UAE Hopes to Lead Renewable Energy Efforts
For decades, the Gulf has relied on carbon-emitting fossil fuels to build its cities in the desert. But there are signs the trend is changing as the region’s nations are looking to sustainable development and clean energy as a key to ensuring future growth.
Host of the newly-formed IRENA renewable energy organization, the UAE sees itself as a leader in developing alternative energy sources.
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Saharan solar power opens energy corridor to Europe
The TuNur project aims to generate clean energy from a giant solar plant in the Tunisian Sahara from where it will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated undersea cable. TuNur say their initiative will produce roughly twice as much energy as any current nuclear power plant and can even produce energy when the sun is down. Matthew Stock reports. Video provided by Reuters
Researchers Tap Power in Motion as Energy Alternative
Researchers at Georgia Tech are developing technology that can harvest the power of motion, an energy source they say could one day produce enough clean, renewable electricity to power the planet. Ben Gruber reports.
The high-profile Riffgat offshore wind farm
Germany is trying to make the switch to renewable energy. The high-profile Riffgat offshore wind farm, built off the coast of Borkum, was slated to begin operating this month. Thirty windmills now stand ready and waiting in the North Sea — but they can’t supply any electricity. The discovery of munitions dating from the Second World War on the seafloor has prevented the grid operator from installing a power cable connecting the wind farm to the mainland.
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Sci-fi ‘hoverboard’ becomes reality
Ever since Marty McFly rode on one in ‘Back to the Future Part II’, fans have dreamed of having their own ‘hoverboard’. That wish has now been granted, as engineers in Northern California have made the futuristic device a reality. Duration: 02:12 Video provided by AFP