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The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide EUR 23 million (15 billion CFA) to support investment in one of the largest photovoltaic power stations in sub-Saharan Africa. The EUR 70.5 million (46 billion CFA) scheme will be constructed at Zagtouli on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso and operated by national electricity utility, SONABEL. The new plant is expected to act as a reference for future solar investment across the continent. Once operational the new solar plant will significantly increase power generation in Burkina Faso, reduce dependence on energy imports from Ivory Coast and Ghana and help [...]
Tue, Sep 23, 2014, Continue reading at the source
Solar cells made from polymers have the potential to be cheap and lightweight, but scientists are struggling to make them generate electricity efficiently. A polymer is a type of large molecule that forms plastics and other familiar materials. “The field is rather immature—it's in the infancy stage,” says Luping Yu, a professor in chemistry at the University of Chicago. Now a team of researchers led by Yu has identified a new polymer that allows electrical charges to move more easily through the cell, boosting electricity production. “Polymer solar cells have great potential to provide low-cost, lightweight, and flexible electronic devices to harvest solar energy,” [...]
Tue, Sep 23, 2014, Continue reading at the source
ISLAMABAD: Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and a joint venture comprising Sinohydro and Hajvairy Group signed a contract of civil works for Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project worth Rs.14.544 billion. WAPDA Member (Water) Muhammad Shoaib Iqbal and General Manager Sinohydro Duan Jianxia signed the contract on behalf of WAPDA and the joint venture respectively, said a press release. The signing ceremony was witnessed by WAPDA Member (Finance) Anwar-ul-Haq, senior officers of WAPDA and representatives of joint venture. WAPDA is constructing the 128 MW-Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project on a tributary of Indus River in Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 310 kilometers from [...]
Sat, Sep 20, 2014, Continue reading at the source