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MIT Aerogel Generates Passive Heat From Sunlight

According to MIT News, an aerogel is a foam-like material made of silica particles. Silica is the basic ingredient in glass. It is abundant and inexpensive. Aerogels can be a highly efficient and lightweight insulating material but generally block much of the visible light that falls on them, limiting their usefulness as solar heat collectors. […]

Wind And Solar’s Share Has Grown 700 Percent Without Reliability Issues

Utility executive covering the energy shortfall of renewable power generation technology with electricity provided by battery storage systems. Industry concept for green energy volatility,GETTY

Jeff McMahon   The share of electricity supplied by wind and solar jumped from 1 percent to 8 percent in the U.S. over a decade without causing reliability issues, according to a recent report to members of Congress. There have also been occasions when renewables supplied the majority of power, energy policy analyst Ashley J. […]

Renewables Catching Nuclear Power In Global Energy Race

Forbes Magazine Robert Rapier This article is the fifth in a series on BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2019. Previous articles in this series covered carbon dioxide emissions, petroleum supply and demand, the production and consumption of coal, and global natural gas trends: BP Warns Of An Unsustainable Path The U.S. Accounted For 98% Of Global Oil Production Growth In 2018 Coal Demand […]

China Stands Ready To Become Offshore Wind Powerhouse

Inshore project in Xiangshui, Jiangsu, China Image Credit: Goldwind

from   Clean Technica China’s offshore wind turbine manufacturers could become some of the most dominant in the industry without ever having to succeed overseas, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, with the country’s offshore wind market set to add 40 gigawatts (GW) of capacity over the next decade. Inshore project in Xiangshui, Jiangsu, China […]

Floating wind ‘buoys’ RE investment in France

Latest EY attractiveness index sees European country move up two place to third place in the rankings 15 May 2019 OTHER NEWS China and the US have maintained the top two places, respectively, in the EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, with France moving up two places into third on the back of developments in […]

NH Energy Codes Need Updating AND Enforcement

There is lots of talk in NH energy circles right now about Energy Codes.  There is a bill to upgrade the energy codes in the legislature, and I for one favor it. For full disclosure, I administered NH’s Energy Codes from 1999-2006 and was appointed to the first codes review board by Governor Lynch. The […]

Energy Pathways Ahead

Energy pathways ahead A new study by the Energy Watch Group in Berlin and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland outlines a “technically feasible and economically viable energy pathway for Europe, in which the energy sector (comprising power, heat, transport, and desalination) can reach 100% renewable energy and zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050”.

Record Solar Module Efficiency Recorded

Alta Devices, a California-based subsidiary of Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, set a record for conversion efficiency of 28.9% for a single-junction solar module, it announced. The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory rated Alta Devices’ single junction GaAs module as the world’s most efficient single-junction solar module. [Renewables Now]