Your information source for the Everglades University Library system.

You can click on the following alphabetically-arranged headings to see each section, or you can just keep scrolling down to browse through them:

Biofuels

Climate Change

Environmental Science

Fuel Cell Technology

General Alternative & Renewable Energy Sites

Hydroelectric Power

Nuclear Energy

Policy and Legislation

Project Management

Safety

Solar Energy

Wind Energy

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Biofuels

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center: Read authoritative government info from the DOE’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), related to alternative fueling stations, laws, project incentives, data analysis, and trends.

Bioenergy Feedstock Information Network (BFIN): A center for current bioenergy feedstock info, gathered from a number of national laboratories.

Biofuels, Biodiesel and Ethanol – The New York Times: Read current news updates about projects and trends occurring throughout the world, and also check out links to headlines from around the web, multimedia options, and the NYT’s own links to authoritative biofuels info.

BiofuelsWatch.com: A general, comprehensive website dealing with all aspects of the biofuels industry.

EERE’s Biomass Program: The DOE’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has launched this program to promote the use of  biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. This site includes info on: feedstocks and logistics; processing & conversion; biorefineries, and much more.

NREL – Learning – Biofuels: From the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, read a general introduction to biofuels, and then learn more about the NREL’s research into biomass and biodiesel energy.

The Sugar Belt – Redefining “Extractive” Industry in the Era of Biofuel Development: This scholarly paper explores what standards should apply for extracting biofuels from sugar cane plantations.

Gas Products: Truth or Bust? A portal with resources on fuel efficient vehicles and fuel information.

Climate Change

Gateway to the UN System’s Work on Climate Change: Resources that explain new developments among governments all over the world, as a result of UN climate change summits affecting their laws and practices.

IMF Survey – Climate Change and the Global Economy: Gives facts about how climate change requires the global economy to shift from a foundation of non-renewable fossil fuels to a foundation of renewable energy.

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change: Reaches out to scientists, policymakers, businesspeople and the general public, for the purpose of solving our planet’s climate change crisis.

US EPA – Climate Change: Multi-faceted site that provides comprehensive info related to climate change, both on a local and national level, so readers can become aware and get involved in solutions.

World Bank – Climate Change: Focuses especially on how climate change is affecting developing countries.

Environmental Science:

Encyclopedia of Earth: A collection of expert-reviewed articles about humans’ interactions with the environment, written without jargon or overly technical language.

EnviroLink: Provides news headlines, community resources, and free web information related to the environmental health of the planet.

Environmental News Network: An aggregator of environmental news, as well as a body of researchers and educators who focus on environmental science.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The federal agency that monitors and protects our country’s environmental resources and habitats.

Florida Center for Environmental Studies: Promotes understanding of Florida’s tropical and subtropical coastal, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems. Also includes news about green energy projects off Florida’s coasts.

GreenPeace USA: Activist group that tries to expose environmental concerns, so as to bring them to the attention of the public and policymakers.

National Council for Science and the Environment: Dedicated to spreading information that improves the scientific basis for environmental policy decisions.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Provides citizens, planners and managers with crucial info about oceanic and atmospheric energy and sustainability.

Union of Concerned Scientists: An alliance of over 250,000 citizens and scientists, who voice consensus opinions about the health of Earth’s environment.

Fuel Cell Technology:

A Basic Overview of Fuel Cell Technology: A good introduction, from the Smithsonian Institute.

EERE – Fuel Cell Technologies: Find authoritative introductions to all aspects of the fuel cell industry. Includes news and event updates, a market and commercialization report, and a special section on the fuel cell opportunities included in 2009’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), otherwise known as the stimulus bill.

Fuel Cell Vehicles: From FuelEconomy.gov, a division of the Department of Energy, this site includes info on the science behind how fuel cells work; benefits and challenges that fuel cell vehicle technology presents, in contrast to regularly-fueled vehicles; and videos and other helpful links.

FuelCell Energy: This comprehensive website gives fuel cell news updates as well as info on products, technology, markets, R & D and, investing.

Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell Technology: From the DOE’s website, this section on high-temperature molten carbonate fuel cells distinguishes their benefits from those associated with lower-temperature fuel cells like PEM cells.

ScienceDaily – Fuel Cell News: Browse through hundreds of recent stories.

General Alternative & Renewable Energy Sites:

Alliance to Save Energy: Educates the public about technologies that improve energy efficiency, and ensures that policymakers have the tools they need to write energy legislation.

Building Technologies Program: U.S. Department of Energy’s site for commercial and residential building initiatives.

Cato Institute – Energy and Environment: Promotes free-market solutions to energy and environment problems, as opposed to solutions mandated by government.

Competitive Enterprise Institute – Energy and Environment: Advocates for energy solutions that foster free enterprise and competition in the private sector.

DOE Basic Energy Sciences: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science gives you reliable, extensive information about many energy sciences.

DOE Green Energy Portal: This is an excellent one-stop resource that allows students to search through thousands of DOE-sponsored projects and research, via a convenient, Google-like search interface.

DOE Pulse: Publishes cutting-edge energy research done by over 30,000 scientists working at the Department of Energy’s national laboratories.

Energy Citations Database: Provides over 2.4 million scholarly citations, related to subjects of interest to the Department of Energy — including environmental science, engineering, climatology, oceanography and other topics involved in the use of renewable energy.

Environment and Energy Publishing: Covers daily news updates pertaining to energy, environmental and climate policy.

Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University: A policy group that explores the intersection of technology, economics and renewable energy developments.

The Heritage Foundation – Energy and Environment: Advocates for energy solutions that feature competitive pricing and incentives, so as to minimize governmental intrusion.

International Society for Industrial Ecology: Promotes the use of innovative industrial ecology projects that are environmentally-friendly as well as economically viable; also, fosters the flow of resource sharing between managers, scientists and policy experts.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE): This office invests in clean-energy projects and implements solutions to our nation’s addiction to foreign oil.

The Office of Fossil Energy: Works to make non-renewable energy options like coal and gas more energy-efficient and less damaging to the environment (e.g., carbon capture and storage, or CCS, plants).

Penn Energy: Headlines, product news, and links to books and much more — all related to every facet of the energy industries (both renewable and non-renewable).

The Reason Foundation – Energy: This libertarian think-tank criticizes energy solutions that are written and dictated by governmental agencies.

Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP): Features online discussion boards and other educational tools that promote renewable energy solutions.

Renewable Energy Resources – A Research Guide for Students: Includes up-to-date websites organized by renewable energy categories.

Renewable Energy World Magazine: “World’s #1 renewable energy network for news and information” (quoted from the site).

Rocky Mountain Institute: This “think-and-do tank” of over 90 staff members works to find sustainable ways to exploit the earth’s resources.

ScienceDaily – Energy Technology News: Browse through hundreds of recent stories.

Smart Growth Partnership: Its mission is to provide sustainable green communities in the South Florida area by promoting the development of green technology, transportation and economics.

United Nations – Environment and Energy Statistics: Up-to-date resources that will support student research into global energy disparities, the economics of global energy transfer, and the world’s hot spots where sustainable energy projects are growing.

US Energy Information Administration: Promotes impartial and objective understanding of critical issues related to energy use, economics and distribution.

Hydroelectric Power

EnergyTrust of Oregon – Hydroelectric Power: Get an example of how a state organization handles project incentives, financial assistance, and eligibility requirements when one is considering a new hydroelectric energy project.

Environmental Literacy Council – Hydroelectric Power: Get a general introduction to the topic, then scroll down for data, maps, laws, treaties, viewpoints and classroom resources.

Florida DEP – Water Supply Planning: Explains new developments in the area of Florida’s water conservation, supply, consumption and planning. Looks ahead to the future of water sustainability in the state.

Hydro Review: Find events, headlines, financial data and more resources related to the hydropower industry.

TVA – Hydroelectric Power: From the Tennessee Valley Authority’s website, with a description, diagram and video of a generic hydroelectric dam and a pumped storage facility.

USGS Florida Water Science Center: Includes reliable information about aquifers, hydroelectric projects, and water supply sustainability in the state of Florida.

World Ocean Database: Search global ocean info according to a number of different criteria (coordinates, observation dates, country, project number, etc.).

Nuclear Energy

Department of Energy – Office of Nuclear Energy: Promotes the study and use of nuclear energy “through research, development and demonstration.”

The Future of Nuclear Power: An interdisciplinary study carried out by MIT. Includes a 2009 summary update.

The History of Nuclear Power Safety: Includes a clickable timeline with influential 20th century events.

Nuclear Energy Institute: News, stats, financial info, career resources, and much more related to the nuclear energy industry.

ScienceDaily – Nuclear Energy News: Browse through hundreds of recent stories.

University of Wisconsin Nuclear Reactor Laboratory: The lab promotes scientific understanding of how nuclear reactors work.

Policy and Legislation:

Congress.org: Read about recently proposed legislation that affects the renewable energy industries.

House Energy and Commerce Committee: Learn about what current renewable energy issues are being discussed in the US House of Representatives.

Open Congress: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009: Read about the “cap and trade” legislation that passed in the House of Representatives in 2009 — this sort of energy trading plan would strongly influence the future development of renewable energy projects.

Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Learn about what current renewable energy issues are being discussed in the US Senate.

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG): Activist group that stands up to powerful corporate lobbyists who influence politicians and spread misinformation.

Worldwatch Institute: Independent research group that urges policymakers to combat resource degradation, overpopulation, energy waste and pollution.

Project Management:

Building a ‘Margin of Safety’ into Renewable Energy Procurements: This scholarly paper explores the risk of “contract failure” — when renewable energy projects fail to move forward according to the contracted schedule.

EERE Project Management Center: Find newsletters, lots of good links, and other info on business opportunities, meetings, workshops and recipient resources.

Guide to Business Law: Provides lots of free links to organizations, publications and websites related to the fundamentals of business law.

Guides for Doing Business with the Government: Gives a selection of web links where students can find out what is involved in contracting and carrying through a green energy project with a government agency.

Northwest Community Energy – Project Management: Get an introduction to planning, project phases, cost and risk management, procurement and professional assistance.

Renewable Energy Projects: Project Management Opportunities, Challenges and Risks: From the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (ASAPM), this 6-page PDF file gives a very nice summary of renewable energy project management trends for the near future.

Small Business Administration: Provides financial assistance, contractual info, counseling, and other forms of support for those considering the start of a new business or project.

Safety:

American Public Power Association – Safety: Safety articles, rules, products and awards.

DOE – Safety and Health: The Office of Health, Safety and Security monitors and protects worker safety in all energy industries, including alternative and renewable energy industries. Find lots of resources here.

EMF Health Report: Presents research about the long-term health effects of being around electro-magnetic frequencies at the workplace.

FERC – Hydropower: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oversees all national hydropower safety issues. Read here about licensing, compliance and dam safety inspections.

Health and Safety Concerns of Photovoltaic Solar Panels: A very good, easily readable and authoritative government document that you can read as an Adobe PDF file.

Nuclear Energy Institute – Safety and Security: Read about the extreme security measures that nuclear power plants take to prevent threats to workers and citizens.

The Oregon Public Utility Commission’s Electric and Natural Gas Safety Division: Check out codes, tips and other resources related to protecting workers’ safety around electric power sources.

SEIA – Environment, Health and Safety: In January 2011, the Solar Energy Industries Association submitted comments pertaining to solar energy safety codes to the IGCC’s Environment, Health and Safety Board. You can read the comments here in Adobe PDF form.

Solar Energy:

Arizona Solar Center: While this site focuses on Arizona, the news updates, resource directory, and economic & technological info will still be useful for Everglades students.

EERE — Solar Energy Technologies Program: Aims to promote a growing industry that leads to US job creation and a healthier, more energy-efficient planet.

Florida Solar Energy Center: Conducts new research, certifies new systems, and educates the public about solar energy issues within the state of Florida.

Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FLASEIA): You can become a member of this organization, or just read the site’s news updates, legislative reports, informative brochures, and many other helpful things. Also tells about upcoming state events.

Photovoltaics World Magazine: Covers solar cell design and manufacture, concentrator technology, and other forms of solar power generation.

ScienceDaily – Solar Energy News: Browse through hundreds of recent stories.

Solar Energy Basics: From the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this site covers everything a novice needs to know about photovoltaic and passive solar technology, solar water heating, and solar process heat.

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): Gives updates on state and federal solar energy issues, and works to remove market barriers and educate the public about solar energy’s many benefits. Includes executive summaries that you can download.

Solar Energy International: Provides online education about solar energy, through workshops, courses, a bookstore, and more.

Wind Energy

Alternative Energy Institute: “The major information resource for wind energy in the state of Texas” (quoted from the site). Offers data collection resources, seminars, workshops, evaluation of wind turbines, and more.

American Wind Energy Association: Gives info on many aspects of the wind industry, from small scale projects to large wind farm projects, and more.

Bureau of Land Management – Wind Energy: A fact sheet and map, as well as links to protocols, policy acts and development plans.

DOE – Wind and Water Power Program: News, events, financial opportunities and much more.

Global Wind Energy Council: This is a terrific site with a world wind energy map, news updates, regional info, a resource library, and much more.

Science Daily – Wind Energy News: Browse through hundreds of recent news stories.

Wind Energy Basics: Tells about the science and current issues behind wind energy projects.

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