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.
A year ago, the Irish government announced a €70m fund for public and private sector projects. To date, very little of this money has been spent, yet a recent Irish Independent article states that up to €200m could be saved annually from the public sector’s electricity bill if older, energy-inefficient public buildings were retrofitted. Breaking it down, the HSE portion would account for half of the overall total - around €100m. A health sector plan is in development with an estimate of 2015 for completion.
Earlier this month, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their development of the blue light-emitting diode that led to the creation of a practical white-light LED. The development may seem modest, however its subsequent universal application and adoption has led to a "fundamental transformation of lighting technology," according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awarded the prize.
Since Electric Vehicles were launched there has been huge interest in their adoption levels. This year, the Guardian reports that the UK has seen a sudden significant increase in EV registrations - up 56% on last year. So why has this spike occurred? The SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) link this to a couple of key factors. In 2011, there were just 6 EV models available.
A new study out of the US has shown that an interesting combination of factors could lead to a much greater adoption rate of Electric Vehicles in China over the US. Despite similar government subsidies and offerings, Chinese consumers have indicated that they would be more likely to purchase an Electric Vehicle than their American counterparts given the same parameters.
We hate to say it but the weather is turning and the temporary reprieve we experience from ever-increasing electricity and fuel bills is coming to an end. There is a lot of advice and literature in relation to energy saving but how much relates directly to your household? Ireland’s Sustainable Energy Authority (SEAI) is travelling around the country over the next couple of months to provide free energy efficiency consultations to householders.
Last November, Explorer and Storm Chaser George Kourounis did the unthinkable - he willingly entered a fiery pit of burning gas and extreme heat in the name of research. The story goes that Turkmenistan's Darvaza Crater opened up over 40 years ago under a gas drilling rig and was subsequently set on fire by Soviet scientists in an effort to burn off noxious gases.
The core aim of the Energy Hub is to report on sustainable energy solutions and green initiatives both locally and globally. To what end? That we improve the health of our planet create a better environment for all of its inhabitants. Here is a striking display of nature in all its glory - a collection of winning images from the Society of German Photographers competition 2014.