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How Renewable Batteries Can Change the Lives of People in Third World Countries

Many companies like Alcen Renewables, Inc. are firm believers that, when energy is accessible to everyone, it will solve many of the world’s problems, including daily issues that people in third world countries confront. As a result, energy storage through renewable energy batteries has the potential change the future for the better. An article on

2017-05-23T15:04:58+00:00 Tags: |

Swiss vote to ditch nuclear power for renewable energy

BERLIN - Swiss voters are supporting a referendum to withdraw the country from nuclear power in favour of renewable energy. A projection from Sunday's referendum shows a majority of cantons (states) voted for the plan. Under Switzerland's direct democracy system, initiatives need a majority of both cantons and votes to pass. The projection for SRF

2017-05-22T09:03:23+00:00 Tags: |

Solar Power Is Cheaper, but the World Is Still Running on Fossil Fuels

Even without subsidies, new wind and solar power plants are usually cheaper than new coal, nuclear, or natural gas power plants. In fact, they are often not only cheaper, but substantially so. According to Lazard, levelized cost of energy (LCOE) estimates based on averages for the U.S. as a whole show that utility-scale renewables are

2017-05-15T16:56:13+00:00 Tags: |

Can crowd funding help scale up solar power for Africa’s poor?

When Ronald Van Harten arrived in Kenya from the Netherlands in 2015 he was determined to invest in solar-powered equipment for homes across Africa, make a profit and help the rural poor get energy. But within two years his company EcoZoom, which sells solar lights, radios, MP3 players and other equipment to some of Kenya’s

2017-05-14T09:19:17+00:00 Tags: , |

America’s First Offshore Wind Energy Makes Landfall in Rhode Island

America's first offshore wind farm will connect today to Block Island, a small, pork chop-shaped landmass off the tip of Long Island. For Cliff McGinnes, a co-owner of the Block Island Power Company, the transition to wind energy can't come soon enough. For decades, McGinnes's company ferried up to a million gallons of diesel fuel

2017-05-11T07:23:10+00:00 Tags: |

4 Lessons for Entrepreneurs From Africa’s Solar Industry

In my opinion, the next hotbed of innovation is Africa, specifically the nations of South Africa, Rwanda and Kenya. Numerous industries are being disrupted at the moment, from the African mobile money market -- the undisputed leader of which is Kenyan startup M-Pesa -- to job hunting, by South Africa’s Giraffe, a mobile recruitment app for low-income

2017-05-09T08:21:49+00:00 Tags: , |

Off-grid systems are smart way to power all Kenyans

Kenya’s rate of electrification is one of the fastest in the world. It is part of an audacious plan by the Government to provide universal access to energy by 2020 in the context of Vision 2030. Much has been said about the Last Mile Connectivity Programme. But I believe Kenya will achieve its electrification goals

2017-04-30T20:27:13+00:00 Tags: , |

India Will Become World’s 3rd Largest Solar Market This Year

India is set to overtake Japan as the world’s third-largest solar power market this year, a Taiwanese research firm has predicted. According to EnergyTrend, the global solar PV demand is expected to remain stable at 74 gigawatts this year while India is expected to see sustained growth. The research claims that growth in China’s solar

2017-04-30T20:13:00+00:00 Tags: , |

Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa

Solar technology in Africa, including my country of Uganda, would bring good news to millions of people who today must use firewood, charcoal and dung for cooking. Millions of Africans die from lung infections caused by breathing fumes from these fires, millions more from eating spoiled food, drinking contaminated water and having spoiled medicines, because

2017-04-24T08:21:22+00:00 Tags: , |

Making batteries from waste glass bottles

Researchers have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like cell phones and laptops. Read more at University of California -

2017-04-23T07:18:31+00:00 Tags: |

Sustainability train has left the station

Commercial activity in fossil fuels is increasingly at odds with global actions to reduce the threat of climate change. Burning coal, oil, and natural gas is responsible for two-thirds of humanity’s emissions of greenhouse gases, and yet provides more than 20% of GDP in two dozen nation states. By Citicorp’s estimate, current commitments to reduce

2017-04-19T08:10:22+00:00 Tags: |

Is 100% renewable energy realistic? Here’s what we know.

The world has agreed to a set of shared targets on climate change. Those targets require deep (80 to 100 percent) decarbonization, relatively quickly. What’s the best way to get fully decarbonized? In my previous post, I summarized a raging debate on that subject. Let’s quickly review. We know that deep decarbonization is going to

Americans used more clean energy in 2016

Americans used more renewable energy in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Overall, energy consumption was nearly flat. Each year, the Laboratory releases energy flow charts that illustrate the nation's consumption and use of energy. Americans used 0.1 quads (quadrillion BTU),

2017-04-11T09:45:41+00:00 Tags: |

Record new renewable power capacity added worldwide at lower cost

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2017 finds that wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, small hydro and marine sources added 138.5 gigawatts to global power capacity in 2016, up almost 9 per cent from the 127.5 gigawatts added the year before. The added generating capacity roughly equals that of the world's 16 largest existing

2017-04-11T09:16:02+00:00 Tags: , |