Energy Resources in the Future

[tweetmeme] Ken Tomabechi, Former Research Advisor, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industries, has published his viewpoint on the importance of sustainable and viable approaches to meeting the future energy needs of our ever growing population.  In abstract: Recent statistics indicate that in 2005 the world consumed about 0.5 ZJ (ZJ = 1021 Joules) of … Continue reading

Shrouded Wind Turbine Generating High Output Power with Wind-lens Technology

[tweetmeme] Yuji Ohya  and Takashi Karasudani of the Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University have issued a new article titled „A Shrouded Wind Turbine Generating High Output Power with Wind-lens Technology.“ The introduction to this interesting analysis reads: We have developed a new wind turbine system that consists of a diffuser shroud with a … Continue reading

Investigating “Egusi” (Citrullus Colocynthis L.) Seed Oil as Potential Biodiesel Feedstock

[tweetmeme]  Solomon Giwa, Luqman Chuah Abdullah and Nor Mariah Adam (Universiti Putra Malaysia) have published a paper investigating the potential of Egusi seed oil as a potential biodiesel feedstock. Biodiesel’s acceptance as a substitute for fossil-derived diesel has grown the world over. However, the food-fuel debate over conventional vegetable oils has rekindled research interest in … Continue reading

News: Renewables account for 62% of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU over last year

[tweetmeme] Brussels, 05th July 2010.  The “Renewable Energy Snapshots” report, published today by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009. The share rose from 57% in 2008. For the second year running, wind energy … Continue reading

On the Feasibility of a Timely Transition to a More Sustainable Energy Future

[tweetmeme] A recent paper by Micha Tomkiewicz of the Department of Physics, Brooklyn College of CUNY, is titled „On the Feasibility of a Timely Transition to a More Sustainable Energy Future.“  The paper uses the framework of the IPAT equation, as applied to CO2 emission, to decompose the various driving forces in the global energy … Continue reading

Illustration of Modern Wind Turbine Ancillary Services – Wind Power System Security

[tweetmeme Ioannis D. Margaris (National Technical University of Athens ); Anca D. Hansen, Poul Sørensen (Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark); Nikolaos D. Hatziargyriou (Public Power Corporation S.A. Athens, Greece) have published a paper titled „Illustration of Modern Wind Turbine Ancillary Services.“  Increasing levels of wind power penetration in modern power … Continue reading

Support schemes for renewable electricity in the EU

[tweetmeme The Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission has issued a paper titled „Support schemes for renewable electricity in the EU.“ This paper, written by Joan Canton and Åsa Johannesson Lindén, discusses the level and design of support schemes used to promote renewable electricity in Europe. A theoretical model is presented … Continue reading

State of the Art and Trends in Wind Resource Assessment

[tweetmeme Oliver Probst and Diego Cárdenas of the Physics Department, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey have published an interesting new paper titled „State of the Art and Trends in Wind Resource Assessment.“  Given the significant rise of the utilization of wind energy the accurate assessment of the wind potential is becoming increasingly … Continue reading

Novel materials for energy applications – A decade of EU-funded research

[tweetmeme To address a low-carbon future, Europe has recently placed itself at the forefront of world developments, by shaping and implementing ambitious energy policies. Amongst the comprehensive set of actions that has been launched, materials technologies play a key role in meeting future energy needs by addressing the important issues of durability, efficiency and cost … Continue reading

Understanding the Current and Future Energy Market in the EU

The topic of sustainable and secure energy supplies is a key issue in the economic recovery and growth of the European Union in the coming years.  As such, various bodies of the EU have issued literally hundreds of reports, decisions, legislation, opinions and other documents covering these topics. Because of the wide range of available … Continue reading

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