- Every hour, the sun radiates more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in one whole year.

thesolutionsproject.org

20 days of sunshine equivalent to all energy stored in earth’s reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas, and does not deplete when we use it -

 

 

Ireland's Marine Renewable Energy Portal

Your guide to marine renewable energy development in Ireland

www.oceanenergyireland.com

 

 

Ireland's Renewable Energy Source from Pumped Storage.

How best to take full advantage of the energy contained in intermittent winds is one of the most challenging problems facing wind power technology and renewable energy project developers. Using surplus wind energy to pump water uphill for storage and releasing it to generate electricity as required — so-called “pumped storage” — is one proven way of doing so, but an estimated €3.6-billion ($4.68-billion) project taking shape in Ireland could take the concept to another level.

Some 50 potential pumped storage sites in coastal Atlantic areas have been identified thus far as part of the “Spirit of Ireland: National Energy Independence” project since it was conceived by Trinity College Dublin professor of Applied Physics Igor Shvets and first proposed three years ago, but that’s only one key facet of the project plan.

http://cleantechnica.com/2012/08/14/ireland-looks-to-pumped-storage-local-renewable-energy-co-ops-to-become-a-net-energy-exporter-august-13-2012-andrew-burger-for-clean-technica/

 

 

Green alternatives that are changing how we live and invest:

The Trillion Fund

Solar/Green Crowd Funding

The renewable achievements we never hear about:

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Which countries have the highest percentage of renewable energy – care to guess? I suspect that names like Germany, Denmark or Spain might spring to mind. They’re certainly making good progress, but they’ve got nothing on the world’s renewable energy leaders. There are countries in the world powered entirely by renewable energy, and some that are even net exporters of green electricity.
These pioneers are overlooked for a variety of reasons. For one thing, they’re out of the way places. Agencies tracking the progress of renewable energy often focus on the OECD countries or the G20 and forget to look elsewhere (like this). Sometimes they have patchy data and are omitted from research.
Most often its a matter of categorisation – what is and what isn’t considered renewable energy. Hydroelectric and geothermal electricity generation are frequently listed separately from solar, wind and tidal energy, even though they are technically renewable too. There are various reasons for this. A large dam might be clean energy, but disastrous for the environment in other ways. If it runs off melting ice, a dam could be renewable but not actually sustainable in practice in the long term.
Others simply leave hydro and geothermal out because they’re older technologies, and including them in renewable energy statistics might make people complacent about their percentages. This categorisation issue is actually quite a problem. US States each decide independently whether they will count hydropower as renewable or not, which rather confuses national energy targets.
Still, taking that broader perspective, here are some forgotten pioneers of the renewable energy world:

 

 

  • Iceland – Built as it is on a volcano, Iceland has tapped the earth’s natural warmth to supply 85% of the country’s housing with heat. Between geothermal and hydropower, the electricity supply is 100% renewable energy. Iceland has so much geothermal capacity that their ambassador to Britain is in discussions about whether or not they could build an interconnector into the UK grid.
  • Lesotho – The small mountainous African country of Lesotho also has practically 100% renewable electricity, thanks to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The network of dams exports water into South Africa, providing almost all of Lesotho’s power along the way. The project has its controversies, including serious corruption.
  • Albania – with large scale hydroelectric facilities, Albania used to be a net exporter of electricity. Unfortunately droughts have seriously reduced the capacity of its dams, and along with widespread corruption and the stealing of electricity, there are now power shortages. Nevertheless, the country runs on around 85% renewable electricity.
  • Paraguay – Itaipu dam, one of the world’s largest, provides 90% of Paraguay’s electricity and 19% of Brazil’s. It cost $20 billion, took 30 years to build, and displaces 67.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year.
  • Bhutan – Another small mountainous country that can boast electricity as one of its major exports, Bhutan wires 75% of its power to India.
  • Mozambique – Mozambique’s energy infrastructure tells a sad story, with the ambitious Cahora Bassa dam completed just in time for the outbreak of civil war. Underused throughout the 80s, it came back online recently and now exports electricity into South Africa and Zimbabwe.
  • Norway – Britain’s top three sources of electricity are gas, coal and nuclear. Norway’s are hydroelectric, geothermal and wind, but they’re an interesting case. Norway’s renewable energy sector has developed to serve the export market rather than domestic consumption. If you look at Norway’s generating capacity it would be around 98% renewable, but if you look at the country’s consumption, that falls to 24% because most of the clean energy Guarantees of Origin have been sold to neighbouring countries.
  • Bonaire (pop. 14,500), a small island off the coast of Venezuela, is famous for its beautiful marine reefs, which are visited by 70,000 tourists every year. What many of the tourists don’t realize is that the majority of the electricity powering their needs comes from renewable energy. Yet for the residents of Bonaire, the switch from fossil-fueled to 100% renewable energy systems has made a world of difference.

 

 

Saudis predict solar energy exports by 2050

http://www.theoilandgasyear.com/news/saudi-oil-minister-predicts-solar-energy-exports-by-2050/

Al-Naimi remains one of the most influential oilman on the planet. Listed as one of Forbes' 50 most powerful people in the world, Ali Al-Naimi may not feel the love in Texas, but his influence is unquestionable.


In June 2015 he made the following statement, the gatekeepers of the global energy economy blinked.


"In Saudi Arabia, we recognize that eventually, one of these days, we’re not going to need fossil fuels. I don’t know when - 2040, 2050 or thereafter. So we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy. Hopefully, one of these days, instead of exporting fossil fuels, we will be exporting gigawatts of electric power"

 

I could also mention Costa Rica, Laos, Colombia, Malawi, Nepal, Belize, and a dozen others. Many African countries, with small domestic consumption, have renewable energy percentages to shame the G20. I don’t mention these examples because I necessarily recommend their approach or endorse the projects concerned. Some of them are controversial, others have been badly managed or are rife with corruption. Besides, not everyone has a big river they can dam, or mountain regions that can support hydropower systems.
I mention them because I keep reading news articles mentioning the world leaders in renewable energy, and naming Germany, Denmark and Spain. And I keep hearing people dismissing ‘renewable energy’ as unworkable, and then only talking about onshore wind and solar PV.

 

Let's make it happen.

Current trends....

(Denamrk) Wind power surges to meet 50% of energy demand in Denmark

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2014/01/14/wind-power-surges-to-meet-50-of-energy-demand-in-denmark/

 

There is indeed a silver lining to every cloud.
Storms may have been raging across Europe in the fall and winter months, leaving behind floods, power cuts and even deaths, but the heavy wind gusts have also brought along  a more upbeat world record.
In December in Denmark, more than half of the energy consumption in the Scandinavian nation was met by wind power, marking the first country in the world to turn that corner. Fully 54.8% of the energy used in Denmark in the Christmas month came from wind turbines, according to numbers from Energinet.dk, the Danish transmission-system operator for electricity and natural gas.
On one particular day, Dec. 21, wind power alone was enough to meet all of the country’s power needs while it generated a third of the nation’s electricity throughout the full year.
“The figures speak volumes about the possibility of integrating very considerable wind energy shares in the electricity supply. Only a few decades ago a wind share of 10-15% was considered the realistic maximum,” said Henrik Stiesdal, chief technology officer at Siemens Wind Power DE:SIE +0.09% , in emailed comments.
“For wind turbine manufacturers and developers the 2013 Denmark results are extremely useful. Being able to demonstrate with reference to solid data that such high wind shares are possible without grid issues really supports the further development of our market and industry,” he added.
Other European nations are also pushing to increase the production of green energy, and some German states are actually mastering wind power contributions similar to Denmark’s, Energinet said. Germany as a whole, however, is still far from the record-setting level of their northern neighbor, with wind energy accounting for about 8%-10% of total consumption.
In the U.S., the wind market has suffered a slowdown in the aftermath of the financial crisis, but several new projects were announced at the end of 2013. Right before the year-end holidays, Vestas Wind Systems DK:VWS -1.08%  said it received a 220 megawatt order in Texas and a 350 megawatt order from Enel Green Power North America. Also in December, Siemens Wind Power received an order of 1,050 MW from MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., the power unit of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. BRKB , marking the world’s largest single order for onshore wind turbines.

 

(Kenya) http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/17/kenya-solar-power-plants

Kenya to generate over half of its electricity through solar power by 2016

Government invests $1.2bn jointly with private companies to build solar power plants across the country

Masinga hydroelectric power plant. Kenya gets most of its power from hydroelectricity, but there are hopes solar will contribute more. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
Kenya has identified nine sites to build solar power plants that could provide more than half the country's electricity by 2016.
Construction of the plants, expected to cost $1.2bn (£73m), is set to begin this year and initial design stages are almost complete. The partnership between government and private companies will see the state contributing about 50% of the cost.
Cliff Owiti, a senior administrator at the Kenya Renewable Energy Association, said the move will protect the environment and bring down electricity costs. "We hope that when the entire project is completed by 2016, more than 50% of Kenya's energy production will consist of solar. Already we are witnessing solar investments in Kenya such as a factory that was opened here in 2011 that manufactures solar energy panels."
He said that over $500m had already been invested in solar projects in Kenya. "The costs related with hydro electricity are very high, considering they are influenced by the low water levels in major supply dams. With high investments in solar, we will witness almost no blackouts and power charges will reduce because electricity will be in high supply."
Germano Mwabu, an economics professor at the University of Nairobi, said the solar plan could have a dramatic impact on energy prices. "When the project is complete and solar is in good use, electricity costs could go down by as much as 80%."
The country is also planning the construction of what will be sub-Saharan Africa's largest windfarm, near Lake Turkana, which is set to be operational by 2015.
Kenya ranks 22nd in Africa for the amount of electricity it generates, and 46th in the world in the generation of solar energy. But it could rank third for solar in the next four years, according to figures from the Energy Regulatory Commission, a government agency.

 

Reports / figures below come from Action Renewables Belfast:

Renewable energy potential finances for N.Ireland & ROI:

£2 Billion potential for N.Ireland

Ireland renewable potential.

£7 Billion

 

 

Source: Simple Power

http://www.simplepower.co/

“Around 750 people are employed directly by #wind, wave and tidal sectors in NI and has the potential to be worth £2billion per annum by 2020”

2013 was a record breaking year for #wind in Northern Ireland. In December, wind met over 40% of NI's electricity demand

 

 

A potential new untapped energy source Northern Ireland & Ireland seems to have alot of.

Seaweed:

 

Research carried out by Biomara

www.biomara.org

 

Could this be the way we power our homes and industry in the future?

http://www.biomara.org/fuel-from-seaweed

 

 

If it is good enough for the Queen of England, it should be just as good for her subjects.

The Queen goes green: hydroelectric turbines arrive at Windsor Castle The Queen has taken delivery of two giant hydroelectric turbines that will help meet the Royal Family’s attempts to power Windsor Castle using economic sustainable energy.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/8749107/The-Queen-goes-green-hydroelectric-turbines-arrive-at-Windsor-Castle.html

 

 

 

 

 

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