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The Question Day 22: What is the Most Difficult Issue Facing the Solar Industry?

The Question Day 22: What is the Most Difficult Issue Facing the Solar Industry? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

It's been a year of both continued expansion and mounting challenges for the global solar industry.

The most difficult issue in the U.S. continues to be establishing the value proposition of large-scale solar energy with utilities, regulators and politicians. This includes not only convincing stakeholders that solar energy is now competitive on a price basis, but also how to further consider the benefits of energy security, diversity, long-term price stability and the environmental advantages of solar in overall price evaluations.

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Is evaporating water the future of renewable energy?

Is evaporating water the future of renewable energy? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Forget the sun and wind — evaporating water could be the next big source of renewable energy, said James Temple at Technology Review​. So-called evaporation-driven engines "generate power from the motion of bacterial spores that expand and contract as they absorb and release air moisture." Evaporation continues 24/7, so the engines, which sit on the water's surface, could provide power nonstop — unlike solar panels.

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Solar power is the fastest growing source of global energy

Solar power is the fastest growing source of global energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Solar power was the fastest-growing source of global energy last year, overtaking growth from all other forms, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The spurt is largely attributed to lower prices and changing government policies encouraging a shift away from traditional power sources, such as coal. China, for example, has played an important role in renewable energy's prominence, accounting for almost half of all new solar panels installed worldwide.

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Renewable energy investors see opportunity in Puerto Rico's demolished grid

Renewable energy investors see opportunity in Puerto Rico's demolished grid | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Some politicians and renewable energy investors see a golden opportunity in the crisis to use federal funds to re-invent the U.S. territory’s grid as a storm-resistant network that relies less on costly coal and oil imports and more on local wind, solar, and batteries. If it happens, it could ease power bills on an island that struggles with the second-costliest electricity in the United States, behind Hawaii, as well as infrastructure prone to failing in the region’s frequent hurricanes.

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The Future of Renewable Energy Could Be Harnessing the Evaporating Water All Around Us

The Future of Renewable Energy Could Be Harnessing the Evaporating Water All Around Us | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

In a paper published today in Nature Communications, a Columbia University-led team outlined the energy production possible by harnessing electricity from water evaporating off the surface of a lake. Like wind and solar energy, this basic action is happening all around us, says coauthor Ozgur Sahin of Columbia. "Evaporation has the potential to be greater than wind power and closer to solar power," he says.

You might say his solution is up in the air.

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Lux Research: Innovation Interest In Renewables Is Declining, Peak Occurred 4 Years Ago

Lux Research: Innovation Interest In Renewables Is Declining, Peak Occurred 4 Years Ago | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Innovation interest in renewable energy tech has been declining in recent years, achieving a peak around 4 years ago, according to a recent analysis from Lux Research. 

According to the market research firm, this means that the long-term growth trajectory of the market is “thrown into question” — further “innovation momentum” is necessary for continued tech improvements to occur.

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Shell preparing for world economy that shifts away from oil

Shell preparing for world economy that shifts away from oil | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Royal Dutch Shell is planning for the day when demand for oil starts fading as major economies move away from oil and increasingly turn to electric-powered cars, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said Thursday. Van Beurden welcomed recent proposals to phase out passenger vehicles powered by fossil fuels in Britain and France.

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Solar blocks could replace solar panels on buildings

Solar blocks could replace solar panels on buildings | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

New solar technologies are developed all of the time, but lately it seems that the focus has been less on making the perfect solar cell and more on making more adaptable solar tech that expands how we can use and harness solar energy.

The blocks could be part of the architecture of a building, generating more power than just rooftop panels.

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SolarPower Europe outlines 10 steps towards a digital solar future

SolarPower Europe outlines 10 steps towards a digital solar future | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The European solar body has published ten regulatory asks on solar and digitalization that it believes can help expedite the uptake of PV and smart grids across the continent.

The ten ‘asks’ essentially place reminders under the noses of EU decision-makers for the need to maintain the pace of energy transition with solar and digitalization at the forefront.

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California’s electrical grid can’t handle all the solar energy the state is producing

California’s electrical grid can’t handle all the solar energy the state is producing | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

In California, solar power is booming: The state leads the nation in solar production, and for a brief period on March 11, California pulled nearly 40 percent of its electricity from the sun.

As the Los Angeles Times journalist Ivan Penn explains, California has actually paid neighboring states to take its surplus renewable energy — dozens of times this year.

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Royal Dutch Shell: Talking The Talk, But Walking The Walk?

Royal Dutch Shell: Talking The Talk, But Walking The Walk? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

There are lots of reasons why strategists in the oil and gas majors might be thinking about the pace of change and when/if to participate. The oil industry is challenged with major expansion of US oil being fueled by substantial investment from Wall Street in unprofitable shale oil developments in the US.

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Dubai is building a solar plant that provides electricity even when there's no sun

Dubai is building a solar plant that provides electricity even when there's no sun | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
A major solar power project in the Middle East will provide electricity during the night, the developers have said. The $1bn (£770m) scheme will provide up to 200 megawatts to the grid in Dubai between 4pm and 10am, according to the news service Bloomberg.
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China seen making 25 percent more solar panels in 2017

China seen making 25 percent more solar panels in 2017 | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
China's solar industry is expected to produce 25 percent more panels in 2017 than last year, supported by domestic sales and demand from the United States and emerging markets, the head of a Chinese industry association said.
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National Geographic 2017 – Future Of Renewable Energy | Renewable...

National Geographic 2017 – Future Of Renewable Energy | Renewable... | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
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Future belongs to green energy, says Sberbank's CEO

Future belongs to green energy, says Sberbank's CEO | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

With the explosion in renewable investments over the past few years, private oil and gas companies are expanding their portfolios and transforming into "energy" companies, the CEO of Russia's Sberbank said on Friday.

"No one could imagine five years ago that the price of renewable energy would fall at such a rate in the Russian capital Moscow," CEO Herman Gref said.

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Solar energy will surpass nuclear by the end of the year

Solar energy will surpass nuclear by the end of the year | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
New data from GTM Research suggests that rapid adoption of solar power could mean that its global gigawatt capacity rivals that of nuclear power by the end of 2017.
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The Promise & Perils Of Renewable Energy & Microgrids For Puerto Rico

The Promise & Perils Of Renewable Energy & Microgrids For Puerto Rico | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The electrical grid on Puerto Rico has been devastated by recent hurricanes. Should it be fixed or replaced with resilient microgrids and renewable energy installations?

Puerto Rico depends almost entirely on oil-fired generating plants, resulting in some of the highest utility rates in the nation — second only to Hawaii. It is estimated 12% of the electricity it does generate is lost to theft or chaotic billing procedures, which is 3 times the rate among mainland utility companies.

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Hydrogen: the green-energy problem solver

Hydrogen: the green-energy problem solver | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

It can be produced with zero emissions, stored indefinitely and be used as a clean fuel for energy storage, transport and heating. But when will H2 be a cost-effective solution? asks Leigh Collins.

Whisper it softly, but a clean, green solution to the energy industry’s most intractable climate conundrums may be in sight — and it is almost as old as time itself. Many experts believe that the transport industry can never be decarbonised using renewable energy alone...

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Big Oil Becomes Greener With Progress in Cutting Pollution

Big Oil Becomes Greener With Progress in Cutting Pollution | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that oil majors are among the biggest corporate emitters of pollution. What may be surprising is that they’re reducing their greenhouse-gas footprints every year, actively participating in a trend that’s swept up most corporate behemoths. Sixty-two of the world’s 100 largest companies consistently cut their emissions on an annual basis between 2010 and 2015, with an overall 12 percent decline during that period, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance released ahead of its conference in London on Monday.

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7 things you didn't know about where solar energy is headed

7 things you didn't know about where solar energy is headed | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Solar energy is becoming more diverse than rooftop panels on houses. It has become a consistent source of innovation in the U.S., guiding the flow of research dollars and policies that even the Trump administration can't seem to dodge — and is even embracing.

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New solar panels with built-in batteries make off-grid living easy

New solar panels with built-in batteries make off-grid living easy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The mobile device makes clean, reliable power accessible to everyone and provides the tools required to collect, store, convert and manage solar power.

Solar might be the future, but few people and businesses can afford to invest in the technology. This is why SolPad’s latest innovation is so newsworthy. The new SolPad Mobile is the first personal, portable solar energy generator capable of providing power anywhere.

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''Microgrids'' the future for pressured power companies

''Microgrids'' the future for pressured power companies | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Consumer-created power is a big part of the future for power companies, an expert says.

Electricity companies will be encouraging people to generate their own power in future to help reduce expensive network upgrades, an international technology consultancy says. Solar power, better batteries and electric cars are changing the landscape for power distribution companies, which are under pressure to service growing populations.

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Shell Plans to Boost Clean Energy Spending to $1 Billion per Year

Shell Plans to Boost Clean Energy Spending to $1 Billion per Year | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The oil giant’s New Energies division launched last year with an annual investment budget of just $200 million.

Royal Dutch Shell is accelerating its move into alternative energy, with plans to spend up to $1 billion per year on its New Energies division by 2020, CEO Ben van Beurden said at conference in Istanbul on Monday.

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The budget increase comes as success in the clean energy sector is raising questions about the long-term business model for fossil fuel majors. According to a recent report from Wood Mackenzie, renewables will be the fastest-growing primary energy source worldwide over the next 20 years, with average annual growth rates of 6 percent for wind and 11 percent for solar. Demand for oil, meanwhile, is forecast to grow just 0.5 percent per year. 

British think tank Chatham House published a research paper last year that concluded oil majors must completely restructure their business model or face a “nasty, brutish and short” end within 10 years, due largely to low crude prices and tightening carbon regulations.
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India launches solar-panelled train that will save 21,000 litres of diesel a year

India launches solar-panelled train that will save 21,000 litres of diesel a year | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
India has launched its first solar-powered train, which it is hoped will save around 21,000 litres of diesel a year, as the government attempts to make the country's vast rail network more environmentally friendly. The new 1,600 horsepower Diesel Electrical Multiple Unit (DEMU) trains are fitted with 16 solar panels on each carriage as well as battery back-ups, UNTV News and Rescue reports.
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Technological Innovation Required for Low-Carbon Energy Transition | IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

Technological Innovation Required for Low-Carbon Energy Transition | IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Technological advances and research and development (R&D) investments are required to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector, according to an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) working paper. The paper discusses mitigation potential and costs by sector and by technology, analyzes 110 technology solutions in power and end-use sectors, and identifies technologies and sectors that require more innovation.
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Renewable Energy Is Our Future | Swift County Monitor News

Renewable Energy Is Our Future | Swift County Monitor News | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
When you drive through the countryside these days you see an increasing number of solar farms popping up on the landscape – acres and acres of land covered with panels collecting power from the sun and feeding it into the electric grid. You will also see a growing number of businesses, from farm operations to big city manufacturing plants, with solar panels supplementing their power.
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