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DEHN’s new products

[img:Dehn%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Dehn lightning and
surge protection
equipment in action
]Meltham, England --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 16 February 2011 - DEHN (U.K.) Limited ‒ an electro-technical company globally known for high-quality protection and safety products ‒ has added another two products to its comprehensive product range of devices and components which allow optimal, practical and customer-oriented protection solutions.

China to invest US$53 billion on oil and gas exploration

[img:Oil%20-%20ho_0.jpg|An oil and gas plant
in China ‒ more to
follow
]Beijing, China --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 15 February 2011 - In a clear indication of its urgent need to establish new oil and gas supplies for the development of more energy to meet China’s mushrooming mining and industrial needs, the country’s offshore oil company CNOOC is to invest US$53.06 billion in a new exploration programme.

Syria may build first nuclear plant

[img:Nuclear%20-%20b_0.jpg|Spy photo of the
site, known as Dair
Alzour, which was
bombed to pieces
by Israel in 2007
]Vienna, Austria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 15 February 2011 - Syria is considering building its first nuclear power plant by 2020 in order to meet rapidly growing electricity demand, a document from the Arab state's Atomic Energy Commission has revealed.

Obama seeks repeal of fossil fuel subsidies to fund renewable energy

[img:Repeal%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|American energy
secretary
Steven Chu
]Washington D.C., United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 14 January 2011 - The Obama administration will seek to repeal US$46.2 billion in subsidies for oil, natural gas and coal companies in the next 10 years, in order to increase government funding of renewable energy spending, says American energy secretary Steven Chu.

Wind energy has become highly competitive

[img:Bloom_0.jpg| ]Frankfurt, Germany --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 11 February 2011 - Wind energy, it appears, has never been so competitive, with prices for wind turbines dropping below €1 million (US$1.36 million) per MW last year for the first time since 2005, due largely to over-capacity, greater manufacturing efficiency and increased scale.

This is the view of market researcher Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Its most recent Wind Turbine Price Index ‒ based on confidential data provided by 28 major purchasers of wind turbines ‒ showed that prices had remained under pressure in most parts of the world. The survey included more than 150 undisclosed turbine contracts, totaling nearly 7GW of capacity in 28 markets around the world, with a focus on Europe and the Americas.

Wind power could meet half the world’s power needs

[img:June 2 2008 Pic 33_0.jpg|  ]Amsterdam, The Netherlands --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 04 February 2011 - A newly released academic study claims that the installation of 3.8 million 5MW wind turbines could generate half the world’s power needs by 2030.

Published in the respected journal ‘Energy Policy’, and entitled ‘Providing all global energy with wind, water, and solar power,’ the study noted that climate change, pollution, and energy insecurity were among the greatest problems of our time.

Wind power accounts for 17% of new power in 2010

[img:Green - Pic 1_0.jpg|Global wind power
is continuing its
steady increase
]Brussels, Belgium --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 04 February 2011 - Nearly 9.3GW of new wind power capacity was installed in 2010, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) ‒ that's down 10% more than the capacity installed the year before.

Wind power installations accounted for 17% of new power capacity in 2010 – the first time since 2007 that sector was unable to install more new capacity than any other electricity-generating technology, the EWEA study revealed. In 2009, wind power accounted for 39% of new installations.

Renewable energy could provide 95% of world energy by 2050

[img:WWF_0.jpg| ]Gland, Switzerland --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 04 February 2011 - Almost all of the world’s demand for energy for electricity, transportation and heating could be met from renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power by 2050, according to WWF International.

“The Energy Report” ‒ a report produced over two years by WWF with researchers at Dutch organisations Ecofys and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture ‒ claimed that the share of oil, coal, gas and nuclear power in the global energy mix could be whittled down to 5% over the next four decades. Energy saving measures could cut total demand by 15% from 2005 levels, even as the population, industrial output, freight and passenger travel rise,” they said.

Investment in global solar and wind power rose 18% in 2010

[img:solar_0.JPG|The biggest solar
energy project
in Arizona
]Austin, Texas --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 4 February 2011 - Texas-based Mercom Capital Group (Mercom) has released data t showing that venture capital investment in the global solar and wind industries rose 18% between 2009 and 2010.

Mercom’s latest ‘Solar Funding and M & A Report’ shows that despite a number of potential hurdles, the worldwide effort to increase renewable energy production is on course and continues to expand.

Green light for new Brazilian hydro-power project

[img:Brazil L_0.jpg|The location for the
Belo Monte hydro-power
project on the
Xingu River
]Sao Paulo, Brazil --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 03 February 2011 - The Brazilian environmental agency Ibama has approved the start of initial construction work for the 11 200MW Belo Monte hydro-power project in the Amazon, according to latest wire service reports.

In August last year, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed the concession contract for the construction of the hydro-power project. Norte Energia ‒ the consortium that won the contract to build Belo Montem ‒ is made up of state-run utility holding company Eletrobras; Brazil's second-largest pension fund, Petros; and several local construction companies, Reuters reported.

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