Monthly Archives: November 2017

How Google Is Using Moonshots to Solve Climate Change

Converting seawater to fuel, storing energy in salt, and using robotics to drill geothermal wells. These are all ideas that have gone through Alphabet’s “moonshot factory” named X, formerly Google X, which builds and tests out prototypes in an attempt to address really big global problems like climate change. At the New York Time’s ClimateTECH

WEC Energy Group to replace Wisconsin coal plant with 350MW of solar

Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group, the parent company of Wisconsin utility We Energies, will shut down the 1,190MW coal-fired Pleasant Prairie facility and replace it with a 350MW PV facility, per the BizTimes Milwaukee. …read more

Aera, GlassPoint to build California’s largest solar plant to cut carbon emissions at oilfield

California oil and gas producer Aera Energy and GlassPoint Solar are set to built California’s largest solar energy project — which will be used to power operations and reduce carbon emissions at the Belridge oilfield west of Bakersfield, California. …read more

Despite Some Major Bumps, Bonn Climate Summit Got the Job Done

By the time the last gavel came down early in the morning of November 18, international climate negotiators in Bonn paved the way to the next climate summit in Katowice, Poland in 2018. There, the rules underpinning the Paris Agreement will be finalized and countries can signal their commitments to enhance national climate plans by

Will Solar Panels Clean Themselves in the Future?

The accumulation of dirt on solar panels has been proven to reduce their efficiency significantly, placing a heavy burden on owners to keep the panels clean in order to ensure project viability. U.K.-based Opus Materials Technologies says it has received funding that will help it validate a new coating that will allow solar panels to

5 Solar Innovations That Will Make Engineers Giddy

There’s no question that the solar industry has gained the solid standing it now enjoys by employing certain winning technologies, but there also is always room for improvement. We’ve seen a few intriguing innovations in solar crop up that aren’t on the commercial starting line, but that you may want to watch in 2018. …read

UAE’s Enviromena bought by UK infrastructure fund

UAE-based, Enviromena Power Systems, a clean energy developer based in Abu Dhabi, has been bought by UK-based, Arjun Infrastructure Partners (AIP). …read more

Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency joins global summit in Dar Es Salaam

Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency (REA) will give the keynote address to around 200 public and private sector attendees at PV Tech’s Solar & Off-Grid Renewables Summit in Dar Es Salaam next week. …read more