Even though most homes in South Africa have electricity, over 50% of households do not use it for heating, the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Tuesday. "Of the 14.8-million households in South Africa, some 12.4-million (84%) use electricity for lighting, 10.7-million (73%) use it for cooking, and 6.5-million (44%) use it for heating their homes," the SAIRR said.
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Charities’ early efforts to distribute clean energy technologies in Africa met with little success. Their use of donor funding to heavily subsidise products such as solar lighting kits would generally fulfil a programme’s short-term targets, but in the long run the expertise and equipment needed to maintain the systems failed to be adequately developed or provided. Crucially, no new systems beyond a programme’s target would appear in the area. But a new wave of investors and social enterprises has sprung up in the last decade, and they are increasing the availability of products tailored to off-grid domestic energy customers in Africa.
WASHINGTON D.C. – The Institute for Energy Research released a statement today after conducting a document review of emails made public in response to a recent FOIA request by E&E News.
Buried in a tranche of official emails related …
Adria Winch, a company specialized in deck machinery, with production facilities in Split, Croatia, has delivered anchor-mooring equipment for three Havyard’s new Platform Supply Vessels. The total value of the equipment ordered by Norway’s Havyard is estimated at approximately €550,000, according to an e-mail sent by Adria Winch to Offshore Energy Today. The equipment will [...]
Offshore Energy Today
Isofotón has unveiled its employee reorganization plan, which is expected to affect staff at its Malaga manufacturing plant in Spain. The international business is still said to be "solid, solvent and profitable."
Deep Down, Inc., an oilfield services company specializing in complex deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil production distribution system support services today announced it has received orders totaling more than $ 4 million for equipment and services for deepwater projects offshore Brazil. The first order is from a major international oil and gas operator for the manufacture of [...]
Offshore Energy Today
2012 saw Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited record net losses totaling over US$ 0.5 billion – a slight decrease on 2011. Despite this, the company saw photovoltaic module shipments significantly increase. For 2013, it predicts shipments of between 3.2 to 3.3 GW.
Solar Frontier expects to see a significant increase in its 2013 domestic sales on the back of the anticipated solar boom in Japan. Despite high utilization, however, the photovoltaic thin film module manufacturer is not planning to increase its 900 MW production capacity in the short term.
Yingli Green Energy this morning posted mixed results for the fourth quarter.
Forbes – Energy
According to Pike Research there are about 450 geothermal projects
being developed around the world with a total estimated capacity
of 18 GW. Sixty-four countries have geothermal projects scheduled
for development, compared with just about thirty several years
An estimated 90% of the projects are conventional geothermal, which uses steam or hot water close to ground level, rather than deep within the Earth. Extensive drilling can be tricky and require an expertise that is not as abundant, which makes geothermal development in economically challenged areas more difficult. Approaches like enhanced geothermal systems are cutting-edge and still being tested.(Only about 250 MW of the 18GW is enhanced geothermal though, and these projects are located in Iceland and Italy.)
Indonesia, Chile and Kenya are international sites where much of the geothermal development activity is taking place. Last year, in the US just about 175 MW of geothermal was installed, but currently over 5,000 MW is in development. Just over half of that total is being developed in California. Arizona, Washington, North Dakota, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Oregon are some of the others.
Geothermal plant construction typically requires more time than does other alternative energy plants such as wind or solar, so it is necessary for some changes to take place in order to spur growth, “Governments need to cut the time it takes to manage leasing and permitting—it should not take seven or more years to complete a project. Industry needs consistent and sustained research support to develop new technology, reduce risk and spur technological innovation. State renewable standards need to recognize the full benefits of geothermal power to their power system reliability and the environment,” said Karl Gawell, executive director the Geothermal Energy Association. (Source: Sustainablebusiness.com)
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Our industry should rally behind anyone who knows how to spell “photovoltaic.” Especially at the DOE, which is a large, complex, slow-moving, virtually radioactive bureaucracy. Not only can Dr. Moniz spell photovoltaic, he’s demonstrated the engineering, policy and management skills that it takes to succeed at the head of the DOE. And if his track record is any indication, he’ll be terrific for the next stage of the solar industry’s growth.
Michael Grunwald at TIME explains why he’s standing “with the tree huggers” on the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline.
Energy Policy feed
The use of low-grade coal is becoming synonymous with circulating fluidized bed (CFB) power plants. Although CFB technology may often be a better choice than pulverized coal technology, that is not always the case. Owners and developers need to consider…
POWER Magazine :: Transforming the Grid
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In a recent analyst conference call, ConocoPhillips SVP Exploration and Production EVP, Matt Fox commented that the company was optimistic about its 500,000 acre position in Poland’s Baltic Basin shale gas play.
“We’ve got one horizontal well drilling. We are learning things about how to optimize the completion. We’ve got more drilling plan in 2013 to test how the shale thickens as we move through the North and so we are hopeful that this will turn into an attractive unconventional development opportunity,” said Fox.
“And we think this play really could work.”
ConocoPhillips holds a 70 percent stake in three western Baltic Basin licenses in partnership with 3Legs Resources plc .
In November 2012, 3Legs announced that the Lebien LE-2H well showed flow rates as high as 780,000 standard cubic feet a day, up from a previous maximum of 520,000 cubic feet a day, following the removal of a nitrogen lift.
India today reintroduced a subsidy for wind farms and announced low-cost loans for clean energy generators in its budget for the year starting April 1.
The two most hotly debated scientific concepts associated with energy are “global warming” and “peak oil,” both with myriad proponents and detractors around the world. In the latter case however, what is indisputable is that the last several decades have seen major fields in significant oil exporting nations decline. From Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar superfield through the Russian Federation’s vast west Siberian field to Indonesia, oil output has spiked, and, in the case of Indonesia, it left the Organization of the…
The industrial peak load reduction will grow from 26.8 GW in 2013 to reach 62 GW by 2019, according to Pike Research. The North American region, mainly the United States, represents the lion’s share of industrial peak reduction throughout the forecast period. Demand Response for Industrial Markets examines peak load curtailment by two major customer …Continue Reading
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* Mellitah a joint venture between state oil company, Eni
One way or another, Germany of the future will have hushed autobahns traveled by millions of purring electric cars and e-car recharging hubs as ubiquitous as gas stations are today. Yet, of the one million e-cars that Chancellor Merkel insists will be on Germany’s roads in 2022, there are only 5,578 today. Germany’s e-cars are still in the factory.
The best known material used in solar cells is silicon, but that might change in the future; graphene, the wunderkind material for which we keep finding new uses, is proving to have very promising qualities for converting light into electricity.
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A screening tool from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) eases and greatly quickens one of the thorniest tasks in the biofuels industry: determining cell wall chemistry to find plants with ideal genes.
A program tracking U.S. green jobs, faulted by Republican lawmakers, will be scrapped by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as part of automatic budget cuts set to take effect today, according to a person familiar with the decision.
Thanks to the introduction of new turbine-equipped urinals, full-bladdered merrymakers not only found a more appropriate place to relieve themselves, they actually helped power the party with their pee.
Renewable Energy feed
Controversy concerning natural gas exports flared the day the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its estimate that U.S. natural gas exports could begin in 2021. The EIA’s analysis was revealed in the early release of its Annual Energy…
POWER Magazine :: My Top 10 Predictions for 2013