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Should We Give a Dam About Hydro Power?

The International Commission for Large Dams held its 78th annual meeting recently in Ha Noi, attracting 800 delegates from 90 countries. Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai made a speech emphasizing dams and hydro-electricity as a way of dealing with water deterioration and climate change. As Indian Council of Power Utilities President C.V.J Varma […]

June 22nd

Brazil Approves Enormous Hydroelectric Dam in Heart of Amazon

Brazil has approved an environmental license for the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, bringing criticism from environmentalists for potential damage to the river basin and displacing indigenous peoples, even though the project is touted as a carbon neutral way to meet the region’s power needs. According to […]

February 16th

1.5 Megawatts of Wave Power Coming to Oregon

The first phase of an Oregon wave power project off the coast of Reedsport has begun with the contract award to build the first PowerBuoy.  This project is the”first commercial wave energy PowerBuoy® system in North America”, and eventually 10 buoys will be brought online.   One buoy will produce 150 kilowatts and create 30 jobs, […]

December 8th

Award-Winning HydroVolt Makes a Splash in Micro Hydro

In talking about renewable and sustainable energy sources, most people think about brand new technologies. In truth, many renewable technologies are improvements and updates of energy options that have been around for centuries. The Hydrovolt is a new take on hydroelectric power that is making a splash in the micro-hydro world. The Hydrovolt is “a […]

November 27th

Mitigating Chesapeake Bay Pollution by Making Algae Biodiesel

The Chesapeake Bay has long been plagued by pollution, and in fact a large portion has been declared a “marine dead zone“.  This largest estuary in the United States is fed by 11 large rivers that contain run-off, which deplete the water of oxygen and are responsible for large algal blooms.  The York River, which […]

October 8th

Scotland Offers £10 Million Prize for Wave Energy Innovation

In order to harness Scotland’s immense marine energy resources and achieve a renewable energy target of 50% of electricity generated through renewable sources by 2020, the country has put its money where its mouth is. The Saltire Prize is a £10 million prize challenge for advances in wave and tidal energy in Scottish waters, and […]

August 21st

Himalaya May Become Most Heavily Dammed Region of the World

The Himalaya region of the world is undergoing rapid change from global warming.  For example, glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau are melting at a “worrisome speed,” according to Xinhua news agency.   Over the past 40 years, Tibetan glaciers have receded 196 square KM, or 1/4 the size of New York City.  Despite such loss of […]

May 26th