Lucius Fox

Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Enterprises

Has the solar-power industry lapsed into a classic cycle of boom and bust after a decade of unprecedented growth? It might appear so. As years of government subsidies boosted the global installed capacity of solar-photovoltaic (PV) modules and dramatically cut prices, new producers, including China, rushed into the market, prompting oversupply and pressure on margins that threaten many pioneering players. Demand today isn’t keeping up with supply, and governments continue to scale back support as they cope with the aftermath of the economic crisis.

Posted at 1:01pm and tagged with: Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Energy, Alternative Energy, Solar Power,.

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Can natural gas save America? Our latest cover explores the benefits and limits of looking to natural gas to stabilize energy resources in the US.

READ: With all this natural gas, who needs oil?

Posted at 11:19am and tagged with: Fuel, Natural Gas, Shale Gas, Sustainability, Energy, Renewable Energy, Marcellus Shale Field,.

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British company Pavegen has developed a new paving tile that captures the energy of footsteps and turns it into electricity.

On a small scale, one day’s worth of foot traffic over a few tiles could power one street light overnight. In another recent field test at a music festival, dancers stomping on a dance floor with Pavegen tiles generated enough energy to recharge their mobile phones.

The company’s first big field test will come this summer at the London Olympics. Pavegen will be installing its system just outside the Westfield Stratford Shopping Center, one of Europe’s biggest and busiest urban shopping malls. The tiles will be placed on one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares leading into nearby London Olympic Park. Depending on the foot traffic, the company hopes its tiles might be able to power the mall’s entire lighting system. More.

(Image: Pavegen)

Posted at 5:55pm and tagged with: PRI's The World, Social Entrepreneurship, Renewable Energy, Pavegen, Energy, Alternative Energy,.

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British company Pavegen has developed a new paving tile that captures the energy of footsteps and turns it into electricity.
On a small scale, one day’s worth of foot traffic over a few tiles could power one street light overnight. In another recent field test at a music festival, dancers stomping on a dance floor with Pavegen tiles generated enough energy to recharge their mobile phones.
The company’s first big field test will come this summer at the London Olympics. Pavegen will be installing its system just outside the Westfield Stratford Shopping Center, one of Europe’s biggest and busiest urban shopping malls. The tiles will be placed on one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares leading into nearby London Olympic Park. Depending on the foot traffic, the company hopes its tiles might be able to power the mall’s entire lighting system. More.
(Image: Pavegen)

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Gentle giants (by Lieve Van den Bosch)

Posted at 12:17pm and tagged with: Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy, Wind,.

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Gentle giants (by Lieve Van den Bosch)

Rising gas prices have been the big energy story of the past several weeks. But many energy experts say that’s a sideshow compared with the really big energy event — the huge boom in oil and natural gas production in the U.S. that could help the nation reach the elusive goal of energy independence.

Since the Arab oil embargo of 1973, energy independence has been a Holy Grail for virtually every American president from Richard Nixon to Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama.

But now, it might just be within reach.

Posted at 3:46pm and tagged with: Energy, Sustainability, United States, US, Renewable Energy,.

“PM2.5” seems an odd and wonky term for the blogosphere to take up, but that is precisely what has happened in China in recent weeks. It refers to the smallest solid particles in the atmosphere—those less than 2.5 microns across. Such dust can get deep into people’s lungs; far deeper than that rated as PM10. Yet until recently China’s authorities have revealed measurements only for PM10. When people realised this, an online revolt broke out. Such was the public pressure that authorities caved in, and PM2.5 data are now being published for Beijing and a handful of other cities.

Posted at 3:39pm and tagged with: Environment, Pollution, Industrialization, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, China, Asia, PM2.5,.

Algae plus salt water equals … fuel? At TEDxNASA@SiliconValley, Bilal Bomani reveals a self-sustaining ecosystem that produces biofuels — without wasting arable land or fresh water.

Bilal Bomani runs NASA’s Greenlab research facility, where he is developing the next generation of biofuels.

Posted at 1:41pm and tagged with: TEDTalks, TEDx, Bilal Bomani, Alternative Energy, Biofuel, Sustainability, Environment, Renewable Energy, NASA, TEDxNASA,.

The practice of hydraulic fracturing — pumping fluid into underground rock to push up natural gas — has its detractors, especially among environmentalists. But it’s becoming clear that whatever its drawbacks, “fracking,” as it’s called, is producing a lot of gas — maybe too much gas.

Fracking was once a small part of the natural gas industry, a technique to get hard-to-reach deposits in underground shale. Then the technology improved, and the dinner bell rang. Everybody wanted in. Now there’s so much gas on the market that the price is at a 10-year low.

Posted at 2:34pm and tagged with: Renewable Energy, Natural Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Fracking, Environment, Sustainability,.