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Connection between solar panel production and silver prices

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Silver plays major role in solar panel production. This is because silver has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of all metals.

This means that increased solar panel production requires plenty of silver which in turn leads to spike in silver prices.

The researchers say that silver is used in solar panels at around 20g per one panel which equates to around 6.1% of the total cost of the price of building each unit.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2019 11:29 Read more...

What is stopping offshore wind development in United States?

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The rapid growth of wind energy installations throughout the United States has been remarkable. In fact, in the last ten years U.S. has tripled its wind power capacity, and wind is together with hydropower the largest source of renewable energy in the country. The only downside of this US wind energy story is the fact that offshore wind energy sector is still pretty much in its infant phase of development.

So far, the only offshore wind farm in United States is a small commercial wind farm off the Rhode Island coast which is really not something United States can be proud of.

This is in stark contrast with wind projects developed on land. According to the Wind Energy Association there are more than 56,800 wind turbines on land, located in 41 states.

The majority of energy experts say that this is because construction costs of offshore wind energy farms are huge. There is also the need for supplying rare-earth metals needed to build these offshore wind turbines such as neodymium.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2019 07:48 Read more...

Ways the UK can get closer to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to zero

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By 2050, the UK is planning to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to zero and become the cleanest country across the world.

On a yearly basis as of October 2018 though, an estimated 500 million tonnes of CO2 were being emitted in the UK. Guidance from the Committee on Climate Change has been formally sought by the government about how and when the UK could bring this number down to zero though, with the move prompted from the release of a UN report which warned that CO2 emissions must be entirely stopped if dangerous climate disruption is to be avoided.

The climate minister for the UK, Claire Perry, commented to BBC News: "The report was a really stark and sober piece of work — a good piece of work. Now we know what the goal is, and we know what some of the levers are.

"But for me, the constant question is: what is the cost and who's going to bear that, both in the UK and in the global economy. The question is: what does government need to do, where can the private sector come in, and what technologies will come through?"

Here, Audi dealership Vindis highlight just how much of a challenge the UK has set itself, by focusing on just three things that must change throughout the nation if the target is to be achieved.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2019 12:32 Read more...

What are the laws and bans in place to protect planet Earth?

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Climate change has been at the forefront of our attention in recent years, with attitudes towards the change differing dramatically. There have been spiralling changes in weather which are having catastrophic impacts to different parts of our planet. That, alongside other damaging effects of human action, including plastic in our oceans seeping into the food chain, and the world has decided nearly unanimously that enough is enough.

What is the Paris Agreement and its accompanying 2020 targets?

Governments across the globe have been joining forces to try to find an answer to our problems. Nearly 200 countries within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came to a consensus in 2015 to cut greenhouse emissions and have committed to limit temperature rises worldwide by no more than 2C above pre-industrial times. In fact, the aim is to limit this further, to 1.5C if possible. Progress will be reviewed every five years and financial funding from donor nations will go to less developed countries.

However, we still must commit to huge efforts in a bid to achieve a positive end result. A recent UN report suggests that the world actually needs to triple its current efforts to meet the 2C target.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:46 Read more...

Nevada goes for more renewable energy projects

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Nevada is one of the nation's renewable energy leaders. In 2017, Nevada ranked second in the nation in electricity generation from geothermal energy and fourth in utility-scale generation from solar energy according to the official EIA report. These two renewable energy sources supplied 19% of Nevada’s utility-scale net electricity generation.

Nevada is making further steps to add more renewable energy to its portfolio.  A few days ago it was reported that The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) approved NV Energy's Integrated Resource Plan, which will bring 1,001 megawatts of new renewable energy projects to Nevada, including the 100 megawatts of battery storage capacity.

Three of these renewable energy projects will be located in northern Nevada and three will be located in southern Nevada. All projects are expected to be completed and working by the end of 2021.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2019 07:50 Read more...

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