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How Renewable Energy Could Emerge on Top After the Pandemic

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, renewable energy was growing steadily — but still not fast enough to meet the Paris Agreement’s carbon reduction goals, let alone to make the further strides needed to keep climate change from spiraling out of control. Now, the virus-induced economic shock is likely to slow the expansion of wind, solar, and other clean…

The only thing we have to be afraid of is that governments can be pushed by lobbyists to bail out sectors that belong to the past. And this is the real danger.

Francesco La Camera, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency

ENGIE’s green energy pipeline ‘largely unaffected’ as group stays profitable

ENGIE’s green energy work has largely escaped from COVID-19’s fallout so far, with the utlity’s renewables unit recording strong performance and expected to report “low impacts” going forward. New results out Tuesday show the French group generated in Q1 2020 revenues (€16.5 billion or US$17.8 billion) and EBITDA (€3.1 billion or US$3.3 billion)…

Looking ahead, we will continue to prioritize employee safety while restarting previously impacted activities as soon as possible, and at the same time, we will further sharpen our strategic focus on key activities and geographies. The world’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis is a unique opportunity to address the energy transition and climate change challenges with renewed urgency.

Claire Waysand, ENGIE’s interim CEO

How can a flexible energy system help deliver netzero?

The launch of a vital project that will investigate the role of a flexible energy system in achieving a net-zero economy has been announced today by a new cross-sector consortium. The project, led by the Carbon Trust and supported by Imperial College, will explore the potential for an integrated and flexible energy system to reduce the cost of reaching the…

Significant action and investment are required to transition our energy system to help achieve net-zero emissions for the UK economy by 2050. As the focus moves towards the decarbonization of heat and transport sectors, it is essential that new sources of flexibility are explored to ensure the shift to net zero is achieved at the lowest cost.

Andrew Lever, Director at the Carbon Trust

Tidal energy to hydrogen platform unveiled

Tidal energy company HydroWing and green energy supplier Tocardo have launched Tidal Hydrogen Production, Storage and Offtake (THyPSO), a concept which creates green hydrogen from sea water in a bid to decarbonise energy systems. THyPSO is a floating platform which houses one to six conventional bi-directional tidal turbines which…

This project has shifted our focus to a broader and exciting market where we can make use of our tides to provide a more versatile energy mix into the local communities and beyond.

Richard Parkinson, Managing Director at HydroWing

French energy producer Neoen to develop Australia’s ‘largest’ solar farm

French renewable energy firm Neoen has entered a 352MW power purchase agreement with state-owned CleanCo Queensland to develop Australia’s ‘largest’ solar farm. The Western Downs Green Power Hub is expected to produce 1,080GWh of clean electricity annually and power more than 235,000 Queensland homes…


Azuri’s Pay-as-you-Go Solar Technology for Off-Grid Households

The entire continent of Africa is struggling to attain enough energy to power its homes and businesses. The electricity crisis has impacted on the continent consistently for years, hindering its ability to grow its economy, and lowering the quality of life of its residents. Urban areas of Africa are finding it hard to come up with a solution to maintain the…


In the News with RFC Ambrian: Mining Sustainability – Caught Between a Rock and a Green Place

This is the first report by RFC Ambrian in our series on sustainability in the mining industry. Most of the issues surrounding sustainability are not new and there is a tremendous amount of literature available on all the subjects. However, much of this is either voluminous or presented in superficial sound bites. As a result, we will be…


Lotus Moves Ahead With Plans for Electric Vehicles

Lotus and British energy company Centrica plc plan to use a new electric vehicle platform as the new model for future EV ownership that includes at-home charging and energy storage. The new partnership between Lotus and Centrica’s British Gas subsidiary will help establish a new global charging and energy infrastructure for new products as part…

Our journey to net-zero carbon is absolutely lock-in-step with the Vision80 strategy for Lotus – taking us to 80 years of the business in 2028.

Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham

CPP Investments commits €200 million to Renewable Energy Projects in France

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CPP Investment Board Europe S.àr.l, has reached an agreement with Enbridge Inc. to acquire 49% of the entity that holds Enbridge’s stake in Éolien Maritime France SAS, Enbridge’s partnership with EDF Renewables. The partnership is…


DOE to provide $6M for research to develop energy storage technologies for deployment with fossil assets

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced up to $6 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002332, Energy Storage for Fossil Power Generation. The FOA seeks applications to (1) advance near-term, system-integrated…


‘To allow a zero-carbon system, the role of energy storage needs to be understood by everybody’

A panel moderated by Clean Horizon head of market analysis Corentin Baschet featured Dr Billy Wu, energy technologies and systems expert and senior lecturer at Imperial College, a London University, alongside Matt Allen, CEO and co-founder of UK-based project developer Pivot Power and Jim Stover, who is chief marketing officer at VRB…

We as the storage industry need to come together. If we’ve learned anything from previous consultations and reviews of government-level incentives, regulation and policy changes that have always been evolving, we need to have an aligned view on what the market needs. That is absolutely pre-requisite.

Matt Allen of UK-based developer and investor Pivot Power,

Green-tech to be hot topic La Jolla energy conference

The Institute of the Americas’ XXIX La Jolla Energy Virtual Conference will be held from May 18 to 22. BNamericas talked with former Mexican deputy energy minister Leonardo Beltrán, who is a featured speaker at the event, to learn more about the topics to be discussed. Under former President Enrique Peña Nieto, Beltrán helped negotiate the…

A number of other technologies are associated with that, digitization, of course, is something that should be present in the discussion, probably new business models like community energy and decentralized energy services. Certainly, that’s part of the discussion.

former Mexican deputy energy minister Leonardo Beltrán

Austrian Government-Backed Project Will Use Blockchain to Find Waste Heat Spots

An Austrian project is set to use blockchain to help find waste heat hotspots in the cities of Vienna and Graz. Launched by the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) on May 12, HotCity is creating a gamification system to crowdsource hotspots around the city and channel them to provide public heating. The platform will use the Ignis…

[Blockchain] could also be used by prosumers (small energy waste producers) if they want to sell their waste energy and use smart contracts and blockchain to do this. But this use of blockchain to sell the waste heat is not implemented in HotCity.

Dr. Ernst Gebetsroither-Geringer, the HotCity project lead from the AIT

A 25-year power purchase agreement for 60 MW of floating solar in Singapore

The Sembcorp Floating Solar Singapore unit of utilities and marine group Sembcorp Industries has secured a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 60 MW floating solar plant it is planning at Singapore’s Tengeh Reservoir. The deal was signed with national water agency the Public Utilities Board (Pub), which selected Singapore company…

This [will make] Singapore one of the few countries in the world to achieve 100% green waterworks when the project is completed.

Sembcorp

African Clean Energy’s Off-Grid Solar Power Technology

The company is perhaps best known for its ACE 1 energy system, a solar-biomass hybrid cookstove that pairs thermal and electric power generation to minimize smoke emissions, while providing access to electricity for charging and lighting. The system, which offers the cleanest multi-fuel cooking functionality in the world, mitigates the negative…

ACE helps to regulate microfinance, so the target group can instantly save money. That is the most important purchase consideration. The fact that this product saves energy for the long term is secondary.

Judith Walker, African Clean Energy founder

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