Wind energy achieves new milestone in Europe

Wind Energy Milestone Achieved

Wind power sets a new generation record in Europe last month Wind energy reached a new milestone in Europe at the end of October. On October 28, wind farms in 28 countries throughout the European Union generated approximately 25% of all the electricity that was used in Europe. This is approximately 153.7 gigawatts, which is enough to power about 197 million homes. Wind energy has grown very quickly in Europe, especially as the cost of wind turbines continues to fall. Several countries have also shown strong support for offshore projects,…

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Solar energy sector faces new tariff recommendations

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International Trade Commission is recommending revised tariffs The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued new recommendations concerning applying trade tariffs on imported silicon-based solar cells and panels. One of the recommendations involved imposing a licensing fee on some solar energy equipment. This particular concept was first developed by the Solar Energy Industries Association. The new recommended tariffs coming from the International Trade Commission are somewhat more modest than the tariffs the organization had considered previously. New tariffs could help domestic companies become more competitive The commission is recommending that a…

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Global solar energy capacity to surpass nuclear capacity by end of year

Global Solar Energy Capacity

Report highlights the rapid growth of the solar energy sector The world’s solar energy capacity may soon surpass global nuclear energy capacity, according to a new report from GTM Research. Solar power has been attracting strong support throughout the world in recent years. Several countries have embraced this form of clean energy in order to become environmentally friendly. They have also done so to take advantage of various economic prospects that are offered by new solar energy projects. This is all happening as many countries begin to move away from…

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Fuel cell industry convention to be held in Long Beach this year

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Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition will take place in Long Beach, California One of the largest hydrogen-centric conventions will be held in Long Beach, California, this year. The Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition will be home to the largest display of fuel cell technology as well as the companies behind these energy systems. The event will highlight the significant progress that the fuel cell industry has made in recent years. The industry has managed to generate a great deal of momentum due to technological advances and a growing focus on…

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Tesla uses solar energy to bring power back to Puerto Rico’s children’s hospital

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Solar energy is providing Puerto Rico’s children’s hospital with reliable electrical power Tesla has used its solar energy and battery systems to restore electricity to a prominent children’s hospital in Puerto Rico. San Juan’s Hospital del Nino has been without reliable access to power since Puerto Rico was rocked by two powerful hurricanes in September of this year. In the wake of these disasters, Tesla began seeking to work with officials and organizations in Puerto Rico to bring electricity back to the U.S. territory through the use of solar energy…

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Singapore to invest in solar energy prediction methods

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Singapore will be investing nearly $5 million to develop new prediction methods to gauge solar potential Singapore will be setting aside some $4.57 million to develop new capabilities to predict solar energy potential. According to the Energy Market Authority, this funding will be used to provide support research initiatives that are focused on how solar energy can be used. Much of this funding is meant to go toward a consortium, which is being led by the National University of Singapore. The consortium has expertise in various fields that could affect…

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Solar energy is suffering in China due to air pollution

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Research shows that air pollution is cutting into solar production in China Air pollution is having an impact on solar energy production in China, according to research from Princeton University. China has been aggressively expanding its solar capacity in recent years. The country has become one of the world’s leading renewable energy markets, but China’s air pollution problem is having a detrimental impact on some of the country’s solar energy systems. In order for solar energy to continue to thrive in China, the country will have to take steps to…

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Norwegian company looks to bring solar energy to Iran

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Saga Energy is working on a $2.9 billion deal with Iran’s Amin Energy Developers Saga Energy, a manufacturer of solar panels based in Norway, has announced that it is forming a new deal with Iran’s Amin Energy Developers. Through this deal, the two companies will work together to develop new solar energy systems. The deal is valued at approximately $2.9 billion. This new deal is among several other agreements that Saga Energy has made with foreign companies. Iran has become a popular destination for new solar energy projects due to…

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New concept car could highlight the future of fuel cell vehicles from Toyota

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Automaker will be showing off its new concept car Toyota is preparing to unveil a new concept care equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system. The system will make use of advanced technology that Toyota has been working on for the past few years. The automaker hopes that the new vehicle will have 50% more driving range than its current fuel cell car, the Mirai. The new concept car may highlight Toyota’s future interests with how hydrogen fuel can be used to power a new generation of fuel cell vehicles.…

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Toyota to begin testing new trucks equipped with hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker is set to begin tests through its Project Portal initiative Japanese automaker Toyota has begun testing new heavy-duty trucks that are part of its Project Portal initiative. These trucks are being put to use at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The vehicles are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, which generate electricity without also producing harmful emissions. Toyota believes that these energy systems can be used to effectively operate clean vehicles. Indeed, Toyota already offers a fuel cell vehicle that has managed to find modest success. Project…

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The Netherlands confirms plans for electric vehicles

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Dutch government will be banning the sale of all new gas-powered vehicles by 2030 The Dutch government has confirmed its plans to make all new cars emission-free by 2030. The Netherlands has taken the issue of clean transportation very seriously. The country intends to cut emissions by a significant level and it aims to accomplish this by making conventional vehicles no longer accessible. The government’s plan effectively serves as a ban on all gas powered cars by 2030, with only electric vehicles to be available thereafter. Government targets transportation to…

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New solar energy system comes online in Michigan

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Lapeer Solar Park is now operational A massive solar energy system has become operational in Michigan. The state is somewhat notorious for its frigid, unforgiving winters; a time when sunlight can be scarce. Michigan has plans, however, to make use of the power of the sun in order to generate the electricity it needs and cut down on emissions. The state’s Lapeer Solar Park is now fully operational and is one of the largest utility-owned solar energy systems in the region. The system is managed by DTE Energy, which is…

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Offshore wind energy could be used to power the world

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Research suggests that offshore projects could provide electricity to the entire world New research from the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science is highlighting the vast potential of offshore wind energy. Offshore projects are technically capable of generating much more electricity than their onshore counterparts. This is due to the strong, unhindered wind currents that can be found at sea. According to the research, offshore wind could be used to generate “civilization scale power,” theoretically removing the need for other forms of electricity. Offshore projects face…

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Renewable energy revolution in the US is going better than expected

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Report highlights the unprecedented growth of clean power The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released a new report highlighting the boom of renewable energy in the United States. The report shows that many forms of clean power have found success in the country. In particular, both wind and solar power have managed to thrive. These two sectors of clean energy have managed to beat forecasts that had outlined their future success and have become the two fastest growing forms of power in the United States as a whole. Solar…

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Fuel cells may be losing the efficiency battle with batteries

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Study suggests batteries are much more energy efficient than fuel cells Fuel cells have come to establish a relatively strong position in the global auto industry, but they may soon lose their battle with battery technology. A new study from Transport & Environment, an environment organization in Europe, suggests that batteries will win the clean transportation fight. The study suggests that the overall efficiency of battery electric vehicles is significantly higher than vehicles equipped with fuel cells. Some automakers have recently been showing more interest in batteries because they are…

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Tesla is sending its renewable energy solutions to aid Puerto Rico

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Tesla sends solar panels and battery systems to Puerto Rico Puerto Rico is still struggling to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria and automaker Tesla is looking to help in this endeavor. The company has begun sending hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems to Puerto Rico. These battery systems will be used to ensure residents have the electrical power they desperately need. Tesla is also sending solar panels alongside its Powerwall systems. These solar panels will be generating the electricity that will be stored by the batteries. Island…

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