‘BRUSSELS Reuters – European solar power will start to become economically competitive compared to mainstream electricity from next year, a report by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association EPIA said on Monday.’
‘LONDON Reuters – The cleantech industry is poised to grow this year although 2009 could be a “bloodbath” for the solar sector due to falling module prices and limited credit, the managers of a new megatrends fund launched this month said.’
‘Meeting energy needs while being efficient and using environmentally responsible technologies is probably the single greatest change that needs to happen to alter the effects of climate change now. In the United States and the European Union, governments are backing smart grid and renewable energy programs. Undoubtedly, the two technologies go hand-in-hand, but where should we put our efforts and dollars/euros first?’
‘HONG KONG Reuters – Beijing's bid to boost the solar energy sector could draw more than $10 billion in private funding for projects and put China on track to become a leading market for solar equipment in the next three years.’
‘A group of 20 German firms is forming a consortium this July to begin raising $555 billion for the much-discussed Afro-European solar research project known as Desertec, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung revealed this week.’
‘PARIS Reuters – Biofuels could be used to replace jet fuel in less than five years following recent tests by plane-maker Boeing, while the industry says it is putting billions of dollars into improving its environmental impact.’
The Copenhagen Climate Congress Synthesis Report from the meetings this year in Denmark March 10-12 has now been published. It was launched at a press conference in Bruxelles, Belgium, on June 18, 2009, where it was handed over to the host of COP-15, the Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen. Download the Synthesis Report here (pdf).
‘TORONTO Reuters – A global shift toward nuclear power is prompting countries to rush to lock in long-term access to tight supplies of uranium, and China and India look to be the next players to get in on the action.’
‘WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday approved a comprehensive energy package that would require utilities to generate 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind power.’
This literally high tech approach is expensive and potentially politically dangerous. There is plenty of solar energy available for lower cost capture on the ground – is it reasonable to burn a lot of fossil fuels to get solar collectors into orbit so that we can beam additional energy down into an already overheated terrestrial system? Might this accelerate the development of space based military technology?
‘Space-based solar power is back in vogue these days, three decades after the U.S. government started toying with the idea as a way to get steady—if not cheap—power to remote battlefield locations. California utility PG&E just signed a deal with Solaren, another space-solar firm, to provide 200 megawatts of space-based solar power in 2016.’