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Germany has decided to pursue ambitious greenhouse-gas reductions—while closing down its nuclear plants. Can a heavily industrialized country power its economy with wind turbines and solar panels?
The U.S. has plenty of the metals that are critical to many green-energy technologies, but engineering and R&D expertise have moved overseas.
Advances in floating platforms could take wind farms far from coasts, reducing costs and skirting controversy.
Infrared monitoring shows that savvy seabirds steer clear of wind turbines.
A more efficient generator could convert more of the wind’s energy into electricity.
A design that draws on jet engine technology could halve the cost of generating electricity from wind.
Companies are racing to develop ways to make the 100-meter blades needed to make offshore wind compete with fossil fuels.
Approval of Cape Wind could signal a boon in offshore wind projects.
Both Siemens and GE bet on direct-drive generators.
New direct-drive turbines promise to lower the cost of offshore wind energy.