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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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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, March 2, 2013 7:48 AM
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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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Solar Impulse co-founder aims to make electric aviation a reality with new company

Solar Impulse co-founder aims to make electric aviation a reality with new company | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Solar Impulse’s Co-Founder André Borschberg is aiming to make electric propulsion in the aviation industry a reality with the new company that he co-founded, H55.
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Salt Lake City unveils 10-year plan to expand solar energy

Salt Lake City unveils 10-year plan to expand solar energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City has unveiled a 10-year plan to continue the state's solar energy adoption.
The Deseret News reported Thursday that the Wasatch Solar Team, along with advocacy group Utah Clean Energy and Salt Lake City introduced the plan at a media event at the state Capitol.

According to the plan, in order for solar growth to continue the state should remove unnecessary restrictions on rooftop solar, offer more financing options and add suitable roof space in the city.

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Letter: Solar energy is now competitive

Letter: Solar energy is now competitive | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
As pointed out on the Dispatch science page on Sunday, the price of energy from solar is now competitive with that derived from fossil fuels ("It's time to embrace alternative energy sources"). The very beneficial effect of this transition will be the slowing of carbon dioxide emissions and warming of our planet.
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Energy Storage to Grow Rapidly - Energy Storage Direct

Energy Storage to Grow Rapidly - Energy Storage Direct | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
When looking to the future of renewable energy production, we can’t deny that energy storage is poised to grow rapidly especially for the upcoming years to come. This insight into growth is the outcome of a new report entitled “Energy Storage – towards a commercial model”, authored by energy experts. But what are the next …
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Are We Entering the Photovoltaic Energy Era?

Are We Entering the Photovoltaic Energy Era? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Nations from all regions reported to the International Energy Agency for the first time that their markets for solar-generated electricity were growing
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The world’s first solar panel-paved road has opened in France

The world’s first solar panel-paved road has opened in France | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
At this rate, just about every man-made surface there is could be covered in solar panels in the future.
Yesterday, Tourouvre-au-Perche, a small town in northern France, opened what is likely the first road paved in solar panels in the world, the Guardian reported. The road is roughly 1 km (0.6 miles) long, with one lane covered entirely in a patchwork of small solar cells that look rather like bathroom tiles, or a very dirty version of the road in the Wizard of Oz.
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Solar Power Is Now The World's Cheapest Energy

Solar Power Is Now The World's Cheapest Energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Over the past six years, the cost of solar energy has dropped dramatically, to the point where it is now even cheaper than wind power in emerging markets like China and India. This may be largely due to rising investments in solar over the last few years. Now, there is electricity being produced in Chile for $29.10 per megawatt hour–half the price of power produced by coal.
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Pv is her cheapest energy now!
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Future of Global Solar Powered Wheelchair Market: Report Forecast 2016 to 2024 - Press Release - Digital Journal

Future of Global Solar Powered Wheelchair Market: Report Forecast 2016 to 2024 - Press Release - Digital Journal | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Researchers are now trying to utilize function deployment mode to develop a wheelchair with user-selectable manual or electric propulsion mode along with a solar power supply system. One such study was published in 2014 in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development (JRRD). The study concluded that the use of auxiliary solar power supply system increased the travel range of a wheelchair by 26% compared to a wheelchair powered by battery alone. Moreover, the modular design of the wheelchair provided ease of transportation and storage, thus overcoming the shortfall of electric powered wheelchairs.
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Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom

Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
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.
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Soltec to deliver 21 MW tracker equipment to solar projects in Chile | photon.info

Soltec to deliver 21 MW tracker equipment to solar projects in Chile | photon.info | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers Soltec will supply 21 MW of their SF Utility tracker equipment at two project locations in the region of Antofagasta in Chile. The Puerto Seco and Calama Solar I projects are located near the city of Calama, and are promoted by Spanish solar project developer Solarpack S.L. Details were not disclosed. Solarpack already operates four PV solar parks in Chile: Calama Solar (1,1 MW), Pozo Almonte Solar 1 (10,5 MW), and Pozo Almonte Solar 2 and 3 (cumulated 25 MW). © PHOTON
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Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?

Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
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.
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New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies

New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
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.
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Tesla Unveils its New Line of Camouflaged Solar Panels

Tesla Unveils its New Line of Camouflaged Solar Panels | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

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.

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New Device Pulls Drinking Water from the Air, Using Only Solar Energy

New Device Pulls Drinking Water from the Air, Using Only Solar Energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Making clean water more accessible could unleash economic growth in the developing world.

A new device, developed by researchers at UC Berkeley and MIT, promises to bring clean drinking water to remote areas by drawing it directly from the air. Though the device is currently only a prototype, its early results appear extremely promising.

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Using solar energy to provide drinking water - incredible inginuity. This is a great example for my year 8 class studying energy to encourage them to think big and not use energy sources to just provide electricity.
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Build for the future with energy efficiency

Build for the future with energy efficiency | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Building for the future means building homes that are sustainable and rely on renewable sources of energy.
For many homeowners, the dream home includes the finishing touches such as stainless steel appliances and open concept ­kitchens.
Homeowners also are asking about energy efficiency. They want to know how well the home will keep them cool in the summer and how much it will cost to keep them warm in the winter.

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Solar Energy Is Hot -- Here's Where to Invest Now

Solar Energy Is Hot -- Here's Where to Invest Now | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Solar energy is hot. Utility capacity is growing exponentially in the U.S. and abroad. By mid-century solar energy is expected to produce more than 15% of the world's electricity, up from 1% today. Investors eager to tap into this growth phenomenon though must choose wisely. The growth can come from many different, largely small-cap companies marketing a variety of products and services. So there are no sure winners. This makes solar a much more wide open field than wind power, the second-fastest energy growth source, where the increases will come mostly from continuing to produce and install the same types of large wind turbine developments.

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Futuristic power plant complex generates clean power through wind, solar and geothermal energy

Futuristic power plant complex generates clean power through wind, solar and geothermal energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Richard Moreta Castillo of Richard's Architecture + Design designed EXOSPHERE, a wind/solar/geothermal power plant for the Dominican Republic.
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Why 2016 Had the Lowest Carbon Emissions In Decades

Why 2016 Had the Lowest Carbon Emissions In Decades | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Last year, human civilization produced its lowest carbon emissions since 1992.In this segment from Industry Focus: Energy Opens a New Window. , energy analysts Taylor Muckerman and Sean O'Reilly talk about a few of the big trends that led to those lower emissions even in a year when gas consumption was relatively high. Also, they talk about Texas' booming solar energy industry, why so many solar company stocks are falling in price despite increasing panel installations, how solar and wind power might be expected to grow in the future, where natural gas fits into the greener energy future, and more.
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The $7 plan bringing solar power to Tanzania

The $7 plan bringing solar power to Tanzania | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

(CNN)In sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people do not have access to electricity -- that's 68 percent of the population, according to the International Energy Agency.
That's because the power distribution infrastructure -- plants and the grid -- is severely underdeveloped, requires large investments to improve and ultimately can't keep up with the growth in demand.

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The Future of On-Grid Solar in Nigeria

The Future of On-Grid Solar in Nigeria | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
In Nigeria, the case for solar power development is not only inspired by environmental concerns, rather it is hinged on strong economic considerations. Fossil-based generation has already failed the country and the grimmest hope it holds are only realizable in decades; a waiting period that will be too expensive for an exploding Nigerian population and a contracting economy.
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Shell studies green energy deals to prepare for future after oil

Shell studies green energy deals to prepare for future after oil | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

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.

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« L’île de Tesla », entièrement alimentée aux panneaux solaires

« L’île de Tesla », entièrement alimentée aux panneaux solaires | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

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. 

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, November 27, 2016 8:35 AM
L'énergie solaire offre ainsi une alternative économique au diesel en fournissant « près de 100 % des besoins énergétiques de l'île ». L'hôpital local, les écoles secondaires et primaires, les pompiers, les postes de police et les entreprises locales en bénéficient. Le système solaire de micro-grilles (1,4 mégawatt de capacité de production pour les panneaux et 6 mégawattheures de stockage de batterie pour les Powerpacks) a été installé en seulement un an. 
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Stanford engineers set record for capturing and storing solar energy in hydrogen fuel | Stanford News

Stanford engineers set record for capturing and storing solar energy in hydrogen fuel | Stanford News | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
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.
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Solar Wars Draw Millions in Cash in Threat to Rooftop Industry

Solar Wars Draw Millions in Cash in Threat to Rooftop Industry | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
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.
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Uber is promising us flying cars

Uber is promising us flying cars | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
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.
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