November 9th, 2012
The Photovoltaic Grid Parity Monitor analyses PV competitiveness with retail electricity prices for residential consumers (PV systems of 3kW) and assesses local regulation for self-consumption of nineteen cities in ten countries (Australia, Brazil, California, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain and UK).Read full article
In 2010, the French Ministry of Research funded a three-year study to analyze possible solutions leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions that could be feasibly implemented across a large city. This study sought to construct cost-effectiveness indicators in various sectors (building, transport, non-carbon energy production). Cost-effectiveness ratios measure the effort required to implement a solution and the impact in terms of CO2 savings.Read full article
After the strong growth noticed in 2010, global energy consumption increased at a much slower pace in 2011 (2.2% to 4.9%). While this slowdown is mainly due to the economic crisis that hit OECD countries, the record oil prices also played a role, limiting the growth in global oil consumption even in energy-hungry countries such as China or India.Read full article
The energy-saving measures most often applied in homes relate to better insulation of the outer shell. Nevertheless, other technologies and installations can drastically drive down the energy consumption of a home. These include, amongst others, the solar boiler, heat pump, and integrated home system. Some of these less well-known techniques do even better than additional insulation, depending, of course, on the climate, the type of building (apartment or house), and the age of the building (new construction or renovation).Read full article
A 300 MW PV project in Northern Chile will generate electricity at less than grid parity, according to Matias Mori, Executive Vice President of Chile’s Foreign Investment Committee. Mr. Mori described the development as a huge step in the development of the PV sector and a boost for the technology’s mass adoption.Read full article
Wind pattern-optimised and interconnected US offshore wind projects could slash transmission costs, relieve onshore transmission congestion problems, smooth power output, and deliver average capacity factors of 48%.
The Atlantic Wind Connection is steadily moving through the US approvals processes. The aim is to start construction in 2013 on the 6 GW HVDC power line that will run from the East coast of Virginia to Northern New Jersey with additional links to shore in the Delaware and Southern New Jersey regions.Read full article
Over the next three years the global PV industry will be in preparation for life without subsidy, according to analysts. It will be a rocky ride. But ultimately subsidy must go.Read full article
During 2013, the cost of energy from newly installed onshore wind turbines in the US will be as much as 39% below the previous record low point set in 2003. U.S.
In early June, Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel expressed fears that the US onshore wind turbine market would drop by 80% next year if the production tax credit is not renewed. The irony is that the PTC could provide greater benefit to the wind industry than was ever possible in the past.Read full article
Most people these days are familiar with the term ‘Integrated Home Systems’ (hereafter abbreviated to IHS). However, when people begin to talk about IHS it quickly become apparent that nearly everyone interprets this term differently. For one person it is a lighting control system, for another a sound distribution system, and for yet another it is a system which ensures that older people are able to go on living independently at home for longer.Read full article