While Germany has seen recent gains in renewable energy there is still a long way to go to reach the 65% renewable target by 2030

While all the world has been watching Germany’s ambitious Energiewende (energy transition), while there have been many improvements there are still many challenges to reach its long-term goals. Recent developments in renewables is described in a news item on the renews.biz website.   German renewables hits 'almost 50%' of consumption Renewable energy accounted for 48% … Continue reading While Germany has seen recent gains in renewable energy there is still a long way to go to reach the 65% renewable target by 2030

With no plans to give up coal, India’s huge economy’s emissions are only set to rise even with commitment to deploying renewables

Karthikeyan Hemalatha writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the challenge for India’s low carbon energy transition which isn’t as low as it should be. One section talks about India’s growing demand but it does not talk about how energy efficiency can and is playing a role in lowering projected demand. India is committed to … Continue reading With no plans to give up coal, India’s huge economy’s emissions are only set to rise even with commitment to deploying renewables

Technical breakthrough in transparent solar technology

A research team at the University of Michigan has achieved record efficiency for transparent solar cells that could one day be used in buildings. Madeleine Cuff explains in an article on the inews website.   Scientists make breakthrough in solar window technology with see-through panels Builders could one day be installing windows in homes and … Continue reading Technical breakthrough in transparent solar technology

Researchers developing a new type of smart solar cell that can adapt to the amount of available light, meaning it can work indoors

Marina Freitag, Royal Society University Research Fellow at Newcastle University writes on The Conversation website about the development of a new type of social cell that can adapt to the amount of light available. These cells can even outperform extremely efficient versions that are normally used for trips into space. She believes that they can … Continue reading Researchers developing a new type of smart solar cell that can adapt to the amount of available light, meaning it can work indoors

New building codes take effect Jan. 1 requiring all newly constructed homes in California to be powered by the sun

Paul Rogers writes on the Mercury News website about the landmark building rules that will be first-in-the nation solar requirement. Who else has this requirement in other countries?   Solar power required for all new California homes starting Jan. 1 California already generates more electricity from solar power than any other state. But now a … Continue reading New building codes take effect Jan. 1 requiring all newly constructed homes in California to be powered by the sun

A First Nations community in British Columbia taking solar power seriously

A First Nations community has created a solar farm that is 100 per cent owned and operated. The Tsilhqot'in project has capacity to power 130-150 homes and help lower cost of living in this remote community. A news item from The Canadian Press on the CBC website explains the latest developments.   Community prepares to … Continue reading A First Nations community in British Columbia taking solar power seriously

Breakthrough in solar energy could turn the average window into a source of heat and store energy

James Pero writes on the Daily Mail website that scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have made a breakthrough that could turn the average window into a source of heat and store energy captured by the sun's rays for decades   Scientists discover extraordinary way to turn normal windows into emission-free solar panels … Continue reading Breakthrough in solar energy could turn the average window into a source of heat and store energy

Australia planning to export electricity to Singapore from its solar farms

While the Australian government is resisting moving forward in the low carbon energy transition, there are some interesting developments. Adam Morton explains in an article on The Guardian website.   'Just a matter of when': the $20bn plan to power Singapore with Australian solar The desert outside Tennant Creek, deep in the Northern Territory, is … Continue reading Australia planning to export electricity to Singapore from its solar farms

Abu Dhabi home to world’s largest solar power plant

The United Arab Emirates is developing a reputation for sustainable energy. It is encouraging to see the world’s largest solar power plant now in operation.  John Parnell explains in an article on the Forbes website.   World's Largest Solar Power Plant Switched On This is a headline you may well read more than once in … Continue reading Abu Dhabi home to world’s largest solar power plant