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Alternative Energy / Renewable Energy

  • Who Will Take The Energy Storage Crown?

    Renewable energy sources are getting a new lease on life thanks to rapidly rising cost of fossil fuel extraction and rising greenhouse emissions. According to a report from UNEP, last year saw an increase in global renewable energy investments to $270 billion, representing growth of 17 percent from 2013. This shows that renewables are “brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower crude oil prices,” the report concludes. Renewables are already competing with oil and other fossil fuels, but to overcome its biggest drawback – that of intermittency in power generation– energy storage is still one of the most critical elements…

  • Is Saint-Gobain An Energy Play?

    As it celebrates the 350th anniversary of its foundation this year, French multinational Saint-Gobain sees itself in the forefront of the meeting the challenge of climate change by addressing the problem of sustainable energy. “It is a very important part of our strategy,” CEO Pierre-André de Chalendar said in an interview with Oilprice.com. “We are focused on products that are solutions to the problem.” Related: This Country Wants To Rejoin OPEC As Soon As Possible A leading global manufacturer of construction materials, Saint-Gobain feels that its products – from the glass wool used in insulation to innovative breakthroughs in reflective roofs…

  • Electric Vehicles To Become Mainstream In Short Period Of Time

    What would the world look like if electric cars took the lead in market share by 2030? “Couldn’t happen,” you say?Consider the ramping up of some of the most basic items that have conquered the American market over the past century. Refrigerators went from a luxury item to 60 percent household penetration during the Depression and World War II. Technologies we used to live without including PCs, the Internet, and cell phones have become an integral part of daily life.Related: Price Manipulation In The Oil Markets?Percentage of U.S. Households - Source: Financial Times (Click Image To Enlarge)Once a breakthrough gets its…

  • Could Middle East Switch From Oil To Renewable Superpower?

    Even as Saudi Arabian officials continue to tout its shift to renewable energy, it may be oil-poor countries in the region like Jordan and Egypt that can benefit sooner from falling prices in solar power.“Costs have halved in just three years,” energy consultant Robin Mills noted last week, “meaning solar can now beat all conventional generation apart from the very cheapest gas.”Mills cited the bids in Jordan’s recent solar auction, which were just over 6 US cents per kilowatt-hour. These were just slightly above the record 5.84 cents from Acwa Power last November for the 200 MW second phase of…

  • Why Tesla’s Battery’s Won’t Work For Rooftop Solar

    In How Much Battery Storage Does a Solar PV System Need? I assumed that the rooftop PV system would generate just enough power to fill annual domestic demand and that the surplus power generated in summer would be stored for re-use in the winter in Tesla batteries. The result was an across-the board generation cost of around $35/kWh. Clearly the Tesla battery storage option isn’t economically viable, or at least not under the scenario I chose.As Phil Chapman and others pointed out in comments, however, this is not the only way a domestic solar PV system can generate enough year-round…

  • Saudi Arabia Planning For Transition To Renewables

    If Saudi Arabia, king of oil producers, sees an eventual end to fossil fuels, the world should pay attention.Climate negotiators are gearing up for a major summit in Paris at the end of 2015 in an effort to seal a deal on carbon emissions. Germany and France issued statements recently calling for an end to fossil fuels by the end of the century. The US and China forged a bilateral pact late last year that called for a peak, followed by a decline in their emissions, albeit on different timetables. The deal was seen as a good omen for the…

  • From Formula1 To Formula-E: Car Racing Goes Electric

    Jeremy Clarkson may have something to say about it, but the testosterone and fossil-fueled sport of Formula 1 is apparently going green. The former Top Gear presenter would undoubtedly defend a sport in which 8,000 liters of fuel is burnt in a weekend, but as it turns out, Clarkson and other F1ers are dinosaurs: Formula 1 now has competition from Formula E, where, you guessed it, E is for electric.It doesn't take a marketing genius to assume that, to a generation brought up with Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth, 20-odd combustion-engine cars whizzing around a track sucking gas at 375 km/h…

  • What Is Holding The Green Revolution Back?

    In all the press that alternative energy sources get, one fact is often omitted. While Green energy has been around for years, today there are no alternative energy companies that come even close to rivaling the size of the oil majors. Why is this? Solar power, wind power, and other renewable energy sources have made, at best, incremental progress in overtaking conventional energy sources even as governments around the world have pushed renewables with all their might. At the end of the day, the simple fact is that renewable energy sources have not caught on and resulted in a wave…

  • Warren Buffett Betting Big On Wind Energy In Nebraska

    Wind power is on a roll in the US despite a fickle Congress and the machinations of Big Coal and Big Gas to keep all the subsidies for themselves. And one of the world’s most successful investors, Warren Buffett, has noticed.As of the end of the first quarter of 2015, 13.6 gigawatts of electricity generating capacity from wind is being constructed in 23 states via 100 projects. About $23 billion worth of new wind farms are being implemented. US wind power is expected to double, at the least, by 2020.BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is…

  • US Postal Fleet’s $6 Billion Upgrade Could See Switch To EVs

    Electric, compressed natural gas, flex fuel and hybrid vehicles are all in contention as the US Postal Service replaces its 25-year-old fleet with 180,000 new vehicles for an estimated $5-$6 billion as it seeks to cut emissions in half and adapt the fleet to the shifting delivery market.Earlier this month, the agency announced the 15 vehicle makers pre-qualified to bid on a prototype for testing as it plans to upgrade its fleet over three years, with the first deliveries expected in 2018.The candidates include giant car makers like Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and Nissan as well as Humvee manufacturer AM General…

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