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Green Energy News for 25-12-2012

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NASA Plans To "Lasso" Asteroid and Turn It Into Space Station View Articles
SternisheFan writes "NASA scientists are planning to capture a 500 ton asteroid, relocate it and turn it into a space station for astronauts to refuel on their way to Mars. From the article: `The 1.6bn-pound plan will be considered by the White House`s Office of Science and technology in the coming weeks, as it prepares to set its space exploration agenda for the next decade, the Daily Mail reported. According to a report prepared by NASA and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists, an, `asteroid capture capsule` would be attached to an old Atlas V rocket and directed towards the asteroid between the earth and the moon. Once close, the asteroid capsule would release a 50ft diameter bag that would wrap around the spinning rock using drawstrings. The craft would then turn on its thrusters, using an estimated 300kg of propellant, to stop the asteroid in its tracks and tow it into a gravitationally neutral spot. From here space explorers would have a stationary base from which to launch trips deeper into space. Though NASA declined to comment on the project, it is believed that technology would make it possible within 10-12 years. The technology would also open up the possibility of mining other asteroids for their metals and minerals. Some are full of iron which could be used in the making of new space stations, others are made up of water which could be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen to make fuel. It is hoped that the project will increase our understanding of asteroids, and even shed new light on the origin of life on Earth.`" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Concentrating solar power with thermal energy useful for utility companies View Articles
According to a report made by Clean Technica on Dec. 24, 2012, it stated that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that utility companies can indeed benefit by concentrating solar power with thermal energy storage.
NY solar tax break, E-cigarette ban in 2013 View Articles
New state laws banning sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and giving businesses new tax exemptions for installing solar energy systems are set to take effect next week.
Greens fight green energy View Articles
The greenies are all for renewable energy until someone invests their time and money and takes a risk on it.
New York sets aside $250 million for renewable energy projects View Articles
The funding will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority through the state`s Renewable Portfolio Standard, and is targeted to electric generation projects that use wind, hydroelectric, solar, biomass or other clean-energy resources.
Renewable Energy Review: Spain View Articles
Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.
Renewable Energy Review: United States View Articles
Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.
Hydropower 2012 Year in Review: Development Around the Globe View Articles
The past year has been an exciting one for the hydropower community as hydroelectricity continues to become an increasingly more popular consideration in renewable energy strategies.
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