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Batteries Included: A Solar Cell that Stores its Own Power

Mercoledì, 8 Ottobre 2014
Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device is both: the world’s first solar battery. Scientists have succeeding in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device.

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery.

Global Solar PV Demand Hits Quarterly High, Pushing Cumulative Deployment to 200 GW, According to NPD Solarbuzz

Martedì, 7 Ottobre 2014
Global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations added during Q4’14 are forecast to exceed 19.5 gigawatts (GW), pushing global cumulative PV deployment toward the 200 GW mark.

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations added during Q4’14 are forecast to exceed 19.5 gigawatts (GW), pushing global cumulative PV deployment toward the 200 GW mark. The amount of solar PV deployed in Q4 is forecast to be equivalent to the energy supplied by five large-scale nuclear power plants and will surpass the total annual solar PV deployed in 2010.

MIT report: Unless we change direction, the world will warm 3-5 °C

Venerdì, 3 Ottobre 2014
"2014 Climate and Energy Outlook" finds the world will be warmer, thirstier, and still dependent on fossil fuels unless 2015 climate negotiations are more effective than expected.

Natural gas usage will have little effect on CO2 emissions, UCI-led study finds

Martedì, 30 Settembre 2014
Switching US electricity generation from coal- to natural gas-fired power stations would not significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions, researchers have found, despite gas plants’ lower emissions per unit of electricity generated. That’s chiefly because the shift would delay the deployment and cost-competitiveness of renewable electricity technologies for making electricity.

Energy efficiency, half of U.S. government's building to be “net zero energy” by 2030?

Lunedì, 29 Settembre 2014
Giulio Meneghello
We had a talk with Victor Olgyay from Rocky Mountain Institute's about the Empire State Building's deep energy retrofit and about a new ambitious target that the U.S. Government could implement: transforming, by 2030, half of all federal government's buildings into net zero energy buildings.

EPIA: free trade is vital for the future of the solar industry

Venerdì, 26 Settembre 2014
EPIA has recently taken a decision to support free trade in all solar products. In light of this EPIA announces its support for a quick conclusion to the World Trade Organisation agreement on liberalising trade in environmental goods and services.

The tide is turning against the thermal coal industry

Martedì, 23 Settembre 2014
New research by the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) identifies major financial risks for investors in coal producers around the world, from the domino effect of slowing demand growth in China, where thermal coal demand could peak as early as 2016.

New research by the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) identifies major financial risks for investors in coal producers around the world, from the domino effect of slowing demand growth in China, where thermal coal demand could peak as early as 2016.

Homeowners Are Expected to Invest More Than $625 Billion in Residential Generation and Storage from 2014 to 2023

Mercoledì, 17 Settembre 2014
According to Navigant Research worldwide revenue from all forms of residential distributed generation and energy storage will grow from $52.7 billion annually in 2014 to $71.6 billion in 2023.

Global Shift to Renewable Power Urgently Needed to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change, IRENA Says

Venerdì, 12 Settembre 2014
Speeding up the adoption of renewable energy technologies is the most feasible route to reduce carbon emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change, says a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Speeding up the adoption of renewable energy technologies is the most feasible route to reduce carbon emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change, says a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013

Mercoledì, 10 Settembre 2014
The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide. This is according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change.