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Private solar mini-grids take power to 9 remote BD islands

Sadrul Hasan, UNB Staff Writer Dhaka, Mar 4 – Some 5,000 consumers in nine remote islands of the country are now receiving electricity for 24 hours from locally-installed solar PV–based mini-grid projects to light up their houses and other establishments. Even small and medium industries and irrigation pumps are being operated with the electricity coming from the renewable energy source. Read More »

Gas price hike: BNP to stage sit-in Thursday

Dhaka  – BNP is set to observe a two-hour sit-in programme on Thursday in front of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) in the city’s Ramna area protesting the fresh gas price hike.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told this reporters on Wednesday at the party’s Nayapaltan central office. Read More »

Renewable energy mission needs a robust grid network

What is the Problem? Air pollution in Delhi and metropolitan cities of India has dominated much of the recent conversation in the judiciary, government and media. Half of the world’s 20 most polluted cities, according to World Health Organization, are in India and these cities are immensely contributing to climate change. On 2 October 2016, India ratified the Paris climate ... Read More »

Liquid hydrogen may be way forward for sustainable air travel

Transport makes up around 20 percent of our energy use around the world–and that figure is set to grow, according to the International Energy Agency. With sustainable solutions in mind, a new study published by eminent physicist Jo Hermans in MRS Energy and Sustainability–A Review Journal (MRS E&S) looks at the energy efficiency of current modes of transport–from bicycles to ... Read More »

Solar-Powered Trike Ambulance In Bangladesh

by Steve Hanley A solar-powered, three-wheel ambulance may look like a crude oddity to those of us who are fixated on whether a Tesla Model S P100D with Ridiculous Mode is faster than a Lucid Air or a Faraday Future FF91. But in the final analysis, all those cars miss the greatest potential of electric vehicles. They are not some ... Read More »

Cheap solar ambulances to speed into service in rural Bangladesh

An inexpensive, solar-powered ambulance that can fit down narrow laneways is set to hit the road in rural Bangladesh this year, its manufacturers say. The three-wheeled van, as well-equipped as ambulances used in Bangladesh’s cities, runs entirely on solar power – including solar battery power at night – and can be used in rural areas with no grid electricity, according ... Read More »

How renewables can decarbonise energy sector, improve lives

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 15 Jan — Falling costs, driven by innovation in technology and policy, is spurring renewable energy deployment and with it a myriad of socioeconomic benefits, according to the new comprehensive publication released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Rethinking Energy, now in its third edition, was released today at IRENA’s seventh Assembly, the Agency’s ultimate decision-making ... Read More »

6m solar home system plan faces setback

Dhaka – The country’s solar home system (SHS), which is acclaimed as the world’s most successful single largest programme, is now in limbo due to a sharp fall in its installation rate. According to the industry insiders, the monthly installation of SHS has now come down below 15,000 from an over 70,000, making uncertain the government plan to install 6 ... Read More »

Bangladesh joins International Solar Alliance

Bangladesh has joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA), an initiative announced by India, by signing the Framework Agreement on ISA, an official said on Wednesday. Bangladeshi Deputy Minister for Environment and Forests Abdullah Al Islam Jakob signed the agreement at a ceremonial programme held on Tuesday during the Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Xinhua news agency quoted the Foreign Ministry ... Read More »

$50 million for renewable energy projects in developing countries

Abu Dhabi – The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) have officially opened the fifth round of funding for renewable energy projects in developing countries. The funding round of approximately USD 50 million is part of ADFD’s USD 350 million (AED 1.285 billion) commitment offering concessional loans to renewable energy projects endorsed by ... Read More »

Clean energy overtaking fossil fuels in 2016

Dhaka – Renewable energy resources have increasingly become mainstream sources of energy worldwide, catapulted by new capacity in developing countries. Depending on the source, renewable energy has or is poised to surpass coal to become the world’s largest source of electrical power capacity. The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its most recent medium-term renewable market report said that this transition ... Read More »

World record in non-grid power generation

Grameen Shakti (GS) has reached its first landmark of one million Solar Home Systems (SHS) installation in the rural areas of the country on November 30, said a GS press release. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus established Grameen Shakti in 1996 with a vision to promote renewable energy technologies to the rural people to protect the environment and at the ... Read More »

Paris deal strong enabler for renewable energy action: IRENA

Abu Dhabi – International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director-General Adnan Z. Amin issued the following statement upon the entry into force of the Paris Agreement Friday: “IRENA welcomes the entry into force of the Paris Agreement and congratulates those Parties whose leadership made this a reality. The fact that this happened more quickly than anyone thought possible, sends a clear ... Read More »

Offshore wind could grow more than 650% by 2030: IRENA

Tokyo, Japan – Offshore wind power has the potential to grow from just 13 gigawatts (GW) in 2015, to 100 GW in 2030, according to new analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Innovation Outlook: Offshore Wind, launched Monday at the World Wind Energy Conference in Tokyo, provides an overview of the future developments that will drive the offshore ... Read More »

Ashok Leyland launches first electric bus made in India

Dhaka – Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group on October 17 unveiled in Chennai the Country’s first Circuit electric bus, designed and engineered entirely in India by Indians, for the Nation. In line with Ashok Leyland’s vision for the future of mass mobility, the country’s first made in India 100% electric bus is a zero-emission vehicle created by Ashok ... Read More »

Boosting renewables in cities vital to achieve dev goals: IRENA

Ecuador – Cities now have an unprecedented opportunity to transform and decarbonise their energy supply and use, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Energy in Cities, released today on the sidelines of the Habitat III Conference in Quito, estimates energy use in 3,649 cities and explores their potential to scale-up renewable energy by ... Read More »

Third Int’l Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference opens

Nairobi – More than 500 participants gathered in Nairobi today for the opening of the third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC). Organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the conference aims to boost electricity access through the development of off-grid renewables. Today, roughly 15 per cent of the world’s population lives without electricity, but off-grid solutions can provide ... Read More »

India raises dispute at WTO against US solar panel programs

Geneva (D. Ravi Kanth) – India has taken the plunge finally, and raised a dispute against the United States at the World Trade Organization on 9 September over domestic content requirements and subsidies provided by eight American states — Washington, California, Montana, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Delaware and Minnesota — for renewable energy companies in violation of national treatment and other ... Read More »

Ukraine sees solar power as Chernobyl’s future

Imagine one of the largest solar farms ever at the site of the world’s worst man-made nuclear disaster that struck Chernobyl in modern-day Ukraine and sowed panic across Europe.That is the grand vision of Ukrainian Environment Minister Ostap Semerak, backed up by big-time investors such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).The Chernobyl catastrophe of April 1986 left ... Read More »

‘Virtual’ battery storage power plant to ease electricity price spikes

By Andrew Spence A 5MW battery storage ‘virtual power plant’ will be established in South Australia in a bid to stabilise volatile power prices and support renewable energy. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has conditionally committed up to $5 million funding for energy company AGL to install 1000 centrally controlled batteries in South Australian homes and businesses with a ... Read More »

Mistrust slows spread of solar disinfection tech

Manchester – Local mistrust is slowing take up of simple innovations that use sunlight to disinfect water, a UK conference has heard. Researchers working on low-cost, low-tech water purification systems for developing countries are struggling to convince local people that their solutions work, the EuroScience Open Forum heard yesterday. This is because most communities prefer to use known technologies, such ... Read More »

Solar plane completes historic round-the-world trip

Solar Impulse 2 landed Tuesday in the UAE, completing its epic journey to become the first sun-powered airplane to circle the globe without a drop of fuel to promote renewable energy. The plane touched down at 04:05 (0005 GMT) in the capital Abu Dhabi after a more than 48 hour-long flight from Cairo, the final leg in its journey which ... Read More »

‘Solar PV recycling offers significant business opportunity’

Technical potential of materials recovered from end-of-life solar PV panels could exceed $15 billion by 2050 Munich – The global solar photovoltaic (PV) boom currently underway will represent a significant untapped business opportunity as decommissioned solar panels enter the waste stream in the years ahead, according to a report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the ... Read More »

Average costs for solar, wind power could fall 59% by 2025

Dramatic price drops for solar and wind electricity set to continue as cost reduction drivers shift Abu Dhabi – The average costs for electricity generated by solar and wind technologies could decrease by between 26 and 59 per cent by 2025, according to a report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report, The Power to Change: ... Read More »

Norway moves towards universal electric vehicles by 2025

Norwegian politicians have reportedly agreed on a policy to ban new fuel car sales after 2025, a move that will propel the world’s leading adopter of electric vehicles towards universal EV ownership. Is the country with the world’s highest adoption of electric vehicles about to take another giant leap towards becoming a nation with no fuel-powered cars? Norway’s four main ... Read More »