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Runaway 53GW Solar Boom in China Pushed Global Clean Energy Investment Ahead in 2017

World clean energy investment totalled $333.5 billion last year, up 3% from 2016 and the second highest annual figure ever, taking cumulative investment since 2010 to $2.5 trillion

St. Eustatius: 100% Solar Power in the Caribbean

The diesel generators can be switched off completely during the day. This is unnoticed by electricity consumers but has huge benefits for the electric utility company and the region – and a pioneer for more diesel-free zones worldwide.

Extending the Life of Wind Turbine Components

Specialized PVD coatings and nitriding significantly increase the durability and lifespan of wind turbine components like roller bearings and planetary gears under metal-on-metal, high load conditions

Ford says it will spend $11 billion in electrification investment

AP via LA Times: “We’re going to electrify even our most iconic vehicles,” he said at Cobo Center. “The only question is, will the customer be there with us?”

Learning From Solar’s Past Mistakes to Ensure a Brighter Future

There is no doubting the magnitude of opportunity facing the global solar industry now and in the coming years. However, the industry must reflect on past failures and put in place processes which ensure they are not repeated.

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Denmark Positions Itself as the Flag Bearer for Wind Power

Peter Levring for Bloomberg Technology: Denmark obtained 43.4 percent of its electricity from wind last year, beating its own record. The government’s goal is to derive 50 percent of the country’s entire energy consumption from renewables by 2030.

A Fully Solar-Powered Car May Be Hitting the Road by 2019

Chelsea Gohd for Futurism: Solar-powered cars have been thought of by many as an impossible pipedream. But the innovators behind Lightyear One, a fully solar-powered vehicle to be released in 2019, just won an award for their design.

World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Could Send Power to Five Countries

Lorraine Chow for EcoWatch: The vision is so massive that the developers will have to construct a 2.3-square-mile artificial island in the North Sea to support the 10,000-turbine complex.

Florida company using 'solar cell of the future' to develop 500W, ~24% efficient panel

John Fitzgerald Weaver for Electrek: SmartWire is part of an industry wide remaking of ‘busbars.’ In order to squeeze greater efficiency from the same limited rooftop space, an evolution on the front side of the solar panel has been sped up.

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Ballard CEO Presents at Exclusive Powertrain and Vehicle Seminar Event in China

The seminar event was organized by the China Internal Combustion Engine Association and supported by China's Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Department of International Affairs of China Association for Science and Technology.

Geothermal Resources Council Announces New Latin American Office

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has created a representative office in Latin America (GRC-LATAM). A member of the GRC, Dewhurst Group, LLC (DG) will host the regional headquarters from their office in Bogota, Colombia.

Siemens Gamesa awarded two wind turbine projects totaling 330 MW of G132-3.465 MW turbines in the U.S.

-The company will supply 47 units of G132-3.465 MW wind turbines to Sammons Renewable Energy for the Midway wind project and an additional 48 units of the same turbine type to an undisclosed customer for another project -In total, Siemens Gamesa will provide 95 units of its G132-3.465 MW wind turbines -First orders for G132-3.465 MW turbines in the U.S.

Hanergy Thin Film Exhibits Innovations at World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

From January 15 to 18, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group ("Hanergy Thin Film"; HKSE stock code: 566) showcased a wide range of its innovative and eco-friendly products at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

EV Connect Selected for New Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program for Northern and Central California

The program includes free electric service infrastructure and subsidized equipment costs for participants

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