African Utility Week’s growth and success a reflection of confidence in continent’s energy and water sectors

“Everyone who was part of this year’s African Utility Week felt the same passion for the energy and water sectors on the continent and had the feeling that we are on the brink of enormous progress“, says Evan Schiff, event director of the African Utility Week conference and exhibition that took place in Cape Town and gathered a record 6445 attendees from 17-19 May. “Technology, water and renewable energy were strong themes this year,” Schiff adds “and there’s no doubt that renewable energy as well as smart technology are changing…

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STANDARD CHARTERED & USAID’S USD60 MILLION BOOST ZAMBIA’S POWER GRID

Standard Chartered (www.SC.com) continues to deliver on its commitment to bridge Africa’s power gap by facilitating, coordinating and arranging transactions which boost the capacity of national power grids and access to electricity across Africa. In this latest milestone transaction, Standard Chartered has partnered with the U. S. Government, through USAID, to deliver a term loan worth USD 60 million to Zambia’s Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO), making this one of the largest facilities that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has delivered within President Obama’s ‘Power Africa’ partnership since…

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Arjan Haring

Arjan Haring is a social entrepreneur. He is an experienced data science & behavioral science professional and educator. Helping organisations apply innovation by experimentation. In 2010 he started his PhD on inlfuencing people to behave more sustainable through the help of technology. He postphoned his PhD to start Science Rockstars, a machine learning startup that he sold in 2014. Currently he is working as a analyst/curator for the largest summit in the European Energy industry.

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PKN Orlen seeks refinery energy efficiency solution

The crowdsourcing model chosen by PKN Orlen has become popular around the world. Advanced competition tools and communication channels developed with NineSigma have allowed PKN Orlen to reach innovators around the world PKN Orlen has selected six solutions best designed to improve a refinery’s energy efficiency. The group of finalists includes companies from France, Germany, India, Poland, the UK and the US. Despite the complexity of the challenge, PKN Orlen’s initiative attracted significant interest from innovators around the world. The submissions feature a variety of solutions enabling the use of…

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IOT powered smart home can save 10% electric power consumption

Smart home is not only about making home secure and automated, its also about saving energy by switching on and switching off of various appliances at home as per the need of home occupants using IOT enabled systems. A smart home otherwise can be also called as automated home by using Internet of things (IoT) technology, can save 10% of electric power consumption, according to a study by U.S.-based Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which was earlier known as consumer Electronics Association, the industry body which conducts world-famous Consumer Electronics Show…

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From higher perspectives to our daily practice

This week there was news from the highest level: an airplane that flies around the world without the use of fuel. The battery of the plane was the heaviest element. This article gives therefor not only hope, since we now know the enourmous pollution from our flight behaviour can be challenged. But also gives direction: batteries are one of the most urgend hurdles to take. To balance this high level news, there were articles on our own basic down to earth behaviour: the inlfuence and power of the consumer. The way…

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DNV GL’S ELLEN CRIVELLA NAMED 2016 RISING STAR BY WOMEN OF WIND ENERGY

NEW ORLEANS, LA–(Marketwired – May 26, 2016) – DNV GL’s Ellen Crivella was honored with the 2016 Rising Star Award at the Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) luncheon at the 2016 AWEA Windpower Conference and Exhibition. Each year, the Rising Star Award recognizes a woman relatively new to wind energy who has already made significant professional contributions and shown unusual talent, dedication and innovation in their wind industry work. As DNV GL’s global head of practice for environmental and permitting services, Ellen has been involved in the siting, permitting and…

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Initiative Launched to Help Polluting Regions

A new global initiative called theEnergy Transition Platform has been formally launched. The project has been set up to support governments across the world in developing and implementing pioneering energy policies. The project specifically targets carbon intensive and highly industrialised states and regions to help them become cleaner and more sustainable. The highly industrialised German region of North Rhine-Westphalia has partnered with The Climate Group and Stiftung Mercator to launch the Energy Transition Platform. Since it was announced earlier this year, partner regions from across Europe, North America and Australia have joined the…

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Hawaii Conference to Build 100% Renewable Microgrid

OAKLAND, Calif., May 26, 2016 /3BL Media/ – VERGE Hawaii: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, taking place in Honolulu June 21-23, will utilize a 100% renewable energy microgrid—modeling resilience, interoperability, radical efficiency and other key VERGE themes. “The microgrid brings to life the ambitious renewable energy goal Hawaii is seeking to achieve,” said Eric Faurot, chief executive officer of GreenBiz Group, which is producing the event in partnership with the Hawaii State Energy Office. “By building a 100% renewably powered microgrid, we are demonstrating the power and potential of interconnecting a diversity…

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Customer Power: Are You the Kind of Energy User Who Makes a Difference?

In the story of how energy is made and used to keep a country functioning, you don’t get a starring role. You are the passive receiver and consumer of electricity or gas in a tale dominated by governments, corporations and the media. We put the kettle on, we set the thermostat but we don’t take any heat for shaping or challenging the status quo. In truth though there are distinct, if overlapping, types of energy users which together tell a different story. Most likely without realising, they play a crucial…

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