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Module Durability, and Design for Recycling

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Module Durability, and Design for Recycling

by Mark Hutchins*

The International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) has published a new report offering guidelines for module manufacturers to consider recyclability of their products from the beginning, noting that with projected growth in PV over the coming decades, material shortages could become an issue, and preventing end-of-life modules from ending up in landfill should be an industry priority


Africa is Ambitious About Its Renewable Future

Friday, October 1, 2021

Africa is Ambitious About Its Renewable Future

by Haley Zaremba*

• Currently, about 600 million people living in Africa do not have access to energy at all.
• Many African nations are more focused on how to keep up with energy demands by any means than on how to keep up with demand in a climate-friendly manner.
• "There has been an 80% reduction in solar prices over the last decade, and an 85% reduction in battery prices.”


Q&A: Strong Future for Ni-Rich Si Anode Batteries

Monday, August 30, 2021

Q&A: Strong Future for Ni-Rich Si Anode Batteries

by Thomas Kavanagh*


Europe's battery industry is moving quickly to implement new, more efficient technology.

Leopold Konig, chief executive of specialised cell manufacturer Customcells, told Argus how customers are requesting new chemistries and locally sourced metals to limit their carbon footprint. Edited highlights follow:

IEEFA: Uncertainty Surrounds U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Export Projects in Emerging Asia

Friday, July 9, 2021

IEEFA: Uncertainty Surrounds U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Export Projects in Emerging Asia

by Sam Reynolds, Melissa Brown and Tom Sanzillo*

Potential trade and climate policy shifts in the U.S. are raising questions about the viability of several ambitious liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects planned for emerging Asian markets, according to a recent report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)


Demand, Policies, Investment Key to Green Hydrogen Development

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Demand, Policies, Investment Key to Green Hydrogen Development

by Blake Matich*

Ruchi Gupta is a research fellow at the University of Geneva’s Institute for Environmental Sciences. She focuses on how flexibility options, such as sector coupling with hydrogen production, can support renewable energy integration and decarbonize a wide range of sectors.

Climate Activism Is Great News For Saudi Arabia And Russia

Friday, June 4, 2021

Climate Activism Is Great News For Saudi Arabia And Russia

by Alex Kimani*

Big Oil has lately come under a plethora of attacks from all directions, ranging from uncooperative financiers and investors amidst a global shift to renewable energy to hostile governments and hardline climate activists. But not all oil and gas players will be on the losing end of those attacks


Colonial Pipeline Darkside Ransom Hack Shows Nobody Safe

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Colonial Pipeline Darkside Ransom Hack Shows Nobody Safe

The largest pipeline system for refined oil products in the US, the Colonial Pipeline, was shut down last week after a ransomware cyberattack. On May 12, the pipeline initiated the restart of operations but the attack highlights the risk of cyber-security threats against important energy infrastructures. It was later reported that Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $5 million as a ransom to hackers after the company fell victim to the cyberattack.

‘Hydrogen as a Universal Climate Solution Might Be a Bit of False Promise’

Friday, May 14, 2021

‘Hydrogen as a Universal Climate Solution Might Be a Bit of False Promise’

by Emiliano Bellini*

Hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels will not be able to move forward fast enough to replace fossil fuels and tackle climate change, according to a German-Swiss research team that claims direct electrification alternatives are cheaper and easier to implement. The scientists cite too-high prices, short-term scarcity and long-term uncertainty, as the main reasons for their skepticism


A Tale of Three Countries: How Czechia, Germany, and Poland Plan to Ditch Coal

Friday, May 7, 2021

A Tale of Three Countries: How Czechia, Germany, and Poland Plan to Ditch Coal

by Kira Taylor*

For decades, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have been at the heart of Europe’s so-called “lignite triangle” which produces most of the continent’s coal-based electricity. But with climate change now a top political priority, the priority is shifting to renewables


The Suez Canal Incident: Lessons Learned for the Geopolitics of Critical Infrastructure

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Suez Canal Incident: Lessons Learned for the Geopolitics of Critical Infrastructure

Maritime and river transports represent the most important segments of the world’s total transports as they cover, according to the latest data, 89.6% in volume terms and 70.1% in value terms, of the global total. Moreover, they have the advantage of not only being cheaper but also of being less polluting per freight tonne as compared to all the other transport modalities.

Commercial HJT Solar Cells Could Hit 26% Efficiency By 2030

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Commercial HJT Solar Cells Could Hit 26% Efficiency By 2030

by Emiliano Bellini*

Arvind Shah, a professor at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, and Meyer Burger former Chief Innovation Officer Sylvère Leu recently spoke to pv magazine about the future of heterojunction PV modules. They said the tech is mature and can now compete on cost with PERC panels in projects – particularly in hot, humid environments.



Secretariat: Regional GOs Scheme Could Drive Balkans’ Energy Transition

Friday, March 19, 2021

Secretariat: Regional GOs Scheme Could Drive Balkans’ Energy Transition

By Tanja Srnorsnik

A regional scheme for renewable energy guarantees of origin (GOs) could accelerate the uptake of trade in GOs in the Energy Community countries, whilst also helping to drive the energy transition in the region, said the Energy Community Secretariat on Wednesday, March 17.

Oil Price Spikes and Permanent Consumption Losses

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Oil Price Spikes and Permanent Consumption Losses

by John Kemp*

Promises by U.S. shale producers to pursue a more restrictive approach to capital investment and production seem to have emboldened Saudi Arabia and its allies in OPEC+ to test the room for higher oil prices


Electric arc across the eastern Med

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Electric arc across the eastern Med

By Costis Stambolis*

As work is in progress on the electric tie up between mainland Greece and the island of Crete, following completion in January of the first leg of the project with the laying of an underwater cable, the foundations have been laid for what will soon become a giant electricity arc spanning across half the Mediterranean Sea.

New Targets Make for ‘Fruitful’ Energy Partnership

Friday, February 26, 2021

New Targets Make for ‘Fruitful’ Energy Partnership

by Chryssa Liaggou

The prospects of green energy have rekindled the flame of interest from German energy firm RWE in Greece’s Public Power Corporation (PPC), first expressed in 2008 with plans for joining forces in the construction of two coal-fired plants with a total output of 1.6 gigawatts.


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