Posts tagged: United States

Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Still Bigger Than Other Renewable Energy Technologies

Solar and wind continue to dominate investment in new renewable capacity. Global use of solar and wind energy grew significantly in 2012. Solar power consumption increased by 58 percent, to 93 terrawatt-hours (TWh), while wind power increased by 18.1 percent, to 521.3 TWh. Although hydropower remains the world’s leading renewable energy, solar and wind continue […]

Solar Plane Prototype Lands in New York City

On July 6, The Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane, successfully landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after an 18-hour flight from Washington Dulles airport. The Swiss prototype crossed the United States to showcase its ability to fly day and night powered exclusively by solar energy. Andre Borschberg, Solar Impulse co-founder and CEO, […]

BenQ Solar Makes High Efficiency Solar Energy Systems Readily Accessible for the U.S. Residential Market

BenQ Solar has recently announced that its high value-added and reliable total solutions for homeowners have been successfully applied throughout the United States. BenQ Solar has partnered with Zep Solar, experts in solar mounting systems, to develop total solar solutions that address the design and installation of residential solar energy systems. BenQ Solar’s Zep Compatible […]

Hybrid Fossil Fuel/Renewable Power Plants

Another way for renewables to integrate with utility power grids is through the hybrid combination of fossil fuel and renewable technologies at the power plant level. Some experts expressed optimism that such hybrid technologies would become a significant part of future energy systems, although few scenario models incorporate such hybrids. Said one power technology expert, […]

Electricity Shares of Renewable Energy in Recent National and Regional Scenarios Of EU And US

The table below shows the estimated shares of Renewable Energy in the EU according to different Scenarios. It also shows the current status in the left column. Country/Region and Current Share Scenario By Year Electricity Share Europe (21%) EC (2009) “Energy Trends 2030” 2030 36% IEA WEO (2012) “New Policies” 2035 43% EREC (2010) RE-thinking […]

The World Invests $244 Billion In Renewable Energy In 2012

For only the second time since 2006, global investments in renewable energy in 2012 failed to top the year before, falling 12% mainly due to dramatically lower solar prices and weakened US and EU markets, says the Frankfurt School – UNEP/BNEF report, Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013. However, with $244 billion (including small […]

New Solar Performance Database By NREL

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched an initiative to build an open-source database of real-world performance from thousands of solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities throughout the United States. As part of the Department’s SunShot Initiative, the Open Solar Performance and Reliability Clearinghouse (O-SPaRC) will help financiers evaluate the production risk of operational […]