Energy 101: Solar PV

May 25, 2011 by  
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Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can generate clean, cost-effective power anywhere the sun shines. This video shows how a PV panel converts the energy of the sun into renewable electricity to power homes and businesses.

Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power

May 15, 2011 by  
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From towers to dishes to linear mirrors to troughs, concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies reflect and collect solar heat to generate electricity. A single CSP plant can generate enough power for about 90000 homes. This video explains what CSP is, how it works, and how systems like parabolic troughs produce renewable power. For more information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s CSP research, see the Solar Energy Technology Program’s Concentrating Solar Power Web page at www1.eere.energy.gov

Germany’s First Offshore Wind Farm in the Baltic

May 10, 2011 by  
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www.dailyenergyreport.com; Angela Merkel watches on as her nation’s first offshore wind plant in the Baltic Sea is inaugurated. Also, the DOE’s National Science Bowl comes to a close, giving the first place prize to one lucky high school and middle school team. OUR FACEBOOK www.facebook.com OUR TWITTER: www.twitter.com

A Look at Floating Wind Farms: Harnessing Offshore Energy

May 6, 2011 by  
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Complete Premium video at: fora.tv Habib Dagher, Structural Engineering Professor at the University of Maine, describes the concept of offshore wind turbines that float in deep water. Currently, the only fully operational floating wind turbine in the world is located in Norway and serves as a model for a planned offshore wind farm in Maine. Ironically, engineers borrowed the design from floating oil and gas rigs. —– Habib Dagher, the Bath Iron Works Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Maine, is the founding director of the AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Established by the National Science Foundation in 1996, the interdisciplinary AEWC Center is a world leader in the development of cost-effective, high performance hybrid composite materials for construction applications. The center recently received million in funding from the Department of Energy for the development of offshore wind energy off Maine’s coast. – Chautauqua Institution Dr. Habib Dagher is Professor of Civil/Structural Engineering at the University of Maine, Bath Iron Works Professor of Structural Engineering, and founding Director of the AEWC Advanced Structures & Composites Center.

Energy 101: Wind Turbines

April 25, 2011 by  
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See how wind turbines generate clean electricity from the power of the wind. Highlighted are the various parts and mechanisms of a modern wind turbine.