This week in renewable energy: 6/21/13

Every Friday, Community Renewable Energy shares important clean energy developments– and some that are just plain cool.

Here’s what we were reading this week.

Solar innovation

  • 2394376192_fb7d54bd07The Center for American Progress released a paper, “Fulfilling the Promise of Concentrating Solar Power,” that estimates that by 2050, 1/4 of worldwide energy could be derived from concentrating solar power. Concentrating solar power uses lenses and mirrors to create heat, which then powers an engine connected to a generator.
  • Universities across the world are realizing the importance of renewable energy research. Recently, the University of California provided a behind-the-scenes peak at how they intend to remain on the forefront of solar technology, from their work on high-tech solutions (working on the most efficient solar panels and batteries) to practical innovation (channeling natural light to reduce the need for grid-connected electricity). (Sponsored content via Slate) From the piece:

At UC Riverside, researchers are working on enhanced battery and thermal storage technologies. The sun has plenty of power to give, but not everywhere is sunny. So, improving battery technology enables solar cells to gather a surplus of energy, ready for use when you are.

Global progress

  • The US Department of Energy once again voiced support for solar power. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently stated, “We are aggressively pursuing [solar power] in many dimensions. I think that’s an example of something we will look back on in 10 years and be surprised at the scope.” (The Hill)
  • Isreal expects its Ashalim facility to be up and running by 2017. (Bloomberg)
  • The Guardian produced an interesting map of Australian homes with solar power.
  • Japan continues to give Germany a run for its money as the worldwide leader in renewable energy. A large Japanese electronics company announced plans to provide farmers with solar power. (Venture Beat)

Businesses back solar

  • IKEA aims to produce more power than it consumes by 2020, thanks to renewable power. (Triple Pundit)
  • Walgreens continues to invest in solar power. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Giant corporations aren’t the only organizations taking advantage of renewable power– growing businesses, such as XIOLINK of St. Louis, is another energy-intensive company saving money with solar panels. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

What do you think was the most important solar power story this week? Share your insights and thoughts below or by email.

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