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Issue #06 09/2014
 
 
 

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Energy Sector News

 

International Conference: Micro Perspectives for Decentralised Energy Supply (MES) 2015

The Microenergy Systems Research Group at the Technische Universität Berlin, the BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore and the Berkeley Rural Energy Group at UC Berkeley, California, will jointly organize the MES 2015 Conference, an interdisciplinary and interactive forum for academics and experts to discuss the latest research and current trends in the field of decentralised energy supply.

The conference will take place in Bangalore, India, on April, 23-25 2015. Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri (Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC and head of TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute) will be the keynote speaker at the conference.
 

Business Plan Competition

As a pre-event to the conference, MicroEnergy International (MEI), the Energy for All Initiative and the Microenergy Systems Research Group (MES) have jointly organized a business plan competition. The objective of the business plan competition is to find and showcase brilliant ideas from across the world, working towards finding innovative and sustainable solutions and projects in the sphere of the energy access challenge, which are financially viable, socially responsible and environmentally beneficial.

Learn more about the business plan competition here.

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Converting Waste Agricultural Biomass to Energy in Asia

Every year, about 5 billion metric tons of agricultural biomass is wasted all around the world. Among the continents Africa, Asia and South America; Asia itself accounts for almost 77% of the total biomass wasted. Thus, to tackle this problem, the UN Environment Program’s (UNEP) International Environment Technology Centre (IETC) has conducted a number of projects that aim at converting waste agricultural biomass into energy and assessing the potential for resource conservation as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction in Asia.

The projects range from designing a gasifier in the Philippines to building an anaerobic digestion system in Pakistan.

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2014 SEED Awards

The annual SEED Awards honored 41 enterprises from Africa and elsewhere that are working towards sustainable development of countries with emerging economies. The winners were announced during the 2014 SEED Awards Africa Symposium, held from 10-11 September 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya. 

This year’s winners included:

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Solar Powered Reading Lamps in Peru

The Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) - supported initiative, ‘Digital Diesel: Pay as You Go Financing for Solar Energy in Rural Peru’ is providing affordable solar energy to rural Peru.

Under this project, the Colorado based social enterprise PowerMundo and diviPower have worked together to develop a cell phone application. This application allows its users to pay for the solar lamps in small weekly amounts rather than paying all upfront and thus reduces the financial burden on the users. 

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Pacific Regional Data Repository (PRDR) Launched

The Pacific small islands developing states (SIDS) have launched a web platform to provide Pacific governments and their development partners with up-to-date and reliable energy data and project information.

This platform ‘Pacific Regional Data Repository (PRDR)’ was launched on 3 September 2014 and consists of an energy portal and a database management system.

Visit the platform here.

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Fuelling Aviation with Green Technology

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) hosted a workshop titled, ‘Fuelling Aviation with Green Technology’ from 9-10 September in Montreal, Canada.

In this workshop, the participants discussed about the future of aviation industry from environmental and life cycle prospective.  The workshop also included presentations on topics such as renewable energy for aviation, sustainable alternative fuels, eco-airports and future aircraft technologies.

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Household Air Pollution Intervention Tool (HAPIT) 

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley with support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Alliance, have developed a simple, web-based tool called Household Air Pollution Intervention Tool (HAPIT).

HAPIT provides easy to use impact comparisons of clean cooking options on human health by combining data calculations from several sources. It also derives a simple cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit estimate of clean cooking options, based on the World Health Organization WHO-CHOICE methods.

Watch a webinar about the tool here.

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New Energy Publications

 

Solar PV Guidebook Philippines

This Guidebook is one of the knowledge products developed by the Department of Energy (DOE) together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH under the “Support of the Climate Change Commission in the Implementation of the National Framework Strategy on Climate Change and the National Climate Change Action Plan” Project.

The Solar PV Guidebook Philippines aims to provide the project developers and the investors with a clear overview of major legal and administrative requirements for developing and implementing on-grid solar photovoltaic projects in the Philippines, under the provisions of the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.

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Estimating the Renewable Energy Potential in Africa: A GIS-based Approach

This publication is jointly published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology. Using Geographic Information System (GIS) data, the publication outlines the maximum technical potential of solar energy, wind energy and bioenergy in all African countries. It further identifies the renewable energy hotspots and indicates which technologies are most suitable for each country.

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Making the Case: How Agrifood Firms are Building New Business Cases in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Commissioned by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has released a new report, ‘Making the Case: How Agrifood Firms are Building New Business Cases in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.'

This report is based on research and interviews conducted with nine large, small and medium sized businesses, who are using clean energy in food production and water management. It analyses how companies in the agrifood industry, are coping up with water and energy concerns and then urges the government to promote the nexus thinking in industries through targeted financial instruments and incentives. 

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Diversification of Energy Supply: Prospects for Emerging Energy Sources

In this report, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has highlighted the current and future prospect of wind energy, photovoltaic (PV) and unconventional gas in Asia.

According to the report, Asia is currently replacing Europe as the world’s main PV market with 44% of the world’s PV demand coming from Asia. Thus the declining solar price could have immense implications for Asia. Regarding the wind energy, the report argues that although the deployment is expanding, wind energy still has many challenges such as high levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and capital costs.

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From the Bottom Up: How Small Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa

The World Bank guide ‘From the Bottom Up: How Small Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa’ focuses on the ground level policies and the regulatory actions that foster sustainability in grid connection. In addition, it explores topics such as connecting big grid to small grid, obstacles for creating a national tariff, implementing light handed regulations and so on.

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Energy and Carbon Benefits of Pico Powered Lighting

Lighting Global has unveiled a new publication on ‘Energy and Carbon Benefits of Pico Powered Lightning’. According to the report, solar lighting products designed for low-income families without access to grid electricity are far more energy efficient than kerosene lamps. Also, replacing kerosene lamps with solar lights would reduce the equivalent of 5% annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States, or 12% of India’s annual emissions. 

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Opportunities

 

Malawi 2015 Funds for Sustainable Economic Development Projects. Deadline: 3 October 2014
Energy Globe Award. Deadline: 8 October 2014
Best Climate Practices for Energy Poverty Alleviation. Deadline: 15 October 2014
Whole Systems Energy Modelling Consortium (wholeSEM): Second Call for Fellowship Programme. Deadline: 27 October 2014
Call for Papers: European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. Deadline: 27 October 2014
SEPS (Sustainable Energy Project Support) 2014: Call For Proposals for Renewable Energy Projects. Deadline: 29 October 2014
Enspire Award 2014. Deadline: 31 October 2014
Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015 Open for Entries. Deadline: 31 October 2014
Call for Abstracts: Nexus 2015 Conference on Water, Food, Climate and Energy. Deadline: 31 October, 2014
2015 Ashden International Awards Open for Entries. Deadline: 4 November 2014
Energy for Sustainability 2015 Conference: Call for Papers. Deadline: 16 November 2014
Short Film Contest on Climate Change and Renewable Energy. Deadline: 12-13 December 2014
 
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Upcoming Events

     

Featured Jobs

 

Status and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2014, 1 October 2014
Technical Risk Assessment of Solar PV Projects for Bankers, 2-3 October 2014
Academy on the Green Economy, 6-17 October 2014
Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, 6-8 October 2014
Managing Variability, Uncertainty and Flexibility in Power Grids with High Penetration of Renewables, 6 October 2014
Indian Renewable Energy Summit, 9-10 October 2014
The SmartSacramento Smart Grid Project, 9 October 2014
Ministerial Conference: "Italy-Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future, 13-14 October 2014
5th Dii Desert Energy Conference, 13-14 October 2014
Solar Energy UK, 14-16 October 2014
Solar Power Portal Awards 2014, 14 October 2014
Climate and Finance: Financing Renewable Energy for Europe, 15 October 2014
Identifying Challenges and Solutions in Electric Ladle Preheating, 15 October 2014
5th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2014), 16-19 October 2014
Mini-Grids: Experience from Commercially Viable Systems, 16-17 October 2014
China Wind Power 2014, 22-24 October 2014
4th Annual Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo (NAEE 2014), 22-24 October 2014
100% Renewable Energy: A reality across the world?, 22 October 2014
International Workshop: Towards Sustainable International Biomass Trade Strategies, 24 October 2014
European Energy Smart Cities – How to Learn from Best Available Practices, 29 October 2014
Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Conference, 30 October 2014
East African Renewable Energy Forum and Exhibition 2014, 31 October-1 November 2014

Junior Consultant, Perspectives
Technical Assistance, ECOWAS Centre for RenewableEnergy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
Postdoctoral Position, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Senior Research Fellow in Innovation and Energy Demand, University of Sussex
Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex
Research Fellow in Innovation and Energy Demand, University of Sussex

 
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