IEI Newsletter No.16, June 2010

1 de junho de 2010

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In This Issue
Energy for Sustainable Development: June 2010
Energy for sustainable agriculture
Compiling experiences on irrigation efficiency implementation
M&V of a low-income energy efficiency program in Brazil
Sustainable Energy News
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Editorial: Tweet us!
Dear reader,

Welcome to the 16th issue of the International Energy Initiative (IEI) newsletter. 

It is a pleasure for us to announce that the International Energy Initiative is now on Twitter. In addition to our quarterly newsletter, we intend to get our readers even closer to us, to engage locally and globally, so as to promote energy for sustainable development. We believe that the good use of these social network initiatives are an important tool in this engagement.

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Energy for Sustainable Development: June 2010

  1. The Indian National Initiative for Advanced Biomass Cookstoves: The benefits of clean combustion
  2. The impact of increased biodiesel production on the greenhouse gas emissions from field crops in Canada
  3. Lessons for low-carbon energy transition: Experience from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
  4. Energy use and energy efficiency development in the German and Colombian textile industries
  5. Grid interconnection of renewable energy sources: Spanish legislation
  6. Evaluation of small axial flow hydrokinetic turbines for remote communities
  7. Analysis for cost estimation of low head run-of-river small hydropower schemes
  8. The structure of household energy consumption and related CO2 emissions by income group in Mexico
  9. Domestic energy consumption patterns in urban Bhutan
  10. Potential to produce biohydrogen from various wastewaters
  11. Exergy analysis of ice storage air-conditioning system with heat pipe during charging period
  12. Power supply for farm monitoring application

ESD is a peer-reviewed journal encompassing energy issues (technologies, goals, and policies) from around the world, but focusing on developing countries. 

Energy for sustainable agriculture: one more project concluded

Compiling experiences on irrigation efficiency implementation

Irrigation in India has become increasingly dependent on groundwater, with the consequent impacts on groundwater availability and on energy use for its extraction. The Asian Regional Energy Initiative of the International Energy Initiative (IEI) has compiled the information available from three decades of experience with respect to efficient groundwater extraction and use for agriculture.

This compilation has two purposes. Firstly, to begin a repository on such reports that is publicly accessible and can be expanded with more documents. As importantly, IEI intends to elicit lessons from past experiences that would benefit future programmes, thereby improving groundwater-based irrigation and conservation of energy and water.

The main financial support for this project was provided by the Prayas Energy Group.

Measurement & Verification of a low-income energy efficiency program in Brazil

A drawback for polymeric solar thermal collectors

Early 2009, the magazine Sun & Wind Energy headlined if plastics would be the material of the future for solar thermal collectors. Quoting the article, "experts believe that plastic collectors will play a significant role in the solar thermal sector within a decade. But there is still a long way to go before this becomes a reality". 

Although flat plate collectors are still in their infancy, a Norwegian company that produced them went bankrupt by the end of 2009. The company was renowned by its 15-year research activities on developing the technology together with universities and with one of the largest experts industries in providing engineering thermoplastics solutions.

But experts from the field still envisage an important role for plastics in the field, but with a great deal of research before.

Sustainable Energy News

This section provides news and information about relevant initiatives regarding the progress of sustainable energy efforts from the developing world. IEI is currently establishing a network of contact persons for dissemination of relevant sustainable energy news. This is a great opportunity to make projects from various parts of the world known. Please let us know if you are interested in being such a contact person. We will be happy to acknowledge names of all contributors in the newsletter.

From Clair Marrey, HEDON Household Energy Network

The Advisory Group of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposed the year of 2030 as the target to achieve universal access to energy and to reduce global energy efficiency intensity by 40 percent. The report can be downloaded here.

During 2009 Norad carried out a project to increase focus on rural electrification. The aim of the project was to formulate approaches for the Norwegian development cooperation to work more systematically on the issue. The Norad report 18/2009: "Norwegian Development Assistance to Rural Electrification" is a result of the project. The report is a best practice guide for planning of Rural Electrification projects. It is not the final answer on how to do rural electrification, but an effort to collect best practice and to give a platform for further improvements. More.

Cookstoves: The Secret Weapon Against Poverty and Climate Change
From Clair Marrey, HEDON Household Energy Network

"Stoking up a cookstove revolution is the way to beat poverty and climate change", says the Ashden Awards which has over the past decade rewarded and championed some of the world's leading stove programmes. The organization released a reportreflecting what Sarah Butler Sloss, Founder Director of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, says: "There is now a compelling case for getting improved stoves to millions more people. (…) Better stoves improve health, save lives, help mitigate the effects of climate change while also saving money". More.

Database on bureaucracy hampering the installation of photovoltaic systems launched
From PV Legal Newsletter – May 2010, Issue n° 1, PV Legal Project

Roadmapping 25% of power generation from solar
From IEA OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin No.68, 
IEA-International Energy Agency

By 2050, up to one-quarter of global electricity generation could come from solar energy. Analysis in two new IEA Energy Technology Roadmaps shows how a combination of solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) could be generating 9 000 Terawatt hours of power by mid-century. More  

Electric vehicles: matching variable electricity supply to demand
From IEA OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin No.68, 
IEA-International Energy Agency

Patterns of electricity demand are often hard to match with patterns of electricity supplied from variable renewable sources like wind or photovoltaics. To help bridge the gap, electric vehicles are well placed to act as grid-connected electricity buffering capacity, ultimately saving money for grid operators and energy suppliers alike. The potential of exploiting synergies between transport and renewables-based power production through electric vehicles is explored in the newly released report "RETRANS – Opportunities for the Use of Renewable Energy in Road Transport – Policy Makers Report", published by the IEA Renewable Energy Technology Deployment programme (RETD). More


Carlos Jacome, UNDP Consultant for the Ministry of Energy and Mines (Equador) 
Amanda Luxanda, Regional Manager of the REEEP Secretariat for Southern Africa (South Africa) 
Clair Marrey, HEDON Household Energy Network 
Dr. M.A. Rashid Sarkar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Bangladesh) 
Dr. Jessie C. Elauria, University of the Philippines Los Baños 
Fernando Martins Torres, Petrobras University 
Fernando Nuno, Leonardo Energy
John Ledger, Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (South Africa) 
Joseph Arineitwe Ndemere, Makarere University (Uganda) 
Lu Zeng'an(China) 
Lucy M. Khalema Redeby, Khalema Redeby Consultancy Services (Lesotho) 
Martin Obermaier, Energy Planning Program – COPPE – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 
Pham Hoang Luong, Institute of Heat Engineering and Refrigeration, Department of Thermal Energy Equipment, Hanoi University of Technology (Vietnam) 
Prof. Dieter Holm, ISES Africa (South Africa) 
Prof. Sugathapala, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka) 
Raffaella Bellanca, HEDON Household Energy Network 
Solomon Quansah, Ghana Solar Energy Society – GHASES (Ghana) 
Stephen Karekezi, Director of the AFREPREN and IEI's board member (Kenya) 

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