Renewables beat coal 2 to 1 in China and Obama accelerates on climate issues

Martedì, 3 Febbraio 2015
Gianni Silvestrini
The worldwide energy framework is rapidly changing. Different signals highlight the already happening energy transition: an annual renewable energy installed capacity which overcomes the fossil and nuclear one and decreasing prices of clean technologies. Are China and USA the leading actors of this epic change? An article of Gianni Silvestrini, scientific director of QualEnergia.it.

Italian PV market, IHS: economics are there for keeping up demand, 700 MW in 2015

Mercoledì, 21 Gennaio 2015
Giulio Meneghello
After the end of the Conto Energia feed in tariff, Italian PV market did shrink. But thanks to a tax credit for residential customers and to the high retail cost of electricity he economics are there for keeping up PV demand, even under grid-parity. We talked about it Josefin Berg, Senior Analyst, Solar Power at IHS

Estimated social cost of climate change not accurate, Stanford scientists say

Giovedì, 15 Gennaio 2015
The "social cost" of carbon dioxide emissions may not be $37 per ton, as estimated by a recent U.S. government study, but $220 per ton.

The economic damage caused by a ton of carbon dioxide emissions – often referred to as the "social cost" of carbon – could actually be six times higher than the value that the United States now uses to guide current energy regulations, and possibly future mitigation policies, Stanford scientists say.

Rebound in clean energy investment in 2014 beats expectations

Lunedì, 12 Gennaio 2015
Surges in investment in offshore wind in Europe, and solar in China and the US, helped to drive the 2014 global clean energy total up 16% to $310bn

World clean energy investment rebounded strongly in 2014, boosted by demand for large-scale and rooftop solar photovoltaics on the back of its greatly improved competitiveness, and by the financing of a record $19.4bn of offshore wind projects.

IHS top 10 predictions for the 2015 global PV market

Venerdì, 9 Gennaio 2015
According to a new white paper issued by the IHS Solar service at information and analytics provider IHS, all signs point to a strengthening recovery of the solar industry in 2015, even if the recovery itself remains incredibly fragile.

Oil price plunge and clean energy – The real impact

Mercoledì, 31 Dicembre 2014
The 45% fall in oil prices is being portrayed as a big blow to clean energy deployment. In fact, its impact will vary by sector and region, but will be modest in major electricity markets where renewables compete with gas and coal, and benefit from stable policy support

The collapse in world oil prices in the second half of 2014 will have only a moderate impact on the fast-developing low-carbon transition in the world electricity system, according to research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Turning China's massive ‘coal ship’ around won’t be easy

Lunedì, 29 Dicembre 2014
A rapid process of urbanisation and an expanding middle class with increasingly western tastes will keep energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in China at high levels over the next 20 years. However, changes are unfolding in China that offer promise and opportunities for cutting emissions. The findings of a research project funded by the Academy of Finland and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences .

PV in Italy 'still a good investment', PV Magazine's Interview with Luca Zingale

Lunedì, 22 Dicembre 2014
Luca Zingale, Scientific Director of Solarexpo-The Innovation Cloud, analyses the current state of Italian PV sector and the new concrete opportunities for PV operators in Italy's grid-parity market. How will Solarexpo-The Innovation Cloud deal with those market’s changes? PV Magazine's interview.

Mr. Zingale, could you explain the present status of the Italian photovoltaic sector?

Switching to vehicles powered by electricity from renewables could save lives

Giovedì, 18 Dicembre 2014
Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent. This finding comes from a new life cycle analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and their air pollution-related public health impacts

New world record in solar energy efficiency

Giovedì, 11 Dicembre 2014
University of New South Wales's solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported.

University of New South Wales's solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported.

The world-beating efficiency was achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney, before being independently confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at their outdoor test facility in the United States.