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Smart Solar and Energy Storage on Display at Intersolar and ees EU and North America

Smart Solar and Energy Storage on Display at Intersolar and ees EU and North America

As the renewable energy industry matures, the need for smart energy control systems continues to emerge. This is one theme that the two Intersolars are showcasing this year.  Intersolar Europe, which took place in Munich June 22-24 saw 1,000+ exhibitors out of which 350 were in the energy storage industry. Intersolar North America, which takes place next week in San Francisco will welcome solar and energy storage companies from across the globe and offer educational workshops on all topics related to smart energy. The solar market is booming worldwide. The Global Market Outlook 2016–2020 report by SolarPower Europe, which was unveiled at the EU show indicated that by the end of 2015, a total of 229 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic (PV) capacity had been installed worldwide, which equates to a 45-fold growth in just ten years. What’s more, the association predicts that this amount could rise to 700 GW by 2020.
Climate report underscores urgency of advancing battery storage for renewables

Climate report underscores urgency of advancing battery storage for renewables

In order to prevent extreme heatwaves, rising sea levels, droughts, and other effects of climate change, urgent action must be taken. Governments, NGOs, and businesses need to work together to support the switch to renewable energy sources and clean energy technologies, such as batteries.
Launch of UK Energy Technologies Institute Unveils Offshore Wind, Marine Energy Projects

Launch of UK Energy Technologies Institute Unveils Offshore Wind, Marine Energy Projects

The inauguration of the UK's GBP 1.1 billion [US $1.6 billion] Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) in London today has launched three offshore wind turbine projects and a marine power project aimed at maximizing the island nation's renewable energy potential.
The Smart grid Needs Global Standards

The Smart grid Needs Global Standards

Back when I first refocused my personal blog on “The War Against Oil” there was a lot of talk about the “smart grid.” Trouble is we aren’t sure what we mean by it. It keeps changing. It’s a broad term. It can be simple of complex. Al Gore’s term for the smart grid was the “Enernet,” for energy network. The […]
State RPS Policies: Projected Costs & Benefits for the U.S.

State RPS Policies: Projected Costs & Benefits for the U.S.

While state-level renewables portfolio standards (RPS) have become important drivers for renewable energy in the U.S., the adoption of these policies often hinges on debates over expected costs and benefits. Many state-level studies have been conducted to forecast these potential impacts, but the methods and assumptions used by these studies vary.
Building an African Market: Solar Energy Entrepreneurs on the Rise

Building an African Market: Solar Energy Entrepreneurs on the Rise

Charities' early efforts to distribute clean energy technologies in Africa met with little success. Their use of donor funding to heavily subsidise products such as solar lighting kits would generally fulfil a programme's short-term targets, but in the long run the expertise and equipment needed to maintain the systems failed to be adequately developed or provided. Crucially, no new systems beyond a programme's target would appear in the area. But a new wave of investors and social enterprises has sprung up in the last decade, and they are increasing the availability of products tailored to off-grid domestic energy customers in Africa.
Clipper Windpower: Setting Up To Become a  Global Player

Clipper Windpower: Setting Up To Become a Global Player

The year 2007 was an eventful one for the U.S. wind power industry, and it certainly was an eventful one for Clipper Windpower. Now, 2008 is starting out in similar fashion for the Carpinteria, CA-based US wind turbine manufacturer and wind power project development company. The latest news -- following right in the wake of Clipper's April 15 shareholders meeting in London -- is the sale of its giant 7.5-megawatt (MW) prototype Britannia offshore wind turbine to UK Crown Estates as the UK looks to move its ambitious offshore wind power development plans closer to fruition.
401 Water Quality Certification: Negotiating A ‘Common Sense’ Result

401 Water Quality Certification: Negotiating A ‘Common Sense’ Result

During relicensing of its 48-MW Lake Chelan project, Chelan County Public Utility District worked with the state of Washington to craft a 401 water quality certificate that balances competing requirements to protect endangered fish and to ensure high water quality.
Large-Scale Wind In The UK

Large-Scale Wind In The UK

Thanks to its long coastline and maritime climate, the UK has the best wind resources in Europe, and some of the best in the world. Reflecting this, over the last few years the country's wind industry has grown rapidly – reaching a capacity of more than 3.5 GW and becoming the global leader in offshore installations.
Finland Announces Renewable Energy Ambitions

Finland Announces Renewable Energy Ambitions

Finland's government finalized its report for the Finnish Parliament concerning the measures that will be carried out in the energy and climate policy in the near future. The report describes how the government intends to meet international requirements for restricting greenhouse gas emissions in Finland during the Kyoto commitment period of 2008-2012 and what longer-term goals the government has for the future trend of greenhouse gas emissions.