French power station generates energy from cheese

A by-product of Beaufort cheese, skimmed whey, is converted into biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide, at the plant in Albertville, in Savoie in the French Alps. Bacteria are added to the whey to produce the gas, which is then used to generate electricity that is sold to the energy company EDF. “WheyContinue reading “French power station generates energy from cheese”

U.S. Navy Has Found A Way To Turn Seawater Into Fuel

Scientists with the United States Navy say they have successfully developed a way to convert seawater into jet fuel, calling it a potentially revolutionary advancement. Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed technology to extract carbon dioxide from seawater while simultaneously producing hydrogen, and then converted the gasses into hydrocarbon liquid fuel. The systemContinue reading “U.S. Navy Has Found A Way To Turn Seawater Into Fuel”

How this family of four lives ‘off the grid’ in the middle of the desert

<img src=“https://itsinterestingdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/living-off-the-grid.jpg&#8221; alt=”living off the grid” width=”614″ height=”429″ class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-7407″ /> At a time when we carry computers in our pockets and our cars practically do the driving for us, a certain subset of people have willingly chosen to cut the cord on modern American life — for good. Off-the-grid living — that is,Continue reading “How this family of four lives ‘off the grid’ in the middle of the desert”

Megatons To Megawatts: Russian Warheads Fuel U.S. Power Plants

Here’s a remarckable fact: For the past two decades, 10 percent of all the electricity consumed in the United States has come from Russian nuclear warheads. It was all part of a deal struck at the end of the Cold War. That deal wraps up today, when the final shipment of fuel arrives at aContinue reading “Megatons To Megawatts: Russian Warheads Fuel U.S. Power Plants”

New Solar Plant in Arizona Powers 70,000 Homes Day Or Night

Outside Phoenix, Ariz., on Wednesday, a power company turned on one of the largest solar power plants of its kind in the world. But unlike other solar farms, this plant continues giving power to 70,000 Arizona households long after the sunset. The Solana plant uses 3,200 mirrors that are tilted so they focus the sun’sContinue reading “New Solar Plant in Arizona Powers 70,000 Homes Day Or Night”

Are we on the cusp of a solar energy boom?

Solar power is getting much easier to store — and at a much cheaper price The total solar energy hitting the Earth each year is equivalent to 12.2 trillion watt-hours. That’s over 20,000 times more than the total energy all of humanity consumes each year. And yet photovoltaic solar panels, the instruments that convert solarContinue reading “Are we on the cusp of a solar energy boom?”

Norway Begins Four Year Test Of Thorium Nuclear Reactor

A Norwegian company is breaking with convention and switching to an alternative energy it hopes will be safer, cleaner and more efficient. But this isn’t about ditching fossil fuels, but rather about making the switch from uranium to thorium. Oslo based Thor Energy is pairing up with the Norwegian government and US-based (but Japanese/Toshiba owned)Continue reading “Norway Begins Four Year Test Of Thorium Nuclear Reactor”