NASA research into the development of clean energy

Clean Energy

Researchers at NASA Ames are conducting cutting-edge research in the development of clean energy technologies for NASA mission needs in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and the Science Mission Directorate. Our renewable energy focus is on advancing biofuels, solar, and wind technologies that also help reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum-based fuels. By advancing clean energy technologies, NASA Ames hopes to help our nation reduce its generation of greenhouse gases and create a sustainable future here on Earth.

View online video archives of the Council on Competitiveness Western Energy Summit, courtesy of Clean Skies TV. The event was held at NASA Ames Research Center on July 30, 2009. Here’s the press release. Continue reading “NASA research into the development of clean energy”

How Renewable Energy Can Save Us from Climate Change

Renewable energy is power generated from sources that are adequately replenished. It includes solar energy, wind energy, hydroelectric, tides, biomass, and geothermal heat. Some sources also consider hydrogen and fuel cells as a form of renewable energy.

Renewable energy should not be confused with alternative energy. The difference is that alternative energy specifically avoids fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas, and coal. It doesn’t harm the environment or add greenhouse gases that add to global warming. For example, wood burning is not alternative energy because it leads to deforestation and adds greenhouse gases. But it is a source of biomass renewable energy in that new trees can be grown.

Hydroelectric power is both renewable and alternative. But many in the environment movement frown on reliance on this source. It can disturb salmon runs, endangering not only the salmon but also the orcas and bears that feed on them. It also uses massive quantities of cement which emits greenhouse gases in its production. Continue reading “How Renewable Energy Can Save Us from Climate Change”

5 reasons we should be optimistic about the world’s clean energy future

Five recent interlinked trends have great potential to prevent the worst ravages of climate change and ensure people worldwide have access to the energy and economic opportunities they need to enjoy healthier and more prosperous lives.

The Key Trends

Solar is leading renewables to new heights. The cost of solar power has been declining dramatically for years, and it has now become the cheapest option in many economies. China, Europe, India and the United States have driven solar’s rise in recent years. But solar projects are now springing up fast in many countries across the globe, ranging from Vietnam to the United Arab Emirates, and from Egypt to Brazil. Meanwhile, offshore wind has achieved game-changing technological leaps and cost declines that give it the potential to become a key source of clean power in many parts of the world. Continue reading “5 reasons we should be optimistic about the world’s clean energy future”

McKinstry to install four solar arrays in western Arkansas


US National construction firm McKinstry will build four new solar systems for municipalities in western Arkansas. The solar arrays should generate more than 6 million kWh of energy each year, saving close to $350,000 in utility costs for Sebastian County, Miller County, and the City of Nashville, Arkansas.

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World’s largest solar project to provide record-low energy tariffs


The Al Dhafra project in Abu Dhabi is set to be the largest solar plant in the world, with the capacity to power approximately 160,000 households across the UAE with electricity. Now, Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower) has announced that not only will the project break records for its size, it will also provide the cheapest tariff for solar power anywhere in the globe.

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