Category: Reports

The Case for Fuel Cell Technology in the UK

A new report “Fuel cells: The forgotten force in the fight against climate change” by the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA) highlights the role that fuel cell technology can play in delivering the UK Government’s clean growth ambitions. Labeling them a “forgotten force”, the paper details how fuel cells can help deliver the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution and outlines the opportunity that exists for the UK to lead the world in the development of fuel cell technology.

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Realizing the Potential of Customer Sited Solar

Customer-sited solar is a significant opportunity, which will materialize in the coming decades and bring change to energy markets and power network operations. There have been limited studies at a global level to examine the impact of different policies on the economics, and therefore the uptake, of customer-sited solar. This report by BloombergNEF and Schneider Electric seeks to address this gap, and presents new economic analysis based on use cases in key solar markets, California, New Jersey, Australia, Spain and France.

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Sustainability-Linked Debt Highlights H1 2021

Total volumes for labelled Green, Social and Sustainability (GSS) bonds, Sustainability-linked bonds (SLB) and Transition bonds reached nearly half a trillion (USD496.1bn) in the first half of 2021. This amount represents 59% year-on-year growth in the GSS market from the equivalent period in 2020. It also sets the labelled sustainable debt market on track to reach another record high by end December.

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California Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Station Development 2021

California Air Resources Board (CARB) annually completes an analysis of the current progress and projected future development of California’s hydrogen fueling station network and deploying fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). CARB completes these annual analyses based on information provided by auto manufacturers, station developers, and collaborating state agencies. Analyses characterize the past year of progress and identify opportunities for future hydrogen fueling network development.

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Carbon Capture and Storage under Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund

In 2020 the Australian Government’s Low Emissions Technology Statement identified carbon capture and storage (CCS) as one of several priority low emissions technologies. At the request of the government and against the backdrop of emerging projects, the Clean Energy Regulatory began developing a CCS method (or methodology) under the Emissions Reduction Fund. Inclusion under the ERF would allow CCS projects to generate Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) and thereby generate income.

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European Governance of the Energy Transition

The study carried out by the Enel Foundation and The European House – Ambrosetti in collaboration with Enel analyzes the European Union and Italy’s delay in achieving the decarbonization goals by 2030, also in light of the new “Fit for 55” policy package. It assesses the current weaknesses in the governance systems in Italy and rest of Europe that limit energy transition and defines the investments needed to bridge the gap.

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Catalyzing Investment for Energy Access: Ethiopia

The research project “Catalyzing investment for energy access: Making the case for change” was conducted by Power for All and supported by Energise Africa’s scale up funding from P4G. The report examines Ethiopia’s access to electricity challenge, benchmarking the country’s power sector to six regional peers: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

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Buildings Fit for 55 and beyond: Benchmarks for a clean, fair and rapid transition in Europe

Buildings are responsible for 40% of the EU’s final energy and 36% of its greenhouse gas emissions – more if the life cycle impacts of construction materials are included. This briefing sets tests for proposed legislation across the Fit for 55 package and beyond for getting on track to climate neutrality. Drawing on these opportunities and challenges, E3G sets out four tests for the Fit for 55 package and other European Green Deal policy and legislation to meet, with recommendations for meeting these four tests.

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Utility-Scale Solar and Wind Areas: Burkina Faso

This study by the International Renewable Energy Agency seeks to map suitable areas in Burkina Faso for deploying utility-scale solar PV and wind power projects. This report provides insights on the country’s potential to adopt solar PV and wind power; information on potential areas to explore in national grid infrastructure planning; and input for high-level policy models to ensure universal electricity supply and support for the long-term abatement of climate change.

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2021 Vietnam Country Outlook: The Next Renewable Energy Powerhouse of Asia

Though the country has tried to attract renewable energy developers since 2011, Vietnam’s renewable energy market only took off in 2018. By the end of 2020, the country’s solar capacity reached 16.5 GW. This report by Energy Tracker Asia goes on a deeper dive into Vietnam’s success story in renewable energy and the opportunities that lie ahead to further accelerate this energy transition in the country.

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How To De-Risk Floating Offshore Wind Projects

Published by A Word About Wind in partnership with UL, this report explores what needs to be done to make offshore wind a more bankable asset, whether the risks associated with the sector are real or perceived. It assesses the likelihood of more oil and gas companies expanding into offshore wind industry. It also analyzes the prospects for projects combining offshore wind and green hydrogen.

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US Monthly Solar PV Module Shipments Report

This report was prepared by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. This is a monthly update on solar PV module shipments in the US and provides statistics on various parameters including: Monthly photovoltaic module shipments which includes the total shipments, values, and average values of module shipments by year/month; Source and disposition of photovoltaic module shipment which includes imports and exports at national level; and U.S. photovoltaic module shipments by state/territory.

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Renewables Integration in India 2021

The Government of India plans to increase renewable electricity capacity to 175 GW by 2022 and to 450 GW by 2030, but even faster growth will be needed in the following decades to meet ongoing growth in demand and reach climate targets. However, the challenges with integrating higher capacities of renewable energy include the increasing variability of hourly demand, increasing ramping requirements due to the impact of solar on net demand, short-term frequency variations, and local voltage issues.

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US Department of Energy brief: Investing in a Clean Energy Future

According to preliminary results of an upcoming analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), to reach a largely decarbonized electricity sector by 2035, solar deployment would need to accelerate to three to four times faster than its current rate by 2030. This brief by the US Department of Energy summarizes the evidence of how key investment in solar research and deployment, along with support from the US Department of Energy, can help realize these opportunities for American workers, consumers, and communities.

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Emerging waste streams: Opportunities and challenges of the clean energy transition from a circular economy perspective

This briefing by the European Environment Agency focuses on the waste aspect of three main renewable energy infrastructure types: solar PV cells for electricity production, wind turbines and batteries for energy storage. This briefing describes the nature and scale of the circular economy aspects, the opportunities and challenges that the deployment of these three technologies brings and how policy can help drive the changes to achieve the best environmental outcome.

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Economic Feasibility Study for Enhancing Off-Grid Solar Inclusion in Sub Saharan Africa

Over the last few years, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has placed emphasis on the off-grid component of energy access by funding important pilot projects for the development of mini-grids and for the distribution of Solar Home Systems (SHS) through the EIB Off grid Solar Programme, which has been successful in East and Central Africa. The European Investment Bank, in collaboration with the International Solar Alliance, commissioned this study by Dalberg Global Development Advisors to determine the economic and commercial feasibility for enhancing off-grid solar in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA).

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Green hydrogen in a circular carbon economy

This report, part of the Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, examines green hydrogen production and applications to understand the core challenges to its expansion at scale and the near-term opportunity to enable deployment. An analysis using Monte Carlo simulations with a varying range of assumptions, including both temporal (i.e., today versus the future) and geographical (e.g., the US, the EU, China, India, Japan) factors, anticipates emissions intensity and costs of producing green hydrogen.

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Renewable readiness assessment for Botswana

Botswana has considerable unexploited renewable energy potential, especially as solar, wind and bioenergy and aims to use these renewables to achieve economic energy security and independence. Botswana announced at the end of 2020 that renewable energy would account for at least 15% of the country’s energy mix by 2030, with 50% renewable energy contribution to the energy mix by March 2036.

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Federal Energy RD&D: Wind Energy

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy program targets innovations in onshore, offshore, and distributed wind power to capture the kinetic energy in wind and turn it into electricity via spinning generators. The program also works to integrate wind generation more effectively into the bulk power system to enable wind farms to provide more reliable power output and essential reliability services to the grid.

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Offshore wind energy in Australia

The advantages that Australia’s offshore wind can bring through higher capacity factors, a diverse energy supply that complements solar and onshore wind along and employment opportunities cannot be underestimated. The Offshore Wind Potential for Australia project evaluated the feasibility and potential of offshore wind to contribute to Australia’s energy needs and identifies barriers to its large-scale development.

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