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Mexico cites virus in slapping down renewable energy

The Mexican government has cited the coronavirus pandemic as a justification for new rules that will reduce the role of renewable energies like solar and wind power, granting a reprieve to the government’s own aging, fossil-fuel power plants. The decree over the weekend has sparked outrage among Mexican and foreign investors who had been…

This represents a frontal attack on legal security for investments in Mexico, and causes serious consequences for the country, including the loss of jobs and investor confidence. This does not just discriminate against renewable energy, it also allows authorities to artificially inflate the price of electricity in the country and arbitrarily displace any private sector power generation project.

Mexico’s Business Coordinating Council

Let the Sun Shine: Do not let a photon go to waste without benefit to humanity

The Coronavirus or COVID19 pandemic has adversely affected the entire world shutting down many countries. Now economists are discussing establishing a ‘new economic order’ and ways of going forward. We can take inspiration from a great ruler of the past – King Parakramabahu I, who built reservoirs in the 12th century…


Lufthansa Begins Collaboration to Develop Fuel From Sunlight

The Lufthansa Group has initiated a partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and the Institute’s spin-offs, Climeworks and Synhelion, to develop cost-effective carbon-neutral fuels which are entirely compatible with the current global fuel infrastructure, according to a press release…

In contrast to other modes of transport, air transport will depend on sustainable liquid fuels in the foreseeable future. Their market launch requires a joint effort by fuel manufacturers and airlines.

Dr. Aldo Steinfeld, Professor for Renewable Energy Carriers at ETH Zurich

James Dyson says he spent £500M of his own money on the company’s canceled electric vehicle

Dyson’s canceled electric vehicle was known internally as the N526, would have had a 600-mile range per charge and could go from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds, company founder James Dyson said in an interview with the (London) Sunday Times. James Dyson says he even drove the prototype of the SUV-style vehicle, meant to rival Tesla’s…


Breakthrough technology has the potential to reduce grid-level renewable-based energy loss

Experts from the University of Surrey believe their dream of clean energy storage is a step closer after they unveiled their ground-breaking super-capacitor technology that is able to store and deliver electricity at high power rates, particularly for mobile applications. In a paper published by the journal Energy and Environmental Materials, researchers from…

The future of global energy will depend on consumers and industry using and generating energy more efficiently and super-capacitors have already been proven to be one of the leading technologies for intermittent storage as well as high-power delivery. Our work has established a baseline for high energy devices that also operate at high power, effectively widening the range of potential applications.

Ash Stott, lead scientist on the project and Ph.D. student from the University of Surrey

AURORA THERMAL STORAGE PROJECT SET TO LAUNCH 2021

Thermal energy storage developer 1414 Degrees is planning to open the first stage of its breakthrough silicon energy storage technology at its Silicon Aurora project near Port Augusta in South Australia by mid-2021. The company, which is commercializing the storage and recovery of energy in molten silicon, plans a 400-megawatt solar farm and…

The ability to timeshift the power supply will mitigate the risk of marginal loss factors that are affecting other solar projects.

CEO of SiliconAurora Marie Pavlik

Mideast second most popular region for renewable energy investment

The Middle East is the second most popular region for renewable energy investment after North America, according to a recent report from UK-based law firm Ashurst. The region is home to some of the largest renewable energy bets in the world. The UAE, for instance, is currently developing the Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park…

Considering the huge renewable energy resources available in the region it is not surprising that the Middle East and North Africa ranked so highly for current and future investment. Added to that, the record-breaking low prices of solar in the region make the technology incredibly attractive to developers.

Ashurst’s head of Middle East David Charlier

Galamsey is Killing Ghana’s Renewable Energy Dream

Ghana, a peaceful west African nation, is known for its welcoming people. It was the dream of the First President of the then Gold Coast to make Ghana, the Gateway to Africa. To achieve this there needs to be pragmatic and bold policies that harness natural, human, and technology to accelerate development. Successive governments from Kwame…


Cambodia eyes blockchain payment system to reduce US dollar use

Cambodia is launching a distributed ledger technology network for the country’s payment system. The new network is aimed at boosting the use of the local riel currency and cutting down the use of the U.S dollar. It will facilitate real-time payments, and the country hopes to drastically bring down the cost of payments…

In the case of Cambodia, all our fundamentals are strong. We have a very stable exchange rate, very low inflation rate, and a very good economic outlook.

Serey Chea, the assistant governor of the National Bank of Cambodia

The Coronavirus Puts Into Question the Role of Crude Oil in America

Michael Moore’s surprising anti-renewables and the environmental-movement documentary “Planet of the Humans” unmasks the trillions being spent on wind turbines and solar panels that do not deliver as advertised. The movie attacks men like former Vice President Al Gore, David Blood, and Elon Musk for making billions through…

Roughly 3.3 billion people—about 45 percent of all the people on the planet—live in places where per-capita electricity consumption is less than 1,000 kilowatt-hours per year, or less than the amount used by a refrigerator.

energy expert Robert Bryce

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