Massachusetts SMART Solar Program

Massachusetts SMART Solar Program

Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program

Last January, Massachusetts developed a new incentive program called SMART, to double its solar capacity to more than 3 gigawatts. 

The new policy is dubbed “Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program.” Read More

4 major US cities prepared for rising sea levels

Houston, one of the 4 cities that decreases emissions in order to stop global warming

Houston, one of the 4 cities that decreases emissions in order to stop climate change

4 major US cities, New York, Houston, Miami and San Francisco, have all taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with rising sea levels and global temperatures. 

With the federal government casting off the task of emissions reduction, initiatives are now on cities and states to make up the shortfall. This is what the cities are doing to stave off the threat of climate change. Read More

2nd Google Green Powered Data Center

2nd Google Green Powered Data Center

27 Giga watt Hour green power for the Google data center, Eemshaven Netherlands

Google has signed its second power purchase agreement with Eneco, one of the Netherlands’ leading electricity providers, for all the electricity produced from the country’s largest solar park for the internet behemoth’s new data center.

  • In November of 2014, the two companies revealed that Google’s newest data center in Eemshaven in the Netherlands would be completely powered by renewable electricity from the get-go, thanks to a PPA for all the electricity produced from an Eneco wind farm in Delfzijl, near Eemshaven.
  • The Google data center was the “fourth hyper efficient facility in Europe” and the PPA was the third for Google signed in Europe in an 18 month period.

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Finland could stay warm with Solar Power

Finland could stay warm with Solar PowerIn Finland, households could stay warm with Solar Heat.

Solar heating could provide between 53% and 81% of annual domestic heating energy consumption according to a new study, done by the Aalto University in Finland. Read More

South Asia population in danger because of heat waves

South Asia population in danger because of heat waves

In 2015, a heat wave killed thousands of people in Pakistan

If the global warming continues, heat waves will make parts of South Asia in a hell by the end of this century.

A combination of extreme heat and high humidity will take dangerous forms for residents in dense populations in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

This is predicted by American scientists in the scientific magazine Science Advances. Read More

World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms

World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms

The Topaz CSP Plant Mojave Desert California

Are you planning a vacation? Maybe you are in the neighboorhood of a solar farm with architectural beauty.

That’s why we give you a list of the most beautiful solar farms which are not only worth visiting but also are  creating jobs and boosting the clean energy economy, as well as satellite activities.

With thanks to Livegat.com.

 

 

 

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Dubai Tender 200 MW CSP

CSP Concentrated Solar Power

Renewable energy is the power of the future and solar power just got a huge boost with new research that could see concentrated solar power (CSP) become much more efficient.

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) announced a fresh tender for the iconic Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park just days after Dubai announced long-term renewable energy targets.

Media outlets recently reported that DEWA launched a 200 megawatt tender for a concentrated solar power project at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This is the first time concentrated solar power technology will come up at the solar power park. Read More

Threat to the climate? – Our brains!

Threat to the climate? - Our brains!

We install LED lights in our house and then we step with a clear conscience in the aircraft for a holiday in Thailand.

Our brains and hearts are the biggest obstacles towards more sustainability. Technology is not the issue.

That concludes Scientias in an interview with the Norwegian psychologist Per Espen Stoknes. Read More

Bans on diesel cars in Munich

Bans on diesel cars in Munich

In response to worsening air pollution problems in many of Europe’s largest cities, Barcelona (Spain) and Munich (Germany) have been moved to action. In Barcelona’s case, voluntarily, and in Munich’s case, as the result of a court order.

From 2018 there will be bans on diesel cars in Munich. 

The court order in Munich follows legal action taken by Transport and Environment’s German member DUH to force action on Bavaria’s breaching of EU air pollution limits in some locations.

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Gates invests $1 Billion in Breakthrough Energy Tech

Gates: We need an energy miracle

Gates: We need an energy miracle

Bill Gates is launching $1 billion fund, called Breakthrough Energy Ventures, to invest in new forms of clean energy. 

He said that there is an urgent need for “high risk” investments in breakthrough technologies for renewables.

In July 2016, Gates considered 2 billion.   Read More

What Shell knew about climate change in 1991

What Shell knew about climate change in 1991

In 1989, the organization changed the design of a drilling platform in order to take account of extreme weather and rising sea levels.

Shell produced a report on global warming called ‘Climate of Concern’ in 1986. In 1991 they made the video documentary for the public. It warned that trends in global temperatures raised serious risks of famines, floods and climate refugees.

But in the quarter century since, Shell has continued to invest heavily in fossil fuels. 

Already in the eighties, Shell understood that climate change would affect its own operations. In 1989, the organization changed the design of a drilling platform in order to take account of extreme weather and rising sea levels.

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Avantium buys Liquid Light

Avantium buys Liquid Light

It can reduce the CO2 footprint of consumer products

Avantium has bought the American company Liquid Light Inc.

Liquid Light has developed the process technology by which chemical building blocks can be produced from CO2. Read More

New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

Between the years 1986 and 2006, Toronto experienced not one but eight storms of the magnitude that had been predicted to occur no more than once in a quarter-century. The Finch Avenue Washout was the capper, a one-in-100-years storm for which the city’s infrastructure was woefully under-designed.

The Netherlands is to host a new Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaption (GCEA), set up by the Dutch and Japanese governments in collaboration with the UN environment programme (UNEP).

Paris agreement

The centre will advise countries, businesses and organizations on how to adapt their practices to comply with the Paris climate change agreement, which comprises measures designed to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees.

Last year it was ratified by 193 countries.

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12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017

12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017

Startup Events understands how important live events can be to the success of your startup.

12 Inspiring StartUp Events 2017 for you.

Startups try to attend as many events as possible, but not all the events can be compared to each other in their scope and efficiency.

We are sharing the list of the biggest startup events in 2017, choose those ones that you would like to attend and go ahead!

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87 multinationals RE100 member

87 multinationals RE100-member

“IKEA Group investments into wind and solar energy generation contribute to the shift to a low carbon economy, and from a business perspective, help to secure our future as we become energy independent.” – Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group

87 of the world’s leading companies are now members of RE100.

Together they have a creating demand for around 107 Terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable electricity – around the same amount of power consumed by the United Arab Emirates or The Netherlands. Read More

Climate Change Quiz

Climate Change Quiz

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Quiz

Do you understand global warming? This quiz from the Guardian is a real challenge. What do you know about climate change? 

According to a new analysis, which country has the most ambitious pledge at COP21? In this Quiz, you will find the answers. Please share in your network. Read More

Dubai sets for renewables

Dubai sets for renewables

Just over $27.2 billion in investments has been earmarked for a Green Fund, while $13.6 billion will be invested to further expand the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Dubai sees the green light! The country announced ambitious plans in which renewable energy dominates the countries energy mix by 2050.  Read More

China launches 200MW solar plant

China launches 200MW solar plantSince January 11, 2017, a giant solar plant supplies China with green energy.

China ’s largest photovoltaic power station built on a fish farm covers an area of 300 hectares, with a total installed capacity of 200MW.

Its average annual production capacity is expected to reach 220 million kilowatt-hours. Read More

Oil industry increases gas flaring

Oil industry increases gas flaring

Oil Search Yemen Field Flare

Flared gas is a bigger problem than thought. Contrary to what has been agreed with the oil industry, worldwide the industry flared not less, but more gas.

In 2015, about 147 billion cubic meters which is a CO2 footprint of around 350 million tonnes!

The world bank published the figures in a report. Globally, over 16,000 oil wells are flaring gas.

The amount of wasted gas corresponds to the gas consumption of the UK, Germany and Switzerland together. If the gas was burned in a power plant, it could supply the whole of Africa with electricity. Read More

Obama stops Arctic drilling

Obama stops Arctic drilling

Greenpeace: “We’re closer to saving the Arctic because of you”

In his last days as the US president, Obama banned future drilling in Atlantic and Arctic waters. 

Obama relies on a law from 1953, which allows governors to exclude areas at sea of drilling because “it is in the public interest.” Read More

100% renewables for South America

100% renewables for South America

The researchers compared the results with former studies of North America, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Russia, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

A study by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. shows that a 100% renewables is the cheapest electricity production option.

The transition can be achieved with very few energy storages and could be realized by 2030.  Read More

COP climate resilience insights

COP climate pledges global warming

COP climate pledges global warming

COP 21 report overview

The historic Paris Agreement on climate change sets the course for a fundamental transformation of the global economy over the next decades.
The Agreement’s overarching goal of limiting global average temperature rise to “well below 2°C” will entail profound changes in the global energy system.

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Investing in renewables interesting

Investing in renewables interesting

Smart Grid projects Europe including investments 2014

Investing in renewables is increasingly interesting. The rise of renewable energy seems unstoppable.

In 2015, 50% of all energy was already renewable energy. Worldwide! And figures are growing. investment dollars are starting to move to renewable energy.

Even the Rockefeller family sells out of fossil fuels and invests in clean energy. Read More

What will be the climate damage with Trump?

What will be the climate damage with Trump?

Trump may disrupt the transition towards renewables, but he can not reverse it. The revolution to clean energy is irreversible.

With Trump as the new president, the world is worrying about the climate damage, he will cause.

Still we hear an increasingly interviews with relativizations.

Jan Rotmans, professor transition science and international authority in the field of transition and sustainability, gave his reaction. Read More

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030 recommends options to boost the share of renewable energy in the European energy storage market

This Roadmap and recommendations aim to describe the future European needs for energy storage in the period towards 2020-2030. It also gives recommendations on which development will be required to meet the needs. Read More