Availability of reliable, low-cost energy is the cornerstone of economic development and is a primary limiting factor for many developing countries.  We share knowledge on an energy sector which is undergoing massive change with new technologies that will provide cheaper, more accessible and cleaner energy.

Report: Solar power will soon be the cheapest form of electricity in many parts of the world.

A new report from a respected German energy think tank highlights the rapid drop in the price of solar energy. Agora Energiewende's comprehensive report uses current and past statistics about the reduction in the production price for solar PV panels to project into the future. Their forecast indicates that solar PV-based energy will be the cheapest source of power within the decade and down to an amazing US 2c/kWh by 2050, much cheaper than gas-fired power plants at US 9c/kWh or any other form of fossil fuel including coal.

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Free energy efficiency resources for food manufacturers

The empower program was developed to assist small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), with less than 200 employees, to improve energy efficiency. The program was developed with assistance from the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC)  and the Australian Government Department of Industry and Science.

Whilst this program was designed with the Australian market in mind, the resources are freely available, and can be applied to other smaller food and grocery manufacturing businesses around the world to save energy. 

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Northern Pakistan making a Cleanleap with off-grid solar

The provincial government of  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan has an ambitious solar energy plan to electrify over 5,800 homes in 200 different villages.  The plan is part of a government-backed project called the Green Growth Initiative, founded by Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan.  In a country like Pakistan that faces blackouts lasting 4 hours a day in rural areas that are connected to the grid, the answer seems obvious– the traditional centralised energy system is failing rural communities, can off-grid be any worse?

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Extracting energy from air - is this the future of fuel?

Researchers in the UK and US are working on new techniques to create fuels like methanol, diesel and even petrol  from the atmosphere around us - the key component being used is CO2. Bloomberg has a light overview video  of the work being done by a UK company called Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS).  The process involves pulling in air and extracting the CO2 component (.04% of our atmosphere and rising).  

 

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In Defense of CCS

I was the community manager of the Global CCS Institute for over three years.  I have to admit, that I didn't know much about the technology when I started but as a pragmatic green nerd, the general concept appealed to me.  The truth is that there are thousands of coal fired power plants around the world right now ...

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7 great commercials about the environment

After six years working on VideoSift, I've seen many excellent public service announcements (PSAs) for environmental causes.  You might not think that a simple commercial spot has much to do with Cleanleaps, and yes,  they sometimes can be self-serving, bordering on greenwashing ...

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A cost analysis of hydropower

Hydropower or hydroelectricity is an established renewable energy technology that also may be quite low-cost. Although hydropower requires a steep investment to develop, dams in particular have a long lifespan and generally can produce consistent power over many decades. Consider that the Hoover Dam in the US Southwest has been in service since 1935 ...

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The global Cleantech 100 keeps getting more global

The Global Cleantech 100, now in its 6th year released by the Cleantech Group, is a list of the top companies in this space worldwide.   The Cleantech 100 is no longer just a list of companies from places like the United States, Germany and Japan.  Emerging markets are seeing the benefits of clean technology and some of the leading companies in the world are starting to come from emerging markets like Kenya

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