Desertec abandons Sahara solar energy export dream

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII) have been been the subject of many articles here. The huge project was due to generate large amounts of renewable energy from solar and wind farms in Northern Africa and bring it to Europe. Criticism had been important as the feasability of generating up to 100 gigawatts of electricity in… Continue reading Desertec abandons Sahara solar energy export dream

EPR costs : a blow to the nuclear renaissance

I have to say that I now have mixed feelings about nuclear. Since I wrote and published my 10 reasons to support nuclear – by far my most popular post on this blog – the catastrophe at Fukushima took place. Now the main French utility – Electricité de France, aka EDF – announced that its… Continue reading EPR costs : a blow to the nuclear renaissance

Singapore is the greenest city in Asia.

I admit I have a strange fascination for Singapore, a hub for Asia as well as a world leader in water treatment. The city -state achieved last year a whooping 15 percent economic growth, ie. ten times more than my home country. Almost despite this, it is according to Siemens’ Asian Green City Index, the… Continue reading Singapore is the greenest city in Asia.

Siemens and GE are going full speed on cleantech

According to Bloomberg : ” Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company, aims to grow its sales from so-called green products designed to save energy to 40 billion euros ($55 billion) by 2014. “ But the competition is fierce and Siemens, not alone : ” Siemens’ competitor General Electric Co. said it will invest about $10… Continue reading Siemens and GE are going full speed on cleantech

Siemens’ European Green City Index

Europe is often considered at the forefront of the environmental scene as the EU keeps working on energy efficiency, renewables, biodiversity and other related issues. However not all countries are equal and so are their capital cities. Siemens published a study – the European Green City Index – which “measures and rates the environmental performance… Continue reading Siemens’ European Green City Index

Floating wind turbine may be a game changer

Offshore wind energy may soon change thanks to a new kind of turbines that literally floats on water. The first 2.3 MW prototype was installed 10 kilometers off the Norwegian coasts on June 8th. Developed jointly by Siemens and StatoilHydro the Hywind windmill can be located where seas depths reach from 120 to 700 meters,… Continue reading Floating wind turbine may be a game changer