Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 12:00 - - It could herald a great leap forward in the way we live our lives. The internet of things, the idea that objects can be interconnected via a global network, will run your home, keep you healthy and even check how much food is in your fridge. It will mean a trillion new “smart sensors”being installed around the world by 2020. But what’s going to power these devices? In some cases, the energy source is obvious: sensors in fridges or traffic lights can simply tap into mains electricity. But it’s much trickier to power something that detects water quality in remote reservoirs,... Read More
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:53 - - Mozambique is seeking to use renewable energy to extend electricity access to rural institutions. Joshua Kirshner Mozambique has one of Africa’s lowest electrification rates. The national grid reached just 23% of the population in 2012. Around 68% of Mozambicans live in widely dispersed rural areas making extending access to electricity difficult. The national grid infrastructure is extremely limited and increasingly struggling to cope with rising demand. Around 80% of the country’s residents rely on biomass resources like wood, charcoal and leaves as their sole energy... Read More
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:49 - - A Nigerian Army soldier guards the pipeline in Kegbara Dere, in the Niger delta. The scale of vandalism has now reached epidemic proportions. Photograph: Jesse Winter Up to 52,000 hectares of land devastated in 2014, according to new estimates of cost to the Nigerian state and oil companies Pipeline vandalism in the Niger delta costs the state and oil companies $14bn (£9.3bn) a year and devastated up to 52,000 hectares of land in 2014, according to new estimates by a leading Nigerian research and development group. But the way to stop the damage is not by militarising the volatile... Read More
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:43 - - Economic boom in Africa could be powered by the sun instead of coal for the first time in history. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP World Energy Report 2015 predicts Africa could be the first to power economic growth with renewable energy while India becomes one of the world’s biggest energy consumers Africa could be the first region in the world to power its economic development on renewable energy rather than fossil fuels such as coal, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) told a press conference yesterday. “I’m very excited about this,” said Fatih Birol as he... Read More
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 18:17 - - Chase Bank is set to receive Sh3 Billion from french fund AFD for lending to environment friendly energy projects.  The mid-sized lender is targeting investors in renewable energy projects such as small hydro, biomass, biogas, solar, and geothermal. “This is a 12-year facility and will therefore address long term funding requirements of energy projects. The total committed amount is €30 million (Sh3.4 billion), of which €10 million (Sh1.1 billion) will be available immediately for lending,” said the bank’s chief executive Paul Njaga. AFD will provide technical... Read More

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