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Top climate scientists ask environmentalists to support nuclear power in climate battle

Posted in Science on 5th Nov, 2013 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won’t be enough to head off extreme global warming.

Solar Deployment Is Faster Than Nuclear

Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2013 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar and wind have scaled up enough already to make nuclear lose in the market place.

Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth for Centuries

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2013 02:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years.

Caffeine energy drinks 'intensify heart contractions'

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2013 02:56 AM
by AlexMuller
Energy drinks packed with caffeine can change the way the heart beats, researchers warn.

Plastics with light absorbing dye halves cost of solar power

Posted in Hardware on 5th Dec, 2013 02:07 AM
by AlexMuller
A thin sheet of dyed plastic could cut the cost of solar power, particularly for applications that require solar cells to be highly efficient and flexible.

Researchers split water into hydrogen, oxygen using light, nanoparticles

Posted in Science on 18th Dec, 2013 03:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Technology potentially could create a clean, renewable source of energy.

Green Energy Scheme To Burn Beetle Infested Trees

Posted in Science on 21st Dec, 2013 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
In a new program, the U.S. Forest Service is fueling a biomass power plant in Colorado with trees killed by a pest called the mountain pine beetle.

Why Battery Life Should Be The New Smartphone Battleground

Posted in Hardware on 29th Dec, 2013 01:22 AM
by AlexMuller
We’ve all been there: you forgot to charge your smartphone and you have 10% battery life left to see you through the day.

Solar Power Poised For A Huge Year In 2014

Posted in Business on 29th Dec, 2013 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
The equivalent of a 5 megawatt solar farm every hour of every day; that’s how much new solar power is being installed around the world right now.

Micro-windmills used to recharge cell phones

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jan, 2014 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
A micro-windmill that generates wind energy and may become an innovative solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging.

Battery advance could boost renewable energy take up

Posted in Science on 20th Jan, 2014 10:08 PM
by AlexMuller
US researchers have made an important step forward in the quest to store electricity from intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar.

Chemical process turns any plant matter, even trees, into biofuels

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2014 10:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Nearly any plant material can be broken down into simple sugars.

A New Physics Theory of Life

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2014 03:34 AM
by AlexMuller
Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it.

EU outlines 2030 climate goals

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2014 03:46 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Commission has outlined its plans for climate and energy policy until 2030.

An environmentally friendly, energy-dense sugar battery

Posted in Science on 25th Jan, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
A Virginia Tech research team has developed a battery that runs on sugar and has an unmatched energy density, and could replace conventional batteries.

Boeing reveals “the biggest breakthrough in biofuels ever”

Posted in Science on 30th Jan, 2014 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
They found that there is a class of plants that can grow in deserts on salt water and has superb biomass potential.

Apple patent could lead to solar-powered touchscreen displays

Posted in Hardware on 1st Feb, 2014 01:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple's new devices could be solar powered, with touchscreen controls mounted outside to monitor charge status.

Solar goes big time with the world’s largest solar thermal plant

Posted in Hardware on 16th Feb, 2014 04:44 AM
by AlexMuller
The largest solar thermal project of its kind in the world, formally opened Thursday in the Mojave Desert.

Google makes huge investment in clean energy

Posted in Online on 18th Feb, 2014 03:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Google is the most aggressive in advancing a clean energy agenda, analysts say. Google has made 15 wind and solar investments totaling more than $1 billion.

Apple CEO Shuts Down Anti-Environmental Investors

Posted in Science on 1st Mar, 2014 02:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Tim Cook laid the verbal smack down on investors who want the company to abandon some of its progressive policies.

Proposal: 100% Renewable Energy is Feasible and Affordable

Posted in Business on 11th Mar, 2014 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Detailed plans for each state in the union that to move to 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050 using only technology that’s already available.

Spinning With the Fishes:

Posted in Science on 13th Mar, 2014 04:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Underwater Turbines Tap Moon’s Gravity to Generate Power.

US Navy Explores Beaming Solar Power From Space

Posted in Science on 27th Mar, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
A complaint about renewable energy, including solar power, is that it does not generate energy all the time. At night or during cloudy weather, solar arrays don’t produce electricity.

Nanotubes increase conductivity of solar cells by 100 million

Posted in Hardware on 4th Apr, 2014 12:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Controlled placement of carbon nanotubes in nanostructures could result in a huge boost in electronic performance in photovoltaic solar cells.

Lockheed Martin Pioneers Ocean Energy in China

Posted in Science on 5th Apr, 2014 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
A 10-megawatt ocean thermal energy conversion plant is under way:

Body heat to power your wearable gadgets

Posted in Hardware on 12th Apr, 2014 02:34 AM
by AlexMuller
How to ensure power supply in a stable and reliable manner is one of the most critical issues facing the developers of wearable technology.

New water desalination tech makes ocean water drinkable

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2014 02:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Incredibly this technique requires little more than a store-bought battery.

Scottish universities given funding for low carbon projects

Posted in Science on 28th Apr, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Three Scottish universities are to receive £20m as part of a scheme to help Scotland meet its carbon emission reduction targets.

Nuclear reactors offshore: a good way to use nuclear power?

Posted in Science on 28th Apr, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
There are many things people do not want to be built in their backyard, and nuclear power stations are high on the list.

Solar Power Grows 400 Percent in Only 4 Years

Posted in Business on 28th Apr, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
More than half of the added capacity comes from home and business owners.

Poll shows most want sugary drinks banned from UK schools

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2014 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Two thirds of people support a ban on sugary drinks in all UK schools and academies, suggests a poll carried out for the BBC.

Google wants your help making tinier solar power systems

Posted in Business on 10th May, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The search giant is promising $1 million to whoever cracks the problem.

Japan Plans to Have a Power Plant in Space in a Decade

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2014 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Japan, where the Fukushima meltdown heightened the search for safe, sustainable alternative energy, is answering that need by sending a power plant into space.

Wireless Power from Across the Room

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2014 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
A startup called Energous aims to let you charge your gadgets without plugging them in.

Narendra Modi Plans To Bring Solar To 400 Million People

Posted in Hardware on 26th May, 2014 10:56 PM
by AlexMuller
India’s new government, led by Narendra Modi, plans to use solar power to bring electricity to the homes of 400 million people who currently do not have access to it.

What’s The World To Do About Water?

Posted in Science on 9th Jun, 2014 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's water problem, and how to solve it.

Removing Salt To Relieve The World’s Thirst

Posted in Science on 12th Jun, 2014 12:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is liquid, yet water scarcity affects more than a billion people each year.

Charging portable electronics will be super-fast, widely accessible

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2014 01:56 AM
by AlexMuller
Two innovations for on-the-go mobile-device users seeking a quick charge are in the works:

Musk's SolarCity has huge plans for solar power

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jun, 2014 04:35 AM
by AlexMuller
"Solar panels, paired with batteries to enable power at night, can produce several orders of magnitude more electricity than is consumed by the entirety of human civilization"- Elon Musk.

Stopping harmful climate change could be surprisingly cheap

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2014 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Governments have agreed to limit global warming to 2°C, because more than that may be impossible to adapt to.

Want to limit global warming? Bring cash

Posted in Business on 10th Jul, 2014 01:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Any effort to limit global warming to 2ºC will require deep investment in low-carbon research and development, a new assessment warns.

Climate Change Skeptics Dumped by BBC to Create 'Balance'

Posted in Online on 12th Jul, 2014 09:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Climate change skeptics are being banned from BBC News, for fear of misinforming people.

The World In 2025:

Posted in Business on 16th Jul, 2014 02:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Abundant solar power and food, tailored drugs and gene therapies.

Delaying climate action will carry heavy economic cost, White House warns

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2014 01:21 AM
by AlexMuller
The White House has warned that delaying action on climate change would carry a heavy price.

Climate Change Brings Heat Waves and Cold Snaps

Posted in Science on 1st Aug, 2014 03:19 AM
by AlexMuller
New research indicates that the planet will experience heat waves as well as cold snaps in the coming years.

Tidal power generator unveiling hailed as landmark

Posted in Hardware on 7th Aug, 2014 11:18 PM
by AlexMuller
A full-scale tidal power generator aimed at showing the potential for renewable energy has been unveiled in Pembrokeshire.

China Will Install More Solar This Year Than The U.S Ever Has

Posted in Hardware on 10th Aug, 2014 01:00 AM
by AlexMuller
China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity in the first six months of the year ending June 30, marking a 100 percent increase over the same period last year.

Some Simple Software Could Help Charge Your Phone in Minutes Not Hours

Posted in Software on 13th Aug, 2014 02:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Modern phones aren't renowned for their battery life; to make things worse, they can take hours to charge, too.

Rising economies 'ahead on climate'

Posted in Business on 13th Aug, 2014 02:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Four of the world's emerging economies have claimed that they are far ahead of developed countries in their efforts to slow climate change.

NASA is Working on Origami Solar Arrays That Unfurls in Space

Posted in Hardware on 18th Aug, 2014 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar panels are shaped with maximum surface area to catch as many rays as possible, but flat disks are not aerodynamic on the trip to space. A solution is to get clever with geometry.

Solar energy that doesn't block the view

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Aug, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
A new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window.

Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2014 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

A low-cost water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery

Posted in Hardware on 26th Aug, 2014 02:08 AM
by AlexMuller
This could allow for true zero-emissions fuel-cell vehicles and save hydrogen producers billions of dollars in electricity costs.

Tesla in deal to build 400 charging stations in China

Posted in Hardware on 1st Sep, 2014 07:47 PM
by AlexMuller
The Chinese market has become vital for many global automakers.

No more pause: Global warming will be non-stop from now on

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2014 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Once temperatures start rising again, it looks like they will keep going up without a break for the rest of the century, unless we cut our greenhouse gas emissions.

Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Desalinating or sterilizing water with solar energy is way harder than Hollywood makes it look.

Greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2014 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures.

Researchers claim hydrogen energy advance

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2014 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at Glasgow University have claimed a breakthrough in producing hydrogen fuel from water.

Climate change remedies 'affordable'

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 07:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Politicians will put the world economy at risk if they fail to tackle climate change, a global commission has warned.

August was hottest on record worldwide, says NASA

Posted in Science on 18th Sep, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
2014 is shaping up to be an exceptionally warm year with May and June also the hottest ever.

Climate change summit: Thousands join global protests

Posted in Science on 21st Sep, 2014 10:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have been taking place around the world, with marches reported in more than 2,000 locations.

UN climate summit: China pledges emissions action

Posted in Science on 24th Sep, 2014 08:06 PM
by AlexMuller
China has pledged for the first time to take firm action on climate change, telling a UN summit that its emissions, the world's highest, would soon peak.

Climate-Earth system computer model to be the most advanced ever created

Posted in Software on 27th Sep, 2014 11:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Armed with high-performance computing systems, DOE national labs and partners tackle climate and Earth-system modeling.

Human-Caused Climate Change Fueled Some of 2013's Extreme Weather

Posted in Science on 30th Sep, 2014 12:34 AM
by AlexMuller
The planet is warming and having an impact on some of the world's weather, particularly to heat waves across the globe.

Phone boxes turn green to charge mobiles

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Oct, 2014 08:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Disused phone boxes in London are being put to a novel use as solar-powered charging stations for mobile phones.

Crystal grains can hold huge amounts of oxygen for lighter underwater breathing

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2014 10:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Crystalline materials can store oxygen in high concentrations.The stored oxygen can be released again when and where it is needed.

Analysis Reveals Global Warming Underestimated By 24% To 58%

Posted in Science on 7th Oct, 2014 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Oceanographers have discovered the heat content change of the Earth has been severely underestimated.

The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet

Posted in Science on 7th Oct, 2014 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
High-altitude wind contains enough energy to power the planet. A Boston start-up wants to be the first to bring it down to Earth.

Tesla Dual Motor: Tesla has announced an all electric supercar

Posted in Hardware on 11th Oct, 2014 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
0-60 in 3.2 seconds. Perspective: As fast as a McLaran F1 and faster than a Lamborghini Murcielago. And cheaper.

Can Sucking CO2 Out of the Atmosphere Really Work?

Posted in Science on 13th Oct, 2014 11:18 PM
by AlexMuller
A Columbia scientist and his startup think they have a plan to save the world. Now they have to convince the rest of us.

Could the moon provide all of Earth's power?

Posted in Business on 18th Oct, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Shimizu Corporation has a proposition that could end the world’s energy crisis by generating all of Earth’s power on the moon.

Europe emission targets 'will fail to protect climate'

Posted in Science on 20th Oct, 2014 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe’s leaders are about to consign the Earth to the risk of dangerous climate change, a UN expert says.

EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2014 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
EU leaders have reached a landmark deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.

Climate change caused by ocean, not just atmosphere

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Most of the concerns about climate change have focused on the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released into the atmosphere.

Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC

Posted in Science on 2nd Nov, 2014 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN backed expert panel says.

Far Infrared: The New Driver Behind Arctic Warming

Posted in Science on 5th Nov, 2014 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
A team of scientists have identified far infrared energy as a new driver behind Arctic warming and melting sea ice in the region, according to recent research.

US and China in 'historic' greenhouse gas emissions pledge

Posted in Science on 12th Nov, 2014 07:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Climate deal would require China to build 1000 Gigawatts of Nuclear or other zero emission energy by 2030.

Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge

Posted in Science on 20th Nov, 2014 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

It is clear that 2014 will end up as the warmest year on record

Posted in Science on 22nd Nov, 2014 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
This year's heat is what scientists expect from man-made global warming. Scientists say the burning of coal, oil and gas traps heats, changing the climate.

Adjusting Earth’s thermostat, with caution

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2014 11:23 PM
by AlexMuller
With so much at stake, transparency is essential. But the science of climate engineering is also widely misunderstood.

UN climate talks begin as global temperatures break records

Posted in Business on 1st Dec, 2014 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A key UN climate meeting in Peru has opened with negotiators attempting to advance a new global agreement.

California's drought is the worst in 1,200 years

Posted in Science on 9th Dec, 2014 08:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists warn that more hot droughts are assured as the planet continues to warm.

UN members agree to a deal at the Lima climate talks

Posted in Business on 15th Dec, 2014 02:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Delegates have approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted next year. Differences over the draft text caused the two-week talks Peru to overrun by two days.

Arctic sea ice volume holds up in 2014

Posted in Science on 15th Dec, 2014 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Arctic sea ice may be more resilient than many observers recognize.

Climate change could cost U.S. coasts $1 trillion by 2100

Posted in Business on 23rd Dec, 2014 10:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Climate change will cost U.S. coastal areas twice what analysts had predicted, according to a new study.

Study finds possible alternative explanation for dark energy

Posted in Science on 30th Dec, 2014 10:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Dark energy is an unknown form of energy that is proposed to drive the accelerated expansion of the universe.

New technology purifies water with sunlight and catalysts

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Jan, 2015 09:14 PM
by AlexMuller
A system that uses sunlight and catalysts to purify polluted water at a high reaction rate, improving access to clean water where it's needed.

Most fossil fuels 'unburnable' under 2C climate target

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2015 11:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Most of the world's fossil fuel reserves will need to stay in the ground if dangerous global warming is to be avoided, modelling work suggests.

CES 2015: Charging a mobile battery in seconds

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jan, 2015 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Being able to recharge devices 100 times faster than at present has the potential to revolutionize the way we use mobile phones, tablets, laptops and wearable tech.

Wireless power system charges devices up to 20 feet away

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jan, 2015 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Firms are racing to develop a feasible method for delivering power wirelessly.

Solar energy to be at grid parity in most of the world within 2 years

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2015 07:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Deutsche Bank is predicting that solar systems will cost is lower or equal to that of electricity from the electrical grid in up to 80 per cent of the global market within 2 years.

Sea level rise accelerating more than once thought

Posted in Science on 15th Jan, 2015 07:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past, a new study says.

Carbon sequestration may not be as effective as expected

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2015 03:47 PM
by AlexMuller
A recent MIT study has found that far less carbon dioxide than the ideal prediction of 90 percent may be turned into rock when sequestered.

ChargeTech promises to cut your smartphone charge time in half

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jan, 2015 03:59 PM
by AlexMuller
The ChargeTech adapter can be used with phones and tablets, smartwatches, Bluetooth speakers and basically anything else with a USB charging cable.

Shackleton Energy Company aims to mine the moon

Posted in Business on 3rd Feb, 2015 02:08 PM
by AlexMuller
There are billions of tons of ice on the poles of the Moon. Shackleton Energy plans to extract lunar water ice, turn it into rocket fuel and create fuel stations in Earth's orbit.

Bionic leaf: using bacteria to convert solar energy into fuel

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2015 09:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Harvesting sunlight is a trick plants mastered more than a billion years ago, using solar energy to feed themselves from the air and water through photosynthesis.

Aiming for a carbon-negative western United States

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2015 06:25 PM
by AlexMuller
If biomass electricity production is combined with carbon sequestration in the western United States, power generators could store more carbon than they emit.

Public split on human-caused climate change

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2015 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep public divisions over climate change are unrelated to differences in how well ordinary citizens understand scientific evidence on global warming.

A 'breakthrough' in rechargeable batteries for electronic devices and electric vehicles

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2015 09:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have synthesized a new material that they say could more than double the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries.

New material promises more efficient carbon capture

Posted in Science on 13th Mar, 2015 01:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The material could find use in smokestacks, or anyplace else where excess CO2 needs to be removed from the air.

Global CO2 emissions 'stalled' in 2014

Posted in Science on 14th Mar, 2015 08:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The growth in global carbon emissions stalled last year, according to data from the International Energy Agency.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX buying $90 million of Elon Musk’s Solar City solar bonds

Posted in Business on 31st Mar, 2015 08:13 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity, one of the world’s largest installers of solar panels, said today that SpaceX is investing in $90 million worth of its solar bonds.

Google Gets Into Battery Arms Race

Posted in Hardware on 11th Apr, 2015 10:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has joined the search for better batteries to power its expansion into consumer electronics and other hardware.

Why Ocean Energy Needs Digital Technology to Create Our Power

Posted in Science on 11th Apr, 2015 10:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Almost one third of electricity needs can be met by a predictable, renewable and yet largely untapped resource: ocean waves.

New material set to change cooling industry

Posted in Business on 13th Apr, 2015 04:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The world refrigeration market is expected to increase by $7-8 billion by 2018. The breakthrough has an economic impact and an impact on the energy industry and environment.

Renewable energy at a turning point

Posted in Business on 28th Apr, 2015 08:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Forming over half of the new energy capacity added in the world in the past 3 years, renewables have reached critical mass, lowering costs through technological innovation.

Tesla's Elon Musk Unveils Stored Sunlight in Batteries

Posted in Business on 2nd May, 2015 11:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The car company plans to sell battery storage systems for homes and utilities to help extend the use of solar power.

'Tesla's batteries could be bigger business than electric cars' – Elon Musk

Posted in Business on 9th May, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The company has taken 38,000 orders for its Powerwall, which was first announced last week, meaning the devices are sold out until mid-2016.

Massive solar expansion by 2050 may be necessary for climate, MIT reports

Posted in Hardware on 10th May, 2015 10:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar's easy of use, efficiency and abundance may make it the clean energy source best suited to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Is the sun about to set on the Age of Oil? Solar, battery developments becoming the new Black Gold

Posted in Business on 24th May, 2015 09:21 PM
by AlexMuller
By next year, solar power costs will reach parity with most grid prices in North America.

Black solar cells reach incredible new efficiency records

Posted in Hardware on 27th May, 2015 07:13 PM
by AlexMuller
With solar cells of particular interest to researchers, businesses, environmental groups, and just about everybody else, it always seems there are new advances in research.

Biofuels may put unsustainable demands on water use

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2015 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Transition away from fossil fuels is underway, but without assessing demands on land and water resources we put the future health of our planet at risk.

New tech keeps your smart phone charged for 30 percent longer

Posted in Hardware on 30th May, 2015 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Invention captures wasted cell phone energy, feeds it back to battery.

Transparent solar windows for high rise buildings

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jun, 2015 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Perovskite has astounded the solar cell community with a steep rise in efficiency from 4% in 2010 to a 20.1% in 2014, already surpassing many other solar technologies.

A call for a 'Moon shot' project on clean energy

Posted in Business on 2nd Jun, 2015 06:49 PM
by AlexMuller
A group of scientists and economists is calling for the equivalent of the Apollo space programme to produce cheap, clean energy.

Solar panels to reach grid parity or better for 80% of the globe by 2017

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2015 08:46 PM
by AlexMuller
The rapidly falling cost of solar is making clean energy more economical than many people expected.

WiFi that provides connectivity and charges your gadgets may be closer than you think

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2015 09:00 PM
by AlexMuller
A team at the University of Washington, has developed a 'power over WiFi' system that can recharge batteries through the air.

Solar power passes 1 percent of global electricity threshold

Posted in Business on 12th Jun, 2015 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar now covers more than 1% of global electricity demand. In three countries in Europe, Italy, Germany and Greece, solar PV supplies more than 7% of electricity demand.

China is utterly and totally dominating solar panels

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jun, 2015 12:24 AM
by AlexMuller
While China has long been a leader in making solar panels, it’s now become the largest market, by far, for solar panels.

Solar: The First 1 percent was by far the hardest

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2015 10:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar power now provides roughly 1% of the world’s electricity. It took 40 years. As prices drop, installation rate rises. As installation rates rise, the price continues to drop.

Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2015 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks.

Europe's energy revolution marches on:

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2015 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Fully one-third of electricity produced in Europe last year came from renewable energy, reports ENTSO-E.

What Happens When A State Seriously Invests In Clean Energy?

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jun, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
A clean energy rush is transforming California so quickly that nearly a quarter of its electricity now comes from renewable sources.

Japan’s Softbank to Invest $20 Billion in Solar-Energy Projects in India

Posted in Hardware on 29th Jun, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Indian government targets a massive expansion in the country’s solar output from some 3 gigawatts today to 100 gigawatts by 2022.

Gates to invest $2bn in breakthrough renewable energy projects

Posted in Business on 30th Jun, 2015 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Gates said that he would double his current investments in renewables over the next five years in a bid to tackle climate change.

Tesla Is Betting on Solar, Not Just Batteries

Posted in Business on 5th Jul, 2015 11:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Powerwall has all the characteristics needed to succeed in the market. At least as long as the technology it is tethering itself to, solar, succeeds as well.

Wave generator supplies US electrical grid for the first time

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Though it can only produce 20 kilowatts, the DoE said that similar devices could eventually provide large amounts of clean power to coastal cities.

Oil Giant To Build World's Largest Solar Project

Posted in Hardware on 9th Jul, 2015 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Today the state oil company of Oman announced a landmark deal with California-based solar developer GlassPoint to build the world’s largest solar project.

How Will We Meet the Energy Demands of the Coming Megacities?

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2015 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The rise of megacities will come at a price: energy needs will be enormous.

Tesla CTO: Batteries with Solar Will Lead to Cheap Electricity Within 10 Years

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jul, 2015 10:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy storage is the key to popularizing solar energy generation.

Nanowires give 'solar fuel cell' efficiency a tenfold boost

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jul, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers make important step towards a solar cell that generates hydrogen.

Solar company Sunrun sets terms to raise up to $309 million in IPO

Posted in Business on 23rd Jul, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
The Silicon Valley born and backed solar installer is raising money to compete in a quickly consolidating market.

Hillary Clinton pledges half a billion solar panels if she wins office

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jul, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Democratic presidential frontrunner also says she wants America to generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home within 10 years.

Germany Just Got 78 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A stormy day across northern Europe combined with sunny conditions in southern Germany led to the new record.

Obama's clean energy plan expected to boost renewables and switch away from coal

Posted in Business on 1st Aug, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
After a year of consultations and over 4 million public comments, President Obama's Clean Power Plan will be finalized early next week.

China is building a massive solar plant in the Gobi desert

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2015 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Construction has begun on China’s first large-scale commercial solar plant, designed to eventually supply electricity for approximately one million households.

Study claims perovskite solar cells can recoup their energy cost within three months

Posted in Hardware on 7th Aug, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Perovskite cells could rise to take the lion's share of the solar landscape in the near future.

New study tracks the death of our Universe

Posted in Science on 11th Aug, 2015 09:49 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study has measured 200,000 galaxies in an effort to chart the rate at which our Universe is outputting energy, and effectively dying.

US distributed solar prices fell 10 to 20 percent in 2014, with trends continuing into 2015

Posted in Business on 13th Aug, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The installed price of distributed solar photovoltaic power systems in the United States continues to fall precipitously.

Stanford Researchers Unveil New Ultrafast Charging Aluminum-Ion Battery

Posted in Hardware on 14th Aug, 2015 07:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers unveiled a new aluminum-ion battery chemistry with the ability to charge or discharge in less than a minute.

Booming Wind and Solar Power Has Slashed Europe’s CO2 Emissions

Posted in Hardware on 16th Aug, 2015 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Renewables slashed CO2 emissions by 8.8% each year from 2010 through 2012, the most recent year for which UN numbers are available.

UCLA physicist tests theories of dark energy by mimicking the vacuum of space

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2015 06:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Dark energy causes galaxies to accelerate away from one another, and constitutes the majority of the universe's energy and mass.

World’s Largest Solar Power Station To Come Up In Madhya Pradesh, India

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2015 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
If all goes well, the world's largest solar power station will start generating energy by March 2017.

Market Fall Masks Renewable Energy’s Bright Future

Posted in Business on 25th Aug, 2015 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The MAC Solar Index, which tracks solar companies, has fallen more than 31 percent in the last three months. First Solar, SunEdison, and SolarCity have taken a market beating.

Principal Solar Teams with Entropy to Build 100MW Generating Facility

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2015 11:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The 100MW facility, located in Cumberland County, North Carolina, will produce enough electricity to power approximately 20,000 average American homes.

Solar propulsion can make space travel cheaper and more efficient say NASA researchers

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2015 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Ever since NASA popularised the solar panel way back in the 1970s, solar has proved crucial to expanding our knowledge of space.

Elon Musk says humanity is currently running 'the dumbest experiment in history'

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2015 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
'Given that at some point fossil fuel will run out anyway, why run this crazy experiment to see how bad it'll be?'

Q2 2015 an impressive quarter for the US solar PV market

Posted in Hardware on 11th Sep, 2015 01:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The residential solar market registered another quarterly record in the second quarter, with 70 percent growth year-over-year.

Lightweight solar cells track the sun, providing 40 percent more energy than fixed cells

Posted in Hardware on 15th Sep, 2015 03:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Inspired by Japanese paper-cutting art, they replace heavy conventional Sun-tracking systems.

Apple reportedly approves electric car project for 2019 release

Posted in Business on 23rd Sep, 2015 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The company gave the approval for tripling the 600 employees already working on the project to speed up production.

Fossil fuel divestment movement reaches $2.6 trillion

Posted in Business on 23rd Sep, 2015 03:16 PM
by AlexMuller
A campaign to abandon fossil fuels to boost the fight against climate change has rapidly picked up steam, with institutions worth $2.6 trillion pledging to divest, a study said Tuesday.

New Coating Radiates Heat to Keep Solar Cells Cool, and More Efficient

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Sep, 2015 03:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar cells have a problem: the hotter they get as the sun pours down on them, the less efficient they become at converting light into electricity.

Renewable energy outstrips coal for first time in UK electricity mix

Posted in Science on 27th Sep, 2015 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Wind, solar and bioenergy surge to supply a record 25% of the country’s electricity for a whole quarter.

Electricity from the air? Drayson's big idea

Posted in Hardware on 30th Sep, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
'Freevolt' can be the power source for the internet of things, allowing low energy devices from wearables to sensors to operate without being plugged in.

SolarCity Creates A 22% Module-Level Efficient Solar Panel

Posted in Business on 2nd Oct, 2015 05:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity announced that it has created the world’s most efficient solar panel, with a 22 percent module-level efficiency.

Warmest ever superconductor works at Antarctic temperatures

Posted in Science on 4th Oct, 2015 10:29 PM
by AlexMuller
A material has been shown to transmit electricity with no resistance at the highest temperatures ever: the chilly conditions you might experience in Antarctica.

Solar Cheaper Than Natural Gas? It's Happening

Posted in Hardware on 7th Oct, 2015 01:33 PM
by AlexMuller
So what’s it mean? Solar will be cheaper than traditional grid power in at least some locations in a few years, so any utility looking to keep control of pricing will look more and more at solar.

The world is on target to get 26 percent of energy from renewables by 2020

Posted in Business on 9th Oct, 2015 10:34 AM
by AlexMuller
With the more affordable technology and political pressure, it’s no surprise that renewable energy is on the rise on a global scale.

Test Facility Begins Capturing Carbon from Air

Posted in Hardware on 12th Oct, 2015 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Pilot plant will try to demonstrate carbon capture on an industrial scale.

The Kepler space telescope has detected something very weird near the edge of our galaxy

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2015 06:19 AM
by AlexMuller
The strange star that has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure.

Odisha (India) bets big on solar power, plans to set up 1,000Mw park

Posted in Business on 19th Oct, 2015 01:06 AM
by AlexMuller
The central Indian government has set a target of generating 175,000 Mw of power through renewable energy sources by 2022.

Morocco to become a solar superpower with launch of mega-project

Posted in Hardware on 27th Oct, 2015 05:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The world’s largest concentrated solar power plant is set to help renewables provide almost half the country’s energy by 2020.

Conducting ink can boost solar thermal by 70% for a few dollars

Posted in Business on 1st Nov, 2015 03:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have created a nanoparticle-rich, conducting ink that they have used to coat pipes of solar water heaters to increase their efficiency by up to 70 percent.

PV Solar & Batteries Could Hit Grid Parity In Japan By 2018

Posted in Hardware on 4th Nov, 2015 10:56 AM
by AlexMuller
'We believe we can provide residential systems that are competitive with and soon-to-be cheaper than electricity from the grid'

Chemical storage advance may enable much more cost-effective concentrated solar-power storage

Posted in Hardware on 5th Nov, 2015 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
New thermochemical energy storage system is twice as efficient, with 10 times higher energy density.

By 2020, solar will be price-competitive with fossil fuels on an unsubsidized basis in most parts of the world

Posted in Hardware on 6th Nov, 2015 01:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Germany, China, and Japan are leading the charge in the adoption of clean energy.

How Graphene Could Turn Air Into Energy

Posted in Science on 7th Nov, 2015 12:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Graphene can easily allow protons to pass through it, researchers have found. The discovery could open the door to a whole new type of energy production.

Renewable energy investment predicted to surge

Posted in Business on 11th Nov, 2015 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The result, says the IEA, could limit the demand for oil and keep the price relatively low for the rest of the decade.

Leading energy firms to support 'near doubling' of renewable capacity

Posted in Business on 20th Nov, 2015 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
16 energy firms pledge to remove regulatory, financial, and technical barriers to support 1.5TW of additional renewable capacity.

The price of solar in India could fall below that of coal within 5 years

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2015 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
In India currently, the price of solar is within 15% of coal process on a levelised basis.

Bill Gates will invest as much as $2 billion in new clean energy partnership

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2015 10:18 PM
by AlexMuller
"This is the single biggest cooperative research and development partnership in history."

Zuckerberg, Gates and Bezos Launch Massive Clean Energy Fund

Posted in Business on 1st Dec, 2015 05:43 AM
by AlexMuller
The new coalition will focus on 'early stage companies with the potential of an energy future that produces near zero carbon emissions'

Google makes 'largest purchase' of renewable energy for data centers: 842 MW

Posted in Business on 4th Dec, 2015 04:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Google moves to meet its commitment to power 100 percent of its business from green energy.

Climate Scientists: Nuclear only path forward for climate

Posted in Science on 4th Dec, 2015 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
'A build rate of 61 new reactors per year could entirely replace current fossil fuel electricity generation by 2050'

Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy

Posted in Business on 6th Dec, 2015 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The country has slashed its carbon footprint and lowered electricity costs, without subsidies. The Paris summit can learn much from its success.

Global carbon emissions 'to stall or even decline' this year

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2015 09:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers say it is the first time this has happened while the global economy has continued to grow.

UK Government proposes major VAT hike for domestic solar installations

Posted in Business on 10th Dec, 2015 07:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Proposal to boost VAT rate from five per cent to 20 per cent likely to add £900 to the average cost of domestic solar projects, say campaigners.

New glass coating could lead to omnidirectional solar panels

Posted in Business on 17th Dec, 2015 04:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a special glass coating to enable panels to soak up light from multiple angles, significantly boosting the efficiency and energy yields.

U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend tax credits for solar and wind for another five years

Posted in Hardware on 18th Dec, 2015 04:31 PM
by AlexMuller
This will give an unprecedented boost to the industry and change the course of deployment in the U.S.

Solar energy from discarded car batteries

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2015 08:36 PM
by AlexMuller
MIT researchers have developed a simple procedure for making a promising type of solar cell using lead recovered from discarded lead-acid car batteries.

Our ongoing energy transformation in 2015

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015 a series of events combined to drive what may well to be profound shifts, even turning points, in the history of the energy sector.

US lawmakers support the goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2050

Posted in Hardware on 26th Dec, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Big states like California and New York have already ordered their respective administrative body's to draft mandates for clean energy.

China to Increase Wind, Solar Power Capacity by 21 Percent in 2016

Posted in Business on 2nd Jan, 2016 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The nation is targeting at least 20 GW of new wind power installations and 15 GW of additional solar PV capacity.

Clean power soaring even in spite of bargain prices for fossil fuels

Posted in Business on 3rd Jan, 2016 10:36 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015 utility companies went on a worldwide building binge, taking advantage of falling prices for clean technology as well as an improving regulatory and investment climate.

The Cota transmitter shown at CES can charge gadgets over the air

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jan, 2016 01:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The company eventually plans to follow-up with larger base station units that are capable of blanketing an entire home with wireless power.

Adding cesium to perovskite in solar cells boosts performance of silicon

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jan, 2016 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar has so far not been efficient enough for the average consumer; doubling efficiency might make it a smart investment.

Why renewable energy keeps growing despite low fossil fuel prices

Posted in Business on 16th Jan, 2016 06:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Growth in renewable energy shows no signs of slowing, even though fossil fuel prices have plummeted. Here’s why:

Latest Wi-Fi Technology Could Charge Devices As Well As Providing Connectivity

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jan, 2016 07:29 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technology called Power Over Wi-Fi(PoWiFi), can transmit both energy and internet from one router.

Solar panel costs set to fall 10% a year, on course to meet 20% of global energy needs by 2027

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jan, 2016 01:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Power from the sun could supply 20% of energy worldwide by 2027 on current technology trends, say UK researchers.

Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant

Posted in Science on 6th Feb, 2016 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
The desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping the country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030.

Bees Could Engineer Next-Generation Energy Storage

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2016 06:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy storage could be the next item on the list when it comes to listing all the reasons we need to save the world’s bee population from collapse.

US Solar capacity hits 20,000 MW, with almost half in California

Posted in Business on 11th Feb, 2016 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The U.S. had just over 20,000 MW of solar capacity at the end of November 2015, making up about 1.9% of total electricity generating capacity nationwide.

North American countries sign first-ever climate accord

Posted in Business on 14th Feb, 2016 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Canada, the United States and Mexico broke new ground Friday, signing the first-ever climate change and clean energy agreement in North American history.

SolarCity will use Tesla’s Powerpack to deliver solar power even when it’s dark

Posted in Hardware on 18th Feb, 2016 05:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity is chaired by Tesla CEO Elon Musk so the decision to go with the Powerpack is pretty convenient for both companies.

US Solar Market Sets New Record, Installing 7.3GW of Solar PV in 2015

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 08:58 PM
by AlexMuller
For the first time ever, solar beat out natural-gas capacity additions.

Clean power could save the US billions of dollars each year

Posted in Science on 25th Feb, 2016 10:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Concerns are abound that implementing measures to reduce harmful fossil fuel emissions would create more cost than benefit.

Photovoltaics and electrochemical cell combine to advance solar

Posted in Science on 26th Feb, 2016 10:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Silicon solar cells are hampered by the fact that they only deliver power when the sun is shining and their efficiency falls off markedly at temperatures over 100° C.

The U.S. solar industry just had a week of record-breaking announcements

Posted in Hardware on 29th Feb, 2016 11:43 AM
by AlexMuller
The solar industry is now on an unstoppable growth path that could make it the most important energy source of the next century.

The top UK energy lobbying group backs green energy in historic U-turn

Posted in Business on 1st Mar, 2016 12:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy UK, representing big six providers, says it now supports phasing out coal, after years of defending use of fossil fuels.

UK to unveil largest floating solar array in the world

Posted in Hardware on 4th Mar, 2016 03:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Workers with Ennoviga Solar and Lightsource Renewable Energy are set to unveil the largest floating solar array in the world, later this month.

How a Moth Means a Solar Panel Can Work Inside

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2016 01:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Nocturnal animals, such as the moth, have microscopic patterns in their eyes. These patterns gather the small amount of light and concentrate it to the center of their eye.

India's big move into solar is already paying off

Posted in Business on 7th Mar, 2016 03:12 PM
by AlexMuller
As the price of solar power keeps plummeting, India's massive bet on solar power is paying off far earlier than anticipated.

Solar is heading for giant boom times in the US

Posted in Business on 11th Mar, 2016 06:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Big solar power plants still provide a measly 0.6 percent of overall US electricity. But they are headed up a steep growth curve.

Climate change deal: 'Zero carbon' laws promised by UK government

Posted in Science on 15th Mar, 2016 05:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Under current law, emissions must be cut by 80% by 2050, but ministers have said this does not go far enough.

Could solar panels in orbit power the Earth?

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2016 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
It may sound like a crazy idea, but the notion of space-based solar power actually dates back several decades, to the 1970s oil crisis.

Solar to nearly triple by 2020 to about 450 GW and Wind to be about 750 GW

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Mar, 2016 07:39 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015, China added more than 15 gigawatts of solar capacity, surpassing Germany as the largest solar market.

2015 record year for global renewables investment

Posted in Science on 25th Mar, 2016 04:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Global investment in renewable energy hit a record US$285.9bn (£202.3bn) in 2015, beating the previous high of $278.5bn set in 2011, a study shows.

Catalyst is 3x better than previous record at splitting water

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2016 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
A catalyst that's three times better than the previous record-holder at splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, the vital first step in making fuels from renewables.

ARPA-E funding a Xerox Machine to print super solar panels

Posted in Hardware on 28th Mar, 2016 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at PARC say they’re developing a new digital printing process that could make it much cheaper to mass-produce concentrated solar photovoltaic systems.

Solar Is a Booming Business, but It’s Still Not Generating Much of Our Power

Posted in Hardware on 28th Mar, 2016 02:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar capacity is on the rise, but it still accounts for only about 1 percent of the world’s electricity.

Study: California could get 74% of power from rooftop solar

Posted in Hardware on 31st Mar, 2016 09:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Rooftop solar panels could meet three-quarters of California's electricity needs and about 40 percent of the country's electricity needs, according to a new study.

Tesla makes its big play for the mainstream with the Model 3

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Apr, 2016 07:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Musk said his goal was to produce about 500,000 a year with production at full speed. Within a day of the launch, 180,000 vehicles had been pre-ordered.

China proposes $50tn global renewable energy network

Posted in Science on 4th Apr, 2016 12:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The company running China’s power grid is proposing a $50 trillion global electricity network to tackle pollution and climate change.

Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels

Posted in Business on 7th Apr, 2016 03:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Record clean energy investment outpaces gas and coal 2 to 1.

Future solar panels could also generate energy from raindrops

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2016 03:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A new solar cell prototype developed by a team of scientists in China may change the way we use solar panels in the not so distant future.

Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade, says new study

Posted in Business on 16th Apr, 2016 07:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The next great energy revolution might take place in a fraction of the time of major changes in the past.

Watching SunEdison's Collapse, Solar Industry Resets

Posted in Business on 17th Apr, 2016 07:32 AM
by AlexMuller
The collapse of SunEdison has made clear the perils of too-rapid growth.

US: New standardization initiative could save billions for solar users

Posted in Hardware on 19th Apr, 2016 11:49 AM
by AlexMuller
Improved access to solar data, would lower risks and result in savings of nearly $9 billion over the next 10 years.

San Francisco just became the first big US city to require solar panels on new buildings

Posted in Business on 22nd Apr, 2016 02:49 AM
by AlexMuller
All new buildings with 10 floors or less must have at least 15% of their rooftops designated as solar ready.

Solar cell mystery solved, expected to greatly increase efficiency

Posted in Science on 25th Apr, 2016 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
'These astonishing findings open a new direction for the development of perovskite solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells'

Giant wave-riding platform design puts solar power out to sea

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2016 12:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar energy has a great potential, but among the factors hindering its general application is that suitable land is not always available.

India Adds 7.1 GW Renewable Energy Capacity In FY2015–16, Beats Target

Posted in Hardware on 2nd May, 2016 03:37 PM
by AlexMuller
This is one and a half times more than the target of 4,460 MW set at the start of the financial year.

There will be more new jobs in solar than oil by the end of 2016

Posted in Business on 4th May, 2016 04:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The decline in oil prices has not just rocked that industry, but jobs linked to both fossil fuels and renewable energy.

Tesla's chief Elon Musk: 'We need a revolt against the fossil fuel industry'

Posted in Business on 7th May, 2016 05:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk claimed that traditional energy sources will continue to hold a competitive edge due to the vast subsidies they receive.

Germany raises renewable bar again: clean energy briefly meets nearly 100% of demand

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2016 10:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Sunday once again a record-breaker for Germany's renewable energy sector, with wind and solar contributing 45.5 GW.

Record 34.5% normal sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency which beats the old 24% record

Posted in Science on 19th May, 2016 11:51 AM
by AlexMuller
'What’s remarkable is that this level of efficiency had not been expected for many years'

Cooling and time in the dark preserves perovskite solar power

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2016 05:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A research breakthrough potentially removing one roadblock to commercialization for this promising technology.

China's Solar Prices Can Fall 38%, Become Competitive With Coal

Posted in Hardware on 25th May, 2016 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
China surpassed Germany last year as the nation with the most installed solar-power capacity, in the process making renewable energy more competitive by driving down costs.

After years of struggle, tidal power’s time may have arrived

Posted in Hardware on 31st May, 2016 05:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Entrepreneurs have tried everything from mill wheels in the 1600s to turbines in the 2000s, only to have their hopes dashed by the water’s crushing force.

Renewable energy surges to record levels around the world

Posted in Business on 1st Jun, 2016 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Investments in renewables during the year were more than double the amount spent on new coal and gas-fired power plants.

Solar power could reach $1 per watt by 2020

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jun, 2016 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar power is the fastest-growing form of power generation in the U.S., but it still accounts for just over 1 percent of U.S. electricity.

Carbon capture experiment 'turns waste CO2 to stone'

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2016 07:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists think they have found a smart way to constrain carbon dioxide emissions; just turn them to stone.

Solar generation grew 33% in 2015 as coal records largest fall

Posted in Business on 10th Jun, 2016 08:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar generation increased by 33% in 2015, officially becoming the world’s fastest growing source of energy.

We may be reaching the end stage of the fossil fuel era as we know it

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jun, 2016 12:49 AM
by AlexMuller
A report says we'll reach a tipping point in 2027, when new wind and solar power actually become cheaper than running existing coal and gas generators in much of the world.

Tesla makes offer to buy SolarCity

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Jun, 2016 11:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Electric carmaker Tesla has offered to buy solar panel company SolarCity in a bid to expand its clean energy business. Elon Musk described the deal as a "no brainer".

Solar Power to Grow Sixfold as Sun Becoming Cheapest Resource

Posted in Business on 26th Jun, 2016 12:16 PM
by AlexMuller
The amount of electricity generated using solar panels stands to expand as much as sixfold by 2030 as the cost of production falls below competing natural gas and coal.

North America Is Set to Announce Its Most Ambitious Clean Energy Target Yet

Posted in Business on 29th Jun, 2016 04:07 PM
by AlexMuller
US, Canada, and Mexico poised to announce an ambitious energy pledge; 50% of North American electricity drawn from clean sources by 2025.

Climate change: UK to set new emissions target

Posted in Business on 30th Jun, 2016 05:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Ministers are expected to announce that the UK will cut carbon emissions by 57% by 2032, from 1990 levels.

The world's first solar airport no longer pays for electricity

Posted in Business on 3rd Jul, 2016 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Fed up with their hefty electricity bill, managers at Cochin International Airport in southern India took matters into their own hands.

Nanoscale discovery could push perovskite solar cells to 31% efficency

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jul, 2016 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The efficiency at which solar cells convert photons to electricity has increased more rapidly for perovskite than any other material to date.

Renewable energy: UK expected to miss 2020 targets

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2016 04:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The Climate Change Act mandates emissions cuts of 80% by 2050.

New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2016 04:08 PM
by AlexMuller
"There is intense interest in creating artificial photosynthesis as an alternative energy source"

Musk reveals his new master plan for the future of Tesla

Posted in Business on 21st Jul, 2016 10:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk revealed his new master plan for Tesla today (July 20) in a blog post published on Tesla’s website:

Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip

Posted in Science on 26th Jul, 2016 05:15 PM
by AlexMuller
The first round-the-world solar powered flight has been completed, after the Solar Impulse aircraft touched down in Abu Dhabi.

World's largest solar power plant planned for Chernobyl nuclear wasteland

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2016 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
The proposed 1GW solar plant, if built today, would be the world’s largest.

Exponential growth and the renewable surprise

Posted in Business on 30th Jul, 2016 10:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar PV has grown faster than government officials thought possible, this time in the UK.

Tesla and SolarCity Agree to $2.6 Billion Deal

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2016 09:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Tesla reached an agreement to buy SolarCity for $2.6 B about $300 million less than an initial proposal, criticized as a “bailout” for the solar company in which he's the largest shareholder.

Apple given all-clear to sell energy from solar farm

Posted in Business on 7th Aug, 2016 01:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple said renewable energy generated at the site could power 60,000 California homes.

Spectrolab making 30.7% efficient solar cells for space applications

Posted in Science on 7th Aug, 2016 01:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The new XTJ Prime cell has achieved a solar energy conversion efficiency of 30.7% (higher than any other comparable model available, it is claimed).

Cheaper hybrid concentrated solar power plant design put to the test

Posted in Science on 8th Aug, 2016 02:03 PM
by AlexMuller
MHPS is testing out a hybrid concentrated solar power system that combines a a solar power tower with a low-temperature, low-cost Fresnel evaporator.

Elon Musk wants to sell you an entire 'solar roof'

Posted in Hardware on 12th Aug, 2016 01:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The idea is that instead of just selling solar panels that can be placed on someone's roof, SolarCity can sell the entire roof itself with the solar power capabilities built into it.

One micron thick solar cells and three micron thick OLED displays

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Aug, 2016 06:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The bendy solar cells could power wearable electronics like fitness trackers and smart glasses.

Solar Cost Hits World's New Low, Half the Price of Coal in Chile

Posted in Business on 24th Aug, 2016 04:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Chile awarded a contract to sell solar power for $29.10 per megawatt hour (MWh), the lowest ever across the planet.

The Price of Solar Is Declining to Unprecedented Lows

Posted in Business on 28th Aug, 2016 11:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Despite already low costs, the installed price of solar fell by 5 to 12 percent in 2015.

By 2025, The Eastern US Could Get 1/3 of Its Energy From Renewables

Posted in Science on 5th Sep, 2016 05:37 AM
by AlexMuller
One of the largest power systems in the world can integrate over 30% wind and solar power into its systems.

Solar power cost down 25% in five months

Posted in Business on 28th Sep, 2016 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
'There’s no reason why the cost of solar will ever increase again'

Solar panels surpass coal-fired electricity in previously 'unthinkable' feat

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2016 09:24 AM
by AlexMuller
In the UK, for six months until September, more electricity came from sunlight than coal-fired power stations.

New Alaskan oil discovery boost Alaska oil reserves by nearly double and should begin production by 2022

Posted in Business on 9th Oct, 2016 03:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Smith Bay ranks as one of the world’s largest recent oil discoveries.

World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes

Posted in Science on 14th Oct, 2016 01:55 PM
by AlexMuller
The race to build the world's largest solar power plant is heating up.

Argonne Labs makes solar thermal energy storage 20X better, enables solar to provide power at night

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Oct, 2016 12:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar power on demand, even with no sunlight, through the use of thermal storage.

U.S. Energy Shakeup Continues as Solar Capacity Triples

Posted in Business on 23rd Oct, 2016 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar will have nearly tripled in less than three years by 2017, natural gas is the country's chief source of electricity and coal power continues to fade.

World’s largest photovoltaic solar plant to be established in Turkey by 2018

Posted in Business on 24th Oct, 2016 01:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The plant will be constructed on a nearly 2,000-hectare area, will produce 1.7 billion kwh of electricity, which is enough for 600,000 houses.

Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added last year

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2016 02:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Experts hail rapid transformation that will see clean energy outgrow fossil fuels in the next five years, but warn UK is failing to exploit huge potential.

Tesla shows off new product: solar roof tiles

Posted in Business on 30th Oct, 2016 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The tiles, made from glass, are intended to be a more attractive way to add solar panels to homes, compared with currently-used solar technology.

Supercomputers Are Now Running off of Solar Power

Posted in Hardware on 1st Nov, 2016 03:05 PM
by AlexMuller
New sustainable power supply systems are helping us to develop technologies that are more reliable and efficient than ever.

Tesla presses case for SolarCity merger saying it would add $1 billion to 2017 revenue

Posted in Business on 2nd Nov, 2016 03:38 PM
by AlexMuller
'The acquisition will enable us to transform into a truly integrated sustainable energy company.'

For Americans, solar power can now come without the panel

Posted in Business on 5th Nov, 2016 12:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Arcadia Power launched a community solar program Nov. 3 that lets customers buy solar panels anywhere in the US.

Major advance in solar cells made from cheap, easy-to-use perovskite

Posted in Science on 12th Nov, 2016 04:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Cells made from inexpensive and increasingly popular perovskite can more efficiently turn sunlight into electricity using a new technique.

Britain Says It Will Ditch Coal Power By 2025

Posted in Business on 14th Nov, 2016 12:18 PM
by AlexMuller
After a year in which solar generated more power than coal for six months, the country has realised a transition to clean energy won't be so hard.

World Energy Outlook 2016 sees renewables and natural gas transforming global energy through 2040

Posted in Business on 17th Nov, 2016 02:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The era of fossil fuels appears far from over.

Tesla and SolarCity shareholders approve acquisition

Posted in Business on 18th Nov, 2016 02:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Tesla is now officially in the solar energy business.

Elon Musk claims solar roof looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and generates electricity

Posted in Hardware on 19th Nov, 2016 12:22 PM
by AlexMuller
If Musk’s claims prove true, this could be a real turning point in the evolution of solar power.

China Wants to Build a $50 Trillion Global Wind & Solar Power Grid by 2050

Posted in Hardware on 21st Nov, 2016 12:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The company that is tasked with running China's power grid just proposed a $50 trillion global electricity network to tackle climate change.

Tesla officially acquires SolarCity

Posted in Business on 22nd Nov, 2016 02:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The aim is to provide customers with full-stack solutions for owning their own energy production, storage and consumption.

Tesla converted an entire island to solar with new microgrid product developed by SolarCity

Posted in Business on 23rd Nov, 2016 03:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The island of Ta’u has been using diesel generators and burning over 100,000 gallons of fuel per year.

Solar cells can be made with tin instead of lead, scientists find

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2016 02:39 PM
by AlexMuller
A breakthrough in solar power could make it cheaper and more commercially viable, thanks to research at the University of Warwick.

US Renewable Electricity Generation Reached 13.8% In 2015

Posted in Hardware on 26th Nov, 2016 07:47 PM
by AlexMuller
National Renewable Energy Laboratory says that US renewable electricity grew to 16.7% of total installed capacity and 13.8% of generation.

Solar Capacity In India Tops 10 Gigawatts

Posted in Business on 29th Nov, 2016 04:23 PM
by AlexMuller
India will soon become the third-largest solar power market in the world, after China and the United States.

Earth warming to climate tipping point, warns study

Posted in Science on 1st Dec, 2016 04:11 PM
by AlexMuller
If emissions from human activities continue unabated, it could trigger runaway planetary warming, researchers warn.

Nations vow to move forward with the Paris Agreement, with or without the US

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2016 03:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Other nations expressed their determination to implement the deal and to continue their work on climate protection, even if the US withdraws.

Germany's Aggressive Switch to Renewables Will Save €149 Billion

Posted in Business on 6th Dec, 2016 02:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Germany’s goal is to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020.

Google data centres to be 100% renewable-powered by 2017

Posted in Business on 7th Dec, 2016 03:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has confirmed it will hit its target of offsetting 100% of the energy used at its data centres and offices against power from renewable sources.

Canada sets its first national carbon price at C$10 a tonne

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2016 12:02 PM
by AlexMuller
8 of 10 provinces have signed deal to implement carbon tax or cap-and-trade markets

Solar Fabric Could Let You Charge Your Phone With Your Shirt

Posted in Hardware on 11th Dec, 2016 02:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The latest advancement in solar technology will put solar energy on another new and somewhat unexpected surface.

Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Posted in Business on 12th Dec, 2016 02:47 PM
by AlexMuller
A fund led by Microsoft-co-founder Bill Gates that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by financing emerging clean energy.

US Solar Market Experiences Record Quarter, Installing 2 Megawatts Per Hour

Posted in Hardware on 14th Dec, 2016 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
US solar shattered all records this past quarter, installing a massive 4.1 gigawatts (GW) at an average of 2 megawatts of solar PV per hour.

Solar Power Is Now The World's Cheapest Energy

Posted in Business on 18th Dec, 2016 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The drop in price is driven by investments from developing nations.

Trump's coal revival plan probably won’t work; clean energy tech is already cheaper

Posted in Hardware on 20th Dec, 2016 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The cost of solar power systems has dropped 30% this year alone.

India predicts it will exceed Paris renewable energy target by half

Posted in Science on 21st Dec, 2016 05:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Government forecasts 57% of electricity will come from renewable sources by 2027, above 40% target agreed at climate summit.

Solar power is now the cheapest form of energy in almost 60 countries

Posted in Business on 24th Dec, 2016 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
The average price of solar energy in almost 60 countries dropped to US$1.65 million per megawatt during 2016.

Progress towards next-generation solar cells

Posted in Science on 26th Dec, 2016 09:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have identified an unexpected cause of poor performance in a new class of flexible and cheap solar cells, bringing them closer to market.

Fully transparent solar cell could make every window in your house a power source

Posted in Hardware on 28th Dec, 2016 10:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Soon windows, panes of glass, and even entire buildings could be used to generate solar energy.

Will Solar and Wind Surpass Hydro by early 2020s?

Posted in Business on 30th Dec, 2016 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The pro-solar case is based upon massive scaling of lower cost solar and low cost batteries.

Emerging Markets Lead the Way to Cheapest-Ever Solar Energy

Posted in Business on 31st Dec, 2016 05:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The shift is happening faster than anyone thought it would, particularly in solar energy.

Solar Panels Now So Cheap Manufacturers Probably Selling at Loss

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2017 07:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The current price is also lower than cost estimates.

What we learned about Earth's climate in the hottest of years

Posted in Science on 2nd Jan, 2017 02:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Melting ice in Antarctica poses a real threat to coastal communities around the world.

India's double first in battle against climate change

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jan, 2017 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Two world-leading clean energy projects have opened in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Climate: Fresh doubt over global warming 'pause'

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2017 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A controversial study that found there has been no slowdown in global warming has been supported by new research.

China to invest £292bn in renewable power by 2020

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2017 06:55 PM
by AlexMuller
World’s largest energy market looks to move from coal towards cleaner fuels.

Morocco unveils Noor I power plant, a massive solar power plant in the Sahara

Posted in Hardware on 6th Jan, 2017 10:05 AM
by AlexMuller
It's capable of generating up to 160 megawatts of power and covers thousands of acres of desert.

Elon Musk: 'I think we may see some surprising things from the next administration on renewables'

Posted in Business on 7th Jan, 2017 03:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk described his takeaway from the meeting and it looks encouraging for the clean tech industry.

China kept on smashing renewables records in 2016

Posted in Business on 9th Jan, 2017 05:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The 2020 solar power capacity installation target is likely to be met next year, two years ahead of schedule.

Obama says shift to green energy is 'irreversible'

Posted in Business on 10th Jan, 2017 05:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Renewable energy sources will continue to grow in the US despite the antipathy of the incoming Trump administration, says President Obama.

Solar Looks to Outpace Natural Gas and Wind

Posted in Business on 12th Jan, 2017 05:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Although final totals are not quite in, estimates indicate more solar capacity was added in 2016 than for its rivals.

Solar power to rise from Chernobyl's nuclear ashes

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2017 05:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine.

Tesla will power its Gigafactory with a 70-megawatt solar farm

Posted in Business on 16th Jan, 2017 12:35 PM
by AlexMuller
It will be the world’s largest roof-mounted solar installation.

Renewable Energy Jobs Will Likely Grow By More Than 170% in the Next 10 Years

Posted in Business on 17th Jan, 2017 04:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy-related positions make up about 8% of the U.S. workforce, but many sectors of the industry are seeing reductions in job numbers.

Trump moving away from supporters on climate science

Posted in Science on 18th Jan, 2017 05:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Donald Trump and his cabinet accept far more of the research on climate change than many of their political supporters, say British scientists.

Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2017 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row.

As Trump enters White House, California renews climate change fight

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2017 04:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The state's climate change goals are the most ambitious in North America.

Solar Is Finally Moving Beyond Boom and Bust

Posted in Business on 23rd Jan, 2017 11:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar no longer driven by subsidies.

Massachusetts lawmakers float aggressive bill mandating 100% renewables by 2035

Posted in Science on 26th Jan, 2017 04:02 PM
by AlexMuller
If successful, the Massachusetts bill would launch the state into the company of states with similar aggressive decarbonization goals.

Ireland votes to be world’s first country to fully divest from fossil fuels

Posted in Science on 27th Jan, 2017 06:05 PM
by AlexMuller
The country’s parliament just passed “first-of-its-kind fossil fuel divestment legislation” with a majority vote.

Renewable Energy Is Creating Jobs 12 Times Faster Than the Rest of the Economy

Posted in Business on 28th Jan, 2017 05:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar and wind jobs have grown at rates of about 20% annually in recent years.

China becomes the world's largest solar power producer

Posted in Hardware on 6th Feb, 2017 04:05 PM
by Alex Muller
As it stands, solar energy represents only one percent of the country’s energy output.

China will go from 1% solar power in 2016 to possibly 2.5% power generation from solar in 2020

Posted in Business on 8th Feb, 2017 05:59 PM
by Alex Muller
China aims to boost the mix of non-fossil fuel generated power to 20 percent by 2030 from 11 percent today.

Japan is building the world’s largest floating solar power plant

Posted in Hardware on 12th Feb, 2017 12:47 PM
by Alex Muller
Japan doesn't have much land to spare. Tokyo Leasing Corporation along with Kyocera Corporation have announced a project to built the World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant.

Solar can already generate more energy than oil, says scientific review

Posted in Business on 13th Feb, 2017 10:16 AM
by Alex Muller
While the world has been going crazy, solar has quietly tipped over the edge and kicked oil and gas off the cliff of history.

Increacing numbers of people now believe human-made climate change is happening

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2017 06:38 PM
by Alex Muller
The proportion of people who accept climate change is happening and is largely human-made has risen to almost two-thirds, a survey shows.

US Solar Market Grows 95% in 2016, Smashes Records

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2017 03:41 PM
by Alex Muller
The United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record, topping out at 14,626 megawatts of solar PV installed in 2016.

Hurdle cleared on road to printable, low-cost perovskite solar cells

Posted in Hardware on 18th Feb, 2017 02:56 PM
by Alex Muller
A manufacturing breakthrough that allows for lower cost and higher efficiency perovskite solar cells to move forward.

New York sees almost 800 percent growth in solar over 5 years

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2017 04:35 PM
by Alex Muller
New York's Clean Energy Standard requires 50 percent of electricity to come from renewables by 2030.

Solar reached 1.4% of U.S. electricity in 2016

Posted in Business on 5th Mar, 2017 08:01 PM
by Alex Muller
The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Energy show that all renewables together made up 15.3% of U.S. generation.

Solar power growth leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China

Posted in Business on 8th Mar, 2017 11:52 PM
by Alex Muller
The amount of solar power added worldwide soared by some 50% last year because of a sun rush in the US and China, new figures show.

Solar industry facing devastating 800% tax increase

Posted in Business on 9th Mar, 2017 07:44 PM
by Alex Muller
Some businesses and schools that generate electricity from rooftop solar panels will have to pay rates for the first time, while others will face a massive tax rise.

Google’s Project Sunroof now shows solar potential in all 50 states

Posted in Online on 15th Mar, 2017 09:38 PM
by Alex Muller
Another expansion of Project Sunroof, a web app for showing how much money you can save by installing solar panels at home.

Up to half of the Arctic’s melt might be totally natural

Posted in Science on 15th Mar, 2017 09:46 PM
by Alex Muller
But climate change is still responsible for the rest.

Solar has become America’s fastest-growing, nonpartisan energy source

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2017 09:53 AM
by Alex Muller
The U.S. added 9.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power last year alone. That’s more than the previous three years combined.

One Powerful Way the U.S. Could Boost Solar Adoption

Posted in Business on 23rd Mar, 2017 09:17 PM
by Alex Muller
A new report suggests that playing nice with China could be the key to success.

Elon Musk says Tesla will start taking orders for Solar Roofs in April

Posted in Business on 26th Mar, 2017 07:49 PM
by Alex Muller
A key pillar in Elon Musk’s vision for Tesla and SolarCity is becoming a reality next month.

Chemical energy storage with water heating solar panels enables a conversion of more than 80 percent of the incoming sunlight

Posted in Science on 27th Mar, 2017 07:37 PM
by Alex Muller
The stored energy can be transported and then released as heat whenever needed.

Trump signs order undoing Obama climate change policies

Posted in Business on 29th Mar, 2017 09:15 AM
by Alex Muller
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing climate change.

Copper oxide solar cells on top of regular silicon solar cells cold boost energy conversion up to 40% from 25%

Posted in Hardware on 30th Mar, 2017 03:39 PM
by Alex Muller
Combine two different types of solar cells in order to utilize a greater portion of the sunlight.

Solar breaks 50% of California electricity for first time

Posted in Business on 8th Apr, 2017 08:33 PM
by Alex Muller
The increase in utility-scale solar power , which grew 50% in the state in 2016, is quickly changing the landscape.

Clean Energy UN report: Clean power is up, costs are down

Posted in Business on 9th Apr, 2017 10:29 AM
by Alex Muller
The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, according to the UN.

China solar, wind to attract $780 billion investment by 2030

Posted in Business on 12th Apr, 2017 01:37 PM
by Alex Muller
China has pledged to increase non-fossil fuel energy to at least 20 percent of total consumption by the end of the next decade.

Chicago Says It Will Make All City Buildings 100 Percent Renewable By 2025

Posted in Hardware on 14th Apr, 2017 11:35 AM
by Alex Muller
The Windy City wants to switch its municipal buildings entirely to clean energy in eight years.

Solar energy has plunged in price, where does it go from here?

Posted in Business on 15th Apr, 2017 03:41 PM
by Alex Muller
A look forward to how we get to Terawatts of solar power capacity.

Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down

Posted in Science on 18th Apr, 2017 10:47 AM
by Alex Muller
Unsubsidized renewables have become the cheapest source of new power ,  by far ,  in more and more countries.

Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun

Posted in Hardware on 19th Apr, 2017 05:30 PM
by Alex Muller
Metal-organic framework sucks up water from air with humidity as low as 20 percent.

China to boost non-fossil fuel use to 20 percent by 2030

Posted in Business on 26th Apr, 2017 07:39 PM
by Alex Muller
China aims for non-fossil fuels to account for about 20 percent of total energy consumption by 2030, increasing to more than half of demand by 2050.

Major Report Prompts Warnings That the Arctic Is Unraveling

Posted in Science on 1st May, 2017 07:59 PM
by Alex Muller
The polar region is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

Solar could provide 30% of Australia’s power needs by 2030

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2017 08:06 PM
by Alex Muller
Solar photovoltaics (PV) could provide 30 per cent of Australia’s electricity needs by 2030, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Google expands Project Sunroof 'solar power potential' program beyond the U.S. and into Germany

Posted in Science on 4th May, 2017 01:49 PM
by Alex Muller
Google is expanding its Project Sunroof program beyond the U.S. for the first time.

China increases solar power output by 80% in three months

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2017 07:22 PM
by Alex Muller
The power-generation increase comes even as more solar plants stand idle because of congested transmission infrastructure.

U.S. will lose jobs if it quits Paris climate deal: U.N.

Posted in Science on 6th May, 2017 06:35 PM
by Alex Muller
The United States will shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord because China, India and Europe will snap up the best power sector jobs in future.

Warren Buffett says he's got a 'big appetite' for a solar or wind project

Posted in Business on 8th May, 2017 05:27 PM
by Alex Muller
Warren Buffett told shareholders Saturday he is ready to invest in a solar project.

Climate talks cool on idea of accommodating the US

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2017 01:05 PM
by Alex Muller
Speculation has increased that President Trump may withdraw the America over fears it could hamper his oil and gas reforms.

India is embracing solar power

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2017 01:01 PM
by Alex Muller
India unveiled the world's biggest solar farm earlier this year and has quadrupled its solar capacity in the last three years, bringing electricity to millions of off-grid households.

Tesla releases details of its solar roof tiles:

Posted in Business on 12th May, 2017 05:16 PM
by Alex Muller
Cheaper than regular roof with infinity warranty and 30 yrs of solar power.

China claims breakthrough in mining 'flammable ice'

Posted in Science on 20th May, 2017 04:18 PM
by Alex Muller
China has for the first time extracted gas from an ice-like substance under the South China Sea considered key to future global energy supply.

UK firm designs 'world's most affordable solar lamp'

Posted in Hardware on 22nd May, 2017 02:53 PM
by Alex Muller
A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a giant Chinese manufacturer to produce what they say is the world's most affordable solar lamp.

California Grid Smashes Record, Gets 67% of Energy From Renewables

Posted in Science on 23rd May, 2017 03:52 PM
by Alex Muller
The state is still leading the U.S., but the entire country is making progress with renewable energy.

India cancels plans for huge coal power stations as solar energy prices hit record low

Posted in Business on 25th May, 2017 03:26 PM
by Alex Muller
'India's solar tariffs have literally been free falling in recent months'

Solar jobs growing 17 times faster than US economy

Posted in Business on 26th May, 2017 03:00 PM
by Alex Muller
Overall, more than 260,000 people work in the solar industry, up by 24% from 2015.

Largest floating solar plant begins operations in China

Posted in Business on 28th May, 2017 10:11 AM
by Alex Muller
China has announced that the World’s largest floating solar farm has finally been completed and connected to the local power grid.

Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's, and it can be installed in half the time

Posted in Business on 29th May, 2017 01:49 PM
by Alex Muller
Monocrystalline solar cells with a higher density that other solar roofing options.

Renewable energy generation in the US dramatically exceeds 2012 predictions

Posted in Business on 31st May, 2017 05:55 PM
by Alex Muller
It’s a testament to falling prices, incentives but also reflects conservative estimates.

California plan for 100% renewable energy by 2045 clears key hurdle

Posted in Science on 1st Jun, 2017 02:15 PM
by Alex Muller
California will receive all of its power from renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, by 2045.

Paris climate deal: Trump pulls US out of 2015 accord

Posted in Science on 2nd Jun, 2017 02:30 PM
by Alex Muller
President Donald Trump has announced that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Lives saved by replacing coal with solar photovoltaic

Posted in Business on 3rd Jun, 2017 02:02 PM
by Alex Muller
Poor air quality from coal combustion adversely impacts human health.

China just switched on the world's largest floating solar power plant

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2017 05:12 PM
by Alex Muller
It wasn’t too long ago that China had a reputation as a coal-guzzling, smog-blanketed polluter.

World renewable energy production increases by record levels in 2016, enough to power half of Western Europe

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2017 04:10 PM
by Alex Muller
Huge amounts of renewable energy added last year.

Europe's Weather Boosts Renewables to Record Highs

Posted in Business on 9th Jun, 2017 04:56 AM
by Alex Muller
The U.K., Germany, and Denmark have seen clean energy blow past fossil fuels this month.

Germany, California to tackle climate change together

Posted in Science on 12th Jun, 2017 04:41 PM
by Alex Muller
Germany is teaming up with California to cooperate on tackling climate change following the U.S. government's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement.

Clean Energy Is About to Become Cheaper Than Coal

Posted in Business on 16th Jun, 2017 04:42 PM
by Alex Muller
The inflection point has already been reached in the West, and by 2021 solar will be cheaper than coal in China.

For First Time in History, Solar Jobs Outnumber Coal Jobs in Virginia

Posted in Business on 18th Jun, 2017 12:49 PM
by Alex Muller
Virginia has long been coal country, but the solar power industry has been increasing its foothold in the Commonwealth over the last few years.

France to ban all new oil and gas exploration in renewable energy drive

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2017 02:35 PM
by Alex Muller
'Ecological transition' minister says law will be passed later this year

Hundreds of US mayors endorse switch to 100% renewable energy by 2035

Posted in Business on 28th Jun, 2017 03:23 PM
by Alex Muller
Leaders from more than 250 cities unanimously back a resolution to reach clean energy goal at the US Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach.

Solar energy revolution hits barrier: Air pollution

Posted in Science on 29th Jun, 2017 06:20 PM
by Alex Muller
Solar energy is running into a pesky problem: air pollution worldwide.

Solar Energy Soon to Surf the Wave of Profitability

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2017 03:54 PM
by Alex Muller
Decreases in the production costs of solar energy mean that in 5 years, renewable energy will be cheaper than coal in many countries, including China, the UK, and India.

Global solar installations jump 50 percent in 2016, IEA says

Posted in Business on 4th Jul, 2017 05:40 PM
by Alex Muller
Between 70 and 75 gigawatts worth of solar panels came online, with close to half those installations coming in China, where solar capacity more than doubled last year.

Ultra-stable perovskite solar cell remains stable for more than a year

Posted in Hardware on 6th Jul, 2017 02:46 PM
by Alex Muller
Scientists have built a low-cost and ultra-stable perovskite solar cell that has been running at 11.2 percent efficiency for over a year, without loss in performance.

Renewables will be the 'cheapest form of new power generation' by 2020

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2017 04:06 PM
by Alex Muller
New research from Morgan Stanley estimates that renewables will be the cheapest source of power in the world in less than three years.

Renewable energy is becoming so cheap the US will meet Paris commitments even if Trump withdraws

Posted in Business on 10th Jul, 2017 03:57 PM
by Alex Muller
Renewables are reaching such ubiquity, not even politics can hinder them.

Scientists design solar cell that captures nearly all energy of solar spectrum

Posted in Hardware on 13th Jul, 2017 03:03 PM
by Alex Muller
A prototype for a solar cell that integrates multiple cells stacked into a single device capable of capturing nearly all of the solar spectrum.

Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2017 04:30 PM
by Alex Muller
Wind and solar power don’t pose a significant threat to the reliability of the U.S. power grid, Energy Department staff members said in a draft report.

California votes to extend cap-and-trade climate law to 2030

Posted in Science on 18th Jul, 2017 11:35 PM
by Alex Muller
California legislators have voted to extend a law to cut carbon emissions, weeks after President Donald Trump said the US would withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

Renewable Energy Just Hit a Big Milestone

Posted in Science on 27th Jul, 2017 02:59 PM
by Alex Muller
This year, for the first time in the modern nuclear era, renewable energy has surpassed nuclear power as a percentage of U.S. energy generation.

Solar is now the most popular form of new electricity generation worldwide

Posted in Business on 4th Aug, 2017 12:04 PM
by Alex Muller
PV and wind represent almost half of all net new generation capacity installed worldwide during last year.

The renewable energy revolution in India

Posted in Business on 7th Aug, 2017 06:01 PM
by Alex Muller
India has launched the world’s largest renewable energy expansion programme and aims to achieve 175 GW capacity of energy by 2022.

China installed record 24.4GW of solar in first-half of 2017

Posted in Business on 14th Aug, 2017 03:12 PM
by Alex Muller
CPIA also reported that solar cell production in China in the first half of 2017 had reached around 32GW, up 28% from the prior year period.

New energy to play a dominant role in China by 2030

Posted in Science on 18th Aug, 2017 06:46 PM
by Alex Muller
Clean energy and natural gas will replace coal as the primary energy source by 2030 and account for more than half of China's energy mix by around 2045.

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