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Alternative and Renewable Energy Links and Resources

Some of the useful Alternative Energy links we have found on the web

Special thanks to the kids at After School Care Program for sending this link to Semper Solaris- "Teaching Kids About Renewable Energy", and a special thanks to Semper Solaris for teaching the kids!

 Semper Solaris

Here is an interesting article on Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards in the USA. 


Shared by student Emma at Technology Education Lab.  Thank you Emma!




Alternative and Renewable Energy--What is Biomass?

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Biomass Program develops technology for conversion of biomass (plant-derived material) to valuable fuels, chemicals, materials and power, so as to reduce dependence on foreign oil and foster growth of biorefineries. Biomass is one of our most important energy resources. The largest U.S. renewable energy source every year since 2000, it also provides the only renewable alternative for liquid transportation fuel. Biomass use strengthens rural economies, decreases America's dependence on imported oil, avoids use of MTBE or other highly toxic fuel additives, reduces air and water pollution, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Today's biomass uses include ethanol, biodiesel, biomass power, and industrial process energy.


  Biodiesel: The Sustainability Dimensions.


Photo courtesy of USDA ARS.

Biodiesel is a renewable and environmentally friendly fuel. This publication surveys many dimensions of biodiesel production and use. Net energy balance, sustainable bioenergy crops, scale of production, consumer access and the economics of biodiesel are all critical when discussing a sustainable energy future for this country. Above all, increased fuel efficiency and possibly increased diesel engine use in the United States will be needed in order for biodiesel to become a significant part of our energy future.


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Renewable Energy: What Is a Biorefinery?

A biorefinery is a facility that integrates biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce fuels, power, and chemicals from biomass. The biorefinery concept is analogous to today's petroleum refineries, which produce multiple fuels and products from petroleum. Industrial biorefineries have been identified as the most promising route to the creation of a new domestic biobased industry.

By producing multiple products, a biorefinery can take advantage of the differences in biomass components and intermediates and maximize the value derived from the biomass feedstock. A biorefinery might, for example, produce one or several low-volume, but high-value, chemical products and a low-value, but high-volume liquid transportation fuel, while generating electricity and process heat for its own use and perhaps enough for sale of electricity. The high-value products enhance profitability, the high-volume fuel helps meet national energy needs, and the power production reduces costs and avoids greenhouse-gas emissions.

See National Renewable Energy Laboratory for more on this topic

What Alternative Energy options are Available for farms?

(From Alternative Farming Systems Information Center)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory states that many renewable energy technologies are available for use on farms or ranches. Agribusiness opportunities in renewable energy include growing crops for production of biofuels or bioproducts, and leasing land to utility companies for the operation of wind turbines.

Technologies that are commercially available today for farms and ranches include:

  • Biofuels

  • Biopower

  • Bioproducts

  • Geothermal heat pumps

  • Geothermal direct use

  • Hydroelectric power

  • Passive solar heating

  • Photovoltaic (solar cell) systems

  • Solar hot water systems

  • Wind energy”

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Thermal Conversion Process turns almost anything to oil:

The process is designed to handle almost any waste product imaginable, including turkey offal, tires, plastic bottles, harbor-dredged muck, old computers, municipal garbage, cornstalks, paper-pulp effluent, infectious medical waste, oil-refinery residues, even biological weapons such as anthrax spores. According to Brian Appel, chairman and CEO of Changing World Technologies, waste goes in one end and comes out the other as three products, all valuable and environmentally benign: high-quality oil, clean-burning gas, and purified minerals that can be used as fuels, fertilizers, or specialty chemicals for manufacturing.

Changing World Technologies has been working for several years to develop and fine tune this technology, and it really is amazing.

See full stories below:

Warning, the turkey parts pictures are a bit grisly.

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Renewable Energy Resources

Federal Biomass Program
DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

American Council on Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Access

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)

Renewable Energy Statistics from the Energy Information Administration

Alternative Energy Blog

Fresh Energy

Wind Energy Resources

American Wind Energy Association

National Wind Coordinating Committee

National Wind Technology Center

U.S. Wind Energy Resources Map


Wind and Wave Energy Weblog

The Wind Turbine Blog

Geothermal Resources

U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program

Relevant Geothermal Laws and Standards

U.S. Geothermal Resources Map

Geothermal Resources Council

Geothermal Energy Association

Geothermal Education Office

A Virtual Geothermal Energy Tour
(via Calenergy)

Solar Resources

American Solar Energy Society

Solar Energy Industries Association

DOE Solar Energy Website

SolarBuzz News

SOL Energy On-line

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Resources

American Hydrogen Association

Canadian Hydrogen Association

DOE Hydrogen Technologies Website

Fuel Cell Today

Fuel Cell Today

Hydrogen Now!

National Hydrogen Association


The Hydrogen Energy Center

Fuel Cell Works

Fuel Cell World

Hydro & Ocean/Wave Resources

Low-impact Hydro Institute

National Hydropower Association

Hydro Research Foundation

U.S. Department of Energy Ocean Energy Website

Wind and Wave Energy Weblog

Biomass Resources

U.S. Department of Energy Biomass Program

American Bioenergy Association

The Biomass Energy Resource Center

Biomass Energy Research Association

Northeast Regional Biomass Program

UC Davis California Biomass Collaborative