Megan Schutt: Our Renewable Energy
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Megan Schutt: Our Renewable Energy

Does your blog seem a little sluggish?  Wishing you could ditch the coal-burning furnace keeping the internet connection blinking?  Worried that your blog’s carbon footprint is embarrassingly large considering it doesn’t even have feet?  My fellow blogger, you need some renewable energy, which means it’s probably time to call on Megan Schutt. Megan has been … Continue reading

Solar Roadways Revisited: No longer just a viral internet fad, Dutch solar road tests prove their mettle
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Solar Roadways Revisited: No longer just a viral internet fad, Dutch solar road tests prove their mettle

Remember that Indiegogo campaign last year to raise money for solar roads? We do (because we blogged about it). You can check out the ad for the US solar roadway campaign below: This project is still in testing and thanks to crowd funding (of over $2 million) is still in the works. However, across the … Continue reading

Deepwater Wind Project Breaks Ground in Rhode Island
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Deepwater Wind Project Breaks Ground in Rhode Island

I’ve written before about America’s struggle with accepting offshore wind energy development, specifically the controversy surrounding the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts. The process has been fraught with opposition since somebody first though, “Hey, could we get an offshore wind farm here in America.” As a result, it has been sitting in ‘renewable energy project … Continue reading

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Film Friday: Voith Hydro Tidal Turbine

A really informative imagination of what developing a tidal energy farm would look like. The concept in this video is actually a little revolutionary when compared with their cousins, wind turbines. These tidal turbines are capable of harvesting the energy from tidal currents in both directions as they ebb and flood, in a fairly linear … Continue reading

The time is now for alternative energy: can America go 100% renewable?
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The time is now for alternative energy: can America go 100% renewable?

With the release of the most recent IPCC report, comes science-backed news that we have all been expecting. Climate change is occurring at an alarming rate and lifestyle changes must be made to avoid catastrophe. If you need confirmation of this, read the report, or this great story from the New York Times instead. The … Continue reading

NPR interviews Harvey Seim, and I tell you why what we’re doing is awesome
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NPR interviews Harvey Seim, and I tell you why what we’re doing is awesome

[audio http://cpa.ds.npr.org/pre/audio/2014/03/BUOYWINDENERGY-FINAL.mp3] Our department’s chair and my adviser, Harvey Seim, talks to NPR’s Jared Brumbaugh about our research into the offshore wind energy potential in North Carolina. In the next few days, we will be able to launch two buoys that have been down for repairs for almost a year or so. Harvey describes some of … Continue reading