7 December 2015 2015 12:32 AM GMT

China New Energy Signs Deal for Bioenergy Projects in Africa

China New Energy Ltd. has signed an agreement with Sunbird Bioenergy Africa to develop two biorefineries, one each in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Under the terms of the agreement, CNE will be responsible for designing the two biorefineries and supplying the key operating components including pre-treatment of feedstock, fermentation, distillation and dehydration, as well as project management and support services. Richard Bennett, a CNE director, is also a director of Sunbird.

In Zimbabwe, CNE will assist Sunbird Bioenergy to develop a bioenergy project that, at full capacity, is intended to deliver 120 million litres of fuel grade ethanol for the government’s biofuel blending programme. The project is expected to cost US$50 million.

Construction is due to start in 2016 and commercial operations in late 2017.

In Zambia, Sunbird Bioenergy is at an advanced stage of negotiations with the government to develop a project on the Luena Farm block in Luapula province. “Whilst representatives of the Zambian government have publically stated that the project shall proceed, Sunbird Bioenergy is still finalising the terms of the transaction and the necessary contracts,” CNE said in a statement.


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Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a battery storage system (BSS) to store enough energy to run the 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time. It follows a unique collaboration with Pivot Power to install a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS, with funds managed by Downing LLP. The project, the first of its kind in the UK, will also save club money as it works to support low-carbon plans. The BSS allows Arsenal to avoid peak power prices, buying electricity when it is cheap and storing it for use when prices are high. Typically, energy can cost three times more at peak times than overnight. The installation maintains Arsenal as the leader in sustainability in sport following its commitment to clean energy with Octopus Energy in 2016.

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Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

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Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

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