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Orsted signs ‘world’s largest’ renewables PPA in Taiwan

Orsted and Taiwan-based TSMC have signed a corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA) for all the production from the former’s 920MW Greater Changhua 2b & 4 offshore wind farm. The Danish energy giant said this makes it the largest-ever contract of its kind within renewable energy. The 20-year fixed-price contract period starts once Greater…


Green Politics, part 2: COVID-19 Impact

Due to this year’s global economic shutdown, we have been witnessing a decline in carbon emissions. By the end of this year, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), expects this year’s annual emissions to be 6-8% lower than in 2019 – the largest annual percentage drop since World War II. If nothing else changes, emissions will rise up again…

Today’s energy is the result of yesterday’s consumer habits, considerable investment, and various political decisions. The potential of renewable energies, now a well-established fact, is undeniable if given the time to arrive at the technical and economic maturity that will free them from subsidization policies.

Christophe de Margerie

The next steps for Vietnam’s booming solar sector

2019 was a bumper year for Vietnam’s solar sector. The country overtook Thailand to have Southeast Asia’s largest installed capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, with more than four gigawatts of capacity installed in the first half of 2019 alone. Electricity generation from solar panels jumped to 4.2 terawatt-hours for the year. The key driver of…


Clean energy grids and electric vehicles key to beating climate change and air pollution

Any uptake in electric vehicle use must be mirrored by the development of clean energy grids to mitigate both climate change and air pollution. That is the key finding of a new study by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, and Stanford University, California. Published today in the IOP Publishing journal…

The transportation sector is the largest contributor to CO2 emissions in the United States. Its impact on health and the environment is also significant. Greenhouse gases and criteria air pollutants affect different places in different ways. Greenhouse gases disperse globally, stay in the atmosphere for decades to centuries, and their effects differ globally, but such an effect does not depend on where the emissions originate.

Co-author Professor Inês M.L. Azevedo, from Stanford University

Taking the leap of faith

ENTREPRENEUR and tech investor Robert Yap could have been satisfied with his success as a corporate insider. With a fortuitous combination of IT smarts, financial acumen and a genial personality, he rose through the ranks into the C-suite in companies such as PSA International and the DFS Group. Yet even as he threw himself into his various roles, he also…

Number one is that the founders must have integrity, be trustworthy, and have a very strong sense of purpose. I saw that in Sunseap’s founders straightaway. The second ingredient is the ability of the people, their knowledge, and their commitment to success. And three is the company must be in a sunrise industry. It needs to be something with a lot of momentum.

ENTREPRENEUR and tech investor Robert Yap

Power tech trends: Solar leads Twitter mentions in Q2 2020

Solar leads as Power Technology lists the top five terms tweeted on power in Q2 2020, based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform. The top tweeted terms are the trending industry discussions happening on Twitter by key individuals (influencers) as tracked by the platform. From coal plants being transformed into huge solar farms…


Quidnet leverages drilling tech to provide pumped hydro type storage at half the price

Houston-based Quidnet Energy is combining conventional pumped hydroelectric storage technology with existing drilling technology to provide long-duration energy storage for utilities and renewable energy developers. Quidnet just secured $10 million in Series B financing and landed a contract with the New York State Energy Research and…


Eos Energy Storage Supplies Energy Storage to Microgrid Developments for Electrifying Rural Communities in Nigeria

Eos Energy Storage, the leading manufacturer of safe, low-cost and long-duration zinc battery storage systems, today announced that it has partnered with EPC firm Nayo Tropical Technology Ltd to deploy the company’s Aurora EnergyBlock™ battery energy storage system (BESS). Eos’ EnergyBlock is part of a project to bring power to…

We are proud to be leading the way in deploying one of the most advanced energy storage technologies in the world. Our projects will provide lighting to homes and better the livelihoods of the people in remote villages across Africa, beginning with our first of many projects together in Nigeria. From a mini-grid developer’s perspective, Eos offers the most reliable solution with high round-trip efficiency at the lowest cost per kilowatt-hour.

Okenwa Anayo Nas, CEO of Nayo Tropical Technology Ltd

New nano-engineering strategy shows potential for improved advanced energy storage

The rapid development of renewable energy resources has triggered tremendous demands in large-scale, cost-efficient, and high-energy-density stationary energy storage systems. Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have many advantages but there are much more abundant metallic elements available such as sodium, potassium, zinc, and aluminum…

The strategy of strain engineering could be extended to many other nanomaterials for rational design of electrode materials towards high energy storage applications beyond lithium-ion chemistry.

Professor Guoxiu Wang from the University of Technology Sydney

How Australia could harness its tides and energy

Among those using this tidal potential is Sydney-based Mako Energy. The company produces underwater turbines with a diameter of between two and four meters. One turbine operating in constantly running water they can produce enough electricity to power up to 20 homes. Their design allows them to produce electricity even in slow-moving…


PowerOptions Expands Partnership with Solect Energy Through Large-Scale Solar and Storage Program

PowerOptions, the largest energy-buying consortium in New England, has expanded its relationship with Solect Energy to offer large scale solar and storage to its members, PowerOptions CEO Heather Takle announced today. Solect, one of the top ten commercial solar developers in the U.S., has been PowerOptions’ partner for the Small Systems Solar…

Over the past four years, Solect has proven to be a strong solar partner. The expanded solar and storage program will provide our members greater opportunities for sustainable solar power and significant savings under the recently revised Massachusetts’ SMART 2.0 incentive regime.

PowerOptions President & CEO Heather M. Takle

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