Hydrogen fuel from water by harnessing red and near-infrared regions of sunlight

A catalyst that can combine fuel cells and solar cells has been successfully developed in a joint effort by a research group headed by Professor Seiji Ogo, the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER)/ Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, in collaboration with Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo Co., Ltd. Previously, next-generation fuel cells and solar cells

2017-11-21T13:36:57+00:00 Tags: |

Study: Added Arctic data show warming didn’t pause

Gaps in Arctic temperature data caused a misperception that global warming slowed from 1998 to 2012, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change. A University of Alaska Fairbanks professor and his colleagues in China built the first data set of surface temperatures from across the world that significantly improves representation of

2017-11-21T13:04:21+00:00 Tags: |

Sun, wind and water: Africa’s renewable energy set to soar by 2022

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Strong demand is set to give a huge boost to renewable energy growth in Sub-Sahara Africa over the next five years, driving cumulative capacity up more than 70 percent, a senior international energy official said on Wednesday. From Ethiopia to South Africa, millions of people are getting access to electricity for

2017-11-18T07:05:05+00:00 Tags: |

How Renewable Energy Helps Rural Communities

New Job Opportunities Rural communities throughout the United States are struggling to recover following the Great Recession. Populations are declining as residents relocate to larger cities, and career options are becoming limited. Fortunately, communities with the most significant unemployment rates are also among those with the highest potential for success in the renewable energy sector.

2017-11-18T06:50:36+00:00 Tags: |

Africa might leapfrog straight to cheap renewable electricity and minigrids

WHEN SATELLITES TRAIN their cameras onto Africa at night, it is almost as if they are peering back to an age before electricity. The rich world is awash with great glowing orbs for the main population centres and orange tentacles for the roads that link them. But apart from speckles of light around the biggest

2017-11-15T16:48:58+00:00 Tags: |

Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ to Humanity. Can We Listen Now?

Yikes. Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire warning to humanity: "Time is running out" to stop business as usual, as threats from rising greenhouse gases to biodiversity loss are pushing the biosphere to the brink. The new warning was published Monday in the international journal BioScience, and marks an update to

India’s effort in renewable energy led to drop in solar price

Washington, Nov 7:   India’s massive effort towards renewable energy has resulted in considerable drop in solar price and the country now believes that the solar power is cheaper than coal without subsidy, US lawmakers have been told. “I was really struck by just the transition in this single year between April and June, driven I

2017-11-14T15:36:27+00:00 Tags: |

The Most (And Least) Toxic Places In America

Every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires most large industrial facilities to report the volume of toxic chemicals they release into the environment.  The EPA takes this data and consolidates it into the Toxic Releases Inventory (TRI), which is then used to set environmental policies in place. We analyzed this data along with Priceonomics customer Ode,

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries

Even if the pledges in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change are implemented, we will still not reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to meet the goals. The UN Environment Emissions Gap Report 2017 states that for the 2°C goal, this shortfall could be 11 to 13.5 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. For the 1.5°C goal,

2017-11-15T11:15:43+00:00 Tags: |

Solar Power Saving Lives

The continued rollout of renewable energy around the world has the potential to save millions of lives in Third World countries in the coming decades, with the uptake of solar PV a key factor in the war against sickness and child mortality, according to the findings of two recently released key international reports. The reports,

2017-11-07T13:25:38+00:00 Tags: |

How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

“It’s a lucky charm,” says Rajesh, pointing to the solar-powered battery in his window that he has smeared with turmeric as a blessing. “It has changed our life.” He lives in Rajghat, a village on the border of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states, and until very recently was one of the 240 million Indians who

2017-11-07T13:27:33+00:00 Tags: , |

Renewables will allow access to electricity to more people than coal

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new “Energy Access Outlook: From Poverty to Prosperity” report stating that the role of coal in the pathway to universal electricity access is declining “dramatically” in comparison to the past. According to the report, coal has contributed to nearly 50 percent of the progress from 2000 to date,

2017-11-07T07:53:59+00:00 Tags: |

Yingli to supply 38.4MW of solar panels for poverty alleviation project in China

PV manufacturer Yingli Green Energy will supply 38.4MW of its solar panels for a rural distributed PV poverty alleviation project in China. The project, located in Zhangbei County, Hebei Province, is comprised of 128 rural distributed PV poverty alleviation plants for Zhangbei County's remaining 128 low-income villages, with each plant holding the generation capacity of

2017-11-07T07:43:17+00:00 Tags: |

Defining Energy Access for the World’s Poor

The poorest three-quarters of the global population still use only about 10% of global energy—a clear indicator of deep and persistent global inequity. Modern energy supply is foundational for economic development, yet discussions about energy and poverty commonly assume that the roughly 2 to 3 billion people who presently lack modern energy services will demand

2017-11-05T08:12:56+00:00 Tags: |

The clean energy revolution tipping point is inevitable—but the sooner, the better

As global leaders gather for the UN’s annual COP meetings on mitigating the impacts of climate change, an energy revolution is underway with enormous implications, not least for the world’s poor. Renewable energy adoption will be a crucial component of meeting the Paris Climate Agreement to hold a rise in global temperatures below two degrees

2017-11-05T08:05:25+00:00 Tags: |

By the numbers: Too many people still live in the dark

I like numbers. They are reliable, they usually don’t lie, and they can be powerful tools when trying to enact big changes: “We are the 99 percent”, “1.5 degrees warming”, “Five will make you get down now.” The International Energy Agency (IEA) plays a key role in providing the numbers to guide efforts in securing

2017-11-01T04:14:35+00:00 Tags: , |

Tesla Powerpacks Accelerate Puerto Rico’s Transition to Renewable Energy, Aid Hospital

Although the infrastructure crisis in Puerto Rico is an ongoing humanitarian disaster, there is a bright spot in news from the beleaguered island. Tesla is swooping in with Powerpacks and solar panels to help re-establish Puerto Rico’s power grid, starting with a major children’s hospital. When Hurricane Irma made landfall on Puerto Rico, some of

2017-10-31T08:04:35+00:00 Tags: |

Africa: Overcoming the Challenges – Securing the World’s Food, Energy and Water

Surrey — According to the United Nations estimates almost 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger (1 in every 9 persons on the planet) and a higher number (1 in 3) suffer from malnutrition. 1 in every 5 persons (1.4 billion people) have no access to electricity worldwide (living with energy poverty) whilst 1 in

2017-10-29T08:09:53+00:00 Tags: |

Access to Energy for All Can Be Achieved with 2% of Global Energy Investments

19 October 2017: Estimating the cost of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an important step in developing effective strategies for implementation. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the first cost estimate for achieving SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), finding that US$31 billion per year,

2017-10-29T18:19:56+00:00 Tags: |