Renewable Energy : Newsfile

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Geothermal energy ready for take-off

    28 September 2008

    In the first half of 2008, total world installed geothermal power capacity passed 10,000 megawatts and now produces enough electricity to meet the needs of 60 million people, roughly the population of the United Kingdom. In 2010, capacity could increase to 13,500 megawatts across 46 countries - equivalent to 27 coal-fired power plants - Jonathan Dorn of the Earth Policy Institute reports.

  • India's wind power boom is failing to deliver

    12 August 2008

    To all appearances, wind energy in India is booming - but it could very well be nothing but an optical illusion. For despite rising installed capacity and huge investments, India only uses a small proportion of the potential wind energy that has been installed.

  • Coal shortage 'crippling Chinese industry'

    11 August 2008

    China must invest in mines and transport infrastructure to end coal shortages that have crippled its power industry, but also needs power plants that burn coal more efficiently, the head of the world's energy watchdog said in an interview with Reuters which apparently made little reference to China's renewable energy potential.

  • No need for more UK power stations, says expert report,

    31 July 2008

    If the UK Government is serious about renewables and energy efficiency, Britain doesn't need to build major new power stations to keep the lights on, according to a new report released today by independent energy experts, Pöyry.

  • Solar thermal power comes to the boil

    23 July 2008

    News that EU scientists are preparing a plan which would see countries pooling resources to build a vast farm of solar panels in the Sahara, that could provide electricity for the whole of Europe, is the latest sign of the resurgence of interest in solar energy.

  • Call to make all UK schools 'go green'

    22 July 2008

    The UK government and businesses are being called on to help fit every school in the country with a green energy source by 2020. So far, 100 schools have been provided with solar panels as part of the Green Energy for Schools project - which now aims to reach many more.

  • Biofuels are forcing poor off their land

    22 July 2008

    The global biofuels boom risks harming poor people in poor countries by forcing them off land they depend on, says a new UN-backed report. But not all biofuels are bad, it says.

  • Solar power harnessed for safe motherhood

    16 July 2008

    Solar powered DVD players are being used by a reproductive health charity to show films on safe motherhood in remote and isolated villages.

  • Biggest US solar-powered rice mill installed

    15 July 2008

    As oil prices rise, and the technology for renewable energy improves, solar power becomes an ever-more attractive proposition. One latest example is the opening in California of the largest solar-powered rice mill in the United States.

  • Secret World Bank report delivers blow to biofuels drive

    4 July 2008

    Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75 per cent - far more than previously estimated - according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by The Guardian.