Renewables

Solar Energy Storage Market is the Next Growth Industry

New research forecasts that the global market for grid-connected residential photovoltaic (PV) solar installations with energy storage will exceed 900MW in 2018, growing exponentially from its current 90MW. Market research firm IHS also estimates that grid-connected PV energy storage paired with energy storage will reach 775MW of global installations during 2015. Ash Sharma, HIS senior…

Space Solar Power, a New Energy Frontier?

While solar power continues to make inroads across the globe, some scientists are looking to expand solar power’s reach by turning to outer space. Proponents say the advantage to harnessing space solar power (SS) via an orbiting solar power station is daylight 365/24/7. This idea isn’t new. In the 1940s writer Isaac Asimov imagined a…

California Governor Sets 50 Percent Renewables Goal

California Governor Jerry Brown has outlined an ambitious energy agenda that calls for increasing the amount of electricity the state derives from renewable sources from the current goal of 33 percent by 2020 to 50 percent by 2030. Brown says, “This is exciting, it is bold, and it is absolutely necessary if we are to…

Scottish Renewables’ Exec Talks Smart Energy

Traditionally power plants were built close to cities and other areas of significant consumption. While renewable such as wind and solar offer the promise of clean, sustainable energy, these facilities are located much further away from the people and businesses they serve so the need to store and transmit energy is crucial to fulfilling the…

Iberdrola Solar Project for Death Valley Is Rejected

The United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has rejected the proposed plans of an Iberdrola subsidiary’s to create a solar project in the largely pristine Silurian Valley, located in a remote part of the Mojave Desert. In 2012, BLM created solar energy zones throughout the Western United States to identify areas where solar energy…

Ford Merges Renewable Energy with Clever Marketing

The Ford Motor Company is collaborating with Wind Energy Corporation to deliver an innovative new hybrid: micro wind turbines that double as a marketing strategy. The goal is to provide renewable power to dealerships and attract forward-thinking customers with one creative concept. Wind Energy is expected to invest nearly $750,000 to install wind sail and…

New Breakthrough Could Lead to More Solar Energy Production

A team of researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) has developed a new type of solar concentrator. The transparent luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) can be used on building windows, cell phones, and any other device that has a flat, clear surface. The advantage of this technology is that it does not limit visibility. Luminescent solar…

Study Concludes Smart Energy to Significantly Undercut Utilities’ Revenue

The good news for consumers and the environment: smart energy and renewables such as solar and wind are steadily increasing the amount of energy they provide municipalities around the world. The bad news for utilities: smart energy and renewables such as solar and wind are steadily increasing the amount of energy they provide municipalities around…

British Gas Adds EVs to Fleet

In what is billed as the UK’s largest ever electric vehicle trial, British Gas has added 50 Nissan e-NV200 electric vans to its fleet, with plans to add 50 more in early 2015. Colin Marriott, the utility’s general manager of fleet, says he believes electric vehicles are essential to BG’s efforts to reducing carbon emissions and…

Brazil Adds to Its Renewable Energy Portfolio

An A-5 Brazilian public auction has awarded Enel Green Power the right to sign 20-year power supply contracts with a Brazilian electricity distribution companies with power produced by the new 114 MW Morro do Chapéu wind project. The facility will be constructed in Bahia State, located in north-eastern Brazil, where the company already manages approximately…