilities to invest in renewable energy cannot be fully understood without an appreciation of the many long term challenges to their business models. Read more ›
Water recycling is quickly rising up the agenda around the world. Water is a valuable resource that we use a great deal of and finding ways to use cast off water is important, especially in industrial settings where water can be used in large quantities with a great deal of it turning into waste.
Thanks to technology from Mitsubishi Electric, companies that are in the water waste and recycling industrycan find more economical ways to recycle water and manage more of it. Read more ›
My profound thanks to our intern from France, Olivier Goavec (pictured here), whose numerous essays over the past few months have brought great insights in the dynamics of the energy industry in Europe.
Olivier: You’re a bright young man with a great future ahead of you. Next time I’m in Europe, I’ll be sure to stop by and say hello.
Here’s an infographic that I promised to publish for some friends in the UK, describing how their RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) process works. Read more ›
The power of the atom was shown during the Manhattan project and, more particularly, the explosion of the first nuclear bomb “Little Boy” in 1945. The world has never been the same since. Then, after military usage, it came rapidly into the civil community to produce electricity. In the USA, lobbyists for the industry promised electricity almost free of charge, going as far as to say that the electric meter would be useless in the near future. Today we know that it was a lie, or at best a miscalculation, but it nonetheless sat at the foundation of nuclear technology. Read more ›
Today is the anniversary of the first train robbery in 1873, which calls to mind how crime invariably adapts to new technology. Old-timers like me will recall how we needed locks on our cars’ gas tanks to prevent siphoning in the early 1970s when prices shot up during the first oil embargo. Of course, nowadays we have cybercrime, e.g., the never-ending attempts to gain unauthorized access to our bank accounts, stock portfolios, etc.
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Green mining in general refers to the latest technological advancements in the mining industry that allows for lower waste production and lowered environmental impact. Aimed at the preservation of Mother Nature, green mining also seeks to reduce the use and wastage of water in the mining procedures. Green Mining is said to have been originated in Quebec, Canada where several groundbreaking technologies were developed by the Canadian Mining Industry. Explosive free rock breaking technology produces less waste by electrically heating up veins containing the valuable gems and minerals. Listed below, are the various ways by which Green Mining helps the environment. Read more ›
The ISO 14001 standard is one of the best ways to show how green and sustainable your business is. With the environment high on the agenda for many businesses, it’s no surprise that the number of ISO 14001 certificates issued since 2004 have gone up by over 70 percent! So let’s take a look at some of the ways that ISO 14001 helps to build a greener business.
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I’m so happy that Meghan Seyler has decided to dedicate some of her time this summer to the cause here. I love her passion for the subjects of cleantech and sustainability, and the incredible pace at which she works.
Currently, Meghan’s working on a research project to understand what Google and the other high-flying tech giants are doing in the development of cleantech. Read more ›
Every month or so I have a good reason to go to the San Francisco Bay Area, normally for a conference on renewable energy, or perhaps a few meetings with clean energy entrepreneurs or investors. Because I live in the northern part of Santa Barbara County, driving is by far my best option, and my favorite part of this is that the drive provides me with a long period of time (about four hours) to listen to radio programming that I otherwise would have missed.
During my trip up north a couple of weeks back I enjoyed a terrific hour-long conversation on sustainable seafood, in which a panel of three or four experts discussed the matter, then took calls. Here are a few highlights: Read more ›