Beautiful Solar Highway Projects

Beautiful Solar Highway Projects

The Oregon Solar Highway Program seeks to further the use of solar energy in greening the nation’s grid, adding value to the existing public right of way, and supplying clean, renewable, home-grown energy to Oregonians.

In 2008, the Solar Highway Project in Oregon (USA) was one of the first eye catcher world wide. Right now, there are a lot of examples of PV along the highways that power grids. 

Because of the project’s high visibility, the team also took more extreme security measures than most projects need. A fence with razor wire and a motion detector surround the panels, protecting them from theft and graffiti. The 594-module, 104 kW project costed about $12.50 per W – about 50 percent higher than the average price for commercial projects installed that year in the state.

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Kofi Annan Boosts African Energy

Kofi Annan Boosts African Energy

Of the 315 million people who are expected to gain access to electricity in Africa’s rural areas by 2040, it is predicted that only 30% will gain access to national grid-connected electricity

A new report from former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel has called for a “significant boost” in investment to help African governments and their partners to “bridge the continent’s huge energy gap.”

The new report, Lights Power Action: Electrifying Africawas launched Monday at the African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan by the Africa Progress Panel, the brainchild of the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. Read More

Megacities need strong visions

Megacities need strong visions

The megacities of the future solve traffic congestion, housing shortages and their residents enjoy much more than high employment and clean air.

Megacities such as Sydney (Australia) need strong visions to effectively compete on the global stage to respond to the needs of people, the environment, energy and other resources and fundings.

Sydney is forecast to have an additional 1.6 million people by 2031  with 33,000 more houses needed.

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Best waste to energy technologies

SimGas BioGas Best waste to energy technologies

The SimGas “Shamba” comes in various volumes, from 2m³ up to 20m³

Which is the best waste to energy technology with maximum efficiency and less emissions?

That was our question on LinkedIn. These are the responses:
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Blockchain for Grid Balance

Blockchain for Grid Balance

In the future, private households will be capable of contributing to the stabilization of the power grid by enabling better integration of renewable energies.

TenneT and Sonnen are pioneering the networking of storage batteries with blockchain technology in order to stabilize the power grid.

Private households and owners of electric cars charged at these households, will be capable of contributing to the stabilization of the power grid by enabling better integration of renewable energies. Read More

From old coal mine to giant battery

From old coal mine to giant battery

The mine is suitable to transform 200 megawatt energy from wind turbines, solar panels, and biomass sources installed on the surface above the mine.

Germany is turning one of its old coal mines into a giant ‘battery station’.

The hydroelectric energy which will be stored, is enough to power 400,000 homes.

Because Germany has a lot of old coal mines, the country hopes to launch similar facilities across the country in the coming years. Read More

Black antenna absorbs all electromagnetic radiation

Black antenna absorbs all electromagnetic radiation

There is about a 300 000 volt (V) potential difference between the Earth’s surface and the electrosphere, which gives an average electric field strength of about 6 V/metre (m) throughout the atmosphere. Near the surface, the fine-weather electric field strength is about 100 V/m..” Average height of a man is 6 feet or 2 meters so 100 V/m x 2 meters = 200 Volts 6 feet off the ground.

A black electromagnetic energy receiving antenna absorbs all electromagnetic radiation and doesn’t reflect at all.

Pure clean energy with a simple antenna. Is that possible? It seems to be.

The Egyptians used it 2000 years ago. We did it when our TV was still for free. But we seem to have forgotten it. Read More

CSP will power Dubai

CSP will power Dubai

The Clean Energy Strategy 2050 plan consists of five main pillars that include Infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills.

CSP – Concentrated Solar Power – will power Dubai. Finally.

The Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will allocate a 200-megawatt concentrated solar power project in June 2017.

Almost $17 billion will be invested to expand the current Solar Park. Read More

Chicago Buildings Switch to Renewables

Chicago is getting green

Leading in alternative energies supports the kind of sustainable economic development and cost savings for our homeowners and businesses that we need.” – Mayor Emanuel

More than 900 government buildings in Chicago will shift their electricity use to “100% renewable energy” by 2025 under an ambitious mayoral plan that contrasts sharply with President Donald Trump’s retreat on environmental issues.

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3 breakthroughs reduce our CO2 emissions

breakthroughs carbon footprint

Three scientific breakthroughs will enable us to quickly reduce these emissions according to venture investor Bill Joy.

It can not be missed: we have to combat our CO2 emissions to stop climate change.

Breakthroughs

We have some news: Three scientific breakthroughs will enable us to quickly reduce these emissions according to venture investor Bill Joy. A pre-publication – including an update of the companies he mentions. Read More

LO3 energy blockchain technology

LO3 energy blockchain technology

LO3 is involved in the Booklyn micro-grid project in New York, part of their reshaping the power vision project and in Germany.

LO3 is one of the successful StartUps building new business with blockchain technology.

LO3, based in New York, says the business models of utilities are being ‘shaking apart’ by the changes in technology and the arrival of the we-economy.  Read More

High ambition countries

High ambition countries

IRENA will enable the sharing of expertise, exchange of best practices, and development of innovative approaches to accelerate power sector transformation through integrating higher shares of renewable energy in energy supply and energy use and improving energy efficiency.

These high ambition countries are collaborating to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy future. 

China, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates, agreed to work together to establish an Energy Transition Coalition in the course of this year.

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Irena: CO2-free Energy possible

Irena: CO2-free Energy possible

Renewable energy now accounts for 24% of global power generation and 16% of primary energy supply. To achieve decarbonisation, the report states that, by 2050, renewables should be 80% of power generation and 65% of total primary energy supply.

Irena (International Renewable Energy Agency) concluded in a new study that is possible to produce CO2-free global energy in 2060. According to Irena, by 2050 it would by possible to decrease emissions by 70%.

From a press release by IRENA

‘(…) Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition, launched on the occasion of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, presents the case that increased deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in G20 countries and globally can achieve the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature rise to no more than two-degrees Celsius, avoiding the most severe impacts of climate change.

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Port Amsterdam coal free

Port Amsterdam coal free

In the transition period, storage and transportation of fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene will grow. International cargo flows remain important als long as societies still can not fully rely on green alternatives.

Coal free in 2030. That is one of the ambitions of the Port of Amsterdam.

And the Port of Amsterdam has more ambitions: it aims to become the battery of the city by producing and storing more renewable energy and heat for the city.

The next five years, the port will transform to the center of cities heat and sustainable electricity.
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Floating Power Plant

Floating power plant

The platform rotation is secured via the high wave absorption of 60-80% of the inherent energy in the waves.

This Floating Power Plant is targeting 
20GW, corresponding to €50bn potential revenue. The Power Plant is offshore proof and grid connected.

Denmark is convinced that this wind- and water energy plant is a significant step forward in world challenge to change into renewables. Read More

GreenBattery replaces dirty generators

GreenBattery replaces diesel generator

Per battery system we decrease the consumption of 62,000 liters of diesel and 159,000 kg of CO2-emissions per year!

Is the GreenBattery of replacing the polluting and noisy (diesel) generators at festivals and construction sites?

Nuon and StartUp GreenBattery think the battery capacity should be sufficient.

They are going to let the Green Battery to festival organizations and local governments.

The batteries are half a large shipping container and will be charged with solar and wind power.

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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

California tests battery sites

California tests battery sites

One of many battery-system components that, it is hoped, will help California bolster its power grid.

Utilities have been studying batteries nationwide. But none have moved ahead with the gusto of those in Southern California.

After the giant gas leak in Oct. 2016, Californian engineers decided to turn to another technology, batteries. 

They freed up the utilities to start installing batteries – huge battery sites.

And, as a result: it’s the worlds first battery side test of this size.  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

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

Wattway starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

Wattway starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

100 outdoor test sites in early 2018

Wattway, part of the France Colas constructions company, announced that four SolarRoad pilots will be built around the world in 2017.

Bloomberg December 4th:

(…) Colas SA, a French engineering firm, has designed rugged solar panels, capable of withstanding the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, that they’re now building into road surfaces. After nearly five years of research and laboratory tests, they’re constructing 100 outdoor test sites and plan to commercialize the technology in early 2018. (…/) Read More