UN chief praises China’s G20 summit leadership

The 11th G20 Summit is to be held on Sept. 4-5 in China’s eastern city of Hangzhou, is expected to make an action plan on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to focus more on development issues with an aim to inject new impetus into the world economy and promote global consensus on development.

The theme of the summit is: “Toward an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy”

G20 Summit, China - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attends a press conference at the Climate Action Special Executive Session. Hangzhou, China
G20 Summit, China – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attends a press conference at the Climate Action Special Executive Session. Hangzhou, China

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday spoke highly of the Chinese leadership in focusing the upcoming summit of the Group of 20 (G20) on promoting green growth and bolstering the presence of developing countries.

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Solar Power Financing: Key for Developing Nations

Solar Power Financing Key To Solar Power In Developing Countries

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Solar Power financing. In 2009 Wandee Khunchornyakong, an enterprising woman from Thailand went to her local government office to ask about solar power. Today, her solar power company is one of the largest solar power firms in her nation.

In 2009 Wandee Khunchornyakong, an enterprising woman in Thailand, wanted to find out how to add renewable solar power to her local electrical grid. She went to a government office to find out more information. There, she found permits for solar installations just begging for people to take advantage of them. She picked one up but… Continue reading Solar Power Financing: Key for Developing Nations

Scotland Wind Power: 106% Electricity Demand from Wind

by John Brian Shannon

Last Sunday, in the midst of gale force winds, wind farms generated 106% of Scotland’s electricity demand. It wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last time.

On many other occasions Scotland produces prodigious amounts of electricity via wind power and with more wind turbines being installed every year we should expect this to become a normal occurrence.

“Turbines spread across the land and in the ocean surrounding Scotland provided 39,545 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity to the National Grid on Sunday while the country’s total power consumption for homes, business and industry was 37,202 MWh.

Scotland’s goal of generating 50% of their annual electricity from renewables is on pace to happen a full year early. Scotland also has a goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2020, but it might only get to 87% per some reports. Still – 87% over the course of a year is a powerful value and will probably mean 100% will arrive before 2025.” — Electrek

Both hydro-electric dams and wind turbines in Scotland rely on electricity storage in the form of pumped storage — water pumped back up the hill into the reservoir, allowing that energy to be harvested again.

Scotland wind power Strathdearn pumped-storage hydro scheme. Image courtesy of Scottish Scientist.
Scotland wind power Strathdearn pumped-storage hydro scheme. Image courtesy of Scottish Scientist.

During the nighttime, wind flow across both ocean and land are more constant than during the daylight hours. Conveniently, this is also when electrical demand is lower, allowing surplus electricity during those hours to pump the water back into the reservoir and ready for the sudden demand spike at 7:00am the next morning.

More pumped storage solutions are planned for Scotland as it’s convenient and (especially over the long term) affordable.

Read about Scottish plans to increase pumped storage

More offshore and onshore wind farms, more pumped storage and more hydro-electric dams means that Scotland may reach it’s goal of 50% renewable energy one year early, while the larger goal of 100% renewable energy by 2020 could take up to 2025 to achieve due to regulatory issues.

Still, that’s an amazing accomplishment by any standard. Hats off to Scotland!

China Holds First Nuclear Safety Drill

China holds first nuclear safety drill amid safety concerns

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China nuclear power plants 2016. Image courtesy of www.nrdc.cn

Beijing (dpa) – China has held its first comprehensive nuclear security emergency drill to test and improve its incident response, authorities said Sunday. The drill, code-named “Fengbao-2016,” took place Saturday and did not have a pre-planned result in order to better test the effectiveness of security systems, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for… Continue reading China Holds First Nuclear Safety Drill

Solar Power Plant for Chernobyl nuclear site?

Barren Land Around Chernobyl Could Be Solar Power Site

File photo: Ukraine 43MW solar power plant 'Starokozache'. Image courtesy of Activ Solar.
Ukraine plans to install an enormous solar power plant around the stricken Chernobyl nuclear power plant site and is looking for investors. File photo: An existing solar power plant in Ukraine, the 43MW ‘Starokozache’ solar power facility. Image courtesy of Activ Solar.

Ukraine is considering a daring new plan to transition to solar power. Thirty years after the worst nuclear accident in history, Chernobyl still strikes fear into the hearts of many. Today, the land around the crippled nuclear power plant — which will remain dangerously radioactive for centuries — is a wasteland unsuitable for human habitation or… Continue reading Solar Power Plant for Chernobyl nuclear site?