Small, single operator solar sites are increasingly being deployed, given the absence of public power in many parts of Africa, but this is the first large multi-operator installation. The site is made up of solar panels covering 96 m2 and will produce a total capacity of 12 kilowatt peak (kWp). It will supply electricity to three mobile network operators, with further room for expansion.
Submissions are invited from parties and innovators who have an interest in this kind of technology. Workshops will be held in various regions to further introduce and elaborate on the challenge. The closing date for submissions is Tuesday, 3rd July.
[img:Kenya de_0.jpg| ]30 May 2012 - Bloomberg reports that Gulf Energy, a Kenyan petrol station operator and fuel importer, plans to build an 80 MW power plant fed by heavy fuel oil. This is to provide additional generation capacity as electricity use grows at about 14% a year in east Africa’s largest economy.
Decreasing oil and gas reserves across the globe are driving up fossil fuel prices and encouraging customers to shift towards sustainable energy sources. One of the most significant changes within this is the potential switch from petroleum-based vehicles to electric alternatives. Electric vehicles require different energy storage devices to run, and this will fuel the demand for advanced batteries in the future. The current electric vehicles market mainly consists of hybrid electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Aurecon]24 May 2012 - Smart Metering (SM), is an important tool in the management and improvement of energy efficiency on a global scale. New metering technologies have been introduced all over the world to deal with energy (electricity, gas and heat) shortages, meter reading problems, revenue protection processes, customer service improvement and a host of other business-related issues. Coupled to this, many governments and energy regulatory bodies are introducing legislation to enforce the deployment of SM systems. This is a complex and technically demanding process involving role-players from various backgrounds, such as engineering, finance, legislation, customer care and political intervention.