Tag Archive | clean energy

“Ignoring Trump’s Skepticism, Davos Elite Bets on Climate Change”


Donald Trump has often ridiculed global warming and promised to withdraw the U.S. from the global accord signed in Paris in 2015. Yet despite the change of political weather in Washington, the captains of business and finance gathered in Davos this week will spend a lot of time talking about climate change — and how to make money from it.

The World Economic Forum is devoting 15 sessions of its 2017 annual meeting to climate change, and nine more to clean energy — the most ever on the issues.


“These Technologies May Actually Deliver Elon Musk’s Dream of Changing the World”


As Tesla founder Elon Musk promises to change the world, starting with giant battery factory in the Nevada desert, investors from Toronto to Tokyo are quietly developing the next-generation technologies that may actually get him there.


“Clean Energy Investment Rises 9%, Led by Solar Power”



Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan.

New investment in renewable power and energy efficiency rose to $47.7 billion in the first three months of the year from $43.6 billion, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said today in an e-mailed statement.

“U.S. Lags Behind China in Renewables Investments”



For the second year, an annual Pew Charitable Trusts report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?”, shows that China is the world leader in clean energy investment, with $54 billion in investments in renewables in 2013, well above total U.S. investment of $36.7 billion.

“Experts develop low-cost solar panels by recycling rare metals”


Swedish firm Midsummer, a leading supplier of production lines for cost effective manufacturing of flexible thin film CIGS solar cells, has developed a unique process to recover leftover rare metals such as indium and gallium when manufacturing thin film CIGS solar cells.

“Sustainable nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy”

The sun


Scientists have moved a step closer to achieving sustainable nuclear fusion and almost limitless clean energy.

US researchers have achieved a world first in an ambitious experiment that aims to recreate the conditions at the heart of the sun and pave the way for nuclear fusion reactors.

The scientists generated more energy from fusion reactions than they put into the nuclear fuel, in a small but crucial step along the road to harnessing fusion power. The ultimate goal – to produce more energy than the whole experiment consumes – remains a long way off, but the feat has nonetheless raised hopes that after decades of setbacks, firm progress is finally being made.

Green Back or Greenback?



Goldman Sachs has plans to invest $40bn in clean energy by 2021 — not to save the planet, but to make a killing.


Is that hissing noise the sound of the next financial bubble being blown up?

“Germany Tax on Own Use of Renewables Is First in Europe”



Germany is set to become the first nation in Europe to charge owners of renewable energy plants for their own use of electricity, part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to contain rising power bills.

Germany would be the first European country to penalize the self-consumption of solar energy, something only Arizona has done so far. Spain is also working on a similar plan to ensure small solar power generators, which reduce total grid users, help pay for network costs. As many as a dozen U.S. states are also considering charges for solar rooftop owners.


Germany’s “Energiewende” economic policy aims to make clean energy pay its way, in terms of helping to balance the budget, rather than to just live off taxpayer-funded subsidies. There is no free-lunch for clean energy providers in Germany.


“UN climate chief calls for tripling of clean energy investment” but “Global investment in clean energy falls for second year running”

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention for Climate Change


Christiana Figueres says $1 trillion a year is required for the transformation needed to stay within 2C of warming




New figures show investment fell to $254bn in 2013, with a drop in Europe of 41%


Something is wrong with this picture. Investment is falling when it should actually be rising.This divergence is creating an unsustainable hole in the environment.

There is apparently  $76 Trillion of investment funds under management, so there must be something holding this investment back from clean energy. It seems that private investors don’t want to take the risk, because they are worried that future government policy will take away their profits. As we saw with the case of the UK Energy Companies and the Government, they won’t invest unless the Government provides a subsidized return or guaranteed long-term returns.


The efficient market mechanism for allocating ideas with funding is obviously not working in relation to clean energy!!!