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PV could become world's largest energy source by mid-2060s, estimates Shell

PV could become world's largest energy source by mid-2060s, estimates Shell | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

With the world’s population headed toward 9 billion at mid-century and millions of people climbing out of poverty, global energy demand could increase by as much as 80% by 2050. That’s according to Shell’s latest scenarios, which look at trends in the economy, politics and energy in considering developments over the next half a century.

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The first scenario, labelled “mountains”, sees a strong role for government and the introduction of firm and far-reaching policy measures. These help to develop more compact cities and transform the global transport network. New policies unlock plentiful natural gas resources – making it the largest global energy source by the 2030s – and accelerate carbon capture and storage technology, supporting a cleaner energy system.

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The second scenario, which we call “oceans”, describes a more prosperous and volatile world. Energy demand surges, due to strong economic growth. Power is more widely distributed and governments take longer to agree major decisions. Market forces rather than policies shape the energy system: oil and coal remain part of the energy mix but renewable energy also grows. By the 2060s solar becomes the world’s largest energy source.

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Brazil and Chile Leading Strong South American Renewable Energy Growth to 2017, says GlobalData | AltEnergyMag

Brazil and Chile Leading Strong South American Renewable Energy Growth to 2017, says GlobalData | AltEnergyMag | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 19 May 2015 - Brazil will spearhead renewable energy additions in South America to 2017, with the country's cumulative installed capacity expanding from 19.8 Gigawatts (GW) in 2013 to over 32.9 GW by 2017, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.17%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company's latest report* also states that Chile will see the fastest increase in renewables over the forecast period, with cumulative installed capacity rising from just 1.06 GW in 2013 to 5.37 GW by 2017, at an impressive CAGR of 50.12%.

 

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The Rise of Solar Power in Muslim Bashkortostan

The Rise of Solar Power in Muslim Bashkortostan | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

From deep down in the Earth, 300,000 barrels of oil a day are filled in the Autonomous Republic of Bashkortostan. Nevertheless, this oil-wealthy majority Muslim nation is expanding its economic energy in the direction of up. High up into the sky to be specific. Turning its energy and attention to the bright, shining sun, Bashkortostan’s solar power industry is on the rise.

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Creating New Life at End-of-Life with Telecom Equipment

Creating New Life at End-of-Life with Telecom Equipment | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
When it comes time to upgrade gadgets to the latest and greatest versions, most device manufacturers don’t even think twice about trashing old parts.  According to Wired, network upgrade initiatives are slated to produce 93.5 million tons of electronic waste in 2016.  Telecom equipment and cabinets in particular undergo rapid innovation, leaving older models obsolete and in need of a responsible end-of-life solution that reuses, repurposes or recycles the legacy network equipment.
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Why the Future is Green

Why the Future is Green | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Using recyclable natural resources in construction plays a large part in green architecture. But that’s not all. Sustainable architecture also facilitates natural ventilation and lighting and reduces dependency on external resources. For example, one could use green roof systems, which can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs at home. Green architecture also goes a long way in controlling pollution. Sustainable residential landscapes include the use of planting trees for shade, clean energy resources like solar power, high performance windows “tuned” to the sun, tightly sealed construction, recycling bins, compost, rooftop water catchment systems, avoiding ozone-depleting materials and using salvaged building material.

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Forget Desert Solar Farms: We Can Get More Than Enough Solar Energy From Cities

Forget Desert Solar Farms: We Can Get More Than Enough Solar Energy From Cities | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Using California's rooftops, parking lots, and other developed land, the state could power itself up to five times over.

Solar plants keep getting bigger: The new Topaz Solar Farm, in a remote part of southern California, sprawls over an area about a third of the size of Manhattan. In February, another solar farm of roughly the same size—with 9 million solar panels—opened in the Mojave Desert. Later this year, an even larger project will open in Antelope Valley.

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French government issues RfP for 50 MW of solar-plus-battery in overseas territories and Corsica

French government issues RfP for 50 MW of solar-plus-battery in overseas territories and Corsica | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Ségolène Royal lance un nouvel appel d’offres portant sur une capacité de 50 MW pour les installations solaires de grande taille (puissance minimale de 100 kWc, soit environ 600 m⊃2;), situées dans les Départements d’outre-mer (DOM) et en Corse.

L’objectif de cet appel d’offres est de déployer l’énergie solaire qui est particulièrement adaptée aux systèmes électriques insulaires, en mettant en œuvre des projets innovants qui allient des technologies de stockage (des batteries seront associées aux panneaux photovoltaïques) à des solutions d’autoconsommation permettant de limiter la consommation d’électricité aux moments où la demande est la plus forte.
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Why the best place for solar panels may not be on your roof

Why the best place for solar panels may not be on your roof | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

A new report on the future of solar power from the MIT Energy Initiative argues that from a societal perspective, the most popular and visible solar deployment today — atop residential rooftops — may not be the most economically optimal one. “If the objective of deployment support policies is to increase solar generation at least cost, favoring residential PV [solar photovoltaic] makes no sense,” it states.

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Why Emerging Markets Are Energy Innovation Labs of the Future - UNREASONABLE

Why Emerging Markets Are Energy Innovation Labs of the Future - UNREASONABLE | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
In places around the world where the grid hasn’t been extended, they’re still figuring out ways to power phones, lights, and other gadgets requiring an electric charge. We can learn a thing or two. 6.8 billion mobile phone subscribers number almost as high as the number of people on the planet Tweet This Quote Globally, …
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Peru to install 150,000 off-grid PV systems in remote regions by August 2016

Peru to install 150,000 off-grid PV systems in remote regions by August 2016 | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) has signed an agreement with local power provider Ergon Peru SAC to deliver solar electricity to households in remote, off-gird communities across the country. Under the terms of the agreement, Ergon Peru will install 150,000 PV systems in 15,000 remote locations across the country by August 2016. The agreement is part of a broader plan aimed at installing, operating and maintaining 500,000 stand-alone PV systems in the country’s remote areas.

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Honduras : ces femmes fournissent de l'énergie solaire à des milliers de foyers

Honduras : ces femmes fournissent de l'énergie solaire à des milliers de foyers | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Formées durant 6 mois dans un programme lancé par les Nations Unies, des femmes issues de communautés isolées au Honduras ont appris le métier de technicien en photovoltaïque. Grâce à elles, des milliers de foyers ont désormais accès à l'électricité.La région de Mosquitia, au nord-est du Honduras, en amérique Centrale, abrite de nombreux villages difficiles d'accès. Forêts humides, routes quasi-inexistantes... Des conditions géographiques et pratiques qui empêchent les communautés présentes sur place de se développer comme elles le souhaiteraient. 
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So You Bought a Tesla Battery -- Now What?

So You Bought a Tesla Battery -- Now What? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
You can get the most bang for your buck by hooking up your new Tesla battery with solar power, but make sure you know your local permitting regulations.

Telsa Motors rolled out a new energy storage system last week, and the news set the Intertubes buzzing. Tesla’s new Powerwall battery draws on the company’s considerable experience in cutting-edge electric vehicle batteries, and translates it into neat, compact units for homes and small commercial users, as well as utility-scale users.

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How Solar Is Playing a Role in Nepal’s Disaster Relief : Greentech Media

How Solar Is Playing a Role in Nepal’s Disaster Relief : Greentech Media | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Nonprofits cobble together clean energy solutions in the wake of the earthquake, but more planning is needed.

Avishek Malla is no stranger to bringing solar-powered light to communities in need. As the director of engineering for SunFarmer, a nonprofit that provides solar power and batteries to remote hospitals and schools in developing countries, illuminating spaces to meet basic human needs is in his job description.

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Tesla's Competitors Jostle to Solve Energy Storage Riddle

Tesla's Competitors Jostle to Solve Energy Storage Riddle | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
There’s a crowded field of companies jostling Elon Musk for the most innovative breakthrough solution to his challenge to “fundamentally change the way the world uses energy.”

While the chairman of Tesla Motors Inc. re-purposes the lithium-ion batteries that power his cars for use in homes and businesses, others are working on more radical approaches to the riddle of energy storage — using everything from vats of molten salt to rooftop tanks filled with ice.

Meeting the need for energy on demand is not just a way to cut your power bill, it’s also vital to expanded use of solar and wind, intermittent resources that require backup. Traditionally electricity has had to be used when it’s created.

 
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Top model bringing world’s first solar-powered fashion show to Sevilla | Spain's Latest News

Top model bringing world’s first solar-powered fashion show to Sevilla | Spain's Latest News | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

THE world’s first solar-powered fashion show is set for Sevilla this summer.

Model and entrepreneur Jessica Minh Anh will host the show at Gemasolar, a futuristic power plant which will house a 100-metre catwalk, on July 17.

The J Summer Fashion show aims to promote the most exquisite designs from 5 continents, but also the best of advanced technology and environment preservation.

The show, in which Jessica will also star, is to be staged in the middle of Gemasolar, surrounded by thousands of shining mirrors.

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Solar cells that work on cloudy days just hit a record-breaking 22.1% efficiency

Solar cells that work on cloudy days just hit a record-breaking 22.1% efficiency | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

There's been plenty of good news about solar power lately - not only are governments around the world using it more and more, we're now able to harvest the Sun's energy more cheaply and efficiently than ever before. But there's still one big problem: traditional solar cells simply don't work that well unless they're in direct, bright sunlight.

To rectify this, researchers have been working on creating structures called black silicon solar cells, which absorb way more light and are useful even on overcast days. But they've never been efficient enough to be real players in the solar race - up until now, that is.

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Chile and Honduras will be the largest Latin American solar markets in 2015, GTM

Chile and Honduras will be the largest Latin American solar markets in 2015, GTM | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Chile will be the largest Latin American PV market with over 1 GW of newly installed PV capacity this year, according to the report Latin America PV Playbook from GTM Research. The second largest PV market, however, will not be Mexico, as previously expected, but Honduras. The small country, in fact, will be able to add a new PV capacity of approximately 460 MW in 2015, while Mexico will install only 195 MW of PV power. Guatemala and Honduras will be the fourth and fifth largest markets with 98 MW and 62 MW of new PV capacity installed this year, respectively.

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6 Months Later, Here's What's Happened to the Netherlands' Solar Bike Paths

6 Months Later, Here's What's Happened to the Netherlands' Solar Bike Paths | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

A Dutch project to turn the nation's bike paths into energy-generating solar roadways has just cleared its first major test with flying colors.

Al Jazeera reports SolaRoad's 70-meter test track near the town of Krommenie outside Amsterdam has generated over 3,000 kilowatt-hours over its first six months of operation, or "enough to provide a single-person household with electricity for a year." That translates to 70 kwh per square meter of solar road per year, which the designers predicted as an "upper limit" during the planning process.

Basically, it works really, really well.

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Is residential solar really the future of electricity generation? « The Berkeley Blog

Is residential solar really the future of electricity generation? « The Berkeley Blog | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Renewable energy technologies have made outstanding progress in the last decade.  The cost of solar panels has plummeted.  Wind turbines have become massively more efficient.  In many places some forms of renewable energy are cost competitive.  And yet…just as these exciting changes are taking place, the renewables movement seems to be shifting its focus to something that has little or no connection to the fundamental environmental goals: distributed generation, particularly at the residential level.  In practice, this means rooftop solar PV.

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Shared Solar Could Open Path to 100 Percent PV Market Penetration

Shared Solar Could Open Path to 100 Percent PV Market Penetration | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Shared solar, where multiple parties share the benefits of on- or off-site PV arrays, has the potential to dramatically expand solar energy access for residents and businesses across the U.S., as well as open avenues for utilities to play a greater role in the U.S. transition to a low-carbon economy
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86% of China's power may be from renewable energy by 2050 | Hydrogen Fuel News

86% of China's power may be from renewable energy by 2050 | Hydrogen Fuel News | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
renewable energy in the country. China has become an aggressive supported of clean energy, holding the position as the world's leading investor in clean tec
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Brasilia seeks German help for its solar development

Brasilia seeks German help for its solar development | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The Department of Energy of Brazil’s federal district of Brasilia, the smallest federative unit of the country, is cooperating with German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) in the development of a regional solar plan. The district’s energy secretary André Lima announced that a group of GIZ representatives will be received on Jun. 9, 2015, in order to discuss the terms of cooperation.

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Dominican Republic to install PV systems an all government buildings

Dominican Republic to install PV systems an all government buildings | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Santo Domingo, RD.- La Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) anunció hoy que ejecutará un programa de instalación de energía solar en todos los edificios públicos del país con el cual busca reducir en al menos US$50 millones anuales la factura eléctrica del Gobierno, reducir su dependencia de la generación con combustibles fósiles y […]
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The Future of Solar Energy

The Future of Solar Energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

An Interdisciplinary MIT Study led by the MIT Energy Initiative.

This study is the latest in the MIT Energy Initiative's "Future of" series. Its predecessors have shed light on a range of complex and important issues involving energy and the environment.

This study considers grid-connected electricity generation by photovoltaic (PV) and concen- trated solar (or solar thermal) power (CSP) systems. These two technologies differ in important ways. A CSP plant is a single large- scale installation, typically with a generating capacity of 100 megawatts (MW) or more, that can be designed to store thermal energy and use it to generate power in hours with little or no sunshine. PV systems, by contrast, can be installed at many scales — from utility plants with capacity in excess of 1 MW to residential rooftop installations with capacities under 10 kilowatts (kW) — and their output responds rapidly to changes in solar radiation. 

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Solar Power Poll Illustrates Industry's Desperation

Solar Power Poll Illustrates Industry's Desperation | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
The solar power industry claims a new poll it has commissioned shows Nevada voters will punish politicians who don’t expand solar power subsidies and mandates. Fortunately for American consumers and policymakers, the heavily promoted solar power poll indicates no such thing.
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Solar Panels Quality Assurance Rating System In Development

Solar Panels Quality Assurance Rating System In Development | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

With utility-scale solar projects multiplying across the US, the quality assurance of solar panels has become a major subject of owners’ and investors’ focus. The success of multi-million-dollar systems hangs in the balance and stakeholders have vested interests in the reliability of the products being installed.

Co-leading an international program, the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has turned its attention to assessing and assuring the quality of solar panels.

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