Businesses reap benefits as climate action drives global energy transition

Businesses reap benefits as climate action drives global energy transition

Large energy buyers across the world have woken up to the unstoppable force of the UN climate treaty and it’s not just about lowering carbon usage. As businesses and cities explore the opportunities brought to them by innovative technology, low carbon generation and clever ways to manage their energy, they are realising savings with and without on-site solar. Clean Energy Live is a showcase for innovation, demonstrating the technology and business models that are delivering energy at lower cost and lower carbon. “The global energy transition, driven by the imperative…

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Solar power illustrates China’s manufacturing future

Solar power illustrates China’s manufacturing future

China’s achievements in economic development and poverty reduction are historically unprecedented. Nevertheless, it must not be forgotten from what an extremely low base China began its modern development in 1949, after a century of foreign invasions and wars. In 1950, only 10 countries for which data are available had a lower per capita GDP than China. This underlines the country’s extraordinary progress in that, by 2015, it had already achieved an “upper middle income” status under World Bank standards, with higher per capita GDP than countries containing the majority of…

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Is energy productivity the missing link for the Paris Accord?

Is energy productivity the missing link for the Paris Accord?

Climate Week New York came to a close with autumn descending upon the city along with pumpkin-spice lattes (including at Starbucks, which just pledged to commit to 100 percent renewable energy). What did the week’s events bode for the future as businesses and governments strive to reach climate goals set during last year’s United Nations’ COP21 climate talks? “Let’s not decide that because Paris was last year the breakthroughs are starting now,” said Nancy Pfund, founder and manager of DBL Investors, speaking about clean energy innovation and deployment at VERGE…

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An integrated approach to climate change

An integrated approach to climate change

Floriane Cappelletti and David Donnerer from the Covenant of Mayors Office outline how the organisation will play a key role in achieving the EU’s Energy Union… European cities are home to 360 million people or 72% of Europe’s population and account for 70% of the continent’s energy consumption. These areas are also particularly vulnerable to the unavoidable impacts of climate change, which makes urban spaces a top target for climate and energy action. They are the ideal place for boosting renewable energy, improving energy efficiency in buildings and increasing green…

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Unlocking potential through a smart and sustainable township

Unlocking potential through a smart and sustainable township

GLOBAL infrastructure investment and development firm United World Infrastructure (UWI) has been an integral part of Medini’s development. By collaborating with the other shareholders of Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MIM) — the master developer of this township — Dubai-based UWI has actively participated in the many aspects needed to build a world-class township with commercial and residential precincts. This includes the development of Medini’s master plan, construction of its infrastructure network, creation of its policy framework aimed at spurring businesses and investments, and attracting anchor developments to selected industries….

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Avoiding dirty fuel

Avoiding dirty fuel

Fossil fuels are fuels formed by natural processes such as anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms, containing energy originating in ancient photosynthesis. Fossil fuels contain high percentages of carbon and include petroleum, coal, and natural gas  and are used as an energy source in the electricity and transportation sectors. They are also a leading source of the world’s global warming resulting in pollution. Burning fossil fuels negatively affects the environment because they release carbon dioxide and other gases that trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere, which contributes to global climate…

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Schneider Electric Launches “Light It Up” to Bring Access to Electricity to Rural Communities.

Schneider Electric Launches “Light It Up” to Bring Access to Electricity to Rural Communities.

·         Over 1,800 units of portable solar-powered LED lamps will be distributed to rural communities in 12 countries across Asia Pacific Connect 1,300 families to electricity and lighting, and helping to improve the living conditions for these communities Singapore – September 26, 2016 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, announced today that it has launched “Light It Up”, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme to bring access to electricity to rural communities across the Asia Pacific region.  From mid- September to early November, Schneider Electric employees will distribute more…

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Rifkin Debates Trump and Clinton

Rifkin Debates Trump and Clinton

Given his energy policies, a Donald Trump presidency would send the United States into “second tier status” when it comes to leading the world to an efficient, renewable and sustainable energy economy, says social thinker Jeremy Rifkin. A President Hillary Clinton must do more than carry President Obama’s initiative’s across the finish line, Rifkin said. Our next president must recognize that government has an important role to play alongside the business sector when it comes to promoting a major paradigm shift in how we generate and use electricity. Rifkin will…

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A Second Life for Used Batteries

A Second Life for Used Batteries

Hamburg/Munich/Stuttgart – What should be done with still-usable batteries at the end of their life cycle in electric vehicles? The Battery 2nd Life project organized by Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch merges them into a large storage facility in Hamburg, Germany, to keep the electricity grid stable. 2,600 used battery modules from over 100 electric vehicles are being merged to form a large electricity storage facility in Hamburg Storage stabilizes the electricity grid within seconds Electromobility and electricity storage are two core elements of the new energy landscape. Used batteries from…

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Popeye Was Right: There’s Energy in That Spinach

Popeye Was Right: There’s Energy in That Spinach

Newswise — Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight. The raw material of the device is water, and its products are electric current, hydrogen and oxygen. The findings were published in the August 23 online issue of Nature Communications. The unique combination of a man-made BPEC cell and plant membranes, which absorb sunlight and convert it into a flow of electrons highly efficiently, paves the way for…

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