Midnight In The Desert — solar power

We’re doing a great job of creating renewable energy—but we don’t have the infrastructure to actually use it

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We’re doing a great job of creating renewable energy—but we don’t have the infrastructure to actually use it

Better storage batteries and the framework to support them is key. Last week, some rare positive environmental news reached the public eye: Nearly half of all the new, large-scale electric power generation installed last year use renewable energy sources, according to the Energy Information Administration. The government agency reports that of the total 25 gigawatts of capacity installed in 2017, about 12 gigawatts of that amout came from clean energy—plus an extra 3.5 gigawatts of small-scale solar, like rooftop panels. This report follows in tandem with another good energy update: Almost all of the power plants shut down last year...

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The renewables reality: clean energy hasn't risen for 25 years

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The renewables reality: clean energy hasn't risen for 25 years

THIS year has seen renewable records smashed in the UK. On 21 April, the country went a whole day without using coal to generate electricity – the first such day for 135 years. Then on 7 June, particularly sunny and windy conditions meant that renewable sources supplied more than half the UK’s electricity. Achievements like these make it sound like the green revolution is well under way. Many think the growth of renewables is now unstoppable, and that clean energy will entirely replace fossil fuels in the not-too-distant future. They may need to think again. Read More: New Scientist

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Africa's Gigantic Solar Farm Could Soon Be Powering Europe

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Africa's Gigantic Solar Farm Could Soon Be Powering Europe

THE DOOR TO THE DESERT India may have the world’s largest solar plant, but Morocco is building a gigantic solar farm that could even power Europe. Dubbed as the Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex (after the city near the place, nicknamed “the door to the desert”), this gigantic structure covers an area equivalent to about 200 football fields — roughly 1,400,000 sq m (15,000,000 sq ft) of desert. The solar plant sits at the foot of the High Atlas mountains, 10 km (6 miles) away from Ouarzazate, where it’s exposed to around 330 days of pure sunshine. It has hundreds of...

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Here's how Apple's UFO-like campus is coming along

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Here's how Apple's UFO-like campus is coming along

On a vast lot in Cupertino, California, Apple is building an immaculate world. Campus 2, the massive expansion of the tech giant’s offices is a tremendous work of engineering, a planned facility dedicated to creating and sustaining the success of the most valuable company in the world. So what does it look like when a company tries to build a bridge to the future, within the constraints of the present? It looks like a massive, 20,000-car garage, covered in solar panels, that’s what. The drone-shot footage comes from Sexton Videography, whose latest campus tour shows the under-construction behemoth. Read More:...

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Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal

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Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal

The International Energy Agency says that the world's capacity to generate electricity from renewable sources has now overtaken coal. The IEA says in a new report that last year, renewables accounted for more than half of the increase in power capacity. The report says half a million solar panels were installed every day last year around the world. In China, it says, there were two wind turbines set up every hour. Renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and hydro are seen as a key element in international efforts to combat climate change. At this stage, it is the capacity...

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