Global investment in renewable energy has declined in recent years, down 23 percent since 2011 to total $214 billion last year (excluding large hydro-electric projects). Only $5 billion of that investment came from direct government R&D spending, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, although subsidies estimated at $88 billion annually continue to suppress energy prices.…Read More
Jenny Xie over at Atlantic Cities has a cool story about solar roads – literally just that, solar panels installed directly onto pavement. The project’s designers say that they are satisfied that the technology works, and are working to raise capital to begin manufacturing. They have a prototype parking lot built with support from the…Read More
Almost everyone from across the political spectrum can agree on at least this one thing: the nation’s electric power grid must be made more resilient. The grid has so many vulnerabilities and problems that there is something for almost anyone to latch onto, regardless of area of interest or political perspective. National security experts point…Read More
Subjects: Science, Social Studies
Objective: Students will learn about energy and the environment using an engaging quiz-show format developed by Virginia nonprofit organization The Nature Generation. Content aligned with Virginia’s Standards of Learning for Science.Read More
Objective: Students will understand how solar energy is captured and used as electricity in place of a non-renewable resource.
Overview: The first three activities contained in this packet from the U.S. Department of Energy focus on the practical uses of solar energy. The activities deal with the heating of solids, liquids, and gases.Read More