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Table Scraps Can Be Used To Reduce Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Wasted food can be affordably turned into a clean substitute for fossil fuels. New technology developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo engineers natural fermentation to produce a biodegradable chemical that can be refined as a source of energy. The chemical could also be used to replace petroleum-based chemicals in a host of products […]

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Massive Solar Storage Project For Nevada Desert

NV Energy continues to work toward its long-term goal of serving its customers with 100 percent renewable energy, announcing the addition of nearly 1,200 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic generation to be built in the state, along with 590 megawatts of battery storage. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Distributed Generation: Minigrid Microgrid Zero Emission 2018-2038. The renewable […]

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Solar-Powered Cars Have a Bright(er) Future

Driving a car on pure and free sunshine mostly remained an (often abused) dream. Toyota thinks it could come a few steps closer to make the dream come true. In a test project in Japan, it will be shown how much range a solar roof can really add to the car. Toyota, together with Sharp, and […]

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Hybrid Cruise Ship Powers Through The Water On Battery-Power

Traditional cruise ships pose all kinds of air quality problems for the cities that they frequent, especially in hotspots like Barcelona and Venice where locals regularly protest against the toxic particles they pump out at berth and when passing by. But Norwegian operator Hurtigruten is eyeing a greener future for its fleet, and recently achieved […]

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Forget the I.D. Buzz, Volkswagen’s Loaded An All-Electric 1962 Splitty With Next-Gen Tech

The naming of a new Volkswagen Silicon Valley research center that’s really a 20-year-old Volkswagen research center? Huge yawn. A Halloween-colored, 11-window 1962 Type 2 bus with weird organic styling, pure-electric powertrain, facial recognition and holographic infotainment? We’re wide awake, eyes and ears open. It’s no wonder VW spliced the two announcements together, previewing innovations […]

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Zimbabwe’s First Solar Powered Mini Grid

Zimbabwe’s main power utility, Zesa Holdings, is implementing load shedding outside an official schedule following a breakdown at Hwange Power Station. “Due to a technical fault at Hwange Power Station, local generation is now depressed,” Fullard Gwasira, the spokesperson of Zesa said in a tweet, adding that “load shedding is now being implemented outside the published schedule.” In an […]

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ARMOR, MASAR Printing and Publishing to Develop Flexible Organic PVs

On June 30, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, ARMOR and Masar Printing and Publishing signed a memorandum of understanding on the creation of a future joint venture (JV) in Dubaï, United Arab Emirates. The objective: to develop the flexible organic photovoltaic film market in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) in order to create a future market […]

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Researchers Clear Runway For Tin Based Perovskite Solar Cells

Researchers at the University of Surrey believe their tin based perovskite solar cell could clear the runway for solar panel technology to take off and help the UK reach its 2050 carbon neutral goal. As countries look to get to grips with climate change, solar cell technology is rapidly growing in popularity as an environmentally friendly energy […]

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PayGo Solar Satellite TV in Zambia

Azuri Technologies, a leading provider of pay-as-you-go solar home solutions to off-grid households across Africa, has officially launched its 24-inch solar satellite television and home lighting system in Zambia at the British High Commission in Lusaka. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Megawatt 2019-2029. The TV launch in Zambia comes […]

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SMA Sunny Boy Receives Award for Reliability and Performance

Millions of households worldwide rely on a Sunny Boy from SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) for their solar power supply. The PV inverters have now once again been awarded for their reliability and performance. The Sunny Boy inverters scored top in a number of categories on the Inverter Reliability Scorecard from the independent testing institute […]

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Krannich Solar Is Now Active In Turkey

Krannich Solar is one of the leading photovoltaic distributors worldwide. The owner-managed and self-financed company offers a wide range of products for PV installers. Our vision is to achieve 100% renewables for a more livable environment. Against this background, we have been doing everything we can for over 15 years to drive the energy revolution […]

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Prysmian Secures Contract for DolWin5 Grid Connection in Germany

Prysmian will be responsible for the supply, installation and commissioning of HVDC insulated submarine and land power cable connection. Italian cable manufacturer Prysmian has been awarded a €140m contract for the 900MW DolWin5 offshore grid connection in Germany. Awarded by the Dutch-German grid operator TenneT, the contract will enable the connection of multiple offshore wind […]

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Crawling Robots, Drones Detect Damage to Save Wind Blades

Drones and crawling robots outfitted with special scanning technology could help wind blades stay in service longer, which may help lower the cost of wind energy at a time when blades are getting bigger, pricier and harder to transport, Sandia National Laboratories researchers say. For more informations see the IDTechEx report on New Robotics and […]

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AW-Energy Substition for New Surge O2 Ocean Wave Energy in Portugal

AW-Energy (AWE) has now completed the first step by installing a new substation for their SURGE2 project in Peniche, Portugal. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Wave, Tidal and Hydro Power 1W-10MW 2018-2038.   “The previous substation used for project SURGE (2012 – 2014) is replaced by an improved new substation with a […]

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Cityfibre Chooses Cable Manufacturer Prysmian for Full-Fibre Rollout

British broadband operator Cityfibre is in cooperation with Prysmian to supply equipment for its full-fibre network. The Milan-headquartered company, which is the world’s largest cable manufacturer by revenue, will supply optical cable for both underground and aerial application in an initial two-year deal, Cityfibre said. The multi-million-pound deal comes as Cityfibre looks to plough ahead […]

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30,000 Homes Will Use Electricity Generated by New Solar Plant

A new solar plant in Yucatán has the capacity to produce up to 18 megawatts of electricity and serve up to 5.3% of the state’s households. The San Ignacio solar plant, which covers 66 hectares in the municipality of Progreso, was inaugurated Friday by Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal. The Chinese company Jinko Solar invested US […]

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A Magical Field of Solar-Powered Lights Takes Over A California Landscape

Internationally acclaimed Britain-based artist Bruce Munro recently unveiled his largest site-specific project to date: Field of Light at Sensorio, a sprawling art installation that covers a hilly, countryside landscape with more than 58,800 stemmed fiber-optic lights powered by solar energy. Located in Paso Robles, California, the illuminated composition opened to the public May 19 to mark the […]

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Eight EU Countries to Phase Out Coal by 2030

The EU said Tuesday that eight of its 28 member countries aim to phase out coal-powered electricity by 2030, triggering charges it is missing the mark under the Paris climate deal. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said it received the pledges as contributions to the bloc’s efforts to deliver on the landmark 2015 […]

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Craft Brewers Use Commercial Rooftop and Carport Solar to Cut Operating Costs

Craft Beer production grew 3.9% in 2018. That’s strong growth considering Overall Beer grew -0.8% in the same timeframe. With increased production in this sector comes increased operating costs. California craft brewers consume a lot of electricity. Few brewers know this better than Golden Road Brewing. California’s electricity rates average over 6% growth per year. […]

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Sungrow Bags Supply Contract with Smart Power for a 30MW/30MWh Energy Storage Project in Germany

Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, signed a contract with general contractor and developer company Smart Power for the supply of energy storage systems for a 30MW/30MWh project in Germany. The project demonstrates another significant milestone that Sungrow made for European energy storage markets in the wake of the supply for the largest […]

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Panasonic to Build Smart Roadways for Connected Cars in Utah

One day, our highways will be a lot safer than they are today. And Panasonic wants to help make that happen. The company today announced it has expanded on work it did in Colorado by partnering with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) on smart roadways. The Panasonic Corporation of North America will work with UDOT to develop […]

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A Solar Bag Made From Amazonian Fish Skin

Brazilian start-up Flying to the Sun, which specializes in the development of projects using photovoltaic energy, has created a solar bag made from Amazonian fish skin.   A subsidiary of ERGON Projetos, Flying to the Sun works on projects involving street furniture, photovoltaic charging stations and biological tissue, in collaboration with Biotecam and the NGO […]

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ABB Technology Contributes to Sweden’s Sustainable Future

With more than half of Sweden’s energy already coming from renewable sources and ambitious plans for the power sector to deliver 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, the country continues to invest heavily in solar with the opening of its largest solar park to date, Sparbanken Skånes Solcellspark. Committed to writing the future for safe, […]

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New York to Approve One of the World’s Most Ambitious Climate Plans

The state would pledge to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with all its electricity coming from carbon-free sources. New York lawmakers have agreed to pass a sweeping climate plan that calls for the state to all but eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, envisioning an era when gas-guzzling cars, oil-burning heaters and […]

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Mini-Grids Offer Utilities a Win-Win Solution

Extending the main electricity grid to serve remote communities is often prohibitively expensive, however, the rise of mini-grids is helping close the energy access gap. A new World Bank report indicates that at least 19,000 mini grids are already installed in 134 countries, representing a total investment of $28 billion and providing electricity to around […]

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Utility-Scale PV to Power Green City Complex in Kenya

Plans have been laid out for a large-scale solar PV installation to power a sustainable technology complex in the works in Western Kenya. US firm MCX Environmental Energy Corp will invest US$100 million to deploy a 30MW plant onsite at the Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC), an hour-drive north from Lake Victoria. Construction, the […]

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Solar Energy Could Turn the Belt and Road Initiative Green

The region covered by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has significant potential to be powered by solar energy, researchers report June 27 in the journal Joule. Less than 4 percent of the maximum solar potential of the region could meet the BRI’s electricity demand for 2030. The research suggests a possible solution to reduce […]

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Smart Façades: Working From The Outside in For Energy Efficiency

Buildings can consume around 40 percent of energy, and within those residential and commercial structures, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems guzzle around 46 percent of the power used, according to the US. Department of Energy. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Megawatt 2019-2029. In an ongoing effort to […]

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Thai Utility EGAT Launches Tender for 58.5 MW Floating Project

The state-owned Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has issued an invitation for bids for a 55.5 MW (DC) floating PV project it intends to build at the Sirindhorn Dam, where the 12 MW Sirindhorn Hydropower Plant, is located on the Lam Dom Noi river in the Sirindhorn district of Ubon Ratchathani. The company said in the announcement […]

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Giant Floating Solar Farms Could Make Fuel and Help Solve the Climate Crisis, Says Study

Millions of solar panels clustered together to form an island could convert carbon dioxide in seawater into methanol, which can fuel airplanes and trucks, according to new research from Norway and Switzerland and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, PNAS. The floating islands could drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. The […]

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Nissan Unveils Zero-Emission Ice Cream Van Concept

Nissan partnered with Mackie’s of Scotland, an ice cream producer powering its family-owned dairy farm by renewable wind and solar energy. The project demonstrates how a ‘Sky to Scoop’ approach can remove carbon dependence at every stage of the ice cream journey. Most ice cream vans, particularly older models, have diesel engines which are kept […]

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SUN-to-LIQUID Produces Solar Kerosene From Sunlight, Water and Carbon Dioxide

The transition from fossil to renewable fuels is one of the most important challenges of the future. The SUN-to-LIQUID project takes on this challenge by producing renewable transportation fuels from water and carbon dioxide with concentrated sunlight: The project, which is funded by the EU and Switzerland, has now successfully demonstrated the first synthesis of […]

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New York to Finally Welcome Micro Mobility Services

New York is set to welcome dockless scooters such as Lime and Bird to its roads and streets. New York has held out legalizing the polarizing technology, but latest reports suggest Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign a bill to legalize the micro mobility services. The bill will change state law but allow individual cities to […]

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San Diego International Airport and ENGIE Storage Contract to Further Airport’s Strategic Energy Initiative

ENGIE Storage announced that San Diego International Airport (SAN) is the first airport in the United States to install one of its battery energy storage systems. The 2 MW/4 MWh GridSynergy® energy storage system furthers the airport’s long-term commitment to efficiency and sustainability. Paired with the airport’s existing photovoltaic solar system, the new energy storage […]

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This 100% Electric Boat Could Be the Tesla of the Seas

X Shore wants to be the Tesla of the seas and they’re not afraid to say it — their name even reads like an inverted sea-themed equivalent to Elon Musk’s other space-focused venture. And yet, they are much more than a sea-faring copy of the famous electric road vehicles. Fighting air and sound pollution The shipping industry’s […]

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Over 11 Million People Employed in The Renewable Energy Sector

The International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, has announced 11 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector worldwide in 2018. In their latest Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review, IRENA has found the increasing number of countries and large-scale businesses installing and using renewable technologies have expanded the market for those employed in the […]

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ENGIE Acquires ChargePoint Services in Bid To Speed Up EV Ambitions

The French utility company ENGIE has purchased the British EV public charging network operator ChargePoint Services (CPS), who owns and operates the GeniePoint charging network in the UK. In terms of numbers, this means that Engie now has taken over a customer base of around 20,000 people, along with the cloud-based data and control platform. […]

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The First Serious Solar Car is Here: Lightyear One

“We are partnering with the sun to build better cars.” It is a simple tagline, cliched maybe but it encapsulates the mission of Lightyear, a Netherlands startup that has just released a prototype for the world’s first long-range electric car: the Lightyear One. Just what is a solar-powered car? What it means first and foremost is […]

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Goodwe plans to increase inverter capacity to 15 GW

Chinese inverter maker Goodwe is building new manufacturing facilities in the city of Suzhou, in the southeastern Jiangsu province of Eastern China, and in Guangde, in the southeast of Anhui. Thomas Haering, managing director of the manufacturer’s European unit says “With full operation of these two facilities we are aiming to increase our production capacity to 15 […]

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Tesla’s Share Of The Home Solar Market Continues To Slide

If you’ve seen the light with electric cars, chances are you’re at least curious about home solar. Solar can help contribute to vehicle charging, and it can reduce the load from the electrical grid during peak charging times. That, in turn, means even fewer carbon emissions from your public utility. And as part of energy management […]

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Dominos and Nuro Partner on Autonomous Pizza Delivery

Domino’s Pizza, the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, and Nuro, the robotics company transforming local commerce, are partnering on autonomous pizza delivery using the custom unmanned vehicle known as the R2 later this year. The global leader in pizza delivery will use Nuro’s unmanned fleet to serve select Houston […]

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Small Electric Aircraft Bring The Future Of Aviation

It is easy to say that, although small electric aircraft are at last selling, they are a negligible part of the overall aircraft market. Mistake. They will work up from the bottom to be mainstream. Airbus, Boeing and Rolls Royce know this, but many others are sleeping through the future. Some of the successes are […]

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Energy Storage Could See Refugee Camp Powered Entirely by Solar

Swedish energy storage company Azelio is studying how it could complement solar power generation at a Jordanian refugee camp to ensure self-sufficiency at the site in a development that could have applications for off-grid communities around the world. The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has already overseen the installation of PV generation projects that supply around 70% of […]

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Sungrow Unveils the World’s Most Powerful String Inverter at Intersolar Europe 2019

Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, unveiled a 1500Vdc string inverter SG250HX at Intersolar Europe 2019. The standout 250kW inverter, designed for optimal performance, is now available for pre-sale. The SG250HX is the world’s most powerful 1500Vdc string inverter, featuring a high capacity of 250kW. It comes with the high voltage of […]

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SERIS Reaffirms TW-Scale Potential For Floating PV

Terawatts of floating solar capacity could be built on man-made reservoirs alone, the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) says in Where Sun Meets Water, a new floating PV report it has published in cooperation with the World Bank Group and its Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). SERIS, a research institute under the National University of […]

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LONGi Ranked The Most Financially Stable PV Manufacturer

LONGi has topped the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Altman-Z score chart for solar module manufacturers for the first time – and with a highly increased score. The Altman-Z ratio measures a company’s financial security against five basic criteria which test the possibility of it going bankrupt in the next two years. LONGi Solar was […]

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