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2019
30 Apr

$224 million from World Bank for off-grid electrification in Africa

The Board of the World Bank Group approved the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP) to expand off-grid access to electricity for populations in 19 countries in West Africa and the Sahel region, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
2018
14 Aug

First full electric mobility company in Nairobi

The first ever full electric mobility service in East Africa. The launch signals the first time electric rides are available in East Africa for commercial use.
2 Aug

Lead acid battery alternatives set to become big business

Cleantech Hub reports that a mere 13% of lead acid batteries are recycled in Nigeria. Yet there is a mini-grid revolution about to take off in Nigeria, such as the World Bank and the Rural Electrification Agency $350 million project as well as other investments into the sector, driving more batteries.
11 Jun

Electricity Generation Turns to the Ocean

It is a matter of survival now. Neglect of global warming is causing rising sea levels that will soon flood an increasingly large number of cities, that and the melting icecaps making more of the fresh water in the world salty, so desalination is a market doubling every ten years.
31 May

World Bank $200 million to 19 West African countries off-grid power

The beneficiary countries of the project are Mauritania, Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
11 May

Off-grid solar market returns to robust growth

The off-grid solar sector has returned to robust growth, reversing a brief dip in sales that was mostly due to localized shocks, according to a new report released by the World Bank Group's Lighting Global program and the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.
17 Apr

$55 million to expand use of renewable energy in Bangladesh

The World Bank has approved $55 million to expand use of clean renewable energy in rural areas of Bangladesh where grid electricity cannot reach easily.
2016
22 Feb

Are petrol prices affecting the electrification of industrial vehicles

Are petrol prices affecting the electrification of industrial electric vehicles? IDTechEx says the best is yet to come! This article aims to provide a guide on how the new dynamics of petrol prices is affecting electric vehicles in general and industrial electric vehicles specifically.
2015
20 Sep

Outlook on fuel cell technologies for automotive applications

Being the automotive sector a trillion dollar market and given the existence of multiple low carbon powertrain technologies and sunk investments in specific powertrains technologies, the possibility of "betting on the wrong horse" makes the transition to low carbon vehicles a very risky process for incumbent automotive companies (global automotive manufacturers and their tier one suppliers). Through these technology developments these incumbent companies are primarily trying to maintain or increase their captured added value of the automotive value chain and their global sales market share. For new entrants with no existing interests, the risks are lower given they are not compelled to capture most of the value of the powertrain technology, giving them the possibility of sharing it with other parts of the value chain (suppliers, technology developers etc.)
21 Jul

IRENA roadmap to 27% renewable

In June 2014, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched a global renewable energy roadmap called REmap 2030.
2014
9 Apr

IFC backs Ioxus for Series C funding

Ioxus, a manufacturer of premium performance ultracapacitor technology for use in transportation, industrial and energy applications, today announced the completion of its series C funding with receipt of $21 million from investors.
2013
18 Oct

Small electric vehicles succeed in non-glamorous roles

Analysts IDTechEx have recently pointed out that industrial and commercial electric vehicles (hybrid and pure electric) are now a bigger business than electric cars and will remain so for the coming decade, while making almost all the profit of the two put together.
30 Aug

Renewable energy can bring security of energy supply

The need for a secure and reliable energy supply is a seldom mentioned but very important driver for many nations moving towards clean and renewable energy supply.
5 Jul

The light industrial & commercial EV business will exceed $20b by 2023

IDTechEx projects that 119,000 electric taxis will be sold giving a $1.8 billion global market. Most of the commercial electric vehicles, including the taxis, are and will be pure electric. That will even be true of large commercial vehicles, notably e-buses, set to exceed a $20 billion market as early as 2018 and dominated by demand in China.
2011
11 Oct

Pay as you go solar power

According to the World Bank, 1.6Bn people, over one fifth of the world's population, lack access to electricity via a grid and pay high prices for kerosene to serve basic needs such as lighting. Solar lamps and phone chargers have been available for some time but the initial cost is beyond the reach of many potential users. Now Eight19, a developer and manufacturer of printed plastic solar technology has an inexpensive pay-as-you-go, personal solar electricity system for the developing world.
2009
21 Oct

Dirt powered battery for rural Africa

Scientists have known for some time that an electrical charge could be harvested from the metabolic processes of bacteria living in soil but the effort required to achieve this was time consuming for a very low power output. But a team of Harvard scientists has used the idea to design an inexpensive battery, a microbial fuel cell, which can produce enough current to power LED lights and charge cellphone batteries in rural Africa.
23 Feb

The hot applications for energy harvesting

IDTechEx finds that consumer applications are and will remain the greatest market for energy harvesting on small devices by value.
2008
5 Sep

Agreement to provide high-performance solar lighting

Lemnis Lighting and G24 Innovations received a $200,000 grant from the World Bank earlier this year for their solar powered LED light for the 'Lighting Africa' program.
3 Jul

Solar pioneer G24i triumphs at environmental awards

G24 Innovations (G24i) has won the Premier Product Award at the prestigious Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards.
10 Jun

MSPI to invest US$20 million in G24i

Companies with proven technology are still able to attract significant investment even with concerns over the impact of the credit crunch on the renewables sector.
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