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Vanuatu Desalination Plant to Supply 11,000 People with Water

Two solar-powered sea-water desalination plants will be built on Ambae Island and Aniwa Island in Vanuatu to supply fresh water to 11,000 people. The Vanuatu government has signed a US$4 million financing agreement with the Pacific Environment Community, funded by the Japanese government. The acting director for Vanuatu’s Department of Energy, Leo Moli, says both islands have had a lack of fresh water for y ...

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SPML Infra Bags Power Distribution Licence in Bhagalpur

Armed with experience of supplying water in regions of Delhi, infrastructure development company, SPMLInfra Ltd, has bagged the power distribution franchisee licence for Bihar's Bhagalpur region. This is one of the first regions inBihar that the state government has decided to hand over to private companies for a 15-year period. Bihar is plagued with high distribution losses due to poor conditions of transf ...

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More Than 28,000 Fuel Cell Systems Were Shipped in 2012

Driven by the increased worldwide focus on creating resilient, distributed energy systems, the fuel cell industry is experiencing a modest growth spurt. While the stationary sector continues to be the industry powerhouse, the transportation sector is also seeing acceleration in volume. The industry topped the $1 billion mark in revenue from the sale of fuel cell systems in 2012, according to a new report fr ...

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Fuel Cell Innovation by Korean Researchers

Research team of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Georgia Institute of Technology, and Dong-Eui University developed a novel cathode material which has outstanding performance and robust reliability even at the intermediate temperature range. This research was published in Scientific Reports on August 13. (Title: Highly Efficient and robust cathode materials for low-temperature so ...

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Switch to Coal Power Held Back in Gas-Starved India

Essar Power plans to lift coal imports by a fifth after converting plants currently using gas, but the move is unlikely to signal a broader switch to coal by the nation's utilities in response to gas shortages and price reforms. New Delhi in late June approved higher gas prices by pledging to tie prices more closely to market rates to encourage producers to raise output and find supplies. Gas output in Indi ...

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Kepco Loses Over 1,000 Business Clients

Kansai Electric Power Co. said it has lost over 1,000 large-lot customers, such as companies and local governments, since raising the electricity rate for businesses in April. The number of clients that canceled large-lot contracts came to 1,050 between April 1 and July 1 alone, a massive increase from the 195 cancellations in the whole of fiscal 2011 and just 61 in fiscal 2012. So far, these departures are ...

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TNB Research Delivers Smarter Energy with Innovative Smart Grid Pilot

Trilliant, a global smart grid communications leader in delivering solutions that enhance energy efficiency, utility operations and renewable resource integration, announced today a landmark partnership with Comintel to provide Tenaga Nasional Berhad Research (TNB) with end-to-end solutions for the utility’s first integrated smart meter and smart grid project. TNBR is the wholly-owned research arm of Malays ...

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TEPCO Doubles Coal Consumption in July After Starting New Units

Tokyo Electric Power Co., Japan’s biggest power company by generation capacity, nearly doubled its coal consumption in July from a year earlier after starting new units that use the cheaper fuel. The utility, known as TEPCO, used 745,000 metric tons of coal last month, the most since at least April 2003, the earliest data available on the company’s website. Crude and fuel oil consumption fell by about 18 pe ...

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First Solar First EPC to Install 1GW of PV in a Single Year

Cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film photovoltaic  module maker First Solar  is expected in 2013 to become the first PV engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) firm to install 1 gigawatt worth of solar power systems in a single year, according to market analyst firm HIS in its quarterly EPC & Integrator Market Share & Project Market Tracker. First Solar is forecast to install 1.1GW of solar ...

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Vestas Wins 50MW V90 Order for Hanas New Energy

Vestas has been handed a 50MW deal from gas supplier Hanas New Energy for a project in China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the centre of the country. Under the deal, Vestas will supply 25 V90 2MW turbines for the Yauchi wind farm. The deal includes a two-year service agreement with delivery set for Q3 2013. Vestas president for China, Jens Tommerup, said: "The relationship with Hanas New Energy so far ...

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