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