Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) may not be a viable alternative

The theoretical small nuclear power plant model may not be a viable alternative as the cost of operation exceed that of diesel generators, even after including the transportation and storage cost of the diesel and the potential markets for SMRs may not have sufficient demands to break even. However, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources had announced that Canadian Government would release an SMR Action Plan in Fall 2020. Read more

Israel launches national energy efficiency plan for a decade

The national energy efficiency plan 2020-30 is expected to reduce 7.5% of greenhouse gas emissions per year equivalent to 6 million tonnes. The plan promotes the adoption of renewable energy and utilization of technologies that consume less fossil fuels. Electric mobility will be preferred and sale of polluting vehicles shall be banned. Read more

Egypt bags the best Arab Government award for infrastructure development

The Benban Solar power project of 1650 MW of Egypt received the excellence award which is given to Ministries in and around Middle East for their outstanding work in support of governnance and administrative practices. This helped Egyptian policy on renewable energy to be recognized globally. Read more

World’s First Commercial Liquid-Air Energy Storage Facility

A 50 MW/250MWh “CRYObattery” energy storage is being developed with the help of a joint venture between Highview Power and Carlton Power. Cryogenic energy storage systems use frozen liquid air as the storage medium and are capable of storing energy for a longer duration which can extend up to weeks. Read More

Scope of PM-KUSUM expanded to include pastures and marshy land

MNRE released a statement that the scope of PM-KUSUM scheme to install small solar power plants lesser than 500 kW has been expanded to include pasture and marshy lands besides barren, fallow and agricultural land to support farmers. Read More

Columbia’s first Net Zero Energy Building

Montessori School of Columbia begins construction of the country’s first commercial net zero building. The designers focused on creating a well-insulated and air tight building with efficient heating and cooling system so that the solar power generated is sufficient to cater to the demands of the building. Read more

Global Warming heading towards 3.3º C rise by 2100

Bloomberg NEF’s study indicates that even with the expansion of renewables the planet is heading towards 3.3º C rise in global temperature by 2100. The emission are required to be slashed by 6% every year if it is to be contained below the desired 2º C rise said Matthias Kimmel, senior analyst at BNEF and co-author of the report. Read more

Energy Saving Liquid Window

The Energy Saving Window can regulate solar transmission through the window and at the same time trap thermal energy that can help to reduce energy consumption of buildings. Read more

Green Homes get grants in England

Homeowners can avail grants of upto £10,000 to adopt energy efficient reforms in their residences as per the Green Homes Grant scheme. Reforms could be a solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor, loft or roof insulation, or low-carbon heating, such as air-source or ground-source heat pumps, a biomass boiler or a solar thermal system. Read more

ADB supporting pilot Renewable Energy Plants in Bhutan

A pact to support $3 million grant from ADB administered Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) was signed with Bhutan to undertake a pilot project to explore the viability and sustainability of solar power projects in Bhutan.  Read more

84% of Businesses in Ireland are Green

Findings from new Green Business Sentiment Index reveal that 84% of the businesses in Ireland are environment friendly. 46% of the businesses consider expenses as the major hurdle in implementing sustainable measures to reduce their carbon footprints. Read more

Standards & Labeling Scheme for Electric Vehicles

Bureau of Energy Efficiency is tasked to form the Standards & Labeling Programme for the EV industry. According to BEE, Standardization of performance of batteries and DC Chargers is absolutely required, as India is heading towards 40 GWh of batteries storage.  Read more

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