Opinion & analysis
Why the IEA is consistently wrong on renewables
Last week’s IEA World Energy Outlook forecast modest renewable uptake globally in a number of scenarios. In its most optimistic outlook for solar and wind, the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects total deployment growth essentially of 0% through 2040, and 20 to 40% decreases in pessimistic scenarios. Future Smart Strategies’ Ray Wills has long been critical of the agency’s renewable modeling. Here, he sets out why he believes the group has got it wrong again.
The race to produce a viable mass market solar battery is on
If Deutsche Bank is correct in estimating that the solar energy market will be worth $5 trillion by 2030, then the first company to produce a viable solar battery will have an incredibly valuable piece of IP on their hands. We have Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, and a number of startups all throwing their hats into the ring. But who will be victorious, and why? Clive Rolison, founder of Complete Renewables analyses the market.
Shrinking cultural clash between solar and mining
Thomas Hillig from THEnergy, discusses the growing trend for the deployment of renewables, specifically solar PV, next to mines. In response to issues, like lifetime differences between a solar plant and a mine, bespoke solutions are being created. However, while there is a positive business case for combining the two industries, barriers in the mining industry exist, which must be overcome if the positive trend is to continue.
With the Australian Parliament having finally passed its reduction of the country's Renewable Energy Target, Solar Business Service's Nigel Morris declares: "We're back"
The state of distributed solar in India
Rooftop PV in India holds enormous promise, writes Bridge to India's founder and director, Tobias Engelmeier. Yet, as of May 2015, there is only a cumulative installed capacity of around 400 MW. He discusses the state of the market, listing the current business models used, market innovation and policies.
Closing the gap between how rural off grid and on grid users use electricity
The focus on providing electricity to rural homes around the globe has grown tremendously, but many barriers still remain, including access to financing, subsidization, and available technology that is both effective and also affordable for low income homes.
Why auctions for power projects don’t work in India
Director and founder of consultancy firm, Bridge to India, Tobias Engelmeier argues that power project auctions don’t work in India, and instead lead to irrational competition and unsustainable business models.