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100% Renewable Energy Across Europe Is More Cost-Effective

No pun intended here, but in this climate of scientific denial, it’s time to listen to independent research again! Energy Watch Group and LUT University combined their resources to work on a new research that proves the feasibility of a European energy transition to 100% renewable sources. The study has simulated a full energy transition

2019-02-13T07:12:53+00:00Tags: |

Manchester scientists have clean energy breakthrough

Scientists have used a Nobel-prize winning Chemistry technique on a mixture of metals to potentially reduce the cost of fuel cells used in electric cars and reduce harmful emissions from conventional vehicles. The researchers have translated a biological technique, which won the 2017 Nobel Chemistry Prize, to reveal atomic scale chemistry in metal nanoparticles. These

2019-02-11T12:23:52+00:00Tags: |

Heart’s energy to power life-saving devices

The heart's motion is so powerful that it can recharge devices that save our lives, according to new research from Dartmouth College. Using a dime-sized invention developed by engineers at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, the kinetic energy of the heart can be converted into electricity to power a wide-range of implantable devices,

2019-02-04T08:07:53+00:00Tags: |

Renewable electricity accounted for 32pc of Ireland’s energy

Ireland is on its way to meeting the 2020 goal of having 40pc of electricity coming from renewable sources. According to new analysis from EirGrid, 32pc of electricity demand in Ireland during 2018 was met by renewable electricity sources; in Northern Ireland, the figure was even higher at 36pc. The figures in 2017 were 30pc

2019-02-01T09:15:42+00:00Tags: |

UMN collaborates with Puerto Rico to explore sustainable energy

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, many went without electricity for months. Now, students and faculty from the University of Minnesota are working with partners on the island to explore different energy platforms that could withstand future natural disasters. University students went to Puerto Rico this month through the University’s Global Convergence Lab.

2019-02-01T08:54:40+00:00Tags: |

An air conditioner powered by outer space

A team of Stanford University electrical engineers has developed a new device that could cool buildings while simultaneously generating electricity. If the prototype proves scalable, the technology could represent another possible pathway for reducing the footprint of the built environment, which accounts for almost 40 percent (PDF) of the carbon emissions of the United States alone.

2019-01-31T08:21:49+00:00Tags: |

Accelerating Decentralized Renewable Energy for 24X7 Power for All

The Government of India is closing on its ambitious goal of electrifying 100% of households. The achievement of this milestone will be significant for India as it holds the potential for accelerating positive development outcomes, especially across the rural parts of the country. The next frontier on electrification – as identified by the government –

2019-01-30T07:56:33+00:00Tags: |

Stanford scientists locate nearly all U.S. solar panels

Knowing which Americans have installed solar panels on their roofs and why they did so would be enormously useful for managing the changing U.S. electricity system and to understanding the barriers to greater use of renewable resources. But until now, all that has been available are essentially estimates. To get accurate numbers, Stanford University scientists

2019-01-25T04:55:28+00:00Tags: |

Is renewable energy the silver bullet to India’s electricity woes?

India, with the world’s second largest population of about 1.3 billion, still has about 15% of it living in the darkness without access to electricity. The Indian electricity system has resource and economic constraints on one hand, and environmental concerns on another. While many countries have switched over to renewable energy solutions for electricity, India

2019-01-23T09:09:07+00:00Tags: |

2D materials may enable electric vehicles to get 500 miles on a single charge

Lithium-air batteries, which currently are still in the experimental stages of development, can store 10 times more energy than lithium-ion batteries, and they are much lighter. That said, lithium-air batteries could be even more efficient and provide more charge with the incorporation of advanced catalysts made from two-dimensional materials. Catalysts help increase the rate of

2019-01-15T06:48:31+00:00Tags: |

Australia could hit 100% renewables sooner than most people think

Not since the invention of the steam engine have we seen the pace of change occurring in energy systems around the world. In Australia our electricity system is changing rapidly, from new technologies and business models to changes in policy and perhaps even regulation. As the year begins, here are five energy trends you should

2019-01-14T12:34:27+00:00Tags: |

A wireless charger you can easily cut to shape

Researchers from the University of Tokyo developed a new system to charge electronic devices such as smartphones and smartwatches wirelessly. The method involves a cuttable, flexible power transfer sheet which charges devices wirelessly and can be molded or even cut with scissors to fit different-shaped surfaces and objects. "I really wish to live in a

2019-01-09T06:48:32+00:00Tags: |

Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy 2018

The latest edition of the Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) finds that in the past decade, the number of countries with strong policy frameworks for sustainable energy has more than tripled since 2010, with a dramatic increase in the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. However, the report warns that the world,

2018-12-24T07:20:04+00:00Tags: |

This Local Foundation Brings Bottles of Sustainable Light Around the World

When people think of solar-powered technology, they probably think of it as something complicated and costly—something only rich people would be able to afford. It’s also something that only looks good on paper but doesn’t seem feasible, especially in a third-world country like the Philippines. But what people don’t know is that somewhere out there,

2018-12-17T12:04:28+00:00Tags: |

A Tribe in Northern Minnesota Shows the Country How to Do Community Solar

Last summer on a reservation in northern Minnesota, students from Leech Lake Tribal College earned their solar installation licenses while they dug, drilled and connected five photovoltaic arrays. The panels shine blue on the plain, reflecting the sky as they generate roughly 235 megawatts of electricity a year, enough to help 100 families pay their

2018-12-13T07:54:16+00:00Tags: |

Ethiopia: Distributed Energy Systems – Best Path for Poverty Reduction

By Desta Mebratu Despite being a continent with abundant energy resources, a great chunk of the African population still lacks access to electricity. This could change by focusing on the use of distributed energy resources, writes Desta Mebratu (Prof.) (desta@africaleapfrog.org), CEO of African Transformative Leapfrogging Advisory Service. The closing event of the Nelson Mandela International

2018-12-13T07:34:13+00:00Tags: |

Switching to a home battery won’t help save the world

Home energy storage systems might save you money, but under current policies, they would also often increase carbon emissions. That is the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego in a study published recently in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Conventional wisdom may suggest that these storage

2018-12-11T15:54:30+00:00Tags: |

Empowering Nigerian women through sustainable energy

Ensuring that women and girls have energy access is not just about women’s rights, it’s a fundamental human rights issue. A number of quantitative and qualitative studies have shown that clean energy access is linked with better chances for girls to complete primary education and for women to earn better wages, while it also contributes

2018-12-09T09:22:31+00:00Tags: |

Slaying The Gasoline Car

Envision Energy will produce batteries for $100 per kilowatt hour by 2020, the Shanghai company's founder and CEO said at Stanford University, predicting the price will drop to $50 only five years later and end the reign of the internal-combustion engine. Envision's analysts realized they could achieve these goals after the company purchased Nissan's battery division earlier this year,  CEO Lei Zhang said

2018-12-07T07:00:36+00:00Tags: |