German renewable energy output surges on offshore wind updraft

offshore windGermany’s offshore wind power production has surged by almost 25% this year, or 24TWh, up from 19.5TWh in 2018, helping to carry the share of renewables in Europe’s largest economy to 43% of its gross power consumption.

That was up from 38.2% in 2018, preliminary figures from solar and hydrogen research centre Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German federation of energy and water industries (BDEW) show. Continue reading “German renewable energy output surges on offshore wind updraft”

UK Renewables Outperform Gas

UK renewable wind turbinesUK Government figures show that from July to September this year renewables generated a record quarterly amount of electricity, outperforming gas for the first quarter ever.

The latest Energy Trends report, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) shows that in the third quarter of 2019 renewables provided a record 38.9% of the UK’s electricity requirement, just above gas at 38.8%.

Low carbon electricity (renewables and nuclear) rose to a record high of 57.3% due to increased renewables generation. Generation from fossil fuels decreased to a record low of 40.1%. Continue reading “UK Renewables Outperform Gas”

BlackRock achieves record close of $1bn for renewable energy fund

Solar energy farmAmerican investment company BlackRock has announced that is has achieved $1bn for the first close of its Global Renewable Power III (GRP III) fund. The company stated that it has received commitments from 35 investors in Asia, Europe and North America.

GRP III is the third in a series of funds established by BlackRock to invest in renewable energy generation, energy storage and distribution, a market the group says is now mainstream for the power industry. Continue reading “BlackRock achieves record close of $1bn for renewable energy fund”

The benefits of renewable energy

Wind FarmSciTech Europa welcomes Steward McGrenary the director of Plunc, a high end electronics recycling company, to discuss the benefits of renewable energy.

Contrary to popular belief, renewable energy is not a new concept or recent fad. In fact, renewable energy has been successfully used for years, and has recently made impressive strides in technology, innovation, and efficiency.

However, as history would have it, the preferred method of energy use has always been the one that costs less upfront, as opposed to renewable energy, which keeps the environment cleaner and costs less in the long run. We are a society of immediacy. Continue reading “The benefits of renewable energy”

UK hits renewable energy record as wind shatters 16GW threshold

renewable energy wind farmThe UK has hit an all-time renewable energy record as wind generation shatters the 16GW threshold.

The new energy record was set on Sunday, when wind provided more than 40% of the nation’s power.

National Grid said onshore and offshore wind generated up to 16,162GW, making up a 43.7% share of electricity and reaching more than double the amount that nuclear produced, at 20.5%. Continue reading “UK hits renewable energy record as wind shatters 16GW threshold”

China aims to boost revenue for renewable power firms

BEIJING (Reuters) – China plans to make power purchasers take fair returns into account when buying electricity from renewable power generators, according to a draft rule issued by the National Energy Administration on Monday aimed at improving their revenues.

The draft rule will apply to non-hydropower resources, including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and ocean power, the energy body said in a statement. Continue reading “China aims to boost revenue for renewable power firms”

Apple partnering with tech giants for big clean energy buy

The wind farm, named the White Mesa Wind project, will be located in Crocket County, Texas. When completed in 2021, it will be capable of supplying 500 megawatts of power to the surrounding area.

Founded in 2009, Apex Clean Energy is a wind-energy company based in Virginia with 13 wind energy projects in Oklahoma, Texas, and Illinois.

Apple will be the largest purchaser in the agreement. Between the four companies, the purchase totals 75 megawatts of clean energy—or enough to power roughly 20,000 homes. The agreement will enable those involved to access cost-effective renewable energy from Apex. Continue reading “Apple partnering with tech giants for big clean energy buy”

Finland fights to keep control of forests away from EU

(Photo: Greenpeace Finland)

Finland, which currently holds the EU’s presidency until the end of the year, is lobbying to keep forestry a national competency – undermining a key part of the EU’s climate efforts to reduce emissions.

The EU considers land use and forestry two of the most important sectors for the bloc’s climate policy – as they include the use of soils, trees, plants, biomass, and timber.

Bearing in mind the climate targets for 2030 and 2050, the European Union designed a regulation for land use and forestry (known as LULUCF), adopted in 2018, to ensure that the accounted total emissions in the sector do not exceed the ‘accounted sinks’ – also known as “no-debit” rule. Continue reading “Finland fights to keep control of forests away from EU”

Report: Renewable Energy to Expand by 50% in Next Five Years

Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years.

Its latest report predicts that by 2024 a new dawn for cheap solar power could see the world’s solar capacity grow by 600GW, almost double the installed total electricity capacity of Japan. Overall, renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years, the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the US. Continue reading “Report: Renewable Energy to Expand by 50% in Next Five Years”

Record renewable energy production promises a greener future for UK

A sustainable green future looks closer as record renewable energy production in UK shows rapid progress is possible.

During the third quarter of 2019 renewable energy in UK provided more electricity to homes and business than fossil fuels.

Advances in technology and price reductions in the renewable energy industry have made such progress possible. Now governments across the world need to do more to help green energy replace fossil fuels entirely.

During Q3 renewables accounted for 40% of the UK energy mix and the National Grid expects green energy to overtake fossil fuel power generation.

Moreover, the UK is far from leading the way regarding widespread adoption of green energy. This suggests that progress around the world could easily speed up if provided with governmental assistance. Continue reading “Record renewable energy production promises a greener future for UK”