Demand for cobalt, which has tripled since 2010, is expected to reach 222,000 tonnes by 2025. In the pursuit of their interests, multinationals extracting minerals from the DRC have no respect for the rights of peasants, national laws, climate emergency needs or social safeguards.People living in mining areas suffer endemic endemic poverty.
Inclusive Energy announces the launch of a new product in the Cloud Solar range for Productive Use of Renewable Energy (PURE) applications. The new product – CS Smart PWM 40 – has specifically been designed for use with larger, productive use systems.
While the crippling energy poverty in Africa has restrained the continent’s overall progress in combating poverty, it does point to a potential solution — a continent-wide effort for renewable energy investment in Africa, including both power-generation plants and, crucially, a transmission network.
MIT engineers and collaborators developed a solar-powered device that avoids salt-clogging issues of other designs. The researchers estimate that if the system is scaled up to the size of a small suitcase, it could produce about 4 to 6 liters of drinking water per hour and last several years before requiring replacement parts.
Solar- and wind-based EV charger originally designed for off-grid farms. Bardia’s tower combines a vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) with solar panels affixed to the turbine’s wing assembly. The idea sprouted from Bardia’s original dream of providing clean, reliable electricity to farmers in the global South or any off-grid region.
An international research group has analyzed a vertical bifacial agrivoltaics system in a drought-stricken part of Chile. They say that the solar array can improve water efficiency for crop irrigation, while the vertical system configuration optimizes PV power generation throughout the day, minimizing curtailment.
On Friday the 25 August 2023 at 21:45 the Kenyan national grid went down and the country suffered the longest blackout in recent years. An exception was the small market village of Kitonyoni in Makueni County, which is powered by a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant and a mini grid where the lights stayed on over the 20-hour period of the black out.
Scientists from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology sought to define optimal capacity expansion planning for off-grid PV mini-grids in rural Ethiopia and found that there may be serious issues in achieving cost-effectiveness and reliability at the same time.

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