New program seeks to expand access to solar energy in Africa

Africa Solar Energy

AYUNI Systems to launch ambitious new solar energy program AYUNI Systems has announced that it plans to launch a new solar energy program in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program, called Solar Energy Rent to Own – Pay as You Go, is meant to make solar power more accessible to consumers. AYUNI believes that the program could reach millions of people in the region. If successful, the program could help ensure that consumers have reliable access to solar energy, representing yet another step forward for the region’s efforts to become more environmentally…

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Germany’s wind energy market grows aggressively in 2016

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Wind energy market in Germany leads installation growth Germany is quickly becoming the largest wind energy market in Europe. The country has invested heavily in the wind sector over the past few years in an effort to become environmentally friendly and reduce its reliance on fossil-fuels. According to data from WindEurope, and industry group, Germany installed more wind capacity in 2016 than any other European country. This has established Germany as a leader in the region’s wind energy market. Germany installed 12.5 GW of new wind capacity last year The…

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British Columbia aims to support fuel cell vehicles

Fuel Cell Vehicles - British Columbia

Government has high hopes for hydrogen fuel cells The government of British Columbia, Canada, is preparing to show more support for fuel cell vehicles. The province has become a clean transportation hub, with many of Canada’s clean vehicles operating in British Columbia. With hydrogen fuel cells establishing a stronger position in the transportation space, some government officials believe that these energy systems will speed the transition toward vehicles that generate no harmful emissions. Fuel cell vehicles will benefit from the Clean Energy Vehicle Program The province has announced that it…

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Wind energy has begun to outpace coal in Europe

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European wind energy space continues to show magnificent growth Wind power has gained significant momentum throughout Europe over the past year. In 2016, energy developers in Europe installed more wind turbines than any other form of power, beating out coal in terms of new installed capacity. Many European countries have begun showing favor for wind energy due to the vast potential it holds. These countries have access to strong wind currents that have, until recently, gone unused for the purpose of generating electrical power. Wind capacity grows by 8% in…

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Japan to build world’s largest floating solar energy farm

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Kyocera and Tokyo Leasing Corporation will work together to develop ambitious new project Japan may soon be home to the world’s largest floating solar energy system. The Tokyo Leasing Corporation and Kyocera Corporation have announced plans to develop the massive 13.7 megawatt project. The solar farm will be located in the Yamakura Dam reservoir. Kyocera is already planning to develop a similar project in the Umenokifurukori reservoir, which will have a capacity of 7.5 megawatts. Once the projects are completed, Japan will be home to some of the only floating…

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India achieves major accomplishment with its renewable energy capacity

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India surpasses the 50 GW mark in renewable energy capacity India has reached another major milestone in its renewable energy sector. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has announced that the country’s operational grid-connected clean power capacity surpassed 50 gigawatts. More than half of this capacity comes from wind power, with solar energy coming in second. Hydropower, bioenergy, and waste-to-energy solutions make up the remainder of the country’s renewable energy capacity. While solar falls significantly behind wind in terms of capacity, India is considered one of the world’s fastest…

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Dong Energy to abandon coal in favor of renewable energy

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Dong will be moving away from coal in the near future Dong Energy, a Danish energy company, has announced that it will be divesting in coal in the near future. The company has begun to focus intensely on renewable energy and has established itself as the largest wind power producer in Europe. In October of last year, Dong announced that it would withdraw from the oil and gas sectors, showing greater favor for clean power. According to CEO Henrik Poulsen, renewable energy is the future and now is the time…

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ULEMCo wins funding to expand use of hydrogen fuel cells in transportation

Hydrogen Fuel Cells - UK Funding

UK government awards ULEMCo with funding to trial new hydrogen-powered vans and trucks ULEMCo, a company focused on clean transportation, has won funding from the United Kingdom government. The funding will help the company test a number of vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cell technology. This funding comes from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, which has launched a program designed to promote the use of clean vehicles in an effort to reduce the emissions produced by the transportation sector. ULEMCo will be using fuel cell technology to power large…

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New project aims to use solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel

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Ambitious new project launched in Germany A new project has been launched in Germany which seeks to leverage the power of the sun to generate hydrogen fuel. The PECSYS project is being coordinated by the Competence Center Thin Film and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB). The project is meant to address the issues facing solar energy generation. These issues are difficult to overcome, because they have to do with the simple nature of the world. For instance, solar panels cannot produce electricity during the night or when the sun is…

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China could become the global renewable energy leader

Renewable Energy - China

China is set to outpace the US in the renewable energy market China is prepared to take a leading role in the global renewable energy space. In 2016, China made significant progress in its clean power initiatives, increasing foreign investments in the renewable energy space by 60%, reaching a record $32 billion. China introduced a new strategy, dubbed “Going Global,” through which it has demonstrated its regional strength in helping modernize Asia’s infrastructure, preparing the region for new renewable energy systems, particularly those that are focused on solar power. US…

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New project aims to bring more fuel cell buses to Europe

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Project will help demonstrate the capabilities of fuel cell buses A new clean transportation project has been launched in Europe. Through this project, Europe is expected to receive 144 fuel cell buses. These buses will be supported by the growing hydrogen infrastructure in the region. Through the project, an additional seven hydrogen stations are planned to be built in prominent markets. The fuel cell buses are part of the overarching Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe (JIVE) initiative. Developing new hydrogen stations is a priority for the project One…

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European Investment Bank upholds commitment to fight climate change

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Bank announces plans to continue efforts to fund the fight against climate change The European Investment Bank has announced that it will uphold its $20 billion a year investment target in its continued effort to fund the fight against climate change. The bank intends to invest these funds ever year over the next five years. Werner Hoyer, president of the European Investment Bank, suggests that Europe must lead the world against those that would deny the existence and potentially devastating impact of climate change. Hoyer has also called upon the…

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Ballard to help develop fuel cell buses in China

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Ballard receives another order for more fuel cell systems Ballard Power Systems has successfully won an order for 10 of its innovative fuel cell systems from a Chinese bus manufacturer. Zhuhai Yinlong Energy Group is looking to expand its clean transportation efforts and aims to manufacture more electric buses in the near future. The company has been showing greater interest in hydrogen fuel cells, largely due to their efficiency and power generation capabilities. Fuel cell buses could become significantly more popular as bus manufacturers begin to show favor for fuel…

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Iceland to develop one of the world’s largest geothermal energy systems

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New geothermal energy project is being developed in Iceland Iceland has begun development on what may become the world’s deepest geothermal borehole. The country is drilling the borehole into the heart of a volcano. The borehole will be at a depth of 3.10 miles, significantly deeper than other geothermal boreholes in the country. Iceland is currently one of the leading producers of geothermal energy and the country is eager to embrace this form of power more aggressively in an effort to reduce reliance on fossil-fuels. New project could generate up…

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Solar energy is becoming more affordable globally

New solar projects highlight the continued decline in solar energy costs The cost of solar energy continues to fall throughout the world. In recent months, several solar projects have begun to take form in many countries. A bid to build a 500 megawatt solar power system was recently placed in China, with the bid being $0.46 per watt of capacity. Last week, a similar bid was placed for a solar project in Abu Dhabi, coming in at $0.023 per kilowatt-hour. According to Masdar Clean Energy, this represents one of the…

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Renewable energy space may not be affected by Trump presidency

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The global renewable energy sector may continue to thrive even without support from the US The global renewable energy community has expressed concern over the changing political landscape in the United States. Donald Trump has become the President of the United States and he has vowed to revitalize the coal and oil industries. At the same time, renewable energy may lose some support from the federal government, as incoming federal officials intend to show more support for fossil-fuels and limit environmental regulations in the coming years. Despite this, however, renewable…

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