Royal Dutch Shell, the world's second-biggest publicly listed oil company, is studying acquisitions in the green energy sector, its CEO told Reuters, as it bows to shareholder demands for a strategy beyond fossil fuels. Shell, which has a market value of $200 billion, produces two percent of the world's oil and gas but rapid technological change coupled with policies to protect the climate have kick-started a shift in energy markets that has put enormous pressure on oil companies to plan for a time after fossil fuels.
La petite île de Ta'u, perdue au milieu du Pacifique , était jusqu'ici connue pour être le berceau du peuple polynésien, tout comme les autres îles des Samoa américaines. Ce petit territoire volcanique est maintenant sous le feu des projecteurs de Tesla et SolarCity, qui l'ont choisie il y a plusieurs mois pour y mener un projet commun : rendre l'île quasiment autonome grâce aux énergies renouvelables.
Solar energy has the potential to provide abundant power, but only if scientists solve two key issues: storing the energy for use at all hours, particularly at night, and making the technology more cost effective. Now an interdisciplinary team at Stanford has made significant strides toward solving the storage issue, demonstrating the most efficient means yet of storing electricity captured from sunlight in the form of chemical bonds. If the team can find a way of lowering the cost of their technology, they say it would be a huge step toward making solar power a viable alternative to current, more polluting energy sources.
There’s a war brewing over the future of rooftop solar, and Arizona is at ground zero. Pinnacle West Capital Corp., which owns the state’s largest utility, last week said it has formed a third-party group to support candidates for an elected state board that regulates their industry. The move promises to inject $1 million into a race in which SolarCity Corp., a rooftop solar provider, is already planning to spend $2 million though a nonprofit it supports, according to officials from the two groups.
Imagine traveling from San Francisco’s Marina to work in downtown San Jose—a drive that would normally occupy the better part of two hours—in only 15 minutes. What if you could save nearly four hours round-trip between São Paulo’s city center and the suburbs in Campinas? Or imagine reducing your 90-plus minute stop-and-go commute from Gurgaon to your office in central New Delhi to a mere six minutes.
The Singaporean authorities are pilot testing 10 different solar panel system and they will evaluate which one will be used in making the largest solar panel island to generate clean energy for the country.The pilot testing will focus on the energy efficiency of the panels as it is above water and the presence of the panels will reduce water evaporation and if this happens, the water might just cool down the panels reducing the efficiency of the panels to gather solar energy.
The main areas of growth in the next five years are likely to be in small-scale battery storage in conjunction with solar PV; in utility-scale electricity storage; in electric vehicles; in commercial, communications and software capabilities to allow DER to be aggregated, in a ‘virtual power plant’ or ‘swarm’; in pumped storage hydro; and in islanded use cases integrating renewables.
A pushed of solar rooftops and urge Negrenses to solarize homes and offices was led by Greenpeace Philippines together with Climate Reality Project Philippines. The forum organized by the groups held in Bacolod City aimed to maximize the solar energy potential of Negros Island Region which is considered as the renewable energy capital of the …
NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday said Indian Railways is working to run fully solar-powered trains in the future. Mr Prabhu said this after flagging-off the first freight train which featured a newly-developed guard van, which uses solar power to run fans and lights.
With the passage of Amendment 4 after last week’s primary vote, you might be under the impression that the Sunshine State is making hay from our abundant natural resource and creating a healthy amount of energy from solar. Not so. In fact, although Amendment 4 is a step in the right direction, it’s actually natural gas that carries the weight for our state’s long-term energy security.
Solar energy certainly has come a long way in being a reliable source of energy in its own right. Going from being a novelty resource tapped by climate change advocates to increasingly being used by individuals, cities, and even whole countries. Indeed, more and more countries are joining the solar bandwagon. The biggest player around is China, who has even thought up a $50 trillion global grid of renewable energy supplying all countries. India sees itself with a 100 GW solar power capacity by 2022.
As the price of crude oil continues to drop in the international market and nations seek alternative, cleaner, greener, more environment-friendly and sustainable energy sources to replace fossil fuel, a Nigerian company, Arthur Energy Technology Limited, has launched the first ever solar-powered tricycle, popularly called Keke Marwa. In this chat with Vanguard, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Engr. Arthur Okeyika speaks on the objectives and benefits of the product.
July's successful circumnavigation of the globe by Solar Impulse was a triumph for human endurance and ingenuity, and proved solar power's efficacy as a reliable source of electricity. But the project would not have been possible without batteries... and the journey proved a voyage of discovery for storage’s technical possibilities.
The sun is setting on Japan's clean-energy boom, despite projects like a massive floating solar farm near Tokyo, as the government cuts subsidies and bets on nuclear and coal-fired power, critics say. Workers at the floating power station, one of the world's biggest, have just finished laying about 50,000 interconnected panels on a vast dam reservoir.
Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative to ground-mounted systems is particularly suitable for water-intensive industries who cannot afford to waste either land or water.
A new design for solar cells that uses inexpensive, commonly available materials could rival and even outperform conventional cells made of silicon. In a new article, researchers describe using tin and other abundant elements to create novel forms of perovskite -- a photovoltaic crystalline material that's thinner, more flexible and easier to manufacture than silicon crystals.
Tesla's new line of energy-harvesting roof tiles are a key part of Elon Musk's plan to make solar sexy.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to the stage at Universal Studios in LA this evening promising to make solar sexy. To that end, he unveiled a range of textured glass tiles with integrated solar cells that are nearly indistinguishable from conventional tiling, along with a sleek update to the company’s energy-storing Powerwall.
Imagine a future where a building’s energy comes from its windows. Many scientists have worked towards that future in the lab, but now five scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory have demonstrated solar window technology can indeed be scaled up. Instead of palm-sized models, they created solar windows large enough to power entire buildings.
Southern California Edison choose a manufacturer and developer of scalable energy storage systems for commercial and utility customers, Powin Energy to build a 2 MW/8 MWh energy storage system in Irvine, Calif. “The selection is a result of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Aliso Canyon Energy Storage request for energy storage projects that could be …
COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An ambitious plan by the Sri Lankan government to outfit 100,000 homes with solar panels, to turn them into power producers for the national grid, may be too expensive for many families to afford, experts warn. Sri Lanka’s government this month launched a “battle for solar energy” that aims to add 220 megawatts of clean power to the country’s energy grid by 2020, or about 10 percent of the country’s current daily electricity demand.
A young solar startup has modified gear that’s commonly used on big ground-based solar panel farms to be used on the rooftops of large buildings. It’s a rare entrepreneurial effort to build a new type of solar hardware in an industry that is increasingly focused on lowering costs. On Wednesday, startup Edisun Microgrids launched technology that brings what are called “trackers” onto the roofs of commercial and industrial buildings.
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