Going Solar with Water Taxis in Chile

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 1:18:00 PM

One man's urge to help his adopted town make best use of its river for transport has led to his development of a solar powered 'water taxi' that could be used around the globe.

German-born Alexander Wopper arrived in the Southern Chilean city of Valdivia 30 years ago as his final stop of a four year around the world voyage he undertook in a sailing yacht he had built himself.

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Topics: Cleantech Energy, Solar Energy, Chile, Solar Water Taxis

Green Villages Offer a Sustainable Future

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 9:24:00 AM

If the world is to avoid a climate change catastrophe action must be taken not just in the way we generate power but in the very way we live.

Energy efficiency and sustainability will need to be designed into our homes in order to reduce individuals' carbon footprints. Retrofitting older homes, although important, can be difficult, so the way forward is to ensure new properties are constructed for a sustainable future.

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Topics: Cleantech Energy, Climate Change, Green Villages, Sustainable Community

Is the Fight Against Climate Change Obama's Legacy to the World?

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 10:48:00 AM

As the clock ticks down on the Barack Obama presidency it is becoming clear that perhaps his greatest legacy will be in changing the USA from being one of the villains of climate change into a leading advocate of cutting carbon emissions.

Under previous administrations the country was often seen as not only slow in cleaning up its own act, but also as actually guilty of blocking global initiatives to combat climate change. While the USA is still one of the biggest polluters in the world, there is now recognition within many of the States, as well as at a national level, that measures need to be taken to switch to less toxic forms of energy than its traditional reliance on coal.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Cleantech Energy, Solar Energy, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, hydro-electric

Hydro is King in Canada

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 10:38:00 AM

When it comes to the use of clean energy, Canada is something of an anomaly. While it produces some 59% of its energy needs from hydro-electric projects, it has been slower to take up other forms of renewables such as wind and solar.

This is mainly because it sits on huge reserves of oil, coal and gas - in fact far more than it needs.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Cleantech Energy, Solar Energy, hydro-electric, Canada, Wind Power

Alternative, Clean , Cleantech, Green or Renewable Energy – What’s the Difference ?

Posted on May 31, 2016 9:15:48 AM

With the increase of clean energy solutions and technology in recent years, a new variety of clean and green catchphrases are popping up. How many people really understand the difference between cleantech and renewable energy? What exactly is biomass? How can your footprint be environmental?

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Cleantech Energy

Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon File Court Brief to Support Clean Power Plan

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 11:49:00 AM

Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft (collectively “Tech Amici”) have combined forces and filed a joint amicus brief in support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan that aims to introduce new emissions regulations.

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Topics: Cleantech Energy

The State of Renewable Energy in The European Union: A Recap of Forward-Thinking Nations, Countries and Leaders

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 8:57:00 AM

In today’s post, we close our series on the state of renewable energy efforts in Europe, with its strong consumer demand for clean energy and its binding mandate to reduce carbon emissions. We kick off this post with a reminder about the newly-formed Energy Union, a forward-thinking initiative that has been launched by the European Commission to “reform how Europe produces, transports and consumes energy”.

The primary aim of this cooperative is "diversifying of energy sources currently available to the Member States, helping European Union (EU) countries become less dependent on energy imports and making the EU the world number one in renewable energy and leading the fight against global warming."

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Topics: Cleantech Energy, Investment, Energy Union Policy, Clean technology and innovation

The Latest in European Cleantech Leadership: Corporate Leader IKEA Now 100% Energy Independent in The Nordics

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 2:05:00 PM

Recently we discussed the pioneering corporate leaders in the world of cleantech business contributing to Europe's advance further into the age of innovation and renewable energy.

In particular, we gave you a glimpse of the famous homewares corporation, IKEA, who is a corporate leader in the energy industry. Founded in Sweden, IKEA is known for its 5-year commitment to becoming totally 100% energy independent. With 700,000 solar panels already installed in IKEA buildings around the world, and the acquisition of wind farms in eight different countries.

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Topics: Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, Cleantech Energy, Clean technology and innovation

Now Launching: The Energy Union Flow-Based Market Coupling

Posted on May 29, 2015 10:51:00 AM

As we bring our series on the new Energy Union to a close, it's time to announce some very encouraging, tangible news: After eight years of planning, flow-based market coupling is now operational in the EU, namely between Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

This coupling allows for renewable power to flow throughout central-western Europe. These ground-breaking energy infrastructure changes now being implemented prove how serious the EU is about linking its energy markets for the betterment of its citizens.

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Topics: Cleantech Energy, Energy Union Policy

EU Nation Leaders in Clean Energy: Germany

Posted on May 26, 2015 1:36:00 PM

Today we highlight the undisputed world leader in renewable energy: Germany.

How is it that one of the world's largest economies can undertake such an ambitious goal of switching to clean energy? How can a country of over 80 million with some of the world's strongest industry already be producing 27% of its total electricity consumption in 2014 from clean energy, and be on its way to much higher future benchmarks?

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Cleantech Energy, Clean technology and innovation, Smart Grid

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