Energy efficiency is the approach that involves doing more with less through a number of initiatives to reduce energy waste. The commitments that China, India and Southeast Asian countries have made to energy efficiency show us that energy efficiency is good “bang for the buck".
In this report you’ll find a number of practical case studies whereby companies and governments are using information technology to provide a better grid system, smarter buildings and enhanced logistics. It shows how organisations are achieving reduced energy requirements as a result of improvements to energy efficiency and reduced consumption ...
In the United States, petrol has fallen to less than $2 per gallon (53 cents per liter) for the first time in 5 years. Analysts point to many different reasons for the the crash in crude oil prices (and the subsequent drop in petrol) but these beautiful graphs lay out the reason in a clear format that's easy to understand.
In the rollout of new hydropower projects around the world no one is playing a bigger role than China. 5 of the 10 biggest hydroelectric power stations in the world are in China and Chinese companies are working on hundreds of projects in other countries. The role China is playing doesn’t just apply to engineering, Chinese banks are filling the gap of traditional funders such as the World Bank.
In Nairobi telecommunications firm MTN have opened a new data office with 70 racks aimed at supporting small to medium sized businesses. Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre has 600 racks and IBM have recently opened a cognitive cloud computing service in conjunction with Sidian Bank. Kenya is now a growing hub for online supported services and cloud technology not just in East Africa, but across the continent as a whole.
Africa needs to invest in more mini grid and off grid solutions to provide more people with power and support economic growth and social transformation, so says Africa Progress Panel - led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Traditional methods of supplying power are unreliable and experience many challenges, with mini grids and off grids as modern methods can help bridge that gap. Their demand is increasing and costs decreasing.
In late 2004, Kisumu bay, Lake Victoria, was covered in a blue-green hue. The algal bloom - a proliferation of cyanobacteria – demarcated an area of low oxygen and eventually decomposing algae, causing fish to suffocate or flee and contaminating the drinking water- a dead zone. Adapt-N, a software programme developed by researchers at Cornell University seeks to solve this problem.