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Issue #05 08/2014



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Net Metering Brazil (FRE):  Written by Johannes Kissel, this article provides an overview of the net metering regulations for the small scale solar systems in Brazil. 

Industrial Electrical Heating: Technologies and Advantages: This article introduces the various industrial electric process heating (electro-heating) technologies and their advantages. It is written by Hans De Keulenaer.
PicoPV System Market Assessment in Ethiopia : Authored by Rekik Bekele, this article summarizes the results from the market assessment of solar energy products in Ethiopia.

International Conference on Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation

On  6-7 November 2014, the “International Conference on Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation” will take place in Frankfurt, Germany. This conference is organized by Ostbayerisches Technologie-Transfer-Institut e.V. (OTTI) and is supported by energypedia among others.

During the two-day conference, participants will learn about various solar markets. They will share experiences and knowledge on realized projects, project financing instruments as well as social, political and economic barriers for implementing solar technologies. The conference will also offer a forum for exchange of knowledge and experience between international solar experts and experts from the field of development cooperation and policy.

The program for the conference is available here.

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Energy Sector News


2014 Ashden Awards 

The annual Ashden Awards celebrated 14 winners who were recognized for their groundbreaking work in promoting local energy solutions that cut carbon, reduce poverty and improve people’s lives around the globe.

This year’s international winners include the solar company Off.Grid: Electric. This company is actively involved in using mobile money to sell off-grid solar power in Tanzania.

Another winner for this year is the clean cookstoves business Greenway Grameen. It was honored for its work in providing affordable and attractive clean cookstoves in India. The other three international winners are Proximity Designs, Infosys and Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise (SGFE).

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Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Workshop in India

CEM’s Super–efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) and 21st Century Power Partnership have jointly organized a workshop in New Delhi India on 25-26 June 2014.

This workshop focused on the impact of air conditioners (ACs) on the Indian electric grid. It further discussed how energy efficiency and demand response can be used to meet the rising electricity demand in India.

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$5 billion for Energy Projects in Africa

The World Bank has committed a $5 billion support for the energy projects in six African countries that are partnering with Power Africa Initiative. The countries nominated for support are Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. 

The support will consist of direct financing, investment  guarantees and advisory services for project preparation and aims to create 2.5 GW of new electricity generation capacity. 

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RES LEGAL Europe Database Revised

RES LEGAL Europe is a database on all relevant support schemes, grid issues and policies regarding renewable energy sources in the 28 EU (European Union) Member States, the EFTA (European Free Trade Association) Countries and some EU Accession Countries. The database covers three energy sectors, namely electricity, heating and cooling as well as transport.

This database is thoroughly revised and up-to-date. It is available free of charge and can be retrieved here.

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Wind Power: Denmark’s Cheapest Energy Source

Onshore Wind Energy is now the cheapest form of electricity generation in Denmark. With €0.4 per kilowatt hour,it is estimated that the energy coming from onshore wind plants due to go online in 2016 will cost half the price of that won from coal and gas plants.

Denmark has also set a new record last December by wind energy meeting half of the country’s power demand.

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Solar Powered Milk Cooler in Ethiopia

Small dairy farmers in developing countries usually have no access to electricity, so they cannot effectively cool down the milk when outdoor temperatures are warm. This leads to milk spoilage and loss of capital. Thus, to tackle this problem, researchers from the University of Wageningen have introduced a solar-powered milk cooler in Ethiopia.

This milk cooler has been developed by Mueller BV (a Dutch provider of dairy cooling  systems) while the University of Wageningen  has provided the relevant market studies, mapped the whole dairy supply chain and brought together Dutch and Ethiopian business partners.  The cooler cools about 320 liters of milk stored in eight cans.

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Leonardo Academy E-learning Campus Relaunced

Leonardo Academy e-learning campus is an e-learning initiative of Leonardo Energy (LE). It provides structured e-learning programs on energy related topics. These programs are designed by academic and industrial professionals from LE partner organizations.  On 28 August, the e-learning campus was relaunched with new features and a new user interface. The new features include:

  • A course catalog for easy browsing of the available courses
  • A section on the home page showing the most recently added courses
  • A personalized section with an overview of the user’s learning progress
  • A cleaner user interface 
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New Energy Publications


Biogas Opportunities Roadmap

This publication is jointly released by the US Department of Energy, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

According to the publication, US is well below its full biogas potential, with approximately 2100 currently operational biogas systems out of just over 13,000 potential sites. The publication also highlights the barriers that have prevented US from achieving its full biogas potential and then offers suggestions for overcoming these barriers.

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Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recently released a book for policy makers called “Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice”.

This book provides guidelines to policy makers for determining the right energy prices that properly reflect impacts on the environment and sustainable economic development. It then argues that energy tax reform does not necessarily mean raising new revenues, but could focus on restructuring the tax system such that it better takes into account the environmental damage caused by fossil fuels.

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Renewable Islands: Settings for Success

This report is prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) with support from the Global Renewable Energy Islands Network (GREIN).

According to the report, deployment of renewable energy on islands can reduce dependency on fossil fuel and create business and employment opportunities. The report is based on case studies from Cape Verda, Cyprus, Fiji and Samoa.

For successful deployment of renewable energy, the report outlines four factors, namely clear articulation of political will, effective and open market framework for renewable energy, technical planning including grid stability and capacity building for successful incorporation of renewable energy into power grids.

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An Approach to Promote REDD+ Compatible Wood-fuel Value Chains

SNV (Netherlands Development Organization) has unveiled a new publication called “An Approach to Promote REDD+ Compatible Wood-fuel Value Chains”.

This publication aims to make policy makers and practitioners better understand the wood-fuel value chain and then design interventions that reduce forest degradation along with improving livelihood of involved communities.

For a sustainable wood-fuel chain, the report features three basic steps: understanding the main actors along the wood-fuel value chain, identifying the key issues that hinder a sustainable wood-fuel value chain and lastly introducing interventions that address sustainability along the wood-fuel value chain.

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Biomass Energy Sector Planning Guide

Co-authored by EUEI PDF (EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility) and GIZ-HERA (Basic Energy Supply), this report provides practical step by step guidelines for developing efficient regulatory structures for the biomass energy sector.

This report is largely based on the experience of EUEI PDF and GIZ-HERA in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nepal and Sierra Leone. It is also a revision of the former Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST) guide published by EUEI PDF and GIZ-HERA in 2011.

Download the guide here.

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Energy and Water: The Vital Link for a Sustainable Future

In advance of the 2014 World Water Week, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has released a report titled “Energy and Water: The Vital Link for a Sustainable Future”.

This report highlights the need for a collaboration between water and energy communities to meet higher demands for water and energy, achieve sustainable economic development and thereby help to eradicate extreme poverty. It also deals with the challenges of bringing together the professionals from water and energy communities.

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