June 6, 2014
Renewable energy is a hot topic with climate change, greenhouse gas emission reduction, and taking better care of the environment becoming a part of daily household conversation. After all, we all want to live in a place where the air is healthy to breathe and water clean to drink. This week, Eco News Network features our picks for the Top 3 renewable energy news stories of the week.
Solar Roadways Could Power Cities
The Hattiesburg American reported that a company called Solar Roadways wants to eliminate fossil fuel use for road construction and use solar panels instead. How exactly? By covering every inch of the road with solar panels. The company’s founders, Scott and Julie Brusaw, say that Solar Roadways solar panels can light roads, melt snow, prevent ice buildup, power cities and still have energy left over. How you ask? Scott and Julie Brusaw have created a test solar roadway in the parking lot outside of their lab to perfect the idea and after making a few adjustments, they say it works. Still in the early stages, but an interesting renewable energy idea to watch nonetheless.
Nearly Silent Wind Turbines
Treehugger.com reported that a Dutch renewable energy company called The Archimedes has created nearly silent vertical wind turbines that can convert wind into energy. The Liam F1 turbine could produce 1,500 kWh of energy at wind speeds of 5m/s, which is estimated to generate half of an average household’s energy use. I wonder how much energy it can produce in the windy city of Chicago! To learn more, watch this video.
Solar Panels Create Pollution in China
In an effort to help the environment China ended up harming it. Businessweek reported that China’s solar panel production created twice as much greenhouse gas than solar panels created in Europe, according to a study done by Northwestern University and the U.S. Department of Energy. The South China Morning Post said this may have occurred because China has fewer environmental and efficiency standards, they produce more coal pollution.
Photo Credits: Solar Roadways graphic design by Sam Cornett; Michel Van Nederveen; Flickr/Wayne National Forest