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The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You

The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

"When Jonah Berger was a graduate student at Stanford, in the early aughts, he would make a habit of reading page A2 of the Wall Street Journal, which included a list of the five most-read and the five most-shared articles of the day. “I’d go down to the library and surreptitiously cut out that page,” he recalls. “I noticed that what was read and what was shared was often different, and I wondered why that would be.” What was it about a piece of content—an article, a picture, a video—that took it from simply interesting to interesting and shareable? What pushes someone not only to read a story but to pass it on?"

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This very detailed article tells you how things go viral, with examples, great information. You may pick up a few ideas on how to do better with your own posts or articles. It looks easy...it's not.

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APIntd's curator insight, March 10, 2014 4:42 PM

Une (petite) leçon à garder en tête pour la diffusion d'information

Jody MacPherson's curator insight, March 10, 2014 5:36 PM

I think this sums up social media quite nicely:

"The irony, of course, is that the more data we mine, and the closer we come to determining a precise calculus of sharing, the less likely it will be for what we know to remain true. "


Welcome to reality. 

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EU technology policies need to reach the start-up audience

EU technology policies need to reach the start-up audience | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
What is claimed as the world’s largest technology incubator is taking shape in Paris. Its director, Roxanne Varza, says the city is gathering steam as a digital hub and the EU needs to support European start-ups in going global

An 87-year-old former railroad depot in central Paris is about to enter the digital age as a centre with room for 1,000 start-ups, in what will be the largest incubator in the world.

The ambitious project, scheduled to open in 2017, is being spearheaded by French billionaire entrepreneur Xavier Niel, with the French government and the city of Paris underwriting some of the cost.

Roxanne Varza, formerly head of Microsoft's start-up activities and editor of TechCrunch France, was recently picked as director of the new venture.

In an interview Varza told Science|Business how this venture and the Paris start-up scene as a whole are progressing, and what politicians in Brussels could do to help European technology companies grow and expand.Read more: click image or title. 



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#Startups in #Europe will get a huge opportunity to find support with this new initiative led by Roxanne Varza, formerly head of Microsoft's start-up activities and editor of TechCrunch France, and now director of the new venture.

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Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans by 2050, study warns

Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans by 2050, study warns | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to recycle the material, a report warned Tuesday on the opening day of the annual gathering of the rich and powerful in the snow-clad Swiss ski resort of Davos.

An overwhelming 95 percent of plastic packaging worth $80-120 billion (73-110 billion euros) a year is lost to the economy after a single use, said a global study by a foundation fronted by yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur, which promotes recycling in the economy.

The study, which drew on multiple sources, proposed setting up a new system to slash the leaking of plastics into nature, especially the oceans, and to find alternatives to crude oil and natural gas as the raw material of plastic production.

At least eight million tonnes of plastics find their way into the ocean every year—equal to one garbage truckful every minute, said the report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which included analysis by the McKinsey Centre for Business and Environment.

"If no action is taken, this is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050," it said, with packaging estimated to represent the largest share of the pollution.



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We are getting very close to that tipping point of no return. #Garbage is a huge problem, especially in #emerging countries. The garbage that can not be dealt with there originates all in imports from our Western culture: plastic, bottles, diapers, wrappers.... Traditional cultures have no solutions for this.

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The Solar Industry Commends President Obama's #SOTU Commitment to Clean Energy

The Solar Industry Commends President Obama's #SOTU Commitment to Clean Energy | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - January 12, 2016) - Following is a statement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address:

"In his final State of the Union, President Obama made it abundantly clear that solar energy is a key solution for America as we usher in the era of clean energy development.

"Since the president took office in 2009, the cost of solar energy has dropped by more than 70 percent, there's 30 times the amount of solar generation and our industry has created 173,000 American jobs. Solar energy growth will continue because it is affordable, improves the air we breathe and creates strong American jobs. Read more: click image or title.



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#RenewableEnergy is making a real difference in the US economy, and president #Obama knows it.

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Smart is Beautiful: low carbon cities as if people mattered.

Smart is Beautiful: low carbon cities as if people mattered. | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
To have any hope of meaningful action on climate change then we will need low carbon cities. But what comes first, the low carbon city or the low carbon citizen?


In 2015 humanity reached a significant tipping point with over 50 percent of people now living in cities, yet this half of the population account for as much as three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions (depending on what you include in the measurement). To have any hope of meaningful action on climate change then we will need low carbon cities. But what comes first, the low carbon city or the low carbon citizen?

The primary purpose of a city government is to serve its citizens, meeting their daily needs and building for their long term prosperity. To do this you need to put them first, understanding both what they want and importantly, what they need. So it is essential that direct community engagement can be combined with collecting data from citizens when creating and managing a successful low carbon city.


History is full of examples showing how collecting data from citizens can make cities better places. For example, back in 1854 plotting cholera deaths around a contaminated water pump in London changed the medical understanding of how diseases are transmitted, inspiring modern approaches to sanitation and public health in cities around the world.

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This world is in a major #transition. Change keeps on speeding up. Are people central, or is it #technology?

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Solar Panels can be recycled

Solar Panels can be recycled | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

For silicon PV modules, the recycling process consists of multiple steps. ReMedia (Milano) is an Italian consortium that handles Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) as well as end-of-life batteries and accumulators.

How does it work?

  1. After removing the (mostly) aluminium frames and the junction boxes with cables, the rest of the module – including glass, backsheet and cells – are then crushed in a hammer mill into small pieces (<5mm).
  2. After this, the fractions are separated and sorted according to material type, which is done by processing them though a leach drum and a vibrating screen, at the latter the glass is separated from the EVA pieces.
  3. The EVA pieces are collected in another conveyor while the glass falls through the screen to a chute where it is further handled to rinsing. Having been cleaned, the glass is deposited into recycling containers and rinse waters are pumped to a precipitation system for metal recovery.
  4. The metal parts are precipitated in a three-stage process by increasing pH using sodium hydroxide. Once the solid compounds have settled and been process into a metal rich filter cake it is basically ready to be processed into semiconductor grade raw material

Up to 90% of a module’s glass and 95% of the semiconductor material can be recovered.  Read more: click image or title.




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Essential information. #CleanEnergy systems need to get recycled too.

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Tanja's curator insight, November 3, 2015 8:21 AM
Up to 90% of a module’s glass and 95% of the semiconductor material can be recovered! So please, take your responsibility and find a good partner who wel recycle your PV and save the used materials.
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Elon Musk’s Gigafactory Should Be Dictating Your Solar Equipment - Renewable Energy World

Elon Musk’s Gigafactory Should Be Dictating Your Solar Equipment - Renewable Energy World | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

All solar installations today should be thinking ahead to the not-so-distant future. The main question to be asking is whether your solar system will seamlessly integrate with a battery. Most solar systems installed today will not. And although battery backup may not be on your radar at all, it should be, and not for the reason you’re thinking. 

Battery backup in the traditional sense has been geared toward power outages – hurricanes, Enron catastrophes, etc. As a solar expert, I would never recommend battery backup for these rare instances when the grid goes down. There are far cheaper and more versatile solutions for these circumstances, such as gas-powered generators.

There are also the grid independence proponents that think of battery backup as a way to completely disconnect them from the grid, but again this does not make any economic sense. Being off the grid with solar and batteries is a great concept, but what happens when it rains for a week straight and your solar system fails to replenish your batteries?

Smart battery solutions will be a part of our immediate future, and the reason for this strictly relates to policy. Utility companies throughout the country are in uproar over net-energy metering and the effects it has on their grid. Why, after all, should a homeowner with solar reap benefits from the grid but not have to pay into the infrastructure? Rate reform, particularly in California, is coming in the form of flattening tier structures and minimum bill charges. Read more: click image or title.




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Europe's greenhouse gas emissions fall to record low

Europe's greenhouse gas emissions fall to record low | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Member states report a 23% drop since 1990, but the pace is slowing and several countries have missed renewable and energy efficiency targets Greenhouse gas emissions in Europe have plunged to the lowest level ever recorded after the EU’s member states reported an estimated 23% drop in emissions between 1990 and 2014.

The bloc has now overshot its target for 2020 of cutting emissions by one-fifth – at the same time that its economy grew by 46%, according to the EU’s climate chief, Miguel Arias Canete .

“We have shown consistently that climate protection and economic growth go hand-in-hand,” he said. “This is a strong signal ahead of the Paris climate conference.”

Diplomats are currently meeting in Bonn to try to thrash out a negotiating text for the Paris summit, amid concern that a slimmed-down 20-page proposal has crept back up to 34 pages, following objections from developing countries. Read more: click image or title.



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It's an ongoing struggle creating efforts to keep the #emissions down. #Renewable energy is becoming a big deal in Europe.

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5 Amazing Eco Hotels That Will Make You Go Green | ecophiles

5 Amazing Eco Hotels That Will Make You Go Green | ecophiles | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

At Ecophiles, we love eco-conscious hotels. But with these one-of-a-kind marvels, we’ve found locales so special that visiting them will make your footprint go a bright shade of green.

Dangle on a mountainside in a clear capsule

Located in the sacred valley of Cuzco in Peru, the Skylodge Adventure Suites has all the feel of a space pod landed atop a 1200 ft mountain.

Hand crafted with aerospace aluminum and polycarbonate, three cliff-side capsule suites grant a 300 degree view of the stunning Cuzco Valley and a brilliant starlit sky. Each capsule is large enough to accommodate beds, a dining area and a private bathroom.

An exceptional experience for the adventurous among us — visitors must climb 400 mt of Via Ferrata, or take a zipline trek, gliding over the magnificent valley to get there.

So gear up and climb down the hatch to live your high-altitude sci-fi dream. Read more: click image or title.



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This striking chart shows why solar power will take over the world

This striking chart shows why solar power will take over the world | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
We're in the middle of a revolution. Most people will only realize it when it's almost over.

Over the past few years, many graphs have been worth thousands of words on the rise of solar power. It's almost impossible to overstate how important the revolution that is happening right now is, and like most transitions, most people will only realize what's going on after it's mostly over. But not you guys and gals, you are ahead of the curve, and you're grasping the importance of all this. In fact, I'm sure that many of you are driving this progress forward and helping it happen!

The chart above clearly shows that all of the solar power that we've installed on the planet until about 10 years ago basically didn't amount to anything compared to what has been built in recent years. At some magical threshold, the price of solar per watt (in orange) hit some tipping point and installation exploded (the blue part), dwarfing anything from the past. And the beauty of having exponential growth on your side is that very quickly, even the current blue spike will look tiny. In 2020 or 2030 we'll look back on 2015 and it'll barely register as the beginning of the curve on the chart.

Here are a few other very telling charts that clearly show why solar will take over the world: Read more: click image or title.



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#Renewable Energy is accelerating at an incredible rate. There may still be hope!

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Elon Musk's Tesla Battery So Popular It Sold Out Through 2016

Elon Musk's Tesla Battery So Popular It Sold Out Through 2016 | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Demand for Tesla Energy’s revolutionary battery “has been crazy,” according to the company’s founder and CEO Elon Musk.

Yesterday, in a second quarter earnings call, Musk revealed there have been more than 100,000 reservations (roughly worth $1 billion) of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which have sold out through 2016.


While Tesla is mostly known for its auto industry-disrupting electric cars, the company isn’t shy about wanting to wean the world off of fossil fuels through its suite of batteries as well. The Powerwall offers homes and small businesses the means to use and store energy generated from residential solar panels or when utility rates are low. The larger Powerpack (for large businesses and utilities) allows battery owners to store excess energy on site, or as Forbes contributor Jeff McMahon explained in a report, the “batteries allow utilities to store energy when demand is low and use it when demand is high, without turning on more power plants.”

As Musk boasted during his call, “You can basically, in principle, shut down half of the world’s power plants if you had stationary storage.” Read more: click on image or title.




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Tesla's #disruptive products are making a huge impact. Great strides forward in the fight against climate change.

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Plastic to Oil Fantastic - Our World

Plastic to Oil Fantastic - Our World | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A Japanese company's invention of a machine that converts plastic back into oil shows us how by reducing waste we can lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.

This video brief about the invention of a plastic-to-oil converting machine went viral and exceeded 3.7 million views on YouTube.

This is evidence that concern over “the plastic problem” is certainly not going away, despite encouraging bans on and decreases in the use of plastic shopping bags.

Here on Our World, on the video’s YouTube page and those of re-posters too, as well as on the hot Reddit Science link, the topic has generated much interest and debate amongst commenters.

Many think that this type of recycling is not a solution, but that instead the world should be seriously focused on the first “R” — which is reduce. We should shun single-use plastic (such as your average PET bottle or disposable container) altogether, they argue. The world’s oil resources are diminishing; does technology like this enable our denial of that fact, or is it a hopeful and constructive step in the right direction?

Others are doubtful of the conversion process and have concerns about pollution or toxic residue. But the machine actually uses highly efficient but pretty straightforward pyrolysis: the plastic is fed into the pressurized oxygen-free oven and heated to 427° C (800°F), which liquefies it. The machine then converts the liquefied plastic to gas, which condenses to form a crude oil mixture of gasoline, diesel, kerosene and heavy oil. Blest tells us that, if the proper materials are fed into the machine (i.e., polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene — PP, PE,  PS plastics), there is no toxic substance produced and the small amount of inert char residue that may be leftover can be disposed of with regular garbage.

They also explain that while methane, ethane, propane and butane gasses are released in the process, the machine is equipped with an off-gas filter that disintegrates these gases into water and carbon.

Lastly, commentators from around the world are anxious to know if and where they can purchase a machine. Though the company still mainly produces larger, industrial-use machines, Blest Co. will be more than happy to hear from you. Please contact them directly at info@blest.co.jp.

Below is the original article, published on April 14, 2009. Read more: click title or image.




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Plastic waste is a huge problem. This Japanese man has created an incredible solution by using pyrolysis. Having machines at this small scale is a great step forward as well. Read more and find more information in the original article.

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Solving One of the World's Biggest Problems

Many of the world’s problems stem from water – yes, problems on a truly global scale. There somehow seems to be too much of it, too little of it, or a negative imbalance of it. These issues lead to flooding, drought, famine, and enormous loss of agriculture. Make no mistake: water, and its implications, is a major problem and it’s one that remains an issue.

Too often, people mistakenly believe the big problems in our world are already solved and that the only room left for innovation is incremental. Thankfully, the founding team behind Parjana didn’t fall into this trap. They realized that groundwater is still in fact a major problem and that they would be able to formulate a solution. Their innovation is making an impact already, by tackling a well-travelled problem with a fresh approach – talk about bold thinking in action.

In 1997, Andrew Niemczyk invented the Energy-passive Groundwater Recharge Product. Fast-forward over a decade and Niemczyk patented the technology and partnered with Greg McPartlin to expand and grow, utilizing this brilliant concept – the company is called Parjana. So what does this EGRP do, exactly? This green solution in water management is installed underground. Once it acclimatizes to the soil, the tube system (with five chambers in it and open channels along its edge) helps reduce surface runoff by increasing infiltration of water, much the same way as the natural environment would. This helps with water during rainfall and then provides moisture during dry moments, keeping the ground at equilibrium. Read more: click image or title.





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Solving the water problem is a big one. Every new idea is valuable. The article also makes a great point that you shouldn't wait with your solutions for the big boys to catch on or to think that there is no chance for you to do it yourself. Have a solution? Put it out. If the need is there and your solution is valuable you have a great chance to make a difference.

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Global investment in renewable energy hit US$270B in 2014, says UN report - Canadian Manufacturing

Global investment in renewable energy hit US$270B in 2014, says UN report - Canadian Manufacturing | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Despite the increase, the report warns that renewables still face some challenges

FRANKFURT and NAIROBI—The annual United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on global investments in renewables shows a 17 per cent increase in 2014.

$270 billion was invested in renewables in 2014, and the majority of funds went to solar and wind projects.

The increase follows two years of decline, and was able to overcome the lower price of crude oil in the second half of the year, which was expected to pose a challenge.

The smaller investment figures in 2012 and 2013 were partly attributed to lower prices for renewables, caused by economies of scale. The price for solar and wind technologies continued to decline in 2014, so the money invested resulted in significantly more capacity. The power generating capacity added by renewables last year amounts to 103 gigawatts—equal to the total capacity of the USA’s 158 nuclear plants.

“Renewables made up nearly half of the net power capacity added worldwide” said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP. “These climate-friendly energy technologies are now an indispensable component of the global energy mix and their importance will only increase as markets mature, technology prices continue to fall and the need to rein in carbon emissions becomes ever more urgent.”

Despite the increase, the report warns that renewables still face some challenges. Among them are structural issues that stem from the variability of solar and wind power generation. In many countries, electricity grids have trouble coping with the 25% variability caused by dependence on sunlight and breeze.

The report was prepared by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Centre, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Udo Steffens, President of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, said another challenge for renewables is investor uncertainty of continued government support.
“Southern Europe is still almost a no-go area for investors because of retroactive policy changes, most recently those affecting solar farms in Italy. In the US there is uncertainty over the future of the Production Tax Credit for wind, but costs are now so low that the sector is more insulated than in the past.”

The report concludes that if current trends continue, the electricity market requires major reforms to keep up with the success of renewables. Since 2004, over $2 trillion has been invested in renewables globally.



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The challenges seem to be endless, but innovation and persistence keeps renewable energy growing.

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A new approach to urban planning that can save water

A new approach to urban planning that can save water | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

"One of the most incredible things about stormwater is that we have taken one of our largest resources – rain – and designed cities to take that resource away as soon as possible,” she said. "We put in storm sewers to get it to the nearest river or ocean, and we’ve transformed our greatest resource into our greatest source of pollution."

Imagine for a moment a raindrop falling high above a modern-day city. After it reaches a roof, a street or the top of a car, it's quickly whisked away toward a gutter or drain, picking up pollutants and sediments along the way. There it collects into larger torrents, all the while moving faster and further from its point of impact. Eventually, that single drop and nearly all of the precipitation that falls is removed far outside the urban environment; bringing with it elevated levels of chemicals, trash and other harmful pollutants. Read more: click image or title.



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#Water is becoming one of our most valuable #resources. This article sheds some light on how it has been ignored and what needs to be done to change that situation.

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There is a strong need for public and private insight as to the waste of a resource that literally falls out of the sky.

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A pioneer in renewable energy is inexplicably abandoning the cause

A pioneer in renewable energy is inexplicably abandoning the cause | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

By most accounts, this is likely to be an incredible year for investment in renewables just about everywhere.

In 2014, China overtook the first wave of green-power stalwarts—like many countries in Europe—to become the biggest investor in renewable energy. Globally, $329 billion flowed into the sector last year alone. And the trend shows no sign of abating, even in those areas—like China—that are facing pronounced economic slowdowns. Indeed, with the price of oil at 12-year lows, renewables is one of the only energy sectors that still promises returns for investors.

Moreover, following a global conference in Paris that set new, ambitious goals for carbon reduction, developed countries that have already benefitted from years of fossil-fuel use are on the hook to help developing nations ramp up their green energy production, and avoid pouring money into coal.

But one country is conspicuous in cutting support for its own clean-tech sector—one that had hitherto been a leader in the field: the UK. Read more: click image or title.



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It may be a valid argument to state that #renewables have to stand on their own now, however, the #fossil fuel industry gets massive support and benefits as well. The idea of #climate change making our decisions much more urgent should be enough cause to keep on pushing #renewable energy everywhere.

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What Just Happened in Solar Is a Bigger Deal Than Oil Exports

What Just Happened in Solar Is a Bigger Deal Than Oil Exports | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The impact: $73 billion in new investment in the U.S.

The clean-energy boom is about to be transformed. In a surprise move, U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend tax credits for solar and wind for another five years. This will give an unprecedented boost to the industry and change the course of deployment in the U.S. 

The extension will add an extra 20 gigawatts of solar power—more than every panel ever installed in the U.S. prior to 2015, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The U.S. was already one of the world's biggest clean-energy investors. This deal is like adding another America of solar power into the mix.

The wind credit will contribute another 19 gigawatts over five years. Combined, the extensions will spur more than $73 billion of investment and supply enough electricity to power 8 million U.S. homes, according to BNEF. 

"This is massive," said Ethan Zindler, head of U.S. policy analysis at BNEF. In the short term, the deal will speed up the shift from fossil fuels more than the global climate deal struck this month in Paris and more than Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan that regulates coal plants, Zindler said. Read more: click image or title.



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In the short term, the deal will speed up the shift from fossil fuels more than the global climate deal struck this month in Paris and more than Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan that regulates coal plants, Zindler said.

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The 30 percent solar tax credit was set to expire next year and will now extend through 2019 before tapering to 10 percent in 2022. The wind credit had expired at the end of 2014, and the extension will be retroactively applied from the start of 2015 through 2019, declining in value each year.


"This is massive," said Ethan Zindler, head of U.S. policy analysis at BNEF. In the short term, the deal will speed up the shift from fossil fuels more than the global climate deal struck this month in Paris and more than Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan that regulates coal plants, Zindler said. 

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Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates Join Forces To Invest in Clean Energy Technology

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates Join Forces To Invest in Clean Energy Technology | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The founders of Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up to solve climate change. Mark Zuckerberg announced today that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition with Bill Gates to invest in zero-carbon energy technology around the world. The organization’s membership roster includes some of the most prolific names in technology, including Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, and Masayoshi Son. Read more: click on image or title.



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Question is: is there still time to stop #climate change and save the planet?

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Tesla batteries to power office buildings in California

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Tesla's batteries aren't just for cars anymore. They'll be used in battery farms at buildings around California.

A big real estate developer and a well-connected tech startup have a plan to install batteries from electric car company Tesla at office buildings in a Los Angeles suburb.

On Monday, developer The Irvine Company and startup Advanced Microgrid Solutions announced that they plan to build large battery farms —each the size of about five parking spaces—at buildings in Irvine, Calif.

The startup’s software can switch the buildings to battery power when electricity demand on the power grid is high like during hot summer afternoons when air conditioners are blasting. This relieves some of the stress on the power grid during peak times. Read more: click image or title.



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Battery systems like #Tesla 's are changing the way the #grid works and are preventing to build more dirty power installations.

#Disruption at work.

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The sustainable cities of the future

The sustainable cities of the future | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Renewable energy is the only energy source that is used in a sustainable city.

The concept of sustainable city is not new, but due to the fact that the environment needs to be healed after a heavy and continuous period of carbon pollution, we could see such green cities even sooner than we think.

A sustainable city or a green city must be built considering all the aspects that involve any environmental impact in the area.

A sustainable city must be carbon neutral, must use less energy than normal cities, less water, less food and of course, no waste of any kind because all the waste that are produced must be reused.

Masdar City is the world’s first sustainable city that was built in the desert near Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The project for the first most sustainable eco-city of the world started in 2008, and continues even today after seven years of intense work because the city is planned to be completed only next year, in 2016.


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The integration of #renewable energy in normal cities is much more important, but it's a great idea to have some model cities to see how it can work.

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, October 23, 2015 1:47 PM
Sustainable Development in Edmonton

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Sustainable Development is a forward-looking organization that plans, promotes and advocates change that moves this city towards the Edmonton envisioned by the citizens we serve.

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Wind energy is now as cheap as natural gas, and solar is getting close - ScienceAlert

And they're only getting cheaper.

Wind power is now comparable in price to fossil fuels, and solar is well on its way, according to a new report that confirms earlier predictions that renewables aren't just the best option for the environment - they’re unequivocally the smartest long-term investment you can make on energy.

The report, by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, found that in the second half of 2015, the global average cost of onshore wind energy will be $83 per megawatt-hour of electricity (which is down $2 from the first half of the year), and for thin film solar photovoltaics, the cost is $122 per megawatt-hour (down $7 in the past six months). Read more: click image or title.




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#RenewableEnergy is on a roll, gaining momentum. That critical treshold has been overcome.

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Green roofs - vision for the future

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The design of the buildings changed over time, but it should be noted that the function of the building always remained the same: to protect, to give comfort, warmth in winter and coolness in summer. However, in recent years the impact of buildings on the environment and solutions that include green roofs are becoming more important. Read more: click image or title.

 



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Up to 80% of #energy savings!

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The Tesla Battery Heralds the beginning of the end for Fossil Fuels

The Tesla Battery Heralds the beginning of the end for Fossil Fuels | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Fossil fuels are no longer the cheapest source of energy.

While wind and solar power have made great strides in recent years, with renewables now accounting for 22% of electric energy generated, the issue that has held them back has been their transience. The sun doesn’t shine at night and the wind doesn’t blow year-round – these are the mantras of all those opposed to the progress of renewables.

Now the renewable power billionaire Elon Musk has just blown away that final defence. Last Thursday in California he introduced to the world his sleek new Powerwall – a wall-mounted energy storage unit that can hold 10 kilowatt hours of electric energy, and deliver it at an average of 2 kilowatts, all for US$3,500.

That translates into an electricity price (taking into account installation costs and inverters) of around US$500 per kWh – less than half current costs, as estimated by Deutsche Bank.

That translates into delivered energy at around 6 cents per kWh for the householder, meaning that a domestic system plus storage would still come out ahead of coal-fired power delivered through the conventional grid.

What’s more, Musk is going to manufacture the batteries in the United States, at the “gigafactory” he is building just over the border from California in Nevada.

He is not waiting for some totally new technology, but is scaling up the tried and tested lithium-ion battery that he is already using for his electric vehicles.


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Will #fossil fuels disappear now? It won't be that easy, but certainly a huge step in the right direction.

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Paul Epping's curator insight, August 16, 2015 2:34 AM

That helps to decrease fossil energy, but we don't read what it costs, in terms of material and energy, to produce these batteries

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, August 16, 2015 6:08 AM

The greatest problem with the use of electricity for propulsion is storage. How do you store electric current efficiently and in sufficient amounts. Lithium Ion batteries are efficient, at least better than lead acid batteries, but then even they have disadvantages - even their efficiency deteriorates over a period of time! The second greatest biggest problem is that the the electricity being used to charge the batteries might not be green after all and it might itself have a huge carbon foot-print thus making the use of electricity for propulsion a contributor to global warming. If the Tesla Battery can address both of the above mentioned problems then I would hail it as one of the most versatile inventions of the twenty-first century!

Antje Mills's curator insight, August 21, 2015 4:09 PM

I would love to see the United States ease their love affair with gas powered vehicles so we can keep improving alternate energy sources for vehicles and beyond. Ultimately this would less our dependence on  foreign oil.

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Earth has entered sixth mass extinction, warn scientists - The Telegraph

Earth has entered sixth mass extinction, warn scientists - The Telegraph | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Humans are responsible for so many species dying out that we are now in a sixth mass extinction, Stanford University has warned...

Earth has entered its sixth mass extinction with animals now dying out at 100 times the normal rate, scientists have warned.
Humans have created a toxic mix of habitat loss, pollution and climate change, which has already led to the loss of at least 77 species of mammals, 140 types of bird since and 34 amphibians since 1500.
They include creatures like the dodo, Steller’s Sea Cow, the Falkland Islands wolf, the quagga, the Formosan clouded leopard, the Atlas bear, the Caspian tiger and the Cape lion.
Scientists at Stanford University in the US claim it is the biggest loss of species since the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction which wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
“Without any significant doubt that we are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event," said Professor Paul Ehrlich, at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
“Species are disappearing up to about 100 times faster than the normal rate between mass extinctions, known as the background rate.
“Our calculations very likely underestimate the severity of the extinction crisis. There are examples of species all over the world that are essentially the walking dead.” Click image or title for the full story and pictures.



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Portable, solar-powered ecocapsules mean you can live rent- and electric-bill free, globally

Portable, solar-powered ecocapsules mean you can live rent- and electric-bill free, globally | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
The egg-shaped mini home goes on sale for pre-order at the end of the year.

If you’ve just had it with taking the subway, or sitting in an office, or just generally being around other people, you may be in luck. Slovakian firm Nice Architects has built an egg-shaped “Ecocapsule” that runs entirely on solar and wind energy, allowing its dweller(s) to live both literally, and figuratively, off the grid.

The completely self-sustaining portable home contains a 9,744 watt-hour battery, a 750 watt wind turbine, and high-efficiency solar cells that can support you for about a year in pretty much any location in the world, provided there is some sunlight. (It probably wouldn’t work in a cave, for instance, should someone desire to live in one.)

The capsule also includes a rainwater collection and filtration system. Inside, there’s a kitchenette with running water, a flushable toilet, a shower, a bed, and work space. Nice Architects says the capsule, which is about 4.5 meters (14.7 feet) long and 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) wide, can comfortably fit two people. Read more: click image or title.




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What a great concept. Put it on wheels, take it to places that were hard to reach before, make it your home, anywhere.

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Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.

The first Tesla Energy product is ‘Powerwall Home Battery,’ a stationary battery that can power a household without requiring the grid. The battery is rechargeable lithium-ion — it uses Tesla’s existing battery tech — and can be fixed to a wall, removing much of the existing complexity around using a local power source.

“The issue with existing batteries is that they suck,” Musk said in a press conference announcing Tesla Energy. “They are expensive, unreliable and bad in every way.”

Tesla’s solution, he said, is different.

For one thing, the company’s batteries cost $3,500 for 10kWh and $3,000 for 7kWh —They are open for pre-orders in the U.S. now; the first orders will be dispatched “in late summer.”

Like regular batteries, they can be used together — up to nine can be stacked up together to create a strong and reliable power source. Musk said he believes they can help people in emerging markets or remote locations ‘leapfrog’ the need for existing power systems, in a similar way that mobile phones have become more important than landlines in remote parts of the world. Read more: click on title or image.



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Tesla is bringing new options to the world. Energy storage will transform the way we deal with energy fundamentally. Great for solar energy, electric cars, emerging markets. We need more visionaries like Elon Musk.

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