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New Renewables report shows climate policy promises are empty

Despite a historic decline of 4% in primary energy demand as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the world’s economies, polluting G20 countries barely met and still missed their unambitious renewable energy targets.

Large-area N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells break world record

JinkoSolar announced that the maximum solar conversion efficiency of its large-area N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells reached 25.25%, setting a new world record for large-size contact-passivated solar cells.
wind power training gender diversity

World must scale up training to meet global wind power demand

The global wind industry needs to train more than 480,000 more people to Global Wind Organisation standards over the next five years to meet global wind power market demand in line with health and safety standards.
private equity and venture capital

Energy investments set to rebound to pre-pandemic levels by 10%

Global energy investments set to recover in 2021 but remain far from a net zero pathway as not enough investment is going into clean energy, especially in emerging markets and developing economies, new IEA report finds.
tanzania

Tanzania: Hydropower plant to strengthen country’s energy mix

The AfDB will loan the government of Tanzania $140million to finance the construction of the 50MW Malagarasi hydropower plant. The project includes a 20km transmission line.
Coronavirus

Hwange Power Station 65% complete despite substantial delays

Running 258 days over schedule, once complete, the major expansion of the Hwange Thermal Power Station by the addition of units 7 and 8, each of 300MW, will help to alleviate some of Zimbabwe's power challenges.
Mantashe survey

Op-ed: Spelunking Minister Mantashe’s budget speech survey reference

What did Mantashe mean when he said “our research and our survey” of 10,000 people indicated that the market was not ready for a 50MW threshold above which a generation licence is required, and that a 10MW threshold would do?

World’s first industrial-scale renewable power-to-fertiliser plant

Maire Tecnimont announced commencing work on the world's first industrial scale renewable power–to-fertiliser plant in Kenya.
infrastructure

New data tracks public participation in infrastructure in 2020

A new report from the World Bank indicates that the 56% drop in public participation in infrastructure in H1 from the previous year moderated to 52% for the full year.
carbon

Recycling carbon to make a new kind of soap

Multinational consumer goods company Unilever has partnered with LanzaTech and India Glycols to produce a surfactant made from industrial carbon emission instead of fossil fuels.
emobility

EV charging stations in SA are expanding alongside global numbers

International electric vehicle sales grew globally by 41% in 2020, this is according to the IEA Global EV Outlook 2021 report released recently.
Chilling Prospects 2021

Chilling Prospects 2021: report tracks access to cooling issues

The Chilling Prospects 2021 report produced by SE4ALL reveals that while solutions are being piloted in different, global cooling access risks are on the rise.

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