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'Gold giants looking at renewables | MINING.com' @investorseurope #gold

'Gold giants looking at renewables | MINING.com' @investorseurope #gold | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it
Major producers are adopting shadow prices on carbon to mitigate carbon risk and address energy challenges.

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'Adrienne Baker, director of the Ottawa-based research firm, is quoted saying that major producers are investing in renewables and/or mine electrification and adopting shadow prices on carbon to mitigate carbon risk and address energy challenges. Many of them are even including new chapters into their energy plans to address obligations imposed by the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.'

 

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'Gold price, mining stocks rebound' @investorseurope #gold

'Gold price, mining stocks rebound' @investorseurope #gold | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it
Share prices in gold producers with operations in Nevada have soared in a year’s time while gold prices have been upward bound, reaching the highest prices in two years.

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“Since the beginning of 2016, we’ve seen the gold price rally from lows experienced over the last few years as a result of concerns over the global economy,”

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SunPower's 24.1% Efficiency Record: Are We Near The Ceiling?

SunPower's 24.1% Efficiency Record: Are We Near The Ceiling? | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it
SunPower leaped past the competition today by announcing that is has created a silicon solar module that can convert 24.1% of the sunlight that strikes it into electricity. If this were the Olympics, the drug tests would be underway. Over the past year, SolarCity, Panasonic and SunPower have duked it over [...]

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Over 1,000 coal mines in China to be shut down - China - Chinadaily.com.cn

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China will shut down more than 1,000 coal mines in Guizhou, Yunnan, Heilongjiang and Jiangxi province regions as parts of efforts to trim production capacity, a top work safety watchdog said on Friday.

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The Age of Solar has Arrived @investorseurope stock brokers

The Age of Solar has Arrived @investorseurope stock brokers | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it

 

Solar companies reported their first quarter earnings this past week and their stocks took a hammering. As the market closed on May 7, First Solar (NYSE: FSLR) saw its share price down 5.75%; SolarCity (NYSE: SCTY) was off by 9%; and SunPower Corp. (NYSE: SPWR) was down nearly 3%.

But the sell-off was short-lived. First Solar’s quarterly revenue of $950 million beat analysts’ estimates of $800-$900 million. That translated into an earnings per share of $1.10, far above the $0.50-$0.60 that Wall Street expected. The company offered a very upbeat analysis for the rest of the year.

And that reflects the trajectory for the industry as a whole – the future is very bright. To be sure, solar still makes up a small share of the electric power industry, accounting for less than 1% of generation last year. But, investing is about growth, and in the energy sector nothing is growing like solar.

Costs Go Down, Growth Goes Up

After years of stratospheric hype and little to show for it, solar is finally poised for a takeoff. The U.S. installed 4,751 megawatts in 2013, a 41% jump from the year before. The Solar Energy Industries Association predicts that the sector will expand by another 26% this year as well, adding another 6,000 megawatts of capacity. Put another way, solar grew 418% between 2010 and 2014. Try finding a growth rate like that elsewhere.

Much of it has to do with the dramatic fall in the cost of a photovoltaic module. The average solar panel manufactured today costs less than $0.60 per watt, down from nearly $2/watt in 2010. Costs have declined by 60% since just 2011. The more costs decline, the more megawatts the industry can install. And as more and more capacity comes online, economies of scale bring costs down further.

First Solar has led the industry in squeezing out as much costs as possible from a PV module. It has one of the cheapest manufacturing costs for its thin film solar – only $0.46 per watt. And last year First Solar partnered with GE, its only real rival in the thin film space, to achieve even greater efficiencies in their technologies. First Solar acquired the intellectual property of GE’s portfolio, and GE received 1.75 million shares in First Solar in exchange. This will allow First Solar to build some truly massive utility scale projects, such as the 290 megawatt Agua Caliente project that just came online in Arizona in April, and is currently the largest operational solar farm in the world.

 

With individual panels so cheap at this point, the remaining costs are tied up in siting, permitting, and financing, or “soft costs.” This is where SolarCity’s innovative financing scheme comes in. SolarCity managed to securitize debt for new solar installations and sell bonds. This has reduced the cost of finance, allowing the company to expand without having to use a ton of upfront cash.

Whereas First Solar offers investors a conventional manufacturing company to invest in, SolarCity offers a radically different approach. It is more of a decentralized utility company, selling power instead of a manufactured product.

SolarCity provides panels for free to customers, and charges them a monthly payment. It retains ownership over the panels, and the zero upfront cost for the customer makes it that much more attractive. SolarCity is not posting huge profits now, but that is only because it is lining up projects. Once they are up and running, they are essentially cash cows – revenue streams with no further costs, unlike say, a traditional utility that has to pay for fuel.

And the results speak for themselves. SolarCity installed under 300 megawatts for 2013; in 2014 it expects to install 500-550 megawatts, and double that total for 2015. When solar becomes truly mainstream, SolarCity will deserve a lot of the credit.

Using the Sun at Night

Still, while solar may be growing rapidly, its Achilles heel is the intermittency. For that the industry will need to figure out a way to capture the energy and store it for later use.

The results of a new study from scientists at Harvard University and MIT offer a promising answer to that conundrum. Published in the journal Nature Chemistry in April, the scientists invented a “photoswitch,” which is a molecule that can take on two different forms. It takes in light and can store it the energy for later use. What is most exciting is that the energy can be stored indefinitely with these photoswitches. When the user wants to use the energy, it can be released as heat. Though the concept is still a ways off, if commercialized it could boost the viability of base load solar power. And even if this particular story doesn’t play out, there are a million more like it, meaning the energy storage problem will eventually be solved.

More realistically in the medium term is lithium ion batteries. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and also Chairman of SolarCity, announced plans to build a massive lithium ion battery factory in the southwestern part of the United States, known as the “gigafactory.”

When completed in three years, it will dramatically increase the production of battery capacity and bring down costs. Musk believes that the factory will be able to churn out more lithium ion battery capacity in 2020 from this single factory than the entire world produced in 2013. He predicts that in its first year of operation, the gigafactory will slash the cost of batteries by 30%.

Roadblocks Ahead

Now there is no doubt that solar is headed for big time growth. The question is just how fast that growth will be. And there are some looming fights over the next several years that could determine whether or not solar explodes or merely grows briskly.

On the positive side are any efforts to restrict air pollution from power plants. The Obama administration has already put some regulations on coal plants – such as limits on mercury emissions – but its pending rules due out in June on greenhouse gas emissions could lead to a wave of coal plant shut downs over the next 3-5 years. That will boost demand for solar as utilities scramble to comply.

Actions at the state level will help as well. Renewable portfolio standards exist in 29 states plus the District of Columbia. This has been a major driver of growth, but since many are beginning to be maxed out, some states are beginning to add even more generous incentives. For example, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced a $1 billion public-private partnership that will build out 3 gigawatts of solar in his state.

On the other hand, opponents of solar are seeing the reading on the wall and are beginning to fight back, particularly at the state level. Friends of solar beat back attempts to scrap renewable portfolio standards in Kansas, Ohio, and North Carolina so far. But the attacks are not letting up, and there is no guarantee solar’s allies will be able to defend the RPS’s indefinitely.

Another big fight is over net metering. The ability of owners of solar panels to sell excess power back to the grid is a key determinant in making solar economical. Most states allow this to happen, but as solar has begun to capture some serious market share in places like California, Arizona, and Hawaii, utilities are mounting campaigns to scrap net metering. Arizona placed a modest tax on solar panel owners as a result.

Conclusion

For a long time investing in renewable energy has been speculative, but not anymore. And despite the attacks on solar by utilities, the genie is out of the bottle. Costs will continue to decline and solar panels will continue to proliferate. There are big question marks over which companies will lead the way, and how fast they will grow, but there is no question that the age of solar has arrived.

 

 

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Stanford researchers 'cool' sunlight to improve solar cell efficiency

Stanford researchers 'cool' sunlight to improve solar cell efficiency | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from Stanford University have devised an ingenious means of boosting the efficiency of solar panels by exploiting a fundamental physics ph...

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Graphite to 2020 - charging ahead?

Graphite to 2020 - charging ahead? | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it
Roskill notes that in 2015, existing world demand for graphite in all batteries is estimated to total 125,000t.

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The Multi-Trillion Dollar Oil Market Swindle | OilPrice.com

The Multi-Trillion Dollar Oil Market Swindle | OilPrice.com | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it
The continuing disruptions in the oil markets that stem from either direct or indirect price manipulation could prove to be one of the biggest financial scandals in history

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Putting numbers behind it, with worldwide production running some 95 million barrels per day, and assuming $55 per barrel for oil, the market for crude oil is about $5.2 billion per day. Each $10/Barrel change is worth nearly $1 billion/day or $365 Billion/year for the worldwide crude oil market. Add the worldwide equity market caps of oil and oil related equities and debt you have a scandal that is in the trillions; a number that cannot be ignored.

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Putting numbers behind it, with worldwide production running some 95 million barrels per day, and assuming $55 per barrel for oil, the market for crude oil is about $5.2 billion per day. Each $10/Barrel change is worth nearly $1 billion/day or $365 Billion/year for the worldwide crude oil market. Add the worldwide equity market caps of oil and oil related equities and debt you have a scandal that is in the trillions; a number that cannot be ignored.

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Putting numbers behind it, with worldwide production running some 95 million barrels per day, and assuming $55 per barrel for oil, the market for crude oil is about $5.2 billion per day. Each $10/Barrel change is worth nearly $1 billion/day or $365 Billion/year for the worldwide crude oil market. Add the worldwide equity market caps of oil and oil related equities and debt you have a scandal that is in the trillions; a number that cannot be ignored.

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Japanese firm turning old sand traps into solar power

Japanese firm turning old sand traps into solar power | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it
Kyocera broke ground earlier this month on a project that will convert a neglected golf course in Kyoto Prefecture into a 23-megawatt solar power plant

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Big batteries could be key to the future of renewable energy

Big batteries could be key to the future of renewable energy | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it
Batteries are quickly becoming a key part of the push to make renewable energy a bigger part of the U.S. power grid in a warming world, experts said.

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Residential solar installs post largest quarterly growth ever

Residential solar installs post largest quarterly growth ever | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it
While commercial and utility installations of solar power underwent a notable decline in the first quarter, residential systems saw an 11% uptick, the largest in history.

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Teck reacts to depressed coal prices by halting production at Canadian mines

Teck reacts to depressed coal prices by halting production at Canadian mines | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it
The company says each of its six mines will be shut down for three weeks in the third quarter.

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EduMine head wins CIM award

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Vale Medal for Meritorious Contributions to Mining

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'A Curious Plan to Fight Climate Change: Buy Mines, Sell Coal' @investorseurope #mining 

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Tom Clarke, a nursing home owner, concocted a strategy to cut carbon emissions by gaining control of millions of tons of coal reserves and multiple mines.

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"The word underground was that Federal mine No. 2 would soon have to close. It was early April, and the mine was running out of storage space. There were not enough buyers for all the coal."

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'Lundin Mining releases more about the Eagle East project'

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 Lundin Mining released a Question-Answer form to help local residents understand more about the announcement.

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Investors Europe Stock Brokers's curator insight, June 30, 5:45 PM

"As part of the information regarding the one-year life expansion of the Eagle Mine project, Lundin Mining released the following Question-Answer form to help local residents understand more about the announcement:"

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Peruvian town faces another 14 years of air pollution from mine

Peruvian town faces another 14 years of air pollution from mine | Energía Solar en Minería | Scoop.it
New environmental adaptation plan approved by the Ministry of Energy and Mines will allow villagers to breathe clean air only in 2030.

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Over 1,000 coal mines in China to be shut down - China - Chinadaily.com.cn

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China will shut down more than 1,000 coal mines in Guizhou, Yunnan, Heilongjiang and Jiangxi province regions as parts of efforts to trim production capacity, a top work safety watchdog said on Friday.

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This is the scariest mining chart you'll see today

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We're only halfway into mining bear market says new report.

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Vancouver junior's Tesla-inspired surge evaporates

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Pure Energy Minerals' early stage lithium brine project is in Nevada where Tesla's feeling pressure to spend $1.3 billion in tax breaks from the state.

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Take a Ride on the Solar Train

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India sees the light. Solar power makes its trains and train stations more sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective.

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Largest solar project in B.C. begins operations

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The City of Kimberley has announced the SunMine solar project is commercially operational

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Innovation, bringing life back into closed mines

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What do you get if you cross an Australian with a problem?

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Leaving on a biofueled jet plane

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Researchers have developed a catalytic process for converting sugarcane biomass into a new class of aviation fuel and lubricant base oils that could help biorefineries achieve net life-cycle greenhouse gas savings of up to 80 percent.


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Oil and gas companies pump up their role as coal's replacement

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As a global agreement to rein in climate-warming carbon emissions draws closer, oil and gas companies are describing themselves as part of the solution

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Data : ce nouvel or noir si complexe à traiter | Comarketing-News

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Le volume de données disponibles et l'augmentation des capacités d'analyses font que la data est aujourd'hui souvent considérée comme le nouvel or noir de

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