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Solar energy best for the Poor

The International Energy Agency has challenged the claim by the global thermal coal industry that centralised coal-fired generation is the best solution to energy poverty – where more than 1 billion people in Asia and Africa still go without power. Over the last year, the coal industry has tried desperately to revive its flagging fortunes by saying coal was the only technology that could deliver cheap elect ...

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Solar Inverter Innovation

From mere converters of solar power from Direct Current to Alternating Current, inverters are becoming brainier. It comes as a result of keener competition, particularly from Asian suppliers. None of the top ten photovoltaic inverter suppliers in the world were from Asia in 2011, now almost half came from Eastern Asia thanks to the growing number of solar installations there. While cost is the prime driver ...

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Black & Veatch open Hydro centre in Singapore

Engineering and construction company Black & Veatch has opened a Hydropower Centre of Excellence in Singapore in a bid to help countries in the region look at new ways to harness their hydro resources. Southeast Asia is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, and with the region dependent on oil imports and facing potential natural gas supply shortages, mini, small and mid-scale hydropower have ...

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Taipei Government NO to Nuclear storage

The New Taipei City Government yesterday rejected Taiwan Power Co’s (Taipower) soil and water conservation plan for dry-storing 1,680 bundles of spent nuclear fuel rods at the Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant, citing concerns over flooding and the site’s resilience against earthquakes. City Agriculture Department Secretary-General Hsieh Hung-wei (謝宏偉) said the proposed 0.45 hectare site in Shihmen District (石門) ...

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Zheng Jianming to Invest $20 Billion in Solar

The Hong Kong property tycoon who amassed about $20 billion in Chinese solar manufacturing assets is expanding his energy technology holdings and may seek the help of Wall Street to do it. Zheng Jianming, chairman and founder of Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Ltd., is considering a public listing for the holding company he created to manage what may be the biggest collection of solar-manufact ...

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Weltec win French Biogas project

French agriculture has a wealth of raw and waste materials that are suitable for biogas plants. However, only half of the available materials are presently used for energy production. Thus, ambitious develop- ment plans have been drawn up: By 2020, the biomass share in the field of renewable energies in France is to rise to about 50 percent. No wonder that that the number of RFPs for plant projects for the ...

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