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Rwanda signs solar power deal for 250,000 homes

Rwanda signs solar power deal for 250,000 homes | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

Rwanda has signed a deal with Ignite Power to help achieve the government’s target of electricity access for 70% of the country’s home.


London-based company Ignite Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Rwanda to provide off-grid solar power systems to about 250,000 households by 2018.


Ignite Power will to install up to 1 million distributed solar power systems at a total value of about $50 million, according to reports.

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London-based company Ignite Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Rwanda to provide off-grid solar power systems to about 250,000 households by 2018.

Ignite Power will to install up to 1 million distributed solar power systems at a total value of about $50 million, according to reports.

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Cleantech Venture Capital 2016: 8 Early-Stage Energy Investments

Cleantech Venture Capital 2016: 8 Early-Stage Energy Investments | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
Despite a challenging investment climate, here are eight early-stage companies that have raised VC funding in the first few weeks of 2016.
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MIT accelerates push to find technological solutions to carbon reduction

MIT accelerates push to find technological solutions to carbon reduction | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

Some MIT professors are researching nuclear power plants that can float in the ocean. Others are testing atom-sized solar cells that can coat skyscraper windows or smartphone screens. And still others are looking at how to mix algae with sunlight to make a reliable, clean fuel.


Policy makers, scientists, and many others are banking on technological breakthroughs in the wake of an agreement last month by 195 nations to cut carbon emissions — a landmark effort to slow the rise of global temperatures.


But the Paris climate agreement has no enforcement method.

So researchers at colleges and universities across the country — including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — are looking at a range of ways to combat climate change and to reduce the costs of current energy sources.

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Global low-carbon energy investment soars to new record in 2015

Investment in low-carbon energy sources surged in the US, China, India, Latin America and Africa in 2015, driving the global total to a record $329.3 billion.

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Great facts and figures from BNEF on the countries leading on low carbon investment.

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High-flying solar balloon farms could harness the sun's energy miles above the clouds

High-flying solar balloon farms could harness the sun's energy miles above the clouds | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

NextPV, an international research team, has developed a concept solar balloon capable of harnessing energy day and night.



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"Right now, solar balloons like this are only a concept, but researchers working on the project believe the potential for clean energy generation is enormous – especially if groups of the balloons are floated together in a network like a big solar farm in the sky."

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What the COP21 Climate Agreement Means for Fashion

What the COP21 Climate Agreement Means for Fashion | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
Last weekend, 195 countries reached a landmark agreement on climate change. How will it impact the fashion industry, and how are businesses responding?
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Really interesting article about the path fashion should take to be sustainable!

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Floatovoltaics: Promising solutions for solar energy

Floatovoltaics: Promising solutions for solar energy | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
"Floatovoltaics, floating solar panels which not only save space, but help conserve water and maintain water quality too."
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Check out this innovative way of capturing solar energy. 

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Carbon-catching grass may ease climate change

Carbon-catching grass may ease climate change | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
A hardy, fast-growing grass known as "lu xin" (green heart) may be a welcome new addition to the world's arsenal in the war against climate change.
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Check out this plant developed by Carbon Cycle Research Center at the Central South University of Forestry and Technology in central China’s Hunan Province. The plant is in early stages of development, but offers a new and innovative way to trap carbon from the atmosphere.

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First Airport to Run on 100% Solar Power

First Airport to Run on 100% Solar Power | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

"Cochin International in southern India is the world’s first airport to be run solely on power from the sun."

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Interesting to see what can be achieved on a small scale. Let's hope this kind of innovation can be rolled out to bigger projects!

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Demand for Green Building Doubles Every Three Years

Demand for Green Building Doubles Every Three Years | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
According to a recent report the market for green building continues to double every three years, with strongest acceleration in emerging economies.
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Great news! Let's hope the momentum around green building continues in years to come.  

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First startup accelerator in Middle East focused on sustainability and clean tech launched

First startup accelerator in Middle East focused on sustainability and clean tech launched | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

On the first day of Masdar's Innovation Week, The Catalyst, a start-up accelerator that will focus on sustainable technologies, will support fledgling innovators from the UAE and beyond in the fields of energy, water and clean tech with seed funding, training, mentoring, and work space.

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Great to see more focus on green technology start-ups coming from the Middle East region. 

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Water Bottles Designed For Reuse As Roofing Tiles

Water Bottles Designed For Reuse As Roofing Tiles | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
Donald Thomson spent five years designing a water bottle for commercial use that could be repurposed into roofing tiles for affordable housing.
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Builder Donald Thomson's Costa Rica-based company, The Center for Regenerative Design and Collaboration, has developed the AGUA bottled water which can be converted after use to be used as roof tiles. 

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M-KOPA bringing green energy to the poor

M-KOPA bringing green energy to the poor | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
Smart anti-poverty and energy-access measures are brightening the outlook for Africa and the rest of the developing world.
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The innovative business model of M-KOPA that combines solar power and cellphones is electrifying parts of rural Africa that are far from the grid. More than 200,000 homes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda use M-KOPA’s solar systems.

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Kyocera starts construction on the ‘world’s largest floating solar farm’ in Japan

Kyocera starts construction on the ‘world’s largest floating solar farm’ in Japan | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

Japan may be lacking in real estate, since the entire country is smaller than the state of California, but that’s not stopping them from building an enormous solar farm. The Asian nation has begun work on a floating solar power farm that will generate enough electricity for 5,000 homes. Multinational electronics company Kyocera is behind the project, which boasts the designation of being the world’s biggest floating solar farm.

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US city converts human waste into fuel for 40 vehicles

US city converts human waste into fuel for 40 vehicles | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

When it comes to renewable energy sources, an often overlooked fuel is right under our noses. Human waste, collected and processed in waste treatment plants just about everywhere there are humans, can be used to produce renewable natural gas that just so happens to be a great way to fuel vehicles, produce heat, and electrify anything that needs electricity. The city of Grand Junction in Colorado is going where few have dared to go before, relying on converted poo to power 40 city vehicles.


Many municipalities use anaerobic digestion to convert waste into raw biogas, but then it is typically burned off in a flare, which is considered a low-emission method of disposing of methane and other gases emitted from waste. The process of transforming waste into truck fuel adds a few steps. After anaerobic digestion breaks down organic matter, the resulting biogas can be upgraded to renewable natural gas (RNG), also known as biomethane. The fuel is then suitable for a variety of energy applications.

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Solar To Be Used in Trial to Find ‘Desalination Plant of the Future’

A French engineering company will use solar panels to power an innovative desalination demonstration project in Abu Dhabi operated by clean energy group Masdar. 


Mascara is a company headed by Marc Vergnet, founder of Vergnet Hydro, and it will utilize off-grid rooftop solar to power the project in Ghantoot.


Vergnet said this week that he is expecting the project to consume 2.8 kWh per cubic meter of water.


The trial – which is expected to start in two months – will be the fifth located at Ghantoot, alongside grid-connected projects from Abengoa, Suez Environnement, Sidem/Veolia and Trevi Systems.


If the Mascara project is successful, Masdar says the technology will be ideal for use in remote locations and especially on islands.


Speaking to journalists at Ghantoot yesterday, Dr. Alexander Ritschel, Masdar senior manager, said that desalination plants in the UAE currently “are mainly thermal and aged. There needs to be a transition to membrane-based desalination technology, which is more efficient than thermal processes installed sometimes up to 40 years ago.”


Ritschel said the five trial plants will run until 2017, with the aim to find out “how the desalination plant of the future will operate.”

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Low-carbon cities a step closer as the Decarbonathon announces shortlisted technologies

Low-carbon cities a step closer as the Decarbonathon announces shortlisted technologies | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

The Decarbonathon competition to find the most promising enterprises aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from cities has announced 16 shortlisted technology innovations.

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An ambitious project being piloted by the UK National Physical Laboratory. Watch their Head of Climate and Environment Jane Burston moderate the renewable energy panel at the recent Sustainable Innovation Forum.

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Tesla Starts Off 2016 By Producing & Delivering Powerwall

Tesla Starts Off 2016 By Producing & Delivering Powerwall | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

Tesla is off to an early start in 2016, thanks to its Powerwall battery energy storage system.

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The best device for storing renewable energy could be made of paper

The best device for storing renewable energy could be made of paper | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
A new material called Power Paper can store large amounts of energy and recharges in seconds.
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A new way of storing energy! Let's hope developers find a way to scale this up. 

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Israeli robot-cleaning system promises brighter future for solar power

Israeli robot-cleaning system promises brighter future for solar power | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
A part of the Israeli delegation to COP 21 in France, Ecoppia's technology can help make solar more cost-effective, say top energy officials
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Check out Ecoppia, the Israeli start-up who have developed a new, waterless way to clean solar panels. 

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"Old Techs Are Lame" says Solar Impulse's Bertrand Picard

Check out what Bertrand Piccard has to say on the new technologies that are available to us today, and why we should embrace them. 

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"If we do not embrace new technology, renewable sources will never be enough". Wise words from Bertrand Piccard. 

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New technology promises to capture 50% more CO2 than CCS competitors

New technology promises to capture 50% more CO2 than CCS competitors | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
Carbon Clean Solutions Limited start testing technology at world's largest CO2 capture facility in Mongstad, Norway
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Great to see more and more advances in sustainable technology. carbon capture is a truly exciting area we hope to see more of. 

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A map of solar innovations around the world

A map of solar innovations around the world | Green Innovation | Scoop.it

This interactive map shows wherever the sun shines, fascinating inventions that use solar energy will continue to inspire many around the world.

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Check out this great resource showing innovative inventions that harness the sun's energy across the world. 

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Gogoro to bring electric scooters to European cities

Gogoro to bring electric scooters to European cities | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
Gogoro, a technology company transforming how energy is distributed and managed in megacities, has announced plans to launch in Europe.
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Check out the new products that Gogoro will launch in Europe in 2016. The tech start-up have produced the world’s first high-performance, smart electric two-wheel vehicle with swappable batteries, and are contributing to the smart energy ecosystems of the world's megacities. 

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Social enterprise Clean the World saves lives with left over hotel soap

Social enterprise Clean the World saves lives with left over hotel soap | Green Innovation | Scoop.it
Nonprofit Clean the World is taking on hotel waste to save lives across the globe.
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The main killers of children in less-developed parts of the world are pneumonia and diarrhea, both diseases that could be reduced as much as 60 percent with simple hand-washing. Check out the amazing work carried out by Clean the World as they use left over soap to combat the problem. 

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