Jan 14, 2015

¥131 billion earmarked in upcoming budget for renewable energy

The Abe administration decided Wednesday to boost efforts next year to promote renewable energy following the Fukushima nuclear crisis, after the feed-in tariff system, which guarantees above-market rates for selling energy produced from clean sources, ran into trouble only two years after its introduction. ...

Jan 8, 2015

Mineral may lead to better, cheaper solar cells

Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun’s rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say. Though years away from being used to commercially produce solar cells, perovskites, named for a ...

German power plants may limit use of coal

Nov 25, 2014

German power plants may limit use of coal

Germany aims to limit coal use in electricity production to meet the country’s target in cutting Earth-warming carbon emissions, according to a document seen Monday. Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel will propose that electricity producers reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 4.4 million ...

More electric-car drivers trading gas for free solar power

Nov 1, 2014

More electric-car drivers trading gas for free solar power

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The ...