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Six of the best and worst countries for solar power policy and progress

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:39:11 GMT


Though more and more countries are making efforts to switch to renewable energy sources, not everyone is on board with sustainability. The solar industry in particular has been set back by many opponents for a variety of reasons. Understandin ...

Electricity is on track for decarbonisation – what about decarbonising heat?

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:00:19 GMT


The proportion of low carbon electricity generation in the UK has risen steeply over the years, such that DEFRA’s conversion factor (a measure of the CO2 in each kWh energy generated) for the National Grid has fallen by 35% since 1990, a ...

Solar Power: Top 10 Round-Up

Fri, 06 May 2016 16:36:51 GMT

Solar power continues to thrive globally in the renewable energy market, so we've delved into our past blog posts and features to bring you a selection of some of our top articles focused on solar power and its impact in various markets around the world. Enjoy!



5 energy innovations revolutionizing the developing world

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:38:13 GMT



Global perceptions of renewable energy have been changing gradually as technologies become more advanced, adaptable and innovative. Traditional views in opposition to the adoption of renewable energy sources in both developed and developing n ...

Why 2016 looks set to be the year the tide turns decisively in favour of fuel cell electric vehicles

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 10:27:03 GMT

Dr Henri Winand – CEO of Intelligent Energy, UK

Dieselgate is catalyst for change

There is little doubt that the fallout is continuing to be felt from the revelations of emissions-rigging in the automotive industry. The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, co ...

Smart grid technology innovation is gathering momentum

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:49:23 GMT

Patent filings research carried out by UK-based intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers, has revealed that innovation activity in the area of energy storage – and smart grid technology in particular – is gathering momentum. This is partly due to the UK government’s ...

Rudd and UK renewables - a question of obstructions

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:39:20 GMT

Katie Persaud outlines the obstructions renewable energy companies are facing when it comes to constructing much needed energy plants in the UK.

Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, has come under fire for providing ...

Building a sustainable future

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:39:47 GMT


As world leaders prepare to do battle over ways to control global emissions in a bid to mitigate against climate change at COP21, Phil Grant looks at some of the key energy issues.

Energy issues are often in the news during the winter and this year will be ...

Guest Blog: Learning from India’s power revolution

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:10:26 GMT

Dr Henri Winand – CEO of Intelligent Energy, UK

Given the relative state of their power grids, it would seem that the UK has little to learn from India when it comes to efficiently providing and delivering electricity. But when it comes to renewable energy, Indi ...

Mobile solar farm plan to power events

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:05:05 GMT


Over the last 10 years the events sector has exploded. Every weekend in the UK throughout the summer the public can choose from a variety of festivals, old and new, large and small, and operating on many different ethos.

As the green movement has grown organisers ...

Solar Surges in the Middle East and North Africa

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:43:19 GMT


Last year was a breakthrough year for solar in the Middle East with over 30 solar projects awarded – a ten-fold increase on 2013, according to The Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA). M ...

Five myths about solar power, and the real facts

Mon, 07 Sep 2015 10:51:35 GMT


Solar energy and the solar industry has exploded in the last decade, and is today an established and competitive renewable energy source. Despite this (or maybe because of this), solar energy has been surrounded by myths, rumors and false arguments that ...

Opportunities in Greece’s wind sector

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:30:20 GMT


Dimitris Assimakis and Minas Kitsilis provide a brief update on the investment climate for wind power developers in Greece.

Despite the economic climate of the last five and a half years, Greece continues to display a strong rate o ...

The post-fossil subsidy age of the United Arab Emirates

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:56:34 GMT


With subsidies for oil and gas coming to an end in the United Arab Emirates, Chun Yu Jonathan Poon assesses the likely impact for renewable energy development in the country and around the world.< ...

Anaerobic digestion can help UK reach renewable energy targets

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:37:58 GMT


The role of solar, wind and tidal power in achieving the EU’s target of creating 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 is well known. However, the energy derived from waste in helping to meet these targets shouldn’t be dismissed. The last UK governme ...

Buffett deal with First Solar signals low cost solar power is here to stay

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:28:23 GMT


While green energy has become increasingly popular in the media, it has continued to lag far behind more traditional energy sources when it comes to actual usage. Perhaps this is because of inherently ephemeral nature of green energy sources like wind and sunlight, compa ...

How big brands are using renewable energy to their advantage

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:00:21 GMT

BY ADAM MAIDMENT on how some of the world's biggest brands have embraced green power and the lessons to be learned.

Being green is more of a necessity than a lifestyle these days, with more awareness being built on the fact that the more conventional resources of energy on the planet ...

Turning the power of the sun into food

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:07:27 GMT

BY ABE EMARD Highlighting the benefits of using solar power in agriculture across the US and beyond.

With the world becoming ever more digitalised and industrialised, the word of the century is progress, or better yet, change. Change is the theme that characterises the world as we know it ...

Australia’s slashed renewable energy target - The impact

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:42:09 GMT

BY CONNOR ROBERTS  The damage done by the recent reduction of Australia's Renewable Energy Target cannot be overstated. 

To date, over A$10 billion worth of investment has been directed to Australian large-scale renewable energy projects. Primarily, this is because previous inve ...

Guest blog: Picking winners

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:50:10 GMT

BY ROLAND JOEBSTL   For those who dare to look into the future and see a low-carbon society powered by renewables with global warming kept below the 2°C threshold, the message is clear: it is time to pick the winners, throw off our shackles of the past and do it righ ...

What now for UK Renewable Energy Sector Skills?

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:32:45 GMT

BY DAVID KIRKHAM  As the dust settles on election rhetoric in the UK, David Kirkham, Chief Executive of not for profit skills organisation Employer First, explores what employers in the green business ...

Consumer priorities crucial to electric vehicle transition

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:51:09 GMT

BY DAVID PORTER Electric vehicles are an exciting prospect. With smart grids, they may revolutionise how electricity is consumed across Europe – not least in the volume, timing and location of demand.  However, people who are keen to see the switch to electric transport shoul ...

New AWEA Board Chair: "It's time for presidential candidates to back American wind power for its economic benefits."

Fri, 22 May 2015 19:31:35 GMT

BY MIKE GARLAND Coming off a year in which the industry added 23,000 jobs and put $23 billion of private investment behind 100 wind projects, the American Wind Energy Association declared it’s time for the industry to start flexing its muscle.

“From the smallest companies to t ...

Debunking the latest spin from the anti-wind lobby

Fri, 15 May 2015 16:18:34 GMT


BY JIM REILLY. Thomas Pyle’s group is funded by the Koch brothers and other fossil fuel interests working against wind power. So, it’s no wonder that he opposes t ...

Alternative funding opportunities for renewable energy projects

Wed, 06 May 2015 20:16:35 GMT

BY TOMAS GARDFORS AND ANN VESELY. Infrastructure projects are seeing greater opportunities to access a wider and more diversified pool of potential capital. This is particularly clear in the context of a long-term contraction in bank lending and the increased pressure on alternative len ...

The state of IPOs in the renewable energy sector

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:39:00 GMT

BY ANDY CURRIE. The renewable energy sector has been consistently growing. According to data from the United Nations Environment Programme and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, investment in renewable energy projects is now outpacing investment in ne ...

Collaboration is key to continued growth of the UK's offshore renewable industry

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:41:44 GMT

BY CHRIS JARVIS. Research conducted at Wave & Tidal 2015, held in Edinburgh in February, reveals that industry experts fear the UK offshore renewables sector is not making the most of its current l ...

Biofuels poised for growth in the Middle East

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:56:50 GMT

BY IMRAN KHAN. Consumers worldwide are witness to the fluctuations in the fuel prices recently, and the Middle East is no exception. This raises the question, “Why do fuel prices rise and fall?" In the long term, the greatest single factor influencing fuel prices is the cost of crude o ...

A holistic view of how solar plus storage can be embraced by utilities and energy consumers alike for the benefit of all.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:41:39 GMT

BY KENNETH MUNSON, Sunverge CEO. In this blog, the author  explains how using energy storage can build resilient utility business models, capture benefits across the energy supply chain and cope with demand disruption.
Customer-sited energy storage technology has now bee ...

New energy, old problems: How to keep contract disputes from derailing your energy infrastructure project

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:48:47 GMT

By Todd Conley. Retail electricity sales could grow by 25 per cent by 2040, and renewable energy generating capacity is expected to follow that trend, growing by 52 per cent itself over the next 25 ye ...

Results of UK’s first Auction for Contracts for Difference draw mixed reviews

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:54:10 GMT

More than a year after the Contract for Difference (CfD) regime1 was instituted — courtesy of ...

Future prospects for tidal energy and wave power in the UK

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:36:25 GMT

BY STUART BRADLEY. Tidal stream energy can have a significant role to play in the UK’s future energy system and has the potential to compete with other low carbon energy sources on cost. 1 However, the future for a cost competitive wave energy industry is less certain and the ind ...

Could wave power be the most efficient energy alternative to fossil fuels?

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:58:41 GMT


BY MIKE JAMES. It has been persistently argued that marine energy converters could offer a more reliable source of energy in comparison to alternative clean energy sources. Now researchers have come forward from the College of Engineering at Oregon State Universi ...

Clean Energy Group proposes collaboration on distributed energy policies

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 20:36:16 GMT

WRITTEN BY LEWIS MILFORD, SETH MULLENDORE AND TODD OLINSKY-PAUL. Clean Energy Group (CEG) has released a new report calling for more collaboration on policies to promote emerging distributed energy storage technologies. In ‘Distributed Energy Storage: A Case for National and International C ...

The politics of clean energy

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:11:58 GMT

In the immediate aftermath of the recent mid-term elections here in the States, pundits focused their attention on the shift of power in the Senate and the implications on key issues such as health care, immigration reform and the broader US economy. But what’s also at stake is the future d ...

Pondering the future for the bioenergy sector in the UK

Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:47:36 GMT

WRITTEN BY EBRI. Experts from Aston University's European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) recently shared their views of the UK’s nascent bioenergy sector with Renewable Energy Focus magazine. The expert contributors included: Professor Tony Bridgwater, director; Dr Jim Sc ...

The role of renewable energy in the growth of Sub-Saharan Africa

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:27:19 GMT

BY GIULIA MENICUCCI. It could be called Sub-Saharan Africa’s energy's paradox: despite the countries that have a large diffusion of oil fuels, the region has the lowest electricity access rate in the world. Roughly one-fifth of Sub-Saharian Africa’s population has access to electricit ...

US Department of Energy wants solar industry to "shine." Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz explains.

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:08:55 GMT

Last month the US Department of Energy announced more than $53 million for 40 innovative research and development projects that aim to drive down the cost of solar energy, tackling key aspects of technology development in order to bring innovative ideas to the market more quickly. &nbs ...

The ABCs of green cars

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:17:47 GMT

BY CARA WAGNER. Most people consider their cars as a vital way to get themselves from A to B. However, some cars can be harmful to the environment. This is where green cars come in; they are environmentally friendly and have less polluting emissions because of their sustainable fuel resour ...

SEIA urges ‘collaborative approach’ to solving America's problems

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:06:48 GMT

 BY RHONE RESCH. With widespread voter dissatisfaction evident in Tuesday’s national and state elections, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association ( ...

Majority of US voters support biodiesel tax incentive and renewable fuel standard

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:04:07 GMT

Policies supporting biodiesel production would win a resounding vote of confidence if they were on the ballot in next week’s elections, according to a nationwide survey1 commissioned by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). According to the survey, three out of four voters support ...

Feeding off solar’s global momentum

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:51:13 GMT

This month, representatives from across the solar industry supply chain will convene in Las Vegas for SPI 2014. I fully expect the mood of many attendees to be positively upbeat in light of some very encouraging reports and for ...

For Europe’s PV industry, non-compliance with WEEE has serious consequences

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:22:54 GMT

WRITTEN BY PIA ALINA LANGE. “I am not a producer because I do not manufacture.” “I am not a producer because my foreign supplier is member of a take-back scheme.” “I am not a producer because this brand is already listed with a take-back scheme.”


Is 100% renewable energy really an achievable goal?

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:52:06 GMT

WRITTEN BY TIM BROWN. The UK would, in theory, have the conditions required to rely heavily on renewable energy now and in the future. Being an island, hydro and wind power can be harnessed to a great extent — though the same can’t be entirely said for solar power, as the sun can ...

Encouraging prospects for creating renewable energy fuel from microalgae

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:07:09 GMT


The race to create renewable energy fuel from microalgae – of potential huge significance – is leading research teams around the world in diverse directions. The science is becoming better understood, but no one can yet say what will be the best ...

Use of critical feedstock in biofuel threatens a bio-industry

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:02:29 GMT


The production of biofuels has long been mired in controversy – especially over the highly contentious issue of which feedstocks are appropriate to use in making the fuels.

Indirect land use change (ILUC) has been a hot topic ...

Advocating the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:17:10 GMT

US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy expands on the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan in the wake of the release of the proposed guidelines for cutting ...

Pondering the future of the wind power industry in the UK

Wed, 28 May 2014 17:03:25 GMT


Climate change is a very serious issue, and it was only recently that Prime Minster David Cameron said he believed man-made climate change to be ‘one of the most serious threats that this country and this world faces’. It is, ther ...

Cleantech finds an unlikely ally — war

Mon, 12 May 2014 19:27:28 GMT

BY AARON LIM. The race towards building a world not dependant on fossil fuels has a powerful, but silent ally in the global military apparatus.

For the Pentagon, clean energy and sustainability isn’t about saving whales or hugging trees — it’s about improving comb ...

5 Reasons the Cleantech Industry is Stronger Than Ever

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:37:07 GMT

WRITTEN BY VIC SHAO. Green Charge Networks CEO Vic Shao, comes to the defense of the ‘cleantech’ industry by providing clear evidence on an industry on the rise — not in decline, as some critics have argued. In his words... 

As a cleantech CEO who h ...

Examining the relationship between 'green energy' and 'green engineering'

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:37:36 GMT

WRITTEN BY CONOR MACGUIRE. Can a green engineering application, system or process be really ‘green’ without manufacturers and service providers first making sure that the energy input too is green? The answer to that rhetorical question is a resounding "no!"

T ...

PV recycling mandate: Industry needs to adapt as new rules take effect

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:40:52 GMT

WRITTEN BY JAN CLYNCKE.  It’s no longer just a green thing to do: starting in February the collection, transport and recycling as well as its related financing and administration of discarded end-of-life photovoltaic panels is EU law. One of the most significant change ...

Beware the pitfalls of media 'spin'

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:35:48 GMT

BY REGINALD TUCKER. The recent 60 Minutes piece on the “Cleantech Crash” reminds us that the proper “context” in reporting the news is just as important as “content”— if not more so.

By now I’m sure most industry watc ...

Thermal stores – the answer to getting the most from renewable energy

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:00:45 GMT

Thermal stores are the key to getting the best from renewable energy. Here Mark Wozencroft, Managing Director of Minus 7, explains how they work and the benefits.

Energy storage

A crucial part of getting the most from renewable ener ...

Key issues affecting acceptance and integration of renewable energy technologies in the US

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:31:42 GMT

Written by Alex Nicholsen, P.E., Nicholsen Engineering Services, Sunland, California.

I would like to point out that the green revolution and in particular, renewable and clean energy products such as solar power, wind turbines, geothermal and algae-based bio-fuels a ...

From the Sewer to the Glass – How did we get here?

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:33:50 GMT

The idea of reusing wastewater is not a new one. For decades governments and environmentalists have been pushing the idea of treating wastewater for other uses. In some instances, treated wastewater has been accepted without much fuss – like for irrigation and cooling industrial plants.


Anaerobic digestion: getting your hands dirty (guest blog)

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:42:22 GMT

Written by Andrew Mourant.

It’s hard to imagine a more unsavoury sight than mounds of rotting household rubbish or piles of farmyard dung. And so few prospects are more appealing than turning these into a source of renewable energy.

The worldwide demand for anaerob ...

Energy storage solutions to enhance grid economics

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:27:25 GMT

By Nick Ni – Verde LLC, Massachusetts, USA

Renewable energy has grown at a dramatic rate in recent years. The US Energy Information Administration has  Fuel price hikes, green agenda to blame, and UK renewables investment set for a two-year go-slow…so what’s new then?

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:34:58 GMT

I hate to say I told you so but … I did.  Well, actually Adam Workman, partner at 350 Investment Partners, told me and I told you in the latest issue of Renewable Energy Focus magazine

Hydrogen for fuel cell electric vehicles

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:00:01 GMT

By Nick Ni – Verde LLC, Massachusetts, USA

The concept of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) has been promoted for several years. Compared to conventional vehicles, fuel cell powered vehicles generate zero greenhouse gas emissions and ...

Editorial Leader: Time to pass on the renewables baton

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:35:24 GMT

It’s been some year since I took on the role of Managing Editor for Renewable Energy Focus. The highlight? When Faith Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, declared fossil fuel subsidies “public e ...

Guest Blog: If only - my rewrite of the PM's shale gas article

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:50:20 GMT

by Elizabeth Block

We cannot afford to miss out on renewables. Safe development of renewable energy will cut energy bills and create wealth without ruining precious countryside, writes David Cameron, ...

Guest Blog: My 2nd Biomass Breakfast – Aston University seeks to transform life in rural India

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:35:39 GMT

By Elizabeth Block

Faithful readers of this blog will remember my first biomass breakfast – out at a rugby club somewhere where wood pellets were on the menu, as it were. Actually there were bacon sandwiches, no pellets – and an opportunity to “se ...

Editorial Leader: Revolutionary time for the energy poor

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:16:22 GMT

ONE OF the things I really love about my job is seeing the amazing work taking place around the world to make other people’s lives better - in the May/June 2013 issue of Renewable Energy Focus I’m delighted to share that with you in all its glory.

The UN ...

Time to end the guilt on incentives and start fighting

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:19:05 GMT

The last month has brought another depressing piece of news: This time the potential demise of Suntech, a pioneer credited with helping scale up the PV industry, ...

Editorial Leader: New markets for a new era of power

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:31:36 GMT

AND WOW, there are certainly plenty of new markets for the renewable energy industry – and they are finally coming out into the light. Deployment of renewables is an “idea whose time has come”.

These are the words of Adnan Amin, director general of ...

Solar energy: what cost, what outlook and what’s going on in Hawaii?

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:23:40 GMT

So cumulative solar PV power installations worldwide shot past the 100GW mark in 2012, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) announced this month. In fact, the figure by end 2012 was just over 101GW. A major milestone indeed. 

While t ...

10 clean energy investments from Google

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:02:26 GMT

The past few years has seen Google embark on an ambitous program of investment in the renewables space, the most recent announcement seeing Google investing $200 million in a Texas wind farm

Top 10 trends for the fuel cell industry in 2013

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:05:42 GMT

Around this time of year everyone and their dog does a review of the year just gone, or a preview for the year to come, often in the form of a ‘Top 10’.

Even so, it’s interesting to see what analysts at Pike Research highlight in ...

An inconvenient truth

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:19:55 GMT

The global growth of renewable energy over the last few years cannot be disputed, but can it really play a major role in the world of large-scale electricity generation? Some would say it already is. Wind power is the obvious example.

“If anybody had said we would be here talki ...

EWEA 2013 conference - hot topics

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:10:26 GMT

EWEA 2013 is just a few weeks away. So what can conference delegates expect to be the main topics up for debate?

Event launch and keynotes

The EWEA 2013 conference will open with a series of high-profile speakers addressing important ...

We bid an Austrian farewell to EWEA’s man at the top...

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:55:53 GMT

The Renewable Energy Focus team – along with many on the wind power side of the renewable energy business – is looking forward to some top wind-related events coming up in the next few weeks and months…

First up on the events scene for wind power is the European partnership pushing ahead with funding of demonstration projects

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:04:13 GMT

The European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) plays a key role in the development – and in particular demonstration – of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in a wide range of applications.

The FCH JU is a unique publ ...

Today’s Top 10: A wish list for the renewable energy market in 2013

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:24:26 GMT

By John Peters, Managing Director, Engage Consulting

The global renewable energy market is evolving rapidly. John Peters from Engage Consulting looks into his crystal ball and discusses some of the changes that would enable the ...

Tidings of comfort and joy

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:02:59 GMT

By Elizabeth Block

The UK government appears to have given up on being “the greenest government ever”. No one saw much comfort Now the campaign really begins …

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:08:37 GMT

HURRAH! THE UK’s Energy Bill has finally landedfollowing months of ...

Guest Blog: Tragic Fall of a Solar Icon - Sharp sells itself piece by piece

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 07:02:23 GMT

By Sneha Shah.

The vicious downturn of the global solar industry has seen innumerable bankruptcies and thousands of job losses.

Guest Blog: driving forward wind and marine in the UK

Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:23:58 GMT

By Felicia Jackson.

The second UK Wind & Marine Energy Business Barometer, covered recently in a UK, The Times newspaper supplement, Wind & Marine Energy, reveals findings from an annual survey of ...

Guest Blog: Tough times, tough actions - time for a greentech patent amnesty?

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:39:14 GMT

By Barry Johnston

Given the increasing 6 degrees threat of global warming, and its Scotland takes advantage of Westminster's mixed messages

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:10:42 GMT

In contrast to the mixed messages coming from Westminster in recent times that many believe have constrained renewable energy development in parts of the UK, Scotland has made its renewable energy aspirations c ...

Guest Blog: UK developing fuel cell and hydrogen technology manufacturing and supply chain

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:35:07 GMT

By Richard Kemp-Harper, Technology Strategy Board

Over a number of years, the UK's Technology Strategy Board has built up a good relationship with innovative businesses working i ...

Surge in solar energy news from South Africa – Top 5 solar power project announcements this month (so far)

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:54:29 GMT

The solar power market in South Africa has ramped up a gear, with a stream of project news emanating from the country in recent days. Covering project financial close, contract awards and construction starts, the news covers both solar PV and concentrated solar power (CSP).

Why this news ...

Guest Blog: Global Energy Access by 2030?

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:36:37 GMT

By Mathias Aarre Maehlum,

Electrical power is probably the most important factor for development and growth. According to International Energy Agency (IEA)

Paradise lost?

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:18:17 GMT

Who doesn’t dream of a few weeks escape to a tropical island paradise like the Maldives? I know I certainly do. So I couldn’t wait to watch Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve on BBC Two last weekend. It was the fourth inst ...

Guest Blog: Setting the stage for GreenBuild 2012

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:32:08 GMT

By Comly Wilson, CleanEdison

Are you going to Green Build 2012? If so, you’ll be in good company. The 11th annual gathering of all those involved in ‘building green’ into th ...

Guest Blog: Ahead of this week's US election the message is clear - the green revolution will be crowdfunded

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:57:10 GMT

The green blogosphere has been ablaze with posts, tweets, and comments about the second US presidential debate in which the two candidates squared off on their respective energy approaches. 

  • President Obama offered strong support for continued government-funded development ...

Guest Blog: Can petrol generated from the air become carbon neutral?

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 16:50:37 GMT

In the last week, a British company (Air Fuel Synthesis) introduced us to a potential breakthrough piece of technology which can create petrol using just air and electricity. One major benefit of this generated fuel is that it can be ...

Renewable energy at home - the 6 key steps to getting it right you need to know

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:10:05 GMT

As energy demand rises and consumer electricity bills increase, more and more attention is turning to renewables.

Sometimes this is for the wrong reasons: Support for renewable energy is often unjustly blamed for energy price hikes – however  Great expectations

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:43:17 GMT

CLIFF EDGE or bright future? That’s the question on everyone’s mind right now, with fortunes at the mercy of election outcomes, as in the US, or long-term policy decisions facing yet further consultation, as in the UK. There’s no getting away from the fact ...

A startling fact for you...

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:29:49 GMT

For the decade 2002 to 2011 there were some 4130 natural disasters globally, resulting in more than a million deaths and an economic loss of at least $1.195 trillion.

The figures come in a new report out today. The key message from that r ...

Water use in electricity generation: the sobering facts that make a case for wind and solar power

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:01:31 GMT

Did you know it takes 100,000 gallons of water to produce a single megawatt hour of electricity? Well according to a new report out today, it does – unless you’re using wind or solar power that is. So maybe, with much of the world battling more regular bouts of drough ...

A new era begins

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:11:51 GMT

When David passed on the editorial metaphorical torch to me for Renewable Energy Focus, I knew it was going to be a whirlwind first month or two. That was certainly the case, kicking off with a marathon trip to Germany – taking in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Munich in an action-pa ...

Sign of the times

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:45:46 GMT

As we enter 2012 with more talk of funding problems and reduced financial incentives, it is apparent how the dynamics – and drivers – for renewable energy have changed, and relatively quickly at that.

When I first took this job a few years ago “climate change” was ...

Risky business

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:27:34 GMT

An interesting report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) crossed our desk recently. The EIU spoke to 284 senior-level renewable energy executives about the risks in financing, constructing and operating renewable energy projects, as well as the risk manage ...

Which countries are winning the race to invest in renewables?

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:18:58 GMT

NB: this is my editorial from the March/April issue of Renewable Energy Focus magazine, which is now out. If you don't subscribe yet, it's free, so feel free to subscribe here.

Global clea ...

High-efficiency crystalline silicon designs – high efficiency meets “ease” in 2011 By Guest Blogger, Shalom Goffri, Managing Consultant, Energy, Navigant

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:49:29 GMT

During fast and heated growth in 2010, the solar market has seen its share of technology shake-ups as well. In July, Applied Materials made headlines by discontinuing new sales of it SunFab thin-film silicon line after production had fallen woefully behind cost and efficiency expectations of the ...

CSP – is it time? Coverage of CSP Today's CSP Project Development USA Conference

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 15:56:14 GMT

Amid optimistic announcements for gigawatts of CSP installations over the next few years, stage whispers of the barriers this industry continues to face continue. At CSP Today’s Project Development conference held in Denver on October 25 and 26, Stephen Mullennix, Partner at U.S. Renewables ...

What is more economic - biomass power or biofuels?

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 16:12:27 GMT

Author: Guest Blogger Rakesh Radhakrishnan, Ph. D. | Associate Director| Energy | Navigant Consulting, Inc.

A short and very unsatisfactory answer to this question is, “Well it depends!”

In reality, there actually are some critical details that must be underst ...