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In the headlines: Lockheed Martin to develop the world's largest wave energy project & global EV production forecast to surge 67%

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17 February 2014
In the headlines: Lockheed Martin to develop the world's largest wave energy project & global EV production forecast to surge 67%

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Ban Ki-moon’s global warming summit in September “has to be a success”, according to the UK’s top climate diplomat, who warns it is critical leaders of the world’s top carbon polluters attend. So far no world leader has committed to the meeting, despite it taking place on the sidelines of the 2014 General Assembly, when heads of state are typically in New York. “The simple thing is that no one wants to go as a head of state unless they have a clear announcement they want to make,” Sir David King told RTCC, adding that each leader is currently waiting for others to confirm their attendance before announcing their own decision. Responding to Climate Change, February 6.

Google is set to fund a $650,000 (£390,000) research project with UK charity SolarAid to explore the extent to which efforts to distribute solar lights in Africa can help alleviate poverty. Renewable energy companies have long maintained that solar lamps can significantly improve livelihoods in areas of Africa that are off-grid by eliminating the need for dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps, allowing businesses to stay open longer, and enabling school children to complete their homework safely at night. BusinessGreen, February 17.

Asia – Pacific

Lockheed Martin has agreed a deal to develop the world's largest wave energy project with Australian company Victorian Wave Partners. The 62.5MW peak power wave energy generation project will be built in three stages off the coast of Victoria, Australia, using the wave energy converter technology developed by Ocean Power Technologies (OPT), the US defence company said in a statement. Once completed, the project is expected to produce enough energy to meet the needs of 10,000 homes and has received "significant grant support" from ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) to achieve this aim. BusinessGreen, February 13.

China

China and the United States, the world's top emitters of greenhouse gases, pledged on Saturday to work together to attenuate the effects of global climate change. "China and the United States will work together ... to collaborate through enhanced policy dialogue, including the sharing of information regarding their respective post-2020 plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions," according to a U.S.-China joint statement issued at the end of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's whirlwind Beijing visit. Reuters, February 15.

Hareon Solar has announced plans to install 150MW of PV capacity at three sites in China. The company, based in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, has asked the Hebei provincial government for permission to build a 50MW ground-mount array near Zhangjiakou, northwest of Beijing. Recharge, February 14.

Europe

Germany’s renowned Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute and the prefecture of Fukushima have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote close co-operation after the opening in April of the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute. At the core of the co-operation between the Freiburg-based institute and Fukushima will be scientific exchanges as well as joint workshops and symposiums. Recharge, February 14.

India

The Indian government is looking to deliver one of the most ambitious projects involving solar-powered water pumps in the world. According to Bloomberg, the Indian government is looking to exchange 26 million ground water pumps, which now mostly run on grid electricity or diesel, with more efficient and solar-powered water pumps. The country will spend $1.6 billion over five years on getting just the first 200,000 deployed, according to the article. Gigaom, February 7.

India will add nearly 30,000 MW of power generation capacity from renewable energy sources — doubling it from the current size — in the next four years, a senior official said on Wednesday. “We plan to add around 20,000 MW of wind and around 10,000 MW of solar capacity by 2016-17,” said B K Chaturvedi, Planning Commission Member (Energy). At present the renewable energy capacity in the country is around 30,000 MW. The Hindu, February 12.

North America

The US government will spend an extra US$ 1billion on improving the country’s resilience to climate change, President Obama said today. The Climate Resilience Fund will be included in the 2015 budget set to be released next month. Obama will announce the extra funding as he visits the drought-stricken state of California today. According to the White House, the money will go towards research into the projected impacts of climate change and how to prepare communities and infrastructure to deal with them, as well as funding new technology that will increase resilience in the face of extreme weather events. Responding to Climate Change, February 14.

New York has officially launched its Green Bank, confirming plans to boost investment in environmental technologies and renewable energy, such as wind farms and solar panels. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the bank officially started operations yesterday, outlining how it will invest alongside other parties in clean power and energy efficiency projects. BusinessGreen, February 12.

UK

Britain is sleepwalking towards disaster because of a failure to recognise that climate change is causing the extreme weather that has blighted the country for more than a month, Ed Miliband has warned. The Labour leader says in an interview with the Observer that climate change is now an issue of national security that has the potential not only to destabilise and cause conflict between regions of the world, but to destroy the homes, livelihoods and businesses of millions of British people. The Guardian, 16 February.

The U.K. backed plans to turn air into liquid as a way to store energy from volatile solar and wind plants, granting more than 8 million pounds ($13 million). The Department of Energy and Climate Change awarded funds to a partnership of Viridor Waste Management Ltd. and Highview Power Storage to seek to commercialize the technology and link it to the grid, it said today in an e-mailed statement. Bloomberg Businessweek, February 13.

Innovation

Attention electric vehicles: 2014 will be good to you. That’s the prediction from IHS Automotive, which said Tuesday it expects global production of EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) to rise 67% this year. That compares with just a 3.6% increase in the production of all vehicles globally. Los Angeles Times, February 4.

IKEA is well-known for the company’s sustainability practices and it currently has a campaign to provide solar lighting and fuel-efficient cooking stoves in UNHCR refugee camps. It started on February 3 and is running through March 29, 2014, the global IKEA store initiative includes a donation of 1€, the equivalent of approximately $1.35, to the UNHCR for every IKEA LEDARE – LED light bulb sold, reports IKEA. CleanTechnica, February 17.

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