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Sustainable Energy

Renewable energy boom underestimated by nearly all

Cumulative installed solar PV capacity: Global

March 31, 2015
REnew Economy

The coming of the renewable energy revolution has long been heralded by many of the world’s energy market authorities, and as solar and wind energy capacity is installed at record rates, these predictions seem to be being borne out.

But a new infographic published by Meister Consultants Group has shown that almost all of these expert predictions have vastly underestimated the scale at which the renewable energy revolution would happen.

Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy

Solar tech

April 6, 2015
Ensia

Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names like “Fearless” and “Intrepid” are helping to perfect a new technique of making silicon wafers, the workhorse of today’s solar panels. If all goes well, the new method could cut the cost of solar power by more than 20 percent in the next few years.

The Global Solar PV Market Hit 177GW in 2014, A Tenfold Increase From 2008

March 31, 2015
Green Tech Media

By the end of 2014, total installed capacity for solar PV globally amount to at least 177 gigawatts, up from nearly 140 gigawatts in 2013, according to the International Energy Agency's Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS).

Siemens Proves Wind Energy’s “Outstanding” Potential

Why Wind Farms are worth it

March 31, 2015
Clean Technica

Siemens has conducted a review of its wind turbine technology to determine the actual environmental impact of wind energy, from manufacturing through construction and operation. The company’s study found that both onshore and offshore “showed outstanding results."

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The study investigated two offshore wind farms comprising 80 turbines, and two onshore wind projects comprising 40 turbines.

The initial findings are that land-based wind farms pay off faster than their more powerful-yet-construction-intensive offshore cousins.

Huge Electric Car Purchase Rebates Returning To British Columbia

Modo Electric Vehicle in Vancouver

March 29, 2015
Clean Technica

The Canadian province of British Columbia will once again soon be home to a purchase rebate program for electric cars — the Clean Energy Vehicle incentive program, to be specific — according to recent reports.The incentive program will go back into effect starting on April 1st — so, only a few days from now. Good news for British Columbians considering purchasing an electric car!

EV Battery Prices, Battery Lifetime, & Battery Breakthroughs

Tesla Model S

March 30, 2015
Clean Technica

This week’s Cleantech Talk news episode is something like a “battery special.” Chris DeMorro and I talk about new research highlighting the fast-dropping price of electric vehicle batteries, the wide variation in the lifetimes of different lithium-ion cells, and VW’s stake in solid-state battery startup QuantumScape. We started off the show chatting about new research highlighting a “hidden benefit” of EVs. Enjoy the show, and chime in down in the comments, or in the comments of the articles about these topics, if you want to carry on the conversation.

Your EV Battery Lifespan Might Last Longer Than You Think

Nissan Leaf

March 31, 2015
Clean Technica

A fresh look at actual driving records has yielded a surprising (to some) conclusion about the useful lifespan of electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Conventional wisdom has it that EV drivers will ditch their ride after the battery loses 20% of its storage capacity, but our friends over at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory looked at actual driving records and they say that if you are a typical EV owner, you’re not going to feel the difference.

Electric Car Demand Growing, Global Market Hits 740,000 Units

Top electric car countries. Total = number of electric cars on the road on January 1, 2015.

March 28, 2015
Clean Technica

Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is growing around the world fairly rapidly, according to new analysis from the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research — with more than 320,000 new EV registrations in 2014, bringing the total global market up to 740,000 vehicles.

Alongside that, battery suppliers saw strong growth — with total revenue hitting €2 billion ($2.17 billion), according the German research company behind the analysis.

Why Low Oil Prices Won’t Stop The Growth Of Renewable Energy

Wyoming windmills

March 31, 2015
Think Progress

Oil prices might be very low, but that’s not going to take away from investments in renewable energy.

That’s at least the consensus from Citigroup, the latest investment researcher to say clean energy won’t be slowed by cheap oil, Bloomberg reported Monday. Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs have also predicted that the oil price slump won’t affect renewable energy growth.