New offshore wind energy project will not require subsidies from Germany government

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Germany will be building its first wind energy system that will not use government subsidies Germany is preparing to build its first offshore wind energy system that is not dependent on government subsidies. The project comes from Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), which has approved bids on the project coming from various organizations. The company intends to develop some 1,490 megawatts worth of wind energy capacity in the North Sea. The organizations that would be involved in this endeavor would be providing electricity from these wind farms at approximately $4.67 per megawatt-hour. Wind…

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E.ON to invest in new airborne wind energy project

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European company will be supporting an innovative airborne wind energy project E.ON, an energy company based in Europe, has announced that it will be investing in an ambitious new wind energy project. The company will be investing in the development and potential construction and operation of an airborne wind energy demonstration site. The site is located in County Mayo, Ireland, and will make use of drones in order to capture the power of the wind. These drones will be tethered, but will be operating offshore. New project will use drones…

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Japan to have a hydrogen society strategy in place by end of year

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A strategy to develop a hydrogen society will be in place by the end of 2017 Japan will have a definitive plan to establish a “hydrogen society” by the end of this year. A hydrogen society is one that will rely heavily on the use of fuel cells to generate electricity. These energy systems would replace conventional solutions and will not only produce electricity but heat as well. Additionally, such a society would rely on fuel cells to power vehicles, making transportation emissions free. Japan has been working toward embracing…

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Riversimple successfully reaches its crowdufnding goal for fuel cell vehicles

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Automaker has achieved its ambitious crowdfunding goal Riversimple, an automaker based in the United Kingdom, has ambitious plans to develop clean vehicles. The company has recently reached a major milestone with its crowdfunding goal, raising more than $1 million for its efforts to develop new vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. The automaker aims to produce 20 fuel cell vehicles, which will produce no harmful emissions. The successful crowdfunding campaign highlights a growing interest in clean transportation and in fuel cell vehicles specifically. New vehicle will be able to travel…

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BT to purchase electricity from Scottish wind energy system

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BT will be forming a power purchase agreement with wind energy developer in Scotland BT, a telecommunications operator in the United Kingdom, has announced that it will be entering into a power purchase agreement with a Scottish wind energy company. Through this deal, BT will be spending $230 million over the next 15 years in order to purchase electricity generated by a wind farm in Scotland. According to BT, there are 13 wind turbines in the north of Scotland that generate approximately 100 gigawatt-hours of electricity every year. Company plans…

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European utilities vow to abandon coal in favor of renewable energy

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Utilities promise to stop investing in coal after 2020 Utilities throughout Europe have come together to pledge not to build any new coal plants after 2020. Every European country, apart from Poland and Greece, will be working to move away from coal in favor of cleaner forms of power. The announcement comes from Eurelectric, which represents some 3,500 utilities in Europe. According to the organization, utilities have committed themselves to deliver on the promises made through the Paris Agreement, which calls for a significant reduction in emissions and a greater…

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World’s largest solar energy project to begin construction in Australia

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Lyon Group will be developing a massive solar energy project in Australia Construction on what may be the world’s largest solar energy project has begun in Australia. The project is being developed by the Lyon Group and several partners and cost approximately $1 billion. Called Riverland Solar Storage, the project will combine the use of solar panels with battery systems. The batteries will store the electrical power produced by the solar panels for use when it is most needed. Project will feature 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries…

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Wind energy reaches a new record in India

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India has achieved a new milestone with its wind energy projects India has reached a new milestone with its wind energy production. During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the country generated 5,400 megawatts of wind power, surpassing its goal of generating 4,000 megawatts of wind energy. Renewable energy has been experiencing healthy growth in India. The country is home to approximately 50,100 megawatts of installed clean energy capacity. More than 55% of this capacity comes from wind power projects. Despite the growth of clean power, only 16% of the country’s electricity…

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Kia to launch its first fuel cell vehicle in 2020

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Automaker has plans to bring a new fuel cell vehicle to the market South Korean automaker Kia has announced plans to launch its first fuel cell vehicle by 2020. The new vehicle is part of an overarching initiative from the Hyundai Motor Group, which is working to launch more environmentally friendly cars in the coming years. In 2018, Hyundai will be launching its next generation fuel cell vehicle and Kia is expected to take advantage of the clean transportation momentum that Hyundai has created. Hyundai continues to expand its presence…

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Geothermal heating plant spreads the warmth in Paris

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The Clichy-Batignolles municipality of the French capital now has a fully operational facility. The geothermal heating plant launched at the Paris City Hall in February is now operational. The facility is located in the Clichy-Batignolles municipality in the greater Parisian area. The new geothermal facility provides home within the district with eco-friendly heat and sanitary water. Aside from the environmental advantages available through the geothermal heating plant, it was also designed to be the first component of a broader network of localized power generation. It also represents a sizeable opportunity…

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Japan is making major progress on its renewable energy goals

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Report shows that renewable energy is helping Japan accomplish its environmental goals quickly Japan is well on its way to meeting its environmental goals by 2030, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report highlights energy efficiency as a major contributor to Japan’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly and reduce reliance on older forms of power. Notably, an increase in energy efficiency has driven down the demand for electricity throughout the country over the past six years. This trend is…

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European countries are struggling with the Paris Agreement

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Only three countries are on track to comply with the Paris Agreement Sweden, Germany, and France are the only European countries that are pursuing policies that will allow them to meet the commitments they made through the Paris Agreement, according to a recent study from the EU Climate Leadership Board. The European Union, as a whole, has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030. Some countries seem to be taking this pledge more seriously than others, however, which could lead the region to mission its emissions reduction targets…

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Germany’s artificial sun, the Synlight, begins operation

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Synlight aims to showcase ways to use solar power to generate hydrogen fuel The largest artificial sun ever developed has begun shining at the German Aerospace Center. Called “Synlight,” the artificial sun is designed to test ways to produce environmentally friendly fuel without generating any harmful emissions. According to researchers responsible for Synlight, the artificial sun can produce light that is roughly 10,000 times more intense than the sunlight that naturally reaches the planet’s surface. As such, it could be used as an effective solar energy tool. Artificial sun project…

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Germany to convert large coal mine into a new energy storage system

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New project aims to change an old coal mine into an efficient energy storage solution Germany has launched an ambitious new project that involved converting an old coal mine into a large-scale battery storage system. The Prosper-Haniel coal mine is the subject of the project. The mine was built in 1863 and produces approximately 3 million tons of coal every year. It is one of the few remaining active coal mines in Germany, but is slated for complete closure in 2018, when government subsidies supporting the mine are no longer…

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Scotland grants approval for another offshore wind energy project

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New offshore wind energy project wins the approval of the Scottish government The Scottish government has granted approval for another offshore wind energy system. The Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Demonstration Project, as the name suggests, is meant to showcase the capabilities of offshore turbines. These turbines have the potential to produce significant amounts of electrical power due to their ability to capture the strong wind currents that can be found at sea. Plans for the new project follow approval granted for two other offshore wind farms, which began development last…

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UK to invest nearly $30 million in fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure

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Government announces new initiative to support fuel cell vehicles The United Kingdom government has announced that it will commit nearly $30 million in funding to support the clean transportation sector. The funding is meant to accelerate the adoption of fuel cell vehicles and aid in the development of a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The UK Department of Transport will be issuing the funding, providing aid to companies specializing in hydrogen and those that develop fuel cell technology. The funding will also be issued to automakers that produce fuel cell vehicles….

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