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PLATINUM SPONSOR INTERVIEW: “Symbion and many other companies from the United States are ready to invest in Africa.”

Exclusive interview with Paul Hinks, CEO of Symbion Power, platinum sponsors at the upcoming African Utility Week (http://www.african-utility-week.com). read more

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Standard Bank Group arranges first renewable energy bond in South Africa

Standard Bank Group has acted as the sole lead arranger for South Africa’s first – and only the world’s third – renewable energy bond for concentrated photovoltaic energy . The R1-billion, 16-year solar financing bond (closed on 29 April), with an 11% coupon was raised for French renewable energy firm Soitec. read more

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New technology for harvesting energy from low velocity ocean and tidal currents multiplies the potential for marine energy

by Anders Jansson, CEO, Minesto

Anders Jansson is co-founder and CEO of Minesto, an energy technology company in the field of marine energy, with a patented and proven technology (Deep Green) to harvest energy from low velocity tidal and ocean currents. He has eight years of experience from developing and commercialising marine energy technology, both as an entrepreneur and business leader with a background from Chalmers University of Technology. See http://www.minesto.com/. read more

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AGGREKO, SHANDUKA RECOGNISED FOR DELIVERING AFRICA’S BEST FAST TRACK POWER PROJECT

The Aggreko Shanduka cross-border power project, located at Ressano Garcia in Mozambique has been awarded Africa’s Best Fast Track Power Project in 2012 at the Africa Energy Awards. The award ceremony took place during the gala dinner of the Power and Electricity World Africa conference and exhibition being held from the 8th to 11th of April in Johannesburg. read more

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Aggreko and Shanduka Recognised for Delivering Africa’s Best Fast Track Power Project

The power project has been awarded at the Africa Energy Awards read more

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AfDB Grants Malawi US $3.04 Million for Kholombidzo Power Feasibility Studies

LILONGWE, Malawi, March 26, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group (http://www.afdb.org) approved, on March 25, 2013, a grant amounting to US $3.04 million to finance the Kholombidzo Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) Feasibility Studies in Malawi. The Government of Malawi will contribute US $0.23 million (7%) of the total study cost of US $3.27 million. read more

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Turkey-MENA Nuclear Industry Congress 2013 Provides a vital platform for MENA Nuclear Sector

Up to now, there are more than 440 nuclear power plants in 31 countries, generating 14% of the world’s electricity. IAEA predicts that this proportion will at least up to 25% in 2030, with 90 new nuclear power plants entering service. Over 60 reactors are under construction in 13countires while about 160 reactors are planed and over 320 are proposed. read more

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MEC Qedani Mahlangu to Officially Open the Africa Energy Indaba 2013 Exhibition

The Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development, Qedani Mahlangu will officially open the exhibition of the 5th annual Africa Energy Indaba on 19th February 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre.  The exhibition will be showcasing the latest technologies and vast opportunities in Africa’s energy sector. The opening of the exhibition by the MEC reinforces the Department of Infrastructure Development’s (DID) commitment to a greener economy. read more

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Debate about nuclear power to heat up at 2013 Nuclear Forum

Although nuclear power stations have been phased out in many parts of the world due to safety concerns following Japan’s Fukushima disaster, the debate about nuclear power as an alternative to coal-fired power is heating up in South Africa. read more

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“Nuclear power is not just about reducing your carbon footprint; it should be an integral part of Africa’s development strategy.“

Exclusive interview with Greg Kaser, Supply Chain Working Group, World Nuclear Association, UK.  During the Generation track of African Utility Week in May he is part of a panel discussion on “Nuclear power in Africa”. read more

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VIASPACE Signs Project Agreement and Growing Giant King Grass in South Africa

WALNUT, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — VIASPACE Inc. (OTCQB: VSPC) today announced that it has signed a project agreement and received initial funding from Selectra CC of Johannesburg South Africa. VIASPACE CEO Dr. Carl Kukkonen delivered Giant King™ Grass (GKG) to South Africa, supervised the first planting, and held business meetings with Selectra and their partners. read more

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Plugged in to progress with geothermal energy in Kenya

Plugged in to progress with geothermal energy in Kenya

 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

•  Geothermal delivers carbon-free power in Kenya

•  Small businesses benefit and communities are safer

•  Rift valley resource could power 150 million households in Africa

Jackson Kiloku, a 26-year-old Masai who herds animals and raises vegetables, stood at the far end of Inkoiriento village, a panoply of wooden and rusted tin-roofed buildings in Kenya’s Nakuru County, and pointed to cables in the sky. “I hope electricity will flow through them soon,” he said. “Electricity will be good for our local school and good for our businesses.” Daniel Parsitau, a fellow villager added that electricity would make life at home easier as well.


Both look to Kenya’s Olkaria geothermal plant, on the boundaries of Hell’s Gate National Park, to deliver this new electricity. Olkaria, which has received long-term support from the World Bank  and other agencies, is part of Kenya’s plan to substantially increase the contribution of geothermal to the country’s energy mix.

Only 16% of Kenyans have access to electricity, but with evidence of abundant geothermal resources beneath the country’s share of East Africa’s Rift Valley, the government plans to double geothermal generation to bring electricity to villages like Inkoiriento. Already, geothermal—developed with $300 million in support from the World Bank since 1978 —delivers about 13% of Kenya’s electricity; the goal is to raise that proportion to close to 30% by 2020.

Hairdresser Elizabeth Kyalo and her assistant now use electric appliances to straighten, dye, and style their customers’ hair. Electric lighting allows them to stay open after dusk: “I have more business now and am able to pay for schooling of my kids,” said Elizabeth.

Getting access to electricity also improves safety for women in remote areas. Before Kola Division village got electricity, for example, resident Jossylyn Mutua was attacked by machete-wielding thieves who sliced her forehead and smashed her arms. She has since relocated to Nairobi but would consider moving back to her village now that it has electricity.

“Lighting has secured the area,” said Norman Mulei, a grocer, a few shops away. He and his sister run their grocery from 6 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m. They feel that having electricity has made it safer for them to stay open at night.

Concerted global action key to providing access

It is relatively clean and non-polluting, and can provide constant power. || Pierre Audinet, Clean Energy Program Team Leader at the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)

Geothermal is also delivering carbon-free access to electricity. “It is relatively clean and non-polluting, and can provide constant power,” says Pierre Audinet, Clean Energy Program Team Leader at the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). “For many developing countries, this is a potentially transformative resource.”

Getting to that transformation, however, will take concerted international action.

Many other countries share Kenya’s prospects. Geothermal resources are concentrated in regions of tectonic activity, from Africa’s Rift Valley, to Central America, to Southeast Asia. About 40 countries worldwide have geothermal resources that could meet a very significant portion of the national electricity demand.

The World Bank and ESMAP are preparing a Global Geothermal Development Plan to mobilize funding for geothermal development. This partnership with bilateral funding agencies and other multilateral banks will target regions of high potential and finance the test drilling phase, to trigger further private investment along other stages of the geothermal value chain. The goal is to boost geothermal electricity production capacity in low- and middle-income countries, and thereby deliver power to some of the 1.3 billion worldwide who remain without it.

World Bank support for scaling up geothermal

Supporting the scale-up of geothermal power in developing countries is among the Bank Group’s key commitments as part of the global Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which aims to achieve universal energy access, double the proportion of renewable energy in the global energy mix, and double the rate of improvement of energy efficiency, all by 2030.  Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim recently joined with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to co-chair the advisory board that will provide strategic guidance to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

Because geothermal power projects require often extensive preliminary test drilling, they are more capital intensive than many other renewable energy projects. Significant investment is required before it becomes clear whether a site has the potential to recover the costs. Geothermal projects also have relatively long lead times from the start of exploration to power plant commissioning and the first revenues. But geothermal offers great promise, especially in East Africa, where the Rift Valley’s geothermal potential could power up to 150 million households. This is why the Bank Group is working with Kenya to support geothermal development with concessional funding in the early stages.

World Bank Group support for geothermal development is growing, rising from $73 million in 2007 to $336 million in 2012. Geothermal now represents almost 10 percent of the Bank’s total renewable energy lending.  The Global Geothermal Development Plan is expected to boost that support even further.

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Source: WorldBank.org

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Changing Thermal Power Mix – Is Gas a Viable Substitute for Coal?

NEW YORK, Dec., 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: read more

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SolarReserve Leads Renewable Energy Companies at 2012 Platts Global Energy Awards

Innovative energy storage technology and corporate stewardship lead way for finalist nominations in four categories and awards for SolarReserve and its CEO read more

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