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Canada intent on producing more hydro-power

[img:Niagra_0.jpg|Niagara ‒ one of
Canada's largest
hydro-electric
power generating
stations
]Ottawa, Canada --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 22 February 2011 - Ambitions for a better economy and a need for more clean energy in the United States are driving Canada's efforts to fund and expand its hydro resources.

Canada is already the world's second-largest hydropower producer behind China, and it is bent on producing more, driven by its potential for hydropower generation and demands for more clean energy in the U.S.

Germans build solar plant in Singapore

[img:Solar%20pa_0.jpg|These photovoltaic
solar cells use
silver metallisation
paste
]London, England --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 21 February 2011 - The Heraeus Photovolataic Business Unit ‒ a unit of German precious metals house Heraeus ‒ is building a new facility in Singapore to produce silver metallisation paste used in crystalline solar cell applications.

Shell selling retail fuels business in 14 African countries

[img:Shell%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Shell ‒ implementing
a significant withdrawal
from Africa
]The Hague, Netherlands --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 21 February 2011 - Royal Dutch Shell plc ‒ Europe’s biggest oil company ‒ has decided to sell its retail fuels business in 14 African countries for US$1 billion as part of a plan to streamline its marketing operation worldwide.

North Korea could be preparing for a third nuclear test

[img:Korea%20ex_0.jpg|North Korea may be
planning a third
nuclear test
]Seoul, South Korea --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 21 February 2011 - North Korea is digging tunnels at a site where it has launched two nuclear tests, suggesting that it is preparing a third, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported ‒ a development which would trigger concern across the region.

Nuclear projects on the agenda for Zuma’s French visit

[img:Koeberg%20-%20w_0.jpg|Koeberg ‒ South
Africa’s only nuclear
power station at
present
]Cape Town, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 18 February 2011 - President Jacob Zuma of South Africa is to sign a €1billion agreement with the French Development Agency during a state visit to France next month, and it is understood that the deal could also touch on a pricey nuclear project.

Record growth in offshore wind power in Europe

[img:65_66Pic3.thumbnail.jpg|Wind turbines ‒ on
the move in Europe
]London, England --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 18 February 2011 - With 308 new offshore wind turbines installed in 2010 – a 51% increase in installed capacity on the previous year ‒ offshore wind power experienced record growth in Europe, according to the latest analysis to emerge from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Europe calls for 100% renewable energy target by 2050

[img:EUB_0.gif| ]Brussels, Belgium --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 17 February 2011 - More than two hundred entities across Europe ‒ as well as political representatives including thirty Members of the European Parliament ‒ have met in various European Union capitals to present a declaration calling for a 100% renewable target by 2050 for European energy policy.

The signatories of the manifesto include diverse institutions such as industry associations, professionals, academics, trade unions, and environmental organisations, as well as companies operating not just in the energy sector. Between them they employ around half a million workers.

U.S. has US$345 billion in hidden energy costs

[img:Private%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Coal-fired power
stations in the U.S.
are costing billions
in hidden expenses
]Boston, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 17 February 2011 - Almost half of American electricity is generated through the use of coal ‒ and this costs the economy about US$345 billion a year in hidden expenses not borne by miners or utilities. These include health problems in mining communities and pollution around power plants.

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.

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