Renewable Energy in Germany

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Germany has been called “the world’s first major renewable energy economy” as the country is one of the world’s most prolific users of renewable energy for power, heating, and transport.

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

Germany is the world’s third largest market for renewable energy investment which totalled $31billion in 2011. Sixty-five percent of investment in Germany was directed toward solar, with 29 percent ($8.5 billion) directed to wind. In addition, 700 MW of biomass capacity was added in 2011

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India and Carbon Capture and Storage

Salman Zafar:

Projects in India take longer than other parts of the world and therefore if we start now we could be the forerunners in controlling our carbon emissions. This will enable our economy to grow even faster as in the global scenario we would never be subject to international sanctions due to the fear of uncontrolled carbon emissions. And what’s better, from the experience gained India could become a net exporter of technology.

Originally posted on Carbon Clean Solutions:


Global warming and how harmful it is, can be narrated by even a kid today. But does every one really understand and take seriously – impacts of the phenomenon on this blue and green earth, post a century from today??  Sadly, we’ll have to bid an unfortunate bye-bye to various crux cities – New York City, Venice, Sydney, Mumbai and counting. It is disheartening, that though we’re aware about a death ditch that lies ahead of us, we are not considering any measures to halt and save our dwelling haven, but are rather running faster towards ‘the end’. To acknowledge the jeopardy and maintain certain standards to subside the rampant threat, is the need of the hour today!

              It isn’t an effect that occurs as dramatically as illustrated in most movies, however yet, the sooner we act the better it is. Who is the culprit? Fossil fuel energy sources…

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Which Countries Use the Most Renewable Energy? By Percentage

Salman Zafar:

Germany has become the world’s largest producer of solar power, while diversifying their energy portfolio with large portions of wind and biomass electricity as well. As of 2011, Germany generated roughly 20% of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy, 8% from wind, 8% from biomass, and 3% from solar. Since then, the country has expanded solar production to account for close to 10% of their average annual electricity needs!

Originally posted on rethink. renew. revive.:

Last week I posted a list of the 5 Countries that produce the most renewable energy.  Not suprisingly, the countries on the list tended to be large countries that also consumed the highest amounts of electricity.  In fact, three of the countries on the list were also in the top 5 Coal consumers.

While it is definately worth recognizing those countries for increasing the amount of renewable electricity generation in their country and worldwide, I thought (and readers agreed) that we should take a look at which countries produce the largest portion of their electricity from renewable sources.  In this way, we can see which countries have invested the most in setting up a sustainable energy future, regardless of size.  So, with that I give you the Top 5 Renewable Energy Producer’s by Percentage:

note:  This ranking was tough to determine, based on several different sources, with different classifications…

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Power To The People: Why Renewable Energy Still Matters

Salman Zafar:

Electricity storage has the potential to change the dynamic of the industry by giving small renewable energy providers the ability to bank energy when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, such that they can then reliably offer a consistent amount of energy to the grid.

Originally posted on Mark Raving Mad:

To anyone who really knows the numbers, it’s fairly clear that Renewable Energy sources will not be the dominant player in the post-fossil fuel energy market.  That spot belongs to Nuclear Power.

There. I’ve said it.

This is a rather controversial statement for a number of reasons, but no matter how you look at it, when you take fossil fuels off the table, you are pretty much left with nuclear power, and renewable sources, and in terms of profitability, renewables just can’t compete.

Right now, Nuclear is for the most part, cost competitive with Coal, but the initial costs associated with constructing a nuclear plant, in addition to the constant fighting with opposition groups has made coal more attractive in the short term.

Meanwhile, the costs associated with renewables are more complicated.  A lot is made out of the fact that installing, say, 2 MW of solar or wind capacity…

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Energy of the 21st century

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We all know that fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal) are limited fuels and that we have them less and less. Because of this in the world there’s a great battle for the utilization of renewable sources of energy. One of the most important questions that are asked is: What will we do when oil will run out?

Some pessimistic estimates say that world oil reserves will be exhausted, that oil derivatives will be too expensive to buy. In developed parts of the world are beginning to seek alternatives to this pessimistic scenario. Many scientists believe that oil production will soon reach the point where demand for oil will be greater than the offer, and that the existing level of used sources of renewable energy is not sufficient to fill the gap that will occur. In Houston (USA), the city where there was American oil boom at the end of last…

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