Google announces biggest ever corporate purchase of green energy in history

In 2017, Google became the first tech giant to reach 100% renewable energy for its global operations. The Mountain View-based company has now announced that it is “making the biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history.” Google’s latest purchas… #solarenergy #solarpanels #solarpower #renewableenergy

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6 Steps to a Sustainable Living and a Greener Home in 2018

Are you ready to take the steps necessary for a green home and sustainable living? Not only are green and sustainable living better for the environment, but they can save you money on your energy bills. Here are six surprising and inspiring ways people are making their homes greener.

1. Install Dual-Pane Windows

Older homes may have windows that are single-pane。 However, dual-pane windows offer energy saving advantages。 As a bonus, you will see a return on any investment in more efficient windows when you go to sell。  buyers want in a home is updated windows。

2. Buy a Programmable Thermostat

Do you turn your thermostat up and down, depending on how cold or hot you feel at the moment? It is much more energy-efficient to invest in a programmable thermostat that keeps your house at a predictable temperature throughout the day. Reduce energy costs  when you install a programmable thermostat.

3. Use Green Construction Materials

Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing home,  is a great way to add green features to your home. Even if you aren’t building your home right now, you can incorporate green construction into your regular home maintenance tasks. For example, replacing your old garage door with a green one  and gain and results in smaller energy expenditure.

4. Replace Incandescent Bulbs

Another inexpensive fix that will green up your home quickly is to replace all your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. You could  on the energy used by the lights in your home with this simple fix. Can’t afford to replace all your bulbs at once? Replace each one as the incandescent bulb blows. Eventually, you will have a house full of CFLs, which also tend to last longer than the incandescent variety.

5. Install New Shower Heads

The typical homeowner  to take a mere 10-minute shower three days a week. However, most people shower every single day, take much longer showers than 10 minutes and have more than one person in the family. There are several ways you can reduce your water consumption, including installing a  and timing yourself to take the shortest shower possible.

6. Switch to a Solar Water Heater

. Although on-demand water heaters are one solution, it might not work as well for large families. Another solution is a . Although the initial expenditure will be at least $6000, over time you will see a return on that investment in energy savings. The time it takes to see a return on your investment depends upon how sunny it is where you live.

Making Homes Greener

Making your home greener not only saves you money but allows you to reduce your carbon footprint. Protecting resources for future generations is a smart investment. Although these simple ways will get you started, there are many other things you can implement, both large and small.

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A Bungalow in Utrecht That’s More Than Energy Neutral

Studio Public recently completed a modern bungalow in Utrecht, The Netherlands, that’s more than energy neutral as it sends power back to the supplier. The L-shaped residence is clad in Corten steel and plaster with expansive panels of glass that make the mos… #SOLARPOWER #solarenergy #renewableenergy #cleanenergy #climateaction

斗地主达人 It’s decked out with an innovative heat pump, quality insulation, triple glass with high thermal insulation, and a series of solar panels to keep it extra eco-friendly.

The 2,000-square-foot bungalow boasts a natural swimming pool that’s naturally filtered by plants as opposed to chemicals, which has its environmental advantages along with being cheaper to maintain. A wooden walkway hovers above the water and creates a separation for a row of plants growing in the water.

The bungalow’s layout is made up of three areas, including a living space with the kitchen, living room, and porch, a private space for a bedroom and bathroom, and finally, the guest quarters. Behind the appliance wall in the kitchen is a zone that resides between the living and private areas to house the home’s technology center.

The interior features a fairly neutral palette with woods and warm colors that lend itself to a cozy atmosphere.

The public zone has three, massive sliding glass doors that open the space up to the outdoors and pool area. When it’s warm outside, there are aluminum blinds that help keep the heat out.

A skylight in the master bathroom offers the open room lots of natural light since there are no windows.

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Energy Storage Investments Boom as Battery Costs Halve in the Next Decade

London and New York, July 31, 2019 Energy storage installations[1] around the world will multiply exponentially, from a modest 9GW/17GWh deployed as of 2018 to 1,095GW/2,850GWh by 2040, according to the latest forecast from research company BloombergNEF (BNEF… #renewableenergy #renewables #storage #storagesolutions #cleanenergy

This 122-fold boom of stationary energy storage over the next two decades will require $662 billion of investment, according to BNEF estimates。 It will be made possible by further sharp declines in the cost of lithium-ion batteries, on top of an 85% reduction in the 2010-18 period。

BNEF’s Energy Storage Outlook 2019, published today, predicts a further halving of lithium-ion battery costs per kilowatt-hour by 2030, as demand takes off in two different markets – stationary storage and electric vehicles. The report goes on to model the impact of this on a global electricity system increasingly penetrated by low-cost wind and solar.

Yayoi Sekine, energy storage analyst for BNEF and co-author of the report, said: “Two big changes this year are that we have raised our estimate of the investment that will go into energy storage by 2040 by more than $40 billion, and that we now think the majority of new capacity will be utility-scale, rather than behind-the-meter at homes and businesses。”

BNEF’s analysis suggests that cheaper batteries can be used in more and more applications. These include energy shifting (moving in time the dispatch of electricity to the grid, often from times of excess solar and wind generation), peaking in the bulk power system (to deal with demand spikes), as well as for customers looking to save on their energy bills by buying electricity at cheap hours and using it later.

Logan Goldie-Scot, head of energy storage at BNEF, added: “In the near term, renewables-plus-storage, especially solar-plus-storage, has become a major driver for battery build。 This is a new era of dispatchable renewables, based on new contract structures between developer and grid。”

Just 10 countries are on course to represent almost three quarters of the global market in gigawatt terms, according to BNEF’s forecast。 South Korea is the lead market in 2019, but will soon cede that position, with China and the U。S。 far in front by 2040。 The remaining significant markets include India, Germany, Latin America, Southeast Asia, France, Australia and the U。K。

There is a fundamental transition developing in the power system and transportation sector. Falling wind, solar and battery costs mean wind and solar are set to make up almost 40% of world electricity in 2040, up from 7% today. Meanwhile passenger electric vehicles could become a third of the global passenger vehicle fleet by 2040, up from less than half a percent today, adding huge scale to the battery manufacturing sector.

Demand for storage will increase to balance the higher proportion of variable, renewable generation in the electricity system。 Batteries will increasingly be chosen to manage this dynamic supply and demand mix。

The report finds that energy storage will become a practical alternative to new-build electricity generation or network reinforcement. Behind-the-meter storage will also increasingly be used to provide system services on top of customer applications.

The total demand for batteries from the stationary storage and electric transport sectors is forecast to be 4,584GWh by 2040, providing a major opportunity for battery makers and miners of component metals such as lithium, cobalt and nickel.

  BNEF’s definition includes stationary batteries used in eight applications. It excludes pumped hydro storage.


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