Interview with Adele Manzella, Italian Geothermal Union – Geothermal energy research in Italy

In an interview with a local publication, Adele Manzella President of the Italian Geothermal Union talks about research on geothermal energy in Tuscany/ Italy and the prominent role it will continue play with a significant expansion for the use of heat. A recent with Adele Manzella, First Researcher of the National Research Council (CNR) and President of the Italian Geothermal Union was published in Tuscan publication ARPAT in Italy. Adele Manzella was the coordinator of the national projects of the CNR dedicated to geothermal: VIGOR (Evaluation of geothermal potential in the regions…

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How to survive the 4th industrial revolution

What is this fourth industrial revolution (4IR) that people are raving about? It’s a digital revolution that will transform the way people live, work and relate to each other. Societies will be ‘hyper-connected’, where digital interfaces such as the internet of things (IoT), big data, robotics, mobile devices and artificial intelligence will trigger connection with everything – including electricity grids. This article first appeared in ESI-Africa Edition 4, 2018. Read the full digital magazine here or subscribe here to receive a print copy. The traditional model of utilities being responsible for generation, transmission and/or distribution has…

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Perovskite solar cells leap toward commercialization

Solar energy has long been considered the most sustainable option for replacing our dependence on fossil fuels, but technologies for converting solar energy into electricity must be both efficient and inexpensive. Scientists from the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) believe they’ve found a winning formula in a new method to fabricate low-cost high-efficiency solar cells. Prof. Yabing Qi and his team from OIST in collaboration with Prof. Shengzhong Liu from Shaanxi Normal University, China, developed the cells using…

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Power windows will soon do much more than let in the light

Imagine the windows in your home harvesting the sun’s energy to power your entire household’s electrical needs. It may sound like something out of a movie, but it is closer to reality than you’d think. We’re quite familiar with solar cells that heat our water and generate electricity in homes and other buildings. But a team of Malaysian scientists is now taking solar technology a step further – by adding power generating capability to building features such as windows, blinds, sun roofs and canopies. The source of their inspiration stems…

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NITI Aayog and United Nations in India sign Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022

NITI Aayog and United Nations in India signed the Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022 at a function in the capital today. The agreement is a reflection of the commitment and efforts made by India towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. The Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) for 2018-2022 was signed by the CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India Yuri Afanasiev, at a special signing ceremony presided over by Vice Chairperson, NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar. Members of NITI Aayog and Heads…

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Business success rests on sustainability knowledge: Study

Sustainability awareness has become an important requirement for business success in the property, construction and infrastructure industry, according to new research carried out by the Supply Chain Sustainability School of Australia. Sixty three per cent of respondents in the study reported that sustainability knowledge has become more important over the past twelve months, up 11 percentage points from last year. These findings confirm that sustainability across property and infrastructure supply chains is becoming a higher priority; company managements are recognising the need to upskill their workforce and suppliers in order…

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Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway — here are the results

OUR years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they’re a bit underwhelming. A solar panel lying under a road is at a number of disadvantages. As it’s not at the optimum tilt angle, it’s going to produce less power and it’s going to be more prone to…

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Press Release: Smart Energy Project EnergieKoplopers Wins Two Prestigious Awards

Dutch market model for smart energy wins two awards at the 8th European Smart Energy Awards London, 3 February 2017 – At the award ceremony of the European Smart Energy Awards in London, USEF Foundation and smart energy pilot ‘EnergieKoplopers’ have received the Energy Market Innovation of the Year Award and the Smart Energy Roll Out Innovation Award. The Smart Energy Awards are part of the Smart Energy UK & Europe Summit in London. They are voted on by 15 judges from utilities and consumer bodies and aim to recognise…

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Report: The Clean Energy Economy Employs 4.5 Million Americans

Many in the environmental community sounded alarms during the first week of Donald Trumps presidency. First, President Trump removed references to climate change from the White House website and replaced them with a statement on his administration’s energy policy that seeks to reduce “burdensome regulations on our energy industry.” Then, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memorandum that puts a hold on pending or new regulations and might affect almost completed Department of Energy efficiency standards for a number of products, including air conditioners. Trump’s regulatory freeze…

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