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 »

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 »

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 »