Category Archives: Energy

8 Energy-Efficient Moves for Summer

If reducing your carbon emissions didn’t require a big sacrifice – and in fact could mean some lifestyle upgrades – would you go green? What if doing so also meant you could save upward of $500 a year?

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group of experts who address global problems that compiled their tips in a 2012 book, “Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living,” being energy efficient doesn’t require adopting a Spartan lifestyle. In fact, it often means embracing new technology, including e-readers, the latest appliance upgrades and easy-to-use programmable thermostats.

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SkyPower Global and FAS Energy to Build 3,000 MW of Solar Power in Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SkyPower FAS Energy signed agreements with both the Federal Republic of Nigeria Government and the Delta State of Nigeria Government for the development of 3,000 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects within Nigeria and the Delta State of Nigeria to be built over the next five years.

These foundational agreements represent a monumental renewable energy milestone, which entails a multi-phase development and build schedule that will result in production of clean, sustainable, cost-effective energy to support the growing energy needs of Nigeria. SkyPower FAS Energy is committed to work closely with both governments for the planning, financing, and construction of 3,000 MW of utility-scale solar PV energy projects for the Nigerian power grid, which are expected to reach commercial operation in phases starting in 2015.

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Green Energy (Solar PV, Wind energy, Hydroelectric power, Bio-fuels, Geothermal energy) Market – Global Industry Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019

There has been an increased emphasis on the need for green, renewable and sustainable energy sources globally. Rise in demand has been due to growing concern to protect the environment from pollutants such as greenhouse gases and issues related to energy security. Various factors driving the growth of green energy include environment concerns, government regulations and initiatives, coal plant retirements, need for natural gas hedging, rising demand for energy and fuel shortage/replacement.

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How Personalizing Energy Data Could Help Utilities Stay In Business

How to sell consumers stuff they want is the age-old challenge for any merchants. It’s becoming a particularly difficult one for utilities as they lose customers to businesses from solar to cable companies.

That has created opportunities for companies like Tendril, which has been working on using personal data to figure out what types of energy equipment and services consumers might want for their homes, the company said Tuesday.

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Siemens Buys Rolls-Royce Energy Asset to Catch Up With GE

Siemens AG agreed to buy some Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc energy assets for $1.3 billion and plans to list its hearing-aid unit as Europe’s largest engineering company aims to close a profitability gap with rivals General Electric Co. (GE) and ABB Ltd. (ABBN)

Siemens will buy Rolls-Royce’s energy aero-derivative gas turbine and compressor business to strengthen its position in the power generation and oil and gas industries and manage its health-care business separately, the Munich-base company said in a statement yesterday. The measures will boost productivity by about 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) a year, starting from the end of fiscal 2016.

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Charge Your Phone in Style With This Solar-Powered Dress

A shimmering ocean of solar panels looks cool in photographs, but to wear those panels on your clothes? Sounds pretty uncomfortable. Wearable tech has always been predicated on the fact that little bits of wire, glass and electronics have somehow been made comfortable enough to put on our bodies. But solar technology, despite whatever aesthetic and gadget-charging potential it may have, just hasn’t been that wearable.

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Ambri Funding Influx Suggests a New Day for Grid Batteries

Progress being made by battery startup Ambri suggests that the market for long-duration grid energy storage is finally taking shape. Storing wind and solar power using today’s battery technologies is too expensive, but new technologies could make it affordable, enabling wider use of renewables.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts, company this week said it has raised a $35 million series-C round to fund the production of prototype batteries from an existing factory and finance construction of a commercial-scale plant. The company intends to test prototypes in the field this year and produce full-size batteries for paying customers by 2016.

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