Renewable energy should make up half of all supply by 2030

renewable energy wind turbineThe share of renewables in global power should more than double by 2030 as part of a ‘decade of action’ to advance global energy transformation, achieve sustainable development goals and a pathway to climate safety, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable electricity should supply 57 per cent of global power by the end of the decade, up from 26 per cent today. Continue reading “Renewable energy should make up half of all supply by 2030”

Virtual forest tours for children

Forestry UKThe tours will teach youngsters about the benefits of forests, different types of woodland habitats and wildlife.

Virtual tours of the UK’s forests have been launched to teach children about the work and jobs of the forestry industry.

The tours will also teach youngsters about issues such as the benefits of forests, different types of woodland habitats and wildlife and the importance of trees to the environment, according to the Forestry Commission. Continue reading “Virtual forest tours for children”

Why It’s Too Soon To Let Renewable Energy Subsidies Expire

sunset with wind turbinesRenewable energy is starting to lose its subsidies because it has proved that it can be as cheap and even cheaper than fossil fuels. For example, China and the United Kingdom, two of the most ardent supporters of green energy, have recently pulled back on subsidies, and the Trump administration in the United States would also like to. But while wind and solar power rates can cost less than traditional fuels, the subsidies are masking another problem — one that is becoming apparent as the subsidies are eliminated. Continue reading “Why It’s Too Soon To Let Renewable Energy Subsidies Expire”

Nuclear Power ‘Cannot Rival Renewable Energy’

nuclear power plantNuclear power is in terminal decline worldwide and will never make a serious contribution to tackling climate change, a group of energy experts argues.

Meeting recently in London at Chatham House, the UK’s Royal Institution of International Affairs, they agreed that despite continued enthusiasm from the industry, and from some politicians, the number of nuclear power stations under construction worldwide would not be enough to replace those closing down.

The industry was disappearing, they concluded, while the wind and solar sectors were powering ahead. Continue reading “Nuclear Power ‘Cannot Rival Renewable Energy’”

Is Mass Timber The Path To Sustainable Construction?

mass timber As people become increasingly interested in the sustainability in all things, building construction was bound to find itself under scrutiny. Steel and concrete are notorious for their large environmental footprints. But they’ve historically been the only suitable answer as the primary load-bearing material for large, and especially tall, buildings.

That may be changing. Mass timber – engineered wood members  used as structural components for buildings – is getting a lot of attention lately. “Mass timber is very exciting. It’s a long-term durable product. It’s a critical carbon storage tool,” said Mark Rudnicki, Ph.D., Professor of Practice for Forest Biomaterials at Michigan Technological University and Executive Director for the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute. “Plus, it’s cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing.” Continue reading “Is Mass Timber The Path To Sustainable Construction?”

Another Robust Year for Forestry

ForestryTHE AVERAGE price of commercial forestry on the market rose 23% over the last year, according to the latest sector statistics.

The 21st edition of the UK Forest Market Report, produced by Tilhill Forestry and John Clegg and Co, outlined a positive outlook for the ‘robust’ market in its annual analysis, and highlighted its ‘powerful attraction as an investment asset’.

That year-on-year rise in average forestry values takes it to £11,478 per stocked hectare, pushing a 21% increase in the total value of the forestry market.

Commercial forestry transactions worth £126.5m were completed in the past year, with14,235 ha of forestry traded in 2019, encompassing 81 forests, at an average cost £1.56m.

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Denmark’s renewable energy use passes landmark and is poised to grow in 2020s

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Over half of Denmark’s energy in 2019 came from renewable sources, marking the first time the country has hit the 50 percent mark.

Figures from 2019 show the landmark use of renewable energy.

In 2018, the country took 43.5 percent of its energy from solar and wind power, while the figure for 2017 was just under 46 percent.

The data comes from state-owned company Energinet, which runs Denmark’s power grid. Continue reading “Denmark’s renewable energy use passes landmark and is poised to grow in 2020s”

Two Large Enel Renewable Energy Plants in the US Start Operations

renewable energy Enel Green Power North America reports that operations have started at two of the company’s renewable energy plants in the United States. One is the first phase of the Roadrunner solar project in Texas, and the other is the Whitney Hill wind project in Illinois.

Construction began on the 497-MW Roadrunner solar plant in Upton County, Texas in early 2019. Enel says that the first 252-MW phase has already been completed. Enel expects that once the second phase is done, likely later this year, Roadrunner will be the largest operational solar farm in the state. Continue reading “Two Large Enel Renewable Energy Plants in the US Start Operations”

Breakthrough innovation enables cheaper solar energy production

solar energy breakthroughWhile the need for renewable energy around the world is growing exponentially, Lithuanian and German researchers have come up with a novel solution for developing low-cost solar technology. Material, synthesised by Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Lithuania scientists, which self-assemble to form a molecular-thick electrode layer, presents a facile way of realising highly efficient perovskite single-junction and tandem solar cells. The licence to produce the material has been purchased by a Japanese company.

According to scientists, achieving perovskite-based solar cells, combining low price and high efficiency, has proven to be a difficult endeavour in the past. The particular challenge in large-scale production is the high price and limited versatility of the available hole-selective contacts. KTU chemists have addressed this challenge. Continue reading “Breakthrough innovation enables cheaper solar energy production”

‘Cleaner and cheaper’: Sunny Spain is banking on renewable energy

renewable energyMadrid, Spain – Although the outcome of the United Nations‘ COP25 climate conference negotiations may not shine for many observers, hospitable Spain welcomed the opportunity to spotlight its fast-tracked shift to renewable sources of energy.

The eco-friendly Socialist caretaker government eagerly pitched its environmental bona fides to tens of thousands who came as diplomats, investors and activists.

With world attention on its green goals, the climate champions hoped to generate enhanced commitments to reduce emissions globally – and to finance electricity projects powered by the Spanish sun’s bright rays and the strength of the Iberian wind.

“We must make this transition. There is no other way,” said Jose Dominguez Abascal, Spain’s secretary of state for energy. Continue reading “‘Cleaner and cheaper’: Sunny Spain is banking on renewable energy”