Europe goes fast forward on climate

Over the past few weeks I collected a series of news on how the European Union is going fast forward on climate change. One can expect emissions will keep on decreasing in the near future, and this albeit the fact they are already 23 percent below their 1990 levels. 

50 MW giant wind turbines are being researched

Here is some research we might see one day off the coasts around the world : giant 50 MW offshore wind turbines, with blades as long as 200 meters (650 feet). That’s two and a half times longer than any existing wind turbine blade.

Cleantech investments rebounded in 2014

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance global investments in clean energy such as wind and solar bounced back in 2014 with an increase of 16 percent over 2013. They reached $310 billion (260 billion euros).

European Union gets 23.4% of electricity from renewables

Here is another article on Cleantechies focusing on another success story, but this time a European one as clean energy sources are pursuing their rise. The energy transition is slowly taking place. Here is the introduction : ” According to official statistics from Eurobserv’ER, 23.4 percent of the electricity in the European Union came from… Continue reading European Union gets 23.4% of electricity from renewables

United Kingdom got 10 % of its electricity from wind

We have seen in the previous years that the United Kingdom has been investing heavily on wind energy. In 2013 the country started the world’s largest offshore wind farms such as the London Array. It seems these efforts are paying off as no less than ten percent of the electricity demand in the country was… Continue reading United Kingdom got 10 % of its electricity from wind

Wind could account for 18% of global electricity by 2050

The electricity mix of 2050 is getting a bit clearer. To the International Energy Agency analysts, wind power could be behind 18 percent of the global electricity mix by mid century. This has to be compared to a tiny 2.6 percent to date. As the IEA notes : ” The nearly 300 gigawatts of current… Continue reading Wind could account for 18% of global electricity by 2050

The VolturnUS, a US floating wind turbine

I almost never watch news on TV as I find them too depressing and too little focused on the topics that matter to me. So I prefer scanning a few newspapers, my Netvibes page and its many RSS feeds, and, of course, Twitter. But my dear mom still watches the news and thus came across… Continue reading The VolturnUS, a US floating wind turbine

Tapping into local renewables : the Côte d’Opale

A couple of weeks ago I went to Boulogne sur Mer and visited the marvellous Côte d’Opale. I had two great summer days between Boulogne and Calais and strongly recommend this little trip if you are looking for enchanting places. A thing that struck me there is the quantity of wind there is almost all… Continue reading Tapping into local renewables : the Côte d’Opale

An American wind energy revolution

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has published on its website a series on infographics and a great animation showing how wind energy is rapidly gaining pace and its capacity is booming. In 2003, there were 185 wind farms online, powering the equivalent of 1.6 million homes ; in 2008, there were 416 wind farms… Continue reading An American wind energy revolution

Germany is the example on renewables

While the French socialist party is targeting Germany for being too selfish, I thought it would be the ideal time to show how this country has understood vital lessons on renewables others didn’t. For years if not decades, Deutschland has been at the forefront on energy efficiency and renewables. I wrote many articles here on… Continue reading Germany is the example on renewables

A renewable energy boom in Japan

In the wake of the tragic catastrophe and the nuclear incident that shook Japan in 2011, we have seen that the local government is willing to push renewable energy sources forward. Among them, solar energy and wind power. This has led to the installation of 1,12 GW of solar PV capacity in only nine months… Continue reading A renewable energy boom in Japan