German researchers develop new storage concept RayGen Ressources

Power » 29.07.2016

German researchers develop new storage concept

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is working on a new molten salt storage facility based on the concept already well known from CSP. read more »

Exponential growth and the renewable surprise Matthew Lockwood

Guest post » 29.07.2016

Exponential growth and the renewable surprise

UK expert Matthew Lockwood has found a gem: once again, PV has grown faster than government officials thought possible, this time in the UK. After all the previous examples, one wonders when the doubters will realize how quickly wind and solar can grow. A guest post by Paul Gipe. read more »

Why wind power opponents failed in Brandenburg Foto: Ventotec

Wind power » 27.07.2016

Why wind power opponents failed in Brandenburg

A campaign calling for two kilometers between a turbine and the nearest built environment for new wind farms has failed. State politicians are nonetheless looking for ways to increase acceptance. read more »

Connecting northern and southern Europe Grafik: EWEA

Scenario » 27.07.2016

Connecting northern and southern Europe

Fraunhofer ISE and the Technical University of Athens has looked into the benefits and drawbacks of power lines connecting Germany and Greece. They found that such a project would only pay for itself under certain conditions -- and that the wind isn't always blowing somewhere. read more »

Is Portugal finally going solar? Foto: Sunovis

PV » 26.07.2016

Is Portugal finally going solar?

The Portuguese are now talking about gigawatts of solar in the pipeline, several times more than it has installed. read more »

Will German offshore wind screech to a halt? Stiftung Offshore-Windenergie

Wind power » 24.07.2016

Will German offshore wind screech to a halt?

In the first half of 2016, 43 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 258 megawatts were newly connected to the grid, bringing the total up to 835 units with 3,552 megawatts. But the sector says that the legal changes taking effect on January 1 will slow down further growth. read more »

Only Climate Darkness at End of GOP Tunnel? Martin Günther | pixelio.de

Carbon taxation » 23.07.2016

Only Climate Darkness at End of GOP Tunnel?

The Republican Convention is over. And it’s fair to wonder if the dream of a bipartisan carbon tax is over as well. A guest post by Charles Komanoff. read more »

German researchers study bird deaths in wind farms PNE Wind AG

German researchers study bird deaths in wind farms

It’s the largest such study ever conducted in Germany. Every 27 km, a bird was found to have died from a collision. Is that good or bad? read more »

Renewables will always need support Foto: Deutscher Bundestag/Katrin Neuhauser

Policy » 20.07.2016

Renewables will always need support

These days, more and more people, especially market analysts, are talking about the success of renewables without “subsidies.” But wind and solar, at least, will always require policy support. Here are a few reasons why. read more »

What Eon thinks about current state of affairs Bloomberg

Utilities » 18.07.2016

What Eon thinks about current state of affairs

A recent article with the firm’s CEO suggests that the company’s analysis of what policies are needed is still based on its own business case. read more »

Bad news about low prices Benjamin Klack / pixelio.de

Auctions » 14.07.2016

Bad news about low prices

One major concern in renewable energy auctions is that big players might bid low today to scare away competition tomorrow. Once a small number of companies has scared away the competition, they can raise prices later. The news from Abu Dhabi is therefore discouraging. And the news from the Netherlands might soon be as well. read more »

New nuclear charts WNA

Visuals » 12.07.2016

New nuclear charts

The World Nuclear Association has taken a new foray into infographics. The result is worth seeing. read more »

Global data for power sector Bernard Chabot

Visualization » 11.07.2016

Global data for power sector

Bernard Chabot is back today with a global overview of the power sector based on BP data. Nuclear is the only power source that has decreased in recent years, while non-hydro renewables skyrockets. Nonetheless, the carbon content of electricity globally is going nowhere. read more »

Denmark prepares wind turbine test site for tallest turbines Foto: Structura

Wind power » 08.07.2016

Denmark prepares wind turbine test site for tallest turbines

The largest units can be up to 250 meters tall measured from the ground to the tip of the top blade. Simply setting the things up is an engineering challenge, as a recent 230-meter unit in Germany shows. read more »

Community energy » 06.07.2016

Number of new energy coops in German dwindles

The data are in for 2015, and they don’t look good. The German government’s new policies are pushing back community energy. Perhaps the outcome can still be viewed as unintended, but only if it the situation is remedied soon. read more »