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Intermittent renewable power not making the grid unreliable

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The opponents of renewable energy development usually point to the intermittency of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind when discussing the major setbacks of the current renewable energy development. They even say that the increased renewable energy generation can lead to unreliable grid and cause problematic energy supply.

Several studies have proved otherwise. Last year's study commissioned by the US government concluded that the stability of energy supply is not being threatened by the increase in renewable energy generation.

The latest report by the IEEFA (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis) also says that major power systems can cope with increasing shares of intermittent renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, if the appropriate measures are taken.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:12 Read more...

California - A perfect market for electric vehicles

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California continues to lead the nation in terms of renewable energy development. Solar, wind, geothermal - all these energy sources are becoming increasingly important in "The Golden State" but there is also one other important sector contributing to clean energy goals, namely electric vehicles.

California has more electric vehicles than any other U.S. state, around 350,000, and this number could increase 15 fold by 2030 if California Gov. Jerry Brown's new environmental initiative reaches its planned targets.

According to this initiative the state set a goal of 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030, major increase from a previous target of 1.5 million by 2025, and a plan to spend $2.5 billion in new funding to buy cleaner vehicles. The state's eight-year plan is to spend $2.5 billion between now and 2025, expanding the number of electric-vehicle charging stations from roughly 14,000 now to 250,000.

Since transportation is still the largest source of greenhouse gases in California, accounting for about 39 percent of the total, going for more clean vehicles looks like the safest bet to significantly reduce state's greenhouse gas emissions.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 January 2018 13:07 Read more...

DTACL systems can improve solar energy efficiency

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There is a widespread opinion among the energy experts from all around the world how there is an enormous potential of solar energy. But in order for solar energy to fulfill its potential and become dominant source of global energy supply it will need to significantly improve its efficiency.

Traditional solar panel systems have limited effectiveness, as they are only capable of functioning while the angle of the sun to the earth is just right to maximize the amount of harnessed energy.

The recent research from the University of Kansas studied the possible solutions to boost the performance of solar panels. The starting premise of this research was the fact that movable light shelves and the ones with curved surfaces can diffuse sunlight with greater efficiency than traditional fixed, flat systems.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 13:46 Read more...

Quick Guide To Efficient Home Heating

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One way of saving energy is to use it as efficiently as possible. Renewable energy and energy efficiency usually go hand to hand when discussing potential solutions to save energy in your home.

Choosing the right heating option saves energy but it also keeps more money in your pockets. Many households in temperate climates spend significant part of their energy budget on keeping their homes warm.

The starting point of each efficient home heating system should be keeping your home well insulated and air-sealed as possible. You should use top quality central heating radiators and make necessary steps to prevent heat from escaping with proper sealing and insulation.

Things have changed significantly in the last two decades or so, meaning that today you can use heating systems powered by renewable energy such as geothermal heating systems or solar heating systems.

Why use renewable energy powered heating systems instead of the traditional ones? I will explain this by using geothermal heating systems as an example.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 13:50 Read more...

Why More Businesses are Going Sustainable, and What You Can Do to Follow Their Example

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Today’s business is much different than it was even 10-years ago. Employees can be a little more mobile, suits aren’t as boxy, and an entire business can be run through a smartphone. There’s been another shift, however. Businesses today have become a lot more sustainable.

Businesses across Australia have made a decision to be more eco-friendly - to not leave as large of a carbon footprint as they did before. Some have certainly been told to try AGL solar for solar power, while others have been given advice on how to make their office more carbon neutral.

Having a more sustainable business is an excellent shift in the right direction - and one that you can very easily make too.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 05:43 Read more...

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