Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

Top cleantech news of the day from CleanTechnica, the world's #1 cleantech or clean energy website:


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Australia Competing With Germany On Low Solar PV Prices

Reposted from the Rocky Mountain Institute blog: By Albert Chan, Jesse Morris and Leia Guccione Germany is often cited as the king in solar, but its reign may soon be over. Driven by public and government support in the form of healthy feed-in tariffs, Germany is the proud owner of nearly one out of every three installed solar panels in the world. Germany has sustained this leadership for over a decade, and does it with balance of … Read More

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Mid-Level Carbon Price Could Result In 100% Renewable Energy

Reposted from RenewEconomy: By Sophie Vorrath A carbon price of between $50 and $100 per tonne would make Australia's coal- and gas-fired electricity less economical than renewable electricity, according to a new study out of the University of New South Wales. A peer-reviewed paper being published by a research group at the UNSW has found that, by increasing the carbon price to a 'medium' level, all fossil-fuelled power stations in Australia's National Electricity Market could be phased out … Read More

Mid-Level Carbon Price Could Result In 100% Renewable Energy was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Bill Gates Provides Boost To Renewable Energy Storage Company Aquion Energy

Bill Gates, the well known co-founder of Microsoft, has decided to provide a financial boost to renewable energy storage research and development (R&D). He is one member of a group of high-profile investors who are investing $35 million into Aquion energy. The company is creating a water-based battery system intended to be cheap and environmentally friendly. Aquion’s energy storage technology is reportedly being developed for large- and small-scale energy storage projects, and the company is delivering … Read More

Bill Gates Provides Boost To Renewable Energy Storage Company Aquion Energy was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Over 400 Microgrid Projects Underway En Route to $40 Billion Market

Your first thought about microgrids might be that they're only a tiny aspect of the overall energy system. But you'd be wrong – microgrids are an increasingly important factor for distributed generation, grid reliability, and the green economy. Two new reports from Navigant Research reveal more than 400 microgrid projects are currently under development worldwide, and forecast the global microgrid market will pass $40 billion in annual revenue by 2020.

Over 400 Microgrid Projects Underway En Route to $40 Billion Market was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Longer-Lasting Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Developed For Use In EVs

Reposted from EV Obsession: A new lithium-sulfur battery design has been created that improves the charge cycles of lithium-sulfur batteries by a factor of seven. This significant improvement in technology means that perhaps in the near future, lithium-sulfur batteries, which are considerably more cost-effective that lithium-ion batteries, will become a viable choice for use in electric vehicles. The new design was made by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in … Read More

Longer-Lasting Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Developed For Use In EVs was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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211 MW Of New Solar Photovoltaic Capacity Added In Germany In February

Reposted from Solar Love with permission: 211 MW of new solar photovoltaic capacity were installed in Germany in February. The new capacity was spread out amongst more than 8,300 different systems, the largest of which was a new solar park in Brandenburg with a total capacity of 8.2 MW. The exact figures, released by the German Federal Network Agency, are 211.215 MW of new installed capacity, across 8,375 systems. The new capacity includes more than 23 … Read More

211 MW Of New Solar Photovoltaic Capacity Added In Germany In February was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Facebook Likes Cleantech (Future360 Video)

Reposted from sister site Ecopreneurist: Future360 spoke with Bill Weihl, Sustainabilty Guru at Facebook. Facebook partnered with the Cleantech Group for the "Cleantech Goes Social" Competition. Weihl spoke of Facebook's role as a platform for people to solve sustainability problems. Launching the competition seemed to be a good way to get interesting ideas. The contest, which was launched few months ago, received 72 submissions. Crowdfunding solar startup, Sunfunder, was announced as the winner. When it comes … Read More

Facebook Likes Cleantech (Future360 Video) was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Robotics To Help Maintain Offshore And Onshore Wind Turbines

The maintenance and inspection of wind turbines was never a topic I thought I would end up covering. It is definitely not the sexiest of news items ever to appear on CleanTechnica (though I defy you to find something unsexier than some of the regulatory pieces we’ve covered over the past few months). But, as with any new field of industry — and especially with new fields of energy generation — inspection and maintenance are … Read More

Robotics To Help Maintain Offshore And Onshore Wind Turbines was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Global Solar Photovoltaic Industry Is Likely Now A Net Energy Producer

The rapid growth of the solar power industry over the past decade may have exacerbated the global warming situation it was meant to soothe, simply because most of the energy used to manufacture the millions of solar panels came from burning fossil fuels. That irony, according to Stanford University researchers, is coming to an end. For the first time since the boom started, the electricity generated by all the world’s installed solar photovoltaic (PV) panels last year … Read More

Global Solar Photovoltaic Industry Is Likely Now A Net Energy Producer was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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South Korean Firm To Install 300MW Solar Power Plant In Pakistan's Baluchistan Province

Pakistan’s largest province, by area, Baluchistan is rich in mineral resources, and while it is highly strategically located near Iran and the rest of Pakistan, it remains quite underdeveloped. Over the past few years, foreign companies have forged partnerships with the provincial government for extraction of valuable minerals from the area. Now a Korean company plans to set up a solar power plant which can bring prosperity and growth to the region. CK Solar Korea … Read More

South Korean Firm To Install 300MW Solar Power Plant In Pakistan’s Baluchistan Province was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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My Energy Outlook For Germany 2025

Below is my energy outlook for Germany 2025. But before delving into that, let’s take a quick look at where many forecasts go wrong. The Art Of Getting It Wrong Every year we are being bombarded with dozens of studies and reports that show how our energy supply will change over the course of the coming decades. Some proclaim that oil and gas will remain the top energy source for decades to come, and that … Read More

My Energy Outlook For Germany 2025 was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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