SolarPlane enters Space

SolarPlane enters Space

The entire round trip is expected to take five hours.

In 2018, the first SolarPlane will be launched into Space. Founder Raphaël Domjan has been supported for this amazing project through crowdfunding, and they have a host of partners on board, including Ciel Électricité, Zvezda and Fischer Connectors.

Dormjan: “It seems to me that it is necessary to go even further and overtake what has been achieved with fossil fuels.”

The project is called ‘Mission SolarStratos’. The aim of this so-called eco-adventure is to send an 8.5m long and 24.9m wide solar-powered plane, 15 minutes into space and back. Read More

10 Amazing Wind Turbines

10 WIND TURBINE DESIGNS

The Magenn Air Rotor System (MARS) is the next generation of wind turbines with cost and performance advantages over existing systems. Follow this link for details.

This Top 10 amazing Wind Turbines is for shore where ‘Art meets Technology’.

These wind turbines are beautiful and practical works of art that pay back daily. For households, offices, industrie.

Placed at free windy places it’s a great contribution to the urban smart grid. Read More

Japan is moving faster towards hydrogen

Japan is moving faster toward hydrogen

If you can prove something like a hydrogen society can work in a city like Tokyo, then it’s a matter of how do they scale it, how do the Japanese ensure that all the ancillary consequences have been addressed, and you only really do this by testing it out.

Japan is moving faster than expected toward an hydrogen energy future. Prime Minister Abe has become a vocal advocate for hydrogen – both to stimulate developments in technology and to help the resource-poor nation lower greenhouse gases. With Japan relying more on fossil fuels since the shuttering of most of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster almost six years ago, it’s a push that’s gained more urgency.

Toyota is at the forefront of Japan’s efforts to use hydrogen and fuel cells to power cars, heat homes and keep factories running. Other companies pursuing the technology include Panasonic Corp, Toshiba Corp and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. Read More

First SolarRoad Normandy

First SolarRoad NormandyIn Normandy (France) the first electric road has been build. In 2016, Colas announced four SolarRoad pilots which would be built in 2017.

Just a few weeks ago, the first solar roadway for cars opened in the French village of Tourouvre in Normandy.

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Battolyser: the super battery

Battolyser: the super battery

If this large-scale storage of renewable energy in liquid ammonia succeeds, communities can cover long low wind and solar energy periods

The Battolyser, which will be used as a super battery in a gas power plant, is becoming a reality. 

For the first time, TU Delft researchers led by Prof. Fokko Mulder have produced an integrated battery electrolysis system – known as a ‘battolyser’ – that can not only store or supply electricity efficiently as a battery but can also split water into hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis.
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First hydrogen passenger train

First hydrogen passenger train

Alstom presented the Coradia iLint, the first fuel cell propulsion train

The first hydrogen passenger train will be launched in Germany next year.

This Coradia iLint is green alternative for old diesel trains. It’s CO2 emission free and is also called the Hydrail.  Read More

Shell invests in KitePower

Shell invests in KitePowerShell is investing 5 million pounds in UK startup KitePower Systems, which develops pilots to produce wind energy.

The kites can be a game changer for renewable energy, according to a spokesman from Shell in the Financial Times.

Other investing partners are EON and Schlumberger. Read More

Solar energy for engines 24/7

Solar energy

André Broessel’s Rawlemon: spherical glass solar device charger

Solar energy will soon be running engines 24/7

Just as Thomas Edison said in 1931: “There’s enough solar energy hitting the earth every hour to replace all energy sources used globally in a year.”

But only 1% of energy used comes from the sun? Solar power is growing. 

This green energy will soon be running engines 24/7. It will generate both power and air conditioning. Read More

Geomagnetic Generator: 24/7 green power?

Geomagnetic Generator: 24/7 green power?

The magnetic motor works on the simple principle that we all already know, ‘Like poles repel each other while opposite poles attract each other’. By arranging the magnets in a fashion where only like poles face each other, one can simply set the motor into motion like in the video below.

Will Geomagnetic Generators break through?

24/7 green power for everyone?

According to the AESOP Institute it will. 

Magnets break through

AESOP Energy LLC is developing prototypes of a proprietary 24/7 Alternating Current generator based on unique theory and an accidental discovery.
Preliminary test results suggest the possibility of an entirely new approach to production of electricity utilizing magnets.
Geomagnetic Generator prototypes are under construction.

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Renewable Energy for a Clean, Healthy World

Public anger, Shell is not too big to fall

Public anger: never too big to fall

At present, we don’t have to burn fossils fuels anymore. We have all these renewable energy resources that will supply more than enough energy for current and future energy demands. Read More

LEGO Invests 212 Million euro’s in Britisch Windpark

wind mill park at the North Sea

Wind Park at the North Sea

Together with the Danish pension fund PKA, toy manufacturer LEGO invests 212 Million euro’s in a British wind park.

The wind park will be built with a capacity of 258 megawatts. Read More

Rollable Solar Panels

Rollable Solar Panels

These high-efficiency solar panels could help generate instant energy in disaster areas

Rollable and large-scale flexible Solar Panels, called Roll-Array, can be towed by any 4X4 car, like a Range Rover or Land Rover.

It was developed by Renovagen, a company formed in 2012 specifically to develop the rollable solar array. Watch the video below. Read More

Double-sided PV

Floating double-sided pv

The solar cells at the second side are are almost as efficient as the cells in the front end. As a result, the panels can also utilize the light that is reflected by the surface of the water or the ground, which normally is lost.

By applying double-sided panels – working on water – the yield of solar power can be increased by 20% on average and expand the potential to generate solar energy even more.

So why not use both sides?

Double-sided solar panel

This week, Energy Research Centre (ECN) is demonstrating ‘floating double-sided solar panels on the ‘River IJ’ in Amsterdam. By also using the back of the solar panels, the reflected light from the surface of the water, can be catched to generate electric power. Read More

All-weather PV

all-weather pv

The double layer provides electrical power and provides a voltage, similar to how a battery works.

Clumsy, that solar panels do not generate energy while its raining. Chinese scientists have just figured out that solar panels even generate electricity for all-weather: even when it is raining.

Rainy weather

Solar modules are most effective when they are exposed to direct sunlight, but what happens when it rains? Read More

Solar energy – 7 reasons

Solar energy - 7 reasons

On average, manufacturers give 25 to 30 years warranty on solar panels. In practice, the panels will last much longer.

Now, solar energy is really going to break through. This is what the US Rocky Mountains Institute believes. 

The institute listed ten reasons for it. BetterWorldSolutions is pointing out 7 of them. 

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China’s goal 2020: 10 GW CSP

China's goal 2020: 10 GW CSP

Four big CSP plants will be realized gradually from 2018-2020, using the experiences of demonstration projects.

CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) is growing in China. Before, China tested two small-scale CSP-plants in the operational phase.

Bloomberg: ‘China plans to more than triple solar power capacity by 2020 to as much as 143 gigawatts to help reduce carbon emissions’

Right now, China is building seven plants and again zeven in the near future.  Read More

Gates: We need an energy miracle

Gates: We need an energy miracle

The challenge we face is big, perhaps bigger than many people imagine. But so is the opportunity. If the world can find a source of cheap, clean energy, it will do more than halt climate change. It will transform the lives of millions of the poorest families.

Every year, Bill Gates writes a letter to students.

This year’s letter is about our climate and energy transition towards a renewable energy world.

In his letter, he notices that that all plans and existing techniques will not be sufficient enough to stop the global warming.

This year, Gates appeals to the students of today. Read More

FerrisWheel: the Future Windmill

FerrisWheel: the Future Windmill

The power of this design is the building with an open eye. The hole will generate renewable energy by water drops circulating in an electric field.

Dutch WindWheel has released an architecture design for the wind turbine of the future: the FerrisWheel.

FerrisWheel design:

  • The windmill is 174 meters high
  • The hole in the middle ensures renewable energy with water drops
  • The building will generate solar power
  • In the building is enough space for apartments and hotels

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Car driving on formic acid: high potential new technology

Brains Award for car on formic acid

Dutch students Start Up ‘Team FAST’ is building world’s first car on formic acid. For this high potential technology, the team was honored with the Brains Award 2015.

Is Formic Acid the high potential new technology, cars are waiting for?

After Hydrogen, it seems to be a high potential one. 

Formic Acid is produced by using electricity. Wind farms or solar panels supply the power that is needed for the production of Formic Acid, thus it is completely carbon neutral. Read More

Developing countries invested more in green power

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Global New Investment in Renewable Energy by Region from 2004 to 2014

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported beautiful news. Since 2013 the world develops more capacity for the generation of green electricity than there is for coal, gas and oil together!

143 GigaWatts renewables versus 141 GigaWatts fossils.

And even better: the developing countries India, Kenya and Brazil have been investing more in renewables than all OESO countries together! Read More

5 Promising Technologies to make Fuel out of CO2

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EU Project Uses Sun to Turn Water and CO2 Into Jet Fuel

We were wondering which new process could make green energy out of CO2. So we searched on the internet and filtered 5 beautiful technologies for you.

Let’s stop the carbon and change the world into a green planet.

Take a look. Read More

Eden Paradise switches to geothermal

Eden Paradise switches to geothermal

Green power for tropical center Eden and 4,000 households in the UK

The British Eden Project, a special greenhouse complex for nature and education, will have a geothermal power plant.

The plant will generate 4 megawatts green electricity and heat to the park and 4,000 households. Read More

IKEA: € 1 billion additional investments for climate change measurements

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Light emitting diodes, better known as LEDs, run cool and use very little electricity. That’s a cost benefit that furniture giant Ikea promotes.

IKEA has decided to invest an extra € 1 billion to tackle climate change, including investments in renewable energy.

Since 2009 the company has € 1.5 billion invested in wind and solar energy.

“We have got a very good year,” according to IKEA Group President and CEO Peter Agnefjäll at the presentation of the Annual Review and Sustainability Report of the past year. “As a result we have been able to continue significant investments in sustainability, improving our product portfolio and more increasing the number of our stores.”

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Climate summit: the final

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Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a doubling of the US payments on climate aid from 430 to $ 860 million in 2020. With this gesture of goodwill the White House hopes for a possible signal from the developing countries.

Yesterday, the new concept agreement was finished. Just two hours later than promised.

  • It is 29 pages shorter than the previous one (43)
  • More than three quarters of the discussion have been resolved.
  • The choices are reduced from 200 to 40

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COP21 – 1.5 degrees? Only with CO2 storage and fossil-free by 2030

 

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1.5 degree is only feasible if we take CO2 from the air and store it underground. Alternatives to remain at 1.5 degree are no longer realistic.

While the political will is increased to limit the global warming at 1.5 degrees, scientists point on the technical challenge.

CO2 storage is needed and the world must be fossil free by 2030, say scientists.

At an event on the sidelines of the climate summit, focussing on CO2 emissions in 2015, scientists are warning 1.5 degrees warming will be difficult. Read More