Device Captures Energy From Earth’s Infrared Emissions To Outer Space

A New renewable energy source? Physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) envision a device that would harvest energy from Earth’s infrared emissions into outer space. Heated by the sun, our planet is warm compared to the frigid vacuum beyond. Thanks to recent technological advances, the researchers say, that heat imbalance […]

US Energy Department Offers $10 Million For Enhanced Geothermal Systems Development

The US Energy Department has recently announced $10 million to improve subsurface characterization for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) by developing state-of-the-art methods that quantify critical underground reservoir properties as they change over time. New methods to access engineered reservoirs will speed the deployment of this next-generation geothermal technology and support geothermal energy’s continued role in […]

AGL In NSW – Australia’s Largest Utility-Scale Solar Power Project In Construction Phase

First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) has just started construction of Australia’s largest utility-scale solar project, a 250 hectare solar plant in Nyngan, New South Wales (NSW). Less than six months after AGL Energy Limited achieved financial close for project, First Solar today breaks ground on the installation of approximately 1,350,000 advanced thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules. Once […]

Tidal Energy In Europe – Position Of The EC

European Commission has conducted a Research and consultation work on tidal energy. The conclusions are that additional support for this emerging sector could enable the EU to reap significant economic and environmental benefits. The impact assessment particularly highlights the following issues: The ocean energy resource available globally exceeds our present and projected future energy needs. […]

Germany With 23.4 Renewable Energy Capacity

The share of renewable energies in the generation of electricity in Germany rose last year to a record level of 23.4 percent (2012: 22.8 percent). Whilst electricity generated from photovoltaics attained a new high, with an increase of 7.3 percent, the proportion generated by wind decreased by 3.5 percent due to unfavorable weather conditions. Consequently, […]

Australia Reached 3.1 GW Rooftop Photovoltaic Capacity In 2013

Australia ended 2013 with over 1.6 million PV systems installed on rooftops, representing almost 3.1GW cumulative capacity of rooftop solar power installed across the country. Currently the country has 1,161,245 rooftop PV systems, representing 3,096 MW of installed PV capacity. 671.9 MW is the amount of new rooftop PV systems in 2013. In December, 1,723 […]

Battery Development Could Extend Electric Cars Range

It’s known that electric vehicles could travel longer distances before needing to charge and more renewable energy could be saved for a rainy day if lithium-sulfur batteries can just overcome a few technical challenges. Now, a novel design for a critical part of the battery has been shown to significantly extend the technology’s lifespan, bringing […]