BT Group Meets 100% Renewable Electricity Target

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BT Group, the joint-largest private purchaser of electricity in the U.K., announced that its network, offices, and shops worldwide are now powered by 100% renewable electricity. BT will run its global operations on renewable energy wherever markets allow and will purchase the remainder from nearby markets until local solutions can be sourced. Continue reading

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Solar-Hydro Can Generate 40% of the World’s Electricity

A floating photovoltaic array on a water retention pond at a water facility in Walden, Colo.

A floating photovoltaic array on a water retention pond in Walden, Colo. Credit: Flickr/US DoE

A new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is part of the US Department of Energy (DoE), highlights the linking of floating solar panels with hydropower, which could generate around 40% of the world’s electricity.
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Apple Expands Green Energy in Europe

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Apple recently announced investment plans in the construction of two of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines, which will bring its supply chain and products closer to carbon neutrality. Continue reading

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NZ Backs 100% Renewable Electricity Grid, Relooking at Infrastructure

Roaring Meg (Hydro Scheme) lower power station discharging into Kawarau River. NZ.

Roaring Meg lower power station discharging into Kawarau River. Credit: XLerate / CC BY-SA 3.0

New Zealand (NZ) aims to build a pumped hydro storage plant for aiding 100% renewable electricity grids. The project stands at a proposed multibillion-dollar, but expensive new infrastructure may not be the best way to achieve this. Continue reading

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Vodafone Reveals 100% Green Telecom Targets by 2021 

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Vodafone HQ in Ireland. Credit: PD Photo

Vodafone is setting itself ambitious new environmental goals, with plans for its European networks to be powered by 100% renewable electricity latest by July 2021. Continue reading

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Electricity Demand Globally is Rising Faster than its Population


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Electricity consumption worldwide continues to rise faster than the world population. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average amount of electricity consumed per person (per capita electricity consumption) is increasing.

The EIA’s International Energy Statistics highlighted, over the past decade and a half, that most of the increase in global electricity consumption is due to an increase in electricity usage in developing economies. However, consumption has decreased in the past decade in some major mature economies.

The key talking points of fossil fuel companies emphasise access to electricity for billions of people in developing economies and a continuously growing demand for electricity in those economies. The companies highlighted that the world would continue to need oil and gas for decades to come.

The EIA stated in the United States, total electricity consumption has risen since the early 2000s. However, a fall by almost 7% was observed between 2000 and 2017. The decline was attributed to higher energy efficiency and changes in the economy that led to less electricity use per unit of economic output.

According to the EIA, to compare the developed economies with the developed nations, per capita electricity growth in the economies of less developed countries more than doubled between 2000 and 2017, as opposed to a nearly flat trend in the economies of more developed nations.

However, the world’s electricity demand is set to drop this year due to the COVID-19 scenario, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its Global Energy Review 2020 in April.

The IEA stated that demand was down due to the lockdowns in many countries. The lockdowns affected the power mix, with renewables taking a larger share because renewables output is largely unaffected by demand. Conversely, demand for all other sources of electricity – including coal, gas, and nuclear power – dropped in Q1 2020.

The IEA also highlighted that global electricity demand is set to drop by 5% this year, while some regions could see a decrease of around 10%.

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Modern Advancements: The first 3D printable car

The world of 3D printing has made a lot of advancements since it first become a reality in the late 1980s. From printable prosthetics, houses and even furniture, the world of 3D printing seems to have boundless potential. One of the most recent advances in 3D printing technology is the creation of the first printable car. This article is going to take a look at the Strati as well as the benefits it offers over traditional vehicles.

Local motors put out a challenge to see who could create the best design for a 3D printable car and offered cash rewards. Strati was the winner and was printed live at a 2014 technology show that was held in Chicago. This two door vehicle can travel up to 120 miles MPH on a single battery charge and has a top speed of 40 MPH. As a result its relatively low speed, the Strati is not meant to be used on the highway, but it is great for local transportation. When production begins prices are expected to be between $20,000 and $30,000.

The Strati offers a couple of benefits over traditionally manufactured vehicles. For example, printing cars reduces the need for tools and labor costs, making it cheaper to produce. It also takes significantly less time to manufacture. By reducing manufacturing costs, savings can be pasted on to consumers. This breakthrough makes driving an electric car affordable for any budget. Another benefit is that printing cars is more environmentally friendly than the traditional methods of manufacturing. This is because printing produces much less waste.

The creation of the first printable car is a major breakthrough. Not only is the production process environmentally friendly, but its affordability and rapid production time will allow more people take advantage of the benefits offered by electric cars. This will further reduce our carbon footprint.

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Scientists Build New Method to Deliver Electricity Wirelessly

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Wireless charging with smartphones is already well-accepted and popular. Now, imagine delivering electricity wirelessly over greater distances to moving objects, such as cars.  Continue reading

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Changing Energy Demands During COVID -19 in the UK

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All over the world, the measures undertaken to control the spread of COVID-19 have been unprecedented in recent history. These precautionary measures have let to a slowdown in most sectors with the travel and aviation sectors coming to a grinding halt. This slowdown has already started showing its effects on Britain’s energy system. There have been drastic short-term changes in the past few months with the disruption being on the demand side – the product is still available, but the demand has reduced. Continue reading

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Insights on the Coronavirus and the U.S. Grid

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Most industries over the globe are facing disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. electricity grid and energy companies stand to face risks, as in countries across Asia and Europe power demand dips. Continue reading

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