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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 –

2019-01-30T07:56:33-05:00Tags: |

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

2019-01-25T04:55:28-05:00Tags: |

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

2019-01-23T09:09:07-05:00Tags: |

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

2019-01-15T06:48:31-05:00Tags: |

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

2019-01-14T12:34:27-05:00Tags: |

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

2019-01-09T06:48:32-05:00Tags: |

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,

2018-12-24T07:20:04-05:00Tags: |

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,

2018-12-17T12:04:28-05:00Tags: |

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

2018-12-13T07:54:16-05:00Tags: |

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

2018-12-13T07:34:13-05:00Tags: |

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

2018-12-11T15:54:30-05:00Tags: |

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

2018-12-09T09:22:31-05:00Tags: |

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

2018-12-07T07:00:36-05:00Tags: |

How leadership companies achieve bold sustainability goals

Resources, assets, reach. The private sector is compelled to muster all three to tackle the complex issues that are essential to realizing a sustainable future for themselves, their customers and society. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, governments around the world have set the course for a sustainable future for all by 2030.

2018-12-04T14:47:24-05:00Tags: |

Trash Into Fuel

Climate change is already upon us, leading to extreme weather patterns, environmental migration, and many other major consequences worldwide. So it’s bittersweet to realize that today, as you read this, we have the technology to make a difference. What’s stopping us? Admittedly that’s an entire article of its own — from politics to power and

2018-11-30T07:53:22-05:00Tags: |

Waste-to-Energy: Sustainability Solution or Ponzi Scheme?

Reusing and recycling can only go so far. The buzzy new phrase in the waste management industry is “zero waste,” meaning producing no waste at all. Even after reusing and recycling, there is always something left over. Many environmentalists view turning that waste into usable energy (Waste-to-Energy, or W.T.E.) as one practical step toward true zero

2018-11-28T06:21:24-05:00Tags: |

Preventative Care of Our Planet..

Parties to the Paris Agreement, virtually all countries, aim to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently completed an assessment of the scientific literature related to warming to 1.5°C.1 Since

2018-11-26T11:46:35-05:00Tags: |