Saudi Arabia 200 GW Solar Project

Good news for a change. Saudi Arabia and Japan’s Masayoshi Son plan to install 200 GW of solar power in the country until 2030. They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week. Masayoshi Son is of course the person behind the “Asia Super Grid” initiative, which aims to connect Asian countries with power lines … [Read more…]

Renewable Hydrogen from Australia

It’s been a couple of years since I last wrote about renewable hydrogen plans in Australia. Now there are new big plans for a project in Crystal Brook, a small village north of Adelaide. As Giles Parkinson explains in this article at Reneweconomy, people want to invest $600 million in a project of 150 MW wind, … [Read more…]

Flying a Passenger Jet with Solar Power? Yes, We Can Do that Now

Philipp Furler is a scientist working at the ETH university in Zurich. As this article at EurekAlert explains, he and his team have come up with a clever new way to make jet fuel from solar power, water and CO2 extracted from air. The process requires high temperatures of around 1,500 degrees Celsius. That’s about three … [Read more…]

Black House

Congratulations to President-elect Trump. An Electoral College coup failed to materialize. So, in a couple of weeks, he will be President Trump. I wonder how long it takes until he rips the solar panels off the roof of the White House. That’s because one of the most popular posts of this blog was titled “Why … [Read more…]

Simple Hydro Energy Storage Concept

Pumped-storage hydro is a known concept. It is the largest existing form of storing peak electricity for time slots with less supply. Now Fraunhofer has started an experiment with a new idea. According to Georg Küffner writing at FAZ,  they built a sphere with concrete, diameter of three meters. Then they immersed that into the … [Read more…]

Remember Desertec?

Asks Ross McCracken, Managing Editor at Platts’ “The Barrel”. He notes the recent record low solar bids in Abu Dhabi, the lowest at 2.4 cents a kWh. And then he asks if Desertec doesn’t make sense at those prices. Yes. I remember Desertec. Actually I never thought that the idea was refuted in any way. … [Read more…]