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USAID funded project uses sun, wind and biomass for clean energy in Palawan

A new renewable energy project is using the power of the sun, wind and biomass to provide a clean and reliable source of energy for a community on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. A 25.5 kilowatt hybrid renewable energy power system composed of a biomass gasifier, solar photovoltaic system and wind turbine, has been developed in Roxas, Palawan with the support of the United States Agency for...

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Sumitomo develops energy storage system using used E.V. batteries

Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation developed and installed the world’s first large-scale power storage system that reuses electric vehicle batteries. The system, built on Yume-shima Island, Osaka, will begin operating in February 2014. The prototype system will have a capacity of 600 kilowatts or 400 kilowatt hours and utilize 16 used E.V. Batteries. Over the next three years, the system will measure the smoothing effect of...

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Spring Festival fireworks cause air pollution problem in China

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection found that a large number of cities suffered from “heavy” to “severe” air pollution on the eve of the Spring Festival. They blame this on unfavorable weather conditions and the Spring Festival fireworks. On the eve of the Spring Festival, January 30, of the 161 monitored cities by the M.E.P., over 68 of them were suffering from “heavy air pollution,” while 16 exper...

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Hong Kong prevents 5,800 pieces of e-waste from reaching landfills

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department has collected over 5,800 pieces of waste electrical and electronic equipment, or W.E.E.E., in its year-end recycling program. Under the message of “Use Less, Waste Less,” the E.P.D. collaborated with 400 housing estates in organizing the year-end recovery of W.E.E.E. “The E.P.D. has organized year-end recovery activities for eight consecutive years...

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China, A.D.B. sign agreements for measures to address problems with pollution and the environment

China’s Environmental Protection Ministry and the Asian Development Bank have signed memorandums of understanding to deepen their cooperation in addressing the country’s problems with pollution and climate change. Under one of the memorandums, a partnership has been created between the two parties from 2014 to 2018. Within this time period A.D.B. will cooperate with China in terms of the pre...

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Ascent Solar to build thin film solar module plant in Suqian, China

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. will be building their newest manufacturing plant in Suqian, Jiangsu Province, China. The company, which develops and manufactures thin-film photovoltaic modules, signed a definitive agreement with the government of the municipal city of Suqian to form a joint venture entity to establish their manufacturing facility in the area. "The signing of this definitive agreement...

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Heavy smog blankets China’s cities

Over a hundred cities in several provinces in China have experienced smog this past week, an issue that is being blamed largely on motor vehicles. In total, 104 cities in 20 provinces near and within the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the Yangtze River Delta region have been covered in thick smog in the past few days. This smog reduced visibility to less than 10 meters in some locations. The smog,...

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Hong Kong’s recycling program collects 5,000 pieces of e-waste

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department’s recycling program was able to collect 5,500 pieces of waste electrical and electronic equipment in an attempt to bolster recycling habits in the region. The month-long initiative, School Recycle W.E.E.E. (waste electrical and electronic equipment), was seen in 145 schools, sharing the “Use Less, Waste Less” message with teach...

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Clean energy fund for Southeast Asia garners $164 million

Around $164 million in capital commitments is available for renewable energy projects in Southeast Asia. Armstrong Asset Management has announced that they have been successful in garnering support from investors for their first clean energy fund. The fund will focus on the development and construction of small-scale clean energy infrastructure projects in the emerging market of Southeast...

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Toyota plans widespread deployment of E.V., P.H.V. chargers in Japan

Toyota Motor Corporation is planning to carry out tests which will assess the practicality of widespread deployment of chargers for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles across Japan. The tests, which will look at the need for more chargers, will be carried out in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, from November 15, 2013, to March 15, 2014. It will be conducted jointly with the local go...

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