Tidal energy: Too good an opportunity to ignore

Tidal energy is an opportunity worth exploring. The potential benefits are significant: clean, sustainable energy; local employment; a strengthened electric grid; and, worldwide leadership in an innovative technology. That is the type of investment, employment, and innovation our province desperately needs to thrive in the future — just ask Ray Ivany. Moreover, as an engineering challenge, the tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy is unique. The project combines two compelling ingredients: a new technology, and the challenge of harnessing the energy of the highest tides in the world….

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To yield better clean energy investments, let’s start asking the right questions

Venture capital investments in cleantech accounted for only 2% of total VC in the United States in 2015. That number is down from the cleantech and clean energy investment boom, and then bust, seen in the last decade. Is venture capital the wrong form of investment for clean energy, as some suggest? Or do we need to start asking the right questions? In industrialized settings, the conventional electricity generation supply chain goes something like this: extract a natural resource (such as oil, gas, coal, uranium, biomass, wind, sun, water), manufacture…

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Three solar energy innovations that could change the world

As the surge in sustainable energy continues, solar power is spearheading the market – making room for new, innovative platforms In 2014, the International Energy Agency stated that the sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050. Renewable energy start-ups have taken advantage of this gap in the market, launching innovative platforms for solar energy. Any innovation in the renewable sector is a win-win: companies generate revenue, consumers can buy into a cheaper source of energy, and clean energy continues to grow – supporting the green movement….

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Mapping regional energy interests for the smart specialisation platform on energy

Energy efficiency, followed by smart grids, e-mobility and wind energy technologies are the key priorities put forward by regions and countries in the smart specialisation strategies in the area of energy, according to anew JRC report. Through a series of illustrative maps, the report maps energy priorities, focusing on sustainable technologies, under the framework of the smart specialisation concept. It identifies groups of regions and countries with common energy technology interests based on a set of technologies included in the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). These common priorities can…

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KIC InnoEnergy invests an additional EUR 1 million in Minesto

KIC InnoEnergy, the European company for innovation, business creation and education in the field of sustainable energy, is expanding its involvement in Minesto, a leading developer of renewable energy from slow ocean and tidal currents. KIC InnoEnergy has awarded an additional EUR 1 million in the development of Minesto’s unique Deep Green technology. KIC InnoEnergy promotes entrepreneurship, innovation and education in sustainable energy. Minesto and KIC InnoEnergy entered into a collaboration in 2014. In September 2015, KIC InnoEnergy made their largest investment in marine energy of EUR 3.5 million to…

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Massive trove of battery and molecule data released to public

The Materials Project, run by Berkeley Lab, accelerates innovation by enabling computationally driven materials and battery design The Materials Project, a Google-like database of material properties aimed at accelerating innovation, has released an enormous trove of data to the public, giving scientists working on fuel cells, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and a host of other advanced materials a powerful tool to explore new research avenues. But it has become a particularly important resource for researchers working on batteries. Co-founded and directed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientist Kristin Persson, the…

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Ireland can set a global example on climate change

While we are a small country, our role as a global advocate should not be underestimated A few weeks ago, Danny Healy-Rae, the TD for Kerry, told the Dáil that humans have no influence over changes in weather patterns. That the planet is warming and the climate is changing are, he believes, functions of divine intervention. His hypothesis is informed by a deity rather than the data. The consensus of global scientific opinion, based on decades of research and analysis, is irrelevant. It would be easy, though mistaken, to dismiss…

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Double technology milestone in the field of power transmission

Milan, 24 May 2016 – Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry has reached two record-breaking milestones in the field of power transmission and today announces the successful development and testing of its new 700 kV MI-PPL (Mass Impregnated) and 600 kV extruded (XLPE) cable systems for high voltage direct current (HVDC) applications. “It is the first time in the cable industry that voltages at these high levels have been achieved”, stated Massimo Battaini, Senior Vice President Energy Projects at Prysmian Group. “These are also…

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making progress

According to Andrew Thompson, increased patent filing activity suggests Smart Grids are a step closer An upturn in innovation activity in the area of Smart Grid technology in Europe is signalling a positive development in energy generation and distribution. This activity is helping to establish the infrastructure necessary to support some major scale energy projects and a growing number of localised energy producers. Desk research conducted by European intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers, has revealed that over 450 patent applications for Smart Grid technologies were filed at the European…

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