The Japanese construction and engineering company Shimizu has released a plan to ring the moon’s equator with a 248-mile wide solar panel belt.
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German battery storage company Younicos believes its technology can break down one of the last barriers to 100% renewable energy – the need to run fossil fuel generation to control the ‘frequency’ of the grid. Installing a series of battery parks costing about $4bn, it could remove the need for ‘must run’ coal generation in Germany.
Terrajoule, the Australian-led start-up that proposes to use steam engine technology to help deliver cheap solar storage at a distributed level, has landed key funding to help bring its unique product into production by 2015. It promises 24/7 solar energy for small to medium sized systems, and at a storage cost of less than $100/kWh – way cheaper than batteries.
Australian energy storage start-ups Ecoult and Hydrexia – both recipients of ARENA-derived funding – have made this year’s Global Cleantech 100 list.
Report says fall in value of Europe’s 20 biggest power companies – from a collective $1trn in 2008 to $500bn now – is largely driven by renewables rollout.
A small town in Austria that had no significant industry or trade business is now thriving thanks to local renewable resources.
Call for planning review to protect rooftop solar from tall buildings; Winaico signs for off-grid solar in NT; Kiwis use wind, solar to produce hydrogen.
The US Air Force wants to use wind power so it can avoid hazardous fuel drops in Alaska.
Bjorn Lomborg’s argument that the best way to cut emissions is to focus funding on renewables R&D is a poor excuse to put off determined action.
With 100% of their torque available at 0 rpm, electric cars have a number of performance advantages that gearheads and greenheads can both appreciate.