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Fossil fuels will soon be overpowered by renewable energy

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Yes, fossil fuels such as coal and oil still rule the global energy market and renewable energy source still cannot satisfy ever-growing demand for power. But there are many positive signs that things could change in not so distant future.

Climate change cause is often mentioned as the main driving force behind the recent surge in renewable energy technologies. This is only partially true because renewable energy technologies are becoming increasingly relevant in one area that really matters - cost-competitiveness.

Take solar power for instance. The recent report from Guardian says that the cost of solar power have dropped by staggering 85% in the last seven years. Wind power is also becoming cheaper, there are more and more electric vehicles in the roads, and things are really shaping nicely for global renewable energy industry.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 February 2017 13:49 Read more...

New York City To Go For More Renewables

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New York City could soon make switch from nuclear power to renewable energy sources and improved energy efficiency as a three-unit Indian Point Energy Center nuclear power plant is scheduled to be completely shut down by 2021. 

This plant has a capacity of more than 2,000 MW and went online in 1970s. Governer Andrew Cuomo has labeled this plant located just 30 miles from the Big Apple a "ticking time bomb" and made efforts to shut it down as soon as possible.

Governor Cuomo recently announced how he has persuaded plant's owner, a Louisiana-based Entergy to shut down reactors by 2021. According to reports the owner will bear the costs of decommissioning and the state will in turn withdraw all the legal challenges against the plant.

The emphasis on how to replace power from nuclear reactors should be on renewable energy sources coupled with improved energy efficiency. However, some energy experts doubt that this plant could be replaced without using more fossil fuels.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 09:13 Read more...

Japan's solar energy future still uncertain

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It is very difficult to predict the future solar energy development in Japan. After the Fukushima accident the Japanese seemed to abandon nuclear energy and turn to solar and other renewables as replacement options. Since 2012, Japanese government also introduced feed-in-tariffs which forced electricity providers to buy power from renewable energy suppliers.

This opened the door for many large solar energy projects such as massive floating solar farm near Tokyo which should power approximately 5000 average Japanese homes in 2018. 

However, the government support for solar energy seems to be waning in Japan and Tokyo's long-term's commitment to renewables looks seriously in doubt because government is looking to kickstart nuclear energy back in the mix even despite the public perception.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:45 Read more...

Understanding the Different Types of Waste

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Waste materials can be harmful or beneficial depending on their state and how they are handled. If you are looking to recycle, you need to know what type of waste could be beneficial for you and your business. Learning the different types of waste products is the first step in the right direction towards achieving your goals.

Even if you are planning on hiring someone to be doing your waste disposal for you, you should at least familiarize yourself with the process. The idea behind this is to help you identify problems and also be able to contribute whenever there are problems with your waste management. Recycling waste management is a process by which some of the waste is re-used for making other products. When it comes to waste products, they are divided into several distinct groups. Once you understand the type of waste that your business produces will help you to improve your disposal methods. The following are the different types of waste that you can come across:

  • Hazardous Waste
    This waste is harmful to either the environment and/or people. When dealing with hazardous waste, you need to take very great care of how you handle it. In most countries, businesses are encouraged by their government to ensure that they deal with the appropriate authority. Recycling waste management can be a lot tricky when it comes to dealing with hazardous waste. Hazardous materials tend to either be reactive, corrosive, inflammable and toxic. These could easily catch fire, corrode metal, explode or even be poisonous to you and your environment. If you own a business that deals with products that end up as hazardous waste, you should ensure that your employees have the necessary protective wear.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 13:21 Read more...

NEW ERA OF GREEN MOBILE WASTE-TO-ENERGY GENERATION

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Currently, world cities generate about 1.3 billion tons of solid waste per year (or approx. 1.2 kg per person per day). This volume is expected to increase to 2.2 billion tones by 2025.

There is no any optimal solution so far for safe and cost-effective utilization of MSW (Municipal solid waste) and other biomass. Landfilling, incineration and dumping of waste inflict irreparable harm on peoples’ health and environmental well-being, and existing treatment methods are not economically reasonable.

Uncollected wastes (particularly MSW) contributes to flooding, air pollution, and public health impacts, such as respiratory ailments, diarrhea, dengue fever, oncology and many other diseases. In lower income countries waste management is usually a city's largest budgetary item.

Australian developer of Advanced Green Technologies ADGEX Limited is marketing innovative green processor tradenamed “greenBLAZE”.

greenBLAZE is altogether new way of waste-to-energy generation. It is designed for conversion of any type of wastes into high-grade fuel, electricity and heat energy. ADGEX’s processor can treat any sort of carbon-contained materials and wastes, such as municipal solid wastes, household and agriculture wastes, poultry manure, animal waste products, oil sludge, coal of any type and quality and other biomass, at that all feedstock can be mixed and loaded into the machine without preliminary separation.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 11:30 Read more...

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