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Department of Energy: 2014 Is the 'Year of Concentrating Solar Power'

Department of Energy: 2014 Is the 'Year of Concentrating Solar Power' | green infographics | Scoop.it
Concentrating solar power is poised on the cusp of a major advance as the goal of integrating grid-scale thermal energy storage appears within reach.

Already able to produce utility-scale amounts of renewable electricity cost-effectively, scientists and engineers have been focusing on developing new, more efficient and cheaper thermal energy storage systems and integrating them into CSP plants. That goal now appears within reach...

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Concentrating solar power is poised on the cusp of a major advance as the goal of integrating grid-scale thermal energy storage appears within reach.

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US Consumer Support For Clean Energy At Highest Level Since 2010

US Consumer Support For Clean Energy At Highest Level Since 2010 | green infographics | Scoop.it

Consumer attitudes toward clean energy technologies in America rebounded strongly in 2013 to reach their highest levels since 2010, countering several years of declines in favorability ratings between 2009-2012.

This good news comes from Navigant Research’s 2013 Energy and Environment Consumer Survey, and indicates clean tech may finally be established as a preferred option for consumers despite high-profile conservative attacks.

Overall support for clean energy swung from 2012’s low of 44% to a 51% average favorability in 2013. In fact, out of ten technologies ranging from clean energy to clean transportation to energy efficiency, only one – nuclear power – declined in popularity over the past year.

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Ivanpah: the World’s Largest Solar Thermal Project

Ivanpah: the World’s Largest Solar Thermal Project | green infographics | Scoop.it

For the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the numbers don’t lie – and they don’t fail to impress, either. In one of the U.S.’s sunniest regions, the sky is the limit for this solar power project.


The Ivanpah project, comprised of three separate plants to be built in phases, has begun construction on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The project received a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Electricity from Ivanpah will be sold under multiple power-purchase agreements, each of 25-30 years duration with Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The electricity generated by all three plants is enough to support a yearly average of 140,000 homes, and more than twice that number when operating at maximum capacity during the peak hours of the day.

Ivanpah is the first large-scale solar thermal plant to be built in California in 20 years, supporting California’s goal of 33 percent renewable power generation by 2020.

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All solar efficiency breakthroughs since 1975 on a single chart

All solar efficiency breakthroughs since 1975 on a single chart | green infographics | Scoop.it

The National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV), which is part of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), maintains a chart that shows efficiency records for all kinds of research solar technologies of all types (thin-film, single-junction cells, multi-junction cells, organic cells, quantum dot cells, etc). Above is the latest version as of April 2013.


On it, you can see the steady pace of progress and how different solar cell compositions compare to each other. Of course, these record-breaking cells were probably very expensive to manufacture and made only in very small quantities, so don't expect to see efficiency numbers like these in commercial PV... But over time, yesterday's record-breakers become today's mass-market products, so all this progress isn't just for the sake of breaking records either.

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Charting Anticipated Solar Power Prices through 2025

Charting Anticipated Solar Power Prices through 2025 | green infographics | Scoop.it
A new survey of experts shows solar power will become much cheaper through 2025, while expanding greatly, but for these trends to continue for the long term will require a commitment to funding research.
Prices for solar modules—the part of solar panels that produce electricity—will continue to fall, in line with the long-term trend since 1980, according to a survey of experts by Near Zero, a nonprofit energy research organization.
To get a sense of what future prices for solar power are likely to be, as well as other challenges and bottlenecks that the industry faces, Near Zero conducted a formal, quantitative survey from leaders in the industry, universities, and national labs, as a means of formally collecting expert judgments on a topic. By aggregating forecasts made independently by a variety of experts, these results reflect the collective wisdom of the group about how the solar power industry is most likely to develop, and also help to characterize the range of uncertainty about the future...
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Renewable Energy + Clean Power in Europe [Infographic]

Renewable Energy + Clean Power in Europe [Infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

Germany has become more than just a leader in standard renewable energy uptake; it is making a play for commercial leadership and technological primacy in the increasingly competitive global renewable energy business.

Companies understand their customers want to see more renewable energy in action, and German regulators understand that they need to find ways to put more renewable energy, including wind power, onto the grid to replace planned coal and nuclear power plant retirements.

In the continental context, the EU is preparing to release its latest communication on an integrated energy market ahead of a goal of operational integration it has set for 2014.

Read more about the European energy market at the article link...

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Renewable Energy Realities: US Energy Transparency Infographic

Renewable Energy Realities: US Energy Transparency Infographic | green infographics | Scoop.it

Renewable energy enjoys broad support in the US where people expect the government to support emerging clean power technologies- Americans more concerned about the state of the economy than the threat of climate change: 41% of respondents ranked climate change in the lowest category as a threat facing the world and 51% ranked the economic recession in the highest category in the recent 2012 Global Consumer Wind Study.

When asked to what extent does the electric utility industry cause human-action induced climate changes, 32% of GCWS respondents answered to a certain degree and 39% answered to a high or very high degree.

The overwhelming majority (67%) of respondents said that they would prefer to have their electricity sources supplied by renewables, versus 9% for fossil fuels and 8% for nuclear.

78% of respondents said that they would prefer to see renewables such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass and geothermal developed over the next five years.

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Drill Baby! Is the US Turning Against Green Energy?

Drill Baby! Is the US Turning Against Green Energy? | green infographics | Scoop.it
Gas prices continue to rise. Everywhere around the world people are feeling that smoldering hole in their pocket continue to get hotter and hotter.

With other traditional sources of energy becoming depleted as well, opinions on where to find fuel have been shifting considerably.
Renewable energy has been losing some support. I mean, when you really think about it; who really wants to try and restore a natural balance to the Earth and stop stripping it of all its precious, natural resources? So lame (we’re being totally facetious by the way).
But, some people are thinking this way.
There has been a -18% change in support of developing alternative sources of energy like; wind, solar, and hydrogen. There has also been a 35% change in favor of expanding exploration and production of oil, coal, and natural gas. Even in the devastating wake of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant last year, support for nuclear power is on the rise as well...

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Charts: The rise of renewable energy

Charts: The rise of renewable energy | green infographics | Scoop.it

The world’s appetite for energy is projected to rise more than 50 percent by 2035 and renewables will be the fastest growing source.

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Infographic: Does Solar Really Work in My State?

Infographic: Does Solar Really Work in My State? | green infographics | Scoop.it

One Block Off the Grid organizes group deals on solar energy. Since 2008, One Block Off the Grid has run hundreds of group deals in over 40 U.S. states and helped thousands of homeowners go solar. 

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Infographic: Cool house, fat wallet

Infographic: Cool house, fat wallet | green infographics | Scoop.it
For their latest infographic, solar group purchasing company One Block Off the Grid (AKA the Groupon of clean energy) tackles a topic on the mind of many homeowners and renters right now: air conditioning-related electric bills.
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Interactive Infographic: Which Renewable Energies Do We Use Most and At What Cost?

In the U.S., only about 8 percent of all energy use comes from renewable sources. Petroleum is currently our largest consumed source of energy (37 percent), with natural gas (25 percent), coal (21 percent), nuclear power (9 percent) and renewables following behind.
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GE Infographic: How Renewable Energy Is Working For Hawaii

GE Infographic: How Renewable Energy Is Working For Hawaii | green infographics | Scoop.it
Hawaii could be on its way to becoming one of this country’s leaders in renewable energy. Not only are they figuring out ways to harness the power of the wind, they are investing is other forms of alternative energy as well. We collaborated with GE on this piece to highlight how the Rainbow State is becoming a world leader on renewable energy.
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Cities Leading the Way in Solar Energy [infographic]

Cities Leading the Way in Solar Energy [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it
Since 2002, the U.S. has increased its installed solar photovolatic capacity by a factor of 200. Which cities are leading the way?

The U.S. now has more than 200 times the amount of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity than it did in 2002, according to a new report from Environment America, and the top 20 cities for this capacity contain more solar power today than the amount installed for the total country six years ago. "Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America's Solar Energy Revolution" looks at which metropolises were in the lead of PV capacity in 2013, and what cities top the country when it comes to capacity per capita. The top cities may not necessarily be the locales you expect, but this data may highlight potential markets that are hot for building PV installations.

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Top 10 Gigawatts: Installed Solar Capacity (Infographic)

Top 10 Gigawatts: Installed Solar Capacity (Infographic) | green infographics | Scoop.it

We’re hearing more and more about gigawatts in reference to the scale of renewable energy installations and clean energy generating capacity. Josh and Amber at 1Sun4All.com decided to make a new infographic presenting a bit of information on gigawatts and installed solar capacity.

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Data Visualization: Explore the United States of Energy

Data Visualization: Explore the United States of Energy | green infographics | Scoop.it

Finally… After almost 50 years of dependence on foreign sources to meet our growing energy needs, our country is finally in a position to begin reversing the trend. Through advances in drilling technology, discoveries of new oil and natural gas reserves and swift progress in the renewables sector, the United States is setting a course for energy self-sufficiency.

The complex story of energy in America and making it relevant to an increasingly distracted public remains one of our biggest challenges as energy industry communicators. In the information economy, there’s a lot of loose change. Content that lacks context. A rapidly growing punditocracy. An immense amount of noise.

Someone has to break through.


In the spirit of this endeavor, we created the United States of Energy map, the first data visualization piece of its kind to comprehensively detail our nation’s vast and diverse energy portfolio...

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Renewable Energy Revolution: Declining Costs, Surging Capacity

Renewable Energy Revolution: Declining Costs, Surging Capacity | green infographics | Scoop.it

The renewable energy revolution is under way. Renewable power generation now accounts for around 50% of all new power generation capacity installed worldwide.


The combination of rapid deployment and high learning rates for technology “has produced a virtuous circle that is leading to significant cost declines and is helping fuel a renewable revolution,” according to a new global study of renewable power generation costs in 2012 produced by IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, which announced it isestablishing its global headquarters in the United Arab Emirates during last week’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.


Additions to global wind power generation capacity totalled 41 gigawatts (GW) in 2011, according to IRENA’s “Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2012: An Overview.” That’s in addition to 30 GW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation capacity, 25 GW of hydro power, 6 GW of biomass, 0.5 GW of concentrated solar power (CSP), and 0.1 GW of new geothermal power capacity.

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Renewable energy revolution worldwide news, and in Cyprus our renewable energy production in 2012 increased by 24%. We have some fantastic renewable energy companies who can be found on www.ecoiko.eu
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Sustainable Energy Roadmaps | Worldwatch Institute

Sustainable Energy Roadmaps | Worldwatch Institute | green infographics | Scoop.it

Transitioning from a carbon-intensive economy to a low-carbon future presents challenges and opportunities for developing countries. The Sustainable Energy Roadmaps help countries successfully navigate the change to an infrastructure capable of meeting the energy challenges of the 21st century.


The approach examines a country’s potential for renewable energy production such as wind, solar, small hydropower and biomass. Existing energy infrastructure is analyzed to identify the potential for, and hurdles to, increased efficiency and energy storage. At the same time, current socio-economic and policy environments are factored into the analysis to identify barriers to low-carbon development and determine international best practices to suggest how they can be overcome. Equally important, funding options that might be available from private, public, and multilateral institutions to help bring renewable energy projects into being are assessed.

The project strengthens government and civil society capacity, enhances stakeholder engagement, and advances policies that combat climate change...


Learn more about the program and sustainable energy roadmaps at the article link.

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Some US states need to follow this roadmap!

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Infographic: How Much Money Will Solar Panels Save?

Infographic: How Much Money Will Solar Panels Save? | green infographics | Scoop.it

Even as more affordable photovoltaics and government incentives for adopting renewable energy sources have made solar a financially attractive alternative in some areas, it can still be hard to find accurate, easy-to-understand information to help make the leap. The Solar Tool, developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at MIT and Boston-based design workshop MoDe Studio, aims to solve that problem for the city of Cambridge. Simply enter your address, and a comprehensive satellite map of Cambridge shows you how efficient your own

rooftop is for soaking up the sun’s rays, from excellent to poor, down to the square meter.

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Infographic: Solar Power's Limitless Possibilities

Infographic: Solar Power's Limitless Possibilities | green infographics | Scoop.it

An intriguing look at just how much clean, renewable energy we could harvest from the sun...

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A visual representation of renewable energy growth in the U.S.

A visual representation of renewable energy growth in the U.S. | green infographics | Scoop.it
Renewable energy in the U.S. has exploded since 1970. Take a look at these maps to see how far we've come.
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FERC’s New Transmission Rule Helps Renewable Development

FERC’s New Transmission Rule Helps Renewable Development | green infographics | Scoop.it

In what has been called the most significant act of reform in years for power distribution in the United States, FERC Order No. 1000 will help solar and wind projects overcome a significant hurdle that has held up the development of more than 25 GW of solar projects and an uncounted number of wind farms nationwide for lack of transmission.

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Infographic: How one Danish island became 100% energy self-sufficient

Infographic: How one Danish island became 100% energy self-sufficient | green infographics | Scoop.it
The inhabitants of Samsoe don’t use any fossil fuels — in fact, they export renewable energy to the mainland...

It took ten years and $80 million, but the Danish island of Samsoe now produces enough energy to satisfy all its needs and still export 40 percent of its energy to the mainland. Going 100 percent renewable wasn’t easy, but the results have paid off handsomely. Farmers on the island who are powering their facilities with wind turbines are seeing a 6 to 7 year payback on those investments. And of course it’s remarkable that wind, unlike other energy technologies, is entirely compatible with agriculture.

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How Much Solar Do You Need [Graphic]

How Much Solar Do You Need [Graphic] | green infographics | Scoop.it
One Block Off the Grid took a stab at answering the question: How big a backyard do you need to live off of the land?
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Infographic: 8 Ways Why China is Beating the US in Green Technology | Economy Watch

According to a recent report by the United Nations Environment Programme, China is leading the world in renewable energy resources – investing nearly US$48.9 billion in 2010. But how is China doing in comparison to the US?
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