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Zimbabwe to Become a Global Lithium Player

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:40
ZIMBABWE is expected to be one of the major global players in the production of processed lithium, a main component in the manufacturing of electric car batteries with Australian (ASX) listed Zimbabwean mining concern, Prospect Resources having set sights at extracting and processing the mineral this year.
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Trump Mum on Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 12:36

In what should have been a surprise to no one, U.S. President Trump, in his State of the Union speech, made no mention of climate change, advanced energy, clean energy, renewable energy or energy efficiency.

He mentioned energy in only two sentences during his 80-minute speech, recapping what he views as his accomplishments over the year in office.

“We have ended the war on American energy and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal,” he said.

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Mortgage lender raises the roof over leasehold solar panels

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 10:36

Our buyer’s preferred lender won’t consider them for a mortgage

We bought a house in 2010 and had solar panels installed on a leasehold basis. We want to sell, but the buyer’s preferred lender won’t lend on properties with leasehold panels.

We have tried to buy out the panels, as per a clause in the lease. It states that we have to compensate the company for the loss of their “feed-in tariff” – we know this will be around £20,000.

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Wind-plus-Storage Is Taking Shape in Australia

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 21:22

As Australia begins to expand its plans for more wind farms backed up by batteries, Singapore-based Nexif Energy has broken ground on a 212-MW wind farm in South Australia that will include fast-response storage capacity.

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Solar Tariffs Could Be Driving Up Solar Manufacturing in the United States

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 20:56

Yesterday JinkoSolar announced that it had signed an agreement to supply 1.75 GW of high efficiency modules to a U.S. counterparty. The announcement also stated that the company’s board of directors had authorized JinkoSolar to finalize planning for the construction of an advanced solar manufacturing facility in the U.S. 

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New York Reveals Offshore Wind Master Plan; Eyes 7 Ways to Procure Offshore Power

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 20:24

New York this week released its much-anticipated Offshore Wind Master Plan, moving the state forward in its work to develop 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030.

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How to Easily Reduce Dust Mites in Your Home

Earth Easy - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 18:15

Tackle this universal household problem with non-toxic, natural methods.

The post How to Easily Reduce Dust Mites in Your Home appeared first on Eartheasy Blog.

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Trust, Facebook, Renewables and Republicans: Recapping the 2017 Energy Report

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 18:13

Fake news, politics and social media impact more than elections. There is no question that the credibility of American institutions and news sources has suffered in the past year, from the combined influence of continued vilification of the media, retracted news stories and the ever-growing use of social media platforms. But by how much? 

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Former Obama Energy Secretary Cold on Energy Storage Potential

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 10:49

The ex-head of the Obama administration’s energy department believes energy storage will remain too expensive to meet long term urban power storage needs, and believes chemical alternatives will need to be found.

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Qantas uses mustard seeds in first ever biofuel flight between Australia and US

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 05:34

Blended fuel powers 15-hour Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 flight between LA and Melbourne, reducing carbon emissions by 7%

A Qantas plane powered partly by mustard seeds has become the world’s first biofuel flight between Australia and the United States, after landing in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The 15-hour flight used a blended fuel that was 10% derived from the brassica carinata, an industrial type of mustard seed that functions as a fallow crop – meaning it can be grown by farmers in between regular crop cycles.

Related: New airplane biofuels plan would 'destroy rainforests', warn campaigners

Related: How airlines can fly around new carbon rules

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New Jersey Rejoins “RGGI,” the U.S. Northeast Carbon Cap and Trade Program

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 18:38

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced his state is rejoining the multi-state, bipartisan effort to reduce carbon pollution, known as the regional greenhouse gas initiative (RGGI).

RGGI launched in 2007 as a partnership of ten states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Gov. Christie pulled New Jersey out of the multi-state partnership nearly seven years ago.

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Trump’s Solar Tariffs Will Have a Minimal Effect on Residential Solar Panel Costs In 2018

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 18:29

The rationale for imposing tariffs is complete bunk. Most, if not all, of government support for the solar industry in China has now been withdrawn. President Trump is pretending to protect U.S. manufacturing jobs, though in reality the decision will cost nearly 23,0000 U.S. jobs in the downstream segments of the industry, according to estimates by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

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Can Mirrors Boost Solar Panel Output — and Help Overcome Trump’s Tariffs?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:36

Falling costs for solar power have led to an explosive growth in residential, commercial and utility-scale solar use over the past decade. The levelized cost of solar electricity using imported solar panels — that is, the solar electricity cost measured over the life of the panels – has dropped in cost so much that it is lower than electricity from competing sources like coal in most of America.

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Duke Energy Aiding Solar Expansion in North Carolina

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:19

So far in January, Duke Energy filed three renewable energy programs with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to expand renewable energy options for its 3.2 million customers in the state.

The Solar Rebate, N.C. Shared Solar and Green Source Advantage programs are part of a portfolio of customer offerings the company is proposing as part of the Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law – sometimes referred to as HB 589. 

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New Discovery Could Improve Organic Solar Cell Performance

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:13

While there is a growing market for organic solar cells ­­- they contain materials that are cheaper, more abundant, and more environmentally friendly than those used in typical solar panels - they also tend to be less efficient in converting sunlight to electricity than conventional solar cells.

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France Ready to Shutter All Coal Power Stations by 2021

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 16:28

France takes a hard stance on coal; Trump talks renegotiation, again; and portal opens for the UNFCCC’s international conversation on climate change.

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Natural gas killed coal – now renewables and batteries are taking over | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:00

To avoid dangerous climate change, we can’t rely on natural gas replacing coal

Over the past decade, coal has been increasingly replaced by cheaper, cleaner energy sources. US coal power production has dropped by 44% (866 terawatt-hours [TWh]). It’s been replaced by natural gas (up 45%, or 400 TWh), renewables (up 260%, or 200 TWh), and increased efficiency (the US uses 9%, or 371 TWh less electricity than a decade ago).

...abundant gas consistently results in both less coal and renewable energy use […] the quantity of methane leaked may ultimately determine whether the overall effect is to slightly reduce or actually increase cumulative emissions […] only climate policies bring about a significant reduction in future emissions from US electricity generation … We conclude that increased natural gas use for electricity will not substantially reduce US GHG emissions, and by delaying deployment of renewable energy technologies, may actually exacerbate the climate change problem in the long term.

Fortunately, rapidly falling costs are already making renewables and battery storage cost-competitive with natural gas, and cheaper than coal. If we’re going to succeed in avoiding the most dangerous climate change consequences, that transition away from all fossil fuels and towards clean energy can’t happen soon enough.

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Online portal now available for water quality assessment worldwide

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 21:14

The IIWQ World Water Quality Portal is now available online to “assist with global water quality assessment and capacity building for streams, lakes and rivers.”

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Test to Begin for Peer-to-Peer Renewable Energy Transaction Payments

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 17:00

Blockchain web services provider BlockCypher said it will work with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a demonstration project for renewable energy peer-to-peer payments using the open-source cryptocurrency Dash.

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Electric Vehicle ‘Clustering Effect’ Could Cause Problems for the Power Grid

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 15:15

A clustering effect of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging among homeowners, known as uncoordinated charging, could require future upgrades to electricity distribution infrastructure, according to research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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