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Cape Town welcomes more than 5000 power and water professionals this week as Eskom CE Brian Dames and Minister Edna Molewa address African Utility Week

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“In each market where wind energy is being developed, the state is a big player in the initial stages of industry development and is often the sponsor of pilot projects.”

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Standard Bank uses sustainable strategy to mesh commercial reality and social relevance

2012 Sustainability Report proves that Standard Bank’s strategy and sustainability programmes are mutually reinforcing and have served the company well in the past 12 months read more

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Dubai Expo 2020 reports on two social initiatives in Africa that are helping foster sustainability on a local level

DUBAI, UAE, May 1, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Dubai is building its Expo 2020 bid (http://www.expo2020dubai.ae) on three sub-themes representing the forces that inspire global development: sustainability (lasting sources of energy and water); mobility (smart systems of logistics and transportation); and opportunity (new paths to economic development). Dubai Expo 2020 (http://www.expo2020dubai.ae/en/) reports on two social initiatives in Africa that are helping foster sustainability on a local level.
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U.S. Ranks First In ‘KPMG Green Tax Index,’ Tops Countries Using Tax Code To Shape Sustainable Corporate Activity

About the KPMG Green Tax Index

The KPMG Green Tax Index focuses on 21 major economies around the world that KPMG International believes represent a major share of global corporate investment activity. A high ranking in the Index does not necessarily mean that a country is “greener” than others. It means that the government is more active than others in using the tax system as a tool to influence corporate behavior and achieve green policy goals. read more

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Standard Bank Group’s leading carbon experts working with international climate organisation

Fenella Aouane of Standard Bank Group has been appointed to the Board of the Climate Markets and Investment Association (CMIA), an international trade association representing 50 companies that finance, invest in and provide enabling support to activities that reduce carbon emissions. The CMIA’s membership accounts for an estimated 75% of the global carbon market, valued at US$120-billion in 2010. read more

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Tariff hike of only 1% increases mining costs to R100 million per year, says industry expert

African Utility Week to give practical solutions to solve power challenges facing big business read more

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Standard Bank Group ranked the world’s 12th greenest bank

Standard Bank Group has been ranked the 12th “greenest” bank in the world and the cleanest in Africa by Bloomberg Markets. read more

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A new platform and new ways of thinking for the development of quantum measurement technology, nanotechnology, biomedical technology

On the basis of quantum optics and nano-materials’studying, Professor Zhu Kadi and Dr. Li Jinjin of Shanghai Jiaotong University proposed the plan that the nanometer spectrometer,which is commonly known in the industry ” light scales”, through high precision optical measurement of quality of biological DNA molecular and chromosome to detect cancer cells in the body firstly in the world.This proposed program is expected to provide a new platform and new ways of thinking for the development of quantum measurement technology, nanotechnology, biomedical technology.
To the results of this study, the American Physical Society commented: “this work is expected to lead the nano science into a new field of measurement.” And the top overview of the physics community internationally recognized journal “Physics Reports” also published Professor Zhu Kadi team’s outcome as a lengthy review paper.Since founded in 1971, the journal a total of only published nine review papers of the Chinese research institutions, including fours since 2000. And it is the first paper published in the Journal of Shanghai Jiaotong University.
The team of Professor Zhu Kadi by using the surface plasmon and the coupling system of nanometer material firstly proposed all-optical control method of measuring the particle mass.Now it can be predicted accurately to measure the quality of a single atom.This measurement method is to put an atom to be measured on the surface of a carbon nanotube,and then lighting on the carbon nanotubes at the same time with two different strength type, the detection of weak light absorption spectrum can be accurately obtained carbon the vibration frequency of the nanotubes.After two times the measured the vibration frequencies of carbon nanotube,get the variation of the vibration frequency of the carbon nanotube before and after loading atoms.The quality of the individual atoms on the carbon nanotube surface can be obtained by calculating.
According to reports, the carbon nanotubes, quantum dots and surface plasmon composite system will be combined to invent the first all-optical control of high sensitive nanometer optical spectrometer. Useing the all-optical control, the sensitivity and accuracy of the new spectrometer nearly three orders of magnitude higher than traditional electrical mass spectrometer. This research work on existing electrical mass spectrometer has done greatly upgrading and improvement, all-optical method instead of the traditional electrical measurements.
The research team is ongoing research to measure a single proton or neutron by “light weight”. The team also hopes “optical scale” applied to study of the biological DNA molecules, and a new method is proposed to detect cancer cell DNA molecule.According to the introduction, the quality of traditional Carcinogenesis DNA molecule with a normal DNA molecule is not completely the same. By measuring principle of it can detect the presence of cancer cells, and it is expected to promote the medical and clinical fields. read more

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PR NEWS

RES Americas Starts Construction on Buffalo Dunes Wind Project BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), a leader in the construction of wind and solar projects in North America, is pleased to announce it has started construction on the 250 MW Buffalo Dunes Wind Project.  Located… MY Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Unaudited Results ZHONGSHAN, China, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – China Ming Yang Wind Power Group Limited (“Ming Yang” or the “Company”) (NYSE: MY), a leading wind turbine manufacturer in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and the full year ended December… JinkoSolar Partners with University of Western Ontario to Power a Solar Car Competing in "2013 World Solar Challenge" SHANGHAI, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), a leading global solar power product manufacturer, today announced that it will team up with the University of Western Ontario’s (“UWO”) Western Engineering to… ReneSola Signs 44 MW Solar Module Agreement with Enerparc

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnc/20080506/CNTU030JIASHAN, China, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ReneSola Ltd (“ReneSola”) (NYSE: SOL), a leading global manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (“PV”) modules and wafers, today announced it has agreed to provide Enerparc AG (“Enerparc”), an internationally oriented and dynamically… read more

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World Earth Day: Clean Power Africa to showcase renewable energy solutions for businesses

Clean Power Africa to showcase top hydro, solar and wind technology

“Today’s World Earth Day reminds us all of our need to commit to protecting our environment and increasing renewable energy projects instead of relying on the more traditional power sources is a great way for countries and companies to start making a difference.”   This is according to Emma Sayers, the conference producer of the upcoming Clean Power Africa in Cape Town’s CTICC from 14-15 May. 

The event will give an exclusive look at hydro, wind and solar projects and opportunities across the African continent, gathering major stakeholders in the clean power energy generation sector looking at feasible solutions to fulfil Africa’s generation capacity needs. read more

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Sustainable Energy for All: Sector Results Profile

World Bank Group financing for power generation, transmission and distribution, and energy policy and regulatory reform has helped expand access to millions of households in over 60 countries. Bank Group financing, combined with advisory and analytical services, knowledge products, as well as policy support, has also helped launch and scale up renewable energy generation and energy efficiency at national, sub-national and municipal levels. During 2002-11, the Bank supported projects for the construction and rehabilitation of about 115,000 kilometers of transmission and distribution lines and about 19,000 megawatts of generation capacity to improve access to reliable energy.

Off-grid solar power is lighting up gers and herders' lives across the vast steppes of Mongolia. Seventy percent of Mongolia’s herders now have access to electricity.

Challenge

More than 1.2 billion people—about 17 percent of the world’s population—are without access to electricity, most of them concentrated in about a dozen countries in Africa and Asia. Another 2.8 billion rely on wood, charcoal, dung and coal for cooking and heating, which results in over four million premature deaths a year due to indoor air pollution. Shortages in power supplies, and their unreliable and poor quality, due to underinvestment, are also major challenges facing developing countries. read more

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“The time for a sustainable use of renewables is now. We do not have a choice. Clean energy is the way to go.”

Exclusive interview with Engineer Martin Manuhwa, Managing Director of ZAIDG, Zimbabwe and speaker at the upcoming Clean Power Africa conference. read more

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“Much is said of Inga but Ethiopia has the potential to become a major regional supplier.”

Interview with Paul Runge, Managing Director, Africa Project Access.  Paul will chair two hydropower sessions during the upcoming Clean Power Africa in Cape Town in May. read more

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