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Devon ‘log bank’ set up to help those struggling with fuel poverty

A band of volunteer foresters working from a base tucked away in a steep West Country valley is pioneering a “log bank” scheme designed to help struggling families and individuals out of fuel poverty. Inspired by the food bank system that has become a feature of austerity Britain, the idea is that people in Devon

2018-06-12T12:53:25+00:00 Tags: |

How Solar Power Is Changing The Lives Of Some In The Philippines

In many parts of the developing world, tech entrepreneurs are trying to solve long-standing problems. We visit two of these places on this week's All Tech Considered. (SOUNDBITE OF ULRICH SCHNAUSS' "NOTHING HAPPENS IN JUNE") SHAPIRO: First to Occidental Mindoro, an island in the Philippines where power outages are a big problem. They're also an

2018-06-12T12:47:42+00:00 Tags: |

Rural Georgians look to the sun to ease energy poverty

In the Georgian countryside, many are reliant on firewood for heating. Can local energy cooperatives help fight the resulting air pollution and deforestation, and help families save cash, with a solar-powered fix? Project aim: Replacing wood-burning stoves and other polluting heat sources with solar water heaters to improve air quality and prevent deforestation. Project partners:

2018-06-07T08:00:55+00:00 Tags: |

Can off-grid renewables close the energy access gap?

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Solar lightbulbs, mini power grids, and batteries could soon supply energy to disadvantaged, rural regions that old-fashioned transmission lines and centralized coal-fired generators will never reach. But while prices of renewables have tumbled, and some say the technology offers lower-income countries the chance to leapfrog over more cumbersome ways of delivering energy, significant challenges

2018-06-04T07:23:57+00:00 Tags: |

Jobs in renewable energy hit 10.3 million last year, report finds

Over 500,000 new jobs were generated by the renewable energy industry last year, a 5.3 percent rise when compared to 2016, according to a report. The number of people working in the renewable energy sector — including large hydropower — hit 10.3 million in 2017, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) study said. The world's

2018-05-24T04:51:41+00:00 Tags: |

Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources?

In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Master of Science Benjamin Heard and colleagues presented their case against 100% renewable electricity systems. They doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme

2018-05-18T08:07:21+00:00 Tags: |

Social investors see the light on clean energy for the poor

After learning that three babies died in a government hospital in the Sierra Leone city of Bo last November when a power cut switched off machinery keeping them alive, London-based energy adviser Michael Liebreich decided to act. He set up Project Bo to provide a solar electricity and battery system to supply uninterrupted power to the hospital’s

2018-05-14T08:05:46+00:00 Tags: |

Nigeria’s Renewable Energy Push could lift the Rural Population out of Poverty

With an estimated population of over 198 million, oil-rich Nigeria has carbon emissions soaring and put a strain on power supplies to a breaking point. To meet its current electricity output to guarantee supply for its booming population, Nigeria is turning to renewable energy. The shift to renewables would strengthen the grid infrastructure to support

2018-05-14T07:47:17+00:00 Tags: |

Nigeria’s Renewable Energy Push could lift the Rural Population out of Poverty

With an estimated population of over 198 million, oil-rich Nigeria has carbon emissions soaring and put a strain on power supplies to a breaking point. To meet its current electricity output to guarantee supply for its booming population, Nigeria is turning to renewable energy. The shift to renewables would strengthen the grid infrastructure to support

2018-05-08T07:07:52+00:00 Tags: |

Energy-efficient light bulbs cost more in high-poverty areas

Energy-efficient light bulbs are more expensive and less available in high-poverty urban areas than in more affluent locations, according to a new study. Researchers explored disparities in the availability and price of energy-efficient bulbs by surveying 130 stores across Michigan’s most populous county. They found that the cost to upgrade from a conventional incandescent bulb

2018-05-06T09:53:27+00:00 Tags: |

Solar benefits everyone

Harnessing energy from the sun as opposed to harmful — and limited — fossil fuels, solar power produces no detrimental emissions to the environment. In addition to environmental friendliness, solar energy is renewable, abundant, sustainable, low-maintenance, and ever-improving. For as long as the sun is alive, solar energy will be obtainable and therefore should be

2018-04-25T16:13:56+00:00

Solar Energy and Global Poverty Reduction

One in five people, roughly 1.3 billion globally, do not have access to electricity that would improve health and education while decreasing poverty. In sub-Saharan Africa, the proportion of individuals lacking electricity rises to seven out of 10. Right now, 225 million people in sub-Saharan Africa rely on health facilities that have no electricity, and

2018-04-23T09:21:52+00:00 Tags: |

Portugal is showing that ambitious renewable energy goals are within reach

Portugal's energy system operator had some interesting news to share once March had closed out. It seems that even as Portugal's monthly energy consumption increased 9.7 percent compared to March 2017, the country produced enough renewable energy (just over 4,800Gwh) to exceed its energy demand (just over 4,600Gwh). This doesn't mean Portugal avoided fossil fuel

2018-04-18T08:14:48+00:00 Tags: |

Canadian Pension Fund Fuels India’s Largest Renewable Energy Deal

Earlier this month, ReNew Power Ventures Limited became India’s largest renewable energy developer following the acquisition of another renewable energy developer. Canadian pension funds had a major role in this landmark transaction. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) invested $247 million in ReNew Power to support the acquisition of Ostro Energy. This is the

2018-04-18T08:02:23+00:00 Tags: |

The Road Ahead for Solar PV Power

Over the past decade, solar photovoltaic (PV) power has experienced dramatic deployment growth coupled with substantial decreases in system prices. This article examines how solar PV power is currently positioned in the electricity marketplace and how that position is likely to evolve in the foreseeable future. We first assess the current cost competitiveness of solar

2018-04-10T16:55:35+00:00 Tags: |

Ultra-powerful batteries made safer, more efficient

Scientists all over the world -- including even the inventor of lithium ion batteries himself, John Goodenough -- are looking for ways to make rechargeable batteries safer, lighter, and more powerful. Now, an international team of researchers led by Bingqing Wei, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware and the director of

2018-04-10T07:56:51+00:00 Tags: |

Greener and cheaper technique for biofuel production

A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly converting cellulose, a plant-based material, to biobutanol. A research team led by Associate Professor He Jianzhong from the Department of Civil and Environmental

2018-04-09T07:52:47+00:00 Tags: |

Portugal generated enough renewable energy to power the whole country in March

Portugal’s renewable electricity production exceeded monthly consumption for what is likely the first time, in March, according to the nation’s transmission system operator, REN. The average renewable generation for the month exceeded 103% of consumption, beating out the last record (99.2%), set in 2014. It almost certainly won’t be the last time. The country is

2018-04-05T06:03:20+00:00 Tags: |