Renewable Energy : Newsfile

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  • Solar cell sales take off

    14 June 2002

    Last year (2001) world solar cell production soared to 395 megawatts (MW), up 37 per cent over 2000. This annual growth in output, now comparable in size to a new power plant, is set to take off in the years ahead as production costs fall. Cumulative solar cell or photovoltaic (PV) capacity now exceeds 1,840 MW.

  • Plan would cut US oil use in half

    18 April 2002

    The United States uses a quarter of the world's oil, but has only three per cent of known reserves. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Union of Concerned Scientists offers a five-step plan to cut the oil needed for the country's cars and light trucks in half, saving five million barrels per day by 2020.

  • Sea change in US car policy

    14 January 2002

    The Bush administration is abandoning a $1.5 billion, eight-year project to develop fuel-efficient petrol cars and is shifting its energy policy towards developing cleaner, hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles.

  • Australia's Renewable Energy Act comes into force

    14 June 2001

    Australia has taken a major step toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions with new renewable energy regulations that came into effect in April 2001. The new regulations are expected to spark a $2 billion investment boom in renewable energy projects.

  • Argentina plans a future with wind

    3 April 2001

    A wind energy proposal has been presented to the Argentine government which could mean that by 2011, 15 per cent of the total Argentine energy needs, some 3,000 megawatts, could be produced by wind power.

  • 'More effort needed to meet EU energy goals'

    22 February 2001

    There is no chance that the European Union will meet its goal of doubling its share of energy produced from renewable sources unless the rising demand for energy can be slowed down, concludes the latest review of renewable energy policy by the European Commission.

  • Solar energy 'a necessity'

    14 February 2001

    Solar Energy is an essential component of future energy generation - and could provide 35-40 per cent of the world's energy by 2050 - according to Peter Clements, Project Manager for BP Solar.

  • Solar power still untapped

    3 February 2001

    Selective use of solar energy could significantly improve the livelihood of millions of people in rural areas in developing countries, according to a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

  • Renewable energy for the village

    25 January 2001

    Renewable energy is critical for the two million people around the world who have no access to electricity, according to the recent Village Power 2000 conference held at the World Bank in Washington DC in December 2000.

  • Iceland shifts to hydrogen economy

    12 December 2000

    Amidst escalating signs of global climate change, Iceland has become the first country to undertake a shift to a hydrogen energy economy. If the project succeeds, the island nation expects to gain complete freedom from dependence on oil or coal by 2030. In doing so, it will also eliminate its main sources of greenhouse gas emissions.