In the past we have had several reviews of driving the Chevy Volt.  Now The GreenCar told us what it is like to drive an all electric Nissan Leaf for a week.  And if you like the Leaf, you might like the Leaf Limo even better (thanks to Gas 2.0)

Meanwhile the Globe and Mail revealed the “shocking truth of electric cars” and reminded us that the internal combustion engine will be around for awhile yet. The New York Tines picked up on the electric car theme telling us that their batteries are proving to be a recycling challenge.

Peak Energy reported on the unveiling of the world’s largest tidal power plant in South Korea. The 254,000-kilowatt facility, expected to be fully completed in December, began partial operation earlier this month, powered by six of its 10 generators. The plant can provide enough electricity for 500,000 people.  France, it appears is planning an even larger tidal power plant to commence operations in 2012 according to siliconrepublic.

Wind power supplied 5.3% of Europe’s electricity needs in 2010 according to REVE.  The amount of wind power varies widely among European countries with Denmark in the lead at 25% and Portugal a surprise in second place at 15.5%.  There is a link to a table which shows wind energy usage by EU country.

Der Spiegel informed us that this year renewable energy now accounts for 20% of Germany’s total energy requirements. Wind power, the most important renewable source, supplied 7.5% of total energy demand with biomass (5.6 percent), photovoltaic solar (3.5 percent), and hydroelectric power (3.3 percent) following. Waste incineration and other sources amounted 0.8 percent.

Britain will add 4500 wind turbines to its existing fleet of 2000 according to The Telegraph.  The government wants on-shore wind to supply 13 GW of electricity by 2020.  Currently wind supplies about 4% of the UK’s electricity requirements.

From PV Magazine we found out that the global solar market to reach $75.2 billion by 2016.  Installed capacity of  photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal, CSP and concentrated PV will reach 227 GW. The projections come from a recent report by MarketsandMarkets, a global market research and consulting company.  North America is expected to be the fastest growing market over the next few years with its heavy investment in PV and CSP technologies. Europe is the biggest market led by Germany and Spain.

Waste-to-energy plans continued to make the news.  We learned from CleanBiz Asia that Jakarta, Indonesia opened its first trash-to-electricity plant this month. It will reach its full capacity of 1,300 tons per day in July next year and produce 445,669 million metric British thermal units of gas – enough to generate 4.95 MW of electricity. The city will start construction on two similar plants by the end of the year.  The Baltic region will have its first waste-to-energy facility when a new combined heat and power plant in Klaipeda, Lithuania is completed in 2013.  This according to Good News From Finland. The plant will be fuelled by municipal and industrial waste and biomass. It will produce 50 MW of heat and 20 MW of electricity. The heat will be sold to Klaipedos Energija and the electricity to the Lithuanian national grid.  Waste Management World reported that the Caribbean island of St. Lucia has given the go ahead to build a plant to convert municiple waste into 15 MW of electricity. The same source told us that Wales has approved its first anaerobic digestion facility to be built  in the northeast part of the country. Expected to start operation in 2013, the plant will process 20,000 tonnes of food waste annually and convert it into 1 MW of electricity to power the plant and be sold to the national grid.  The plant will also produce 19,000 tonnes of organic fertiliser to be sold to local farms. UPI reported that British firms intend to build a plant in Stockport, England to convert food waste into biogas which will be injected into the national natural gas grid. The plant will begin operation in 2012.

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