Renewables

Worlds largest Solar Power Station

Worlds largest Solar Power Station

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a solar thermal power station in the California Mojave Desert, 40 miles (64 km) south west of Las Vegas, with a planned gross capacity of 392 megawatts. The £1.5 billion facility consists of three power plants with mirrors that focus sunlight on to boilers at the top of the towers, creating steam which drives turbines generating enough electricity...

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Heat pumps extract warmth from cold water

Heat pumps extract warmth from cold water The residents of Drammen have rather an unusual way of keeping warm.   The county capital, 40 miles west of Oslo in Norway, extracts most of the heat needed to insulate its houses, offices and factories against the biting Nordic cold from the local fjord, or more precisely from the water held within it. Averaging 8C throughout the year –...

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Google Solar Farm

Google Solar Farm

Google investing in Residential Solar If you are still not convinced that Solar Power is the future – what if Internet Search Giant Google pledges $1.25 Billion in large scale energy projects including a Solar Farm. In April 2014 Google signed an agreement to put $100 million into a fund with SunPower Corporation to finance residential solar installations. This will make it easier for...

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Solar is still Cheaper that Gas and Oil

Solar is still Cheaper that Gas and Oil

Solar is still cheaper than Gas and Oil, With More Innovations To Come Solar power has come a long way in a short period of time. Just five years ago, the bulk of the energy community viewed it as being unreliable, expensive and difficult to source. Without massive government subsidies, utilities generally shunned solar, sticking with more traditional and reliable generation, namely, coal and...

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Green homes are warmer homes

Green homes are warmer homes

How the UK can move to a low-carbon heat system A recent report by the WWF highlights the importance of Renewable energy, namely Solar PV Panels and Solar Hot Water. High levels of energy efficiency As a rule, the buildings we are paying to heat in the UK are very inefficient. Because so much heat is lost, we need a large amount of energy just to provide an adequate temperature. This means...

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Balancing renewable energy costs and optimizing energy mix

Balancing renewable energy costs and optimizing energy mix

Balancing Renewable Energy Costs Increasing reliance on renewable energies is the way to achieve greater CO2 emission sustainability and energy independence. As such energies are yet only available intermittently and energy cannot be stored easily, most countries aim to combine several energy sources in order to balance Renewable Energy Costs. In a new study in EPJ Plus, French scientists have...

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