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PROJECTS: Schneider Electric bags $869mln smart grid deal in Egypt

Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has signed an agreement with Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy to establish 14 distribution control centres across the country, a top company official told Zawya Projects. He said the agreement comes within the framework of a national plan to establish…

The distribution control centres would be established in three phases within 30 months. Four would be operationalised in Phase 1, and five each in Phases 2 and 3 at a total estimated cost of 13.8 billion Egyptian pounds ($869 million).

Walid Sheta, regional Cluster President of Schneider Electric Egypt, North Africa and Levant

Apple is leading the charge to overhaul Taiwan’s renewable energy market

In July, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company inked the largest-ever corporate renewable energy deal, when the microchip producer agreed to a 20-year contract to buy all the power from a new wind farm being built off Taiwan’s coast by the Danish firm Orsted. The deal wasn’t a fluke. It was the outcome of a key change in the Taiwanese…

In the case of Apple, pushing renewable energy is challenging because their suppliers are in markets where the local renewable energy capacity isn’t in place.

Dexter Galvin, global director of corporates and supply chains at the UK-based Carbon Disclosure Project

South Africa kicks off 2 GW tech-neutral tender to improve power supply

The South African Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is requesting proposals for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP). The tender is intended to procure 2 GW of capacity in response to the chronic short-term electricity supply gap that is affecting the country and its…


3 Oil Majors That Bet Big On Renewables

Big Oil has frequently been chided for merely trying to burnish its green credentials, and so far, it has done little to convince us that it is truly moving forward to greenness. Despite the much-vaunted megatrend involving the global electrification drive and shift to renewable energy, the most ambitious pledges by Big Oil to pursue net-zero agendas…


Kokam Launching New Battery System for Global UPS Market

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Kokam Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of SolarEdge and a provider of lithium-ion batteries and integrated energy solutions, announced today the launch of a new advanced and cost-effective battery system for Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS). Already active in the UPS battery market, Kokam is…

With data center growth and grid instability, the UPS battery market is experiencing considerable expansion. As a leading battery solution provider, Kokam is well-positioned to support this market acceleration through technological innovation. The launch of our new advanced battery system for the UPS battery market is aimed to provide a cost-effective and advanced solution to address the current grid stability challenges.

Ike Hong, President of Kokam

Towards the Sustainable Battery Production of the Future

To support the fast-growing e-mobility sector, energy transition, climate change and sustainability, all call for innovative technologies. In addition, to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, alternative drive concepts must be discovered. That’s why developments in battery manufacturing are of increasingly significant importance…


The most powerful renewable energy

The world’s most relied-upon renewable energy source isn’t wind or sunlight, but is actually water. In this video Jim Mathers talks about hydropower and creating wildlife-friendly ways to create energy through water…


Amazon orders 1,800 electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz

The two companies share a commitment to reduce emissions from the transportation sector. Mercedes-Benz has also revealed it has joined The Climate Pledge, which calls on signatories to be net-zero carbon across their businesses by 2040 – a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement goal of 2050. As part of Mercedes-Benz’s commitment as the…

Amazon is adding 1,800 electric delivery vehicles from Mercedes-Benz as part of our journey to build the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world, and we will be moving fast to get these vans on the road this year.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO

Power from the sun

It is a natural alternative for a country that benefits from year-round sunshine. Zambia has an average 2,000 to 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and an average irradiation of 5.5 kilowatt-hours per square meter per day. Zambia’s shift to solar is not new, but is accelerating as a result of the crisis in hydropower (also see my contribution in D+C/E+Z e-Paper…


Where Will Renewable Energy Be in 5 Years?

The renewable energy industry has evolved over the years. It wasn’t all that long ago that it was so expensive to install new capacity that it required a massive amount of government subsidies to make it worth the investment. However, those costs have come down so dramatically in recent years that most renewable energy projects don’t need…


SEAWEED: THE FOOD AND FUEL OF THE FUTURE?

The cold water around the Faroe Islands is good for seaweed cultivation. Sunshine has given way to wind and rain, as the motorboat chugs through a fjord in the Faroe Islands. We soon reach a sheltered spot where steep mountains are looking down on hundreds of buoys bobbing in the sea. Anchored to the seafloor, the cultivation rig consists of…

You have a biomass that can be used for food and feed, and replacing fossil-based products like packaging material from plastic.

Olavur Gregarsen

EnerVenue to bring metal-hydrogen battery technology to market

Clean energy storage company EnerVenue, the first to bring metal-hydrogen batteries to the clean energy revolution, has launched with $12m in seed funding. The investment enables EnerVenue to accelerate development of its safe, maintenance-free, and cost-efficient clean energy storage solution. Based on technology proven under extreme…

As an example of metal hydrogen batteries, nickel-hydrogen batteries have proven to be an incredibly powerful energy storage technology – albeit an expensive one – for the aerospace industry over the past 40 years.

Dr. Yi Cui, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Advisor, EnerVenue

Australia Looks To Take The Lead In The Hydrogen Boom

Over the past decade, the European Union has widely been viewed as being ahead of the renewables curve, and it recently-launched new hydrogen strategy has only served to cement its credentials. The EU has a highly ambitious plan to install 40 gigawatts of electrolyzers within its borders and support the development of another 40 gigawatts of green…


South Africa mining output plummets 28 per cent in June

Johannesburg: South Africa’s mining output fell 28.2 percent year-on-year in June, the country’s statistics bureau said Thursday, edging up only slightly as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hamper economic activity. In May, production was down 29.8 percent from 12 months earlier. Major drops were seen in the platinum group metals as well…

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations since 27 March 2020 have had an extensive impact on economic activity.

StatsSA

Norwegian fund burns fingers second time in Kenya’s power sector

A solar park that was to be built in Laikipia County has suffered a major setback after its key financier and project technical partner backed out of the deal. Norwegian State-owned investment company Norfund, together with its partner Scatec Solar have withdrawn from the project leaving only the proponent, Kenergy Renewables, on board…


Bill Gates nuclear storage venture to help wind and solar

A venture backed by Bill Gates has unveiled small-scale nuclear power-plus-storage technology designed to work alongside wind and solar to provide continuous zero-carbon power. TerraPower, co-founded by the Microsoft billionaire in 2008, launched its Natrium system in conjunction with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, combining a “cost-competitive”…


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