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17 June 2016 01:27 PM GMT

India has moved one step closer to the goal of using purely solar-powered trains in the near future. The Indian train system is the fourth largest in the world and Indians are heavily dependent on the railways. Due to the large population, more and more trains are being utilised to keep up with the ever-increasing demand, which means more electricity. Studies show that trains using solar power can reduce diesel consumption; bring down CO2 emissions and additionally, solar and further alternative sources of energy can save on expenditure significantly .

June 6th 2016
A World After Oil: Saudi Arabia Plans $2 Trillion Fund Transforming Its Economy

Saudi Arabia is planning to create a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund to reduce the country’s reliance on oil and fundamentally change its economy. The fund will then be in a position to buy the four largest publicly traded companies in the world; among them Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc. (Google parent company), Microsoft Corp. and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and still be left with over a billion remaining. It’s a vision driven by the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia who stated “undoubtedly, it will be the largest fund on Earth.

May 30th 2016
Masdar Boosts Small-Scale Projects In Remote Pacific Islands With $50Mn Fund

Abu Dhabi’s state-owned renewable energy company Masdar has announced the inauguration of a series of renewable energy projects in the Pacific Island countries and territories, made possible by the $50 million UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund (UAE-PPF). The projects are designed to drive economic growth and sustainable development across the islands, in addition to job creation and capacity-building efforts. Highlights included cyclone-proof wind turbines, space-optimising solar solutions, and plants providing 50 percent of local energy requirements.

May 26th 2016
Unprecedented Unity As Record Numbers Of Nations Sign Climate Change Agreement

To enter legal force, the Paris Agreement needs a minimum endorsement from 55 countries, representing no less than 55% of greenhouse gas emissions. The World Resources Institute states that with more than 171 countries signing, these represent a total of 93% of global emissions. Among the most welcome surprises were the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters; China, India, Brazil and the US, who all signed the treaty. The volume of first-day-signatures broke the record held by any international treaty to date.

May 17th 2016
Facebook, Google Lead Initiative To Add 60GW Of Clean Energy To US Grid By 2025

Microsoft, Facebook, and Google/Alphabet, along with power group Invenergy, GM, Honda, and Amazon, are among the 60 companies backing a group which aims to add 60GW of clean energy and renewable power capacity to the US grid by 2025. Four non-governmental organisations have come together to form the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), a new coalition to inspire and empower multinational companies to transform electricity systems with clean and renewable energy.

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May 13th 2016
US Surges Beyond 1 Million Solar Installations, With A Community Solar Future

A million installations are the result of the work of over 200,000 Americans working in the solar industry and on developments, which have secured a cut in cost per watt by two-thirds within the last 20 years. The next target is another million installations by end 2018. This presents an opportunity to expand access to affordable solar energy. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), solar is on its way to becoming the single largest source of distributed renewable energy in the US, with the potential to power over five million homes.

May 9th 2016
Scotland Striding Towards A 100% Renewable Electricity Generation System By 2030

WWF Scotland has published findings, which found that the supply of Scottish wind turbines was enough, on average, to meet the electrical needs of 70 percent of Scottish households. Besides wind power, there was also good news for solar power. According to WWF Scotland Director, Lang Banks; “homes fitted with solar panels were able to obtain 70 percent or more of their electricity or hot water needs from the sun.” He stated that the “Scottish Government must bring forward an energy strategy that ensures Scotland is the first EU nation to have a completely renewable electricity generation system by 2030”.

May 1st 2016
Renewable Energy Generation Investment Surges, Outstripping Coal and Gas

In 2015, coal and gas-fired electrical energy generation drew less than half the record investment made in wind, solar and other renewables; one of numerous important firsts for clean energy. For the first time in 2015, developing world investments in renewables surpassed those of developed nations. The renewable market was dominated by wind and solar PV, which added a combined 118GW in generating capacity. Global investments in renewable energy since 2004, now total $2.3 trillion.

April 22nd 2016
Earth Day Call For Vision And Courage To Meet Climate Targets

The Global CCS Institute has called for urgent action to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through proven carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. With 155 countries indicating their intention to sign the historic Paris COP21 agreement, Page calls upon them to “reduce emissions from every possible sector of the global economy – urgently and without bias,”. “All low carbon technologies must be part of the conversation – including renewables, nuclear power, energy efficiency, and CCS.

April 21st 2016
From Combustion Engine To E-Mobility: Transitions In The Value-Added Chain

“Electrification is the future job motor.” This was the summary of an e-mobil BW 2015 structural study. The automobile and supplier industry ascribed good opportunities to becoming leading providers of electric mobility and creating tens of thousands of new jobs until 2025. The Institute for Automobile Economics anticipates that vehicle manufacturers will expand product ranges and within ten years may record a 20 percent share of their sales with battery or fuel cell vehicles as well as with plug-in hybrid vehicles.

April 17th 2016
Concord Blue, Lockheed Martin Pen $43m Contract For 5MW Energy From Waste Plant

Five thousand homes and businesses in Herten, Germany, will soon benefit from a clean, renewable energy source as Lockheed Martin and Concord Blue begin phase two of a new power generation facility that will transform waste into energy. Under phase two, Concord Blue has awarded Lockheed Martin Energy a $43 million contract to proceed with all engineering, procurement and construction of the 5MW plant with a planned completion date in 2017. In 2014, the two companies announced plans to build the facility […]

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