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Wind power: rising costs are unlikely to derail new build plans

The global wind energy industry is facing challenges including rising raw materials costs, supply chain problems and skills shortages, due mainly to booming demand. With renewable valuations at an all time high, Datamonitor predicts strong growth will continue on the back of record sustainable energy investments driven by technology maturity, policy incentives and heightened investor appetite.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2008
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Will subsidy reductions kill the solar photovoltaics industry?

Despite the economic downturn, continuing raw material supply limitations and high prices, the solar photovoltaics industry enjoyed very strong growth in 2007. Although subsidy changes in key markets could curtail this upward trend, it is more likely that manufacturing efficiencies, among other factors, will more than offset the proposed subsidy reductions without a major impact on profit margins.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2008
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UAE: the International Renewable Energy Agency's statute comes into force

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, which is set to become home to Masdar, the world's first zero-carbon city, the International Renewable Energy Agency has expanded at a rapid pace, nearly doubling the number of signatory countries from 75 to 148 since its inception. The association has the potential to become a leading voice in deciding green energy policy worldwide.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2010
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UAE stepping into the 'green zone'

The global drive to improve the environmental profile of energy production continues, and the UAE has the potential to be a leader in this area, partly due to its natural geographical advantages. While no immediate changes can be expected, it is likely that nuclear and renewable power will play a significantly greater role in the federation's energy production activities over the longer term.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2010
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The Saharan desert may help the EU to meet its renewable energy targets

The EU, which has missed its 2010 renewable energy target by 75%, is turning towards North Africa for sustainable energy sources. The DESERTEC project, a E400 billion scheme to fund the construction of solar panels in the Saharan desert, is expected to contribute 15% of total EU power demand by 2050. If the project succeeds, the global approach to the supply of energy may be reconsidered.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jul 2010
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The contribution of developing nations to the growth of the renewable market is set to increase

The global renewable energy sector has recovered from the global recession due to rising investments, particularly in the wind and solar markets. While this growth has been fueled by both developed and developing economies so far, Datamonitor believes that the latter will become increasingly important over the coming years.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2011
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Solar PV industry: cutting corners to offset silicone supply limitations?

Solar PV cell manufacturers are aware of the need to cut costs to make solar power generation more competitive and eventually have it reach grid parity. As traditional silicon is in short supply, some manufacturers are turning to lower quality metallurgical silicon to achieve cost reductions. This move, while controversial, is vital to the long-term success of the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2008
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Renewables under threat from methane hydrates

Supporters of renewable energy might feel confident that the future belongs to them. However, this confidence might be dented because there are signs that another major form of fossil fuel is approaching commercial viability.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2013
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Low-temperature, low-pressure systems could take waste heat recovery into the mainstream

A growing number of eco-awards are being won by process heat recovery systems. The Aqua-Society, for example, won the 2010 German Sustainability Award for its production of electricity from low-pressure waste steam at temperatures as low as 70 degrees Celsius. While such capabilities could help popularize the technology, it remains to be seen whether it can match the success of wind and solar.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jun 2010
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Kyoto 'sustainable' policy to promote coal power

The Clean Development Mechanism - a framework designed to stimulate sustainable development projects in developing countries using predominantly EU funding - is to subsidize new coal-fired plants in India and China. This controversial decision raises serious concerns about the framework's environmental integrity and the legitimacy of its contributions to sustainable development.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2010

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