Renewable Energy
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has granted a US$365-million loan to South Africa’s state-owned power utility, Eskom, to boost its share in renewable energy. The loan will assist Eskom in implementing a US$1.3-billion project comprising sub-Saharan Africa’s first concentrated solar power plant and South Africa’s first large-scale wind-power plant.
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 10:02

Global market outlook for PV’s until 2015

Over the past decade, the photovoltaic (PV) market has experienced unprecedented growth. In the last year alone, the PV market reached a cumulative installed capacity of about 40 GW worldwide, with an annual added capacity of 15.5 GW.
DNV has just released a new guideline for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. The CO2WELLS guideline is the result of a major joint industry project which brought upstream operators and power utility companies together. This guideline which is aimed at project developers and authorities, describes a generic framework process for managing the risks associated with existing wells at carbon dioxide (CO2) storage locations, both on- and offshore.
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 09:58

New photovoltaic double-glazing module

At the Intersolar trade fair held in Munich, Germany, recently, Schott Solar and BASF presented a new roof-integrated photovoltaic concept based on the Schott Advance Series.
On 4 April, the World Bank launched an e-Atlas of Global Development. This interactive tool maps and graphs over 175 indicators from the bank’s development database, such as energy usage, freshwater usage, population growth, international trade, climate change, foreign direct investment, CO2 emissions, forest areas, resource depletion and so forth.
Monday, 13 June 2011 12:59

CDM milestone

The Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the international tool that channels investment into clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction technology in the developing world, has registered its 3 000th project – a wind power project in Inner Mongolia, China.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Nairobi in April to take a tour of Olkaria, the largest geothermal power station in Africa. Ban Ki-moon was joined by the Kenyan Energy Minister, Kiraitu Murungi, the managing director of the energy company Kengen, Eddy Njoroge and members of the UN Chief Executives Board, including UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner.
France and Tunisia signed an agreement for the development and rational use of renewable energy on 24 March 2011 in Tunis. The agreement will establish institutional and technical cooperation for renewable energy projects.
The €617-million Lake Turkana Wind Power Project (LTWP), which Kenya hopes will be the largest wind farm in Africa once it is up and running, has once again been delayed. The project had been scheduled to come online by the first quarter of 2013, but on 26 March investors behind the 300 MW project said this has now been pushed back to mid-2014.
The world’s fifth largest maker of wind turbines, China-based Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology, opened a shop in Cape Town on 14 March 2011. The company, which since the turn of the millennium achieved an average of over 100% growth per year, aims to supply equipment and project finance in Africa. Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology will use approximately US$900-million raised to help fund debt and equity projects in Africa, Australia and the Americas.

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