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October 30th, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Environment & Energy | No Comments

Solar getting cheaper, will dominate

Windkrafträder und Solarmodule in einem Rapsfeld

It takes just 9 seconds of sunlight to provide the equivalent energy generated by burning all the oil, coal and gas we destroy every 24 hours. And solar is getting cheaper, so cheap it will dominate future electricity generation. A clear trajectory toward solar is emerging. A Deutsche Bank report published this week says that solar will be as cheap or cheaper than other forms of electricity generation in 47 states by 2016, in 36 states even if current tax credits were reduced. Even today solar is at grid parity in 10 states. The International Energy Agency now predicts that solar will be the world’s biggest source of electricity by 2050. This is a difficult challenge for the currently centralized model of electricity generation.

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October 28th, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Art & Society, Health, Science & Tech | No Comments

Wearable Tech to Access the Net – Infographic

Over the next decade more of us will access more of the Internet more often using more wearable tech devices. They will be related mostly to convenience, notices of things we need to attend to, and personal health monitoring applications. Web site operators will need to begin to plan how they will optimize their sites for wearable devices.

How Wearable Technology Will Change The Internet

How Wearable Technology Will Change The Internet [Infographic] by the team at Quality Nonsense Ltd

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October 24th, 2014 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Business & Economy, Environment & Energy | No Comments

Solar energy growing too fast?

iStock_000016699748XSmallInteresting that conversation is beginning to focus on whether solar energy and other renewables are growing too fast for the current electricity generating and grid system to cope with. The basic problem is that current generating capacity cannot be ramped up and down swiftly enough to accept huge amounts of renewable energy, and we still lack storage capacity for excess power generation. Predicted to be a bigger problem in the next 5 years or so, than in 15 years when there is more renewable energy and the system has adjusted.

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