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Solar energy. Hydrogen / Fuel cells. Geothermal. Wind energy. Nuclear fusion. Plunging solar & wind costs means green fuel exports could replace coal & gas for Australia #hydrogen #auspol. *****UK launches ‘world first’ research programme into negative emissions. The public money will fund projects exploring the real-world potential of “negative emissions” technologies (NETs), including soil carbon management, afforestation, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), enhanced weathering and direct capture of methane from the air.

*****UK launches ‘world first’ research programme into negative emissions

NETs will “almost certainly be needed” to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, one of the researchers tells Carbon Brief. Yet there is huge uncertainty over whether it will be possible to deploy them quickly – and at scale – without causing knock-on environmental and social problems. The new research programme is designed to investigate their potential, as well as the political, social and environmental issues surrounding their deployment. It is coordinated by the UK’s government-funded National Environment Research Council (NERC).

Carbon Brief has the details. Paris goals Most of them agreed it was highly unlikely to be possible. Costa Rica ran entirely on renewable #energy for more than 250 days last year. Coalition gives $54m from CEFC to large-scale solar and renews pumped hydro push. The Turnbull government has given a $54m loan from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to a large-scale solar development which it says has the potential for pumped hydro storage.

Coalition gives $54m from CEFC to large-scale solar and renews pumped hydro push

Malcolm Turnbull and the energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, have announced the government had directed the CEFC and Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) to fund large-scale storage and other flexible capacity projects including pumped hydro. *****Why China has become the world leader in renewable energy @TheEconomist. *****In 2016 alone, US solar created more new jobs (51,000) than there are coal miners still working in the US (50,200). Today saw 4 records. Highest ever solar generation: 26% Highest ever renewable generation: 47% Highest ever low carbon generation: 71% #wow!

*****The best countries in Europe for using renewable energy. The share of renewables energy used in the EU has risen to almost 17% in 2015.

*****The best countries in Europe for using renewable energy

That’s double the 2004 share of 8.5%, and within range of the 2020 target of 20%. Two years after the financial crisis, the EU put in motion a ten-year jobs and growth strategy, Europe 2020. Among its targets was the aim to source 20% of EU energy needs from renewables by 2020. A recent news release by Eurostat, the statistics arm of the European Union, has revealed the progress different countries within Europe are making towards their targets.

As a whole, the EU is on the right track, with the share of renewables increasing in 22 of the 28 member states over the last year. Image: Eurostat Which countries are performing the best? The good news is that 11 member states have already achieved their 2020 targets. *****IEA Report: World Energy Outlook 2016. World Energy Outlook 2016 sees broad transformations in the global energy landscape As a result of major transformations in the global energy system that take place over the next decades, renewables and natural gas are the big winners in the race to meet energy demand growth until 2040, according to the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency’s flagship publication.

*****IEA Report: World Energy Outlook 2016

A detailed analysis of the pledges made for the Paris Agreement on climate change finds that the era of fossil fuels appears far from over and underscores the challenge of reaching more ambitious climate goals. Still, government policies, as well as cost reductions across the energy sector, enable a doubling of both renewables – subject of a special focus in this year’s Outlook – and of improvements in energy efficiency over the next 25 years. Natural gas continues to expand its role while the shares of coal and oil fall back. *****#Renewableenergy is the major growth story in all of our World Energy Outlook 2016 scenarios by @IEA.

*****Could these megaprojects help Africa become a renewable superpower? Read more. *****This Hawaiian island will be powered by nothing but solar #energy. *****Global Energy Architecture Performance Index 2017. In just 10 years, over half of India's electricity will come from non-fossil fuels. Read more. *****London Taxi Company opens £300m Coventry plant for electric cabs. The first new car plant in Britain for more than a decade will open in Coventry on Wednesday, creating more than 1,000 jobs and boosting the automotive industry despite concerns that uncertainty caused by Brexit could hold back new investment.

*****London Taxi Company opens £300m Coventry plant for electric cabs

The London Taxi Company (LTC), maker of the London black cab, is officially opening a plant that will make electric taxis. The factory is being funded with £300m of investment from LTC’s owner, Chinese company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, as well as a £16.1m grant from the government through the regional growth fund. Greg Clark, the business secretary, said the new facility, which will also house research and development, demonstrated that the UK was a “world leader in the development of new automotive technologies”. Clark has pledged to put support for the development of electric vehicles at the heart of the government’s industrial strategy. Northvolt Will Build $4 Billion Battery Manufacturing Facility In Scandinavia #storage is key #eletriccars. EV Utopia Norway Pushes for ZERO Petrol & Diesel Cars by 2025 With New "polluter pays" Tax System #feebate.

Joining Norway & India Holland Wants To Ban Gas Cars By 2025 #EV HT @3lprof3. *****Liquid nuclear fuels. *****February 2017 in review – MyGridGB. In this blog, I compare the electricity generation in February 2017 to the same period last year.

*****February 2017 in review – MyGridGB

For readers concerned about carbon emissions, there is good news. Renewable energy matters more in Trumpland than you might think - Axios. Read on for an edited and condensed version of our conversation.

Renewable energy matters more in Trumpland than you might think - Axios

During the election, you gave $100,000 to your cousin's super PAC, then shifted support to John Kasich, and then finally to libertarian Gary Johnson. Share of #renewables in #energy mix by country. #Hydro boosts a few countries right to the top. #Australia in the middle of the pack. Donald Trump actually has very little control over green energy and climate change. Yes, there are reasons to fear an impending environmental disaster: Donald Trump has spent much of his campaign claiming the mantle of climate-change-denier-in-chief, and his vice-presidential running mate isn’t much better.

Donald Trump actually has very little control over green energy and climate change

Now they are mulling their picks for key Cabinet posts: Interior Secretary Sarah “Drill, baby drill” Palin, if elephant hunter Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t get that gig? Energy Secretary Harold Hamm, if the oil and gas mogul decides he is willing to spend the Trump administration outside the private sector? Environmental Protection Administrator Myron Ebell, unless the fringe-hugging climate skeptic dismantles the agency instead?

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change. Image copyright Getty Images Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming.

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change

That's according to a new study which says wood is not carbon neutral and emissions from pellets are higher than coal. Subsidies for biomass should be immediately reviewed, the author says. Energy from trees has become a critical part of the renewable supply in many countries including the UK. While much of the discussion has focussed on wind and solar power, across Europe the biggest source of green energy is biomass. Plans for 100MW pumped hydro plant in SA using seawater #renewableenergy storage is key. Denmark's newest power station will be a bit different. It has a ski slope on top of it. Read more.

Lightbulb moment: UK streetlights get innovative green makeover. Streetlights connected to electricity networks in Kensington and Chelsea will now act as charge points for electric vehicles (EVs), while a Lanarkshire-based IT specialist has agreed to fund development of wind-harvesting lampposts in the UK.

Lightbulb moment: UK streetlights get innovative green makeover

Trials for the charging lamps are underway, while wind-harvesting technology has been backed by a new partnership UK Power Networks, the biggest electricity distributor in the country, has partnered with charging specialists Ubitricity to trial three EV-charing streetlights to be used by local residents in Onslow Gardens, in a first for Central London. The trials, which started in November, allow vehicles to charge from street lights near domestic buildings, before being billed via a smartphone or computer. Fact: #Solar employs way more people than #FossilFuels. Any leader promising #jobs should focus on #renewables.

What is geothermal energy, and what has it got to do with Cornwall? Find out in our March #PlymEarthTalks. What can Tidal Power Contribute? – MyGridGB. The UK is committed to carbon reduction in all sectors of the economy be that electricity, heating, transport, agriculture or industry. The £1.3bn, 320MW tidal power station at Swansea Bay could be the next mega-project to help generate sustainable, local energy and assist with climate goals. The question asked is how much it can reduce our carbon emissions per year. I believe that I can answer that using the same tools to run my Manifesto. The UK is committed to carbon reduction in all sectors of the economy be that electricity, heating, transport, agriculture or industry. The £1.3bn, 320MW tidal power station at Swansea Bay could be the next mega-project to help generate sustainable, local energy and assist with climate goals.

A fuel revolution in maritime transport? Share. Seawater Offers a Brand New Way to Produce Clean Energy. Noelle Phansalkar Saturday, 14 January - 0:10AM A new 27 million dollar fund aimed at teaching AI religion, morality, and ethics has been collected from a group of high-profile investors. MIT media lab and the Berkman Kein Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard will serve as hubs for the initiative, which is dubbed the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund. The purpose of the fund is to apply the humanities, social sciences, and other non-technologically based fields to push the development of AI in a more positive and conscious direction. Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, as well as eBay founder Pierre Omidyar each committed $10 million, while the Knight Foundation, a non-profit which supports areas like journalism, pledged $5 mil.

"As a technologist, I'm impressed by the incredible speed at which artificial intelligence technologies are developing," Omidyar said on the Knight Foundation's website. "AI's rapid development bring along a lot of tough challenges. Dutch trains become 100% powered by wind energy HT @DanielPAldrich #renewableenergy #Netherlands. Victoria's plans for hydrogen exports to Japan are 'way of making brown coal look green' Victorian government plans to work with a Japanese company to produce hydrogen from brown coal in the Latrobe Valley are “a way of making brown coal look green”, according to one expert.

The proposed plant, which would be run by Kawasaki Heavy Industries as part of their Kawasaki Hydrogen Road project, would produce liquid hydrogen that would then be exported to Japan to be used in hydrogen-powered vehicles. Maritime authorities from both Australia and Japan signed a world-first deal to ship liquid hydrogen in Canberra on Wednesday, but Victoria’s acting resources minister, Philip Dalidakis, said the project was still “in the very early stages”. Dalidakis said the Victorian government has been working with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and the commonwealth on an engineering study to investigate the feasibility of producing hydrogen from brown coal. Latrobe’s Hazelwood power station will close on 31 March, with a loss of up to 1,000 jobs. Solar fuels could be Australia’s biggest energy export. Australian developers are hoping to tap into the voracious demand for clean energy from the big north Asian economies, and create a “solar fuels” export industry at a scale many would have thought unimaginable.

Proponents such as Renewable Hydrogen’s Andrew Want are talking of the prospect of developing massive solar arrays in the Australian outback at a scale of “multiple tens” of gigawatts. “This is a great opportunity to create a solar industry which is not limited to the scale of our electricity network,” Want tells RenewEconomy at the sidelines of the 6th World Hydrogen Technologies Congress in Sydney. “This plan is bolted on to the prospects of the biggest economic growth region in the world.” As RenewEconomy reported on Wednesday, there is a big push in Australia to tap into Japan’s emerging “hydrogen” economy, and use Australia’s rich solar and wind resources to provide clean fuels to Japan and other countries.

Vision of a sustainable hydrogen fuel community. Huge world-first man-made tidal lagoon could power over 155,000 homes. Energy trade association RenewableUK calls the UK "the undisputed global leader in marine energy. " If plans for a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay go ahead, that claim will be reinforced. Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay would be the world’s first man-made energy-generating lagoon and could power over 155,000 homes. Renewable energy is, of course, an area of huge importance and growth. A 2011 study by researchers at University of California-Davis and Stanford University suggests that the world could be powered completely by clean energy within 20-40 years. Of the renewable options available, tidal is particularly intriguing.

Dutch trains now run 100% on wind-generated electricity. Dutch fishing trawler trades fumes for volts. 1.1MW Solar Plant Starts Operations Using 'Solar Sharing' Method. Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute. Shiitake Mushrooms Grown Under 290kW of Solar Panels. Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute. ***Costa Rica's electricity was produced almost entirely from renewable sources in 2016. A New Model for Investing in Energy Innovation.

Advanced solar-powered cars gear up for grueling World Solar Challenge. If you're looking to bring together the world's brightest budding engineers to push solar technology to its very limits, then there may be no better backdrop than the dusty, sun-drenched expanses of central Australia. The biennial World Solar Challenge will kick off this Sunday, with competitors set to cover a monster 3,000 km (1,864 mi) journey from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia in cars powered purely by the sun. As hopefuls from all over the globe ready their rides for the ultimate in solar-powered endurance racing, here's a quick look at some of the interesting vehicle designs, who's new to the party and a few that have been around the block before. 'World-first' solar car under development in Queensland could cost owners $250,000. UK car shapes up for solar challenge. How we can limit global warming to 1.5°C.

After the climate talks in Marrakech, our climate mission remains the same as what was set out in the 2015 Paris Agreeement: to eliminate all carbon dioxide emissions by the middle of this century. France to pave 1000km of roads with solar panels. New recycled plastic sidewalk harvests energy from footsteps and the sun. World's first solar panel road opens in Normandy village. New design guide will help solar panels shine. Tesla Updates Supercharger Map For 2017 (Plans) Google to run on 100% renewable energy in 2017. National Grid sees major boost for solar, electric vehicles and batteries. Wind energy in the US.

Wind turbine with human for scale. This fully transparent solar cell could make every window and screen a power source - ExtremeTech. This fully transparent solar cell could make every window and screen a power source - ExtremeTech. Electric Cars Could Take an OPEC-Sized Bite From Oil Demand - Bloomberg. Undersea link to export WA solar to Indonesia deemed "viable" Madrid is giving itself a 9-day car ban for Christmas. Water as hot as lava could change renewable energy. Tesla Launches In Spain. US Electric Cars Sales Up 44% In November — 1.1% Of US Car Sales! Jaguar Land Rover's electric car plans could prove game-changer for industry. *Stats: Countries with the most electric cars. Student's award-winning graphene battery could slash electric-car charging times.

It’s Official: Japan Now has More Electric Car Charging Spots than Gas Stations* Europe's First Urban Fast Charging Station in the Hague. Will electric cars cause the next oil crisis? Electric Cars Could Take an OPEC-Sized Bite From Oil Demand - Bloomberg. Elon Musk announces that Tesla will build a second Gigafactory in Europe. Elon Musk Gigafactory drone footage. France Still Considering Ban Of New Diesel Car Sales, Environment Minister Segolene Royal Says. Germany Goes Electric: All Cars Must be Emissions-free by 2030 - The Solutions Journal.

Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building. Future energy landscapes design and rationale. It’s Official: Japan Now has More Electric Car Charging Spots than Gas Stations* BMW, Daimler, Ford, and VW are planning an electric vehicle superhighway in Europe. Tesla Model 3 owners will have the biggest and best charging network, UK’s largest hydrogen production and bus refuelling station opens in Aberdeen - Scotland's 2020 Climate Group. UK’s largest hydrogen production and bus refuelling station opens in Aberdeen. World's first hydrogen double-decker to hit London roads next year. *Geothermal: Magma power: creating energy from water as hot as lava. Rnewables: Germany example for healthy transition. Also geopolitical independence. South Pacific island ditches fossil fuels to run entirely on solar power. Sunshine strip: solar road panels to power homes. Electric vehicle market poised to expand at "breakneck speed" How Renewables In Developing Countries Are Leapfrogging Traditional Power.

Leading a shift in the narrative on clean energy access in India. **Germany has unveiled a new eco-friendly emissions-free train. Tesla solar roof cheaper than regular roof, says Musk – electricity "just a bonus" - One Step Off The Grid. Alaska Airlines fuels commercial flight with forestry waste. To-the-point: KLM starts Oslo-Amsterdam biofuel flights today. Where will our energy come from in 2030, and how green will it be?