The International Energy Agency said government support and lower generation costs will lead to stronger than-expected global growth in renewable energy over the next five years. The agency said it anticipates global renewable electricity capacity will grow by 825 gigawatts by 2021, a 42% increase over last year. By that time hydro, solar, wind and other renewable sources will provide 28% of world electricity production compared to 23% in 2015. China is seen as “the undisputable global leader of renewable energy expansion.” The projected increase in renewable generation is due to more friendly policies in the US, China, India and Mexico coupled with cost decreases of 25% for solar panels and 15% for onshore wind.
Iceland is exploring the energy potential of molten magma flowing 5 kilometers under the Earth’s surface. Since August the Iceland Deep Drilling Project has been digging into the Earth’s crust, down into the landscape of old lava flows in Reykjanes in the southwest region of the country. The magma there has temperatures reaching from 400 to 1,000 degrees Celsius, capable of producing 10 times more electricity than traditional geothermal energy sources. The steam from the magma has the potential to create 50 megawatts of energy, which could power 50,000 homes, compared to the typical 5-megawatt geothermal well.
Sweden could be producing all of its energy from renewable sources by 2040. Currently hydro, wind and biomass account for 57% of the nation’s 159 terawatt-hours of electric power production with nuclear making up the difference. Sweden plans to add 18 terawatt-hours of annual renewable electricity production by 2030.
The Global Wind Energy Council reports (Global Wind Energy Outlook) wind power could supply 20% of the world’s electricity by 2030 or about 2.1 terawatts. Today, wind energy makes up 8% of the global electric generation market. The report says “Onshore wind power has become the least-cost option when adding new capacity to the national electric grid in an increasing number of markets, and prices continue to fall.”
ThinkProgress wonders which country will be the first to ban petroleum fueled cars. Currently, Norway, The Netherlands, Germany and India have taken steps or are discussing a time-frame for banning sales of petrol cars in their countries. Norway and the Netherlands are looking at 2025 while Germany and India have 2030 in mind.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has rated the Honda Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car with a range of 366 miles.. The EPA calls it the longest range electric or zero emission car offered for sale in the US. Honda will lease the Clarity through a network of twelve dealers in the state of California. More dealers will be added as the infrastructure of hydrogen fueling stations expands. Refueling time is estimated to be five minutes or less.
carbuyer tells us what a plug-in hybrid car is while US News & World Report explains how a hybrid car works. Meanwhile, the Union of Concerned Scientists compares all electric cars – hybrid vs. BEV vs. PHEV vs. FCEV.
carbuyer gives us a complete guide on how to charge an electric car.