Features for August 2011

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The biofuel generation gap The biofuel generation gap

Turning from 1st generation biofuels produced from food crops to 2nd generation biofuels produced from ligno-cellulosic feedstocks has been praised by many, but 2nd generation has a long way to go to reach full commercialisation.

Could gasification power cars? Could gasification power cars?

New and improved energy from waste technologies such as advanced gasification are going to be essential if many countries are to address their considerable waste problems. Advanced gasification can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, as well as maximise the renewable energy produced.

New materials tackle weight, strength and cure time issues for wind turbine blades New materials tackle weight, strength and cure time issues for wind turbine blades

Bernd Hoevel, Senior R&D Manager, and Alain Sagnard, Senior R&D Engineer, at the Dow Chemical Company, describe how the company's foam core material and epoxy resin systems can help manufacture lighter, stronger wind turbine blades.

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Case study: Lao PDR runs hybrid mini grid Case study: Lao PDR runs hybrid mini grid

Sunlabob, a rural energy provider in Laos (located in Southeast Asia, and surrounded by Thailand, Myanmar, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia) has developed a hybrid mini grid which feeds 105 households with a daily peak load of 8kW.

Switched on to mini grids Switched on to mini grids

A BILLION AND a half people around the world still don't have access to electricity. Could hybrid mini grids be the best way to provide electricity – particularly to rural, often isolated, areas?

UK – are we heading for a nuclear future? UK – are we heading for a nuclear future?

The renewable energy industry is mulling over the announcements coming out of the UK regarding what seem on the surface to be ambitious emissions reduction targets. But what does it actually mean for renewable energy?

Can UK lead the world on reducing climate change? Can UK lead the world on reducing climate change?

THE UK is to put in place the most ambitious targets on greenhouse gas reduction of any developed country, with the Government saying it will halve carbon dioxide emissions by 2025.

SunShot: Solar PV's falling costs SunShot: Solar PV's falling costs

Part 2: With its SunShot program, the Department of Energy (DoE) has greatly expanded the reach past the one goal of a delivered US$1/W of solar power by 2017.

Ernst & Young find fixed feed-in tariffs attractive

The British arm of giant financial consultant Ernst & Young's 2011 issue of its "Renewable energy country attractiveness indices" concludes that fixed feed-in tariffs (FiTs) are preferable to premium-based FiTs as well as bidding systems.

Core material reduces cost and weight of longer wind turbine blades Core material reduces cost and weight of longer wind turbine blades

Fred Stoll, Chief Engineer, WebCore Technologies LLC, explains how TYCOR® W core material is helping wind turbine blade designers reduce the cost and weight of bigger blades while giving operations managers improved quality.

“Technology agnostic…” - Solar PV “Technology agnostic…” - Solar PV

Based at Dow's European headquarters in Seneffe, Belgium, vice president Eric Peeters is on a mission to drive down the cost of solar power.