EU Will be Forced to Curtail Green Power to Avoid Overloading

Posted on June 9th, 2014 by
   

EU Will be Forced to Curtail Green Power to Avoid Overloading

Network operators in Europe are likely to curb wind and solar generation at times of low demand to avoid overloads to the region’s power lines. Green Energy output is estimated to double to 18 percent by the end of the decade. Europe’s fivefold surge in renewable energy output in the past decade pushed prices to a nine-year low. There is so much power available on sunny and windy days in Austria and Germany that the number of hours producers had to pay consumers to use it double in the first five months of 2014, according to data from Epex Spot SE.

China Peruses Timeline for Carbon Cap To Include in Forthcoming Five-Year Plan

China is reportedly analyzing a timeline for an absolute cap on carbon dioxide emissions as it prepares climate change rules to be included in its forthcoming 2016 -2020 plan. Though, an announcement of such a policy is premature, China is expected to include measures to meet a previous carbon intensity goal , as well as moving toward a national carbon emissions trading system (ETS). Many analysts in China are estimating an emissions peak at around 2030.

Renewable Energy Provide Over 20% of Global Power Production

Global renewable electricity energy capacity reached a new record level last year – more than 1,560 GW, up 8 percent from 2012 levels. More than 22 % of the globe’s power production now comes from sustainable sources, according to the new Renewables Global Status Report published by REN21. The report relied on up-to-date renewable data provided by an international network of over 500 researchers, authors and contributors.  95 emerging economies now support renewable energy growth through policy support, up six-fold from just 15 nations back in 2005.

15-year-Old Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair by Developing a Flashlight Powered by Body Heat

A Canadian teenager was chosen as the winner for Google’s Science Fair by developing a flashlight that is powered by the heat of the human hand. 15-year-old Anna Makosinski used Peltier tiles, which produce electricity when heated on one side and cooled on the other, with an aluminum tube housed in PVC that has an opening to allow a person’s hand to come into contact with the energy-generating tiles. Makosinski’s design only needs a five degree temperature difference to power the LED bulb – that burns even brighter as the ambient air gets cooler.  Makosinski’s ingenuity has earned her a trip to Google’s headquarters on top of a $25,000 scholarship.

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