The fossil fuel industry is increasingly relying on the heavy hand of the government to protect fossil fuels from competition. Subsidies and protective policies shield fossil fuels from the reality that renewable energy has become the cheapest energy source worldwide.

What if a solar panel could double as a water purifier? What if it could pump water from the ocean and make it drinkable, all while providing no loss of power to a home or building? A new research project does just that.

The energy transition is accelerating, Ernst & Young global energy leader Benoit Laclau has warned grid operators, thanks to the confluence of digitization, decentralization and decarbonization. Traditional utilities must get with the program or be swept aside.

Researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) have developed an optimization tool for microgrids that allows homes to stay off grid as long as possible, generally using solar, storage and smart meters.

DLA Piper released the second edition of Renewable Energy in Africa, updating the many changes that have occurred since our last edition.

In their study researchers examined the precision with which nighttime satellite images can be converted into spatially detailed maps of electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa.

For what feels like forever, lead-acid batteries have been the winning choice for off-grid solar systems. With the growth of electric vehicles and portable energy storage solutions, lithium-ion battery technology has improved vastly and become the top option for off-grid solar.

A test centre for photovoltaic solar systems (Ct2S) opens in Dakar, Senegal. The research, which will be carried out there, will benefit the entire West African sub-region. In East Africa, geothermal energy and its applications will be developed from Kenya.

Ten years ago the G20 pledged to “phase out and rationalise” fossil fuel subsidies yet the cost increased from US$75 billion in 2007 to US$147 billion in 2016, the last year that data is available for the entire group.

The new financing facility attracted $16 million in its first close – enough to fund mini-grids that could connect 170,000 people, according to the organisation.

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