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Australia’s standards body, Standards Australia, has published the world’s first solar cooling standard.
Carnige Melon University’s Climate and Energy Decision Making Center’s recent study, “Regional variations in the health, environmental, and climate benefits of wind and solar generation,” is a testimony to the difficulty of cost justifying renewable energy development.
Back when silicon prices were north of $400/kg, finding ways to use less material was seen as a keen opportunity, from different formfactors to thinner wafers. One group of efforts centered on "upgraded metallurgical-grade" (UMG) silicon, which was essentially a grade of silicon slightly less than the ultrapurity required by the electronics industry. Those efforts broadly lost their appeal, though, once silicon prices plunged to $20/kg and below, though prices have started showing signs of rising slightly.
An aging infrastructure and increasing demand for energy makes technology more important than ever in meeting and sustaining the power needs of the world. In its 2012 World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency said global energy dependency will grow by more than 30 percent between now and 2035. As the shift to more renewable sources catches on, questions are raised about how to make grids more flexible and better able to accommodate intermittent renewable generation. Alstom Grid believes high voltage, direct current (HVDC) technologies are part of the answer.
Only five solar-power vendors remain in a space built for 170 at a sprawling complex of offices stacked three stories high outside Xinyu city in China’s southeast. Locked doors and empty offices are what’s left of the government’s audacious plan to dominate the global solar industry. What happened in Xinyu is being replicated across China, which used subsidies and $47.5 billion of credit to wrest supremacy from Germany, Japan and the U.S., saddling an industry with losses for at least two years.
The wind energy industry has traditionally relied on hub-height towers designed for the communications industry. Built-up lattice towers required climbers to install equipment precisely at 60, 80 or even 100 meters in the air. In recent years, the wind measurement landscape has changed rapidly and the result is more accurate wind energy resource and power performance verification campaigns to reduce the financial risk associated with wind farms and boost accuracy in determining energy output from wind farms.
Fewer of China’s wind turbines are idle after investments in new wind farms slowed and developments shifted to areas with better grid access, aiding operators such as China Longyuan Power Group Corp.
Efforts to roll back rules that nurtured the corn-based ethanol industry threaten to stunt other promising biofuels, according to a developer working on one of the nation’s first commercial plants that won’t use the grain.
Ontario is putting its new feed-in tariff program out for public feedback -- just in time for a RenewableEnergyWorld.com road trip to the region. Last month the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) announced upcoming changes to the FIT program, including carving out large projects, adding enticements for municipalities, and adjusting domestic content prov
Supply chain investments that are critical for the growth of the UK’s renewable energy industry are at risk because of hit-and-miss government policies, according to a new report.
The second quarter of this year saw worldwide shipments of solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters decline by 5 percent year-on-year, according to new analysis from IHS Research.
Although the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has created strict requirements for residential property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs, a few states and cities are continuing to develop programs and pass legislation.
All across the United States, rooftop solar panels are popping up on homes, businesses and schools like mushrooms in a forest, and utility-scale solar projects are bringing huge amounts of clean energy into our communities. Why? Well, among other things, consumer choice in America is something that we all hold very sacred. Today, smart policies —
Chile’s upper house of parliament has unanimously passed a bill revising its renewable energy targets upward, from the previous goal of sourcing 10 percent of the nation's energy mix from renewables by 2020 to 20 percent by 2025.
During the past decade the feed-in tariff in Germany (and other countries) spurred incredible growth in the solar industry. Many people bemoan the fact that there is no FIT in the U.S. Ironically, the FIT in Germany is now below regular retail electric rates. As Winston Churchill said, "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they've tried everything else." That "right thing" when it comes to solar incentives is net metering.
The U.S. added 976 megawatts (MW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity during the second quarter of 2013 (Q2’13), up 24 percent Q/Q from 788 MW in Q1’13, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz North America PV Markets Quarterly report.
It is no secret that there is an ongoing energy revolution taking place worldwide. Many countries are making conscious efforts in becoming more energy independent and sustainable. In achieving this, all energy options are being considered and in the past ten years, renewable energy sources have been the most prominent. The rationale for any country
Scottish railway company ScotRail has completed a second small wind turbine installation, this time at its Bathgate depot in West Lothian.
Mosaic and its project partner Pristine Sun signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 322-kilowatt PV array with Pacific Gas & Electric under its feed-in tariff program. The PPA allows project investors to experience a 5.5 percent annual return for 10 years. The array is being developed on dual-use farmlands by solar installer Pristine Sun and
Two new Brazilian wind turbine supply chain deals have been announced, further enhancing the country’s reputation as a major growth market and its local manufacturing content incentives.