The leading US provider of offshore windpower, Deepwater Wind, is planning to construct the country’s first offshore wind farm in Rhode Island, which CEO William Moore, hopes to turn into a string of East Coast farms.
Construction of the $250 million Block Island Wind Farm project starts on 2014, ahead of a similar facility planned by Cape Wind.
Deepwater Wind has already filed the necessary permit applications on Tuesday with the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for the development of the 30-megawatt project.
The privately-held company is also looking at wind farm projects across the Atlantic Coast, including three 1,000-MW projects to that could serve up to 350,000 homes. Deepwater Wind has reassured concerned groups that the Block Island project has no environmental impediments.
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Energetics (also called “energy economics”) is the study of energy under transformation (“energy conversion”), or the process of changing one form of energy to another.
Because energy flows at all scales, from the quantum level to the biosphere and cosmos, energetics is a very broad discipline, encompassing for example: thermodynamics, the branch if natural science concerned with heat and its relation to other forms of energy and work; chemistry, the science of matter, especially its chemical reactions, but also its composition, structure and properties; biological energetics/thermodynamics (“bioenergetics”), the study of energy transformation in the biological sciences; biochemistry, sometimes called “biological chemistry,” the study of chemical processes in living organisms, including, but not limited to, living matter; and, ecological energetics, the quantitative study of the flow of energy through ecological systems.
Where each branch of energetic begins and ends is a topic of constant debate. For example, Lehninger (1973, p.21) contended that when the science of thermodynamics deals with energy exchanges of all types, it can be called energetics.
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Rising power prices has forced society into rethinking how we can prevent the complete depletion of energy resources. Alternative power like wind and solar has been constantly turned to, and new energy-efficient technologies are being used in the construction, transportation, and agricultural industry to name a few. But on a community level, going green is still hampered by cost. Current non-renewable energy resources remain cheaper.
ZDNET Australia held a special webinar on how to go green without breaking the bank. The talk was led by professor Alemayehu Molla from RMIT University’s Green IT Observatory, and Graeme Philipson, technology writer and founder of Connection Research. Phil Dobbie will host the event.
The focus of the webinar was on the use green technology in the IT sector. The talk also focused on the economic realities which challenge the efficient use of green technology; the delivery of environmentally sustainable technologies; and overcoming barriers which prevent the uptake of green technology.
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