Icelandic power plant builder Reykjavik Geothermal announced plans to commence drilling in Ethiopia by the middle of this year. The project will use steam escaping from a collapsed volcano to power the turbines more
The White House launched a climate plan to cut methane gas emissions from landfill sites. The American Petroleum Institute opposed the new rules suggesting voluntary efforts as an alternative more
Plans to build a cable from Norway to Germany to trade renewable energy looked doubtful as concerns were raised over the profitability of the project more
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In India farmers are being encouraged to use solar energy to power pumps to irrigate their crops. In order to conserve water the farmers must agree to use drip irrigation in exchange for subsidies to purchase the solar powered pumps more
Plans were submitted for the creation of a tidal lagoon in Swansea, Wales that could provide power for 120,000 homes.
Tidal power is a very reliable form of renewable energy as the production of electricity is not dependent on weather conditions. More
Australian Prime Minister and climate change denier Tony Abbott launched a ‘full frontal attack’ on the renewable energy industry more
Tesla became the best performing car manufacturer for over 20 years with a share price increase of over 600%. The luxury electric car maker now has a market capitalisation of $31bn. The impressive share price performance has provided founder Elon Musk with funds to build a new batter factory more
Welcome to our first round-up of greentech news for 2014
Ford introduced a concept electric car the C-Max Solar Energi that recharges it’s self using solar power.
A neat idea but although photovoltaic cells have improved efficiency in recent years the car would still need a solar concentrator to focus the suns rays. The five meter high canopy focuses light like a magnifying class to improve efficiency. While parked the semi-autonomous car moves backwards and forward to capture as much sunlight as possible. While the C-Max Solar Energi may never be sold to customers an improved version of the technology may one day come into commercial use.
The EU proposed a 40% reduction in green-house gas output by 2030. A strengthening of the ETS was also proposed more
China announced plans to install 18GW of wind power and 10GW of solar power in 2014. In 2013 China installed 12GW of solar power , more than the total amount of US solar installations. The falling price of PV cells also saw China overtake market leader Germany more
Falls in the cost of wind turbines suggest that they are close to being profitable without subsidies. Warren Buffet’s utility company MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co has ordered $1bn of turbines for projects is Iowa more
NASDAQ listed Canadian Solar gained 700% this year. A new strategic direction to sell power plants delivered the company’s best quarterly results for 2 years more
The increasing cost of coal power in India means that Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd may invest up to $400m in renewable energy projects more
Biofuel manufactures in the US were lobbying the the Environmental Protection Agency to try and prevent a watering down of the US renewable fuel mandate. Pressure from fossil-fuel producers resulted in the EPA proposing a reduction in the amount of renewable fuel that refines must blend with gasoline more
Apple’s announced that their new plant based in Arizona will run entirely on renewable energy. The plant will create 2,000 jobs and is part of a policy to boost manufacturing in the US more
UK power producer RWE Innogy shelved plans for a 240 turbine wind farm. The 1,200 MW Atlantic Array project would have produced enough electricity for 900,000 homes more
The Scottish government published results from an independent study into the potential for geothermal energy production in Scotland read study
American car rental customers are failing to embrace electric cars because of fears that they will run out of power between charging stations. Hybrids however have been much more popular as they lack the “range anxiety” associated with electric cars more
DuPont Co beat analysts estimates of third quarter earnings thanks to higher sales of materials used to make solar panels. The electronics unit delivered a 67% increase in operating profit driven by the performance of films and metal pastes used in the production of solar panels more
The UK government aims to increase solar more than 700% by 2020. The government hopes that by working with companies the price of solar can be brought down to a similar level to fossil fuels more
Australia’s new prime minister Tony Abbott has vowed to close the profitable Australian Clean Energy Bank. The development bank helps green projects raise debt and equity has a loan portfolio of AUD $536 m earning an average of 7% more
A consortium of German companies aims to produce sustainable electricity from around the worlds coastlines. Waves are a huge potential energy source and the project hopes to release this reserve of renewable energy… more
German car manufacturer Porsche announced a new $845,000 Hybrid that can reach 100 km per hour in 2.8 seconds with better fuel economy than the Toyota Prius. The limited edition Spyder hybrid follows a hybrid version of the Panamera coupe read more
Meanwhile VW another German car maker outlined plans for 40 electric or hybrid vehicles. 14 of the alternate drive vehicles will be available next year and will increase the offering should there be sufficient demand more
The worlds largest geothermal energy plant has been completed in New Zealand. The 100 MW plant will produce enough energy to power 80,000 homes more
UK wind power produced a record 5.7 GW of power on 15 September. UK offshore capacity has increased significantly in recent months with the completion of the 630 MW London Array.
This week’s round up of greentech news is out of this world ;o)
NASA are developing a solar panel satellite that could provide one third of the world’s electricity needs. Thousands of mirrors on the satellite would focus the sunlight onto PV panels which would then convert the sunlight to microwaves which could be beamed back to earth.
Using a satellite rather than earth based solar farms would benefit from stronger sunlight and would not be disrupted by poor weather read more (update – NASA website is currently unavailable due to the shut down of the US government
Back down on earth Siemens won a contract to supply 24 wind turbines for four wind farms in northern France more
In the UK a disused landfill site that was converted into a solar farm has turned out to be the perfect habitat for wild chamomile. Solar farms with their large areas of open space and relatively small amount of disturbance from humans allow wildlife to flourish more
Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a way to manufacture printable solar panels using phosphorus and zinc. The discovery could lead to further falls in the price of PV panels as these elements are abundant in the earth’s crust more
An electric hybrid vehicle inspired round up of greentech news for the weekending 25 August…
Following the success of the €1m LaFerrari the Italian sports car manufacturer has announced plans to develop more hybrid vehicles more
And another hybrid sports car manufacturer Telsa announced plans to expand into China on the back of strong Hong Kong sales. China is a key market for hybrid and electric cars which can provide automobiles demanded by a growing middle class without the pollution that comes with traditional fuels.
Finally the world’s biggest manufacture of hybrid vehicles Toyota announced discounts for it’s all electric RAV4 more
Here is your round up of greentech news…
UK based installer Solinium used solar slate tiles to enable Buckingham Group Contracting to generating their own local electricity at a new office in Amersham. We really like these tiles which overcome a lot of the aesthetic problems associated with traditional PV panels. Keep an eye on this blog for a more in depth look at solar slate tiles later this year…
California Governor Jerry Brown announced plans to ‘bottle sunlight’. In other words the state is looking at large scale storage solutions to enable power to be provided through peaks in demand more
Clarkson University has teamed up with The Centre for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CECET) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in opening a $1.2m wind turbine test facility more
Three years after President Obama pledged to install solar panels on the White House work has commenced on the project. A White House official stated that the installation is “part of an energy retrofit that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the building”. Jimmy Carter first installed solar panels in the 1970s but these were removed by Ronald Regan during the environmentally unenlightened 1980s.