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Japan's solar energy future still uncertain

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It is very difficult to predict the future solar energy development in Japan. After the Fukushima accident the Japanese seemed to abandon nuclear energy and turn to solar and other renewables as replacement options. Since 2012, Japanese government also introduced feed-in-tariffs which forced electricity providers to buy power from renewable energy suppliers.

This opened the door for many large solar energy projects such as massive floating solar farm near Tokyo which should power approximately 5000 average Japanese homes in 2018. 

However, the government support for solar energy seems to be waning in Japan and Tokyo's long-term's commitment to renewables looks seriously in doubt because government is looking to kickstart nuclear energy back in the mix even despite the public perception.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:45

Understanding the Different Types of Waste

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Waste materials can be harmful or beneficial depending on their state and how they are handled. If you are looking to recycle, you need to know what type of waste could be beneficial for you and your business. Learning the different types of waste products is the first step in the right direction towards achieving your goals.

Even if you are planning on hiring someone to be doing your waste disposal for you, you should at least familiarize yourself with the process. The idea behind this is to help you identify problems and also be able to contribute whenever there are problems with your waste management. Recycling waste management is a process by which some of the waste is re-used for making other products. When it comes to waste products, they are divided into several distinct groups. Once you understand the type of waste that your business produces will help you to improve your disposal methods. The following are the different types of waste that you can come across:

  • Hazardous Waste
    This waste is harmful to either the environment and/or people. When dealing with hazardous waste, you need to take very great care of how you handle it. In most countries, businesses are encouraged by their government to ensure that they deal with the appropriate authority. Recycling waste management can be a lot tricky when it comes to dealing with hazardous waste. Hazardous materials tend to either be reactive, corrosive, inflammable and toxic. These could easily catch fire, corrode metal, explode or even be poisonous to you and your environment. If you own a business that deals with products that end up as hazardous waste, you should ensure that your employees have the necessary protective wear.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 13:21


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Currently, world cities generate about 1.3 billion tons of solid waste per year (or approx. 1.2 kg per person per day). This volume is expected to increase to 2.2 billion tones by 2025.

There is no any optimal solution so far for safe and cost-effective utilization of MSW (Municipal solid waste) and other biomass. Landfilling, incineration and dumping of waste inflict irreparable harm on peoples’ health and environmental well-being, and existing treatment methods are not economically reasonable.

Uncollected wastes (particularly MSW) contributes to flooding, air pollution, and public health impacts, such as respiratory ailments, diarrhea, dengue fever, oncology and many other diseases. In lower income countries waste management is usually a city's largest budgetary item.

Australian developer of Advanced Green Technologies ADGEX Limited is marketing innovative green processor tradenamed “greenBLAZE”.

greenBLAZE is altogether new way of waste-to-energy generation. It is designed for conversion of any type of wastes into high-grade fuel, electricity and heat energy. ADGEX’s processor can treat any sort of carbon-contained materials and wastes, such as municipal solid wastes, household and agriculture wastes, poultry manure, animal waste products, oil sludge, coal of any type and quality and other biomass, at that all feedstock can be mixed and loaded into the machine without preliminary separation.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 11:30

Renewable energy in Australia shows promising signs

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Australia certainly has the potential to become one of the top renewable energy producers. Big country with lot of abundant renewable energy sources at its disposal can certainly make its name on global renewable energy market.

Some promising signs are already there. According to the latest CEDEX report Australia’s renewable energy sector reached a record in October, with 21.7% of electricity in the national electricity market being generated from renewable energy sources.

From this year's perspective, in the full year to October, renewable energy accounted for 14.7% of supply to the national electricity market, which is a respectable number by all means. The increase in renewable energy use has also led to decrease in country's greenhouse gas emissions, which dropped 0.8% less than a year earlier.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2016 13:33

Slowdown in U.S. wind energy installations not a worrying sign

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The latest report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says that U.S. wind energy installations decreased 44 percent in the third quarter as they fell to 895 megawatts during the quarter from 1,603 a year earlier.

This, however, is not a worrying sign. It is merely a sign than wind energy developers are no longer in hurry to begin their wind energy projects this year because of the renewal of wind energy tax credit that occurred at the end of last year.

The renewal of federal production tax credit gave wind energy industry stability and big corporations are able to lock in electricity rates for 10 or 15 years.

There are currently 13,563 MW projects under construction, just 1,000 MW shy of the record hit in 2014. The sharp decline in wind energy prices of 61 percent between 2009 and 2015 made wind energy cost-competitive with fossil fuels.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2016 10:02

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