Financing for a solar array is often difficult to obtain and buying outright is difficult for many homeowners. This session provided innovative methods on how to provide solar to the many instead of the few.
Growth in the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) sector faltered last year as photovoltaic (PV) module prices dropped, driving several high-profile U.S. projects to convert to PV.
In the long-run, however, CSP’s ability to incorporate thermal storage and to supplement conventional power generation offers benefits beyond the value of the kilowatt-hours they generate. Dispatchable power, for example, can improve financial performance and help the grid operator to reliably match supply and demand.
With a steep growth of power generation from photovoltaic (PV) and wind power and with 8 GW base load capacity suddenly taken out of service the situation in Germany has developed into a nightmare for system operators.
Ten million low-income people living in rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, will gain access to low-cost solar energy by 2015, in part due to a commitment made by solar energy provider Barefoot Power to the Business Call to Action (BCtA).
The BCtA is a global initiative that encourages private sector efforts to fight poverty, supported by several international organizations including the UN Development Programme (UNDP)
In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world's dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening -- like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks -- but some require a bigger vision.
Via Szabolcs Kósa
Today with increasing global warming and increasing awareness of other environmental hazards, more and more people across the world are focusing on harnessing natural sources of energy like wind energy.
Via Kalani Kirk Hausman
Ventures Africa's Board approved a EUR168 million ($213.6 million) and $100 million Clean Technology Fund concessionary loan to finance the first phase of the Ouarzazate solar power station in Morocco. The power station is designed to pioneer the development of concentrated solar power technology in the country, beginning with the 1st phase of the Ouarzazate complex.
A designer named Michel Puzzolante has come up with a concept for a self-sustaining luxury floating island that operates entirely on renewable energy.
The "Solar Floating Resort" is, according to the embedded video, "part habitation, part yacht and part submarine". It includes amenities for up to six guests (in two single and two double bedrooms) with both large communal areas and smaller, more private spaces. Right at the bottom of the vessel, below the waves, a spiral staircase leads down to an observation bulb where you can stare out at the ocean's flora and fauna.
Wood is the main source of energy. It is used everywhere and when there is no forest, people take bushes. In some places you also find inexpensive coal in a very bad quality. In that case, people use coal. But this is only for heating. For cooking, they still use wood.
The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse has completed the first leg of its planned flight from Switzerland to Morocco without using a drop of fuel. Read this blog post by Michelle Meyers on Cutting Edge.
Via Kalani Kirk Hausman
Developed by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and informed by stakeholders from around the region, the “Roadmap to Zero Net Energy Pubic Buildings” presents 5 steps states and municipalities can do now to make ...
Bioi Architects have set a whole new standard of energy-efficiency with this crisp new farmhouse in Warburg, Canada. Tasked with building a home that is attractive, efficient, modern and yet affordable, the designers employed a series of innovative construction techniques and emergent technologies that cost their client less than $100,000. Bioi sheathed a re-purposed barn in a black metal skin, and the whole program was oriented for maximum southern exposure. Heavily insulated and then fitted with the most efficient mechanical systems available, the home was awarded the highest EnerGuide rating
We know that renewable energy can provide six times more power than the world's current energy needs entirely from natural energy - the sun, the wind and waves. But what are the ins- and-outs of this? How do we go about making the switch from outdated polluting energy to the clean energy of today and the future?
Worldwide investment by the mining industry in renewable energy and energy conservation will reach about $8.4 billion by 2016 and nearly $20 billion by 2020, according to a new report from Pike Research.
This prompted an intense wind-mapping effort that concluded a year later, with an estimate that Lebanon's onshore windpower potential is 6.1 gigawatts (GW)—more than a third of current consumption—said Pierre El-Khoury, Manager of the Lebanese...
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