Pilot facility launched in Ghana to transform human waste into renewable biodiesel fuel

To celebrate World Toilet Day on November 19, researchers at Columbia University’s Engineering School, working in Ghana with Waste Enterprisers Ltd., the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, are launching a pilot facility to convert fecal sludge into biodiesel fuel, thereby addressing a ubiquitous societal problem and concurrently producing renewable, cost-effective sustainable energy. The team is scaling up its research efforts initiated in a Columbia Engineering lab, and expects this working facility to become a revolutionary new model in sanitation.
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Price of Solar Panels Falling by 80%

Managing Director Arif Allauddin from Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) notifies that the prices of solar panel have shown a downward slope in prices over the recent half decade. It has dropped down by 8o% in half decade making it attractive to customers. Read more

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Banks in South Africa Willing To Finance Solar Energy Projects

The energy industry in South Africa has a bright outlook. It is estimated that about 8.4 GW of power comes from solar photovoltaic. Solar power and wind energy contribute about 1GW and 8. 4GW of power respectively, to the countries energy needs.

Standard Bank finance power head, Alastair Campbell states that despite the rigid terms and regulation, solar power projects that are run by the South African Government as parts of its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme are able to thrive because of the financial support provided by the local lending market. Read more

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The constraints in managing a transition towards clean energy technologies in developing nations: reflections on energy governance and alternative policy options

From inderscience.com

The purpose of this paper is to provide a conceptual framework stimulating a sustainable energy transition in developing nations. Based on the existing literature, we first index theoretical factors preventing deployment of low carbon technologies. Read more

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UT biosolar breakthrough promises cheap, easy green electricity

Barry D. Bruce, professor of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is turning the term ‘power plant’ on its head

Barry D. Bruce, professor of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is turning the term “power plant” on its head. The biochemist and a team of researchers have developed a system that taps into photosynthetic processes to produce efficient and inexpensive energy. Read more

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