This weeks’ round up of greentech news from around the world…
Scientists from the Australian research institute the CSRIO have printed organic solar cells the size of an A3 sheet of paper.
Using a similar method to screen printing an image onto a T shirt the scientists were able to use semiconducting ink to print cells straight onto plastic or steel. Dr Jones has ambitious plans for future uses of the paper thin cells “Eventually we see these being laminated to windows that line skyscrapers”
A 40GW hydropower project moved closer to reality as the World Bank offered to finance the deal. The Grand Inga development in the Democratic Republic of Congo would produce the equivalent power to 20 large nuclear power stations. Unlike the Three Gorges hyropower facility in China the Grand Inga project would have a minimal environmental consequences and would not require tens of thousands of people to be relocated.
The UK Green Investment Bank has committed a total of £635m to 11 renewable energy projects. The bank was set up by the government to help stimulate the renewable energy projects needed to meet the UK’s target of sourcing 15% of energy production from renewable sources by 2020. The total includes includes already-announced loans to companies such as Shanks Group Plc and Drax Group Plc.
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Spanish technology leader in wind energy Gamesa sold a 70MW project in Mexico to Iberdrola. The installation will consist of 35 Gamesa 2.0 MW wind turbines when it is completed in 2014.
Irish renewable energy group Gaelectric opened a 14MW at Carn Hill in Newtownabbey. The installation consists of six wind turbines and will generate enough electricity to power 8,000 homes a year.
The World Bank has backed transformational large Hydro projects in a number of developing countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Nepal. The World Bank had previously shunned large Hydro projects due to the environmental consequences associated with the dams. While big hydro projects can produce lots of cheap, clean electricity, flooding caused by the dams often results in the displacement of the villages that they are supposed to be helping.
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The UK government concluded that the European Union energy sector faced a trillion Euro funding shortfall. The report pointed to an urgent need for investment in low carbon, interconnected and innovative energy systems. Noting that the lack of a clear policy was holding back institutional investors.
The Scottish government unveiled proposals for the green investment bank (GIB) to fund a country-wide LED lighting programme as part of a £500m package of climate and green energy measures .
The Quebec Premier launched a long-awaited fourth call for wind power for a total of 800MW.
“The government believes in the future of wind energy in Quebec,” said Marois. “This block will generate nearly $2bn of investment.”
The earth’s climate passed the symbolic milestone of 400 parts per million (ppm) concentrations of carbon dioxide. At no point in the preindustrial record have concentrations of carbon dioxide in the air risen above 300 (ppm).
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Latest figures on geothermal energy show that world capacity will double by 2030 as developing countries including Indonesia take advantage of their natural resources. In 2012 the USA was the largest geothermal market with output of 3GW. Indonesia alone is expected to add nearly 6GW in the next twenty years.
Tunisian wind energy startup Saphon Energy’s is understood to be in talks with a number of major industrial players as it looks to move its bladeless wind towers to a commercial scale.
The sail inspired towers wobble in the wind, with pistons converting kinetic energy to electricity. Initial estimates suggest that bladeless wind devices could be more than twice as efficient as three-blade turbines.
Investors in the UK pledged £100K ($152K) in just four days to support a community hydroelectric plant. The small turbine will generate enough electricity to power 50 homes.
IBM announced plans to develop a High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that that could harness the energy of 2,000 suns. The system could provide fresh water and air conditioning in remote locations and would be completely renewable.
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid. In adequate storage is currently a major barrier to the viability of renewable energy.
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The UK government has confirmed it’s support for renewable heat technologies. The climate minister Greg Barker confirmed an upcoming changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme will increase tariffs for some technologies.
Struggling Chinese solar manufacturer LDK Solar issued $25m of new shares to Fulai Investments Ltd. This is the third time in six months that the solar manufacturer with $2.8 billion of debt has issued new shares to an investor.
Data from the Solar Foundation revealed that there are now more solar energy workers in the US than there are coal miners. As of 2012 there were 119,000 solar workers, California has the largest solar industry employing 43,000 workers.
Finally an ad campaign from American billionair Donald Trump’s Scottish golf resort that attacked plans for a windfarm has been banned on the grounds that it was misleading.