According to a report commissions by WWF Australia, the nation could be transformed to run on clean energy such as wind and solar power at just over half the cost the Federal Government has spent on the stimulus package in the past six months
Most of us know Robert Redford as an actor, but not many would be aware that he was and is a huge supporter of solar power – dating back over 30 years.
Imagine a vehicle that could travel at a hundred kilometres an hour on around the same energy as a hair dryer uses. That’s what the Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) team have achieved with their new solar-powered racing car design, currently codenamed ‘Bethany’.
In yet another case of governments underestimating the willingness of citizens to install solar power systems, the UK government has ended a controversial program well ahead of time.
Solar powered air conditioning that doesn’t require copious volumes of water or huge arrays of solar panels has been somewhat of a holy grail for the solar industry. Recently we reported on such a solar powered air conditioning unit under development in Australia and now there’s a new player in the market – Chromasun.
According to a report just released, world solar panel installations attained a record high of 5.95 gigawatts during 2008; growth of 110% over 2007.
Victoria recently saw a rise in overall emissions by around 483,000 tonnes when compared with the previous summer, mostly due to a 5.6 per cent increase in emissions from Victoria’s coal-fired power stations, the equivalent of 851,000 tonnes.
With a Queensland election just days away and the issue of renewable energy a hot topic, Premier Anna Bligh has promised Labor will advocate a national solar gross feed in tariff at the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting.
While an increasing amount of electricity entering the grid is being generated from renewable sources, much of it is wasted on tasks such as heating water that would be best performed by solar hot water systems installed directly on homes. In India, some cities have made it mandatory for new buildings to install solar water heating systems before they can be occupied.
One of the more drastic approaches to addressing climate change has been the concept of geoengineering, in particular ejecting particles into the upper atmosphere to cool the planet. However, according to the USA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), such a move would see reduction in electricity generation by solar farms that concentrate the suns energy using mirrors and lenses.