Global capacity doubled : a solar boom

To Greentech Media : ” two-thirds of all solar PV capacity in place worldwide has been installed since January 2011. Let’s put that into perspective. It took nearly four decades to install 50 gigawatts of PV capacity worldwide.” ” But in the last 2 1/2 years, the industry jumped from 50 gigawatts of PV capacity… Continue reading Global capacity doubled : a solar boom

Renewables are surging much faster than thought

A close observer of renewable energy markets I am amazed at how fast they are growing around the world. Many countries are banking on them to get out of the current triple crisis. Even if the efforts being done are lacking the necessary scale, results are very encouraging. Portugal is getting 70 percent of its… Continue reading Renewables are surging much faster than thought

Worth an article – my September 2012 tweets

I have been committed since January 2007 to bring you each month a selection of the latest headlines and best researches on sustainable development, climate change and the world energy sector. However, I don’t blog as much as I would like to and generally write around 25 posts per month. But many more news are… Continue reading Worth an article – my September 2012 tweets

Germany is still adding a lot of solar PV capacity

To GreenTech Media : ” Germany installed more than 2 gigawatts of solar in the month of December alone. (…) Installations for the full year will be nearly 7 gigawatts according to the German Solar Industry Association (BSW).” The article goes further : ” According to the BSW, solar power contributes approximately three percent of the German electricity… Continue reading Germany is still adding a lot of solar PV capacity

Solyndra and the booming US solar industry

You might have heard or read about it : Solyndra, one of the largest solar companies in the United States  – it received half a billion in federal loans – has filed for bankruptcy. It has laid off 1,100 people… From there, you might be tempted to say that the US solar industry is going… Continue reading Solyndra and the booming US solar industry

Solar PV gets even more efficient and cheaper

To GreenTech Media : ” SunPower just announced their newest solar panels with total area efficiencies of more than 20 percent. The 96-cell solar panels use SunPower’s 22.4 percent efficient cells .” To Ecogeek : ” Researchers at Empa (the Swiss national research laboratory) have achieved a new record in thin-film solar cell efficiency. (…)… Continue reading Solar PV gets even more efficient and cheaper

Hydrogen: A dream or delusion?

This is the title of an interesting article at GreenTech Media. Here are some essential quotes of it : ” Hydrogen. In green technology circles, just mentioning the word is enough to start an argument. “ ” Hydrogen could become a ubiquitous source of electricity and heat, say advocates. Plus, it’s somewhat prevalent. Hydrogen remains… Continue reading Hydrogen: A dream or delusion?

Green IT, the other cleantech

To Ashok Kamal in CleanTechies : ” In many academic, policy and business circles, the term “clean tech” is synonymous with renewable energy.” However under this term we can put among others electric cars and green IT. And the latter is very important and promising as GreenTech Enterprise notes that it is the biggest green… Continue reading Green IT, the other cleantech

The USA and China cooperate on climate change

Last week two different news about how the two countries responsible for more than 40 percent of the global greenhouse gases emissions could sign an agreement in November and work together on greentech. To the New York Times a deal on climate change could be signed in November when President Obama will visit China. No… Continue reading The USA and China cooperate on climate change