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Non-Hydro Renewables Generate More Electricity Than Conventional Hydro for First Time

Historically large-hydro renewable sources like large dams have contributed most electrical generation from the combined renewable sources including wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. But the tide may be turning on the growing renewable energy mix.read more

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Report: BMW just the latest automaker to realize China will want a lot of EVs

Filed under: News about China and cars isn't in short supply these days. With several of the world's largest cities, millions of cars on the road and huge problems with air pollution, it's no wonder that the nation is trying to make some changes. Along with decommissioning many of its aging vehicles, China is also expected to see …

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Report: McLaren going all-hybrid within ten years

Filed under: There's a lot that's ground-breaking in the McLaren P1, not the least of it being its mind-bending performance. But so is its hybrid powertain. Aside from its Formula One racers, the P1 is the first hybrid McLaren ever made. But it won't be the last. Speaking with CEO Mike Flewitt, Edmunds …

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Scrapping Australian Renewable Energy Target Bad For Consumers, Great For Utilities

Scrapping the Australian Renewable Energy Target could have catastrophic ramifications for the renewable energy industry in the country, as well as consumers and employment, all the while delivering huge profits to power companies, according to new analysis from research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The recently elected Tony Abbott/Liberal Government is reviewing the current Renewable Energy Target — a target of producing at least 20% of all electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020 …

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Sewage Mining-In-A-Box Yields Mother Lode Of Bioplastic

Now that the age of fossil fuels and petrochemicals is winding down, sewage mining is obviously the Next Big Thing. The wastewater-to-biogas angle is already going strong and a number of companies are busily reclaiming other useful raw materials, too. Here's one that just crossed our wire: Applied CleanTech, which has come up with a compact, transportable system called SRS™ for Sewage Recycling System. The product resulting from SRS is something Applied …

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Are Solar Companies Just as Sexist and Exclusive as Everyone Else?

In theory, solar PV is the ultimate democratized energy technology. But is it living up to its potential? Historically, solar has been accessible to wealthy environmentalists, utilities and large corporations. But it has been less available to low-income people who most need relief from their rising utility bills. And while the industry fares better than others in diversity, it is …

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Why Are So Many Solar Plant Owners Investing in New Monitoring Technologies?

Up until 2012, almost all monitoring systems were deployed on new PV plants. Based on the latest research report published by GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting, this changed radically in 2013. The report, Global PV Monitoring: Technologies, Markets and Leading Players, 2014-2018, shows that more than 6.3 gigawatts of older PV plants were retrofitted with …

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Two Wheels: Skylock brings your bike into the 21st sharing century

Filed under: Keys and combinations are for your old man. Skylock brings your bike lock into the digital age, which actually is more exciting and practical than it sounds. This solar-powered U-lock claims to be "as strong as any lock on the market," and features levels of connectivity that add a lot of versatility to what used to …

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European Solar PV Demand Drops For Third Consecutive Year

European solar photovoltaic (PV) demand for 2014 is forecast to reach 10 gigawatts (GW) according to new figures published in the NPD Solarbuzz European PV Markets Quarterly report, a 7% drop year-over-year and the third consecutive year that European solar PV demand has dropped since reaching its peak in 2011. NPD Solarbuzz's somewhat idealistic headline suggests that the European solar PV demand is ‘stablising' …

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Transnational Energy Infrastructure as Backbone of Potential ‘Regional Power Pools’ in Africa

It is no news that across the African continent infrastructure investment and thus development has lagged behind. According to estimates by Jean Claude Gandur, founder of Addax Energy, Africa has been investing 4 percent of its GDP in infrastructure, compared to China's 14 percent.read more

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Ohio Puts Renewable Energy Standards On Hold

Ohio Puts Renewable Energy Standards On Hold Ohio is no longer one of the 29 U.S. states that is working to satisfy its clean energy portfolio standard as the Ohio general assembly has recently approved a bill to freeze the standards for electricity efficiency and generation from renewable sources. The measure would delay for two years requirements enacted in 2008 that utility companies reduce consumption by …