After a couple of years of talking about the possibility of having an electricity futures market, the Singapore government is close to implementing it but not before seeking views from the industry and stakeholders.
At the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) in October, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, will address a new energy reality confronting the world today - one that will be increasingly shaped by emerging economies. In Asia, for instance, energy consumption is projected to grow rapidly, fuelled by economic growth and increasing population. This region will be a major catalyst for energy demand growth in the coming decades. Asian countries will face the challenge of securing access to energy supplies at competitive prices, while paying increasing attention to their environmental sustainability goals.Ms van der Hoeven will address these challenges and opportunities in a wide-ranging dialogue with global and Asian energy leaders during SIEW's Singapore Energy Summit (SES) on 22 October.
Asia is rapidly becoming the global hotbed for renewable energy as clean energy investment shifts increasingly towards Asia. Today, more than half the world’s renewable energy projects are being developed in energy-hungry developing nations like China and India. The inaugural Asia Future Energy Forum and Exhibition (AFEF), co-located with the 2nd Asia Smart Grid (ASG), promises to help enterprises capitalise on this shift. The Innovation Hub, organised in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, is a showcase of upcoming renewable energy projects, connecting developers of proposed clean energy projects with potential investors and partners.
Energy leaders from the public and private sectors will come together to discuss ideas and share perspectives at the Singapore Energy Summit (SES), kicking off the series of conferences at the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2012. This year, SES discussions will centre on broad issues towards "Shaping a New Energy Landscape". These will include the need to diversify energy sources to enhance energy security, a discussion on the world’s future energy mix, and the resulting implications of these developments on energy markets and climate change.
Strategic Petroleum, a Singapore-based company, has introduced a multi-feed gasification system to turn waste into energy. The STX MultiFEED is able to process different kinds of biomass and waste material simultaneously through molten metal gasification to produce syngas.
Sembcorp has opened a S$34 million woodchip-fuelled biomass steam production plant in Singapore. The Sembcorp Woodchip Boiler Plant provides process steam to commercial customers on Jurong Island, using waste wood collected and processed by Sembcorp’s solid waste collection business.
Web giant Google is investing US$55million in a Californian wind farm as part of a massive wind farm project.
The demands for the greening of electrical power are increasingly strident, no more so in Asia. But does the build up of nuclear generators pose an even bigger threat than carbon emissions? The question remains unanswered.
The National Solar Repository (NSR) was launched today by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) in collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic, at an industry event co-organised by Clean Energy Programme Office (CEPO) members EDB and EMA, as well as SBF and SEAS. The NSR captures data from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed in Singapore, ranging from commercial, industrial to residential buildings.
Bamboo, a wild grass that grows in Africa, Asia and Latin America, could help tackle climate change and provide income for local communities, a conference has heard. It can sequester carbon faster than similar fast-growing tree species such as Chinese fir and eucalyptus when properly managed, said Coosje Hoogendoorn, director-general of International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), based in Beijing, China.
What have hydrocarbons got to do with your life and why should you miss them when they’re gone? First, let’s define what we mean by hydrocarbons: hydrocarbons are molecules which are made of hydrogen and carbon atoms. By George H Croy. Part Six of a Gaia Discovery Energy Series based on his book "The Energy Trail – Where Is It Leading".
Chris Huhne speech to LSE: "Green growth: the transition to a sustainable economy"
ABC of Energy - Energy Applications & Consumption. Part Four of a Gaia Discovery Energy Series based on "The Energy Trail – Where Is It Leading" by George H Croy, available at Amazon & other good book stores.
Part Two of a Gaia Discovery Energy Series based on "The Energy Trail – Where Is It Leading" by George H Croy, available at Amazon & other good book stores. From the previous column on the ABC of Energy what we learned so far was that the Sun is not Energy, but a ‘machine’ that converts energy from one form to another. So how can we define ‘Energy’ in an understandable form? The simplest way to describe energy would be to imagine it as a ‘means to do work’. In other words, by expending energy, we are able to do things.
Part One of a Series based on The Energy Trail – Where Is It Leading by George H Croy, available at Amazon and other good book stores. Most people take energy for granted. You flip a switch and the light comes on. Or twist a key and the car’s engine roars into life. Energy is so much part of our lives that we pay very little attention to it. But, answer a simple question: What is energy? You can’t see, you can’t touch it, you can’t smell it – you can’t hold it in the palm of your hand.
A review of energy consumed by everyday electrical lighting at home by electronics expert Andrew Porter, from halogen to compact flourescent lamps to the all new electron-stimulated luminescence lamps.
Are we at the summit of the oil peak? Is there a finite amount of fossil fuel energy on the planet, and so, are companies like Shell rushing ahead to replace traditional oil and gas with alternative sources of energy production? What is the future of energy? These were among the questions raised at the Shell – Energy Studies Institute Energy Dialogue during the 2009 Singapore International Energy Week.
“Asia’s thirst for power is to be unquenchable.” This statement from the Financial Times Survey in 1995 provides a clear view of the present energy situation in many Asian countries; and it looks that this situation will remain such for many years to come.