Renewable & Alternative Energy

What if Green Energy Isn't the Future?

What's Warren Buffett doing with a $10 billion bet on the future of oil and gas, helping old-school Occidental Petroleum buy Anadarko, a U.S. shale leader? For pundits promoting the all-green future, this looks like betting on horse farms circa 1919.
 Meanwhile, broad market sentiment is decidedly bearish on hydrocarbons. The oil and gas share of the S&P 500 is at a 40-year low, and the first quarter of 2019 saw the Nasdaq Clean

Japanese Firms Chase Lunar Opportunities

TOKYO — For Japan's tiny startup scene, space is the bold new frontier. On Wednesday, ispace Inc., a Japanese company that wants to send hundreds of robots to map, mine and make deliveries to the moon, said it has reserved space on SpaceX rockets due for launch in mid-2020 and mid-2021. Its goal is to build a business around the missions needed to create a 1,000-person industrial city on the moon by 2040.

Clean Energy Bill Gains in California

California advanced legislation Tuesday that would make it the first large state to mandate completely carbon-free electricity generation, with a target of 2045.
 If signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, the bill would keep the nation's most populous state at the forefront of environmental regulation trends and could have a big impact on electricity generation beyond California's borders. In 2017, California imported roughly 30% of its electricity generation, according to state data.

Drones Become Mining's Flight to Safety

Fully autonomous devices use lasers to explore dangerous caves, reducing costs and human risks

 JUNDEE, Australia—Hundreds of feet underground here, scientists are experimenting with a technology that could transform how mining companies dig out rocks in dangerous, pitchblack caves: fully autonomous drones.

Commentary: Examining the role of early-stage venture capital investment in energy

Between USD 1 billion and USD 4 billion of energy-related early-stage venture capital (VC) deals are made every year. Though small relative to the size of total investment in the energy sector, these investment flows provide valuable information about which technologies are favoured by investors and which ones could make their mark in coming years. These deals also has implications for government policy whose goal is  to help make sure that public and private innovation is delivering the technologies needed to meet energy-system objectives.

4 charts show what’s ahead for renewable energy

In just a couple weeks, world leaders will gather in Paris to hash out a global agreement to combat climate change. On Thursday, top diplomats from the United States and France appeared to butt heads over the legal status of the agreement, with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius criticizing a statement made by Secretary of State John Kerry that the greenhouse gas reduction targets in the agreement will not be legally binding.

Biomass is Renewable Energy from Plants and Animals

Biomass

BIOMASS -- ENERGY FROM PLANT AND ANIMAL MATTER
Biomass is organic material made from plants and animals. Biomass contains stored energy from the sun. Plants absorb the sun's energy in a process called photosynthesis. The chemical energy in plants gets passed on to animals and people that eat them. Biomass is a renewable energy source because we can always grow more trees and crops, and waste will always exist. Some examples of biomass fuels are wood, crops, manure, and some garbage.