Energy

Batteries can’t solve the world’s biggest energy-storage problem. One startup has a solution.

Copenhagen, Denmark<p>Sometimes, there can be too much of a good thing.<p>Every so often, from California to Germany, there’s news of “negative electricity prices,” a peculiar side effect of global efforts to generate clean energy. Solar farms and wind turbines produce varying amounts of power based on …

Copenhagen

Trump’s claim that West Virginia is ‘sending clean coal’ to ‘China’

<i>“If you look at what’s happened in West Virginia and so many different places, we’re sending clean coal. We’re sending it out to different places — China. A lot of coal ordered in China right now. So a lot of things are changing, and they’re changing very rapidly.”</i> <b><br>— President Trump, remarks during</b> …

U.S. Politics

5 terrible, horrible, anti-sustainability Trump-era policy proposals

The turbulent political environment in Washington is creating uncertainty for just about every aspect of American life.<p>Among these are efforts by the …

Renewable Energy

How Electric Cars Can Make Your Electricity Cheaper And More Reliable

Electric cars, specifically their batteries, can help balance supply and demand on the grid. In fact, Pacific Gas & Electric and BMW recently released results from a pilot program that demonstrates how electric vehicles can be used as a flexible grid resource while saving money.<p>Batteries in …

Electric Vehicles

Natural gas golden age becomes golden bubble

The “golden age of gas” has not turned out quite as the forecasters and the gas producers who promoted the slogan a few years ago expected.<p>Gas was …

Renewable Energy

China to build world's largest floating solar power plant in major commitment to renewable power

A unit of China Three Gorges Corp. is building a 1 billion yuan (£113 million) floating solar power plant, the world’s biggest, in the nation’s …

Renewable Energy

Why a rural African family without electricity might prefer a kerosene lamp to cheaper solar

The idea that technology and innovation can have a meaningful impact on African countries is something championed in many of the stories you’ll read on Quartz Africa. We regularly see ingenuity across the continent as different communities try to get around daily challenges, in many cases requiring …

Renewable Energy

‘Tsunami of data’ could consume one fifth of global electricity by 2025

Billions of internet-connected devices could produce 3.5% of global emissions within 10 years and 14% by 2040, according to new research, reports Climate Home News<p>The communications industry could use 20% of all the world’s electricity by 2025, hampering attempts to meet climate change targets and …

Environment

Lithium-ion battery packs now $209 per kwh, will fall to $100 by 2025: Bloomberg analysis

Battery-pack prices are the lowest they've ever been, and like a yoga-obsessed limbo contestant, they're primed to go even lower.<p>A report by …

Autos

The 'utopian' currency Bitcoin is a potentially catastrophic energy guzzler

The recent upsurge in the price of Bitcoin seems to have finally awakened the world to the massively destructive environmental consequences of this …

Cryptocurrency

China's Clean Energy Future Has a $1.2 Trillion Problem

In the West, bad children get coal in their Christmas stockings. In China, everyone gets coal, as consumption peaks during the winter-heating season.<p>Its leaders want to change this. In line with President Xi Jinping’s recent call for a “better life” for Chinese citizens, coal power curbs this …

Business

The Clean Energy Revolution will be televised

<i>Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, December 11. All times are Eastern.</i><p>Top pick<p><b>Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution (HBO,</b> …

Renewable Energy

Bitcoin Mining Operations Increase Sharply Resulting in Blackouts

The increasing activities of Bitcoin mining operators have increased sharply in the past few months which resulted in a massive hike in their energy …

Bitcoin

EGEB: Bifaciality record set at 82.1%, 1100kV DC powerlines in China to move renewables, 80GW Tier1 capacity, more

<i>Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news. Featured Image Source.</i><p>Longi claims 82.15% bifaciality record for its PERC solar cell – <i>Bifaciality is commonly defined as the ratio of the output measured from the rearside of a</i> …

Renewable Energy

Homeowners defend 'monster' solar array after complaints

A Massachusetts couple is defending the large pole-mounted solar array in their front yard after it was dubbed the Solar Monster by a local …

Clean Energy

Rosatom says planned Egypt nuclear plant to cost $21 billion

CAIRO (Reuters) - Russian state nuclear company Rosatom said on Monday a power station it will build in Egypt will cost up to $21 billion (£15.7 …

Vladimir Putin

Rethinking Electric Power, Prompted by Politics and Disaster

SEATTLE — Lilo Danielle Pozzo, who teaches chemical engineering at the University of Washington, grew up in Puerto Rico. So when Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September, it felt, she said, like a perfect alignment of needs and expertise: Professor Pozzo studies batteries and electrical …

News (U.S.)

Electrical Power Tap (Power Strip) vs Surge Suppressor for Travel in France

If you're like most travelers on a <b>trip to France</b>, you've got several electronic devices to charge each day.<p>Your French hotel room may have only one …

Electricity

Natural Gas Futures Rally Off 9-Month Lows to Start the Week

Investing.com - Natural gas futures edged higher to start the week on Monday, but prices held close to their lowest level in nine months as market …

Commodities

Canadian Solar CEO offers to take company private

Canadian Solar Inc said on Monday it received a letter to be taken private by its chief executive officer, Shawn Qu.<p>The solar company said Qu has offered to buy all of the outstanding shares he and his wife Hanbing Zhang do not already own for $18.47 per share.<p>The offer represents a 7.1 per cent …

Renewable Energy

Irrational IRP madness grips SA's energy sector

<b>At a media briefing on December 7 2017 during the so-called Energy Indaba, Energy Minister David Mahlobo announced that the long-awaited Integrated</b> …

Business (South Africa)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Many shaking heads over Energy Indaba

Was it a pretence at public consultation for a new integrated resource plan, heavily weighted towards nuclear energy?<p>BL PREMIUM<p>11 December 2017 - …

Business (South Africa)

Utility offers abandoned nuclear site to state agency

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The parent company of South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is offering the site of a failed nuclear reactor project to the state-owned utility Santee Cooper.<p>The State newspaper reported SCANA proposed giving the Fairfield County site to Santee Cooper so the project could be …

Business

Beijing Issues Emergency Order to Relight Coal Generators

Beijing’s city government has ordered power companies to immediately fire up backup coal-burning generators in response to a natural gas shortage in …

News (China)

Entering a new era of natural gas

“Leviathan is going to bring Israel into a new era."<p>Israel is poised to enter a new era of exporting natural gas to her neighbors as well as …

World News

Winds of change: France faces challenges as it embraces offshore wind power

France has launched its first offshore turbine to curb reliance on nuclear and reach climate goals — France could become Europe's second-largest wind …

World News

Incoming Czech industry minister put energy and digitalisation high on agenda

The proposed incoming minister of energy and trade has outlined his priorities. These include energy, ‘smart’ households, dealing with the country’s …

Czech Republic

Passivhaus News

Lark Rise certified Passivhaus Plus<p>Living in a large cold farmhouse, the owners needed little persuading of the merits of aiming for Passivhaus when …

Construction

EDF to Develop 30GW of Solar Capacity in France by 2035

Electricite de France SA (EDF.FR) said on Monday that it will build and develop solar plants in France as part of a "solar power plan" to develop 30 gigawatts of capacity between 2020 and 2035, a volume four times greater than the country's current solar energy capacity.<p>The company's Chief …

Renewable Energy

Business school: Toys are us; leading in a crisis; career change

Andrew Hill<p>December 11, 2017<p>Welcome to the FT Business school newsletter, a weekly serving of management wisdom, reading recommendations and …