New York State unveils solar thermal plans

Solar photoelectric and concentrating solar thermal are all the rage and little is said about the much simpler solar thermal. However this technology has a huge potential as New York will soon show. Indeed the US State is willing to add the equivalent of no less than two gigawatts of capacity by 2020. Heating water… Continue reading New York State unveils solar thermal plans

Portugal’s bold renewable energy policy

To CleanTechnica : ” Five years ago, when 17% of Portugal’s energy came from renewable energy – about like California now – the government made a bold decision to aim for 45% during the next five years – by 2010.” And it worked : the country is due to reach this most ambitious goal by… Continue reading Portugal’s bold renewable energy policy

Indian renewable energy capacity grows rapidly

I write a lot about China – and even more as it became the world’s first energy consumer – and too little about its neighbor, India. So when I find something on how the local goverment is advancing on cleantech, I have to share this. To CleanTechnica : ” India is on target to achieve… Continue reading Indian renewable energy capacity grows rapidly

China to take the lead in the cleantech arms race

It seems that at least one country clearly understood how cleantech is important, even vital in today’s and tomorrow’s world. Indeed, the People’s Republic of China is going full speed ahead at developing all clean energy sources. On June 19 it revealed a $738 billion dollar plan – 545 billion euros – to develop cleaner… Continue reading China to take the lead in the cleantech arms race

Indonesia to invest massively in volcano power

To the AFP : “Indonesia has launched an ambitious plan to tap the vast power of its volcanoes and become a world leader in geothermal energy, while trimming greenhouse gas emissions.” “The sprawling archipelago of 17,000 islands stretching from the Indian to the Pacific Oceans contains hundreds of volcanoes, estimated to hold around 40 percent… Continue reading Indonesia to invest massively in volcano power

A third form of marine energy : OTEC

According to GreenTech Media, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion is after wave and tidal energies the third form of ocean power. Albeit it was discovered a century ago, there have been few attempts at tapping this energy source. To Wikipedia, OTEC ” uses the temperature difference that exists between deep and shallow waters to run a heat… Continue reading A third form of marine energy : OTEC

Europe to meet its renewable energies goals

These are good news, to the European Commission : “The EU will surpass its target to consume 20 percent of its energy from renewable energy by 2020, according to national forecasts submitted to the European Commission.” Out of the 27 members, 12 may exceed their national targets domestically. But this isn’t the only good news… Continue reading Europe to meet its renewable energies goals

Why we should promote solar water heaters more

France is promoting via aggressive feed-in tariffs the expansion of solar photovoltaic. I believe this is quite a good thing even if our electricity is 90 percent low carbon. (80 percent nuclear and ten percent hydro) Indeed, we will soon need additional capacity for both heat pumps and electric vehicles. However I believe the French (and other)… Continue reading Why we should promote solar water heaters more

Extreme oil anyone ?

While some magazines print sensationalist articles, some other prefer to carry out real research with real facts and figures. New Scientist indeed published an interesting article on what they call extreme – or unconventional – oil. Understanding that peak oil is either near or already arrived we can either burn as much unconventional oil as… Continue reading Extreme oil anyone ?

China’s electricity will be 35% clean by 2020

It seems the arms race is continuing as the People’s Republic of China is willing to get 35 percent of its electricity by renewable energy sources by 2020. This will represent 570 gigawatts of capacity. It is worth noting that the country’s electricity demand is due to double by then and will reach 1,600 GW… Continue reading China’s electricity will be 35% clean by 2020

Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman

I finished reading  this week THE book I would recommend on the current energy and climate issues. Its author – Thomas Friedman – is a columnist for the New York Times and received three times the Pulitzer Prize. To him, the various crises we are facing should not only be considered as a threat but… Continue reading Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman

Mexico invests three billion USD in wind energy

The Mexican government plans to invest up to three billion US Dollars (2.18 billion €) in the next three years in wind power. This will be done in order to generate up to 2,000 megawatts (MW). The Ministry of Energy will team up with local companies to implement wind turbines throughout the country. Seven companies… Continue reading Mexico invests three billion USD in wind energy