Solar powers Brazil’s World Cup

first_imgSolar powers Brazil’s World CupThe countdown for the largest, costliest and arguably most controversial World Cup tournament to date has started and football fans are looking forward to Thursday’s opening ceremony and inaugural match between host nation Brazil and Croatia at the Arena de Sao Paulo. June 12, 2014 Ilias Tsagas Community Events Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Modules & Upstream Manufacturing Brazil Central & South America Image: Flickr/Rodnei ReisShare For the following month, the world is expected to keep its eyes on the 2014 World Cup’s 80 football matches between the 32 participant nations. Brazil and Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) officials are hoping attention will stay on the pitch and not on Brazil’s streets, often filled by locals protesting against the Cup’s over-budget and alleged ill management in a country accused of under-funding educational and health care systems. Despite the controversies of this year’s World Cup there is an element Brazil can be proud of: This is the greenest World Cup in football’s history. And the main reason behind its green credentials is solar PV. Overall, of the tournament’s 12 venues, only three are currently equipped with solar photovoltaic installations, although a further two stadiums are soon going to install PV systems. Specifically, Arena Pernambuco in the city of Recife recently completed a 1 MW PV installation with panels provided by China’s Yingli Green Energy. The Mineirao Stadium in the city of Belo Horizonte also boasts a 1.4 MW rooftop PV system built in 2013 by Portugal’s Martifer Solar. Yingli Green Energy also partnered with Light ESCO, EDF Consultoria and the State of Rio de Janeiro to install PV modules at the Estadio do Maracana in the city of Rio de Janeiro — the venue for the tournament’s final match on July 13. The PV system “has a 400 kW installed capacity, consisting of approximately 2,500 square meters of photovoltaic panels on the surface covering the stadium terraces and can reach a generation of 500 megawatt hours per year supplying 3% of the stadium’s power requirements,” Fabiana Castro, communication officer of Maracana’s operating company, told pv magazine. Two more PV systems will be installed at Brazil’s FIFA World Cup stadiums. A spokesperson for the World Cup from Brazil’s federal government told pv magazine that “Brasilia’s National Stadium Mane Garrincha will be equipped with a PV system and the solar panels will be installed in 2014, after the World Cup.” The installation “will have about 9,600 photovoltaic panels with capacity to generate 2.5 MW, corresponding to the supply of almost 2,000 households per day,” the spokesperson added. “After its installation, the stadium will be the first in the world to be self-sufficient in energy production and also able to use the surplus energy in other parts of the city.” Brazil’s federal government announced in April that a Brazilian consortium formed by Siner Engenharia e Comercio Ltda and Ebes Sistemas de Energia Sa had won the tender for the Mane Garrincha Stadium PV system, which will cover 75% of the stadium’s rooftop surface. Gustavo Junqueira, operation manager of Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in the city of Salvador, told pv magazine that after the World Cup, Salvador’s stadium “will install 500 kW of solar PV, capable of generating 750 megawatt hours per year and equivalent to the average consumption of 3,000 Brazilians.” The project, Junqueira said, will require an investment of around BRL 5.5 million ($2.5 million) and will use flexible panels installed on the compression ring of the roof. “The installation of the solar plant will reduce energy consumption in the arena by 10%,” Junqueira added. The operating companies of some Brazilian stadiums preferred to stress that although they do not currently own photovoltaic systems to generate electricity, they do use solar systems for heating their water. This is the case at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba, whose operator told pv magazine that “structural integrity tests have also been done on the arena and if in the future there is a decision to do install solar modules, there will not be a problem to install them.” Greener future World Cups? Simon Trace, chairman of the British non-governmental organization Practical Action pointed out that “on the one hand, the organizers and FIFA are to be congratulated for making a considerable financial investment and making this the greenest World Cup in history. However, it is also an indictment of the investment in renewable energy in the developing world that there are 10 competing countries that do not even produce as much solar energy as a single World Cup stadium.” Trace’s comment refers to Brasilia’s stadium, which once completed will boast a 2.5 MW PV system. Practical Action said that “Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Iran, Ivory Coast and Uruguay all produce less solar power than the 2.5 MW solar capability of the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia.” Others though have argued that although Brazil’s World Cup is an improvement compared to past tournaments green-wise, the outcome is far from impressive. Solar PV in total has spread widely since the 2010 World Cup, but for a tournament accused of over-spending and which reached a total budget of some $11.5 billion, 5.9 MW of solar power is rather little, critics argue. The 2014 World Cup matches will be played in the following twelve venues: Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, National Stadium Mane Garrincha in Brasilia, Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba, Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo (Arena de Sao Paulo), Arena de Baixada in Curitiba and Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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US and EBRD to finance 20 MW solar PV plant in Jordan

first_imgUS and EBRD to finance 20 MW solar PV plant in JordanThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation will co-finance a 20 MW solar PV plant in southern Jordan. September 30, 2014 Ilias Tsagas Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced a $25 million loan for the construction of a 20 MW solar photovoltaic plant in southern Jordan. The U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will co-finance the project, providing an additional $25 million loan, the EBRD said. The 20 MW solar PV plant will be located 13 kilometers southeast of the city of Ma’an and will be constructed and operated by a 100% subsidiary of SunEdison, Inc. The announcement was somewhat anticipated by local analysts who had covered EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti’s visit to Jordan on September 9. Chakrabarti met with senior government officials and representatives of the Jordanian business and financial community and the renewable energy sector. Following the visit, the EBRD also announced a $30 million loan to Jordan District Energy to finance the construction of the country’s first district cooling and heating plant at the Abdali Urban Regeneration development in the capital, Amman. The EBRD began investing in Jordan in 2012 and has already provided financing worth over €200 million in projects focused mainly on energy and energy efficiency. Speaking of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, EBRD’s Director for Power and Energy Nandita Parshad said that “this is a region with a rapidly growing demand for power but also with a large potential for the development of renewables.” Jordan, which, according to the EBRD, imports more than 97% of the energy it consumes, is in particularly dire need of producing electricity domestically and reducing its reliance on vulnerable supplies of natural gas from Egypt and oil from Saudi Arabia. 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Nigeria’s solar hopes stall

first_imgNigeria’s solar hopes stallNigeria is considered an emerging economy that has the potential to drive a dynamic domestic solar PV market. But the global oil price plunge and a national currency crisis have stalled hopes. May 20, 2016 Ilias Tsagas Finance Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Modules & Upstream Manufacturing Nigeria Sub-Saharan Africa The 100 MW Nova Scotia solar park is being developed by Scatec Solar in the north of NigeriaImage: Scatec SolarShare Nigeria’s electricity sector is astonishingly small. Brazil and Pakistan, two countries with similar population sizes, generate 24 times and five times more power than Nigeria, respectively. Nigeria is aiming for 25 GW of installed power capacity by 2020, up from about 4 GW currently. The country has also recently liberalized its electricity market (generation and transmission assets are fully privatized) and the government hopes this will gradually attract investment after decades of neglect. Economic troubles abound Given Nigeria’s plentiful solar resource and following the inauguration of a new president a year ago, solar PV growth expectations have gained force but remain checked by economic and financial concerns. Since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power, oil prices have plummeted from $64 per barrel last May to just over $40 a barrel today. This is crucial because although oil accounts for only 10% of Nigeria’s GDP, it also accounts for 70% of the government’s revenues and 95% of export earnings. Nigeria’s economy grew about 3% in 2015, almost half the rate of 2014, the stock market is down and foreign currency reserves have dwindled. Consequently, Nigeria’s currency, the naira, is under heavy pressure. Nigeria’s president refuses to devaluate it fearing this would drive inflation. Instead, the central bank has restricted the supply of dollars and the import of a long list of goods, aiming to safeguard foreign currency reserves and trigger domestic production. Economists disagree on what’s the best remedy for the economy. A devalued currency would make all imports become more expensive. Others stress that the restriction of imports from the state will be even more inflationary than a weaker currency, which would also improve domestic production. The case for PV Whatever the case, Nigeria’s solar PV sector is hurt. Currently, there is a dire shortage of foreign currency, making it impossible for many businesses to import vital components and materials. Nigeria’s PV market mainly comprises off-grid PV systems that provide electricity for households and small businesses. Investors that may target large-scale PV plants worry that any investment they make now in naira will diminish later when the currency is inevitably devaluated. Foreign investors and financing Financing through foreign investors remains crucial. However, as highlighted in a report by McKinsey & Company on Africa’s energy, financial viability, the regulatory environment and the political will are all necessary factors for the power sector to advance. On the regulatory side, Nigeria has liberalized the energy market and introduced new feed-in tariffs for solar PV plants. The government has also granted license exemptions for plants that generate less than 1 MW in aggregate. The dire economic crisis continues to affect the sector’s financial viability and scare off foreigner investors, however. Commenting on Nigeria’s liberalization efforts, Professor Chidi Onyia, an advisor to Nigeria’s ministry of power, urged “fellow Nigerians to join us in this reform process by paying their electric bills.” James Nicholas, co-founder and executive partner of U.S. company Global Business Resources (GBR), which has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian government to develop a 65 MW ground-mounted PV facility in Kano and Abuja, told pv magazine that the primary focus in the post-privatization era “is to ensure the actualization of a healthy and vibrant power sector that will ultimately deliver stable, reliable and affordable power to about 170 million citizens.” Given Nigerians today are struggling to pay for basics like food and fuel, the reform process described by Onyia and Nicholas is in doubt. Until Nigeria works its way out of its current economic crisis, the only foreign funds that might flow to the country’s solar sector would be via international initiatives such as Power Africa, announced three years ago by U.S. President Barack Obama, which aims to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Solar PV would go a long way in improving the quality of life for Nigerians, who are forced to queue for gasoline and endure regular electricity blackouts.Popular content ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Submarine cable to connect 10.5 GW wind-solar complex in Morocco to the UK grid Emiliano Bellini 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com UK-based Xlinks is planning to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power generated by the huge plant in the UK. 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SolarCity: Rooftop solar generates net benefit for all Nevada utility customers

first_imgSolarCity: Rooftop solar generates net benefit for all Nevada utility customersRooftop solar generation can provide up to $14 million in annual benefits for the residents of the U.S. state of Nevada, according to a new study by SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). May 25, 2016 Edgar Meza Finance Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are making the case for rooftop solar in the U.S. state of Nevada, saying it provides wide-ranging benefits to all residents. According to a new study by SolarCity and the NRDC, rooftop solar generation provides 1.6 cents of benefit per kilowatt-hour of energy generated, producing $7 million in benefits annually for all Nevada utility customers. If environmental and health externalities are included, the benefits of rooftop solar increase to 3.4 cents per kilowatt-hour, and $14 million annually. The paper — Distributed Energy Resources in Nevada — recommends policymakers and regulators develop advanced grid planning procedures that incorporate these benefits into the utility ratemaking process, which would enable Nevadans to see the benefits on their electricity bills and ensure that the state transitions to a cleaner, more affordable, and resilient grid. SolarCity says the peer-reviewed paper is the first such work to quantify all the rooftop solar cost and benefit variables identified by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. “This study confirms what Nevadans already intuitively know: the thousands of rooftop solar systems across the state benefit all Nevadans, and the state should have policies which encourage the deployment of more distributed energy,” said Jon Wellinghoff, SolarCity’s chief policy officer. Wellinghoff, the former chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), encouraged Nevada policymakers “to consider the potential of distributed energy resources to build a smarter, more resilient grid to power our economy with affordable clean energy.” Noah Long, director of the NRDC’s Western Energy Project, said that a close examination of the costs and benefits of rooftop solar generation in Nevada confirmed that “a continued partnership between customers and their utility to promote investment in clean energy benefits everyone.” “It will help avoid building unnecessary utility infrastructure that can increase all customers’ bills, and helps cut the carbon pollution that harms our health and fuels dangerous climate change,” Long added. SolarCity notes that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada last year identified 11 variables that must be quantified to determine the costs and benefits of rooftop solar in Nevada. The company points out that while the analysis is vital in setting sound energy policies, such as how PV system owners are compensated for their excess solar energy through net metering, the Commission determined it had “insufficient time or data” to quantify nine of the variables. The SolarCity/NRDC paper examines the benefit variables left unassessed in the Commission’s 2015 analysis with the aim of providing useful input into future Nevada policy discussions on the benefits of distributed solar generation. Variables include rooftop solar’s potential to reduce:Popular content Submarine cable to connect 10.5 GW wind-solar complex in Morocco to the UK grid Emiliano Bellini 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com UK-based Xlinks is planning to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power generated by the huge plant in the UK. 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That’s likely to change soon Cosmas Mwirigi 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com A technology-focused event held by the Africa Solar Industry Association has heard development pipelines across the cont… African solar installers feel the pinch of rising panel prices Max Hall 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com With Chinese manufacturers having warned they will pass on escalating component costs, and shipping expenses soaring sin… EU to offer expertise to drive renewables-friendly policy across Africa Cosmas Mwirigi 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The oft-heard industry call for more supportive policy for renewables, this time in Africa, has prompted the European Co… 123456Elsewhere on pv magazine… MIBEL alcanzó nuevamente los precios más bajos de Europa mientras subieron en el resto de mercados eléctricos pv magazine 23 March 2021 pv-magazine.es En la tercera semana de marzo los precios de la mayoría de mercados eléctricos europeos subieron, mientras que MIBEL mar… Tasmanian Labor installs solar at the top of its campaign promises Blake Matich 8 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Tasmania (TAS) is going to the polls on May 1, and the opposition Labor Party has put forth a $20 million plan to fund l… India closing in on 7 GW of rooftop solar pv magazine 13 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com India’s cumulative installed capacity of rooftop solar stood at 6,792 MW as of December 31, 2020, with 1,352 MW having b… Spotlight on Australian solar Bella Peacock 21 April 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com Calculating the average sunlight hours data from the Bureau of Meteorology from January toDecember 2020, Darwin was cro… Q&A: EEW’s $500 million Gladstone solar to hydrogen project is just the start Blake Matich 18 March 2021 pv-magazine-australia.com pv magazine Australia: Australia is the testing ground for a lot of different aspects of the future green hydrogen market. 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Canadian PM Trudeau proposes significant prices to be put on carbon emissions

first_imgCanadian PM Trudeau proposes significant prices to be put on carbon emissionsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau set out a plan to put a CAD 10 (USD 7.6) per tonne price on all carbon pollution by 2018, which would then rise to CAD 50 per tonne by 2022, as he shows a stern resolve to tackle climate change head on, while stimulating the Canadian economy at the same time. October 4, 2016 Sam Pothecary Markets Markets & Policy Technology Technology and R&D Share In an impassioned speech to the House of Commons, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau presented a strong proposal to reduce carbon pollution by putting a price on all carbon by 2018. Trudeau had already outlined his support for a clean energy transition, and this plan showed that he is serious in acting now to cut emissions and to use it as a springboard for new opportunities in the Canadian economy.The Prime Minister started his speech by speaking of failings by previous governments and the effect that these failings have already had. He didn’t dance around the topic of climate change, like so many leaders have in the past, and continue to do, but instead confronted it head on, and showed a clear resolve to tackle it.“After decades of inaction, after years of missed opportunities, we will finally take real and concrete measures to build a clean economy, create more opportunities for Canadians, and make out world better for our children and grandchildren,” Trudeau stated. “Mr. Speaker, we will not walk away from science, and we will not deny the unavoidable.”Carbon polluters pay the priceNot wanting to make wishy-washy statements, the PM went on to outline a clear plan to reduce carbon emissions by putting a price on carbon across the whole country as of 2018. The proposed price will start at a minimum of $10 per tonne in 2018, going up a further $10 each year, to eventually reach $50 per tonne in 2022. At this stage it will be reviewed again.Interestingly, different areas of the country would have a choice for how to incorporate this price, by either adding it directly onto carbon pollution, or by adopting a cap-and-trade system. Additionally, each province will keep the revenues that are generated under the program. But the PM was clear to point out that for now this is only a proposal, and is still open for discussion from different groups within society.“Over the next two months, the government will collaborate closely with the provinces, territories and Aboriginal organizations to finalize this plan,” Trudeau continued. “These discussions are essential, because we know that no plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can succeed without the help of our provincial and territorial partner, who have already shown great leadership in tackling climate change.”Everyone benefits, including the economyCareful not to focus purely on the environmental benefits of taxing carbon and the transition to a ‘clean’ economy, Trudeau pointed out that there would be a host of economic benefits as well. He stated that this plan will encourage businesses to innovate in finding ways to reduce carbon emissions, and that it will eventually make Canadian business more competitive.Not only this, but the PM pointed to new and exciting job prospects that will be created as a result of this economic shift, highlighting the increased investment in renewable energy, which was almost 50% higher than in fossil fuels in 2015.“This framework will include not only the plan for pricing carbon pollution, but will also pave the way forward to better support innovation and jobs in the clean energy sector, manage the effects of climate change, and improve our capacity for adaptation and climate resilience,” Trudeau stated.It is not the first time that we have seen Trudeau show clean support for the reduction of carbon emissions, as already twice this year he has met with U.S. President Obama to discuss action on climate change and to plan better ways to incorporate clean energy sources. But the message this time was stronger, it showed that he plans to take very real action to reduce carbon emissions within Canada, and that he is not scared to face climate change head on.“There is no hiding from climate change,” he added. “It is real and it is everywhere. We cannot undo the last 10 years of inaction. What we can do is make a real and honest effort – today and everyday – to protect the health of our environment, and with it, the health of all Canadians.”This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact: [email protected] content ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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Ugandan manufacturers strained under privatised sector

first_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Finance and Policy In East Africa, the Ugandan trade minister, Amelia Kyambadde says the unbundling of the electricity sector was a bad call. According to the Monitor, the minister’s view corresponds with the high power rates that now face large manufacturers in the country.Before the government liberalised the sector in the early 2000s, large manufacturers paid about Shs100 ($0.027) per unit compared to the Shs370.2 ($0.102) per unit they pay now, media reported. Read more…“We have made mistakes. Number one, over-liberalisation or privatisation of our utilities, for example, energy and telecoms,” Kyambadde said.She added: “[Now] you find the industries cannot afford to pay for the energy. I think we need to have a PPP [Public Private Partnership].”Kyambadde was speaking on Tuesday during a United Nations Development Programme Uganda dialogue about promoting Sustainable Industrialisation in the country.Government ownershipAlso speaking at the event was the special adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Arkebe Equbay, who attributed Ethiopia’s very end-user power tariff to the government’s ownership of the generation, transmission and distribution utilities.“Transmission and distribution is 100% state-owned. It has to be because we cannot subsidise priority sectors if transmission and distribution is not under the government,” Dr Equbay said. Read more…Power tariffs for manufacturersThis week, the national Electricity Regulatory Authority announced that power tariffs for all end-users will be going down in this quarter as part of the quarterly adjustment.ERA’s new chief executive officer, Ziria Tibalwa Waako, said: “The resultant effect is a positive inflation adjustment factor of Shs1.5 (0.00041) per kilowatt hour (kWh) for domestic consumers, Shs1.2 ($0.00033)/kWh for commercial consumers, Shs1.3 ($0.00036) /kwh for medium industrial consumers and Shs0.6 ($0.00017) /kwh for large industrial consumers…”However, media reported that the new charge for large industries is still two times higher than the $0.05, which President Yoweri Museveni has been promising industrial users.In the arriving at the end-user tariff for the next quarter, it was also noted that the Uganda Shilling appreciated against the US dollar. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Generation Featured image: Chamber of Commerce Hawaii UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Previous articleNigeria to ramp up power generationNext articleGhana: ECG seeks to construct switching station Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.last_img read more

Kenya: North Rift region to receive $19m electricity supply boost

first_imgFeatured image: Stock Kenya Power has set aside KShs.1.63 billion ($19 million) to finance various projects aimed at strengthening the distribution network in North Rift region, to provide adequate and reliable power supply.The ongoing projects, targeted to be completed by the end of 2018, include construction of new substations and associated distribution lines and upgrading of existing infrastructure.The investment is in line with the Company’s strategy to support economic growth by ensuring that quality and electricity supply is accessible to all by 2020.North Rift region is served by two main lines; Turkwel-Lessos and Olkaria-Lessos lines which have proven not sufficient with growing demand from both domestic and commercial customers.“To address the situation, we have constructed a number of substations and additional distribution lines to serve the region. Six of these substations have been completed and the remaining are scheduled for completion this year,” said Kenya Power’s Managing Director & CEO Dr. Ken Tarus.He was speaking in Eldoret recently during an engagement forum with large power customers, that was held jointly with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM).North Rift region consumes averagely 30GWh every month. The region is expected to consume more electricity especially with the setting up of the proposed industrial zone. Kenya Power is planning to construct a 66kV substation to serve the industrial zone.Last month, Kenya Power also announced that it will spend KShs. 1.5 billion to implement various projects aimed at improving power supply in Kisumu and the wider Western and Southern Nyanza region. TAGSelectricity supplyKenya Power Previous articleInternational tech firms introduce water innovationNext articleUS senators oppose Kenya’s Lamu coal power plant Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector BRICS Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Israel’s Maniv Mobility set to receive $100m investment

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Read more stories on e-mobility AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector TAGSElectric VehicleseMobilityEVs Previous articleAlfanar Group to expand UK operation through £1bn investment into renewablesNext articleIHA appoints new Chief Executive Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Maniv has invested in 27 companies including Upstream Securities, Hailo Technologies, Nauto, Otonomo, Phantom Auto, Revel Transit Oryx Vision and Arbe Robotics. This is Maniv Mobility’s second venture funding round, and other funders include LG Electronics, Shell Ventures, Valeo, Carasso Motors, Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, LG Electronics, and Valeo. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA International automakers BMW, Hyundai, the allied Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi brands, jet-maker Lear, and others have invested $100 million into an Israel-based mobility fund. BRICS Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Generation Israel’s Maniv Mobility is a venture capital firm which invests instart-ups with innovative technologies that have the potential to shape ordisrupt the mobility market, ranging from autonomous technologies and digitaland electric mobility platforms, to data and connectivity technologies. Michael Granoff, managing partner at Maniv said: “Maniv evolved organically out of a need to bridge between innovative tech ecosystems and the global automotive industry in order to enable safer, cleaner, more convenient, less expensive and more accessible mobility to all.” Featured image: Stock last_img read more

Climate activist to travel by solar-powered yacht to UN Climate Summit

first_imgGreta Thunberg. Image credit: Anders Hellberg/Wikimedia Generation Finance and Policy She will make the journey, along with her father, on the 60-foot Malizia 2, crewed by captain Boris Herrmann, Monaco royal family member Pierre Casiraghi and Swedish documentary maker, Nathan Grossman. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Globally-acclaimed climate activist Greta Thunberg will cross the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to New York in a racing yacht to attend the UN Climate Action Summit, COP25 in Santiago, Chile, and other events. Pierre Casiraghi, teamfounder and co-skipper added: “Greta is an ambassador who delivers afundamental message both for our society and for the survival of futuregenerations. Thunberg has shunnedair travel due to high amounts of greenhouse gases emitted by conventionally-poweredaircraft. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The journey will takeapproximately two weeks. The yacht is equippedwith solar panels and underwater turbines, generating zero-carbon electricityon board.center_img Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Source: This article was originally published on our sister website Smart Energy International AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector BRICS Previous articleInvesting in the energy storage market a ‘safe’ betNext articleHow energy can work better for Africans, Billions at Play Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. We are looking forward to seeing you and many other young people at the #ClimateAction Summit, @gretathunberg! Your generation has grasped the urgency of the climate crisis better than many others – it’s time we listen. https://t.co/9eofnEGPdX https://t.co/UJdWQvEEjI— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) July 31, 2019 “Team Malizia and I are proud to take Greta across the Atlantic in this challenging mode of transport, unfortunately today this is still the only way without fossil fuel emissions. Hopefully this will change in the near future. I respect Greta’s courage to take on this adventure and fully commit, sacrifice and fight for probably the greatest challenge of humanity.” UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

High electricity prices contributed to GDP decline, says Mantashe

first_imgMinister Gwede Mantashe speaks about South Africa’s nuclear power plans. Image credit: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. He stated that a significant thermal energy load still needs to be provided for, “by providing solutions side by side by with off-grid technologies, particularly in those areas that are too remote to build grid-based infrastructure.” South Africa’s energy supply is dominated by coal followed by renewables and other energy sources. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Minister Mantashe saidelectrification through grid connections has been effective in providinglighting and small power, but it is inappropriate for providing thermal energyfor cooking and space heating. Electricity is too expensive for households. We should have a solution. The wind energy market is part of the solution. Working together, we can have solutions to problems. #Windaba2019 #InvestinSAEnergy pic.twitter.com/t23vKcaZis— Gwede Mantashe (@GwedeMantashe1) October 8, 2019 The minister also notedthat a lack of access to energy correlates directly to poverty and lack ofeconomic growth. The minister furthernoted that earlier this year his department launched the wind atlas of SouthAfrica (WASA), which includes a database with a large-scale high-resolutionwind resource map covering all our nine provinces. He continued: “WINDABA2019 convenes when the promulgation of the updated Integrated Resource Plan isimminent. Our energy mix is aimed at improved energy security, thediversification of our energy sources, increasing access to modern energycarriers, improving energy efficiency, lowering the cost of energy, regionalintegration and skills development.” Minister Mantashesaid: “Our energy policy is premised on an energy mix as diverse as coal andwind, amongst others. Coal, imported hydro, nuclear, wind, solar, biomass,storage and energy efficiency are the technology options that have been weighedon their respective merits.” Finance and Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCoal powereconomic growthenergy mixSouth Africawind energy Previous articleOp-Ed: DRC’s oil industry potential remains untappedNext articleSouthern Africa poised to become a global wind energy powerhouse Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. “There has been a gradual decline in electricity demand. This, together with low economic activity and increasing electricity tariffs close the supply-demand gap. Faced with an old generation infrastructure and an Eskom in crisis, we must invest in new generation capacity. We must begin an infrastructure build programme to meet the energy demands required for our industrialisation,” urged Mantashe. “Provision of areliable, cost effective and continuous supply of electricity is essential toour economy. “ Low energy access links to economic decline He said: “Developmentis possible in an environment of a universally accessible sustainable,affordable energy supply. Through the electrification and universal accessprogramme, and the clean development framework, South Africa shows progress inthe indices for energy equity and environmental sustainability. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA “WASA will be our repository of knowledge about the scale and location of our wind resources. Through the WASA project, South Africa has developed an excellent wind resource assessment capability hosted at SANEDI and the CSIR. The measurement results of WASA cover an estimated 75% of South Africa’s mainland and will be used to extrapolate the prevailing wind conditions for the rest of South Africa,” he said. BRICS Mantashe furtherunderscored that the energy sector alone, contributes close to 80% towardstotal emissions, of which 50% are from electricity generation and liquid fuelproduction alone. Mantashe said in hiskeynote address at the underway WINDABA Conference inCape Town, where theme of the seminaris Unleashing renewable power for Africaneconomic development. Generation South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, has noted that the country’s economy contracted by 3.2% in Q1 of 2019, with the energy sector making a negative contribution to the GDP. “We must ensure emissionreduction targets are met. At the same time, we must ensure a just energytransition to avoid plunging the majority in destitution. Transition to a lowcarbon economy must be sensitive to the potential impacts on jobs and localeconomies,” he said. According to theminister, the key factors behind the decline in the economy were the loadshedding and the high electricity price. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more