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Renault-Nissan Pinning Its Future on Electric Cars

Written by , on February 12, 2010

In an interview with BBC, Carlos Ghosn, the head of Renault-Nissan, has outlined how he is pinning the future of his company on the electric car. “I think the trends we’re seeing are all pointing in the same direction,” he said. “Oil is a challenge, both price and availability. Regulations about environments are going to […]  Read more »

Wind Power Installations Grow Strongly

Written by , on February 5, 2010

Contrary to expectations in the light of the global economic turndown, wind power installations grew strongly in 2009. China was the world’s largest market in 2009, more than doubling its wind generation capacity from 12.1 gigawatts to 25.1 gigawatts at the end of 2009. The US installed nearly 10 GW in 2009, increasing the country’s […]  Read more »

Europe Approves €4bn Carbon Capture Plan

Written by , on February 5, 2010

EU member states have approved a plan to share out €4 billion ($au6.3 billion) to develop carbon capture and storage and fund some other high tech renewables projects. At least eight carbon capture and storage projects will receive funding. Ocean thermal energy conversion technologies and systems to convert cellulose from plant waste into biofuels, biogas […]  Read more »

Environmental Patents Placed in the Public Domain

Written by , on January 24, 2010

Leading members of the corporate community, including IBM, Sony, Nolia and Pitney-Bowes, have come together in a first-of-its-kind effort to help the environment, unleashing dozens of innovative, environmentally responsible patents to the public domain. The pledged portfolio, dubbed the "Eco-Patent Commons", is available on a dedicated, public website,, hosted by the World Business Council […]  Read more »

World Future Energy Summit Delegates “Push on Regardless”

Written by , on January 21, 2010

The World Future Energy Summit on renewable energy, carbon capture and smart energy technologies is currently underway in Abu Dhabi. It has attracted 600 exhibitors and 9,000 delegates on its first day. Time magazine has summed up the feeling among conference-goers as "the politicians might have failed to act on climate change, but everybody else […]  Read more »

Booming European Offshore Wind – Also Good for Marine Life

Written by , on January 19, 2010

Despite continuing difficulties getting funding for large projects, Europe’s offshore wind power generating capacity grew by 54% in 2009. A total of 199 wind turbines, with a combined capacity of 577 megawatts, were installed at eight new offshore wind farms connected to the European grid in 2009.   The European Wind Energy Association expects ten more […]  Read more »

New Chinese Law to Boost Renewables

Written by , on January 5, 2010

China’s national assembly has signalled the country’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by adopting a law supporting its renewable energy industry. The new law obliges electricity companies to buy all of the power produced by renewable sources. The State Council’s energy department, the electricity regulatory agency and its finance departments will determine the amount […]  Read more »

US-China Renewable Energy Co-operation

Written by , on December 20, 2009

The United States and China have agreed on a plan for future co-operation on renewable energy. The main elements of the agreement are: Establishment of a US-China Clean Energy Research Centre to facilitate joint research and development of clean energy technologies by teams of scientists and engineers from the United States and China, as well […]  Read more »

European Offshore Wind Agreement

Written by , on December 7, 2009

Nine countries have signed up to develop an integrated offshore grid in the North and Irish Seas. England, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland have agreed to co-operate on the development of offshore wind infrstructure which is intended to make supplies of electricity more secure for the participating countries by making […]  Read more »

World’s Largest Wave Power Generator Launched

Written by , on November 30, 2009

The world’s largest working wave energy electricity generating device has been officially launched in Scotland. Known as Oyster, the device, built by Aquamarine Power, is stationed at the European Marine Energy Center Billia Croo site near Stromness. At present, it is the world’s only wave energy device which is producing power to the grid. Oyster […]  Read more »