Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 7 January 2014

IHS 2014 solar predictions
January 2, 2014 - After two years of downturn, the global solar industry is on the rebound. This is according to IHS researchers who have issued their 2014 solar predictions.

* Worldwide PV installations are set to rise by double digits in 2014, in the range of 40 to 45 GW, despite multiple risks like reduced support and incentives in major European markets, a still-fragile global economy and major trade disputes rocking the industry. This is according to IHS, which bases this prediction on a bottom-up analysis of more than 100 countries.

* With the cost of solar energy plunging, PV energy storage system (PVESS) installations worldwide are set to quadruple in 2014, totaling 753 MW -- up from 192 MW in 2013. read more>>>

Wind industry expected to coast through 2018
January 2, 2014 - The wind power industry is "booming," according to research firm IBISWorld, citing an average annual growth rate in revenue of 16.9 percent -- up to $6.9 billion -- in the five years through 2013, including anticipated growth of 8.6 percent in 2013.

Over the past five years, favorable government assistance has made wind power cost competitive with other electricity-generation sources, increasing wind power's share of the total electricity generated in the United States from 0.4 percent in 2005 to 3.2 percent in 2012. Going forward, stronger economic activity and a focus on energy independence and reducing greenhouse gas emissions will extend this growth, according to IBISWorld. read more>>>


16th edition of WETEX attracts over 1,500 exhibitors from 40 countries
02 January 2014 - The exhibition will coincide with “World Green Economy Summit”, which will be held in the UAE in collaboration with Dubai Green Economy Partnership under the theme “Global Partnerships, Sustainable Future”, where DEWA supervises its organization under the umbrella of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

Themed ‘At the forefront of sustainability’, the 16th edition of Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), held under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance of the UAE and President of DEWA, between 14 – 16 April 2014 in Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, registered a 9.33% increase in number of exhibiting companies and nearly 20% increase in number of participating counties until date. It is estimated that WETEX 2014 has attracted so far more than 1500 exhibitors from 40 countries, compared to 1360 companies from 32 countries in 2013 edition. read more>>>

Ascent Solar to Build New Manufacturing Plant in China
1/02/2014 - China may be the solar manufacturing hub of the world, but it’s not a place where U.S companies have set up production lines. But Colorado-based Ascent Solar Technologies is doing just that and announced Thursday a joint venture with a local government to build a large solar panel factory.

Ascent said it plans to build a 100-megawatt factory and will enjoy quite a bit of financial help from its partner, the city of Suqian in the Jiangsu Province on the east coast. The factory would shorten the distance for Ascent to ship its products to some of its suppliers and customers. read more>>>

{Actually forbes seems to be abit behind the times. They aren't the only American company setting up shop, even American energy companies are investing in clean energy growth in China, like Duke Energy helping build alternative energy cities in same!}

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Favourable Consumer Attitudes Toward Clean Energy Have Rebounded Significantly in the Last Year
Jan. 2, 2014 - Public attitudes toward clean and renewable energy concepts play an important role in determining the growth of these technologies. Over the last few years, consumer attitudes toward these concepts have tended to fluctuate and, in several cases, decline. Click to tweet: According to a new consumer survey from Navigant Research, favorable attitudes for a number of these concepts, particularly solar energy, wind energy, hybrid vehicles, and electric cars, rebounded significantly from their 2012 levels.

The average favorability rating for the 10 concepts, which fall under the categories of clean energy, clean transportation, smart grid, and building efficiency, also rose, to 51 percent, the highest level seen in Navigant Research’s annual survey since 2010. read more>>>

Asia-Pacific Analysis: Tapping the power of the sun
Dec. 23, 2013 - In November 2012, Tokelau, a tiny Pacific territory of New Zealand located midway between New Zealand and Hawaii, earned the distinction of becoming the first country in the world to completely give up fossil fuels and become solely powered by solar energy. Tokelau now has a solar capacity equivalent to 150 per cent of its needs. [1]

The New Zealand government, which had supported Tokelau in setting up its renewable energy systems, is now working with the European Union to help the Pacific nations of Tonga and the Cook Islands to develop their own solar power.

This initiative makes sense in these island nations where it is mostly sunny and where pricey imported diesel generators are the main source of electricity, leaving them vulnerable to volatile global fuel prices. read more>>>

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Consumers favor solar, wind as part of future energy portfolio
January 3, 2014 - Public sentiment toward clean renewable energy has been all over the place in recent years, including down. However, favorable attitudes toward solar, wind, hybrid vehicles, and electric cars have rebounded significantly from 2012 levels, according to a new consumer survey from Navigant Research.

The average favorability rating for the 10 concepts (solar, wind, nuclear, hybrid vehicles, electric cars, natural gas vehicles, biofuels, smart grid, smart meters, and LEED certification) also increased 51 percent -- the highest level seen in Navigant Research's annual survey since 2010. read more>>>

2014 WFES Green Career Fair: Renewable Energy Offers Significant Potential For Job Creation
5 January 2014 - As businesses around the world realise that sustainablepractices are vital to remaining competitive, the Green Career Fair, to be heldin partnership with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Reed Exhibitionsduring the 7th World Future Energy Summit from 20-22 January,will be a valuable opportunity for recruiters to highlight job opportunities attheir companies and provide career guidance in the advanced energy and sustainability industry.

The Green Career Fair aims to provide cost-effective and convenient ways to create social and professional networking opportunities. read more>>>

Simple, Cheap Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency
Jan. 3, 2014 — Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells. Their modification can increase solar cell efficiency by more than 30 percent.

Polymer-based solar cells have two domains, consisting of an electron acceptor and an electron donor material. Excitons are the energy particles created by solar cells when light is absorbed. In order to be harnessed effectively as an energy source, excitons must be able to travel quickly to the interface of the donor and acceptor domains and retain as much of the light's energy as possible. read more>>>

Relaunching the economy through green growth
07 January 2014 - The world is changing and it is changing fast. We have all heard the estimates that our population will reach 9 billion by the mid of the century at the latest. In just one generation there will be an additional 2 billion people on the planet, more than the total amount of the global population at the beginning of the 20th Century when it was 1.5 billion. That's more than 200.000 people per day; in 40 weeks the population of Italy; in only nine days the population of my own country, Slovenia.

Europe's economies are built on centuries of resource intensive growth. Throughout their evolution and diversification, our industrial economies have provided great advances in wealth, health and living standards. But at the same time they have scarcely moved beyond the fundamental structure established in the early days of industrialisation, where economic growth relied heavily on the increasingly extensive use of cheap and abundant resources, not just minerals and metals but also natural capital. It also had devastating impacts on the environment, which we are still trying to redress today. read more>>>

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