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Solar electricity generated from PV panels and mirrors is due to become one of the leading sources of power generation in the 21st century. It is abundantly available and will become cheaper to produce than fossil or nuclear electricity, due to technological advances in thin-film solar cells and conversion rates of solar irradiation. EU researchers… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After hydro power wind energy presently constitutes the biggest source of renewable energy on earth, ahead of PV electricity. The EU is the biggest producer of wind energy, China coming second. Both register extraordinary growth rates. Installed wind capacity accounts for 4 per cent of total power capacity in China and 5 per cent in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

EdP, the Portuguese power utility, has sold a 25 percent stake of its renewable energy unit, EdP Renewables, for € 1.5 billion. Demand for shares exceeded five times the offer. EdP is following the example of other European utilities, in particular EDF and RWE. It is, however, more ambitious in its effort to go renewable:… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Wind power is the most successful renewable energy, leaving aside hydro power for which it is becoming increasingly difficult to find suitable sites in Europe and the USA. By the end of 2008 the globally installed capacity of wind power will exceed 100 GW, the equivalent of 50 nuclear power plants, if we take into… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein