With gas prices skyrocketing, energy poverty threatening 80 million Europeans, the EU’s 2030 deadline to slash emission drawing closer, and the conflict with Russia escalating, it has never been clearer that we need to ramp up the heating transition.
Home is where the heart is, but with climate change the way our homes are built and required to function is shifting. Overheating is just one example that is being discussed at length within the academic and commercial sectors. Projections for UK homes in 2050 and 2080 show significant issues around overheating and sustained overheating during longer periods than currently designed for. Here, Claire Brown argues that decarbonising the UK residential sector requires clear leadership, collaboration, and strong legislative support.
SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR): Favorable government policies and the increasing installations of solar power units in residential and industrial areas have been driving the solar industry’s growth.
Almost one in three Australian homes now have solar panels – but as even more solar systems are installed, we face a growing challenge of managing temporary solar shutdowns.
Almost a third of Australia’s estimated ten million households now have solar on the roof. But as the nation moving fastest to produce energy on our homes, we are also encountering teething problems, such as “curtailment” of output.
This issue will be one we have to overcome as ever more Australians install solar. Our grids were designed primarily for large fossil fuel power stations transmitting electricity in one direction, while solar households both consume and export power.
The UK government has committed to meeting internationally agreed carbon neutral targets and as natural gas (used in domestic boilers) is a major contributor to carbon emissions, a low carbon alternative such as hydrogen, used in existing equipment, is a likely replacement in the future.