The Battle for Renewable Energy

Gas energy or renewable

Gas or Renewable ?

Israel

has passed policy to change the quoted amounts from the installation of wind renewable energy to solar energy. It’s goal to for 10% renewable energy by 2020. Competition from natrual gas of which Israel has vast reserves  of under the sea will challenge the policy makers as to which way it travels.

Map of USA solar hot spots

Solar hot spots

USA

A few years ago Stanford professor Mark Jacobsen pointed out the possibilities of the US being %100 renewable energy by 2050

Scotland renewable

Scotland

Scotland

Currently %40.3 of Scotland energy is from renewable sources, it expect to reach %50 by 2015

farm hose powered by solar energy

solar power

Germany

Towards the end of 2013 renewable energy hit 59%. Germany expect that by 2015 75% of it’s power use will be by renewable means.

wind turbine

Wind turbines in austria

UK & EU

Wind power is expanding faster than solar. The UK and the EU are committed to lowering the levels of carbon emission. The drive for renewable energy has never been greater. All over Europe the evidence of renewable energy can clearly be seen.

Mexico solar power

Mexico solar power

Mexico

Mexico already leads Latin America in solar energy production. A law passed in 2012 that renewable energy will reach 35% by 2024

NZ Wind Power

NZ turbine

New Zealand

Already  New Zealand produces one of the world highest levels of renewable energy, currently at 73% with a target of 90% be 2024

Iceland's wind power

Wind power

Iceland & Norway

These two nation leads the world by using over 90% of renewable energy.

Just a few examples of countries driving hard towards the use of renewable energy, with the added benefit of reducing carbon emission .

Solar Power News From Around The World

Solar Power News

Rawlemon’s beautiful, spherical solar energy generators, from Gizmag

redesigning what solar panels of the future will look like click HERE to read more details Rawlemon has designed an aesthetic take on  solar power devices

Development of flat batteries are showing great promise. An inexpensive high capacity organic battery has been developed by Professor Michael Aziz at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Read More

5 Countries You (Probably) Didn’t Know Were Going Solar

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Communities Unite

Community use of solar energy appears to be gaining ground in the United States, certainly one way of sharing cost and getting the benefit of using a renewable source of energy Read More

New Zealand Solar Power

The use of Solar Energy in New Zealand is on the increase, installers are predicting a bumper year as forward sales show a huge increase according to news paper reports. New Zealand certainly is most suitable for solar power with record sunshine hours being recorded in many parts of the country.

China Decides Which Solar Energy Companies Live or Die

The US has it’s work cut our trying to complete with state owned solar panels in China Read More

O’Fallon Missouri

Construction of the largest solar panel installation is being undertaken in O’Fallon Missouri it will be about the size of 19 foodball fields and cost between $10-$20 million US making it the largest of it’s kind in Missouri. Read More

A cheaper method of storing solar energy

With new technology comes new break through with the problem of storing solar energy Read More

solar grant illustrates why Keystone oil pipline is doomed

Energy Power Plant Being Developed In Chile

Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/13/110-mw-concentrated-solar-energy-power-plant-developed-chile/#hxqC5ILRVT2MSwE2.99

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New Developments In Solar Cell Technology

 

Scientists see clues for improving solar energy cells

photovoltaic panel

Ground mounted solar panels

New developments in solar cell technology, according to Dr Gregory Scholes, professor of Chemistry and a renowned scientist in plant photosynthesis at the University of Toronto, Canadian. Scientists are investigating the possible use of a broader part of the solar spectrum.

Through bio-inspired understanding, artificial light systems are paving the way for an environmentally-friendly energy source.

This can mean that solar cells of the future can optimize themselves for local light conditions.

Given that many countries experience long dark winters nights, this could encourage the development of solar energy on a much wider scale. To read and understand the full article check Here.

I’ve been a supporter of solar energy for a long time. As a child playing around with a magnifying glass, I was fascinated at how energy could be focused on a single point and create such intense heat.

A solar cell is somewhat different in that the silicone cell, first invented in 1941 by Russel Ohl,  attracts light and converts it into energy.

Unfortunately, development has been slow since Russel Ohl invented that first cell. The cry that it’s always been too expensive has robbed generations of people worldwide of what should now be a cheap source of energy.

Even in this day and age many still believe it’s too expensive and of course it is! But like so many inventions that start off costing a small fortune, they do become cheaper as technology advances and improves the product.

The first colour television was twenty times more expensive than they are today. The bic pen was 30 times more expensive and the basic calculator was over a hundred times more so. My first mobile phone cost me $1600 and it was very basic, offering only a few percent of what today’s phones offer. In the 1990’s I bought my first digital camera, a Kodak  5 meg that cost me $1400. Today a similar camera would be under $100.

Something stopped the development of solar energy all these years ago. Perhaps it was the Oil companies – we can always blame them – or perhaps the politicians who support the oil companies. Maybe it was the enthusiasm for nuclear power which, at the same time, can develop a nuclear bomb. Good cost cutting method – kill ‘em off or give ‘em power, you choose.

Once governments figure out that you can use solar energy for war it will be all go, no problem with development costs then (Yes, I’m just being sarcastic)

Imagine if you can, the benefits to third world countries if solar energy became cost effective – think how cheap it could be to pump water across hundreds if not thousands of kilometers of dry barren land, or pump it up from deep wells. Machinery could be used in the most isolated places without the need for oil and manufacturing and employment could enrich these poor countries.

These things are possible with advancement in solar energy, plus it needs a massive change in the attitude of the richer nations who begrudge anyone coming close to them. Lets encourage finding new developments in solar cell technology, it will benefit mankind worldwide.

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Solar Power Advances In The United States

 

Solar power advances in the United Statessolar energy panels

For thousands of years, humans have turned to the natural power of sunlight for warmth, lighting and even directional assistance. As today’s humans attempt to tackle the looming energy challenges of an increasingly crowded planet, nations around the world are turning to the obvious benefits of the sun as a source of renewable resources. Solar power advances in the United States continues to be channeled for home and water heating, but is less common in the United States than in many other western countries, but USA advances solar power are on the rise.  

Map of USA solar hot spotsAmericans get used to solar energy

The interest is clearly there, and solar alternatives are no longer viewed by most Americans as newfangled notions shared by only a small handful of environmental activists. Research carried out in 2011 suggested that of every 10 polled Americans, nine were in favor of prioritizing and developing new solar technologies. Embracing their duties as some of the country’s most powerful voices for communicating changing industry trends in smart energy usage, utility companies nationwide are expected to begin absorbing larger portions of responsibility for embracing and raising awareness of the advantages of solar power.  

farm hose powered by solar energyRebates and tax credits

Unlike some other developed countries, the United States currently has no standard energy policy, but several states have established individual priorities to encourage use of solar and other natural energy sources. Legislation proposed in California would require state utilities to create action plans to use renewable sources for at least 33 percent of electricity needs by the close of the year 2020; Louisiana and New Hampshire are among the states with residential energy rebates or tax credits for solar installations.  

The US attempts to be a global leader in solar energy

The nation is already home to some of the planet’s largest solar plants, and plans are underway to implement a number of future installations that will position the country as a global leader in the use of solar energy as an alternative to traditional utilities. Solar Energy Generating Systems, the world’s biggest solar installation, is located in California, and the southwestern United States is already a hotspot for solar installations. Current trends show that USA advances solar power will only increase over the next few decades. Within the next 10 years, solar power could be supplying as much as 10 percent of the country’s power requirements, and America’s world market share of solar installations has nearly doubled since 2011.

Solar energy billboardEarth’s limited resources

The news is encouraging for a planet where more than 7 billion citizens are compelled to share Earth’s limited natural resources, some of which cannot be renewed within a standard human lifetime. As powerful nations and key influencers, the United States and its peers have the ability to affect positive change on a global level, and only on that level will future generations be able to succeed. The days of sundials may have passed into obscurity, but smart solar technology is a more timely idea than it has ever been. In an era in which energy wars are already showing signs of reaching crisis levels, the powers of the sun, long one of humankind’s most important sources of free resources, have never been more necessary.

Solar power and conflicts

Government backtracks

Recently in Western Australia the government thought to half the power feed back payment to the 75,000 users of solar energy, after massive protest from it’s voter the government back tracked. Support was so great that even government MPs demanded a rethink and with the next election on 7 September the government could not afford to upset those who have invested in solar energy.

Bankrupt solar panel maker Suntech

Will the Chinese government step in and buy a slice of Suntech that went into bankruptcy in March owing $1.75 billion.
Investors are looking closely at how to restructure the company and have taken on board two directors with vast experience in reviving troubled companies.

Solar Power Co-operatives

In the UK companies are banding together to form Solar Energy Co-operative as a means of sharing risk, management and cost.

Edison’s not playing fair

California has it’s share of blackout and some people wanted to run solar systems with battery backup, against those time of no available main power. Edison’s said no as batteries were considered power generators. The groups complaining say no battery’s are not generator, they are storage units (Thought everyone would know that) but it seems the Edison’s won’t change it’s mind any time soon.

Habitat for Humanity

Not only are Habitat for Humanity helping out those less fortunate by donating a solar system to a family in Bridgeport Connecticut but are also in cooperating systems into homes they are building.

Solar Energy News from around the World

Solar Energy News from around the World

 

China

got a hand slap form the European Union over dumping Chinese solar made panels on the European market The EU concluded that the panels were sold 80% below the normal value.

The EU imported 11.5 billion euros worth of solar product in 2012  but with one of China largest solar panel manufactures in trouble, Europe appeared to be a good place to dump them. The EU is using kid gloves, not wanting to upset China as a trading partner.

 

USA

New Jersey Approval was given for solar expansion, New Jersey’s largest utility plans to spend a large amount of the $447 million on solar development  through it’s loan 3 program. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Is pleased with the move.

Canada:

Manufactures in China have been struggling in recent times and arrangement between Canada and China with loan incentives will insure Canada will get $44 million dollar loan to be able to buy Solar panels from China. The deal looks good for Canada, unless in the meantime new developments in solar panel technology hits the market.

Japan

Habitat for Humanity Starts its first project installing solar energy on a home two years after Tsunami struck Japan. Habitat for Humanity a non-profit organization say it’s the first of 13 homes to get solar power.

Europe

Forecast are that Europe once regarded as the leader in Solar energy is in decline as other market forge ahead.

 

Australia

Renewable energy is expanding rapidly in 2012 about 1GW of new installation took place.

 

Korea

Also expanding the use of solar power with about 252 MW being installed in 2012

 

India

Does not intend being left out  as renewable energy popularity increase its installed 980 MW. The long term investment in India will be a blessing for it’s people.

 

Thailand, Malaysia,  Taiwan, Peru, Brazil and Chile

are all gaining ground in the use of renewable energy

 

New Zealand

Recently completed building its first public library with solar energy and facilities for renewable energy cars to recharge their batterys

USA

Maine launches the first US offshore wind turbine. The 1/8 –scale protype 65 foot high 20KW turbine will be off the coast near Castine


Latest Development on Solar Panels

Solar cells takes leap forward

Finland’s scientists at the Aalto University have announced a break through in developing a more efficient solar cell, referred to as a black cell. standard solar cells cannot convert the sun infrared rays and thus loses much of the sun potential energy. The black cell is able to convert much of this lost energy, giving greater efficiency than ever before. This information comes from Science Daily click to find out more.

Roof solar panels

Roof solar panels


Environment Blogs
Environment online blogs

Renewable energy

Renewable energy

Somewhere in the world, the sun is rising. Somewhere on some coast, it’s high tide. Someplace on the planet, the wind’s power is gently changing the face of a desert, and somewhere in some verdant forest, it’s raining. No matter where they’re happening or when they occur, these phenomena are the indisputable constants of life on Earth.

Street light of all kinds

Street light of all kinds

Sun Wind and Tide

You can’t count on many things, but you can count on these. Could you be relying on them even more heavily? These are more than life-sustaining elements. They’re sources of renewable energy, and they’re too valuable to be taken for granted, no matter how reliable and expected they are.

Using Non-Renewable  Sources

How comfortable would you be with using something that will take generations to replace? If you’re unnerved by that idea, consider this: You’re already doing it every day if you’re consuming non-renewable resources. Guess what? You’re one of more than 7 billion others. The majority of those billions bear no actual malice toward the natural environment, but they’re still driving gas-fueled cars. They’re still contributing to the demand for natural gas and crude oil. They’re still walking through rooms lit by electricity.

Wind turbines in austria

Wind turbines in austria

Cause and Effect

Everyone needs access to the same resources, but these resources are available only in finite amounts. Scarcity of resources drives demand, and demand drives prices. Everyone knows what happens to supplies when demand rises. Don’t ignore the potential consequences of one of the simplest cause-and-effect warnings out there.

Paying the Bills
If you need an immediate motivator, start with the financial realities. If you’re one of the millions of people trying to make ends meet on a slim budget or sluggish income, you can’t sustain an uninvited spike in your utility bills. Even if you do your part to practice sensible stewardship of resources, you can’t control choices made by your neighbors. The global population is more interconnected than you may think. You’re not just paying for your own gas or electricity; you’re paying for everyone else’s. How’s that for fair?

Time is Running Out

What are the more radical implications? It’s easy to misunderstand names like “natural gas” because they include the word “natural,” leading some people to erroneously believe that these resources are automatically replenished by the planet and are therefore available in abundance. There’s one major fallacy camouflaged by that way of thinking. The planet doesn’t run on humankind’s concept of time, and many of the non-renewable resources being consumed today will literally take millennia to restock. Who will be left holding the bag? Your descendants’ lives may depend on knowing how to make solar energy, use wind or water wisely, or find alternate heat sources. Don’t you want to leave them a legacy now?

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Ground mounted solar panels

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The Power of Solar Energy

Solar energy

Imagine getting down to the basics. Think of paring all of life’s trappings down until only the cream of the barest necessities rises to the top, leaving the nonessentials to curdle on the bottom where they belong. It’s a breeze to trim the extravagances, but are you willing to go without electricity? Here in the 21st century, you’d be a rare creature indeed if you were.

Tower solar panel

Tower solar panel

Here’s truth number one: Electricity is not nearly as essential as you may have been led to believe it is. There’s a sea change brewing in today’s society when it comes to responsible use of resources, and it has many people contemplating a switch to solar power. Find out what you need to know about how to get solar energy, and learn how to avoid the pitfalls that keep many home and business owners from maximizing one of our planet’s most valuable renewable resources.

Why go solar?

Of the two most obvious reasons for going solar, one undoubtedly matters very much to you: your wallet. The other should matter just as much: Earth. The billions of humans now sharing our planet are placing heavy burdens on its resources, and most of those resources aren’t bottomless. They’ll go away eventually, and before they do, their costs may change with manic unpredictability, trickling directly down to your own dollar.

Ground mounted solar panels

Isn’t it expensive to use solar energy? Don’t mistake the modern nature of the movement for a pricey enterprise. The sun is no brand-new cell phone or tablet, and there’s nothing modern about the idea of using it. Why did so many ancient cultures design and build based on the location of the sun? It’s time to find out.

Getting started

If you want to know how to get solar energy, do a little groundwork first. No matter when your home or building was erected, it’s safe to say that it may not have been constructed with an eye for efficiency. This doesn’t mean you can’t make it efficient; it means only that you need to inspect your building with a fine-toothed comb. Consider a professional energy audit. This step might reveal surprising things about your usage, especially in terms of how much energy you might be losing. As you’re inspecting your property, view doors, windows and outdoor insulation with a critical eye; these sneaky spots are notorious energy suckers, and they can hurt rather than help you when you make the switch to solar. Keep in mind that this isn’t a process that benefits from cutting corners; many people interested in overnight savings are disillusioned to find that a drafty, poorly-insulated home powered by solar energy leaks as much energy as a traditionally powered home does.

If you’re not an energy expert, it’s wise to consult a certified professional who can evaluate your property to make sure you’re a suitable candidate for the switch. An expert can also shed light on the differences between the primary types of solar power and their benefits in the home.

Roof solar panels

Roof solar panels

Types of solar power

Passive solar power implies exactly what its name suggests: use of the sun without the help of mechanics. If you have skylights or strategically located windows, your home may already be well on the way to reaping these benefits, and even minor re modelling jobs can help a structure capitalize on the placement of the sun. If you’re building or renovating, consider materials with a significant thermal mass; these will further complement and hold the sun’s natural power.

Passive solar power’s cousin, solar thermal power, is a great friend of your water heater. Solar thermal power systems aren’t as hands-off as passive solar power designs are, but with properly installed connecting devices, they’ll keep the electric and gas companies’ hands off your wallet.

Solar electric systems, on the other hand, give the sun its biggest bang by turning its rays into electricity. These systems owe their wonders to a concept known as photovoltaic, the process of utilizing solar panels to channel the sun’s photons. Of the three systems, photovoltaic systems may be the most expensive to install, but the cost and energy savings will come back to you in spades over the years. When compared to traditional electrical meters, which continue to run for hours even for innocuous tasks such as keeping electronic devices charged, solar panels can also retain the sun’s power even after Mother Nature’s generator has switched places with the moon for the night.

Street light of all kinds

Street light of all kinds

 

 

Are you ready to start using Earth’s most reliable renewable  resource? If you’re hesitant to make a total move to solar power, try getting your feet wet first; solar usage isn’t an all-or-nothing commitment. Start by tackling just a few of the areas of your home now using standard electricity, and take a piecemeal approach to replacing some of these with solar power. You’ll probably find that your energy bill goes down significantly, and you’re likely to find yourself one of the world’s newest converts to the miracles of the sun.

No two homes are the same, nor are any two budgets. The price tag on a comprehensive photovoltaic system will naturally differ from that of a passive solar system, but with the appropriate amount of research, you can find out which system is best tailored for your home and your individual needs. Fortunately, a recently amplified interest in solar energy has made these systems more accessible to the general public than they have ever been before.

The astronomers say that the sun, like all stars, will someday die. Here’s the good news: That event will probably be millions of years in the making. For now, that classically constant orb is here to stay. Take a hint from the ancients, who never knew the trappings of electrical wiring, power lines or wall outlets, yet they designed their homes with more common sense than many people do today. Learn more about how you can follow an example that lessens your impact on the environment while freeing your own resources for the future.

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Solar Energy today’s Solution

Solar Energy Powering Homes

Solar Energy companies specialize in harnessing the power of renewable energy for home and business use.  There are many benefits for using solar energy. Today’s technology allows users to effectively store and use solar energy even in the evening.  Renewable energy is an excellent as it is environmentally friendly, non-polluting and is most times considered as the best among similar energy choices.  The eco-friendly nature of this type of energy is one of the reasons that so many more people are turning to solar energy.  Since the sun provides heat and light during the day, a lot of energy can be conserved and saved to powering homes during the night.

When a home or business has an excess of solar power they are able to exchange it for money to various participating power providers. This is a great way to be eco-friendly while also gaining some extra spending cash.  Users can save a large amount on their total monthly power costs due to the low monetary requirements of using solar power setups.  Over a years’ time a single household can save somewhere around $3,000 per year. That is money that could be put back into expanding your solar power setup, which in turn can save you even more.

The Deepwater Horizon burns in April

BP Oil Spill

A large portion of traditional fossil fuel sources of power will release toxic greenhouse gases that have a negative impact on global warming. These types of gasses can be completely avoided by using a solar power setup. Since no harmful gases are produced by using solar power, it’s a spectacular way to increase the nourishment of the ecological balance. Solar power systems also do not have the bio-degrading smog and acid rain that other forms of power generation produce. You can certainly feel much better about yourself by doing your part for the environment.

Solar power has great advantages, as the supply of sunlight is plentiful and renewable. Yet another perk of using solar power systems is the fact that they are quietly functioning, making them much more appealing to most users.  The majority of solar power packages come with back up batteries, converters and control panels which make power outages a very minor inconvenience. If you’re still unsure about converting to this type of power supply source, I’d suggest speaking with some home or business owners who have already made the switch. They will likely be able to give you any information you may still be wondering about.