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Who needs oil? World's largest solar power plant with 258,000 mirrors opens in Abu Dhabi ~ Why Don't You Try This?

Who needs oil? World's largest solar power plant with 258,000 mirrors opens in Abu Dhabi ~ Why Don't You Try This? | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

You might think that as one of the world's top oil producing nations, the United Arab Emirates would have little use for solar energy. But that hasn't stopped the Middle East state from unveiling the largest concentrated solar power plant in operation anywhere in the world. 

The 100-megawatt solar-thermal project in Abu Dhabi will power thousands of homes in the country and, it is hoped, displace approximately 175,000 tons of CO2 per year.


Via Sepp Hasslberger, ABroaderView
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Can this not be done in other places also?

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, March 21, 2013 4:19 AM

It took $ 600 million and 3 years to build this - not bad for a plant that doesn't need fuel, leaves no polluting exhaust and is extremely safe. Arabia could be exporting electricity instead of oil. Future business for desert countries?

Amber Qureshi's comment, April 1, 2013 2:35 PM
Very impressive!
Rosamaria's curator insight, April 11, 2013 11:01 PM

Porque también tien Sol

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EU Surpasses 100 Gigawatts of Wind Power

EU Surpasses 100 Gigawatts of Wind Power | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

Wind power in the European Union (EU) has surpassed 100 gigawatts according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). This is enough electricity generated per year to meet the total needs of 57 million households. The installation of wind power is accelerating: it took 20 years to install the first 10 gigawatts; 13 years to add another 90 gigawatts...

 

A few other stats: 100 gigawatts of wind power can produce the same amount of electricity over a year as 62 coal power plants, 39 nuclear power plants or 52 gas power plants. To produce the same amount of electricity it would requiring the mining, transporting and burning of 72 million tonnes of coal, at a cost of € 4,983 million, and emit 219.5 Mt of CO2, or would requiring extracting, transporting and burning 42.4 million cubic meters of gas, at a cost of € 7,537 million, and emit 97.8 Mt of CO2.

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Renewable Electricity Nearly Doubled in last 4 years (US)

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Renewable Electricity Nearly Doubles in last 4 years (US): I Think They’re The Future.

 
Non-hydro renewable electricity generation has nearly doubled since President Obama took office, reaching 5.75 percent of net electricity, according to figures from the Energy Information Administration.


In 2008, before Obama entered the White House, non-hydro resources like solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass represented just over 3 percent of generation. Today, they total nearly 6 percent.
Ken Bossong of the Sun Day Campaign has been meticulously following EIA generation figures over the years. In his assessment of the figures below, Bossong offers an historical perspective:
During 2008, the last full year of the Bush Administration, non-hydro renewables accounted for 3.06% of net electrical generation with an average monthly output of 10,508 gigawatthours. By mid-2012, the average monthly electrical generation from non-hydro renewables had grown by 78.70% to 18,777 gigawatthours. Comparing monthly electrical output in 2008 versus 2012, solar has expanded by 285.19%, wind by 171.72%, and geothermal by 13.53%. However, electrical generation from biomass dropped by 0.56%.

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The Top 10 Countries for Solar Energy Now

The Top 10 Countries for Solar Energy Now | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

The Top Ten Countries for Solar Energy Now. Ckeck it out. 

 

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Windmills Not Oil Spills

Windmills Not Oil Spills | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

Windmills Not Oil Spills

 

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The Sky Is the Limit for Wind Power: Scientific American

The Sky Is the Limit for Wind Power: Scientific American | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

The amount of power to be reaped from tapping low- and high-altitude winds dwarfs global demand.

 

Wind turbines on land and offshore could readily provide more than four times the power that the world as a whole currently uses. Throw in kites or robot aircraft generating electricity from sky-high winds and the world could physically extract roughly 100 times more power than presently employed—and the climatic consequences remain minimal. 

 

Two new computer-model analyses suggest there are few limits to the wind's potential. Although "there are physical limits to the amount of power that can be harvested from winds, these limits are well above total global energy demand," explains climate-modeler Kate Marvel of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

 

#Future #Renewable #Energy #ClimateChange

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Energy Efficiency Scorecard: UK #1, US #9

Energy Efficiency Scorecard: UK #1, US #9 | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

Energy Efficiency Scorecard: UK #1, US #9 | Work Bench

 

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What a Utility of the Future Might Look Like

What a Utility of the Future Might Look Like | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

Transformation of the ageing electric power grid in the US is inevitable and urgent; most people in the energy industry can agree on that.

 

In the absence of federal energy policy that will shape the electric power industry in the decades to come, utilities such as Duke are transforming the country's energy infrastructure from the ground up.

 

In 2007, Duke Energy received approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to build a cleaner-coal integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant at the Edwardsport site. Cost $2.595bn.

 

Althoug this is progress but with no country wide coordination, is this the the best solution - coal  power plan at cost of $2.6 Billion?  How  many wind or solar plants we could develop in  $2.6 Billion?  

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Global Fuel Economy

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MORE than half the world's oil supply is used for transport, and three-quarters of the energy used in transport is spent on the road.  

 

But without new policies to spur efficiency, the amount of fuel used for road transport will double by 2050, with severe implications for carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions.

 

Most of the technologies needed to improve fuel economy are already available and cost-effective, so what is needed are policies that steer businesses and consumers in the right direction.

 

Fuel-economy standards, taxes, CO2-based vehicle taxes, and better product labelling are the four key policies recommended by the IEA. To judge the extent to which countries have adopted these, the IEA has created a fuel-economy readiness index (see map). Many advanced countries, especially in Europe and Japan, already have the right policies in place, whereas in North America there is still room for improvement.

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German a world record 22 GW of solar electricity...US Solar power has been demonized as "left wing conspiracy"

German a world record 22 GW of solar electricity...US Solar power has been demonized as "left wing conspiracy" | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

German solar power produces a world record 22 GW of electricity...equivalent to 20 nuclear power plants.

 

Solar power in US has been demonized as "left wing conspirary".

 

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China to Double 2015 Solar PV Target to 40 GW

China to Double 2015 Solar PV Target to 40 GW | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it


China has a habit of increasing its solar power targets. I think it's done so 3 times in the past year and a half. Its initial 2015 target of about 5 GW has been quadrupled to 21 GW in that time (see the link above for more info on that).

 

China is about to double its targeted installation rate for solar PV for the second time in as many months, and now expects more than 40GW to be installed by 2015.

 

What can rest of the world do to increase Solar and other renewable energy mix?  

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Your fuel cell powered city of the future - Energy Independence

Your fuel cell powered city of the future - Energy Independence | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

Your fuel cell powered city of the future.   Energy Independence #Infographic

 

 

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2012's Most Affordable Fuel-Efficient Cars: Scientific American

2012's Most Affordable Fuel-Efficient Cars: Scientific American | Sustainable ⊜ Smart Path | Scoop.it

Given increased environmental awareness, high gas prices and a continually slumping economy, it’s no wonder that more fuel efficient cars are all the rage these days. The best deal going may be Honda’s hybrid, the 42 miles-per-gallon (MPG) Insight ($18,350).

 

Meanwhile, the newest version of Toyota’s flagship hybrid, the Prius ($23,015), garners an impressive 50 MPG. Other solid choices include Toyota’s 41-MPG Camry hybrid ($25,900), Ford’s 39-MPG Fusion hybrid ($28,700), Lexus’ 42-MPG CT 200h ($29,120) and Lincoln’s 39-MPG MKZ Hybrid ($34,755).

 

#Energy #Auto 

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