Sunny Side Up – Solar is the New Renewable Energy Star

Investments in solar power overtook those in wind power for the first time in 2011, and the latest deals suggest this is only the start, says a new report by energy industry experts GlobalData. As the report explains, renewable energy is becoming increasingly important in developing nations across North Africa and Asia, and with such … Read more

First Global Clean Energy Progress Report

The International Energy Agency has released its first Clean Energy Progress Report, which assesses global deployment of clean energy technologies and provides recommendations to countries on future action and spending. The report finds that while impressive progress has been made in developing clean energy technologies in recent years, the success stories are being overshadowed by … Read more

Researchers Working For the Development of Next Generation Energy Technologies

Researchers from over 70 institutions funded by ten European energy research funding institutions will come together at the first annual congress of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), to be held in Brussels on 11-12 April during European Union Sustainable Energy Week. EERA was founded by the EC as part of the Strategic Technology Energy … Read more

Pioneering Energy Efficiency Project For Businesses Launched in Britain

Advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy London has developed a pioneering project to encourage employees to reduce their energy consumption while simultaneously benefiting charity. Britain wastes around £7 million every day in the workplace due to energy inefficiency. Wieden + Kennedy thinks it has found a way to make employees not only aware of their energy … Read more

Construction Starts on World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

BrightSource Energy, the US-based developer of utility scale solar power plants, has started construction on its Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System on a 3,500 acre site in California. When constructed, Ivanpah will be the world’s largest solar power plant. Once completed the 392 megawatt gross (370 megawatts nominal) Ivanpah project will nearly double the amount … Read more

Photovoltaic Solar Power Is Gaining Momentum With Utilities

Utilities in Europe and the US are becoming increasingly interested in procuring photovoltaic (PV) solar power generation systems, according to research undertaken by Gartner, the information technology research and advisory company, and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). The Gartner/SEPA survey found that PV is one of the leading technologies for near-term renewable energy for … Read more

Renewables Account for 62% of the New Electricity Generation Capacity Installed in the EU in 2009

Renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009, according to the ‘Renewable Energy Snapshots’ report, published recently by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). The share rose from 57% in 2008. For the second year running, wind energy accounted for the largest share … Read more