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Sweaty business, but in the end everyone was happy: Since there was no electricity in the village before the installation of the solar container, the system had to be built during the day - at 45 degrees Celsius air temperature. Image: Africa GreenTec

Africa GreenTec installs first solar container in Niger


After the launch of the project in Mali in 2014, the start-up Africa GreenTec has now successfully commissioned its first solar container in the Tahoua region of Niger. Read more...

BiOPV roof installation in La Rochelle. On average, a film was laid within two minutes. Image: Heliatek, Olivier Benoit

The world's largest BiOPV installation completed in France


ENGIE, Heliatek and the Departement of Charentes Maritimes officially inaugurated the world's largest BiOPV installation on a roof. Read more...

"Solar is forging ahead in global power markets as it becomes the cheapest source of electricity generation in many places, including China and India," said Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA's executive director. Image: IBC Solar

A world in transformation: IEA-World Energy Outlook 2017


The resurgence in oil and gas production from the United States, deep declines in the cost of renewables and growing electrification are changing the face of the global energy system and upending traditional ways of meeting energy demand, according to the World Energy Outlook 2017 of the International Energy Agency (IEA). A cleaner and more diversified energy mix in China is another major driver of this transformation. Read more...

Renewable energy deployment levels under current NDCs would bring online 80GW of renewable energy capacity globally each year, between 2015 – 2030. IRENA presented it’s new report at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn.Left to right Nick Nutall (UNFCCC), Adnan Amin (IRENA), Mariet Verhoef-Cohen (Women for Water Partnership) and Rene Castro (FAO) at GCA Press Conference. Image: IRENA

Renewable Energy Can Be Strengthened in Next Round of Climate Negotiations


Countries have an opportunity to significantly increase renewable energy ambition within Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and to accelerate its deployment in line with climate objectives under the Paris Agreement, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Read more...

A swifter pace of clean energy scale-up will no doubt be required if the world is to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, says the new study of Bloomberg. Image: BayWa r.e.

Efforts to address Climate through Clean Energy lag in Emerging Markets


Two years post-Paris, Climatescope research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance highlights slowing investment from OECD countries and limited policy-making follow-through in non-OECD nations. Read more...

A 6-inch MicroLink Devices high-efficiency, lightweight and flexible ELO IMM solar cell wafer. Image: MicroLink Devices

NREL Inks Technology Agreement for High Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cells


The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has entered into a license agreement with MicroLink Devices, Inc. (Niles, IL) to commercialize NREL's patented inverted metamorphic (IMM) multijunction solar cells. Read more...

Top Ten PV Markets in 2017. Table: Bernreuter Research

New PV Installations Approaching 100 GW in 2017


The newly installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity worldwide will exceed 95 gigawatts (GW) in 2017, according to the latest forecast of Bernreuter Research. "Supply of the feedstock polysilicon would even allow PV installations to reach 100 GW if inventories were strongly reduced," says Johannes Bernreuter, head of the market research firm and author of the Polysilicon Market Outlook 2020. Read more...

Does climate policy undermine the moral implications of environmental pollution? According to the MCC study, polluters are better able to remedy their own damage rather than leave it to others. But how is it when individual environmental injuries become anonymous over the collective? Image: Pixabay

Climate policy underestimates moral responsibility of polluters


behavioral economics: that people are driven not only by effectively reaching a goal but also by their moral responsibility. This was shown in a new study by researchers from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB). Read more...

Magical cure: Pink, microcrystalline lithium cobalt phosphate powder. Image: TUM

Novel process for producing high-voltage cathodes for lithium-ion batteries


Dr. Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a process that allows a fast, simple, and cost-effective production of the promising cathode material lithium cobalt phosphate in high quality. The chemist was awarded the Evonik Research Prize for her work. Read more...

Sonnen has been commissioned to provide 3,000 homes with sonnenBatterien in a new community in Prescott Valley (Arizona). Image: Sonnen

Sonnen builts first Sonnen-City in the USA


In the US state of Arizona, a new city is being built in which every 3,000 homes produce, store and network their own electricity. According to his own data, Sonnen is currently implementing the largest home storage project in the US. Read more...

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