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Future Options to Store Energy near Cape Town’s City Centre

Electric power arrived at Cape Town around 1900 with the construction of a coal-fired, steam-driven power station located near the Victoria and Alfred dockyard area. The location offered 2-advantages in that the power station was close to the unloading area of coal ships that could sail from Durban. The second advantage was that close proximity to the sea allowed for seawater cooling of the exhaust-steam condensers. For several years, City of Cape Town owned that power station that closed in 1965 and ended electric trolleybus operation in the city.

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An Option for Energy Efficiency and Water Production at Cape Town

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The thermal capacity of seawater off Cape Town’s coast can be applied to reduce the energy consumption of commercial scale refrigerators and air-conditioners as well as sustain the energy efficient operation of refrigeration-based technology that extracts potable water from humid air.

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GE’s Fuel-Flexible Power Plant Brings Vital Energy Boost to Ghana

  • GE to Provide 200MW Turnkey Power Plant with Consortium Partner to Amandi Energy Limited in Aboadze, Ghana;
  • Tri-Fuel 9E.04 Gas Turbines From GE to Add Equivalent Power Needed to Supply More Than 1 Million Ghanaian Homes;
  • New Plant Will Help Ghana Tackle Energy Deficit.

GE, (NYSE: GE) (www.GE.com) the world’s premier digital industrial company, today announced the order of a 200MW combined-cycle power plant to be operated by Amandi Energy Ltd in Aboadze, Ghana. The plant will help to add reliable and efficient capacity to the grid to tackle Ghana’s increasing demand for power. The plant’s construction will be overseen by Metka, a leading international engineering contractor.

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ACCRA: Africa’s Most Expensive and Most Polluted City

Numbeo index at the end of 2016 shows the city of Accra as the most expensive place to live in Africa with a Cost of Living index of 66.24 and Cost of Living plus Rent index of 58.03. In Africa, Accra is followed by Dar Es Salaam, Harare, Tripoli, Addis Ababa, and Johannesburg who had a cost of living index of 56.20, 52.45, 49.14, 47, and 45 respectively; while leading global cities like Madrid and Lisbon in the cost of living. More so, the city is the most polluted in Africa. Accra, the capital of Ghana, in recent years has received increasing number of expatriates and tourists. Hospitality and Real Estate development is on the boom as the city promises to be one of the most fast developing cities in Africa.

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EBAFOSA calls for all inclusive climate action towards food security in Ghana

EBAFOSA

Accra, Monday 20, 2017 — The Ecosystem Based Adaption for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA; www.ebafosa.org), established under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Programme will join the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and the Ministry for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation to launch the all-inclusive pan-African framework on food security in Ghana on the 3RD of March, 2017 at the University of Ghana (ISSER Auditorium) from 8:30 to 12:30 pm. The event is expected to bring together key stakeholders in all areas– public and private sectors, educational and research institutions, individuals publics/citizens, community based organizations, international intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, civil society groups, etc. to collaborate in developing and implementing policy solutions to upscale Ecosystem Based Adaptation – driven agriculture and its value chain improvements toward ensuring sustainable inclusive growth in Ghana.

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Clean Energy West Africa Summit Confirms Workshop for Ecowas-Based Clean Energy Start-Ups

In partnership with the Climate Innovation Center, Ghana, the Clean Energy West Africa Summit will host the first incubator workshop in April which will look at how entrepreneurs can build, develop and sustain clean energy businesses.

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UK and Zambia sign Energy Africa Partnership Agreement

The UK and Zambia have signed an Energy Africa Partnership Agreement, announcing their commitment to accelerate the expansion of the household solar market across Zambia

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Canadian Government to Invest $120m into Ghana’s Agricultural Sector

The newly appointed Minister of Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto has announced the kick-start of a project termed ‘Planting for Food & Jobs programme’ under Ghana’s agricultural sector which is set to receive 125 million Canadian Dollars investment from the Canadian government. According to the minister, the project will create over 750,000 jobs for the youth. The project is scheduled to commence this March and to continue during the next farming season this year. The project seeks to create a sustainable food security structure for all people across the country. Planting for Food & Jobs will be operating under five main components: supply of improved seedlings, provision of fertilisers, extension services, marketing for produce and e-agriculture. Ken Ofori-Atta – Ghana’s Finance Minister represented the government of Ghana to sign the agreement which allows the release of the funds. The Canada government was represented by Ms Heather Anne Cameron, the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana.

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Risks in Renewable Energy Projects 2016

First report about ‘Risks of renewable energy projects’, elaborated by Blue Tree Asset Management and CMS Albiñana & Suarez de Lezo among 110 investors from 7 countries

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WWD: A Call for Wetlands Protection.

Happy World Wetlands Day (WWD) to everyone who works to protect global wetlands. Wetlands are the link between land and water, and are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. Some common names for different types of wetlands are swamp, marsh and bog. To be called a wetland, an area must be filled or soaked with water at least part of the year. As wetlands are continuously threatened by human activities, this is a day to spread awareness on the importance of wetlands and call on more people to join hands in protecting wetlands.

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