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Alternative Energy / Renewable Energy

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Germany’s Prospects For Energy Storage

    Germany has seen some interesting developments in its renewable energy sector over the past few years. After successfully moving away from nuclear energy, Germany is now more dependent on renewables for electricity generation than ever before. In fact, this European nation is producing so much renewable energy (almost 5 times more than the last decade), that it sometimes finds it difficult to manage the excess electricity that is being generated from all the solar panels and wind farms installed throughout the country. However, Germany’s grid operators have excelled at managing the variable loads that come with renewable energy, and they…

  • Latin America Moving Quickly On Renewable Energy

    One small Latin American nation is making the transition to clean energy look easy. In only a few years, Uruguay has succeeded in shifting almost entirely to renewable energy to meet its electricity needs. Uruguay now sources about 94.5 percent of its electricity from a combination of wind, hydro, solar, and biomass. It suffers from fewer blackouts, which runs contrary to the common narrative that renewable energy tends to destabilize the grid. And here is the kicker: Uruguay’s electricity prices are now lower than they have been in the past, adjusting for inflation. In fact, electricity generating costs have declined…

  • Hydricity: Power Source of Future?

    In a never ending quest to find new sources of power, researchers of Purdue University claim to have found something that can be labelled as a new renewable power source. The researchers call it Hydricity. Hydricity is a combination of solar energy and hydrogen fuel which produces electricity through solar energy along with producing hydrogen from superheated water. In simpler words, Hydricity makes it possible to not only produce electricity from the sun, but also produce hydrogen which can be stored and used during the night time. “The proposed Hydricity concept represents a potential breakthrough solution for continuous and efficient…

  • More Than 50 Global Companies Commit To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

    As negotiators from almost 200 nations reached a historic agreement at the COP21 summit in Paris, the world showed that it stood united in its fight against climate change and rising greenhouse emissions. Under the new agreement, the member nations need to prevent the rise of global temperatures by no more than 2 degree Celsius by the year 2100 and try their best in limiting the temperature rise below 1.5 degree Celsius. Although the emission targets of the individual nations, under the new agreement, are not legally binding, the Paris agreement will be a shot in the arm for the…

  • Tesla’s License Plate Mystery Debunked

    Across the entire auto industry, perhaps no company attracts more interest than Tesla despite the fact that the company sells only a tiny fraction of the number of cars sold by most of its competitors. That level of attention is an indicator that the Tesla investment story is not over yet and in a world where true revenue growth is so hard to come by, Tesla is very unusual indeed. A strange story out of Denmark illustrates this point. The Danish government recently accused Tesla of trying to exploit loopholes in current tax law to benefit from a series of…

  • Renewables Take Center Stage In Paris, But How Feasible Are The Plans?

    Energy on the Edge Along with the OPEC meeting that takes place late this week, the biggest story in the world of energy is the Paris Climate Change Conference (Conference of Parties 21, or COP21) that runs through the end of next week. This conference is put on by the United Nations with the goal of producing a global agreement that will lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Implementation of strategies that will help mitigate potential impacts of climate change are also on the agenda. Decarbonizing our energy systems by encouraging greater usage of alternative energy — a…

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