Category: Knowledge Centre

Smart renewable energy cities across the world

As urbanization and use of renewables continue to rise, the smart renewable city (SRC) concept is increasingly taking hold. In its seminal report Renewables power smart cities, Deloitte developed an SRC framework to identify and classify cities globally that are deploying solar and/or wind power in connection with their smart city plans.

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Renewable energy statistics 2021

As per IRENA’s latest release on renewable energy statistics, at the end of 2020, global renewable generation capacity amounted to 2,799 GW. Hydropower accounted for the largest share of the global total, with a capacity of 1,211 GW. Check out the key highlights of the report and the full publication that presents renewable power generation capacity statistics for the past decade.

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Contrasting European hydrogen pathways

In Europe, the EU published its Hydrogen Strategy in July 2020, closely linked to its Energy Sector Integration Strategy. Several European countries have also published their own hydrogen strategies during 2020 (e.g. Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Germany, France, and Spain). While other countries (e.g. Italy and the UK) have not yet finalised formal strategies, they are actively developing plans for hydrogen to play a role in the energy transition.

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Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study

To combat climate change while capturing health and economic benefits, the City of Los Angeles has set ambitious goals to transform its electricity supply, aiming for a 100% renewable energy power system by 2045, along with a push to electrify the buildings and transportation sectors. LADWP and NREL have prepared a highly detailed, rigorous, and science-based study to analyze potential pathways the community can take to achieve a 100% clean energy future.

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Scandinavian Hydrogen Station Ambitions 2023

Everfuel is connecting the complete value chain to commercialize hydrogen fuel across Europe by adding innovations and removing inefficiencies. It aims to establish a Scandinavian fueling network with 40-50 public hydrogen stations by 2023, enabling transport in and between major cities and corridors. Check out their presentation highlighting the company’s plans in this space

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Global Wind Turbine Supplier Ranking for 2020

GWEC Market Intelligence released the preliminary rankings for the world’s top five wind turbine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Danish manufacturer Vestas held the title as the world’s largest supplier of wind turbines in 2020 across onshore and offshore wind, thanks to the manufacturer’s wide geographic diversification strategy, with new installations in 32 markets last year, and strong performance in the US, Australia, Brazil, Netherland, France, Poland, Russia and Norway.

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How could India decarbonize its energy system by 2050 while continuing to make strong progress on economic development?

Achieving India’s economic development ambitions – significant growth, universal electricity access and clean modern cooking fuels for all – requires significant industrial capacity to achieve and, unless carefully managed, has the potential to increase greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Shell have created a scenario sketch to explore the ongoing energy transition in India. It illustrates a technically possible, but highly challenging pathway to steer the domestic energy system towards net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Offshore wind energy permitting in the US

Wind energy is a fast-growing source of new electric power generation, and U.S. wind energy production capacity has been increasing consistently over the past several years. Currently, in contrast to Europe, all but one commercial wind power facility in the United States is based on land. However, multiple offshore wind and related infrastructure projects have been proposed in recent years to BOEM.

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CPP Investments Insights: Hydrogen’s new moment

The universe’s most abundant element has long been considered a potential alternative to traditional forms of fuel. However, until now, the cost barriers associated with hydrogen production were too high to make it a viable zero-carbon fuel source. The introduction of favourable climate-change policies, declining costs and growing use cases have resulted in renewed interest in hydrogen.

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Green Deal – What are the consequences of climate ambitions for your portfolio?

2020 was an important year for the environment for a number of other reasons. Europe raised its climate targets, in the United States the election of Joe Biden as president revived the climate debate, and even China committed for the first time to a date for becoming carbon neutral, while other countries also raised their climate ambitions. In addition, 2021 is also expected to be an important year for the planet.

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Solar project case study in Nigeria

At a recent conference on Solar Power in Africa, organised by REGlobal, Terje Osmundsen, CEO, Empower New Energy presented a case study of a hybrid solar power project at one of the largest poultry farms in Nigeria. Check out his presentation to learn about the hybrid solution deployed at the solar power project.

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Solar power statistics in the US

Solar energy in the United States is booming. Along with Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and The Solar Foundation, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has highlighted the key trends and trajectories in the solar industry that demonstrate the diverse and sustained growth of solar across the country.

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Can voluntary carbon markets change the game for climate change?

Several important developments have been observed in voluntary carbon markets over the past 5 years and there is potential for future important changes. Demand has shifted from compliance with the Kyoto protocol and carbon credits generated through industry, waste and renewable energy projects to carbon credits from nature-based solutions demanded by unregulated companies and individuals. There is a chance that these trends will continue in the future, with air travel companies planning to offset their additional emissions and big companies making zero-carbon pledges.

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The renewable energy transition in Africa

A renewables-based energy transition promises to deliver vast socio-economic benefits to countries across Africa, improving energy access, creating jobs and boosting energy security. To realise these benefits, African countries have an opportunity to leapfrog fossil fuel technologies to a more sustainable, climate-friendly power strategy aligned with the Paris Agreement and low-carbon growth.

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Transmission Planning for 100% Clean Electricity in the US

The widespread adoption of clean energy goals by many U.S. states and businesses is underway, spurred by accelerating commitments to combat climate change and the growing cost-competitiveness of renewable resources. In January 2021, the Biden administration adopted ambitious decarbonization plans that aim to reach 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and net-zero emissions across the economy by 2050. Reaching these goals efficiently will require a doubling or tripling of the size and scale of the nation’s transmission system.

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Risk reduction & decision support for financial investments in solar PV projects

Solar PV contribution to Africa’s national energy mix will increase. But large PV plants often underperform relative to predicted electricity generation and under performance has a significant impact on financial returns. Not all modules/systems perform well over time. Given that the PV industry is relatively new in South Africa, and focus on quality is lagging compared to more developed markets, how can we contribute to long term reliability of PV plants to ensure security of supply and reduce the investment risk?

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