EU Solar grows with 80%

EU Solar grows with 80%

Green power: Global investments reached USD 300 billion. A relatively large proportion of these billions has been done by emerging countries such as Burundi, Kenya, Honduras, Jordan and Uruguay.

The next 3 years, Solar Power Europe expects the EU Solar Market to be grown with 80%. In 2015, sales of solar PV increased with 15%.

 The research team of Solar Power Europe studied the PV market systems. This is the link to the report Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2015-2019 Read More

Dubai Plans $7.3 Billion Renewable Energy Tenders

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has announced a comprehensive plan to significantly increase investment in renewable energy projects.

Announcing its annual budget, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) stated that it will float tenders worth Dh 27 billion (US$7.35 billion) to set up renewable energy projects. The projects are expected to be commissioned through the independent power producers model.

The Authority did not give any details for the likely renewable energy projects that will be pursued. However, among the largest tenders would be for the next phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar power park.

The first large phase of the solar park, with 200 MW capacity, is being constructed by ACWA Power-led consortium. Another tender for 800 MW capacity has attracted interest from global project developers, and the winner of this phase is expected to be announced soon.

DEWA plans to increase the total capacity of the solar park to 3 GW by 2030, so a number of tenders are expected to be issued. The Authority is expected to develop other renewable energy and clean energy projects.

Dubai has set a target to increase the share of renewable energy in its total energy mix to 7% by 2020. The medium-term and long-term targets for renewable energy share are 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050.

Zero Energy – more comfort, less money

Energy neutral, building, solar, electricity, sustainable, grid, office, climate change

He can heat his jacuzzi without receiving an utility bill with the extra energy he is generating. This is comfort!

Jan van Liempt, director of In2Ecobuildings:

“The electronics industry makes perfect stuff for consumers: TVs, iPhones, sound equipment. Everything is made because customers want it. Clients get value for their money.


Any complains? Most of the times, it’s resolved perfectly. Why not for houses? Nor installations? That’s my passion. I build energy neutral buildings and I have learned that comfort in an energy neutral building is possible!”

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Invisible light converts to +30% electricity

infrared, solar, electricity, renewables, US, smart grid, university

Applications of the research include more energy-efficient lighting and photodetectors with 200 percent efficiency that can be used for night vision.

Chemists at the University of California (UCR) have developed a material that uses infrared light to convert it to visible light.

This allows solar panels to generate 30 percent more electricity. Read More

Floating railway will store 10% of Dutch electricity

green energy, storage, electricity, solar, wind, kinetic, ECN, grid

This ‘energy train’ energy storage system, enables 2.5 gigawatts of electricity to be stored for an eight-hour period or 400 megawatts for 48 hours.

The energy storage market is blossoming. Because we need renewable energy storage to supply our smart electrical grids at daily moments the demand for energy is high.

In a few years, a huge underground floating railway will store 10% of the Netherlands’ daily energy. 

The energy storage costs will be 10% of the normal costs.

The energy ‘train’ storage system will compensate Dutch peaks and troughs in the supply and demand of green energy like wind and solar. 

 

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Netherlands Leading Role in EU Energy Market?

Smart Grid, Renewables, Hydro, Wind, Geothermal, Nuclear, Solar, CCS, Biomass Power, electricity

Sun, wind and wave-powered: Europe unites to build renewable energy ‘supergrid’

Building on its strengths, the Netherlands, has an unique position to play a pivotal role in the Europe Energy market.

Why? Because of its physical infrastructure, geographical location, its strong business acumen and scientific strengths.

The University Delft has made a model for the Netherlands, how to take the leading role in the European Energy Market.

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Desalination Solutions in the Caribbean

Clean drinking water, Haiti, World Bank

Haiti gets clean drinking water

In addition, changes in weather patterns in the Caribbean due to climate change are exacerbating existing water challenges. 

Desalination is not new to the Caribbean, but extracting clean water from seawater is becoming an increasingly integral part of the region’s search for water security.

Since 2007, 68 new desalination plants have been built across the Caribbean, which now boasts an installed capacity of 782,000 cubic metres of purified water per day, according to the Caribbean Desalination Association.

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China invests in renewables – coal production falls

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Much of the pressure on the coal industry is the result of demanding new environmental regulations from the Chinese government

In 2014, the coal production fell 2.1% in China.

Further decreases are expected this year Business Green reports.

The impact of China’s clean air and renewable energy policies are beginning to have an impact on the country’s coal industry. 

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Mega Renewables Project in India

climate change, green energy, solar power, wind power, India, Modi

Gujarat to become India’s largest solar Power Producer

Coming soon: a mega solar/wind power project in Gujarat (India) up to 5 GW.

The integrated wind and solar energy park will include about 800 MW of wind energy and 4,2 GW solar power capacity. Read More

1,200 MW of Solar Power expected in Nigeria

solar power, renewables, carbon, footprint, climate change, energy

sun transmission to solar power

And again two US companies have signed MoUs to deliver 1,200 MW (1.2 GW) of utility-scale PV projects in Nigeria.

The Government of Nigeria is said to be in the process of identifying and allocating suitable land for the project. The first projects are expected to come up in 2017 Read More

The story of hydrogen with solar power

MIT, climate change, electricity, renewables, hydropower, solar

The new oxygen catalyst in action in Dan Nocera’s laboratory at MIT

When Zénobe Gramme invented the Gramme machine in 1869 electrolysis of water became a cheap method for the production of hydrogen. In the 2001 Bloombox Energy jumped up in the market utilizing hydrogen fuel cells using natural gas and I was naturally intrigued. But at that time, their business model was not attractive. Read More

How do different types of renewable energy work? Video

hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and waste gas

hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and waste gas

In order to decrease temperature rising and replace fossil energy, we need to change to renewable energy sources.

They won’t get used up or run out. We are familiair with solar energy and wind energy.

But what about hydro, fusion of geo thermal?

 

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America Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2014

Climate change, CO2 emission

An atlas of pollution: the world in carbon dioxide emissions

This Renewable Energy Policy Report 2014 presents an in-depth analysis of the renewable energy policies across the major countries in North and South America namely the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

It also presents the major renewable policy frameworks in place in some of the major states in the US and Canada.

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Energy from Biomass Promising?

Irena report renewable energy to 2030

A new Irena report, examines the biomass potential in world regions and with different technologies for rapid and sustainable scale-up

Biomass Could Reach 60% of Total Global Renewable Energy Use by 2030.

Sustainable biomass can reduce global CO2 emissions, new IRENA report tell us.

For example: Algae-based biofuel absorbs carbon dioxide as it grows. This biomass energy source wastes CO2 and the wastewater can be used as nutrients. Algae give higher energy per-acre than other bio-fuels and can be grown on land unsuitable for other types of agriculture. Let’s have a look at the potentials of Biomass Power.

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Nigeria is planning for additional 2,5mw of renewable energy by 2015

Solar is expected to contribute 117MW by 2015

Solar is expected to contribute 117MW by 2015

The federal government of Nigeria is planning to implement a policy that will see the country add 2,483 megawatts of electricity into its national grid by 2015 from renewable energy sources.

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India Targets 4 Gigawatts of Solar Power to Railway Stations

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Indian railway stations become solar power plants

The Indian Railways have proposed to install solar power plants of about 8.8 Mega Watt (MW)-capacity at railway stations, railway office buildings and level crossing gates.

The provisions include of 10 KWp solar PV modules each at 200 stations under various Zonal Railways, provision of total 4.05 MWp Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) at roof top of 21 railway office buildings and provision of total 1.3 MWp capacity Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plants at 2000 Level Crossing gates on Indian railways. Read More

Africa: $100 million available for Renewable Energy

hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and waste gas

New energy projects from hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and waste gas

AREF renewable energy fund

Africa launches a renewable energy fund to develop projects across sub-Sahara. 100 million dollars has already been resiled for the African Renewable Energy Fund and will probably be doubled. 

The money will support small and medium-sized independent power producers with grid-tied projects of 5-50 megawatts in size: small hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and waste gas.

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Europe Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2014

groene globe kleinThe Report presents an in-depth analysis of the Renewable Energy Policies of Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Biopower and Biofuels. The involved countries are: Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Turkey. Read More

Suffer from blue-green algae and dirty surface water? Meet the Oxatur

Suffer from blue-green algae and dirty surface water? Use the Oxagen

Suffer from blue-green algae and dirty surface water?

Hearing the name, you might think it is something like a detergent, but think again… Meet the Oxatur, a floating ‘palace’ (here: float land) that cleans surface water 24/7 and with virtual no handling or maintenance. Smart people, the Dutch. The Oxatur is three way-system:

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Recycled CO2 produces sustainable energy

Ring Receiver Reactor Recuperator produces synthetic fuels

Ring Receiver Reactor Recuperator produces synthetic fuels

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a prototype machine that utilizes the sun’s energy to convert water and carbon dioxide into the molecular building blocks that can be utilized as transportation fuels. If researchers can make this device produce twice the energy generated by the natural process of photosynthesis, it will do great service to environment. It will pave the way to recycle CO2.
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7 Tips to minimize the impacts of weather and climate change on your building

 

Green building with solar windows

Green building with solar windows

Are you keeping weather and climate change impacts in mind as you manage the water and energy use of your building? Here are a few tips: Read More