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UK could tap into Africa’s $24bn market for off-grid solar power

UK investors could seize a $24bn investment opportunity by helping to connect millions of people without access to electricity to off-grid home solar power systems. The market for pay-as-you-go home solar packages is expected to boom in Africa, where millions of homes are using mobile technology to rent low-cost solar panels…

If we can use the UK-Africa Investment Summit to become a true economic partner to African countries, it would be of great strategic benefit to the continent and to the UK.

Tony Blair

Interview with Ms. Phattanan Supasatien, COO, VOLT

Volt positions itself as an online solar rooftop marketplace that not only matches solar products and quality installers to customers’ requirements, but our services extend to finding affordable financial solutions for each project. On the installer’s side, we offer a management system that can help improve not only their marketing strategy but increase…

Rather than just educate, we need to update consumers’ perceptions regarding the solar rooftop system. We don’t want to only focus on the tech stuff but try to think of all the facets that could impact the buyers’ decisions before going solar.

Ms. Phattanan Supasatien, Chief Operating Officer, VOLT

WEF at Davos: Thunberg calls for end of fossil fuels while Trump promotes them

The 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos launched its annual meeting today with an agenda focused heavily on climate change. This year’s theme is, “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World. ”One of the six key areas that the summit prioritizes this year is “Ecology: How to mobilize business to respond to the risks of climate change…

Let’s be clear. We don’t need a low carbon economy. We don’t need to lower emissions. Our emissions have to stop.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg

How Utilities Deploy AI to Improve Their Use of Renewable Energy

Harnessing renewable energy has become a global endeavor, with major players in the industry competing alongside scrappy startups to optimize the use of solar and wind power. But despite these efforts, no utility company has been able to completely crack the code that would lead to renewable energy sources fully supplanting fossil fuels…

Specifically, a set of data center operating scenarios and parameters were used to train a system of neural networks. The neural network ‘learned’ how the data center functioned and began identifying opportunities for optimization.

Emerj, an AI research company

Redox flow batteries for renewable energy storage

As energy storage becomes an increasingly integral part of a renewables-based system, interest in and discussion around non-lithium (and non-pumped hydro) technologies increases. A team of experts from CENELEST, a joint research venture between the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technologies and the University of New South…

The 100 most sustainable companies of 2020

A list of the 100 corporations doing the most to implement sustainable business practices was released Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where world leaders gathered and called for cooperation on climate change. Canadian research firm Corporate Knights released its 16th annual ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable…

Why microgrids are key to solving energy poverty worldwide

Imagine you are one of the 840 million people around the world who live without access to electricity: Basic machinery is powered manually, you rush to finish work before sundown, there are limited means for reading or studying at night, and you are locked out of the modern information economy. Yet imagine that suddenly, your…

To end energy poverty on a global scale, the private and philanthropic sectors must work together to drive technology improvements so that systems get smarter, cheaper, and quicker to deploy.

Government of Dubai and Siemens join forces to promote blockchain use and education

The government of Dubai has boosted its efforts to increase awareness about blockchain technology among the public. This is a move towards achieving its Dubai Blockchain Strategy goal of transforming the country into a global blockchain leader. Being a government-backed initiative, Dubai Blockchain Strategy aims at turning the gulf country…

DEWA has a strategy for digital transactions, and was one of the first government organisations to adopt blockchain technology in a number of services and initiatives, including Green Charger registration for electric vehicles.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO, DEWA

Three Innovations That Will Help Shape Smart Cities in 2020 (And Beyond)

As we reflect on the transformations that have molded civilization into what it is today, the decade ahead paints an intriguing picture of society’s impending digital evolution. Throughout history, cities have been built around resources, and civilizations have emerged by making good use of those resources. Innovation used to be centered on natural…

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