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World first: Australian solar plant has generated “supercritical” steam that rivals fossil fuels’

World first: Australian solar plant has generated “supercritical” steam that rivals fossil fuels’ | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A CSIRO test plant in Australia has broken a world record and proved solar power could efficiently replace fossil fuels.


A solar thermal test plant in Newcastle, Australia, has generated “supercritical” steam at a pressure of 23.5 mpa (3400 psi) and 570°C (1,058°F). CSIRO is claiming it as a world record, and it’s a HUGE step for solar thermal energy.


"It's like breaking the sound barrier; this step change proves solar has the potential to compete with the peak performance capabilities of fossil fuel sources," Dr Alex Wonhas, CSIRO’s Energy Director, said.


The Energy Centre uses a field of more than 600 mirrors (known as heliostats) which are all directed at two towers housing solar receivers and turbines, Gizmag reports.


This supercritical steam is used to drive the world’s most advanced power plant turbines, but previously it’s only been possible to produce it by burning fossil fuels such as coal or gas.


"Instead of relying on burning fossil fuels to produce supercritical steam, this breakthrough demonstrates that the power plants of the future could instead be using the free, zero emission energy of the sun to achieve the same result,” Dr Wonhas explained.


Currently, commercial solar thermal or concentrating solar power power plants only operate a “subcritical” levels, using less pressurised steam. This means that they’ve never been able to match the output or efficiency of the world’s best fossil fuel power plants - until now.


The commercial development of this technology is still a fair way off, but this is an important first step towards a more sustainable future.




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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, June 9, 2014 1:50 AM

Supercritical water have properties between those of a gas and a liquid. Generating supercritical water is not an easy task as very high temperatures and pressures are required i.e. more than 374 °C and 218 atm.

 

Power plants can extract ten times more energy from supercritical water as compared to typical steam or hot water.

 

Icelandic scientists previously tried to generate supercritical water from geothermal means http://sco.lt/7mbwvZ

 

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Технический прорыв в единстве с местными условиями?

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How smart cities (will) work | ExtremeTech

How smart cities (will) work | ExtremeTech | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

These days, the word “smart” is being applied to anything with a processor or a sensor and a connection to a network of some sort. You can argue that having some processing power for information and the ability to communicate with something makes a device “smart” – or at least a lot smarter than it was before.

The word smart is also being applied to cities now – so what does it mean to be a smart city, or at least a smarter one? Broadly speaking, it means an information and communication infrastructure (sometimes acronymed as ICT) that allows smart devices (like smartphones, automobiles, thermostats, water meters) to connect to smart infrastructure (problem reporting, traffic signals and information, parking systems, the electric grid, billing systems) to improve quality of life and productivity in cities.

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The combination of #devices, #technology, #internet, #bigData and #AI is creating totally new entities, such as #SmartCities. What exactly makes a city 'smart?

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New York Plans to Make Fighting Climate Change Good Business

New York Plans to Make Fighting Climate Change Good Business | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to apply market forces to utilities to transform the way electricity is produced, transmitted and consumed.

A governor wants to lead on green energy. The state’s utilities are nervously falling in line. Young entrepreneurs are buzzing, determined to be part of the generation that finally solves climate change.

To most ears, that might sound like California, where all those things and more are happening. But it also describes New York.

New York?

The state may not leap to mind as being in the vanguard of the green economy. But under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the most populous state in the Northeast is in a close race with its counterpart in the West in setting ambitious climate goals. And in some ways, New York may be on the verge of pulling ahead of California. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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A major shift is going on world wide. #ClimateChange is finally being taken serious and governments and leaders are getting nervous.

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“In the case of climate change, denial is not a survival strategy,” Mr. Cuomo said at Columbia University in October. “Climate change is a reality, and not to address it is gross negligence by government and irresponsible as citizens.”
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The Psychology of Climate Change Inaction

The Psychology of Climate Change Inaction | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A team of psychologists, biologists, and economists lays out a plan of action.

For decades, climate scientists have wondered why their near-consensus on the existence and ow, a diverse team of scientists has an answer: Basically, human psychology is ill-suited to comprehend and deal with what’s going on with the environment.“Why has it been so difficult to elicit substantive actions to alleviate this climate disruption?” writes a team of scientists led by Stanford University psychologist Lee Ross. In part, the answer lies with businesses and politicians who are more concerned with short-term gains than long-term sustainability, but thatdanger of global warming hasn’t translated into government action, much less a public that accepts climate change as reality. N’s only part of the problem. “Some specific features of the climate change threat combine with certain aspects of human psychology to make the challenge of collective national and international action an especially daunting one,” the researchers write. Read more: click image or title.

 

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"One surprisingly powerful way to combat those problems: creating social norms. In one 2007 experiment, psychologists found that distributing flyers with the message “the majority of your neighbors are undertaking energy-saving actions every day” worked to encourage conservation better than distributing flyers emphasizing environmental impacts. In that vein, television shows that address climate change, even obliquely, could foster a norm of environmental responsibility."
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7 Public Speaking Fundamentals Entrepreneurs Must Master

7 Public Speaking Fundamentals Entrepreneurs Must Master | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

One day you may deliver a speech to potential investors, clients or your peers at an industry conference. Are you ready?

Public speaking is often associated with a kind of grandiosity, as if you need to be a guest of honor at a formal event, to employ what we think of as “public speaking skills.” In reality, though, public speaking skills are used all the time, in multiple contexts. As an entrepreneur, you’ll be tapping into many of those contexts.

For example, you’ll be giving presentations to potential investors and clients. You’ll be doling out numbers and giving updates to your team. You might even be an interviewee in the media or a speaker for a major event. Whether you plan on speaking publicly on a regular basis or not, you’ll need to prepare yourself to speak as an entrepreneur, using these seven important public speaking fundamentals: Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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What is resilience?

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Over the past decades, few concepts have gained such prominence as resilience. There has been an explosion of research and policies into ways to promote resilient systems, but the content has often lacked a clear definition of what resilience actually means, let alone how to apply resilience thinking.

 

Planetary boundaries
One of the most significant attempts to provide scientific guidelines for improved stewardship of the planet is the planetary boundaries concept. It was first presented in 2009 by a group of 28 renowned international scientists. They argued that if humanity stays within these nine boundaries we can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. Crossing them could generate abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. In 2015, an updated version was presented. The new study warned that four of nine planetary boundaries have been crossed as a result of human activity: climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen).Two of these, climate change and biosphere integrity, are what the scientists call "core boundaries". Significantly altering either of these "core boundaries" would drive the Earth System into a new state.

The concept has been criticized for not being well adapted to policy although it was first and foremost designed to advance Earth System science. However, it can be used as a framework to guide the formulation of new Sustainable Development Goals, which are to replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.  Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Resilience starts from the belief that humans and nature are strongly coupled to the point that they should be conceived as one social-ecological system.

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Resilience starts from the belief that humans and nature are strongly coupled to the point that they should be conceived as one social-ecological system.

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U.S. Solar Market Insight

U.S. Solar Market Insight | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Information on the size, ranking and generated capacity of the U.S. solar industry. Latest report: 2015 Year-in-Review, released March 9, 2016

 

Key Figures

  • The U.S. installed 7,260 MWdc of solar PV in 2015, the largest annual total ever and 16% above 2014.
  • Residential PV was once again the fastest-growing sector in U.S. solar, installing over 2 GWdc for the first time and growing 66% over 2014.
  • Utility PV also had a record year with over 4 GWdc installed, up 6% over 2014, with nearly 20 GWdc still in development.
  • Thirteen states installed over 100 MWdc of solar each in 2015, up from nine in 2014.
  • 110 MW ac of concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity came on-line in late 2015, when SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes project began sending electricity to the grid.
  • For the first time ever, solar beat out natural gas capacity additions, with solar supplying 29.4% of all new electric generating capacity brought on-line in the U.S. in 2015.
  • Cumulative solar PV installations surpassed 25 GWdc by the end of the year, up from just 2 GWdc at the end of 2010. Cumulative CSP capacity now stands at 1.8 GWac.
  • GTM Research forecasts that 16 GWdc of new PV installations will come on-line in 2016, up 120% over 2015. Utility PV is expected to drive the majority of demand, accounting for nearly three-fourths of new installations.

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Warren Buffett Is Wrong About Climate Change

Warren Buffett Is Wrong About Climate Change | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

And here's why it matters.

Warren Buffett doesn't want you to know how his empire is preparing to deal with the disastrous effects of climate change. In fact, he said in a letter released Saturday, he isn't exactly sure this whole "climate change" thing is real, anyway.

In his annual letter to investors in his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, the billionaire investor fought back against a proposed shareholder resolution demanding his insurance subsidiaries measure and disclose the risks that climate change poses to their business and how the company is responding to the threat. Buffett compared fears over climate change to the brouhaha around apocalyptic Y2K predictions.

 

 

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#Buffett represents big business, not exactly the concerns of the people and their governments. Interesting article to fill you in on how and why the #corporate world looks at #climatechange

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Two Superpowers We Wish We Had

Two Superpowers We Wish We Had | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Bill and Melinda Gates share their 2016 Annual Letter.

At some point today, you’ll probably do one or all of these things: Flip a switch for light. Take fresh food from a refrigerator. Turn a dial to make your home warmer or cooler. Press a button on your laptop to go online.

You probably won’t think twice about any of these actions, but you will actually be doing something extraordinary. You will be using a superpower—your access to energy.

Does that sound ridiculous?

Just imagine, for a minute, life without energy.

You don’t have a way to run a laptop, mobile phone, TV, or video games. You don’t have lights, heat, air conditioning, or even the Internet to read this letter.

About 1.3 billion people—18 percent of the world’s population—don’t need to imagine. That’s what life is like for them every day.

You can see this fact for yourself in this photograph of Africa at night taken from space. Read more: click image or title. Scroll down to Energy.



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This 'Energy' article by Bill Gates is an excellent way to look at our situation regarding how we use energy and what needs to be done to break the #CO2 cycle.

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Tesla Will Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 On March 31st

Tesla Will Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 On March 31st | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The biggest detail so far: you know the Model 3? Tesla’s more affordable car, meant to bring their entry-level line down to roughly $35,000?

We’re finally going to see what it looks like, and hopefully a bit about just what it can do, on March 31st.

News of the scheduled unveiling comes by way of a pre-call press release, which mentions the Model 3 ever so briefly:

March 31st will also be the date that pre-orders for the new vehicle open up, too. Word of that comes from the top, via a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who added that online registration will kick off on April 1st. Not a hoax, we assume. Read more: click image or title.

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A #Tesla vehicle within reach of everyone now. This will boost the Tesla company, a major breakthrough.

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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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#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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#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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#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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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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There Will Be More New Jobs in Solar Than Oil by the End of the Year

There Will Be More New Jobs in Solar Than Oil by the End of the Year | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
If the current pace holds, solar would become the largest market for energy jobs by the end of 2016, according to job site Indeed.

Indeed just released this startling info on energy jobs.

The world’s biggest oil companies are slashing jobs to cope with decreasing revenues, and one knock-on effect has been the drop in oil job postings.

Conversely, however, if the current pace of postings hold, solar would become the largest market for energy jobs by the fourth quarter of 2016, according to numbers tabulated by Indeed, the world’s highest traffic job site. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Energy markets are shifting towards an increasing share for #renewable energy. The oil industry is struggling.

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Tyler Blackburn's curator insight, May 19, 11:35 AM
With low oil prices and a huge demand for renewable energies, the solar industry is trending to account for more new jobs in the energy sector then oil. With the low oil prices and government incentives to go green, a good news story for climate change points towards jobs in renewable energy.
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Tesla’s bioweapon mode is a stroke of genius for developing markets

Tesla’s bioweapon mode is a stroke of genius for developing markets | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Tesla today shared details of how effective its particulate filters are. Spoiler alert: They are so good, not only do they clean up the air inside the car, they make the world outside the car cleaner, too.

It may not be obvious why this matters: The company is aiming squarely at a very specific type of customer, which may be the company’s way into markets like China and India.

Let’s be frank for a second: Cabin air filters are nothing new; they’ve been rolled out in luxury cars since the late 1970s, and across a broader number of vehicles from the mid 1980s onward. HEPA filters in cars are more novel, not least because for this level of filtration to work, the car must be pretty air-tight to begin with, which traditionally hasn’t been a priority in automotive design.

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U.S. Can Meet Paris Climate Goals (With or Without the Supreme Court)

U.S. Can Meet Paris Climate Goals (With or Without the Supreme Court) | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
States, cities and businesses are the real drivers of change.

As world leaders gather in New York on Friday to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, some have expressed concern that as they implement their commitments, the U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. Their concern is understandable, but it’s important to recognize: The federal government is not the primary force in the U.S. fight against climate change, and even if the court ultimately strikes down certain parts of the plan, the U.S. will meet and probably exceed its commitment to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025. Here’s why. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Michael #Bloomberg and many other mayors support the Clean Act and will move ahead, no matter what the Supreme Court decides. The population votes in that direction as well. Great statement and article from Bloomberg.

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Electric Cars 'Cheaper' than Petrol, Diesel Rrivals in 6 Years

Electric Cars 'Cheaper' than Petrol, Diesel Rrivals in 6 Years | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

NEWS: Improved technology and falling costs are moving electric car sales into the fast lane as manufacturers are now able to achieve significant economies of scale.

Within six years, the cost of owning an electric car will be cheaper than purchasing and running a petrol or diesel model. 

That’s the conclusion of a report on the fast-expanding electric car market by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The report says that even if petrol or diesel driven cars improve their fuel efficiency over the coming years, the cost of owning an electric car – buying it and running it – will be below that of conventional vehicles by 2022.

The increased sale of electrically-powered cars is seen as an important element in the fight against climate change.

CO2 emissions from vehicles fuelled by petrol and diesel cause a build-up of greenhouse gases and, especially in cities, pollution from exhausts causes serious damage to health. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Clean energy goes mainstream | Jay Fitzgerald | The Boston Globe

Clean energy goes mainstream | Jay Fitzgerald | The Boston Globe | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

In the past, plunging gas and oil prices hurt the clean energy sector, making conservation less compelling, alternative technologies less competitive, and new investment rare.

But in this cycle, it’s all changed. Despite the dramatic fall in oil and gas prices over the past year, bankers, venture capitalists, governments, and traditional energy companies continue to pour money into clean energy products and projects, from massive wind and solar farms to energy efficient technologies to small hydroelectricity projects.

Global investments in clean energy hit a record $329 billion last year, up 4 percent from 2014, according to data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a research unit of Bloomberg LP, the financial news and information company. US investments in the sector jumped to $56 billion last year, up 7.6 percent compared with 2014.

These impressive figures are perhaps the clearest sign that clean energy has turned the corner, no longer just a boutique industry with small, experimental companies, but rather a rapidly maturing sector that is going big time, fast. Instead of startups with possibility, the bulk of the money — nearly two-thirds of global clean energy investment — is going to utility-scale projects, particularly solar and wind installations that can generate power for tens of thousands of homes.

 

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Still, some perspective is needed. About 70 percent of all energy supply investments across the globe are related to fossil fuels, including extracting oil and gas, distributing petroleum products to consumers, and constructing power plants fired by oil, gas, or coal, according to the US Energy Department. Clean energy accounts for just under 20 percent of global energy investments, double that of the share in 2000, according to the Energy Department. (The remaining investment goes into electricity distribution and transmission grids.) “It’s all about clean energy scaling up,” said David Lincoln, founder of and general partner at Element Partners, a Pennsylvania investment firm focused on clean energy companies. “Right now, it can be a bumpy ride for many clean tech players [because of lower oil prices], but the sector has a very bright future.”
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Still, some perspective is needed. About 70 percent of all energy supply investments across the globe are related to fossil fuels, including extracting oil and gas, distributing petroleum products to consumers, and constructing power plants fired by oil, gas, or coal, according to the US Energy Department. Clean energy accounts for just under 20 percent of global energy investments, double that of the share in 2000, according to the Energy Department. (The remaining investment goes into electricity distribution and transmission grids.) “It’s all about clean energy scaling up,” said David Lincoln, founder of and general partner at Element Partners, a Pennsylvania investment firm focused on clean energy companies. “Right now, it can be a bumpy ride for many clean tech players [because of lower oil prices], but the sector has a very bright future.”
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US agency reaches 'holy grail' of battery storage sought by Elon Musk and Gates

US agency reaches 'holy grail' of battery storage sought by Elon Musk and Gates | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Breakthrough in next generation of storage batteries could transform the US electrical grid within five to 10 years, says research agency, Arpa-E

A US government agency says it has attained the “holy grail” of energy – the next-generation system of battery storage, that has has been hotly pursued by the likes of Bill Gates and Elon Musk.

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (Arpa-E) – a branch of the Department of Energy – says it achieved its breakthrough technology in seven years.

Ellen Williams, Arpa-E’s director, said: “I think we have reached some holy grails in batteries – just in the sense of demonstrating that we can create a totally new approach to battery technology, make it work, make it commercially viable, and get it out there to let it do its thing,”

If that’s the case, Arpa-E has come out ahead of Gates and Musk in the multi-billion-dollar race to build the next generation battery for power companies and home storage.

Arpa-E was founded in 2009 under Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan to fund early stage research into the generation and storage of energy.

Such projects, or so-called moonshots, were widely seen as too risky for regular investors, but – if they succeed – could potentially be game-changing. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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We need these breakthroughs in the #energy sector and renewal in how energy gets stored and transferred in teh #grid. This article provides a good overview of the announcement that was made this week.

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MIT creates solar cells lightweight enough to be placed on any surface

MIT creates solar cells lightweight enough to be placed on any surface | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

MIT researchers are putting lots of effort and time into creating solar panels that are smaller, lighter, and more efficient to help harness energy from the sun. In working on solar panels, the scientists have created a thin, flexible and lightweight solar panel that could be placed on just about any surface. To highlight just how thin and flexible the solar panel is, the researchers laid the solar cell on the surface of a soap bubble without popping the bubble. Read more: click image or title.



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#Technology keeps on evolving. Creating #renewable #energy is becoming very exciting.

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What the Earth will be like in 10,000 years, according to scientists | Chris Mooney | WashPost.com

What the Earth will be like in 10,000 years, according to scientists | Chris Mooney | WashPost.com | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A large group of climate scientists has made a bracing statement in the journal Nature Climate Change, arguing that we are mistaken if we think global warming is only a matter of the next 100 years or so — in fact, they say, we are locking in changes that will play out over as many as 10,000 years.

“The next few decades offer a brief window of opportunity to minimize large-scale and potentially catastrophic climate change that will extend longer than the entire history of human civilization thus far,” write the 22 climate researchers, led by Peter Clark, from Oregon State University.

The author names include not only a number of very influential climate scientists in general but several key leaders behind major reports from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, including MIT’s Susan Solomon and Thomas Stocker of the University of Bern in Switzerland. Read more: click image or title.



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It looks like we need to develop new technologies to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Let's get to work, governments will be waiting in line to be your client .... hopefully.

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“In hundreds of years from now, people will look back and say, ‘Yeah, the sea level is rising; it will continue to rise; we live with a constant rise of sea level because of these people 200 years ago that used coal, and oil and gas,’ ” said Anders Levermann, a sea-level-rise expert at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and one of the paper’s authors. “If you just look at this, it’s stunning that we can make such a long-lasting impact that has the same magnitude as the ice ages.”

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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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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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