One third of the world’s power now comes from renewable energy

April 4, 2019 by  
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After years of hard work and dedication, a third of the power generated around the world is now linked to renewable energy. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) just released new data that shows impressive growth in both wind and solar energy , which has contributed to the changes in energy sources around the globe. Locations differed in the rate of renewable energy capacity. Asia, for example, witnessed an increase in renewable energy by 11 percent, while Africa’s pace was a little above 8.4 percent. Also contributing the numbers is the fact that two-thirds of the power added last year came from renewable sources, and developing countries are leading the pack. Related: Amazon plans to reach net-zero carbon use by 2030 “Through its compelling business case, renewable energy has established itself as the technology of choice for new power generation capacity,” the director of IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin explained. Renewable energy has been on the rise for past five years, and the numbers released in IRENA’s study show they are not slowing down. While the numbers are a positive sign for the future, Amin believes they need to increase at an even faster pace if we want to reach our global climate goals. New technology, of course, is the driving force behind renewable energy. Not only does technology make these energy sources possible, but it also makes them easier than ever to access. This includes the use of wind and solar energy, which contributed the most to energy capacities in 2018. Wind energy experienced a growth by around 49 GW while solar energy led the pack with an increase of 94 GW. While hydropower is the largest source of renewable energy, its growth has steadily declined over the years. Other notable sources include bioenergy , which saw growth in both China and the UK, and geothermal energy which increased in Turkey, Indonesia and the United States. Considering the fast growth rate of renewable energy, environmentalists hope the trend will continue for decades to come. If more and more countries continue to invest in renewable energy, we should be able to make great strides in curbing global carbon emissions over the next century. + IRENA Image via IRENA

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Can Los Angeles use the Hoover Dam as a giant battery?

September 12, 2018 by  
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Sure, it’s an ambitious plan — but the hurdles could be more historical than technical.

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Here’s new research attendees are debating at the Global Climate Action Summit

September 12, 2018 by  
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A roundup of reports, indexes and solution handbooks issued in collaboration with the GCAS gathering.

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From Atlanta to Denver, Emrgy offers plug-and-play hope for hydropower

March 13, 2018 by  
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CEO Emily Morris is proving there’s a market for distributed energy that harnesses clean power from canals.

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Reconsidering the sustainability of hydropower

June 15, 2017 by  
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A new framework makes it more straightforward to evaluate projects against more than 20 social, environmental, technical and economic factors.

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Reconsidering the sustainability of hydropower

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A new framework makes it more straightforward to evaluate projects against more than 20 social, environmental, technical and economic factors.

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Weaving clean energy into low-income communities

June 15, 2017 by  
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The challenges of including disadvantaged households and communities in the renewables movement haven’t largely gone unaddressed.

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Norway’s most stunning hydropower plant is now a tourist destination

September 14, 2016 by  
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Most of Norway’s electricity comes from hydropower, geothermal power and wind, and now the government is aiming to use those very industries to draw in additional tourist traffic. The Øvre Forsland hydroelectric power plant in the forested mountains of Helgeland, a Norwegian province just south of the Arctic Circle, is one of those such destinations. The 30-gigwatt-hour plant, designed by Stein Hamre , complements the surrounding natural environment, rather than standing out as an eyesore. Related: Norway moves up zero emissions target to 2030 “The plant has been designed to reflect the characteristics of the landscape, which is located on the river bed in a clearing at the edge of a spruce forest,” said the architects in a statement. “The main inspiration for the design was the verticality and the irregularity of the spruce trees.” The government hopes that hikers will come to the gorgeous plant and want to learn about hydroelectricity. Who wouldn’t want to visit this idyllic mountain scene? + Stein Hamre Architecture Via The Guardian Images via Bjørn Leirvik

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Costa Rica celebrates 113 days of 100-percent renewable energy (and counting)

August 23, 2016 by  
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Costa Rica is much more than a lush, green tourist paradise; it’s also a green energy pioneer. The small Central American nation has generated 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources for the past 113 days , and the run isn’t over yet. The country, which draws clean energy from a variety of renewable sources, still has its sights on a full year without fossil fuels . With a 113-day stretch of 100-percent renewable energy under its belt and several months left in the year, Costa Rica is edging closer to its target. Costa Rica could be on track to match the record set with its renewable energy production last year, which accounted for 99 percent of the country’s electricity. That included 285 days powered completely by renewable sources, according to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute . Related: Costa Rica achieved 99-percent renewable energy use in 2015 Costa Rica is able to take advantage of a multitude of renewable energy sources because of its unique climate and terrain. Most of the nation’s renewable energy comes from hydropower, due to its large river system and heavy tropical rainfalls. Solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy also play key roles. The tropical nation aims to be free from fossil fuels in just five years. With hefty investments in geothermal energy projects and a forecast for more heavy rains in the coming years, that goal could be accomplished even sooner than originally planned. Via Treehugger Images via Shutterstock ( 1 , 2 )

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INFOGRAPHIC: The exciting future of sustainability

July 18, 2016 by  
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Modern civilization has been relying on non-sustainable energy sources that pollute the earth. Once we learned the depth of the problem, people from around the globe started coming together to come create solutions for greener energy.  Thanks to these thinkers, we now have some incredible new technologies like smarter batteries  and salt power, and things are only getting more exciting as time goes on. To learn more, checkout this infographic created by Ohio University’s online Master of Engineering Management program. + Ohio University’s online Master of Engineering Management program.

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