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China snaps up UK wind farms

2014-12-16 09:18

China's largest nuclear power producer will buy an 80% stake in three British wind farms run by a unit of EDF, the French energy giant.

Cheap, clean, fusion power one step closer to reality

2014-12-11 13:58

Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels.

Australians make solar energy breakthrough

2014-12-07 16:50

Australian scientists say they have made a breakthrough in increasing the efficiency of solar panels.

Tibetan mega-dam begins operation

2014-11-24 08:50

China has begun generating electricity from Tibet's biggest ever hydropower project, the latest dam development on Himalayan rivers which has stoked fears in neighbouring India.

Guam to build $589m power plant

2014-10-30 12:06

The Guam power authority is planning to build a $589m power generator from scratch.

Morocco plans first solar mega-project

2014-10-20 11:06

Morocco's first solar energy plant will begin operating in 2015 as it aims to become a world class renewable energy producer and eyes exporting to nearby Europe.

SolarCity offers loans to US homes

2014-10-08 14:30

SolarCity will begin offering loans to homeowners for solar systems, a move that industry analysts say could reshape the America's market for rooftop solar and propel its rapid adoption.

The worldwide battle between utilities, solar

2014-09-28 14:15

Solar's rapid rise has pushed down demand for traditional electricity and cut into utilities' profits across the world.

Global solar flight to start, end in Abu Dhabi

2014-09-25 14:38

A government-backed renewable energy company in the UAE says a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft will aim to begin and end its first round-the-world solar flight from the capital of Abu Dhabi.

Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell'

2014-08-19 16:38

A solar cell that resembles a flower is offering a new take on green energy in Japan, where one scientist is searching for renewables that look good.

World's largest solar boat on Greek adventure

2014-07-29 10:09

The world's largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser says.

EU approves UK capacity market, renewable support scheme

2014-07-24 18:00

The European Commission gave the go-ahead to the UK's proposed energy capacity market and a scheme to support renewable energy generation, paving the way for sweeping reform.

Google will give you $1m for your green idea

2014-07-24 09:48

Google is offering a million-dollar prize for a breakthrough that would make solar or wind generated electricity more enticing for everyday uses.

Travel from India to London on a solar tuk-tuk

2014-07-14 12:10

Naveen Rabelli's, an electrical engineer from India plans to drive his customised tuk-tuk all the way to London from his home in India. The vehicle will be powered only by solar energy.

Inventor pushes solar panels for roads

2014-07-11 14:05

An electric engineer, Scott Brusaw, has built solar panels meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and highways.

138MW wind farm opens in Jeffrey's Bay

2014-07-10 10:38

Globeleq, a private power company has celebrated completion of another of its renewable energy projects in Port Elizabeth, the 138MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm.

US to finance solar power plant in Chile

2014-07-01 09:04

The United States is helping Chile build a major solar power plant in the Atacama Desert, US President Barack Obama says.

Indonesian villagers turns trash into energy

2014-06-25 09:33

A community in East Java, Indonesia, is turning methane from the local garbage dump into gas for more than 400 homes.

UK approves $873m wind farm

2014-06-17 15:43

The British government has approved the construction of the 1 200MW wind farm which is expected to begin generating electricity from 2019, the department of energy and climate change says.

Solar aircraft makes successful debut

2014-06-02 13:47

A sun-powered plane has made a successful test flight in Switzerland, clearing a vital hurdle towards its goal of a round-the-world trip next year, its pilot says.

'Home-made' electricity creating buzz in Germany

2014-05-27 09:31

Ordinary German citizens have taken to renewable energy in an effort to save money, live more efficiently, contribute to saving the environment and reduce their dependence on external suppliers.

Solar lamps made from bike parts change lives

2014-05-23 08:48

Mobile solar-powered streetlamps made from old bicycle parts are transforming lives in Mali, where villagers often work by night to escape the heat despite 90% having no main electricity.

Renewable energy attracts foreign investors

2014-05-15 19:01

This week saw the inauguration of two solar power projects, De Aar Solar Power and Droogfontein Solar Power.

Hydro-plants blamed for deadly Indian floods

2014-04-29 16:31

Badly managed hydro-power projects in northern India were partly to blame for devastating floods last year that killed thousands of people and caused extensive damage.

Apple offers free recycling of used iPhone, iPad

2014-04-22 07:29

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centres with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

 

Thai wind company appoints new CEO after scandal

2014-12-16 09:10

Thailand's biggest developer of wind farms, Wind Energy Holdings, has appointed a new chief executive, the company say.

Car park solution for flexible green energy

2014-12-10 12:35

A British solar power start-up says that by covering millions of existing car park spaces around the UK with flexible solar panels, the country's power problems could be solved.

Conflict and candlelight: Myanmar's energy conundrum

2014-11-24 12:13

70% of Myanmar's population still does not have access to power, so the once pariah state, which already relies on hydropower to generate half of its electricity, is again turning to its rivers in new plans to harness energy from dams.

Rwandan farmers use cow manure to power homes

2014-11-20 14:18

A project in Rwanda is encouraging farmers to use a new technology known as 'FlexiBiogas' that generates methane gas from cow dung and transfers it into cooking fuel.

Tunisia's mirror energy project aimed at Europe

2014-10-29 11:52

The TuNur project aims to generate clean energy from a giant solar plant in the Tunisian Sahara from where it will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated undersea cable.

Eskom powers up Sere wind farm

2014-10-17 13:42

Eskom says it had plugged its wind farm into the national grid, the first major step in a drive to reduce heavy reliance on coal to power Africa's most advanced economy.

Bacteria could herald a new era of biofuels

2014-10-06 14:09

London scientists are suggesting that genetic engineering of bacteria could facilitate the production of propane on a commercial scale, potentially opening up new ways of creating biofuels outside of agriculture.

Solar generators keep running at night

2014-09-25 14:38

Brenmiller Energy aims to solve the conundrum of producing solar power at night with a new energy storage system that is an alternative to other solar technologies and will help provide clean electricity.

Solar plant scorches birds in mid-air

2014-08-20 14:08

Workers at a solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays, 'streamers', for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Brazil pushes for solar energy

2014-08-12 08:17

Grappling with its worst energy crisis in more than a decade, Brazil is making its first big move to develop a solar power industry that could help reduce its dependence on hydro power.

UK will give $340m to renewable energy projects

2014-07-25 11:42

The UK will offer guaranteed payments worth more than $340m a year to renewable projects in the first auction of contracts to help boost investment in low carbon power generation.

Costs dampen support for clean energy

2014-07-24 13:17

An overwhelming majority of California residents support reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, so long as they do not bear the higher costs.

Germany most energy efficient nation

2014-07-18 08:27

Germany is the world's most energy efficient nation with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group says.

Watch: Roads made out of solar panels

2014-07-14 09:33

The solar panels that US inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

Solar plant powers MTN's Jozi office

2014-07-10 13:21

Concentrating solar cooling plant is a completely green solution that has zero global warming potential and no ozone depletion potential.

Norwegian firms to build wind farm off UK coast

2014-07-03 07:28

Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft have announced plans to build a wind farm off the British coast in a $2.4bn investment, expected to be completed in 2017.

US wind farm 1st to avoid penalty for dead eagles

2014-06-27 15:04

A California wind farm will become the first in the US to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the US fish and wildlife service says.

France unveils ambitious energy bill

2014-06-19 08:25

France has unveiled a much-anticipated bill to reduce the country's dependency on nuclear energy and fossil fuels, after months of debate over one of the government's pet projects.

Obama carbon rule: Surprise winners, losers

2014-06-03 07:29

Companies that generate electric power with anything other than coal, and companies that produce cleaner fuels are likely to benefit from the Obama's new limits on carbon emissions.

EU agrees to limit use of food-based biofuels

2014-05-29 18:22

EU diplomats have agreed to limit production of biofuels made from food crops in response to widespread criticism that they stoke inflation and do more environmental harm than good.

Taking advantage of Cape Town's wind

2014-05-26 09:18

Two new large commercial wind farms in the Western Cape are contributing to South Africa’s national grid, in an effort to decrease the pressure placed on the energy sector.

R1.5bn solar plant opens in Kimberley

2014-05-16 07:30

A new R1,5bn solar power plant near Kimberley will contribute immensely to the country's rising energy demands, the department of science and technology said on Thursday.

Fewer nuclear plants may increase global warming

2014-05-08 13:18

An increase in the exploitation of abundantly available shale gas could mean that nuclear power plants could see cuts in the US.

Hisense signs SA 49M green pledge

2014-04-24 10:09

Technology manufacturer Hisense has signed a partnership with 49M to reduce energy usage as SA faces a winter where load shedding may be a reality.

Renewable energy a boon for job creation

2014-04-11 16:19

Independent renewable power producers have created around 14 000 jobs over the past three years, says Energy Minister Ben Martins.

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