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Rosatom Chief for maximizing nuclear technology for SDGs

Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation-ROSATOM emphasized on maximum harnessing the potential of nuclear technologies in order to implement the decisions of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and achieve sustainable development goals. He was addressing the plenary session of the 63rd Annual General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded in Vienna recently. ... Read More »

Saving Pacific Islanders from geoengineering

by François Martel SUVA – Geoengineering will save us from the climate crisis, its champions insist. By using technology either to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or to deflect some solar radiation away from the Earth, they claim, we can undo the damage wrought by humanity’s failure to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. But while it certainly sounds like a ... Read More »

The clean-energy fast track

by Kingsmill Bond, Angus McCrone, Jules Kortenhorst London – The global transition from carbon-intensive fossil fuels to cleaner, more reliable renewables like wind and solar is already well underway. But the big question – for the 2020s and beyond – is how fast it will happen. A slow transition would mean that energy-sector incumbents continue to flourish, and we would ... Read More »

Dumping fossil fuels to drive green development

By Busani Bafana Cape Town, South Africa, Sep 11 2019 (IPS) – Disinvestments in fossil fuels amounting to 11 trillion dollars – eight times the global GDP – have been recorded in the last six months of this year, according to a new report. ‘$11 Trillion and counting: new goals for a fossil-free world’, was released by 350.org in Cape ... Read More »

Kaptai 7MW solar power plant to be inaugurated Wednesday

Rangamati, Sep 11 (UNB) – The seven-megawatt Kaptai solar power plant is scheduled to be opened Wednesday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate it via a videoconference. Electricity produced at the plant will be fed into the national grid. The Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR) took initiative to set up the plant. The project, costing Tk 111.2 ... Read More »

World’s first Floating Nuke Plant sets sail to supply power

World’s first and so far the only floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) Akademik Lomonosov set sail from the Arctic city of Murmansk on August 23, 2019 for its final destination of Pevek, Chukotka, in Russia's far east region. Upon completion of 4,700 km of journey to Pevek, the floating nuclear power unit will supply clean heat and electricity in the ... Read More »

India keen to enhance energy sector cooperation: Jaishankar

Dhaka – Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday expressed their interest in enhancing cooperation in energy sector, especially in hydroelectricity projects, to meet the growing demand of energy in the two neighbouring countries. “Hydroelectric projects can be implemented effectively as the cost of such projects are lower,” Jaishankar said when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at ... Read More »

Rooftop solar plants for BD Railway stations, workshops

Dhaka, Jul 30 (UNB) – Bangladesh Railway (BR) is going to set up rooftop solar plants in its stations, office buildings, junctions, workshops and staff quarters across the country as part of government’s plan to promote green energy across the country. Three major stakeholders — Power Division, Bangladesh Railway, and state-owned financing agency IDCOL (Infrastructure Development Company Limited) — have ... Read More »

Power supply to Shahjalal Airport disrupted for 7 hours

Dhaka, July 21 (UNB) – Power supply to Shahajala International Airport restored after seven hours of disruption on Sunday afternoon following a power-line disconnection in the morning. Power outage and disruption in water supply hit the airport in the morning, causing sufferings to passengers. Group Captain Mehbub, director (security) of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, said power connection got partially disrupted ... Read More »

Nuclear fuel supply deal likely of Bangladesh with Russia in Sept

Dhaka, Jul 17 (UNB) – Bangladesh is likely to sign a nuclear fuel supply agreement with Russia in September next for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) project. According to sources at the Ministry of Science and Technology, a proposed agreement has already been sent to the Law Ministry for its vetting after it was approved by the Cabinet Committee on ... Read More »

EU slaps sanctions on Turkey over gas drilling off Cyprus

Brussels, Jul 16 (AP/UNB) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday turned up the pressure on Turkey after approving an initial batch of sanctions against the country over its drilling for gas in waters where EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. The ministers said in a statement that in light of Turkey’s “continued and new illegal drilling activities,” they ... Read More »