Category: Articles

Minding the Alternative Energy Commercialization Gap

The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy last week unveiled its Bioeconomy Blueprint, a collection of actions for federal agencies to promote economic growth based on advances in life sciences research. But also last week, an entrepreneur and financial adviser in the energy field pointed out in a paper that for the government… ( read more )

Alternative Energy Curriculum Blowing Students Away in New Haven

Students at New Haven’s Endeavour Middle School are being blown away by the school’s new alternative energy curriculum. The school’s new 60-foot tall wind turbine … is also being blown away but in a bit more literal way. The wind turbine was installed at the school to help the students get hands-on with the wind… ( read more )

Metal Roofing Is a Greener Alternative to Asphalt Shingles

Don Hickman’s slogan for his company, Hickman Metal Roofing in Gainesville, Florida, is, “This ain’t your granddad’s tin roof!” Metal roofs have evolved significantly from the days when they were most commonly used on barns. Today’s metal roofs come in a variety of styles and colors and can even look like slate and asphalt shingles…. ( read more )

Crowds at Florida Home Show Attracted by Energy Conserving Ideas

The economy may be on the upswing, but it was clear at Saturday’s North Central Florida Home Show in Gainesville that whatever additional cash people may have in their pockets, they don’t want to spend it on heating and cooling their homes. Vendors selling energy-saving materials from reflective insulation to solar panels were popular stops… ( read more )

Will Alternative Energy Ever Go Mainstream?

The problem in evaluating various forms of power is that two critical elements of the debate — and the efficiency of the energy source — are often ignored, or wind up buried beneath “statistics” designed to sway the heart instead of the brain. In many cases, an ignorant public and a highly divided political system… ( read more )