Features for November 2015
The World-Market Status special report – The solar thermal power market grew after a period of uncertainty during the global recession. Despite this growth, the future of solar thermal power is still unclear, unlike other alternatives (such as PV), which are gaining popularity thanks to continued cost reductions.
30 November, 2015
Britain's mild autumn so far has been a pleasant surprise for most of us, but a nasty shock for the UK electric grid operator. Although the weather forecasters may soon get their predicted freezing gales and heavy snowfall, a chill wind has already blown industry expectations off course when unexpected plant shortages sent wholesale prices rocketing an average of £60/MWh to £2,500MWh.
27 November, 2015
The World-Market Status special report – In a strong shift from previous years of European leadership, Asia takes lead in the PV market with more than half of the total world market. Europe settles as the second largest market, followed by North America.
27 November, 2015
The World-Market Status special report – With its environmental, social and technical benefits acknowledged more than ever, hydro continues to play a strong and vital role, as the leading renewable energy source.
26 November, 2015
The World-Market Status special report – Although still relatively small, the geothermal market has shown strong growth in 2015, and some favorable condition may soon give it a boost. The pacific “ring of fire” countries are the sole manufacturers of geothermal power, with the US leading as the biggest single producer of electricity from geothermal energy.
25 November, 2015
The World-Market Status special report – Using a variety of technologies to convert organic matter into fuel, biomass is a widely used renewable energy source in the global market. Nevertheless, the primary markets for biomass are changing, and while transport fuels stabilise, heat and electricity are increasing.
24 November, 2015
The World-Market Status special report – After two years of reductions, the 2014 investments in renewables were increasing to the value of 310 billion USD – nearly reaching an all-time high. The renewable energy markets are shifting significantly towards the emerging markets, and hydropower continues as the largest renewable technology with nearly 3 times the cumulated capacity of the second player, the wind sector.
23 November, 2015
The use of virtual reality technology can change people’s perspectives on wind energy, suggests Anne Schipper from Dutch wind energy consultancy Bosch & Van Rijn.
19 November, 2015
“Energy efficiency” is undoubtedly a watchword in the telecoms and data centre industry. How can solar help?
10 November, 2015
Lee Gordon highlights some of the key legal issues relating to planning and construction work for renewable energy storage developments.
09 November, 2015