Friday, February 17, 2017

Hyperloop Pod prototypes competition in California


27 teams from the US and around the world participated in the world's first Hyperloop Pod Competition just outside SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA, USA. Acceleration of the development of functional prototypes and encouragement of student innovation to design and build the best high-speed pod were the purposes of the competition.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Low carbon technologies are now cost competitive with fossil fuels


The Lloyd’s Register Technology Radar – Low Carbon, analyses the outlook for renewables, nuclear, grid and infrastructure, and energy storage, based on opinions of almost 600 professionals and experts around the world. The report examines the technological future of low carbon across power generation, transmission, distribution and energy storage.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Just to be aware: key charts used by climate change skeptics


See other charts at https://wattsupwiththat.com.  Below the publication with charts you can see its discussion. 
  “Tips and Notes”  on the topic can be found on the other page of the same web site.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Report on climate change impacts and costs in Europe



Report, published by European Environment Agency, shows that climate change is already having wide-ranging impacts on ecosystems, economic sectors and human health and well-being in Europe. Climate change is affecting all regions in Europe, but the impacts are not uniform. Most impacts of climate change across Europe have been adverse, although some impacts have been beneficial.

Monday, January 16, 2017

IEA's webinar: The Outlook for Renewable Energy



The lead authors of World Energy Outlook 2016 presented their views on current status and future of renewables, which were the subject of a special focus in this year’s Outlook.
Significant increase of renewable capacity in the power sector, which exceeded coal, gas, oil. and nuclear combined, as well as fast growth of EVs on the road to over 1 million vehicles are among the most impressive achievements in renewable energy in 2015.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

China will spend on renewable energy over third of trillion dollars by 2020


China's National Energy Administration proposed plan to spend more than $360 billion through 2020 on renewable power sources like solar and wind. This will allow to create more than 13 million new jobs in the renewable energy sector, curb the growth of greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming and reduce the amount of soot that creates strong smog in Beijing and other Chinese cities.
Thanks in part to Chinese manufacturing, costs in the wind and solar industries are decreasing fast, making them competitive with power generation from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. According to  Greenpeace, in 2015 China installed an average of more than one wind turbine every hour of every day, and covered the equivalent of one soccer field every hour with solar panels. Bloomberg New Energy Finance  estimates that China has invested $102bn in domestic renewable energy in 2015.
China surpassed the United States a decade ago as the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses, and now its GHG emissions are twice as big as in the U.S. Read more at https://www.nytimes.com

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Renewables provided one-third of power generation in Germany in 2016


According to The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-W├╝rttemberg and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries, in 2016 Germany used more renewable electricity than ever before, receiving 32 percent of the gross amount of electricity consumed in the country from renewable sources.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Visualization tools for energy flows in Canada's energy systems


Canada Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) in partnership with whatIf? Technologies Inc. have developed interactive, multi-year Sankey diagrams showing the energy systems of Canada and its provinces between 1990 and 2013.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Energy efficiency already accounts 30 times more jobs in the U.S. than coal mining


Energy efficiency is a growing employer with 1.9 million jobs nationwide and thousands of jobs in each state. These findings are revealed by the report Energy Efficiency Jobs in America, which is prepared by E2 and E4TheFuture and based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data and a survey of tens of thousands of businesses across the country. It is projected that 245,000 more jobs  to be added over the next year - very impressive 13 percent growth rate. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Clean Energy Economy: how to get there


The new report, From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy by the Risky Business Project, demonstrates that not only is managing the risks implied by climate change both economically and technically viable, but it also would create significant new business opportunities. The transition to a cleaner energy economy rests on three pillars: moving from fossil fuels to electricity wherever possible, generating electricity with low or zero carbon emissions, and using energy much more efficiently.