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A new Climate Council report released today reveals the states and territories that serve as the driving force behind Australia’s transition to affordable, efficient and clean storage technology and renewable energy.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/55299/climate-council-says-states-powering-ahead-on-renewable-energy/

ACME Solar has been granted, through international competitive bidding, a 250-megawatt (Mw) solar power project within the 750-Mwac Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Park (solar park) in the Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. IFC plans to invest up to $50 million in the company, besides helping it mobilise $100 million.

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/acme-solar-to-set-up-200-mn-power-project-in-mp-with-ifc-backing-117083100249_1.html

Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit, along with the Minister for Science and Technology Keshab Mahanta, inaugurated a 30-KW grid interactive solar power plant under Renewable Energy Project in Raj Bhavan on Wednesday.

Read more: http://sentinelassam.com/story/news/14/renewable-energy-project-in-raj-bhavan/2017-08-31/1/318850#.Wa4dvfkjGvG

UK-based firms GJ Nature Care & Energy (GJNCE) and GJ Eco Power (GJEP) plan to invest close to ₹1,500 crore over a period of five years in waste-to-energy projects across South Indian cities.

Read more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/gj-nature-care-gj-eco-power-to-set-up-wastetoenergy-projects/article9837101.ece

IRENA’s working paper proposes actions to strengthen synergies as a step towards a sustainable and affordable energy future. The annex provides in-depth technical findings for the five countries. The paper also forms parts of IRENA’s global renewable energy roadmap analysis.

Read more: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=Subcat&PriMenuID=36&CatID=141&SubcatID=3869

A natural process that occurs during photosynthesis could lead to the design of more efficient artificial solar cells, according to researchers at Georgia State University. During photosynthesis, plants and other organisms, such as algae and cyanobacteria, convert solar energy into chemical energy that can later be used as fuel for activities.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170829124454.htm

Pune City has been selected as Solar City under the program ‘Development of Solar City’ by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in 2016. ICLEI South Asia has been selected as the consultant for the preparation of Solar City Master Plan for Pune city.

Read more: http://southasia.iclei.org/newsdetails/article/pune-citys-selection-as-solar-city-under-development-of-solar-city-program.html

The rooftop solar power revolution may be helping millions of Australians bring down their power bills, but a new report has warned that the people who need it the most are missing out because they cannot afford the technology.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/55278/report-says-renters-and-the-poor-miss-out-on-power-renewables-savings/

Researchers have developed a simple, low-cost, and environmentally sound method for fabricating a highly-efficient selective solar absorber (SSA) to convert sunlight into heat for energy-related applications. The team used a 'dip and dry' approach whereby strips coated with a reactive metal are dipped into a solution containing ions of a less reactive metal to create plasmonic-nanoparticle-coated foils that perform as well or better than existing SSAs, regardless of the sun's angle.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170828124534.htm

Around half of South Australia's power generation capacity comes from wind and solar, with renewables' share of the energy mix continuing to rise. The Australian state is proving a world leader in the rapid rise of renewable penetration into an energy grid, especially for markets with limited or unreliable interconnections into neighboring systems. As a result, South Australia is a case study in how - and how not - to manage a power system in transition to renewable energy.

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/woodmackenzie/2017/08/27/making-the-transition-what-south-australia-can-teach-us-about-switching-on-to-renewables/#6984a265671e

No stranger to the threats of climate change, the Philippines is trying to achieve a delicate balance between climate action and energy security. Will its first solar factory inspire a much-needed transition to renewable energy?

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/philippines-first-solar-factory-promises-bright-energy-future/

India may not meet all its ambitious clean energy targets, but renewables will play a vital role, alongside hydrocarbons, to help meet the country's burgeoning electricity consumption

Read more: http://www.petroleum-economist.com/articles/low-carbon-energy/renewables/2017/renewables-indias-magic-pill-for-energy-demand

A new study plots a global path for 100 per cent conversion to renewable energy sources for 139 countries by 2050, and promises a win-all scenario for businesses, consumers, and the planet.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/renewable-energy-to-power-139-countries-by-2050-scientists/

Filipino renewable energy firm Solar Philippines is developing an off-grid solar, battery and diesel micro-grid in the Philippines that could be the largest of its kind in Asia, according to the company head.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/solar-philippines-working-on-asias-largest-solar-diesel-battery-micro-grid

India could become the fourth largest market for renewable energy in the world by 2030 with 25% renewables in its energy mix, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/india-could-have-25-renewables-by-2030-with-a-million-solar-jobs-irena

A nation made up of thousands of small islands should be a blessing to any off-grid renewable energy firm, but poor access to upfront financing makes Indonesia a tougher proposition than one would expect. PV Tech caught up with Verania Andria, associate director, community renewable energy, Millennium Challenge Account Indonesia, which focuses on financing off-grid renewables in Indonesia with grant funding, to discuss the market.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/interviews/pv-talk-beating-upfront-costs-of-off-grid-renewables-in-indonesia

Another utility-scale energy storage facility has got the green light for construction in South Australia, claimed to be the first in the country to be “backed by mostly private investment from the energy industry”.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/strawman-anti-battery-argument-debunked-as-30mw-s-australia-project-is-gree

Welcome to Expo 2017, the world’s fair in Astana, Kazakhstan. The theme: Future Energy.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/23/travel/kazakhstan-world-expo-astana.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fasia

China is adopting renewable energy at a breakneck pace, but its overall energy demand is also rising rapidly; this provides an opportunity for the country to demonstrate global leadership in clean energy technology development.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/will-china-lead-the-global-energy-transformation/

The Taiwanese government is planning to speak with Tesla about potential grid-connected energy storage projects, according to regional news sources.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/taiwan-could-turn-to-tesla-for-blackout-solution

The smart city is a concept most industry folk understand, as this idea is generally viewed through the lens of technology and data analytics. But in reality the definition—and implementation—of smart cities is much more elaborate.

Read more: https://www.cta.tech/News/i3/Articles/2017/March-April/Smart-Cities-The-Next-Big-Thing.aspx

Despite a growing obsession with the sleek all-glass aesthetic in architecture, floor-to-ceiling glass walls are not a good thing in almost any climate. International Finance Corporation green building expert Prashant Kapoor explains why.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/reflections-on-a-shiny-facade/

Some buildings have backup generators powered by diesel, but Mansoor decided to try solar. Watch the above video to learn how he has made the building independent of Dushanbe’s unreliable grid-connected electricity.

Read more: https://blogs.adb.org/blog/unique-reason-install-solar-power

The Australian government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is to invest AU$10m in IoT network builder Thinxtra in exchange for 15 percent equity. Its investment in Thinxtra is part of a AU$20m Series B round, valuing the company at about AU$66m. Sydney-based Thinxtra last year obtained the licence to roll out French network company Sigfox’s low-powered, wide area network (LPWAN) technology across Australia and New Zealand, with an ambitious aim of covering 95 percent of both countries’ populations by the end of 2017.

Read more: https://internetofbusiness.com/cefc-thinxtra-australia/

This week, the Energy Networks Association (ENA), which represents the distribution and transmission networks operators that deliver power to homes and businesses in the UK, launched a consultation seeking views on how to create a smarter electricity grid.

Read more: https://internetofbusiness.com/battery-tech-smart-grid/

South Korean motoring giant Hyundai announced on Thursday that it will put electric vehicles at the forefront of its new product strategy. The company has plans to develop and launch a premium long-distance electric car in a bid to help it catch up with the likes of Tesla and other main rivals.

Read more: https://internetofbusiness.com/hyundai-focus-electric-vehicles/

NEW YORK (16 August 2017) - Sri Lanka can meet its current and future electricity demand by judicial use of renewable energy by 2050, according to a joint study by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Read more: http://www.4-traders.com/news/ADB-Asian-Development-Bank-Sri-Lanka-on-Path-to-100-Renewable-Energy-Says-Joint-Report-by-UNDP-a--24960498/

Energy market research firm Technavio released the findings of a study on trends within the global power distribution automation components market.

Read more: https://www.metering.com/news/power-distribution-automation-market-technavio/

The venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell, Shell Technology Ventures, invested an undisclosed amount in Sunseap Group, a Singapore-based solar company, for planned collaboration on projects in the Asia Pacific region.

Read more: https://www.spe.org/en/jpt/jpt-article-detail/?art=3266

Taiwan said on Wednesday it was investigating a massive power blackout that hit businesses and residential homes, affecting close to seven million households on the heavily industrialized island amid sweltering heat.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-power-outages-idUSKCN1AV1SQ

The latest phase of a AUS$55 million (US$43.8 million) programme giving remote communities in Australia’s Northern Territory reliable and clean power will see a 2MWh battery installed and paired with more than 3,000 solar PV panels.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/australias-northern-territory-deploys-2mwh-battery-for-indigenous-community

India is expected to add 9.4GW of solar PV this year, according to Bridge to India’s latest quarterly report. The consultancy’s India Solar Compass Q2 2017, now extended in line with the huge growth of activity in the Indian sector, projected 8.4GW of utility-scale installs and 1.1GW of rooftop overall this year.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/india-to-add-9.4gw-of-solar-in-2017

Tesla’s semi-trailer electric truck prototype unveiling in September is nearing, prompting a debate on the potential for alternate fuels to disrupt the commercial transport industry.

Read more: http://www.primemovermag.com.au/news/article/tesla-electric-truck-sparks-debate

Wind energy is playing a crucial role in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Since the burning of fossil fuel got rolling at the start of the Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has substantially increased.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/13/wind-energy-facts-wind-power-and-wind-turbine-facts/

As economic growth raises standards of living in Malaysia, private car ownership has been on the rise among the country’s middle class. The government is pushing for cleaner transport alternatives. Will Malaysians jump on board?

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/malaysias-clean-transport-revolution-shines-at-expo-2017/

The drive to replace polluting petrol and diesel cars with a new breed of electric vehicles has gathered momentum in recent weeks. But there is an unanswered environmental question at the heart of the electric car movement: what on earth to do with their half-tonne lithium-ion batteries when they wear out?

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/aug/10/electric-cars-big-battery-waste-problem-lithium-recycling

Current efforts to conserve energy and reduce emissions are significant. Some governments in Europe have set targets of 50% for the energy conservation. But is this the whole story? The overall efficiency from primary energy to delivered work is about 33% for energy in the US. Almost 2/3 of the energy that is consumed as primary energy is released as waste.

Read more: http://www.theenergycollective.com/mmetcalfe/2410471/grid-efficiency-opportunity-reduce-emissions

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), NEC Corporation and Space Time Insight have partnered to deliver smart energy solutions to utilities in Japan.

Read more: https://www.metering.com/news/smud-smart-energy-japan/

There is a global trend towards longer duration energy storage and even in this segment, lithium-ion batteries are expected to dominate the market over flow batteries and other technologies, an I.H.S Markit analyst has told Energy-Storage.News.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/lithium-ion-to-dominate-even-in-longer-duration-global-market-says-i.h.s-ma

Keeping public spaces cool, harnessing the power of the sun, and designing the cities of the future. Eco-Business examines how three companies are innovating in the sustainability space in the tiny, resource-scarce tropical city-state of Singapore.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/3-firms-winning-in-singapores-sustainable-business-space/

The figures were released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) on Friday evening. The equivalent figure in 2016 was 22GW and in 2015 just 7.7GW. The 2017 numbers are in line with those published by the China PV Industry Association last month.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/china-officially-added-24.4gw-in-first-half-of-2017

Leading solar PV inverter supplier Huawei said it had won the supply bid for Malaysia's first 50MW(AC) utility-scale PV plant project based on its ability to provide smart solutions to the projects challenging location and environmental conditions. Malaysia's first 50MW(AC) utility-scale PV plant project, part of Energy Commission of Malaysia’s (EC) Request for Proposal (RfP) and auction for up to 460MW(AC) of large-scale solar capacity, included a project located in Kudat, Sabah, a fairly mountainous and remote region of the northern tip of Borneo Island, also known for its significant Hakka Chinese minority communities.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/huawei-providing-smart-solutions-to-challenging-malaysian-solar-project

The Greenland ice sheet is likely to be heavily contaminated with various globally emitted pollutants — such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), mercury, lead, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), etc. — according to new research published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. So, despite its image as a relatively pristine environment, Greenland is already heavily contaminated by industrial activity, which means that, as the ice sheet there thaws, surrounding waters are going to experience an influx of dangerous pollutants.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/06/greenland-ice-sheet-likely-contains-high-levels-anthropogenic-pollutants-research-suggests/

China Everbright International is expanding its portfolio of waste-to-energy projects in China’s Shandong Province. The company this week said that it has secured a contract to build the Qihe waste-to-energy project in Qihe County.

Read more: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/08/expansion-of-waste-to-energy-infrastructure-continues-in-china-s-shandong-province.html

Researchers said it is likely that millions of people in South Asia will be forced to move. Climate change could make much of South Asia - home to a fifth of the world’s population - too hot for human survival by the end of this century, scientists warned on Wednesday. If climate change continues at its current pace, deadly heatwaves beginning in the next few decades will strike parts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to a study based on computer simulations by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/much-of-south-asia-could-be-too-hot-to-live-in-by-2100-scientists/

Climate variability -- rather than the presence of a major dam -- is most likely the primary cause for a water supply decline in East Asia's largest floodplain lake system, according to an expert.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170803103146.htm

Climate change is set to increase the amount of ground-level ozone and fine particle pollution we breathe, which leads to lung disease, heart conditions, and stroke. Less rain and more heat means this pollution will stay in the air for longer, creating more health problems.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/climate-change-set-to-increase-air-pollution-deaths-by-hundreds-of-thousands-by-2100-81830

According to the latest Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) figures, clean energy investments during second quarter of 2017 reached US$64.8 billion globally, up 21 percent from the first quarter this year. Of that amount, wind energy accounted for US$26.2 billion in new investments over the second quarter.

Read more: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/ugc/articles/2017/07/31/wind-energy-in-2017--a-mid-year-update-from-gwec.html