Indonesia's Koba Tin faces 2nd illegal mining probe
February 29, 2008 06:07 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's second-largest tin producer, PT Koba Tin, should stop using sub-contractors to mine tin as the company faces its second investigation into alleged illegal mining, a senior government official said on Friday. Indonesia is the world's No. 2 tin producer after China. A government crackdown on illegal tin mining in the Bangka-Belitung islands since late 2006 has led to the closure of several small smelters.

Renewable Energy Accelerates Meteoric Rise
February 28, 2008 10:17 AM - UNEP

Washington, D.C. - The renewable energy industry is stepping up its meteoric rise into the mainstream of the energy sector, according to the REN21 Renewables 2007 Global Status Report. Renewable energy production capacities are growing rapidly as a result of more countries enacting far-reaching policies.

Bad blends: biofuel labeling often inaccurate
February 28, 2008 10:04 AM - ENN

While sampling blended biodiesel fuels purchased from small-scale retailers, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution found that many of the blends do not contain the advertised amount of biofuel. Marine chemist Chris Reddy and colleagues sampled pure biodiesel and blends from more than a dozen distributors across the United States. When testing fuels listed as 20 percent biodiesel (commonly known as B20), they found that the actual percentage of biofuel ranged from as little as 10 percent to as much as 74 percent. Only 10 percent of samples met the specifications for biofuel blends required for vehicles of the U.S. Department of Defense, one of the leading consumers of the products.

UK clears 3 wind farms in clean energy target chase
February 28, 2008 09:00 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - British energy minister Malcolm Wicks has given the all clear to three wind farms in England as the government tries to clear a backlog of clean energy projects and hit ambitious renewable energy targets. Two of the projects are onshore wind farms in North Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire, while the third is an offshore project planned for the Thames Estuary.

Britain delays CO2 permit issue as EU dithers
February 28, 2008 08:58 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has decided to delay issuing European Union carbon emissions allowances (EUAs) because the European Commission is still unsure when the carbon trading registry system will start, the British government said on Thursday. The environment ministry Defra said in a statement that the trading, which will be connected to the United Nations International Transaction Log, must be ready before December.

Exploring the Green-BoP Nexus Pt. 1: A Nano-Sized Car Reveals
February 27, 2008 10:34 AM - , Next Billion

The launch of the Tata Nano, the ridiculously low-priced car that could open a floodgate of new drivers in India and elsewhere, is undoubtedly one of the milestone innovations marking the early years of the 21st century. This is not just because of the unprecedented feat of technological and design innovation it represents but because of the huge rift it exposes in the public debate over the linkages between two crucial concepts, poverty and environment.

Ceramic Fuel Cells gets first major order
February 27, 2008 08:11 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Ceramic Fuel Cells said on Wednesday it had secured the first big order for its energy efficient fuel cells, and a source close to the situation said it expects similar orders in the next 12 months. Shares in Ceramic rose 10 percent to 21p after it announced the five-year deal with Dutch energy firm and utility partner Nuon, worth between 75-100 million pounds ($147-197 million).

DSM, partners receive U.S. grant for biofuels study
February 27, 2008 03:23 AM - Reuters

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch chemicals group DSM NV said on Wednesday it and partners have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for research on the production of bio-based products, including biofuels. DSM said in a statement the project will run for four years and its partners for the project include Abengoa Bioenergy New Technologies, Los Alamos Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory.

A solar powered world?
February 26, 2008 10:35 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Arizona Public Service (APS) has announced plans to build a 280-megawatt concentrating solar power plant in the desert 70 miles southwest of Phoenix. The Solana Generating Station, if it were operating today, would be the single largest solar power plant on the planet. Solana, with its thermal energy storage, will be able to operate 24/7 providing power for 70,000 homes.

CLP to develop world's largest solar power station
February 25, 2008 07:24 AM - Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - An Australian subsidiary of CLP Holdings Ltd, the larger of Hong Kong's two power utilities, has agreed with Melbourne-based Solar Systems to develop the world's largest solar power station. TRUenergy will contribute an initial A$7 million ($6.5 million) to develop a 2-megawatt heliostat concentrated photovoltaic pilot plant, subsequently investing up to A$285 million to build the remaining stages of the 154 megawatt project in northern Victoria, Australia, CLP said.

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