Advantages and Disadvantages of Hydroelectric Power

While wind and solar get all the attention, there's a quiet achiever doing big things in the background... Hydro! Here we'll explore the advantages and disadvantages of hydroelectric power... and how it fits into the clean energy puzzle. Hydro is widely accepted as a solution that can be implemented right away. We can dam rivers, […]

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How Concentrated Solar Power Works

As the name suggests, concentrated solar power uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's energy onto one point. Let's explore more... Concentrated solar is fundamentally different from the solar photovoltaic (PV) power in that it uses the sun’s heat to generate electricity whereas concentrated solar often uses a solar-thermal method. Solar PV cells rely on the […]

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How Monocrystalline Solar Cells Work

If you see a solar panel, the chances are it's made of monocrystalline solar cells. They are by far the most widely used solar photovoltaic technology. This article looks in detail at how monocrystalline solar panels work. If you're looking for a simple explanation of solar photovoltaics, you may wish to read the article on […]

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Top Solar Energy Companies

The energy game has changed. And this change has given birth to a number of major, fast growing, and innovative solar energy companies. These companies will play a big role in bringing clean power, improving access for developing nations, and driving the energy future. Below we look at some of the top solar energy companies […]

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Hydroelectric Energy - how it works, stats, history, advantages and disadvantages.

Hydroelectric energy is the world’s most used renewable power source today. This article looks at how it works, some of the advantages of hydroelectric energy, and what history has told us about some of the disadvantages. About 20% of the world’s electricity is currently generated from hydropower with China, Canada and Brazil leading in installed […]

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Top Wind Energy Countries

As the focus on clean energy continues to grow, the wind energy industry has received heavy support from governmental bodies all over. Below we'll look at the top countries harnessing wind energy today. One country stands out above the rest, China. While still being considered a developing country [4], China has accomplished a feat sought […]

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Hybrid Energy Systems

"Hybrid" refers to something that combines different elements. Hybrid technology has advanced rapidly, giving birth to hybrid cars, groundbreaking communications tech, smart-houses, and eco homes. Similarly, hybrid energy systems have been designed to generate electricity from different sources, such solar panels and wind turbines. Hybrid energy systems often consist of a combination between fossil fuels […]

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Assessing Locations for Wind Power Generation

Wind power plants can't be setup everywhere. Certain conditions make some locations favourable for wind power projects, other sites unfit for any installations. We'll explore these below. Wind power has boomed in recent years. For example, China DOUBLED their wind power capacity from 2009 to 2011 [1] . Nevertheless, there are several factors that limit […]

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