Filed under Renewable Energy

India’s Solar Powered Future

India’s Solar Powered Future

As India’s economy has been growing exponentially, I have been waiting for them to catch on to the possibility of their greatest resource, sunshine! Now photovoltaic units have substantially decreased in cost due to China’s manufacturing, and with their investment, they could soon become the world’s leaders in this field. With only approximately 1,000 megawatts … Continue reading

China takes the lead in the Wind Energy stakes

China takes the lead in the Wind Energy stakes

Producing over 52,500 megawatts of energy per year, China now tops the US in wind energy production. Apparently one in two of all wind turbines manufactured globally in 2010 ended up in China; and they intend to keep this massive investment going to ramp up to 200,000 megawatts by 2020. Having only really started wind … Continue reading

Europa – A Green City for the Future

Europa – A Green City for the Future

Winners of international design competition, Manuelle Gautrand Architects have put forth an amazing vision for the future for France’s latest city which could turn Paris into a metropolis. The site for Europa lies north of Paris near Charles de Gaulle Airport and some 20+ kilometers from Versailles. Conceived as a destination in itself, with an … Continue reading

What the Frack!

What the Frack!

We’re all well aware by now that the end of the world is nigh (well, maybe) and folks seem to be taking their places for the big showdown. Short-sighted governments and corporations would rather make a quick buck than seriously invest in alternative, sustainable energy solutions such as was  posited by Nikola Tesla a hundred … Continue reading

Sustainability = Common Sense

Sustainability = Common Sense

Having attended a construction industry breakfast meeting , yesterday, I was delighted to be confronted and challenged with the rather pessimistic perspective of Carbon Free Group Director, Jae Mather who delivered an inspiring lecture on the importance of changing the way we live and work. Unfortunately, unless we’re given the truth in no uncertain terms … Continue reading

UK Disincentives Onshore Wind Farms

UK Disincentives Onshore Wind Farms

The Liberal Democrats had a small but significant victory over the Tories this week in getting them to retract their proposals to slash the funding for onshore windfarms. The Treasury, originally planned a 25% decrease in the £400 million per year of state subsides, yet,  in the face on increasing opposition, Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, Ed … Continue reading

Germany’s Wind Farm Plans

Germany’s Wind Farm Plans

Friday 15th June was Global Wind Day, started in Europe in 2007 which then went global in 2009, some 40 countries are now involved in promoting wind energy. Wind turbines are becoming a more frequent sight across the globe, but especially so in Europe, as an estimated fifth of our energy is due to come … Continue reading

Solar Power Up

Solar Power Up

Recently reported in by Inhabitat, a world record was made by Germany recently by feeding 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid over the last weekend in May. According to The Renewable Energy Industry, the solar energy generation amounted to almost half of the nation’s electricity demands over the midday period … Continue reading