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Green energy: demand drives innovation

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The growing demand for power generated from renewable energy sources also drives innovation in the sector, according to research on the German renewables industry. An increase in the number of patents granted for green technologies in Germany was linked to both increased demand – driven by renewable energy policies – and increased public spending on the sector.

SETIS is the European Commission's Information System for the SET-Plan led by the Joint Research CentreUnder the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC), the EU has set mandatory national targets for the share of total energy to be generated from renewable sources by 2020.1 Germany is an example of a country with more ambitious goals for renewable energy. While the EU as a whole is committed to achieving a 20% share, Germany has set its 2020 target at 35%. The new study provides insights into how developing energy policy in the country has shaped the market for, and driven innovation in, renewable energy over the last two decades. 

Two key pieces of national legislation on renewable energies have influenced the adoption of green technologies in Germany. The Electricity Feed Law or Stromeinspeisungsgesetz (SEG) came into effect in 1991, requiring utilities providers to connect those generating renewable energy to the grid and to buy their electricity at 65-90% of the cost charged to consumers of that electricity. In 2000, the Renewable Energy Sources Act or Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (EEG) extended the range of renewable energy technologies covered and set different tariffs for different types of energy. Between 2007 and 2010, Germany more than doubled the proportion of its energy mix made up by renewables – from 7% to 17%.2 The renewables industry in Germany currently produces 20% of total electricity generated, with around 382,000 jobs linked to the industry.3



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What are the prospects for competing solar electric technologies?

XIth World Congress of the OWHC - Sintra 2011: World Heritage Cities and Climate Change

Date: 20 September 2011, 10:00 EST, 15:00 GMT, 19:00 UAE
Duration: 1 hours

The argument about who wins – Solar Photovoltaics (PV), Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (CSP), or Concentrating PV (CPV) – is currently all the rage. But in reality it is too early to identify winners and losers in the overall solar industry.

The solar industry, while growing exponentially in recent times, remains in startup phase compared with conventional power, and is now beginning to experience challenges with rapidly decreasing incentives, subpar availability of transmission and distribution, and for PV, almost overnight growth from MW to multi-GW level of demand.

Moving forward, reductions in the cost of (and advances in) balance of systems (rather than the technology) will be key for PV and CPV, while advances in installation techniques are crucial for all technologies. And if CSP can overcome the cost of building thermal storage into the technology, it will have a compelling case that may tip the scale for utilities.



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Desertec Foundation


Sufficient clean power can be generated in the world's sunny deserts to supply mankind with enough electricity on a sustainable basis. DESERTEC is an integrated concept which includes energy security and climate protection as well as drinking water production, socio-economic development, security policy and international cooperation. 

The DESERTEC Concept "Clean Power from Deserts" was originally developed by a network of politicians, academics and economists around the Mediterranean, from which the DESERTEC Foundation has evolved. The non-profit DESERTEC Foundation promotes the fast implementation of its concept in all suitable regions of the world. In 2009 the DESERTEC Concept gained a lot of attention when the DESERTEC Foundation founded the industrial initiative Dii GmbH together with partners from the industrial and finance sectors. The mission of Dii is to accelerate the implementation of the DESERTEC Concept in the Mediterranean region.



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"The Energy Report - 100% Renewable Energy by 2050", February 2011

Scenario by WWF and Ecofys, showing that a transition is not only possible but also cost-effective, providing energy that is affordable for all and producing it in ways that can be sustained by the global economy and the planet. The 1st part seeks to generate a discussion around the comprehensively researched scenario that is presented in the 2nd part, conducted by project partner consultancy Ecofys.

Download the report 256 p. pdf file (16 MB) from WWF's homepage:


"Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook", 2010

Scenario by Greenpeace and EREC provides a detailed practical blueprint for cutting carbon emissions while achieving economic growth by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Global CO2 emissions under the Energy [R]evolution scenario would peak in 2015 and drop afterwards. Compared with 1990 CO2 emissions will be more than 80% lower by 2050 if the energy supply is based almost entirely on renewable energies. By 2050 around 95% of electricity could be produced by renewable energy.

Download the report pdf file (9 MB) from Greenpeace's web site:




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Fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas) currently provide about 85% of all the energy use in the US. These resources are being constantly depleted and can't be replaced within any practical time span. How long exactly would these resources last? The remaining amount of a particular resource is often characterized by so-called Reserves-to-Production ratio (R/P).

In a plain language, R/P basically gives us the length of time the reserves would last if its usage continues at the current rate. Here are estimated world total reserves-to-production ratios for the main conventional fuels: oil - 45 years, natural gas - 62 years, coal – 119 years.

Aside from being finite, energy production from fossil fuels results in by-products of combustion, or emissions. These emissions affect the environment and may be causing the climate change. In contrast, renewable energy (RE) resources, as the name implies, are constantly replenished naturally and will never be exhausted. Their use generally has a much lower environmental impact than that of conventional fuels, which is why the technologies that utilize them are often called "green". In addition, RE can boost US energy security by reducing our dependence on the imports. All these factors, coupled with the government incentives and mandates, result in growing public interest in using renewable sources of energy. While many green technologies are large-scale, most of them are also suited to private homes, especially in rural areas. This website provides quick reference information for using alternative power at home.




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CONCERTO initiative


“The CONCERTO initiative, launched by the European Commission , is a Europe wide initiative proactively addressing the challenges of creating a more sustainable future for Europe’s energy needs. Today, there are a total of 58 communities in 22 projects, each working to deliver the highest possible level of self-supply of energy. CONCERTO is part of the framework research programme supervised by the DG Energy and Transport of the European Commission.


CONCERTO supports local communities, as clearly defined geographical areas or zones, in developing and demonstrating concrete strategies and actions that are both sustainable and highly energy efficient. Interactions and relevant energy flows between centralised and decentralised energy supplies and demands can be identified, measured and assessed.

The CONCERTO initiative has been only possible as a result of the strong commitment from the relevant, local authorities and includes technical experts, academics, and private companies from across Europe.


6th Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011: New Business Models and Policy Drivers-- Building the Low-Carbon Future

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6th Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011: New Business Models and Policy Drivers-- Building the Low-Carbon Future

6th Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011: New Business Models and Policy Drivers-- Building the Low-Carbon Future

ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines: 20-24 June 2011



World Bank and Clean Technology Fund to Finance Turkey's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project

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According to reports from the World Bank on 28 May 2009, USD 600 million of financing has been approved for Turkey’s Private Sector Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project.

World BankThe report stated that Turkey’s rapid economic growth in recent years has caused increasing demand for electricity, yet the real challenge is ensuring Turkey’s energy security and at the same time reducing greenhouse emissions that induce climate change.

The main objective of this project is to increase the efficiency and production capacity of electricity generating plants in the private sector, which will result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Moreover, key measures in the project include tapping into Turkey’s significant potential in renewable energy such as wind, solar, biomass and geothermal and ensuring a more efficient use of energy to reduce waste in energy consumption.


WindTech Istanbul Wind Energy Trade Fair

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National and international wind energy industries and wind power technologies shall meet under a specialized exhibition, WindTech Istanbul, between the dates of 13-16 October 2010 in Istanbul for the first time in Turkey. WindTech is an exhibition, which targets the wind energy sector and which meets this sector under single roof.

WindTech Istanbul Wind Energy Trade Fair will take place in Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC). 

Objectives of WindTech Istanbul: 

  • To prepare a foundation for the creation of wind energy industry, to develop it and to provide contribution for it,
  • Meeting of the Turkish investors with the equipment suppliers,
  • To meet the foreigner investor with the Turkish producer in Turkey, where it is a great potential in the field of energy in terms of the investment and the production,
  • To emphasize the fact that Turkey should search for its energy needs on the alternative sources and should direct itself towards renewable sources,
  • To support the domestic industry and the production of turbines,
  • To introduce the fields of use of wind energy,
  • To create a platform for projects, which would increase the industrial efficiency,
  • To show the importance of the need to go for variation for the energy supply and of the vitality of evaluation of our national energy sources and to underline that these are priority issues, (Minister of Energy and Natural Sources, Mr. Yildiz, has stated that, “we require to meet 30% of our total energy port folio from these sources, together with renewable energy sources and natural sources until 2030.This is a number, which is even above the EU average”)
  • To play a triggering role for the start of the investment projects, which will be carried out in this filed, after the Draft Law with regards to make changes in the law, which is related to the Use of Renewable Energy Sources with regards to the Production of the Electrical Energy,
  • To create a environment for the implementation of the investments, which will provide for the implementation of the investments that would be required and would be sufficient with regards to the security of the supply,
  • To underline for the fact that the wind energy, which is the environment friendly, with minimum amount of carbon gas discharge, clean and widely available, form of energy due to the sanctions of the agreements like the Kyoto Protocol, etc, in order to have preventive measures for important issues like, global warming, change of the climate,
  • To achieve the target, where it is thought that Turkey might have 20.000 megawatt of wind power by 2020.

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