87 multinationals RE100 member

87 multinationals RE100-member

“IKEA Group investments into wind and solar energy generation contribute to the shift to a low carbon economy, and from a business perspective, help to secure our future as we become energy independent.” – Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group

87 of the world’s leading companies are now members of RE100.

Together they have a creating demand for around 107 Terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable electricity – around the same amount of power consumed by the United Arab Emirates or The Netherlands. Read More

Climate Change Quiz

Climate Change Quiz

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Do you understand global warming? This quiz from the Guardian is a real challenge. What do you know about climate change? 

According to a new analysis, which country has the most ambitious pledge at COP21? In this Quiz, you will find the answers. Please share in your network. Read More

Ford recycled over 65% wastewater

Ford recycled over 65% wastewaterIn 2000, Ford launched it’s Global Water Conservation Initiative. Global manufacturing facilities were ordered to decrease their water use.

The multinational succeeded. Since 2000, Ford saved more than 10.5 billion gallons of water – a 62.4% reduction.

Per vehicle, water use has decreased nearly 45 percent from 2000 to 2009. Read More

India connects 360 MW solar to the grid

India connected 360 MW solar to the grid

Adani Group, the India-headquartered industry, has connected half of the solar power plant to the grid. Location: Tamil, India

Half of the largest solar park in India is now connected to the national grid. The plant is located near Kamuthi in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

ABB announced that it commissioned five substations to connect the 648 MW solar park.

Of the total 648 MW of capacity, 360 MW is now connected to the grid. Read More

Disinfecting the Ganga River

Disinfecting the Ganga River with hydro-dis tech

Hydro-dis Managing Director Mark Carey said the Hydro-dis technology creates chloride ions from salt already present in the water, making it suitable for freshwater and saltwater sources.

The Ganga River water will be disinfected. Hydro-dis Water Treatment Systems (Australia) has developed an ‘effective and cost-efficient technology’ that supersedes traditional treatment systems.

Hydro-dis Managing Director Mark Carey said the Hydro-dis technology is a simple alternative to other treatment methods and is suited for rural communities. Read More

Solar Inverter Power Density +40%

abb PVS980 central inverter

This will translate into huge savings, as inverters represent one of the costliest components of the solar PV project

More solar power with less solar panels? It’s possible with the new Solar Inverter from ABB. 

ABB has started shipping its latest PVS980 central inverter, which significantly increases the incoming power from the solar panels.

According to ABB, developers will now have to use fewer panels and fewer inverters.

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100 Smart Cities in India

100 Smart Cities in India

India is interested in innovative solutions, that are preserving the environment and are preventing disasters because of climate change.

India intends to invest in cities in order to make them future proof. The next five years, the Indian government wants to create a hundred smart cities throughout the country.

The government is interested in innovations in the sectors water, waste management and mobility, in order to keep the cities smart, liveable and accessible for the increasing population. Read More

Developing countries invested more in green power

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Global New Investment in Renewable Energy by Region from 2004 to 2014

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported beautiful news. Since 2013 the world develops more capacity for the generation of green electricity than there is for coal, gas and oil together!

143 GigaWatts renewables versus 141 GigaWatts fossils.

And even better: the developing countries India, Kenya and Brazil have been investing more in renewables than all OESO countries together! Read More

G20 Summit: India and Saudi Arabia rejected world climate ambitions

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An atlas of pollution: the world in carbon dioxide emissions

The final declaration of the G20 summit in Antalya (Turkey) seems to be not an great start for the next climate summit in Paris. Especially India and Saudi Arabia will not cooperate. To limit the rise in global temperature to below two degrees Celsius, all countries must reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

India and Saudi Arabia have rejected an ambitious climate agreement at the next summit in Paris.

Even after twenty hours of negotiations, both countries refused to agree a passage which included periodic monitoring of the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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India – next step to a country running on solar

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The Airport, inaugurated a massive 45-acre solar plant with 46,000 panels, which will provide about 12 MW.

It’s president Modi’s dream to transform India to a fossil free country (100GW of solar power by 2022). This is one of the reasons that India has been implementing solar energy on a large scale.

 

Read about of the thousands of solar panels supplying green energy to fuel stations, railway stations, water canal projects and villages. And since August 2015. the Cochin International Airport runs on solar power.   Read More

NASA Data will help forecasting Hurricanes

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Because of sea level rising, historical cities will be lost

Researchers of NASA are now able to simulate a heavy storm, typhoon or hurricane and help local authorities saving their people in an early stage.

The researchers used data, including temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction. With this model they can predict a disaster because of the climate change. Read More

10 cities in danger Sea Level Rising

10 cities in danger Sea Level Rising

Building with Nature: wood is used for the restoration of mangrove forests in Indonesia

10 cities are in danger because of Sea Level Rising. And 44% of all people on Earth live within 100 miles of the shore.

Luckily, a growing number of studies have measured the risk from rising oceans, in different areas.

They made predictions for sea level rising in 2030, 2050 and 2070.  Read More

Mega Renewables Project in India

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Gujarat to become India’s largest solar Power Producer

Coming soon: a mega solar/wind power project in Gujarat (India) up to 5 GW.

The integrated wind and solar energy park will include about 800 MW of wind energy and 4,2 GW solar power capacity. Read More

India Targets 10,000 PV

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The solar power system should fully pay for itself in less than 3 years

Indian Oil Corporation is set to increase the number of solar-powered petrol pumps from 2,000 to 10,000 in 2017 by equipping rooftops with solar power systems.

The company operates 24,000 petrol pumps across India.

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Water Board India: No Water Crisis, only 3.5 million people have serious shortage

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3.5 million people in Delhi have shortage of clean drinking water

In a slum in Vasant Kunj (India), a young woman, Fatima, keeps her entire week’s supply in five 50-litre plastic containers lined up next to her bed.

They take up a third of the 3.5-metre metal box where she, her husband and child live. There is only one way for her to get water: she must walk to the neighbourhood spigot with heavy cannes, before filling them up and lugging them home.

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India Targets 4 Gigawatts of Solar Power to Railway Stations

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Indian railway stations become solar power plants

The Indian Railways have proposed to install solar power plants of about 8.8 Mega Watt (MW)-capacity at railway stations, railway office buildings and level crossing gates.

The provisions include of 10 KWp solar PV modules each at 200 stations under various Zonal Railways, provision of total 4.05 MWp Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) at roof top of 21 railway office buildings and provision of total 1.3 MWp capacity Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plants at 2000 Level Crossing gates on Indian railways. Read More

Modi promises the river Ganges will be clean in five years

Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the sacred river would be clean in five years

Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the sacred river would be clean in five years

One of the first public gestures that India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi made on his election was a visit to Varanasi along the Ganges, India’s most famous and most threatened river.

 

As millions watched on television, Modi promised the sacred river ‘Mother Ganges’ would be clean in five years. Read More

Water for the Urban Poor

WSUP supplies water for the poor

WSUP supplies water for the poor

Every five seconds, the world’s urban population increases by 10 people. Everyone needs access to clean water and sanitation, putting a huge pressure on city service agencies. In response, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor has turned the traditional charity model on its head by developing commercially-viable models to bring water and sanitation to communities in urban slums. Read More

How do you greet another in other countries

In one country, you have to give someone a gentle handshake. In another country two kisses. This video from ‘Business Insider’ gives us an insight of the use of a number of countries.

 

Water purification with Solar Power

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Solar energy purifies water

Purification – or the treatment of salt and/or – dirty water into drinking water exists in many countries. New solutions must be sought in small scale and local applicable technologies.

A well-known technique is electricity from solar panels, which only need the sun as an energy source.  Read More