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Renewable Energy can unlock socio-economic benefits for Islands

Developing the vast renewable energy resources of Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu would provide substantial socio-economic benefits for their citizens, according to three reports released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewables Readiness Assessments for the three island nations find that a combination of solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biomass and biofuel could … Continue reading Renewable Energy can unlock socio-economic benefits for Islands

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Siemens to open plant to turn electricity from wind energy into hydrogen

Siemens will on Thursday start an energy project to convert wind power into hydrogen for re-use as a general fuel or in natural gas pipelines.   Siemens’ electrolysis plant in Mainz is based on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology, which allows the capture and storage of electricity into hydrogen. It said the plant can process … Continue reading Siemens to open plant to turn electricity from wind energy into hydrogen

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Jordan signs 13 deals to build solar power and wind energy plants

The government announced Tuesday that it signed 13 agreements to build several wind energy and solar power plants with a total capacity of 317 megawatts.   The projects, expected to be operational in 2018, will boost the country’s reliance on renewable energy, Energy Minister Ibrahim Saif said in a statement sent to The Jordan Times. … Continue reading Jordan signs 13 deals to build solar power and wind energy plants

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Kazakhstan’s energy consumption to double by 2035

The International Energy Agency forecasts the energy consumption of Kazakhstan to double by 2035, Tomasz Telma, Regional Director of the International Finance Corporation for Europe and Central Asia, said at a seminar on the application of best international practices to the development of renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan last week.   Kazakhstan is among 10 … Continue reading Kazakhstan’s energy consumption to double by 2035

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Study Proves Fossil Fuels Way Worse for Land Use than Renewable Energy

A new, peer-reviewed article published in the scientific journal SCIENCE estimates that 3 million hectares of land (that’s 11,583 square miles, or 30,000 square kilometers) have been lost due to oil and gas well pads, storage tanks and associated roads developed in North America since the year 2000. Rangeland and cropland through the heartland have been particularly … Continue reading Study Proves Fossil Fuels Way Worse for Land Use than Renewable Energy

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50% renewable energies possible in Europe by 2030 with greater integration

Greater integration of Central Western European (CWE region) power systems can significantly help cut costs in balancing out weather- and renewable energy-related electricity fluctuations, while reducing demands on other parts of the system. By 2030 around half of all electricity in Europe should come from renewable energies in order to reach EU climate targets. This … Continue reading 50% renewable energies possible in Europe by 2030 with greater integration

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Russia’s renewable energy policy

In 2013, Russia implemented an incentive system for renewable energy sources that is based on the wholesale electricity capacity mechanism. It is intended to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy production. Doctoral thesis in strategic finance completed at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) demonstrates that the incentive system can make renewable … Continue reading Russia’s renewable energy policy

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IFC promotes financing for renewable energy projects in Egypt

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Egyptian Banking Institute co-hosted a workshop in Cairo to highlight the investment opportunities emerging in Egypt in renewable energy, promote financing for such projects and encourage best practice in the field.   The pioneering one-day training session, supported by the Danish Government and held in … Continue reading IFC promotes financing for renewable energy projects in Egypt

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Renewable Energy’s Record Year Helps Uncouple Growth of Global Economy and CO2 Emissions

Renewable energy targets and other support policies, now in place in 164 countries, powered the growth of solar energy, wind power and other renewable technologies to a record-breaking energy generation capacity last year: about 135 GW of added renewable energy power increasing total installed capacity to 1,712 GW, up 8.5% from the year before.   … Continue reading Renewable Energy’s Record Year Helps Uncouple Growth of Global Economy and CO2 Emissions

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Two new studies confirm wind’s role in meeting the Clean Power Plan

Recent reports from the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) Institute and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)bolster the case made by other experts over the last month that wind energy is key to cost-effectively and reliably meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The AEE  documents how wind energy costs have declined by more than half … Continue reading Two new studies confirm wind’s role in meeting the Clean Power Plan

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24M Introduces the Semisolid Lithium-Ion Battery

24M emerged from stealth mode to introduce the semisolid lithium-ion cell, a revolutionary technology that solves the grand challenge of energy storage by enabling a new, cost-effective class of the lithium-ion battery. 24M’s semisolid lithium-ion is the most significant advancement in lithium-ion technology in more than two decades and combines an overhaul in battery cell … Continue reading 24M Introduces the Semisolid Lithium-Ion Battery

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Plant inspired photovoltaic solar energy to revolutionise energy storage

A new technology developed by scientists at University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) can store solar energy for up to several weeks — an advance that could change the way scientists think about designing solar cells.   The materials in most of today’s residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for … Continue reading Plant inspired photovoltaic solar energy to revolutionise energy storage

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Tanzania’s untapped renewable energy resources ripe for investment

The African Development Bank, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Government of Tanzania, on Thursday, June 18 launched the Renewable Energy in Africa: Tanzania Country Profile. The publication highlights the country’s inroads in renewable energy as well as opportunities for scaling-up the energy sector. Over the past decade, in an effort … Continue reading Tanzania’s untapped renewable energy resources ripe for investment

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REN21 global renewable energy report

Renewables represented about 59 per cent of net additions to global power capacity in 2014, with 135GW added. There was 1,712GW of renewable power capacity at the end of 2014, up 8.5 per cent on the previous year. Renewables comprised about 28 per cent of the world generating capacity by the end of last year, … Continue reading REN21 global renewable energy report

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Thai Gunkul to invest nearly $300 mln in solar power and wind energy in 2015

Thailand’s Gunkul Engineering Pcl said on Wednesday it planned to invest about 10 billion baht ($296.9 million) this year, mostly to expand capacity of renewable energy at home and abroad. About 4 billion baht will be spent for solar power plants and 5 billion baht for wind power, Phongsakorn Damnoen, assistant managing director for business … Continue reading Thai Gunkul to invest nearly $300 mln in solar power and wind energy in 2015

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Iran has potential to generate 40,000 MW of solar power and wind energy

Iran has the potentiality to generate 40,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity from solar energy and wind power, according to Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian. There is potentiality to generate 30,000 MW of wind power and 10,000 MW of solar power in the country, the IRNA news agency quoted Falahatian as saying on Monday. He … Continue reading Iran has potential to generate 40,000 MW of solar power and wind energy

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United States could use 100% renewable energy by 2050

United States could feasibly convert to 100% renewable energy by 2050 using existing technologies, according to a group of researchers from Stanford University. Civil and environmental engineering professor Mark Z. Jacobson and his colleagues have compiled individual roadmaps for each of the 50 states in the US, setting out how to achieve this feat. They … Continue reading United States could use 100% renewable energy by 2050

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Hawaii enacts nation’s first 100% renewable energy requirement

Hawaii enacted a law this week that requires all of the state’s electricity to be produced from renewable energy sources no later than 2045. The new policy, Act 97, makes Hawaii the first state in the nation to adopt a 100 percent renewable requirement, further solidifying Hawaii’s role as a global clean energy leader. “Hawaii … Continue reading Hawaii enacts nation’s first 100% renewable energy requirement

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LG Chem and Samsung SDI Score Highest in Navigant Research Assessment of Lithium Ion Battery Manufacturers

A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 15 leading lithium ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturers, including vendor profiles, ratings, and rankings, with the goal of providing industry participants an objective assessment of these companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the market.   Due to an attractive combination of energy density, … Continue reading LG Chem and Samsung SDI Score Highest in Navigant Research Assessment of Lithium Ion Battery Manufacturers

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164 countries worldwide have now adopted renewable energy targets

Renewable energy targets are now a defining feature of the global energy landscape, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Energy Target Setting, launched on the side lines of IRENA’s ninth Council meeting, finds that 164 countries have adopted at least one type of renewable energy target, up from … Continue reading 164 countries worldwide have now adopted renewable energy targets

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