Solar energy is breaking power generation records in California

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Solar energy continues to make progress in California A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that on March 11 of this year, utility-scale solar energy accounted for 40% of electricity generated in California. The EIA estimates that when residential and commercial solar energy production is factored in, solar may have provided more than 50% of the state’s electricity generated on March 11. Solar energy production had an impact on the price of wholesale electricity, driving down rates by a significant degree. Clean energy is helping reduce…

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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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Amazon taps Plug Power to provide more hydrogen fuel cells

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Amazon takes a 23% share in Plug Power and purchases more hydrogen fuel cells Plug Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that retail giant Amazon will be making major changes to some of its fulfillment centers. In 11 of its fulfillment centers, Amazon plans to replace battery-powered forklifts with those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Moreover, Amazon has also secured a 23% share in Plug Power, making Amazon one of the largest shareholders in the company. According to Plug Power, Amazon will be spending approximately $70…

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Solar energy in Indiana is being threatened by new legislation

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Legislation seeks to make changes to state’s net metering program New legislation in Indiana could have a major impact on the state’s solar energy industry. This week, the state’s House of Representatives approved a bill that would lower the compensation that homeowners receive for funneling surplus electricity into the energy grid. Advocates of solar energy have decried the legislation, suggesting that it makes unnecessary changes to the state’s net metering program. If enacted, the legislation could make solar energy significantly less attractive to a wide range of consumers. Solar energy…

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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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Honolulu leads the US in installed solar energy capacity per capita

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Report highlights the growth of solar energy in Hawaii A new report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center shows that Honolulu, Hawaii, ranks first in the United States in terms of solar energy installations per capita. The state’s capital has beaten other, larger cities with solar installations. While Honolulu has established a lead in solar installations per capita, it falls behind both San Diego and Los Angeles in terms of overall solar energy capacity, with approximately 175 watts of solar power per person. Solar sector continues to thrive…

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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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Renewable energy still faces serious challenges

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Renewable energy is growing throughout the world, but it still faces many serious challenges that can prevent projects from taking form. Some of these challenges involve the difficulty associated with successfully commercializing clean technology, while price distortions also present a significant hurdle. Other challenges have to do with public outlook on renewable energy, with people in some countries failing to see the public benefit of cleaner forms of power, both economically and environmentally. Overcoming these challenges is vital to the successful future of renewable energy as a whole. Commercialization of…

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Wind energy market in Kansas is showing signs of healthy growth

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Energy officials predict that the wind energy market will continue to thrive Wind energy developers in Kansas have high hopes for the state’s clean power market. Several energy companies predict that the wind market will continue to see growth well into the future, even as large developers begin to slow the creation of new projects. One of the reasons the wind market is expected to continue expanding is because of the increasingly efficient nature of turbine technology. Utilities are showing more interest in wind power due to costs In Kansas,…

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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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Texas wind power use gets a shot in the arm with huge 7-Eleven deal

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The company has signed an agreement with TXU Energy so it will buy 100 percent wind energy for its Texas locations. 7-Eleven signed a Texas wind power agreement with TXU Energy. This deal allows the convenience store giant to purchase 100 percent wind energy for each of its store locations within the state and that are positioned within “competitive energy markets.” This represents the majority of the 7-Eleven locations in Texas. The Texas wind power agreement will continue over 96 months. This will provide wind energy to 425 stores and…

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Geothermal heating plant spreads the warmth in Paris

Geothermal Heating Plant

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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Toyota to use artificial intelligence to research fuel cells

Fuel Cells Research - Toyota to use AI

New project will leverage the power of artificial intelligence to improve fuel cells Toyota has taken a strong liking to hydrogen fuel cells in recent years. The automaker has already launched its first fuel cell vehicle, called the Mirai, and intends to use fuel cell technology well into the future. The problem with fuel cells, however, is that they are expensive and they have efficiency issues that make them less viable than conventional engines. The Toyota Research Institute intends to address these problems, with the help of artificial intelligence. Use…

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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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The powerful versatility of Humistore’s bentonite clay

Bentonite clay may seem like a relatively innocuous substance, but it is quite important in a variety of industries. For more than a decade, Humistore has produced and sold bentonite clay, and other products throughout the world. Based in France, the company has managed to establish a foothold in several markets, particularly those where the demand for bentonite is growing quickly. Humistore has managed to find success in these markets with its products. Bentonite is an absorbent aluminum phyllosilicate that is comprised primarily of montmorillonite. This substance comes in several…

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