China lull behind quiet quarter for global clean energy investment

Global clean energy investment dropped in Q1 2016, despite mega-financings in UK and Norwegian wind, due to a slowdown in China and a dearth of public market equity raises

Australia - smart energy and m2m

Smart energy signifies a system that is more integrated and scalable, and which extends throughout the distribution system - from businesses and homes and back to the sources of energy.

Smart Grid, Storage and Efficiency Companies Raise $375 Million in Venture Capital in Q1 2016

Smart Grid companies receive $110 million; Battery/Storage companies receive $54 million; Energy Efficiency companies raise $211 million

Final countdown for largest ever Geothermal Conference in Iceland

Iceland Geothermal Conference is promising an exciting set of events, presentations, field trips and social occasions. Bringing together more than 600 participants from more than 50 countries, it will be Iceland's largest geothermal event ever.

ABB and Solar Impulse show that a clean energy future is achievable now

By flying halfway around the world on solar power alone, Solar Impulse has already proven that it is possible to produce a stable, 24/7 electricity supply using only renewable energy.

Why companies like: Google and Walmart are buying so much wind power

Brady Dennis for The Washington Post:  The U.S. wind energy industry had a memorable 2015, from installing thousands of new turbines across the country to supporting a growing number of jobs.

But perhaps one of the most noteworthy brights spots of the past year, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), was the growing demand for wind energy from major corporations. High-tech firms such as Google Energy, Facebook and Amazon Web Services, as well as more traditional companies such as Procter & Gamble, General Motors, Walmart and Dow Chemical, have signed contracts to purchase increasing amounts of wind energy in coming years.

Corporations and other non-utility customers — including some municipalities and universities  — accounted for more than half of the wind power capacity sold through so-called power purchase agreements in 2015, according to the AWEA. The group said that corporate and other non-utility buyers have signed contracts for more than 4,500 megawatts of wind power capacity, or enough to power the equivalent of about 1.2 million American homes.  Cont'd...

SGIP Selected to Lead Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy for the Orange ButtonSM Initiative

SGIP spearheads Energy Department working group focused on standardizing solar data and reducing soft costs

SGIP, SunSpec Alliance, kWh Analytics, and NREL Awarded Nearly $4 Million in Federal Funds to Boost Solar Bankability

Four organizations will lead Energy Department's Orange ButtonSM initiative and carve path to industry-wide solar data

Solar Energy Industries Association CEO Stepping Down After 12 Years of Leadership

Rhone Resch has announced his decision to step down as President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on May 31st, 2016. SEIA will name an interim leader and begin the executive search process before his departure.

Is the U.S. Still Addicted to Oil?

Universal access to renewably-generated electricity could be within the foreseeable future, with cleaner air and water as the side effects. Better public transportation systems will make life more enjoyable for commuters all over the country, as will a self-sustaining energy economy.

MidAmerican Energy announces $3.6 billion investment in renewable energy

Project will increase company's wind energy equal to 85 percent of annual customer use

Taking off with Kite Power.....

Natural Power appointed to support proposals for Kite Power test site at RAF West Freugh.

Turkish geothermal sector surging ahead in global rankings

The incredible growth of Turkey's geothermal sector will be featured at IGC Türkiye, the Congress in the Heart of the Geothermal Industry in Turkey, with partners Ormat and Exergy and an exciting EBRD workshop preceding the event.

PVinsights:Polysilicon extends the price improvement

Polysilicon price extends gains this week as shortage situation in China continues to reverberate. As some Chinese polysilicon makers leverage strategic supply curtailment, polysilicon supply remains tight in China. Meanwhile, the demand in China has strengthened amid the extensive capacity expansion of downstream wafer manufacturers. Hence, as supply shortage situation panics polysilicon buyers, Chinese supplier are able to drive the price quote up successfully. On the other hand, as affected by the price uptrend in China, polysilicon suppliers also follow to increase their price quotes outside China with success.

This Device Could Provide a Third of America's Power

Sam Grobart for Bloomberg:  There are 332,519,000 cubic miles of water on the planet. That's 352,670,000,000,000,000,000 gallons just sloshing around out there. 

Anyone who's ridden or been tossed by a wave has a sense of the kinetic energy contained in our perpetually moving oceans. If we could harness it, it could provide a clean, renewable source of energy. But efforts to turn our oceans into power generators—often in the form of "aqua-mills," windmill technology adapted to water—have foundered on the complexity of their many moving parts in the corrosive and remote environs of the sea. 

A new approach, developed by a company called Oscilla Power, applies all that kinetic energy to a solid piece of metal instead of using it to turn the blades of an impeller. That creates an alternating magnetic polarity in the metal that can be converted into electrical current. 

Oscilla's technology, which is nearly solid-state, may prove far more durable than any other ocean-power project, increasing the chance to draw power from our oceans cleanly, meaningfully, and endlessly.  View video here:

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