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Coronavirus Is Starting to Slow the Solar Energy Revolution

(Bloomberg) — The coronavirus outbreak is threatening to slow the global solar-energy revolution as it cuts the supply of key equipment for solar and wind farms in China and beyond. As cases of the disease mounted over the past week, manufacturers including Trina Solar Ltd. sounded the alarm over production delays while developers like Manila Electric…

If the virus outbreak lasts beyond the first quarter and spreads to more geographies, as is currently happening in Korea and Italy, then it may very well slow down global renewable energy deployment.

Ali Izadi-Najafabadi, head of analysis in Asia for BloombergNEF

Interview with Eugene Kesselman, Tapjets

I met Eugene while attending the Next Block Asia 2.0 conference in Bangkok back in December 2019. He held a very convincing speech, and that triggered The Energy Bit to find out more about him and his adventures. Tapjets is a mobile application that offers private jet services to its clients. The application enables its users to obtain jet…

As CEO and Chairman of the World’s first private jet hailing app, I am responsible for helping our team by providing them with a vision and direction that ensures that we continue to disrupt the industry that is long overdue for a major overhaul.

Eugene Kesselman

I Squared Capital to Sell the Largest Solar Platform in Taiwan to Marubeni

I Squared Capital, through its ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund I, has agreed to sell its interests in Chenya Energy to Marubeni Corporation. Chenya Energy is a dedicated solar development, construction and operating platform in Taiwan and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Cube Energy, a pan-Asian renewable portfolio company founded by I…

In three years under I Squared Capital’s stewardship, Chenya Energy grew from 2.3 to 344.4 megawatts of solar capacity across multiple technologies, including floating, ground-mounted and rooftop solutions.

Gautam Bhandari, Managing Partner at I Squared Capital

A Decade of Growth for Sustainable Energy

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy released its eighth annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook earlier this month and the data is striking. The 2010-2019 decade marks the historical period when renewable energy stopped being a rarity and went mainstream. During this timeframe, the U.S. reexamined its ways of producing…


Wind turbines completed at ground-breaking W.A. gold mine microgrid

The last of five wind turbines has been installed at the Angew gold mine in Western Australia – Australia’s first mining sector project to use wind power as part of a large hybrid renewable microgrid. The five 3.57MW Goldwind turbines make up one component of the ARENA-backed microgrid project that is being developed and operated by…

We are hopeful that this will also enable other companies to consider the options for decarbonizing their operations.

Gold Fields executive vice president Stuart Mathews

Hydrogen fuel cell technology moving at very fast pace – Implats

Hydrogen gas from energy company Sasol is already piped to the Impala Platinum refinery site in Springs, on the East Rand, where Implats has donated 16 ha of land for fuel cell manufacture on the platinum group metals (PGMs) special economic zone (SEZ). Implats will be doing a lot more to boost its ‘green’ company credentials and has recently been…

It’s exciting times in terms of hydrogen energy and fuel cells and we should be seeing quite steep developments in the coming 12 to 24 months. Where we were two, three years back was totally different to where we are currently.

mplats group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya

Champaign-Urbana MTD expands zero-emission mobility with New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE H2 buses

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) has awarded New Flyer a contract for two zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell-electric, 60-foot Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ heavy-duty transit buses (for a total of four equivalent units). According to New Flyer, MTD is the first in the nation to commercially order 60-foot, zero-emission, hydrogen fuel…

Since 1993, we have worked closely alongside MTD to transform mobility in the Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy regions with innovative, fully accessible and more sustainable transit. Today, we celebrate another accomplishment in a longstanding partnership that is pioneering a zero-emission future powered by fuel-cell electric propulsion.

Chris Stoddart, president, New Flyer

Scottish investors power £15 million in African solar & a wee profit to boot

More than 200 Scottish investors have invested or crowd-funded £15 million to help African communities gain access to clean energy, and boost efforts in the fight against climate change. The initiative fuelling the change is the UK aid and Virgin investing money from private investors in solar power systems which are sold on to households and…


Blockchain In Energy Utilities Market Sales and Demand Forecast

Blockchain supports energy trading across a wide range of commodity markets including crude oil, refined products, natural gas, and electric power. Within each business segment, a blockchain-powered solution can be deployed that produce, refine, distribute, and retail trade information related to pricing, position management, logistics, and risk…


EMJAC: Transforming waste tyres into Renewable Green Energy

When we think about vehicle pollution, we’ve probably think mainly about harmful emissions. We usually refer to Global-Warming, waste hazards and the health-harming effects of the smoke coming from vehicles. There are only a few, or no one thinks of another serious effect of vehicle pollution. The research said that this is also one serious…

Some car owners just left their waste tyres on the empty room of their houses or in their garage. Some of them just throw and leave it on the side road, but the worst, some of them burn them and turn the whole place to black, obviously because of the Black Carbon.


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