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daily link  Monday, September 29, 2003


Buddhist Economics by E. F. Schumacher: Classic 1966 essay, later collected into the 1973 "Small is Beautiful."  10:09:26 PM  permalink  

Rabo India plans $30m renewable energy fund: "Rabo India Finance, a 100% subsidiary of Rabobank Nederland, is setting up a $30m private equity fund dedicated to financing renewable energy projects in the country.  The ‘Renewable Energy Equity Fund’ is still in the process of mobilising funds from domestic and global investors before formally launching the fund in March ’04."

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daily link  Friday, September 26, 2003


WorldWater Inaugurates Solar Municipal Water System in Cebu, Philippines: "WorldWater  the Municipality of Ronda, Cebu, Philippines, will inaugurate the world's first solar powered, prepaid municipal water distribution system on September 27 in Ronda. Former Philippines President Fidel V. Ramos will be the keynote speaker. Ronda is located on the southwest coast of Cebu, an island in the middle group of the Philippine archipelago.

For the first time, a municipal water distribution system utilizes smart card technology as a financing solution for community water production and to remove problems associated with the payment collection process. The Ronda system uses WorldWater's proprietary AquaCard(TM) (Smart Card) debit card system, which operates directly with WorldWater's AquaMeter(TM) solar pumping stations throughout the community. The project was made possible by a commercial loan from the Philippine National Bank (PNB), and required no special subsidies or grants. "

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No electricity? Use a wind-up phone charger: "Japan's Fuso Rikaseihin Co. Ltd, which makes the charger.  Priced at $42, the hand-held generator is quite noisy and not cheap, although it comes with a built-in flashlight. It can be used with phones from Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and NTT Docomo. "  5 minutes of winding gives 20 mins of talk time.  Motorola came out with its own winder earlier this year.  5:18:45 PM  permalink  


daily link  Thursday, September 25, 2003


Today I wrote my thoughts on trends in photovoltaic cell prices.  My gut estimate is for grid-competitive PV products selling into some markets in 2007, and being mass marketable in 2011.

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daily link  Wednesday, September 24, 2003


Grants support renewable energy: "USDA is giving just over $2 million in grant money to fund rural renewable energy projects and energy efficiency improvements across the Sunbelt... Nationwide, a total of $21.2 million in grants was approved for 113 projects in 24 states .. Grant funds can be used to pay up to 25 percent of the cost for eligible projects, which include those that either derive energy from a wind, solar, biomass, or geothermal source, or hydrogen derived from biomass or water using wind, solar or geothermal energy sources."

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Sunlight Energy Company: "an emerging new type of solar collector - The solar dish. The dish tracks the sun with curved glass mirrors and concentrates intense sunlight onto the flux capacitor at the focus to make hot water, steam, electricity, and hydrogen fuel... The solar dish is unique in that it is the most cost efficient solar collector in the world. It is designed to be made with off-the-shelf materials, unskilled indigenous labor, and common hand tools. The 360 pound solar dish has a producer cost of about $1,000, delivers the energy equivalent of 10 barrels of oil per year, energy that costs less than a penny per kilowatt hour. "  Design info also available.  Apparently relies on a $50 "Black copper coil receiver" for the conversion of heat to electricity; wonder how that works...  4:32:03 PM  permalink  

An overview of Solar Photovoltaic in Bangladesh:  Reviews market size and channel issues, in light of WB/GEF programs.  Interesting note on how NGOs can participate in GEF subsidies and have access to capital, putting them at a decisive advantage over the private sector today.  3:26:20 PM  permalink  


daily link  Tuesday, September 23, 2003


Galapagos Marine Solar Energy: "A recent oil spill dumped thousands of gallons of fuel into the fragile waters [off the Galapagos] .. One recent example of a trend toward renewable energy on the islands is a new 18-person Catamaran designed for eco-tourism and that was retrofitted with 20 Shell Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, two Xantrex SW 4048J inverter/chargers for on-board power. The father and son team of Guillermo and Alejandro Botta led a group of craftsmen from Guayaquil, Ecuador, in the construction of the solar-powered catamaran, a first for Ecuador's naval industry. The vessel is used to ferry tourists through the Galapagos Islands and includes a dive platform for scuba diving.

Because the Archipell sails in a highly-sensitive ecosystem, the team decided to build it using a fiberglass hull and solar powered electric motors. The increased weight of a steel hull would have put additional strain on the solar-powered motors as well.  Twenty solar panels placed across the roof charge a bank of batteries and are connected to the Xantrex inverters which in turn supply electricity to operate the vessel. The company said construction of the solar-powered ship has been described as a milestone for Ecuador's shipbuilding industry."  12:27:29 PM  permalink  

Solar Electric systems: Sells packages for solar power and many LED lights, including a $10 replacement bulb for incandescent flashlights  9:05:11 AM  permalink  


daily link  Friday, September 19, 2003


Small Home System: "Sharp Corporation announces the introduction of a pair of Small Home System (SHS) photovoltaic (PV) power generating systems that make it simple and easy to get AC and DC power from sunlight. Aimed at regions of Asia, the Middle East and Africa where grid-supplied electricity is unavailable, these small-scale systems consist of a 'photovoltaic module,' a 'charger/inverter unit,' a 'battery' and 'connecting cables' in a single sales package, and will be available in early November of 2003."  Useful details provided.  3:24:57 PM  permalink  

KYOCERA and SELF in Nigeria: "Kyocera Solar recently supplied solar products and technical support for a unique rural electrification project designed to pump water and power homes, schools, clinics, mosques and local micro-enterprises in Nigeria.  Three agriculture-based villages with a population of about 8,000 are now enjoying solar electricity. The project is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Government of Jigawa State in Nigeria.  Management and on-site assistance are supplied by the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), a non-profit organization with extensive experience in developing village electrification.  SELF projects are typically in villages far from an electric grid and with little prospect of grid connection in the foreseeable future. .. Kyocera Solar Inc. will supply 13 different system configurations based on affordability and application requirements. "

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daily link  Thursday, September 18, 2003


ADB project on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Development in the Pacific was approved on 28 April 2003. The project is aimed at disseminating information on renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency specially on the demand side, developing 5-6 demonstration programs (including maintenance plans), and designing financing schemes and implementation mechanisms in the low-income Pacific Island countries and East Timor to assist promotion of renewable energy resources in a reliable and sustained manner as well as increase the efficiency of energy use.  3:16:49 PM  permalink  

Bangladesh renewables project funded by ADB: "Recently, the Asian Development Bank launched the "Promotion of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Abatement (PREGA)" Project. A National Implementation Committee (NIC) has been formed under the Power Ministry to carry out the tasks of PREGA, the sources said."   PREGA planned to be active in 15 countries in Asia, between 2001 and 2004.  3:14:12 PM  permalink  

Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Climate Change - REACH - ADB.org: "ADB's Technical Assistance program on climate change includes capacity building activities on generic climate change issues and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) with emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency, carbon sequestration, and adaptation."   A number of specific funds and projects are included.  3:14:06 PM  permalink  


daily link  Wednesday, September 17, 2003


Inverter FAQ - All you ever wanted to know about inverters for solar electric systems.  Good reference.  Using its recommended manufacturers and models, http://froogle.google.com can find the parts and prices, like this 150w unit for $60, or this 1000w unit for $500.  12:53:25 PM  permalink  


daily link  Wednesday, September 10, 2003


SolarOne Products and Consulting: "Solar Dynamics announced today the availability of an integrated water purification package for its Harvester mobile solar generator. Each unit is capable of purifying 300 to 1,400 gallons of water per day at a cost of under ½ a cent per gallon, generated solely by the power of the sun. The package can deliver drinking water sufficient for the basic daily needs of 150 to 700 people, whether in response to emergency situations, humanitarian relief efforts, peacekeeping endeavors or micro-enterprise development. A purification package was recently shipped to Sweet Unity Farms in Bara, Tanzania, where it will purify the river water for over 50 families."  Other products include small panels for battery rechargng, a personal portable system, and the Harvester module for adaptation to remote site needs.  9:44:09 PM  permalink  


daily link  Tuesday, September 09, 2003


Renewable Energy Information by Eric Martinot: GEF program officer has collected base of materials and links on Renewable Energy in Developing Countries.  4:07:06 PM  permalink  


daily link  Monday, September 08, 2003


Solar Energy ICT Project in Nigeria: "The Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Turner Isoun, has said that the federal government has developed solar energy pilot project in Bayelsa State.  The pilot solar energy project he said was developed to supplement the unsteady power supply to improve performance of Information Communication Technology (ICT)development in Nigeria.  The move, the minister said, was the beginning of vigorous efforts channelled towards strengthening solar energy which is needed to support ICT equipment throughout the country, adding that more states will soon be provided with solar energy and ICT facilities."  12:10:37 PM  permalink  

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