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Green Energy News for 30-11-2012

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New Small Fission Reactor For Deep-space Missions Demonstrated View Articles
cylonlover writes "Exploring the regions of deep space beyond Mars means sending probes where solar power isn`t practical. Since the 1960s, NASA has equipped its Apollo missions and unmanned explorers with Radioisotope Thermal Generators (RTGs). These have worked very well, but they run on plutonium 238, which is currently in short supply. Therefore, the Los Alamos National Laboratory is developing a new small nuclear reactor for spacecraft that uses uranium instead of plutonium to power Stirling engines and generate electricity. At the Nevada National Security Site`s Device Assembly Facility near Las Vegas, engineers from Los Alamos, the NASA Glenn Research Center and National Security Technologies LLC conducted a Demonstration Using Flattop Fissions (DUFF) experiment that produced 24 watts of electricity using a pair of free-piston Stirling engines." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
State urged to take new strategy on renewable energy View Articles
Rather than continuing to employ the traditional feed-in tariff strategy to purchase electricity from renewable sources, the government should be making such purchases on the basis of the benefits derived from the technologies, according to Prof.
Greener storage for green energy View Articles
When the sun blazes or when the breeze blows, power is plentiful -- but not necessarily at the moments when consumers need it, like on a hot, calm summer night.
Solar Leasing One Step Closer In Georgia View Articles
On Tuesday the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) took a big step forward to encourage more solar power in the state. The PSC acts on behalf of telecommunications, electric power, and natural gas consumers in Georgia and ensures safety, reliability, and affordability. Georgia Solar Utilities Inc., a company launched in Macon, GA earlier this y
Will SolarCity IPO Offer Hope For Renewable Energy Investors? View Articles
I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it.
Santa Cruz County may study power agency formation to pursue renewable energy View Articles
Santa Cruz County governments are exploring the possibility of setting up a local joint powers authority that would allow residents to buy more green energy, and could be a vehicle toward the county`s future energy independence.
5 Industries that Threaten the Globe and How We are Going to Save It View Articles
As our knowledge of how to clean up and prevent pollution increases and scientists slowly discover why we get certain illnesses and diseases, the world becomes more conscious of creating ways to make work environments safer; not only for the laborers, but for the entire human race. The goal is not necessarily to shut the processes down, but to reroute the toxic chemicals emitted in order to capture their vapors from releasing into the ozone. It`s a new generation of wind, tidal and solar energy generators providing the world with its power. Continents are rapidly expanding their renewable energy resources, budgets and plans in order to eliminate dependency on these medieval practices that shortens the future of a healthy humanity.
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