26 August 2016 10:05 AM GMT

Continuing to defy projections; wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources have set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first half of 2016. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA); net U.S. electrical generation from non-hydro utility-scale renewables (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 17.0% compared to the first half of 2015. The output from conventional hydropower also rose by 11.8%. Combined, generation from all utility-scale renewable sources increased by 14.5%.

August 24th 2016
Norway’s Asko And Scania Trucks Test Hydrogen Propulsion Power From Solar Cells

Asko, which is Norway’s largest convenience goods wholesaler, is continuing its investment in sustainable transport services. The company will together with Scania start testing trucks with an electric powertrain. Electrical energy is converted from hydrogen gas in fuel cells on board the vehicles. The hydrogen gas is produced locally, using solar cells. The trucks will run in distribution service with distances of almost 500 km. Asko’s ambition is to achieve a climate-neutral business, where the distribution of goods will take place using trucks, which run on renewable fuels and in the longer term completely on electricity.

August 22nd 2016
Australia Sets World Record For Solar Thermal Efficiency With 97% Conversion

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have set a world record for efficiency for a solar thermal dish generating steam that could be used for power stations. The team designed and built a new receiver for the solar concentrator dish at ANU, halving losses and achieving a 97 percent conversion of sunlight into steam. The breakthrough could lead to the generation of cheaper base-load electricity from renewable energy and help lower carbon emissions which cause global warming.

August 11th 2016
Solar Frontier Powers Device To Recycle Waste And Support Tourism In Bolivia

Solar Frontier has announced that it has provided the solar panels for a solar energy system to Projecto YOSI, an organization working to keep Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats, clean and promote sustainable tourism in the region. Projecto YOSI will use the solar energy system, consisting of 40 solar panels, to power a device to recycle plastic waste into petrol, whilst also helping to address the growing problem of litter in the area. Furthermore, it’s doing so working with the local community.

August 9th 2016
U.S Department Of Energy $7m Project Funding For Fuel and Engine Technologies

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $7 million in project funding to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.

 
August 8th 2016
E-Mobility Driven Forward With Boosts In Manufacturing And Infrastructure

With ambitious targets for electric mobility, Japan and China are currently driving the organisation of their national vehicle markets forward; both in the hydrogen and fuel cell technologies as well as in the further development of battery-driven systems. Emission-free drives for cars and buses are being advanced. The combination of rigid pollutant regulations and attractive incentive systems is — in China and in leading European markets as well as the USA, with Tesla — the unavoidable path that needs to be taken in order to meet the requirements of the Paris World Climate Convention.

July 25th 2016
East Africa: Mobisol Installs 50,000 Solar Systems, Connects 250,000 Households

The Berlin-based company’s solar systems are powerful enough to cover the entire electricity needs of average African households. The solar systems are paid off over three years in small instalments and are thus also affordable for low-income customers. Mobisol systems are designed specifically for the African market and come with an extended warranty and comprehensive customer service – including remote maintenance via the well-developed East African mobile network.

July 22nd 2016
EON Enables Digital Realty To Be 100% Clean Energy Powered

E.ON and Digital Realty, have announced a long-term agreement to procure energy from the Colbeck’s Corner Wind Farm. The agreement allows Digital Realty to offset 100% of its U.S. colocation and interconnection energy footprint. Colbeck’s Corner is a 200.48 MW wind farm located 37 miles east of Amarillo, Texas. It has 112 GE 1.79-100 turbines that can create enough electricity to power approximately 64,000 homes. E.ON has developed more than 3GW of wind projects in the US since 2005.

July 18th 2016
Colbún, Total And SunPower Agreement Highlights Clean Energy Growth In Chile

Colbún S.A. recently announced the award of 15-year power purchase agreement to Total and SunPower for 500-gigawatt hours (GWh) of photovoltaic solar energy per year and the construction of a 164MW solar power plant. The award was selected from 13 competitive tender bids and submission of more than 20 power purchase agreement alternatives. Colbún is the second largest energy generation company in Chile and owns 23 power stations in its Central Interconnected System (SIC) and one in Peru (SEIN, through which it delivers 3,852MW of the installed capacity.

July 5th 2016
Report: Renewables Can Supply All Of USA Power Needs

A new report lays out the reasons and means to alter the United States’s energy supply entirely to renewable energies. It examines the fall in wind and solar costs and the fact that solar growth has exceeded energy advocates’ expectations. It states that The United States has the technical potential to achieve its electricity needs more than 100 times over with solar energy and more than 10 times over with wind energy. Detailed studies on clean energy systems have shown that there are no obstacles in achieving a move to 100% renewable energy; it is entirely possible to make a complete transition at a cost that would be comparable or less than is currently spent on dirty energy.

July 4th 2016
Solar Plant Becomes Better Priced Option Than Coal-Fired Plant In Dubai

At a time of plummeting costs of solar, renewable energy will account for 40% of global electricity output capacity by 2030. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), it will almost double today’s capacity. Profitability of the cheaper projects has come under increased scrutiny during this time of plunging costs, along with the bankruptcy of the largest global clean energy developer, SunEdison. Nevertheless, Renewable Energy projects, with Solar, in particular, are surging and their growth continues to be attractive for investors.

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