(Reuters) – Germany’s fifth-biggest solar power park emerges as a smudge on the horizon long before you reach it on the outskirts of the small, sleepy village of Eberswalde, an hour’s drive north of Berlin. “In the far distance, you can see it,” Peter Kobbe says, pointing through heavy December snowfall as he steers his Citroen van along an icy road. (more…)
(Reuters) – The Chinese government is said to be looking to prepare at least 10 million car parking spots for electric vehicles by 2020 in a new comprehensive policy due to be announced soon, a top executive at a local automaker said on Thursday.
The Chinese government will impose regional emissions targets as part of a national drive to cut the economy’s carbon intensity by 2020, according to a report. While China is studying the potential of a domestic carbon market to achieve its carbon targets, a working group will also be established to develop targets and policies (more…)
India announced last year that it would take its installed solar energy capacity from near zero to 20,000 MW in a matter of just over a decade, by 2022. This is quite an ambitious agenda and several people had doubts regarding the feasibility of such a plan, especially during these tough economic times. (more…)
The mention of wind power today generally conjures up images of rows upon rows of wind turbines lazily spinning in the wind. A Japanese technology company, however, plans to change the world’s conception of wind power with their own building sized wind turbine invention. While the plans sound like they may be a bit far-fetched, the people behind it are certain that they (more…)
An Indian company has developed a technology that converts discarded rice husks into energy, so far providing electricity to 60 rural villages and more than 150,000 people. Adapting a decades-old biomass gasification method, Husk Power Systems created a design they say is so simple that even a high school-educated villager can be trained to operate it. (more…)
It’s a frustrating time for those of us who follow the international energy news and try to get the big picture on the slow migration to renewables. The biggest single problem, of course, is that we live on a planet with almost 200 sovereign countries each with autonomy to create of its own energy policy — or simply avoid the issue entirely, like we’ve done here in the US. And often, (more…)
One of the biggest green movements in the aviation industry has to be the focus on trying to find the perfect biofuels to cut down the carbon emissions given off by an airplane using standard jet fuel. Many aviation companies, fuel companies, and various branches of the military in both the United States and other nations have had varying degrees of success utilizing mixes (more…)
Japanese government and industries are likely to invest $6.4 billion in green energy technologies over the next 15 months.
The Japanese government would offer subsidies worth $1.9 billion while the rest of the investment is likely to come from some 142 companies which include Fuji Electric Holding, Toda Kogyo Corp, Toshiba Corp, (more…)