According to Applied Materials’ fourth annual solar energy survey, while many consumers are said to be "optimistic" about the renewable energy, there is a lack of understanding regarding costs and adoption rates.
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The Global Solar Opportunity Tool allows users to answer the following questions:
* What is the scale of the potential market opportunity for rooftop and utility scale PV development in my country under different cost scenarios (ranging from $1/Watt to $5/Watt installed cost)? * What are payback periods for PV system purchases in my country (and sub-regions for larger countries)? * What regions of my country hold the greatest promise for PV development? * What policies and measures are being applied to advance solar deployment across countries? * What is the relative scale of PV opportunities across countries?
While coal is geologically more abundant than oil, cheap coal, close to population centers, is not. The biggest coal- producing region in the U.S. -- the Powder River Basin -- can get coal out of the ground for about $12 a ton. It costs roughly $60 a ton to ship it to power plants in the Ohio Valley. China’s vast reserves near Inner Mongolia can be mined for $25 a ton. But by the time it travels by rail across North China, then by sea to southern coastal cities, the cost rises to more than $125 a ton.
Lack of confidence is impeding development of enough big-scale solar power to provide a lot of Australia's electricity generation and the federal government needs to do more to show the technology is financially viable, the Australian Solar Institute says.A report commissioned by the institute - released today - found that concentrated solar power (CSP) technology, which uses mirrors or lenses to obtain heat energy from the sun to produce power, can contribute up to 15 gigawatts of capacity with only "modest" investment in transmission.
But governments and the solar sector needed to demonstrate that risks could be overcome, said Mark Twidell, executive director of the institute.
"Commenting on global CO2 emissions data last month, Birol said the trend is “perfectly in line” with a temperature increase of 6 degrees C by 2050. That, he added, “would have devastating consequences for the planet.”"
Some of the large players in this space, namely ADT and Honeywell, are actively marketing energy efficiency and energy conservation services along with their traditional home monitoring and protection services.
Trillions of euros in investment in clean-energy technology are needed worldwide by mid-century to control rising carbon emissions, says a new report that could help shape the debate on some of Europe’s most controversial energy policies.
The 2012 edition of REN21′s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) was launched on 11 June together with its sister publication UNEP's Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment (GTR). The findings in the 2012 ...
We propose a new approach — which we call 'wedging the gap' — consisting of 21 coherent major initiatives that together would trigger greenhouse-gas emission reductions of around 10 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Gt CO2e) by 2020, plus the benefits of enhanced reductions in air-pollutant emissions.
Apparently, a citizens group in Berlin is looking to buy the capital city’s electricity grid. The group, Bürger Energie Berlin (BEB), wouldn’t be the first to do such a thing. As noted in this post on the documentary Power Play, Germans in the village of Schönau bought their grid decades ago and turned the area into a renewable energy leader.
Applied Materials puts out an interesting Summer Solstice Solar Energy Survey annually.
All countries in blue are expected to have hit solar grid parity by the end of 2012. Light blue countries were expected to hit grid parity by this time just one year ago -- a lot has changed in that time.
At Google, we're obsessed with building energy efficient data centers that enable cloud computing. Besides helping you be more productive, cloud-based services like Google Apps can reduce energy use, lower carbon ...
Agriculture’s heavy dependence on fossil fuels is undermining the sector’s ability to feed the world, perpetuating poverty and undermining efforts to build a more sustainable world economy, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Wednesday. The warning came as the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation released a study on “Energy-smart” food production and use ahead of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, where global energy challenges will feature high on the agenda. Together, the world’s food production systems – from the farms where food is grown to further along the processing and marketing chain – consume 30 per cent of all available energy, the FAO study shows.
"Although the text in Article 6 on the energy efficiency obligation schemes is not as strong as the Parliament wanted, it is an important achievement that for the first time ever Member States will have to have a long term strategy with policy and measures in place for dealing with the energy efficiency of their buildings.
"In addition, the Parliament secured an early review of the deal in 2016 including of the exemptions that currently weaken Article 6.
"Thanks to the changes insisted upon by the Parliament, the directive will now achieve 17% of the 20% energy efficiency savings needed by 2020 - as compared to less than 15% before last night.
A host of new technologies is ready to transform the energy system, offering the potential to drastically reduce carbon emissions, enhance energy security and generate a huge investment return, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its flagship energy technology publication launched today.
For the next three days we are rolling out infographics that explain each of the three goals of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, why they are needed, and how we can achieve them. Today: doubling energy efficiency by ...
Germany's four transit grid operators have put together a wish list for the government at a price tag of 32 billion euros. The main reason these lines are needed is that new offshore turbines are to be installed in the north, where ...