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Microsoft Corp. is moving to use fuel cells at its power-hungry server farms, saying the technology may double the efficiency of energy used. The software company is testing how it can use the devices to generate electricity and plans to install a 10-megawatt fuel cell within a few years at a cost of about $45 million.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-31/fuel-cells-backed-by-microsoft-for-power-hungry-data-centers

Electricity demand is rapidly increasing in Bangladesh due to economic activities and industrial development that is maintaining a stable GDP growth. The average yearly growth of electricity demand in last six years has been 11.2%.

Read more: http://www.daily-sun.com/printversion/details/265128/An-Analysis-of-Current-Difficulties-in-Energy-and-Power-Sector-of-Bangladesh

United States-based fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) has entered into an agreement to acquire the renewable energy portfolio of Singapore-based Equis Energy for $3.7 billion, including five solar and wind assets in the Philippines.

Read more: http://business.inquirer.net/239503/us-firm-buying-asias-top-renewable-energy-producer

Indian railway minister Piyush Goyal has launched 5MW of rooftop solar projects at Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Anand Vihar and Delhi railway stations. The projects, deemed the to be first such plants for the railways network, will account for 30% of the energy requirements at these stations. They required INR374.5 million (US$5.77 million) investment, and are expected to save more than INR42 million (US$647,000) for the railways. State-owned entity Indian Railways will pay a tariff of INR4.14/kWh (US$0.064).

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/indian-railways-first-solar-plants-launched

The Ministry of Finance will launch the Samoa Energy Sector Plan 2017-2022 today. According to the Ministry of Finance, with the rise in the cost of living and the continuous fluctuation in the price of fossil fuels, having sustainable and affordable energy is important for social and economic development.

Read more: http://www.sobserver.ws/en/31_10_2017/local/26064/Govt-to-launch-energy-sector-plan.htm

Nearly half a century after it was founded, state-owned petroleum company Pertamina will soon face its biggest ever challenge when it takes sole operational control of the Mahakham, Indonesia’s biggest producing natural gas block situated off the east coast of Borneo.

Read more: http://www.atimes.com/article/indonesias-oil-gas-prospects-running-dry/

UK-based developer Lightsource Renewable Energy and UK Climate Investments (UKCI), part of the Green Investment Group within Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, have entered into a partnership for the development, acquisition and ownership of utility-scale solar assets in India.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/lightsource-enters-indian-solar-partnership-with-uk-climate-investments

Having been subject to discussion for years within the academic sphere, energy storage projects have become a topic of high interest to energy sector focused investors in recent years.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/blogs/what-information-are-investors-looking-for-when-it-comes-to-energy-storage

Current federal efforts to revive the coal industry will likely do more harm than good to fragile Appalachian communities transitioning from coal as a major source of employment, according to a new study.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171027085523.htm

On October 17, Australia’s federal government announced the bones of a new energy policy – the National Energy Guarantee – which seeks to (i) ensure reliability in the National Electricity Market and (ii) provide a credible approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more: http://reneweconomy.com.au/climate-peace-time-95110/

Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that combines the latest understanding of Antarctica’s contribution to sea level rise and the latest emissions projection scenarios.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/26/sea-levels-to-rise-13m-unless-coal-power-ends-by-2050-report-says

China is investing big in solar PV but new research from Duke University suggests that particulate matter in air pollution is slashing panel efficiency by as much as 17 per cent. Solar radiation can be blocked, absorbed or scattered by particulate matter in the atmosphere – a phenomenon known as solar dimming. This reduces the intensity of sunlight reaching solar panels, resulting in less power being generated. This is a major issue in China because air pollution is notoriously bad and investment in solar PV is being promoted as a way to fix it.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/dirty-air-takes-shine-off-solar-power/

The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (COP23, 6 – 17 November) is designed to increase climate action and more sustainable development at all levels of society. The organizers of COP23 are walking the talk –the conference will be made sustainable to the greatest possible extent. In a special series, the UN Climate Change News team is looking at the different aspects of sustainability – including transport, waste management, catering, energy and offsetting.

Read more: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/how-cop23-will-run-on-clean-energy/

German battery storage manufacturer Sonnen is about to announce the first its Australian “SonnenCity” project, a new housing estate built with solar and storage that acts as a sort of micro-grid, or virtual power plant.

Read more: http://reneweconomy.com.au/sonnen-unveil-first-australian-micro-grid-contemplates-local-manufacture-69465/

US-based investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and co-investors have acquired Singapore-headquartered Equis Energy, the largest renewable energy IPP in the Asia Pacific region, for US$5 billion along with assumed liabilities of US$1.3 billion.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/equis-energy-bought-by-gip-us5-billion-in-record-renewable-energy-deal

Ather Energy’s electric two-wheeler, the S340, will be available by the middle of next year, and will come equipped with advanced electronics not usually found even in most passenger cars.

Read more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/copyofbl25bgkgpather-newbl/article9921940.ece

Just as every parent remembers and cherishes the first baby step his or her child took, every renewable energy aficionado will take to heart the fact that the contract for building the country’s first large-scale battery storage-backed solar plant is all but formally awarded.

Read more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/specials/clean-tech/solar-batterey-storage-mega-project-andaman-islands-mahindra-susten-nlc/article9921848.ece

Amid choking pollution, India is pushing hard for wider use of electric vehicles, but many challenges remain. One of them is lack of charging infrastructure, say ADB’s Sohail Hasnie and Gayam Motors’ Raja Gayam.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/battery-swapping-can-propel-indias-electric-car-revolution

The future of solar power, and its promised benefits such as mitigating climate change, will depend on how well— and how quickly—battery storage can ramp up to scale.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/can-battery-technology-keep-up-with-solar-energys-bright-future/

Power surplus will hurt its current peak of 8GW. The Indian solar market is being tested to its limits. GST has increased execution costs. According to Bridge to India, module prices have shot up when bidders were factoring in another 20% price decline by the end of this year. Chinese module suppliers are even reluctant to supply to India.

Read more: http://asian-power.com/regulation/news/indias-utility-scale-solar-capacity-addition-slow-down-6gw

Fuxin Huadian Energy, a unit of state-owned power generation major China Huadian Group, aims to raise its cleaner energy generating capacity nearly 50 per cent by 2020, as part of China’s goal of cutting its dependence on highly polluting coal-generated energy.

Read more: http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2116459/huadian-fuxin-dances-beijings-tune-targeted-43pc-surge-cleaner

The "Matatoa Solar Farm - Tonga's Largest Solar Facility" commissioning ceremony was held yesterday at Tofoa. Officiated by His Majesty, King Tupou VI, the commissioning marked a new milestone in private sector investment in the development of renewable energy generation in Tonga.

Read more: http://www.looptonga.com/tonga-news/king-tupou-vi-commissions-tonga%E2%80%99s-largest-solar-farm-68249

Tender and auction schemes may be winning. When policymakers look into the future of solar photovoltaic (PV) development in Asia, the role of feed-in tariffs (FITs) is slowly but surely becoming fuzzy as tender and auction schemes provide an attractive alternative.

Read more: http://asian-power.com/regulation/exclusive/does-feed-in-tariff-still-fit-asian-solar-pv

Energy access is the “golden thread” that weaves together economic growth, human development and environmental sustainability. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and the adoption of SDG 7.1 specifically – the goal to ensure access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy for all by 2030 – established a new level of political recognition for energy’s central role in development.

Read more: http://www.iea.org/access2017/

India's generation portfolio is poised for a dramatic change. The renewable energy source particularly solar and wind will share the bulk of energy requirement in next decade. India’s leading financial news paper published a news item on October 7 stating a record low tariff of Rs 2.64 offered by private players (Renew Power & Orange Sironnj) in the second wind energy auction conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India.

Read more: http://ep-bd.com/view/details/article/MTQwNQ%3D%3D/article-title?q=future+of+coal+based+power+generation+in+india

Three months after its launch, China’s first “green energy certificate” trading scheme has raised only 5 million yuan (US$800,000) for the country’s cash-strapped renewable energy companies, who are owed 75 billion yuan in government subsidies.

Read more: http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/2116131/why-chinas-costly-green-energy-certificate-has-not-helped-cash

Power Division has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday with the Swedish Embassy and ABB Ltd to improve the national power grid and distribution system in Bangladesh. As per the MoU, new technology will be introduced and the national grid will be digitalised.

Read more: http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/power-energy/2017/10/19/power-division-signs-mou-to-improve-power-grid-and-distribution-system/

The largest floating solar plant in India, standing at 500kW capacity, has been completed in the state of Kerala.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/indias-largest-floating-solar-plant-completed-withstanding-huge-water-level

Hong Kong, 18 October 2017 – Over a quarter of the 1,675 companies that owned or developed coal-fired power capacity since 2010 have entirely left the coal power business

Read more: http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2017/10/23-countries-and-states-to-phase-out-coal/

In 2026 there will be a cumulative installation of 14,850.7 MW of new ESMG capacity with revenue of approximately $22.3 billion in revenue.

Read more: http://www.saurenergy.com/solar-energy-news/installed-energy-storage-for-microgrids-expected-to-reach-over-usd-22-billion-by-2026

"What a start to the PV Taiwan 2017 week! There have been some rather tame mergers and acquisitions in the solar PV industry over the years - not to mention the shuffling of zombie factories within China – but the news today that Neo Solar Power, Gintech Energy Corp., and Solartech Energy are planning to merge is worthy of far more scrutiny."

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/editors-blog/new-taiwan-powerhouse-to-become-leading-non-chinese-producer-of-solar-cells

Submissions for Thailand’s first 300MW hybrid PPA scheme, which encourages use of energy storage to supplement renewable energy generation, are due by 20 October.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/application-deadline-for-thailands-300mw-hybrid-renewables-ppa-scheme-draws

According to the latest report from Australia’s competition watchdog power prices in Australia have increased by more than 60 per cent in the last 10 years.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/55769/accc-power-prices-up-63-in-10-years-casts-doubt-on-cet/

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is looking to auction close to 3 GW of wind power projects by the end of this fiscal. The ministry is also in the final stages of drafting separate bidding guidelines for auctioning wind power projects.

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/3-gw-of-wind-projects-this-fiscal-with-fresh-bidding-guidelines-117101200955_1.html

Solar tech startup Redback Technologies has raised US$7 million in capital from the Clean Energy Innovation Fund and Right Click Capital as part of its Series A-2 funding round.

Read more: http://www.dynamicbusiness.com.au/start-up-entrepreneur/renewable-energy-startup-redback-scores-8-9m-to-enhance-its-solar-technology-offering.html

While politics never sleeps, and the verbiage from Canberra never stops, there has been a strange sense of suspended animation about the last couple of weeks, apart from a mild frenzy on Friday, as rumours circulated of early elections, cancelled parliamentary sittings, and general plague and pestilence.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/14/failure-to-act-now-on-energy-policy-will-only-trigger-groundhog-day

Increasing energy efficiency is considered by many experts as low-hanging fruit to reduce a given carbon footprint. So, why is no one picking it yet? Let’s look at the numbers to find out why.

Read more: https://blogs.adb.org/blog/energy-efficiency-why-not-enough-being-invested

Wärtsilä energy storage solutions will significantly improve efficiency by increasing back-up capacity and creating new opportunities in electricity markets.

Read more: http://www.saurenergy.com/solar-energy-news/wartsila-offer-energy-storage-solutions-india

SINGAPORE: US oil giant ExxonMobil officially opened its third cogeneration plant in Singapore on Thursday (Oct 12), to help increase energy efficiency at its Jurong refinery.

Read more: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/exxonmobil-opens-new-plant-in-singapore-to-boost-jurong-refinery-9303102

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Vanuatu today signed agreements for a $15.1 million project to increase renewable energy generation and energy access in the islands of Malekula and Espiritu Santo.

Read more: https://www.adb.org/news/adb-vanuatu-sign-agreements-boost-renewable-energy-access

Motivated by the challenge to drastically reduce the cost of storing renewable energy on the grid while capturing more of it, a group of scientists has developed a battery powered by sulfur, air, water, and salt -- all readily available materials -- that is nearly 100 times less expensive to produce than batteries currently on the market and can store twice as much energy as a lead-acid battery.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171011123826.htm

The sunny island nation is harnessing the power of the sun to charge the development of its clean energy industry. In the run up to the Asia Clean Energy Summit in October 2017, Eco-Business looks back at the evolution of Singapore’s solar sector over the last decade.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/singapores-10-year-journey-in-urban-solar/

Ambitious targets on emissions must be met alongside economic growth

Read more: http://www.petroleum-economist.com/articles/politics-economics/asia-pacific/2017/new-zealand-progress-in-the-pacific

Renewables broke new records in 2016, largely as a result of booming solar photovoltaics (PV) deployed in the People’s Republic of China, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Read more: http://www.petroleum-economist.com/articles/low-carbon-energy/renewables/2017/solar-pv-growth-outpaces-all-other-fuels-and-will-continue-to-grow

ASTANA – The Green Climate Fund (GCF) board approved funding of up to $110 million for the GCF-European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Kazakhstan Renewables Framework programme to promote renewable energy sources.

Read more: https://astanatimes.com/2017/10/green-climate-fund-to-allocate-up-to-110-million-for-green-energy-investments/

Groupe Renault, the European manufacturer of electric vehicles, has announced the creation of Renault Energy Services. The aim of the new subsidiary is to have an active presence in the energy and smart grid sectors, both of which are fundamental to the expansion of electric mobility.

Read more: https://www.metering.com/news/renault-energy-services-smart-grids/

Australia’s conservative Liberal-National government has hinted that the rapidly declining cost of renewable energy is undermining the case for further clean-energy subsidies, as it maintains it will make a decision on a Clean Energy Target (CET) in coming months.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/55710/frydenberg-hints-lnp-govt-backing-away-from-clean-energy-target/

ASTANA – A solar power plant with a 100-megawatt capacity will open next year in Saran in the Karaganda region. The facility, with 370,000 next-generation solar panels situated on 160 hectares, will be the largest station in Central Asia.

Read more: https://astanatimes.com/2017/10/central-asias-largest-solar-power-plant-to-launch-in-karaganda-region/

A new report by the Climate Council says Australia’s federal politicians have their “head in the sand” when it comes to the nation’s need for a renewable energy future, with two thirds of coal-fired plants becoming “technically obsolete” within a decade.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/55669/climate-council-says-politics-the-barrier-to-clean-energy-future/

The shift to decarbonize our economy is portrayed by opponents of such a shift as the death of Australia as an energy superpower.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/05/its-our-choice-renewable-energy-superpower-or-asian-pacific-rust-belt

New solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity increased by 50 percent in 2016, according to a renewables market analysis and forecast from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/04/new-era-of-solar-power-is-now-upon-us-iea-says.html

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved the allocation of up to US$110 million to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Kazakhstan Renewables Framework, at a meeting in Cairo.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/green-climate-fund-to-provide-up-to-us110-million-for-kazakhstan-clean-ener

Four months after its CEO declared to Energy-Storage. News that hybrid vanadium redox flow-lithium systems would be the “optimal” way to deliver multiple applications for energy storage, redT has delivered equipment to its first such project.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/flow-machine-maker-redt-supplies-vanadium-lithium-hybrid-energy-storage-sys

The IAEA’s annual publication on energy and electricity projections show that nuclear power’s global potential up to 2050 remains high, although its expansion is expected to slow in coming years.

Read more: https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-releases-projections-on-global-nuclear-power-capacity-through-2050

Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide last year, outstripping the growth in all other forms of power generation for the first time and leading experts to hail a “new era”.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/04/solar-power-renewables-international-energy-agency

Policy includes target of 20 gigawatts by 2030, is modelled on the renewable energy target and contains incentives for households and small business

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/04/greens-propose-new-energy-storage-target-to-drive-switch-to-renewables

Sunny Southeast Asia has double the solar energy potential of Northern Europe, but the market hype is not living up to the reality on the ground. Thailand leads and Indonesia lags in a sector direly needed to fight climate change and meet the region’s ballooning energy demands.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/mind-the-hype-despite-huge-potential-solar-energy-in-se-asia-is-behind-a-cloud/

Consultations in the Philippines have called for “establishing an enabling environment for mini-grids” to expand energy access and increase national energy security based on renewable sources and technologies.

Read more: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=Subcat&PriMenuID=36&CatID=141&SubcatID=3876

Battery electricity storage is a key technology in the world’s transition to a sustainable energy system. Battery systems can support a wide range of services needed for the transition, from providing frequency response, reserve capacity, black-start capability and other grid services, to storing power in electric vehicles, upgrading mini-grids and supporting “self-consumption” of rooftop solar power.

Read more: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=Subcat&PriMenuID=36&CatID=141&SubcatID=3879