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Google Invests $80M in New Solar Energy Projects

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November 15, 2013
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Google is investing in a solar energy project that will power 17,000 homes when it switches on early next year.


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Meant to Fly? The World's First-Solar Powered Airplane

Meant to Fly? The World's First-Solar Powered Airplane

FORA.tv (Feb. 13, 2013) — Solar Impulse is a Swiss solar-powered airplane that will endeavor to fly around the world without fuel. After achieving the world's first solar night to day flight in 2010 and the first intercontinental flight connecting Switzerland to Morocco in 2012, a coast-to-coast flight across the United States is planned for the summer of 2013. In honor of the two visiting pioneers piloting this innovative airplane, Bertrand Piccard and Andrι Borschberg, swissnex San Francisco and the Consulate General of Switzerland are pleased to invite you to a reception and briefing on Solar Impulse. Join them to learn how the Solar Impulse project is making leaps in new materials, energy and weight optimization, even production processes, and how it is setting new milestones in aviation history. All of that while serving as an ambassador of renewable energy
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Thailand Climate Protection Through Energy Efficiency

Thailand Climate Protection Through Energy Efficiency

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 13, 2012) — Thailand needs ever more energy for its industry. It already imports up to 10 percent of its electricity. The growth of industry is bringing a sharp rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Now a German-Thai project funded by the International Climate Protection Initiative is working for a more efficient use of energy, thereby contributing to climate protection.The Thai government has a long-term goal of "Low-Carbon Industry". It is collaborating with Germany in the umbrella organization "Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Enterprises" on several pilot energy-efficiency projects in small and mid-sized companies. The Environment Ministry holds consultations regularly. The aim is to cooperate with German experts and develop an "Energy Use and Climate Protection Plan" for Thailand's economy.
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Studio Guest: Dr. Brigitte Knopf, Climate Scientist

Studio Guest: Dr. Brigitte Knopf, Climate Scientist

Deutsche Welle (Sep. 11, 2011) — Dr. Brigitte Knopf works for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. She focuses on energy systems and their effect on the climate.DW-TV: Welcome to the program. Scientists from the Max-Plack-Institute suggest that wind energy is limited. What's your take on that?Brigitte Knopf: First of all it's fully correct that there is in principal a physical limit on the wind potential. But it's not relevant for energy supply for the whole world. So it's not relevant for today or for 2050 or even 2100. So nothing to worry about at the moment?Not that much, no.Would you agree that solar power is the renewable that has the most potential at the moment?At the moment yes, it has a big technical potential. But you also have to consider the costs and you have to compare the different technologies and what is less expensive.Most worldwide energy needs at the moment are still being met by carbon fuels: oil, natural gas, coal. Renewables now only cover 13% of energy needs. Only a tiny fraction
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Solar Sister Solar Power Is Empowering Ugandan Women

Solar Sister Solar Power Is Empowering Ugandan Women

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 4, 2013) — 95 percent of the population in Uganda has no electric power in their homes and relies on paraffin lamps for lighting. But not only is kerosene expensive, it's also a serious pollutant. Set up in 2010, the project Solar Sister has now provided almost 32,000 Ugandans with solar technology - and trained women as saleswomen. They're earning a living, helping their community and protecting the environment. In the course of ten years, a solar lamp saves over 600 liters of kerosene and that means CO2 savings of 1.5 tons. Solar Sister hopes to have helped save 10 million tons of CO2 over the next ten years.
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