Why Do People Love Solar Power So Much?

I've been covering cleantech professionally since 2009. I've written about countless cleantech solutions. For some reason, nothing seems to get the support of the public as much as solar power. Actually, I think there are a few key reasons this is the case, as well as several other supplementary reasons.

 

 

Inspired By Our Global Youth

I just finished going through all 14 "Global High School" 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalists and writing up articles on them. I am so inspired by these high schools and the active, thoughtful, practical students there.

 

 

Video: Nissan LEAF Prank In South Africa Is Hilarious

There's still a lot of public education that needs to be done in order to make people aware of electric cars... and their many benefits.

 

 

The Most “Futuristic” Car I’ve Seen In Awhile

A Tata Motors electric concept car I recently ran across is one of the most "futuristic" cars I've seen this year. The Tata ConnectNext EV Concept, as you can see, is very inviting thanks to its extensive use of glass. Additionally, the seats sort of hover above the ground. The car, of course, is an electric car, or to be more precise, a plug-in hybrid electric.

 

 

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Solar Boat Race Invitation Announced

Solar power is most logical on stable, stationary roofs. However, there's something especially fun and exciting about solar-powered transport, such as solar airplanes, solar cars, and solar boats. A hot new solar boat race is now planned for July 2015.

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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?

 

 

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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..

 

 

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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…

 

 

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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?

 

 

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