Hydrogen-fueled Drone,

Now a Reality


Micro Multi Copters Aero Technology Co., Inc. (MMC), a world-class hardware developer for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has launched the HyDrone 1800 (HyDrone), its ground-breaking hydrogen-fueled drone. HyDrone's alternative source of energy keeps it in the air for more than 4 hours, gives it a radius of up to 100km with a live video stream, and works in temperatures below -20 Celsius.


HyDrone's 4-hour flight time and one minute charging time stand as the best long endurance...MORE


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Philadelphia Celebrates Earth Day With 35th Anniversary of Clean Air Council's Run for Clean Air


Clean Air Council presents Philadelphia's largest Earth Day celebration with the 35th Run for Clean Air Presented by Toyota Hybrids. Nearly 2,500 participants ran and walked on Saturday, April 16, 2016, that started at 7:00am, outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Participants choose from four races (5K Run, PHLY 10K Run, 3K Walk, Kids' fun run) while family and friends cheered them on. Afterwards, they enjoyed Earth Day at a special open-air festival in front of the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art that featured an eco-beer garden, food and drink, games, vendors, music and interactive displays.


"During the 35 years it has existed, the Run for Clean Air has grown and become a significant source of funds to support the Council's mission to protect...MORE


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World leaders to sign Paris climate agreement on

Earth Day


Photo by: Earth Day in KAMIYAMA


In less than five days, over one billion people in 192 countries will take action to protect our shared environment. All across the globe, in big cities to small villages and everything in-between, people are organizing, demanding climate action, cleaning up their local communities, meeting with their elected officials, planting trees, and teaching their children to protect our planet...MORE



First Community Solar Power Plant at

Grand Valley State University



Days after it closed seven Michigan coal plants, Consumers Energy today started operations at its first large-scale solar project on 17 acres at Grand Valley State University.


"The first location in our Solar Gardens program demonstrates our commitment to building a sustainable... MORE



Battery Storage For Offshore Wind Power: BATWIND


 

The world’s first floating wind farm will have energy storage added after completion under a recently-inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).


The 35 MW Hywind Scotland wind far, located 25km from Scotland’s Aberdeenshire coast, will consist of...MORE




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Description: The Tides of Change



What an interesting journey for Dr. Reza Hashemi:  born in Iran, forced out early fleeing to UK, then going back to Iran for a PhD in civil engineering at Shiraz University, a second PhD at the University of Wales (UK) and now a teacher and researcher at a major oceanography university in RI.  Wow, and still so young.

URI is very happy to have Dr. Hashemi as part of the team as he studies ocean physics and helps us predict coastal problems, including flooding and erosion, and helps move along the technology around wave and tidal energy.

Dr. Hashemi got our attention right away when he told us the oceans worldwide, using tide and wave renewables, could power our global appetite for electricity.  But, how do we do that in a way that makes financial sense for the developer?  Do the different forms compliment one another?   How much have we learned from France, who has been using tidal energy for many years?

All great questions that made for a intriguing conversation.  It is not often that we see an ocean as both a destroyer of homes and businesses, as the surge of climate change batters our coastlines, and a solution to climate change as it produces clean energy to help power a hungry, growing world.

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