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Iowa to become nation's wind energy leader

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Could Iowa soon become leading U.S. state in terms of wind power capacity? If we are to believe the recent announcement by MidAmerican Energy company than the answer is one big yes. The company recently announced a major wind energy project, called Wind XI, a gigantic project that once finished will add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa.

If this project would to fully go through the state would satisfy more than 40 percent of its energy needs from wind – roughly enough to power 800,000 homes.

Iowa is already one of nations' renewable energy leaders, in terms of both wind and solar energy production. Every newly installed wind turbine in Iowa means income for farmers as well as jobs for many people.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:11 Read more...
 

The five main advantages of using LED lights

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LED lighting is overtaking conventional lighting in large parts of the modern world. Many people think that LED lighting is a brand new technology but in fact LED lights have been available for some time now. Drastic improvements in costs and efficiency were the driving force behind the rapid progress of LED light technologies.

But let us look more closely at the main advantages of using LED lights.

1. Obviously the most talked about advantage of using LED lights is their long life. We are talking here about the lifespan of up to 100,000 hours. What this basically means that with the average use of 8 hours per day it would take approximately 20 years before you'd be in need of replacing the LED bulb. Though, of course, it is true that over a long period of time the lighting diodes become less bright but this doesn't happen before you enjoy plenty of years with continuous operation.

2. LED lights are energy efficient. The fact is that energy efficiency is of great value to today's modern society. LED bulbs have estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. Traditional light bulbs can provide only around 20% of energy efficiency meaning that lots of energy gets wasted in the process and is turned into heat. Better energy efficiency means also reducing energy bills and saving money, especially on the long run.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2016 12:23 Read more...
 

Wind rules EU clean energy market

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EU continues to push for more clean energy sources, with wind energy leading the way. According to the latest EWEA (European wind energy association) report 13 GW of new wind capacity was added to the EU grid last year. Gas and coal are still the biggest power sources in EU but wind power capacity continues to grow at very high rate.

Wind energy now provides a total of 142GW of capacity in Europe, and is getting close to the capacity of gas and coal. The current EU gas capacity is 192GW and coal capacity is at 159GW.

EU's wind energy leader is Germany, which accounts for almost half of the newly installed capacity, with 6GW being installed in 2015, bringing the country's total installed wind capacity to remarkable 45GW.

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Why solar is the right option for your business?

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Solar energy industry is growing rapidly at all levels, from local to international. And though some people still say that the time of solar revolution still hasn't arrived, there are few facts that say the exactly opposite.

Being environmentally friendly source of energy is something that is well known as one of the main solar energy benefits. But there is plenty more at stake here, it's not only about environment and less CO2 in the atmosphere but also about certain economic benefits.

Solar energy is rapidly growing offering new well paid jobs for many people, and not only that there are also significant tax benefits for households and businesses which make solar installations worth your time and money.

On the long run there are significant savings in form of reduced energy bills. Within a few years an average business can save money and make up for the cost of solar panel installation. Between three and seven years is the average time in which business is able to to pay off their solar panel systems

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Why Anaerobic Digestion Is Environmentally Friendly

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The constant battle to reduce greenhouse gases has resulted in a constant search for more environmentally focused waste disposal systems – from an influx of recycled materials being crafted into other useful objects, through to sourcing eco-friendly treatment systems for our waste water – finding new ways to protect the environment is high on everybody's radar.


The Effect Of Anaerobic Digestion

It is this constantly reaching for better solutions that has driven Anaerobic digestion to where it is now. By combining biodegradable materials, we now have an additional process for creating electricity and organic compost. This means fewer fossil fuels will be burned to heat our homes, chemical fertilisers won't be in such high demand and our food will have a milder treatment system in place.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:31 Read more...
 

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