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Peter Diamandis - Exponential Technology. Solar Roadways Indiegogo Video. IRENA_GlobalAtlas_World_of_Renewables_2015. GFIS. Energy Scenarios. Millennium Project 2020 Global Energy Scenarios Introduction Abstract of the Scenarios Scenario 1. Business as Usual – The Skeptic Scenario 2. Scenario 3. Scenario 4. Comparative Analysis of the Scenarios Introduction The world is increasingly aware that fundamental changes will be necessary to meet the growing demand for energy. These scenarios describe how alternative global energy conditions could emerge. The four axes for the scenarios were: rate of technological breakthroughs, strength of environmental movement impacts, status of economic growth, and conditions of geopolitics, including war, peace, and terrorism. Abstract of the Scenarios: Scenario 1.

This scenario assumes that the global dynamics of change continue without great surprises or much change in energy sources and consumption patterns other than those that might be expected as a result of the change dynamics and trends already in place. Click here or on the title of the scenario to get to the full text of this scenario. Box 1. Solar Power: Disruptive Innovation in the Global Energy Market : The Environmental Blog. Posted by Estel M. on May 17, 2014 · 18 Comments - Last modified: May 17, 2014 The battle to advance renewable energy against the strongholds of fossil fuel is being fought on many sides. But it could very well be with solar power that is won or lost, especially when it comes to cost and consumption. According to the authors David Frankel, Kenneth Ostrowski, and Dickon Pinner of McKinsey Quarterly, the solar power industry is poised to assume a bigger role in global energy markets. The authors say that is a more cost-competitive power source today than it was a decade ago.

Solar’s Cloudy Past The solar power industry wasn’t always cloud-free. Solar Cost and Consumption Beyond points for social responsibility and eco-friendliness, businesses and organizations are upping their solar consumption levels for more tangible gains. Via Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Low costs do not only drive consumption but also investment. Potential for Disruption Subscribe to our Mailing List Google+

Solar energy innovation and Silicon Valley | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Solar industry bets on cell innovation — again — to push down costs | GreenBiz. The solar industry dramatically has cut costs in the past six years through economies of scale: with the market flooded with equipment, prices plummeted. In the coming years, though, technology will play a bigger role in bringing down costs, a shift that will bring more powerful rooftop solar panels to market. That ultimately could be good news for businesses and cities seeking cost-effective ways to boost renewable energy. Earlier this week, SolarCity stunned solar industry watchers by announcing plans to acquire startup Silevo and build a giant factory in upstate New York to manufacture panels with Silevo’s solar cell technology.

Having a vertically integrated business model will ensure that SolarCity will have enough panels to fuel its planned growth and give it access to cutting-edge cell technology, executives said. The move underscores the growing importance of solar manufacturing innovations, particularly any technique that can crank out more wattage from a panel. Innovation Opening New Frontiers For Solar Energy.

Solar energy is powering more than the electric grid, it's taking to the skies. Image source: Solar Impluse. Solar energy isn't just aiming to upset the utility business, as we know it. Abundant energy from the sun could redefine the way we're transported on a daily basis and how we consume energy on a daily basis. Beyond the companies who are making headlines like SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY ) , SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR ) , and First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR ) , there are amazing innovations happening in the solar industry that could transform how we use solar energy in the future.

PlanetSolar's catamaran sailing through New York. Planet Solar's trip around the world In 2012, the solar powered boat PlanetSolar was the first to sail around the world powered only by solar energy. In the future, there's no reason to think solar energy and electric motors won't play a growing role in marine activity. For the solar industry, the opportunity is tremendous. Renewable Energy Global Innovations. Solar energy technology for those with no access to electricity | Guardian Sustainable Business.

Around the world approximately 1.7 billion people still live off the grid, with no access to mains electricity. This comes with numerous problems, with lighting and access to income among the most pressing. Once the sun goes does down those off the grid are reliant on kerosene, which is not only hazardous but expensive. While mobile phone use is widespread off the grid, recharging can be a difficult process requiring a long journey, and the lack of charge can mean restricted access to business opportunities or basic services. Solar power could have a major role in solving these problems and others, with a number of new products aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for those in off the grid, base of the pyramid markets.

Here are five examples of solar power innovations aiming to make a difference to those living off the grid. Waka Waka The Waka Waka solar light is the brainchild of Dutch product developer, Camille van Gestel. Fenix ReadySet BuffaloGrid Econet Solar Home Station Spor. A brighter future: five ideas for solar energy. Perovskite is a new wonder material used to make cheap and efficient solar cellsNew, self-cooling solar cells could overcome the challenges of overheatingRegular windows could produce electricity by using a new, transparent solar cell technologyOld car batteries could be recycled into solar cells Editor's note: Tomorrow Transformed explores innovative approaches and opportunities available in business and society through technology.Viewing this on a mobile device?

Click here for mobile version. (CNN) -- The energy needs of the world could all, in principle, be fulfilled by one single source -- the sun. There are challenges in making this a reality, however: affordability first, and finding a way to capture this energy efficiently to turn it into electricity. Recently, a new material known as perovskite has seen the light of day and within just a few years it has started rivaling the efficiency of traditional photovoltaic solar cells, which currently maxes out at roughly 20 percent.

SERC Chile. Gobierno Transparente. New Developments in the Renewable Energy Markets: A Solar Grand Plan for Chile | Columbia Global Centers. Realizarán workshop sobre sistemas de almacenamiento solar sustentables en Copiapó. En el marco de la finalización de las actividades del Proyecto FIC-R: Planta Piloto para el desarrollo de nuevos fluidos de almacenamiento de energía solar, el próximo viernes 13 de marzo, se llevará a cabo la jornada de trabajo denominada Sistemas de almacenamiento solar sustentables en el salón J.J Vallejos de la sede del GORE de Atacama en Copiapó. Imágenes cortesía de Sun Edison Amanecer Solar CAP Esta jornada de trabajo se realizará en conjunto con el Departamento de Ingeniería Química de la Universidad de Antofagasta, el Centro de Desarrollo Energético CDEA Antofagasta y Solar Energy Research Center SERC Chile durante el año 2013-2015.

Los objetivos de esta jornada se centrarán en la generación de un espacio de transferencia de información y experiencia sobre la integración de las ERNC en la industria chilena a través de módulos de almacenamiento solar sustentables, así como la generación de lazos de cooperación con instituciones nacionales e internacionales. 8 crazy new solar research breakthroughs. As the solar industry booms, so does R&D. Here are 8 exciting new research developments in solar energy research.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again. 2015 is going to be a huge year for the solar industry. A photovoltaic system is installed every four minutes in the US. There are now 142,000 jobs in the solar industry alone. Some experts are even saying that rooftop solar will reach grid parity in all 50 states by 2016. The research behind solar energy is booming, too. Scientists are discovering new ways to decrease costs and increase efficiency of solar panels and coming up with creative, impressive ways to generate power. 1.

Scientists at Harvard recently created a bionic leaf, which uses a catalyst to make sunlight split water into hydrogen and oxygen, then a bacteria engineered to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into a liquid fuel called isopropanol. 2. 3D printed solar powered trees 3. Perovskites are materials with a specific crystalline structure. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Researchers develop cheaper way of making solar cells. Researchers have developed a new manufacturing method which could bring down the cost of making a type of solar cell. A team at Liverpool University has found a way of replacing the toxic element in the process with a material found in bath salts. The scientists say that this could have a "massive, unexpected cost benefit". The research has been published in the Journal Nature and unveiled at the ESOF conference in Copenhagen.

Dr Jon Major, who led the research said that his team's work might be the development that brings the cost down to the level of fossil fuel," he told BBC News.More than 90% of the solar cells are made from silicon. Around 7% are made from a material called cadmium telluride. The cadmium telluride cells are thinner than silicon and these are popular because they are also lighter and cheaper. Toxic ingredient They have the drawback that a toxic chemical, cadmium chloride, is needed to manufacture them. Magnesium chloride is completely safe.

Cost debate. Solar Research Home Page. REN21_GFR_2013. University of Maryland Energy Research Center. Latest Analysis - IER. Frontiers in Energy Research. International Journal of Energy Research. The "7th International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium" (IEEES-7), which is a multi-disciplinary international conference, will again provide an opportunity for researchers, scientists and engineers to present their recent advances and to discuss current problems, future needs and prospects in the area of Energy. A special issue of the International Journal of Energy Research will be published with selected papers presented at IEEES-7 2015. Key dates: December 1st, 2014: One to two pages abstract due (via e-mail) December 15, 2014: Notification of abstract acceptance (via e-mail) February 1st, 2015: Full manuscript due (via e-mail) March 1st, 2015: Notification of manuscript acceptance (e-mail)