BioGas Provides Germany with Steady, Stinky Energy

BioGas Provides Germany with Steady, Stinky Energy

BioGas-geremanySo when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing, solar and wind energy may be nonexistent, but renewable energy can still be economically produced from the smelliest of sources. The more the stink, the greater the energy–Biogas energy. Local farmers use the waste their animals produce and send it into a biogas facility on their farm that produces electricity. They can also add corn and the fermentation substrate is then sprayed on the fields as fertilizer. This closed-loop system provides steady and sustainable energy to supplement the energy needs of larger but less predictable outputs from solar and wind sources.

Next Power Plants co-Founder, Hendrik Samisch networks over 1,000 renewable energy plants comprised of individual farms in Germany through a data grid and a bank of computers that make up a powerful virtual power plant that trades annually over $100 million euros of electricity in biogas energy.

Watch the video here or visit Made in Germany.

April 18, 2015 |

The Future Is Clean – Solar Impulse 2 Plane Campaign


olar_impulse_624inOn March 9th 2015 the revolutionary airplane named “Solar Impulse 2” launched its first leg of its 35,000 mile trip around the world to help raise awareness of the Future is Clean Campaign.    Starting off in Abu Dhabi the plane is set to stop in various global locations and is being tracked for audiences online.  The Solar Impulse 2 (aka Si2)is a lot larger than its predecessor the Solar Impulse 1, which was the prototype that  set several solar powered flight world records in 2013.  This version of the aircraft is wider than a 747 Jumbo Jet with a wingspan of 72 metres (236.22 feet) and yet is still a light 2.3 tonnes.  It’s light weight is key to the success of the plane that has 17000 solar panels built into its wings.

Solar energy is estimated to become the dominant energy source of the future, as predicted by the International Energy Agency. (IEA)

March 11, 2015 |

New Study: Bioenergy May Be Bad News for Forests, Climate


borneo_palm-oilResource: Global Forest Reporting Network

BioFuels like Ethanol have more than just an image problem (Growing food vs growing fuel). Now a new report from the World Resources Institute finds that dedicating land to the production of biofuels may undermine efforts to achieve a sustainable food future, combat climate change, and protect forests.

The problem, of course, is that if you dedicate land to growing crops like sugarcane, corn, soybeans, or wood solely for the production of biofuels, you can’t use that land to grow food–or as a carbon sink. We already use a whopping three-fourths of the world’s vegetated land for crops, livestock grazing, and wood harvests, according to the WRI paper. And the remaining land really should be left as is, since it protects clean water, supports biodiversity, and stores carbon.

Watch this video about new biofuels made from cellulose with the help of a bacteria under the development of AE Biofuels, which acquired Zemetis in 2011.

March 1, 2015 |

Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric Twerking @bout the Internet in this New BMW Superbowl Ad


You don’t have to remember 1994 to find this “Newfangled” Superbowl spot fun. Thanks to @BMW, internet history plays a key role in their latest ad campaign for the all-electric i3.

In a classic flashback to 1994, Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric banter on the set of The Today Show in unabashed confusion about this curious new thing called “the Internet” and the use of that funny looking symbol with an A in a circle. At? Around? About? What is this digital world coming to?

Kudos to BMW for bringing the relevance of Alternative Energy into the real world of Today.


January 26, 2015 |

IKEA Purchases New Wind Farm…Assembly Instructions Blow Away


Ikea-windfarmNovember 18, 2014-

The IKEA Group announced today that it had purchased it’s second wind farm in the United States from Apex Clean Energy: a 165-megawatt wind farm in Cameron County, Texas.

This represents the single largest renewable energy investment made by the IKEA Group globally to date. The wind farm will contribute significantly to the IKEA Group 2020 goal of producing as much renewable energy as the total energy the company consumes globally. The Cameron Wind farm is expected to be fully operational in late 2015.

Earlier this year IKEA Group announced its first U.S. wind farm purchase located in Hoopeston, Illinois. The Cameron Wind farm will be more than one-and-a-half times the size of the Hoopeston project.

IKEA Group has now committed to own and operate 279 wind turbines in nine countries, and will invest a total of $1.9 billion[2] in wind and solar power up to the end of 2015. IKEA has also taken steps to further the development of a low-carbon economy by supporting key initiatives including the People’s Climate March, UN Climate Summit, RE100, and the Climate Declaration.

“Apex is excited to partner with IKEA once again to bring clean, renewable energy from wind to market in the U.S.,” added Apex President, Mark Goodwin. “Both companies understand that this abundant resource is great for the planet, great for our business and great for our shared future.”

November 23, 2014 |
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