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Renewable Energy Resources

Below are a list of (mostly) free resources that your EU librarians have compiled for your exploration. But remember these resources generally require more time to evaluate and navigate than the resources available in the research databases accessed through the EU Library homepage.

Click on the subject-headings to jump to each section of links — or you can just scroll down and browse through the links. Enjoy!

Biofuels

Climate Change

Environmental Science

Fuel Cell Technology

General Alternative & Renewable Energy

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 information from the DOE’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), related to alternative fueling stations, laws, project incentives, data analysis, and trends.

Biomass Feedstocks  – This website of the BioEnergy Technology Office, offers current bioenergy feedstock information, gathered from a number of national laboratories.

Biofuels – New York Times – Read current news updates about projects and trends occurring throughout the world.

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

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 on this website.

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

Climate Change

Gateway to the UN System’s Work on Climate Change – Find 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 – The website of the International Monetary Fund 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.

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – This website provides up to date, impartial information on climate and energy challenges.

US EPA – Climate Change – The website of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, is a Multi-faceted site that provides comprehensive information related to climate change, both on a local and national level, so readers can become aware and get involved in solutions.

World Bank Group – Climate Change – This website focuses especially on how climate change is affecting developing countries.

Environmental Science

Encyclopedia of Earth – A collection of 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 – This website is an aggregator of environmental news, made up of a body of researchers and educators who focus on environmental science.

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

Florida Center for Environmental Studies – Promotes advancing sustainability in Florida through collaborative research and community engagement.

GreenPeace USA – Website of the activist group that tries to expose environmental concerns, so as to bring them to the attention of the public and policymakers across 55 countries.

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 information about weather,climate, oceans and coasts, fisheries, satellites, research, marine and aviation, charting and sanctuaries.

Union of Concerned Scientists – An alliance of over 500,000 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, including news and event updates, market reports, safety codes and standards, and more.

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

FuelCell Energy – This comprehensive website gives fuel cell news updates as well as information 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 – On this site browse through hundreds of recent stories.

General Alternative & Renewable Energy

Alliance to Save Energy – The website of this organization educates the public about technologies that improve energy efficiency; its goal is to ensure that policymakers have the tools they need to write energy legislation.

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) – A great source for information and networking in the dynamic fields of energy engineering and energy management, renewable and alternative energy, power generation, energy services, sustainability, and all related areas.

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 – Check out the studies and articles under the Publication tab on this website of 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.

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

GAO (Government Accountability Office) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The link provided goes to the GAO’s reports and testimonies page with topics listed in categories, though you can search by keyword or government agency also. Topics cover all areas of government spending such as health care, energy, business regulation, transportation, space, homeland security, and much, much more.

Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University – A policy group that explores the intersection of technology, economics and renewable energy developments; this website provides an abundance of information and resources.

The Heritage Foundation – Energy and Environment – An advocate for energy solutions, under the Research tab find reports, fact sheets, commentaries and more on this website.

International Society for Industrial Ecology – Promotes the use of innovative industrial ecology projects that are environmentally-friendly as well as economically viable; under the Resources tab find news articles, job postings and a searchable database of dissertations.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – This office invests in clean-energy projects and implements solutions to our nation’s addiction to foreign oil.  On this website learn more about research development projects with peer reviews, fact sheets, news articles and more.

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).  Find news articles and links to other resources on this website.

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 – Find public policy research on the website of this libertarian think-tank that criticizes energy solutions that are written and dictated by governmental agencies.

Reegle: Clean Information Portal – On this website you can find country energy profiles including key statistics, policies and actors; conduct a clean energy search of the most authoritative sources; explore their catalog of relevant key actors and stakeholders; do a map search of energy statistics and potentials, or check out the reegle blog with insights and background information

Renewable Energy Resources – A Research Guide for Students – this site 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 – On this site 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.  Stay up to date on local green building projects by checking out this site.

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.

U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

US Energy Information Administration – This government agency promotes impartial and objective understanding of critical issues related to energy use, economics and distribution.  Check out the energy mapping system on this site; you can also look at archived reports, “top pics” of articles, find career opportunities and more.

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 with a look ahead into the future of water sustainability in the state.

Hydro Review – Find government reports, events, headlines, financial data and more resources related to the hydropower industry on this site.

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 – This website 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.”  On this website you can find press releases, nuclear deployment scorecards, links to current topics and more.

The Future of Nuclear Power – This website is based on an interdisciplinary study carried out by the faculty of MIT.

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

Nuclear Energy Institute – Find news, stats, financial information, career resources, and much more, all related to the nuclear energy industry.

ScienceDaily – Nuclear Energy News – On this site 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 – On this site 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 – Use this link to access all information pertaining to the Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.

Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – Learn about current renewable energy issues being discussed in the US Senate and what plans are being made for the future.

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) – This is the website of the activist group that stands up to powerful corporate lobbyists who influence politicians and spread misinformation.

Worldwatch Institute – This is the website of an 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 – This website is the “virtual hub” for information and resources about project management for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from the DOE. Find information on funding opportunities, take advantage of file sharing services, federal form access and much more.

Guide to Business Law – This website provides a lot of free links to organizations, publications and websites related to the fundamentals of business law.

Guides for Doing Business with the Government – This website, maintained by the IRS, has multiple useful links on doing business with the government, 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.

International Project Management Association – Find articles, newsletters, links to other helpful websites, and more on this site.

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

Safety:

American Public Power Association – Safety – Find safety articles, rules, products and awards on this site.

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. You will find a lot of resources here.

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, easy to read, 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.

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 – You can access archived Photovoltaics World Magazine issues on this web page. The subject matter of this magazine covers concentrator technology, solar cell manufacture and design, and various types 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.

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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