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Droughts shrink hydropower, pose risk to global push to clean energy

2021.08.13 Severe droughts of last months are drying up rivers and reservoirs which are vital for the production of zero-emissions hydropower. Some governments are even led to relapse back to fossil fuels. Some energy experts say is going to be a long-term...

Climate legislation overhaul opens door to geothermal, but not wide enough

2021.07.29 Geothermal technology utilises the heat below the Earth’s surface to produce clean energy. Compared to solar and wind power it mainly focuses on decarbonising heating and cooling, sectors responsible for around half of Europe’s energy consumption...

Europe’s Largest Hydrogen Electrolyser

2021.07.28 Shell has started up Europe’s largest hydrogen electrolyser of its kind at its energy and chemicals park Rheinland, in Germany, as it sees the great potential for its use in a range of sectors, from production to industry. Shell’s ultimate goal is...

EU plans to increase renewable energy share in energy mix to 40% by 2030

2021.07.15 To help meet the 2050 goal, the European Commission decided to set interim target for the EU to raise the share of renewable energy to 40% of final consumption by 2030, up from roughly 20% in 2019.

Germanium-based solar cell tech for agrivoltaics

2021.01.15 A team of researchers from Germany have developed an improved amorphous germanium PV cell that bounds light in an ultra-thin absorber. The technology relies on plasma-enhanced vapor deposition and magnetron sputtering. According to the scientists,...