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PRESS RELEASE: CENFURA AND GRUPO IMOBILIARIO QUANTUM SIGN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Cenfura Ltd. is proud to announce the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with Grupo Imobiliario Quantum (http://quantum.pe/). Cenfura will build and provide transactive energy to Quantum’s ‘Flamenco Condominio and Resort’ project (https://flamencos.com.pe/). The project consists of 570 Family Villas, 235 semidetached houses…

I am very excited and happy to be working with Cenfura as they understand the way the world is moving, particularly in using their blockchain-based solutions to tokenize energy plus other utilities such as water. I expect this to be the first of many joint projects together.

Quantum owner Mr. Pedro Chamorro Reyes, a Spanish Architect

Energy storage as pure as air! Interview with Ron MacDonald, Zinc8 Energy Solutions

Zinc8 Energy Solutions has developed innovative battery technology that uses zinc and air as fuel. Their technology is here to solve the intermittent and unpredictable nature of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. With both environmental and efficiency factors in mind, Zinc8 strives to meet the growing need for secure and reliable power…

We envision creating an industry-leading company that will supply low-cost, mass-energy storage solutions on a global scale.

Ron MacDonald, president, CEO & director

Toyota-led consortium to launch renewable energy project in Japan

Toyota Motor Corporation plans to invest in renewable energy projects in Japan in a bid to establish a ‘low carbon society’. The automotive manufacturer has reached an agreement with Chubu Electric Power and Toyota Tsusho Corporation to set up the Toyota Green Energy LLP – a renewable energy plant in Nagoya City…


WaveBoost project improves performance and reliability of wave energy

The system incorporates a revolutionary pneumatic module that has 80 percent less components, thus reducing complexity and CAPEX while improving reliability, compared to previous designs. An energy redistribution system manages fluctuating power input from ocean waves to support grid integration and increase energy production…

CorPower have a rigorous product verification strategy that follows a structured five-stage process, established as best practice for ocean energy technology by International Energy Agency-OES, ETIP Ocean and Wave Energy Scotland.

Matt Dickson, Waveboost Project Manager, and Technical Project Manager at CorPower Ocean

Greece gets cheapest solar, wind power so far

The Ministry of Environment and Energy of Greece has said the level of EUR 50 per MWh of solar power was cracked for the first time. At the latest auction, regulators accepted a bid of EUR 49.11 per MWh by a firm controlled by PPC Renewables SA for a 200 MW photovoltaic project. PPC Renewables is a subsidiary of state-owned Public Power…


Saudi Arabia mining site power plant to use solar energy

The power plant will comprise six Wärtsilä 32 engines, with five in operation and one on constant standby. The built-in flexibility of the Wärtsilä engine technology, which allows full power output to be reached within minutes of being started, will allow the plant to efficiently utilize renewable solar energy. Renewable source energy, such as solar and…

Reliability is key for any gold mine for securing uninterrupted operations and targeted revenues in all occasions. The dedicated power plant will ensure that the mine can operate on a reliable and economical supply of electricity. In particular, we have selected the Wärtsilä technology because of its capability to enable the integration of PV solar into the system, which is important for this project.

Amit Swarnkar, MENA BU Head, Metallurgical and Material Handling Division, Larsen & Turbo Ltd

Green technology and sustainability market is growing due to rising demand for low-carbon electricity generation

Due to the rising awareness about the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emission on the environment, the need for low-carbon electricity is increasing, which is driving the global green technology and sustainability market. Governments and utility firms around the world are focusing on generate power from renewable sources like the…


How China sped ahead of Europe in electric vehicles

Intelligent Transport spoke with Marcus Vass, Partner at Osborne Clarke, to understand how China’s electric vehicle market moved so far ahead of Europe’s, how the west can work smarter with infrastructure and data to catch up, and how China’s insular transport market could make it an industry leader in new mobility services in the coming…

Chinese EVs have such a significant existing sales market that they don’t need to go through the headache of looking outside the country for a market.


Southeast Asia’s renewable energy transition likely to take hit from COVID-19: Experts

BANGKOK: Regional aspirations for a swift transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy are likely to be dashed by the economic and market crises triggered by the global COVID-19 outbreak, experts say. Southeast Asian nations already struggling to meet climate change targets will find those goals further from reach, with the unprecedented health…

The collapse in oil and gas prices and decline in coal prices together will undermine support for renewable energy in most countries, at least in the short-term, because governments have other matters to worry about.

Dr Philip Andrews-Speed, Senior Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute at the National University of Singapore

ADB may back non-Chinese solar manufacturing to strengthen Asia’s ecosystem

Asia’s leading development financier may consider supporting the setting up of PV manufacturing beyond China, in a bid to minimize the reliance on Beijing laid bare by the COVID-19 crisis. Yongping Zhai of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently said there is a possibility the bank could “expand its support” to member countries…

The pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the solar energy value chain in Asia and the Pacific. But there are ways to strengthen it so the low-carbon energy transition can continue.

Zhai, the head of ADB’s Energy Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department

A unique heat storage technology gathers steam

Many processes that generate electricity also produce heat, a potent energy resource that often goes untapped everywhere from factories to vehicles to power plants. An innovative system currently being developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory can quickly store heat and release it for use when needed…

In a sense, this is a thermal version of a battery, where you charge and discharge heat rather than electricity.

Dileep Singh, Argonne senior materials scientist

Africa’s green renewal gathers pace

In the westernmost reaches of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congo River’s 96-metre plunge over the thundering cataracts of the Inga Falls drives two-decades-old hydro-electric powerplants. Completed in the 1970s and 80s, the Inga Dams have provided most of the nation’s sporadic electricity supply through decades of political upheaval and…

Some parts of Africa have the best solar resources in the world – mainly the Sahel and Southern Africa. You have geothermal in East Africa, wind in East and West, and hydro in large parts of the continent. So there’s no excuse really – it’s mainly technical and financial issues that stand in the way of deployment.

João Duarte Cunha, manager of renewable energy initiatives at the African Development Bank

COVID-19: Opportunity & Innovation in the Technology Sector in times of Crisis – A Middle East Perspective

A few weeks ago, it would have been almost impossible to foresee the rapid changes that have taken place as the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic and governments around the world adopted drastic measures to help contain its spread. While this crisis has generated a lot of challenges, it has also created opportunities particularly…


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