Author: EnergyRefuge.com


A Brazilian utility has become home to the largest rooftop solar power farm in Latin America. The farm is installed at the administrative headquarters of Eletrosul in Santa Catarina (Brazil) and can generate up to 1.2 GWh per year. Dubbed Read more…


GM has released the results of a survey about the use of its EV model Volt, which was released in late 2010. It looked at the use of Volt by more than 300 drivers in California. The main find: more Read more…


The Government of Gibraltar in Southern Spain recently signed a deal with Israeli renewable energy company, which includes the installation of a 0.5MW energy device on Gibraltar’s east side. There are plans to expand it to 5MW if the project Read more…


In order to reach their goal of generating 10% of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020, the government of Jordan has awarded a contract to a emerging solar energy company based in Portugal. Ma’an, Jordan will soon be Read more…


We recently came across a smartly produced video by the Department of Energy explaining how sunlight becomes electricity through PV panels. Here’s an excerpt of the video: “Sunlight is made of tiny packages of energy called photons. These photons radiate Read more…


Scheduled for a 2012 release date, the V60 is the first diesel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the world. According to Technologic Vehicles, the V60 features three driving modes: Pure (electric only), Hybrid (default mode) and Power, when the engines Read more…


Students at Fundação Educacional Inaciana (FEI) in Brazil have developed two car prototypes whose goal is to be light and economical. One of them is made of aluminium, but the one that really caught our attention is a vehicle that Read more…


Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md) have joined forces to sponsor a bill that ends the refundable Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC). This tax credit subsidizes the blending of corn-based ethanol into gasoline. The legislation, if Read more…


As we look for ways to reduce our dependence on finite oil reserves that emit greenhouse gases and cause climate change, the solutions will come in varied forms. One company that is researching a novel way to turn waste into Read more…


Students from the University of Pennsylvania are preparing to show an all-electric race car, the result of a five-year effort carried out by 40 graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Arts and Sciences, Penn Engineering and Wharton. Called Read more…


Some people call them ‘kinetic art sculptures’ while detractors say the investment is not worth it. The fact is that vertical axis wind turbines are constantly evolving and we’re likely to see more of them on top of residences and Read more…


The first hybrid solar power plant in the world was inaugurated in Florida by Florida Power and Light Company at FPL’s Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center. It is one of three solar facilities commissioned by FPL. It features 190,000 Read more…


One happy couple shares their experience of switching from dirty oil to, well, dirty oil – but of the vegetable kind. Diesel engine can run on waste vegetable oil from restaurants, which gives the grease two happy solutions: it prevents Read more…


Some people claim that women tend to be greener than men when it comes to everyday actions we can take to mitigate our impact on the planet. For example, women are more likely to be vegetarian (60 per cent more) Read more…

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