The southern region of Minas Gerais state will have the country’s 1st plant with electric power generation from the garbage

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“The City of Boa Esperança (MG) must have soon the country’s first power plant that will generate electricity from waste. The project, led by Furnas Centrais Elétricas, has had its first phase completed after tests are carried out in an experimental plant In Mauá, in the interior of São Paulo.The next step is the construction of the plant in the Southern region of Minas Gerais state, which will have a capacity of 1 MW and will be interconnected with the Minas Gerais Energy Company (Cemig).”

Read more on Portal Saneamento Básico (Portuguese only!)

International Seminar on the Prospection of Renewable Energies

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From April 5 to 12, 2017, the International Seminar on the Prospection of Renewable Energies was held, coordinated by the research group Public Policies and Dynamics of Territorial Development, led by Prof. Dr. Christian Luiz da Silva, that received Prof. Dr. Mayra Casas Vilardell (Universidad de Pinar del Río), or Prof. Dr. Alain Hernández Santoyo, postdoctoral fellow by the Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná, and Prof. Arielys Martínez Hernández, of the Universidad de Pinar del Río, who is doing her sandwich doctorate from March to September this year in the Postgraduate Program in Technology and Society under the supervision of Prof. Christian.

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This seminar is part of the international cooperation between the Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná and the Universidad de Pinar del Río (UPR) funded by the MÊS/CUBA call of CAPES. The project is in the third year of completion and ends in 2018. In addition to the work missions, study missions are being carried out as part of this year’s visit by Prof. Arielys. Prof. Decio Estevão do Nascimento will be doing his post-doctorate at UPR by the end of this year.

The project is financed by the funding call (Edital Universal) and this time has new partners, such as Unioeste and UNILA.

This project is part of the internationalization efforts of the Postgraduate Program in Technology and Society (PPGTE) and the Planning and Public Governance Program (PPGPGP). It also has the support of and joint actions with the Department of Management and Economics (DAGEE).

Map shows: Paraná is more ‘solar’ than previously thought

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According to the “Solar Map” project of Itaipu the state of Paraná has untapped potential – and this is also because of a wrong image about the use of solar energy!

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The map of solar potencial in Paraná. Credit: Divulação / Itaipu

“Paraná has a great potential for solar energy to be explored. The average values of radiation and productivity of the State is higher than in 29 countries in Europe and 59% higher than the average of Germany, the country with the largest installed capacity in the world “This information is part of the latest survey, done in 2006. This database is undergoing an update and will be part of the first Solar Energy Atlas of Paraná, which is expected to be released in the second half of April.

Read more about the project Solar Map on the website of Itaipu [only Portuguese] and see the news article on Portal Paraná [only Portuguese]!

Barueri (SP) will have Energy Recovery Unit

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The first urban waste-burning plant for electric power generation is expected to begin construction in the first quarter of 2017, in the city of Barueri, in the state of São Paulo. The project with the name Energy Recovery Unit (ERU) follows the same model of power plants in countries such as Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Germany.

In the model installed in Barueri the solid waste is burned with a technique called Mass Burn, that is, it does not require any previous treatment or separation. These solid wastes combust, generating steam that moves turbines in the same way a thermoelectric plant would do. Some of the electricity generated is used by the plant itself, while 87% go directly to the city’s energy grid. In English, this type of energy generation is called Waste to Energy (WTE).

Read more on the Ambiente Energia portal.

China announces $ 174 bil. in clean energy by 2020

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According to the Bem Paraná Portal, “the most populous country in the world and also the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, China is investing heavily in energy infrastructure for the production of renewable energy. noticia_483104_img1_eolica1According to the agency, hydropower and wind power generation are expected to concentrate most of the investment, with short-term targets set for measures to be in place by 2020 “In addition to the environmental impact of replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources, the policy should also generate 300,000 direct and indirect jobs only with respect to wind energy.”

Read the article on the Bem Paraná Portal here.

To learn more about the case of the change in the energy matrix, we recommend reading the article by Ming et al. (2014). In the article published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (Elsevier) entitled “Review of renewable energy investment and financing in China: Status, mode, issues and countermeasures”

Abstract

1-s2-0-s1364032113007752-gr1With the support of national policies, China’s renewable energy generation industry has experienced a rapid development period and entered the world forefront level, especially in the aspects of installed capacity and speed of newly installed capacity. However, with the rapid development of renewable energy, the power generation industry is facing more and more challenges, particularly in investment and financing. For wind power industry, there are also some problems such as single financing channels, blindness of investment projects and so on, which will result in financing difficulties for some advanced projects. In addition, the problems of photovoltaic (PV) power generation lead to vicious competition and to tumble in international market, thus the overcapacity of China’s entire PV industry emerges. Generally speaking, the renewable energy industry is facing a seemingly contradictory prediction of funding deficiencies and blind investment, which is derived from the government-centered renewable energy investment and financing. This government-centered mode has promoted the development of renewable energy industry in the early stage, but it can not be adapted to the requirements of sustainable development. In view of these, the problems of renewable energy investment and financing are thoroughly studied in this paper.

This paper proceeds as follows: Firstly, the overview of the development of China’s renewable energy industry is briefly introduced. Secondly, the status quo of China’s renewable energy investment and financing is explored in detail based on the following five perspectives: investment situation; Investment and financing bodies; Investment and financing means; Sources of funding and financing channels.1-s2-0-s1364032113007752-gr21Secondly, the patterns and characteristics of renewable energy financing are summarized and a comparative analysis of wind power and photovoltaic power generation is carried out. Finally, renewable energy investment and financing issues are discussed and further feasible proposals are put forward. In all, this paper is of great significance in the sustainable and healthy development of China’s renewable energy.

After COP22, Morocco To Implement 100% Renewable Electricity

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At COP22 the global community came together to discuss, among others, how to move more quickly to more sustainable energy supplies. This transition must be understood as a source of innovation and a driver of change towards an economic system that works within the Earth’s limits. Morocco has pointed out some of those gains successfully, but there is still a long way to go to changing its energy patterns. Read CleanTecnica’s report about the COP’s host country Morocco’s challenges in this process.

At COP22, 48 countries committed to “strive to meet 100% domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible while working to end energy poverty, protect water and food security, taking into consideration national circumstances.” They are among the most vulnerable countries and are united as the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF). With their declaration, these countries prove unique leadership in Marrakesh, keeping up to the promise to make the first COP after the Paris Agreement entering into force, an “Action COP.”

Changes in the energy sector imply changes to the whole economy and thus need thorrow planning and integration between science and technology, the economy, the political process and the cultural sphere as well.