New International Solar PV Manufacturing Quality Standard Created, With Help Of NREL
A new international quality standard for manufacturing solar photovoltaic (PV) modules has been created following on 5 years of work by researchers at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and elsewhere, according to a recent press release.READ FULL STORY
Interviewing Gro Brundtland, Sustainability Legend (Video)
Gro Brundtland is the “grandmother of sustainability.” She is a true legend, and the roots of “sustainability” and “sustainable development” sprouted in the famous report named after her, Our Common Cuture, also known as the Brundtland Report.READ FULL BLOG
Seeking All (Young!) Energy Entrepreneurs!
Ever since I finished The World We Made (more than three years ago now), I’ve been obsessed with the sheer speed of change regarding solar and other renewable energy technologies. It’s almost impossible to keep up with each new development/breakthrough/innovation – and I was indeed like the proverbial child in the candy store at last week’s World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. And now I’ve got a chance to add just a tiny pulse of new energy to that extraordinary innovation pipeline.READ FULL BLOG
The Post-Paris Scene, Part 7: A Polluted Postscript
On my last morning in Abu Dhabi, looking out of the window of one of this bewildering city’s multiple high-rise hotels, I watched a blanket of sea mist flooding in across the city until all was engulfed. As it cleared away, over the next hour or so, a brown toxic haze took its place all along the horizon – by far the worst air pollution I’ve ever seen in this part of the world.READ FULL BLOG
The Post-Paris Scene, Part 6: So what are the implications of all this for the UK?
Here’s something telling: for the first time (as far as I can remember) the UK did not have a presence at the World Future Energy Summit. China, Japan, Germany, France, South Korea, Italy – all present and correct. But no trace of the UK.READ FULL BLOG
Do we really care?
Our Planet is not doing very well. Desertification, devastating storms, droughts, flooding, loss in biodiversity and many more increasingly worrying environmental / climate change related threats. Why are we not changing this? Do we have the power, the strength to change? Do we care?READ FULL DISCUSSIONS
Does the global Sustainable Energy Transition pace need to accelerate? If yes, how should we acceler
While current energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond retain a dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, simple mathematics indicate that at the current pace of renewable energy investment (~0.3% of global GDP) the energy available to humans at the end of the century will be a small fraction of the current..READ FULL DISCUSSIONS
Carbon Capture and Storage as Part of our Future Energy System
Energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond indicate growing global energy demand and a continued dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, even as utilization of renewable energy sources expands rapidly…READ FULL DISCUSSIONS
How to Sustain Renewable Energy
Renewable energy is entering a period of uncertainty that mirrors the increasing uncertainty about oil prices. Will increased demand from China and revitalized Western economies maintain oil prices at current levels in the face of increased supply from fracking and possibly from Iran? If so, government support for renewable energy should remain strong. If oil prices fall, however, then as in the 1980s many governments may cut their investments in new energy technologies so that alternative energy sources are unavailable when oil prices rise again. What can we do now to ensure continuing support for renewable energy initiatives in the face of possible short term economic and political pressures?READ FULL DISCUSSIONS