/Tag: renewables

Terawatt-scale solar ‘will reshape the global energy market’

Having achieved 500 GW globally in solar power by the end of 2018, we can double that number by 2023, entering a era of “terawatt-scale solar” with exponential growth to follow, argues a team of experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, MIT and 24 other leading institutions. Whereas just

2019-07-01T06:28:20-05:00Tags: |

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: |

Future of impact, climate investor one, India’s development impact bond, Big Renewables

‘Future of impact’ requires investment, philanthropy — and business as a force for good. As Bill Gates says, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” For its 10th anniversary last month, Liquidnet For Good hosted “The Future of Impact” forum to

Just Press Print: 3-D Printing At Home Saves Cash

Interested in making an investment that promises a 100 percent return on your money, and then some? Buy a low-cost, open-source 3-D printer, plug it in and print household items. In a recent study published in Technologies (DOI: 10.3390/technologies5010007), Michigan Technological University Associate Professor Joshua Pearce set out to determine how practical and cost effective

2017-02-21T10:53:24-05:00Tags: |

New, long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of

2017-02-12T15:03:29-05:00Tags: |

Solar powered Pacemakers?

Using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a viable one. Swiss researchers have done the math, and found that a 3.6 square centimeter solar cell is all that is needed to generate enough power during winter and summer to power a typical pacemaker. Read more at Science

2017-02-23T09:49:40-05:00Tags: |

One step closer to reality: devices that convert heat into electricity

"Over half of the energy we use is wasted and enters the atmosphere as heat," said Boona, a postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State. "Solid-state thermoelectrics can help us recover some of that energy. These devices have no moving parts, don't wear out, are robust and require no maintenance. Unfortunately, to date, they are also too

2017-02-23T09:59:54-05:00Tags: |

Top 5 myths about solar energy

Despite its growing popularity, solar technology remains unfamiliar to many Americans. As renewable energy becomes a mainstay topic for the nation's partisan political debates, consumers may struggle to separate the facts about solar energy from common misconceptions. Here are the realities behind five common solar myths: Myth 1: Solar is a new, unproven technology. Read

2017-02-23T10:05:16-05:00Tags: |

Bright Future for Energy Devices

A little sodium goes a long way. At least that's the case in carbon-based energy technology. Specifically, embedding sodium in carbon materials can tremendously improve electrodes—which could streamline solar cell and supercapacitor production. A research team led by Yun Hang Hu, the Charles and Carroll McArthur Professor of materials science and engineering at Michigan Tech,

2017-02-23T10:06:37-05:00Tags: |

Six places where renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuels

In the race to reduce the world's reliance on fossil fuels, cost is a huge factor. It's taken years, but advances in technology and increases in both efficiency and output have helped bring down the expense of renewable energy, which has in turn increased demand. Globally, fossil fuels are still cheaper than these alternative sources,

2017-02-23T10:14:44-05:00Tags: |

No Electricity? A Low-Tech System Keeps Things Chilled

Simple solutions can often have dramatic effects. That’s the case in many parts of rural Africa, where the lack of access to or high cost of electricity prevents many people from basics most of us take for granted, like refrigerators. Nigerian Mohammed Bah Abba’s innovative food-cooling system adapted old-world technology into inexpensive, portable refrigerators that

2017-02-23T10:16:52-05:00Tags: , |

Renewable Energy: 13-Year-Old Teen Makes Clean Energy Using $5 Device

Mendu, a 13-year-old from Ohio, has finally cracked the code on making wind and solar energy affordable to all. She was awarded the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her stupendous achievement in building extremely cheap "solar leaves" to create energy. She also took home $25,000 besides bagging the title

2017-02-23T10:20:06-05:00Tags: |

Clean energy share rises to 7.54% in India’s power generation

Power generation from renewable energy sources like solar and wind has increased to 7.54 per of the total electricity generated in the country during April-September this fiscal, Parliament was informed today. During the period, out of total power generation of 631.84 billion units (BU), 47.62 BU was generated from renewable energy sources, New & Renewable

2017-02-23T10:22:20-05:00Tags: , |

Another Funding Round Kicks Off For Renewables In Developing Countries

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) have officially opened the fifth round of funding for renewable energy projects in developing countries. The funding round of approximately $50 million is part of ADFD’s $350 million commitment offering concessional loans to renewable energy projects endorsed by IRENA. Since 2012,

2017-01-21T13:51:43-05:00Tags: |