The Middle East has long been associated with the most valuable and sought after fossil fuels - oil. As a region it produces the largest volume of oil in the world, creating vast wealth and valuable trade deals.
In a seemingly unusual move, oil giant Shell is looking at installing Electric Vehicle chargers across their petrol station network this year. Like many car manufacturers, they are now looking at how they can work with their traditional competitors.
Now that solar has almost closed the gap on the cost of energy production compared to its solid fuel counterparts, it is increasingly important that there is a wealth of clear information for those who are looking to adopt this type of energy supply, domestically and commercially.
The Independent has reported on a major milestone in the evolution of solar power. Between April and September this year, solar generated about 10% more electricity than coal in the UK. With over 750k homes in the UK using self generated solar power, the appetite for renewable energy is very healthy.
Google is by far and way the most popular search engine with 72% market share globally. Then take into consideration their wide suite of other services - gmail, analytics, maps, youtube and more. That is a lot of information to house and make available to millions of people around the world.
Over the last few years major European retailers have adopted solar as a key energy source for their expansive networks of outlets and distribution centres. As part of their bid to source 50% of their energy from renewables by 2020, Marks and Spencers installed the largest single installation of solar panels in the UK at their distribution centre in Castle Donnington.
Residential solar panels are taking priority in Japan's solar strategy. The first of two key factors driving this pathway is a scarcity of land in this densely populated country. Government policy has shifted to encourage the installation of residential solar systems that combine rooftop panels and storage cells allowing the residence to become more self-sufficient.
As reported in the Wall Street Journal, Apple has decided to 'commit' to the develop of a branded Electric Vehicle following an extensive feasibility period. Codenamed Titan, the project's manpower has been increased to 1800 from 600.
A few months ago, the Energy Hub looked at one of the most innovative tech announcements this decade - battery powered homes and offices, offered by sustainable energy powerhouse Tesla. This is but one part of their grand plan which includes the Gigafactory, Energy Storage Business, Charging Infrastructure and Products plus a range of Vehicles.
A community led initiative, including a three year Electric Vehicle trial, is on track to achieve energy independence for the Aran Islands by 2022. Developed in conjunction with the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), energy upgrades have been applied to almost two thirds of all of the island's buildings.
It would be near impossible to have missed the coverage of this morning's solar eclipse across Ireland and the UK. Even if you had skipped the news this week, you may have noticed a strange and eery darkness at around 9.30am. A solar eclipse is a rare event and this is the first to pose a significant power challenge compared to the last time it took place in Europe in 1999.