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Alternative Energy

  • How Close To A Viable Energy Storage Solution Are We?

    Both the energy and transportation industries are on the brink of a revolution — if someone develops the right electricity storage device. For the automobile industry, the better the battery, the more electric cars will take to the road. For the electricity grid and its users, improved storage devices make intermittent renewables, such as wind and solar, more dependable sources of power and could enable them to take market share from the established utilities. Batteries storing energy near places of consumption might reduce the need for transmission lines. Energy storage near centers of consumption can support micro-grids that can operate…

  • Coal Will Struggle To Survive Australian Solar Surge

    Anyone looking for evidence that solar power is more than just a passing fad need only look at Australia’s newest solar plants. Recently, the country saw two new solar plants officially open in the sunny state of New South Wales. The mammoth projects cover nearly 1,000 acres and are owned and operated by AGL Energy. Between them, the two plants will generate roughly 360,000 megawatt hours of electricity - enough power for more than 50,000 homes. Australia is uniquely positioned to capitalize on solar energy and it is entirely possible that the country will be mostly reliant on solar power rather…

  • Why Surge In Renewables Investment Is Unrelated To Oil Prices

    As Nick Cunningham’s recent post points out, renewable energy had a good year in 2015; in fact, the best year ever. The graphic below comes courtesy of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a leading light on the matter. (Click to enlarge) Related: Saudi Air Strikes on Yemeni Oil Port; ISIS Attacks Libyan Oil PortIt is possible that a correlation exists between fossil fuel prices and renewables, and that renewables are simply a lagging indicator. In other words, 2016 could see a dramatic fall off in the pace of renewable deployment. However, that seems like a lousy bet, thanks to the extension of…

  • World’s Biggest Uranium Nation Just Confirmed Record Production

    Last August, I discussed how uranium production in world-leading nation Kazakhstan appeared to be rising, despite lower prices. And this week we got confirmation that 2015 was another record year for this uranium hotspot. Kazakhstan’s state uranium miner Kazatomprom said Monday that the country’s output saw a substantial rise over the past year. With production jumping 4.3 percent in 2015, to 23,800 tonnes uranium (52.5 million pounds). Related: The Condensate Con: How Real Is The Oil Glut? That’s an increase of over 970 tonnes (2.1 million pounds) from the 22,829 tonnes that Kazakhstan produced in 2014. Showing that the mining industry…

  • Are There Alternatives To Lithium For Energy Storage?

    As energy storage and new battery technologies continue to gain momentum, an October 2015 report published by Lux Research made a bold prediction. In a report titled, “The Next-Generation Battery Roadmap: Quantifying How Solid-State, Lithium-Sulfur, and Other Batteries Will Emerge After 2020”, analysts from Lux Research predicted that Lithium-based batteries would remain the best bet for energy storage in the years ahead. The report also said that Lithium-ion batteries would retain its market leadership in the next decade and the next generation battery technologies beyond Lithium-ion would be worth close to $10 billion by the year 2030. “There is a…

  • Nuclear Renaissance Has Analysts Bullish On Uranium

    Investors in uranium producers and explorers could be in for a banner year of growth and opportunity, making the nuclear fuel an outlier compared to other mined commodities whose prices continue to stagnate. Those with positions in companies like Cameco, Paladin Energy and Uranium Energy Corp could finally see their patience rewarded after many quarters of lost market capitalization due to weak uranium prices. In the years following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown in 2011, uranium has had a rough ride, with prices slumping from about US$60 a pound before the disaster, to a nine-year low of $28 in…

  • Google Rolls Out New Service To Stimulate PV Solar

    Google’s newest project to bring people into its ecosystem is an online solar calculator that is supposed to let consumers easily evaluate the costs and benefits of solar panels and decide if an installation is a good idea or not. The company’s new product is called Project Sunroof but consumers who get too excited about a third party opinion on the value of solar for their home may be in for a disappointment. Project Sunroof is an interesting concept and it combines Google’s unparalleled Google earth with other data to evaluate how much solar panels might save a consumer. The…

  • Denmark Ramps Up Renewable Investment In Iran

    Many nations have expressed their willingness to invest in Iran once the western sanctions against the country’s nuclear program are lifted. Denmark is one such nation that is eying Iran’s renewable energy market. The Danish Foreign Affairs Minister Kristian Jensen, who visited Tehran on Monday along with a delegation that comprised of 58 companies, said that Denmark’s exports to Iran could increase by almost $72 million after the lifting of western sanctions. Even Iran’s Minister of Energy Hamid Chitchian, after meeting the Danish Foreign Affairs Minister, announced that Denmark proposed to construct a wind turbine facility in Iran. “Some of…

  • The Next Big Trend In Wind Energy?

    A new take on wind energy is starting to emerge and it could fill the sails of wind power backers. Traditional wind energy relies on turbines to create power from wind, but a new group of companies is increasingly looking at variations on an old children’s toy to generate power; the kite. Proponents of the new technology are looking at using batteries of kites flying offshore to generate power. Kites present a number of important advantages over turbines. First of all, despite the general interest from environmentalists in alternative energy sources, many environmental groups also have a NIMBY attitude and…

  • Is 2016 The Year Of Wind And Solar?

    As production surged globally, 2015 was the year of cheap oil – Brent crude is forecasted to average $53 per barrel on the year, down some 46 percent from 2014. The market slump, and ensuing damage, has largely overshadowed a record year for solar and a strong rebound for wind. In that regard, 2016 is unlikely to bring significant changes – oil remains the commodity. Still, signs point to a changing of the guard sooner rather than later. The ball got rolling in Paris in early December, where 196 countries agreed to the most wide-reaching and ambitious climate accord to…

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