Glacial Energy Blog

2040: The Year Natural Gas Reigns

Coal has been the leading fuel for energy production for hundreds of years, but the Energy Information Administration believes natural gas will fill that role by the year 2040. Current production trends show gas taking 35% of the electricity market compared to the projected 32% for coal. This brings with it some good news and [...]

Renewable Energy and Energy Storage

Renewable energy is shaping the future of how we live our lives daily. Whether it is wind, solar, bio, or water powered, all that energy needs to be stored until its use is required. Several companies are developing high performance batteries to store this energy, but the batteries are currently too costly for mainstream use. [...]

Wind and Snow (but not what you think)

Wind energy is steadily blowing away the energy markets and gaining a cool advantage in colder climates. It is predicted that by the year 2017, wind energy will produce between 45 and 50 gigawatts of electricity in cold climates alone. This would by a 72% increase over 2012’s output. Tomas Wellenius, a researcher with VTT [...]

What’s in the Sun?

The sun provides us with light and warmth every single day. We use sunlight to warm our homes, help grow our plants, and even power cities. The sun, whose official name is Sol (where we get the word “solar” from), produces enough energy every single second to power every electronic device on the Earth for [...]

The Future of the Coal Industry

Climate change is a growing concern all over the globe, and consumers are looking to secure a cleaner future by switching to renewable energy solutions. Unfortunately for the coal industry, this means a major downturn in their sales. But, to keep up with the times, other, more environmentally friendly methods must be explored. There are [...]

The Power Behind Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a popular location for tourists to visit, especially those in the United States and Canada. During peak flows, over 750,000 gallons of water go over the falls every second, with 600,000 of those gallons flowing over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls alone. There is a lot of power behind all of that water, which is why [...]

Water Energy Innovations

California is facing a situation where up to 12,000 megawatts of electricity generation facilities will be retired or repurposed. However, the state’s water and wastewater facilities will be able to increase reliability while decreasing the need for centralized power plants and electricity demand. How can they do all this? Water Energy Innovations, Inc. has released [...]

How Las Vegas is Using Solar Power

Las Vegas is a city of bright lights, fancy shows, sprawling deserts, and a brand new solar farm that will provide energy for a nearby waste water treatment plant. The 15,000 panel solar farm is densely packed into 25 acres of city land that was originally an empty strip of land serving as a buffer [...]

Which State is the Leader in Solar Energy?

Solar generated electricity is fast becoming a popular alternative energy production method. Many homes lay out solar panels on their roofs to capture the sun’s rays and turn that into clean, affordable energy. But, there’s one state where entire roofs are covered and some fields are home to long rows of obsidian and chrome colored [...]