"For this fragile Solar Impulse aircraft we need, let's say, perfection." Being an engineer myself, this statement by Wim De Troyer, chief meteorologist of Solar Impulse's around-the-world mission, caught my eye. How do you build perfection, especially if it's the very first airplane of its kind?Learn more
Students from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands recently won the SASOL Solar Challenge after an eight day solar car race through South Africa. With a total of 4717 kilometers, the team broke the current world record of most kilometers driven in a solar race. The use of cutting-edge solar panels and upgraded aerodynamics propelled them to victory.
Companies announced they are joining an agreement spearheaded by Apple that develops two new wind and solar energy farms. The two new projects will generate 290 megawatts to the PJM electric grid serving much of the Eastern United States.Learn more
The Weather and Energy team invited European energy industry experts to Berlin to discuss the latest trends in weather risk management.Learn more
When Hurricane Sandy turned the lights off in Manhattan in 2012, it became clear that our energy infrastructure is not built to withstand extreme weather events. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions joined forces with Marsh & McLennan Companies and the World Energy Council to produce a series of reports about how to make our energy sources fit for the future.Learn more
Uruguay is fortunate to have four river basins within its borders, two of which feed its hydroelectric plants. Hydropower can supply up to 90% of the country‘s electricity demand in a humid year. A dry year, however, can be costly.Download
Our growing global population needs access to power, food and water to survive and thrive. But changing weather patterns call for a new approach to resilient energy infrastructure.Learn more
This partner publication with the World Energy Council and Marsh & McLennan Companies explains why increasing energy infrastructure resilience to extreme weather events is not an option - it is a must. While stakeholders are driven by diverse motives, everyone has a role to play, and there are some common obstacles to be overcome together to ensure that energy supply is secure.Download