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Wind energy and solar power remain the country’s most affordable sources of new electricity

For energy wonks, Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis 14.0 is always one of the year’s most anticipated reports. It’s the gold-standard when comparing the cost of different power generation technologies on an objective, equitable basis. No surprise, Lazard finds that wind and solar continue to be the lowest-cost sources of new power generation across … Continue reading Wind energy and solar power remain the country’s most affordable sources of new electricity

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Pump It Up: How An Alpine Lake Became A Massive Battery Ready To Feed The Grid On A Moment’s Notice

Two crystal-clear blue lakes in the Swiss canton of Valais, Lac d’Emosson and Lac du Vieux Emosson, look at first glance like any number of local glacier-fed tarns, surrounded by mountains and crystalline air blowing down the slopes of nearby Mont Blanc. But first impressions can be misleading: The twin bodies of water are central … Continue reading Pump It Up: How An Alpine Lake Became A Massive Battery Ready To Feed The Grid On A Moment’s Notice

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In The European Union, Hydropower Is The Key To A Renewable Energy Future

In September, the European Commission in Brussels proposed an ambitious new goal for renewable energy in the region: a 55% reduction in greenhouses gases by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) to put Europe on track toward climate neutrality by 2050. To get there, EU countries are going to have to accelerate their efforts around renewable … Continue reading In The European Union, Hydropower Is The Key To A Renewable Energy Future

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Protermosolar advocates thermal storage in molten salts of concentrated solar power

Gonzalo Martín, General Secretary of Protermosolar, will analyze what the role of concentrated solar power plants will be in energy storage within a decade at the I Energy Storage Congress (ALEN’20).Currently, thermal storage in molten salts in solar thermal power plants reaches 7 GWhe in Spain. This type of storage can perform two main functions: … Continue reading Protermosolar advocates thermal storage in molten salts of concentrated solar power

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Hydropower to help integrate wind power and solar energy resources

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following statement after the U.S. hydropower industry and environmental and conservation organizations agreed to increase collaboration on decarbonizing the nation’s electric grid, while protecting America’s waterways. AWEA this year partnered with America’s hydropower, solar, and energy storage industries as part of a shared vision of renewables … Continue reading Hydropower to help integrate wind power and solar energy resources

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Energy agencies’ analysis concludes extreme, climate-related heat wave and a lack of planning were the primary causes of California’s August power outages

The American Wind Energy Association of California (AWEA-California) released this statement today on behalf of Director Danielle Osborn Mills, following the release by the CAISO, CPUC, and CEC of their preliminary root cause analysis of the August 14th and August 15th rolling blackouts: “The root cause analysis provides a thorough overview of the causes of the … Continue reading Energy agencies’ analysis concludes extreme, climate-related heat wave and a lack of planning were the primary causes of California’s August power outages

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The generation of wind power, photovoltaic and solar thermal energy grows in the first nine months of 2020

Renewable generation grows in the first nine months of 2020 in Spain, in which its production increased by 16.3% compared to the same period in 2020. Solar photovoltaic and hydro are the main technologies that have made this possible. Renewables in our country continue to give good news. Until September, its annual production reached 80,577 … Continue reading The generation of wind power, photovoltaic and solar thermal energy grows in the first nine months of 2020

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HYBRIT’s next step receives support from Swedish Energy Agency

The Swedish Energy Agency has decided to contribute SEK 22 million in support to HYBRIT – SSAB’s, LKAB’s and Vattenfall’s joint initiative for fossil-free steel – for a comprehensive feasibility study. The study is part of the work on the planned demonstration plant, which is an important link in the development of an overall fossil-free … Continue reading HYBRIT’s next step receives support from Swedish Energy Agency

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Ørsted and Yara seek to develop groundbreaking green ammonia project in the Netherlands

Ørsted, the world’s leading offshore wind developer, and Yara, the world’s leading fertilizer company, have joined forces in developing a pioneering project aiming at replacing fossil hydrogen with renewable hydrogen in the production of ammonia with the potential to abate more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to taking 50,000 conventional cars off … Continue reading Ørsted and Yara seek to develop groundbreaking green ammonia project in the Netherlands

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Wind energy generates 19,000 jobs in Brazil

The wind power, the second source of electric power in Brazil, behind the hydroelectric, represents 19,000 jobs in Brazil, as compared to 34,000 in 2018. Even with the fall, Brazil remains among the 10 most used in the world. this segment, behind China, Germany, United States, India, United Kingdom, Denmark, Mexico, Spain and the Philippines. … Continue reading Wind energy generates 19,000 jobs in Brazil

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European CEO Alliance emphasizes cross-industry collaboration to fight climate change

Members agree at first meeting: “We support the EU Green Deal. The climate targets are feasible, with sustainable growth and future-proof jobs ahead”. Iberdrola and 11 leading European companies collaborate on decarbonization of economy and society.Investments of over €100 billion underpin members’ decarbonization roadmaps.Member companies represent all key industry sectors, over €600 billion in annual … Continue reading European CEO Alliance emphasizes cross-industry collaboration to fight climate change

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Renewables Could Cover More Than One-Third of Energy Demand in Central and South Eastern Europe

New IRENA report explores cost-effective growth of renewables in Central and South Eastern Europe to save costs, enhance energy security and supply affordable energy to all citizens in the region. Within ten years, the economies of Central and South Eastern Europe* could cover 34% of their rising energy demand cost-effectively with renewables, a new report … Continue reading Renewables Could Cover More Than One-Third of Energy Demand in Central and South Eastern Europe

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Wind power generated 20% of electricity until September in Spain

Wind energy generated 18.2% of electricity in September, solar thermal 2.2% and photovoltaic 6.9%. National electricity demand for September is estimated at 20,598 GWh, 3.3% lower than that registered in the same month of the previous year. If the effects of the calendar and temperatures are taken into account, the figure drops 4.5% compared to … Continue reading Wind power generated 20% of electricity until September in Spain

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EU research project PROMOTioN presents final project results

Technologies for a meshed HVDC offshore wind energy transmission grid in Europe are ready for use – political will and action at all stakeholder levels is needed now. As coordinator of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project “Progress On Meshed Offshore HVDC Transmission Networks” (PROMOTioN), DNV GL has played a pivotal role in bringing all the … Continue reading EU research project PROMOTioN presents final project results

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Countries Look to Advance Green Hydrogen Production for a Deep Energy Transformation

In a week in which Airbus, the world’s second largest aviation manufacturer, revealed prototypes for a hydrogen fuel passenger aircraft and a timeline for production to 2035, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) gathered global public and industry stakeholders to discuss how green hydrogen can advance towards cost competitiveness. At the second meeting of the … Continue reading Countries Look to Advance Green Hydrogen Production for a Deep Energy Transformation

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The green hydrogen economy – sector coupling and international cooperation as factors for success

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is examining the potential of green hydrogen as a source of energy for a climate-neutral energy system in a two-part study. The first part is considering the technologies and prospects for a sustainable and cost-effective hydrogen supply. The second focuses on the issue of … Continue reading The green hydrogen economy – sector coupling and international cooperation as factors for success

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RWE researches large-scale storage for green electricity in salt caverns

RWE Gas Storage West GmbH and CMBlu Energy AG have initiated a collaborative project to investigate how RWE can utilise the salt caverns currently used for gas storage as large-scale, organic flow batteries. These underground caverns could potentially store capacities of up to several gigawatt hours of electricity from renewable sources. By comparison, Europe’s largest … Continue reading RWE researches large-scale storage for green electricity in salt caverns

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GWEC, Greenpeace and REN21 announce winner of “REvolutionaries” clean energy award in Africa

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), joined by Greenpeace and REN21, has announced the winner of the first edition of the “Revolutionaries: The Steve Sawyer Memorial Award,” which honours late GWEC CEO Steve Sawyer’s work scaling up renewable energy around the world.Wangari Muchiri, a renewable energy engineer and planning expert based in Kenya, will receive … Continue reading GWEC, Greenpeace and REN21 announce winner of “REvolutionaries” clean energy award in Africa

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Climate change: China aims for ‘carbon neutrality by 2060’

China will aim to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060, President Xi Jinping has announced. Mr Xi outlined the steps when speaking via videolink to the UN General Assembly in New York. The announcement is being seen as a significant step in the fight against climate change. China is the … Continue reading Climate change: China aims for ‘carbon neutrality by 2060’

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Eliminating CO2 Emissions from Industry and Transport in Line with 1.5°C Climate Goal

Renewable energy holds the key to most of the options available to reach zero emissions in industry and transport, IRENA’s new report Reaching Zero with Renewables shows. Presented today by IRENA’s Director-General Francesco La Camera at the high-level Clean Energy Ministerial-Mission Innovation meeting, it sends a strong message that limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C. will … Continue reading Eliminating CO2 Emissions from Industry and Transport in Line with 1.5°C Climate Goal

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