Egypt to shine with a new $3.5 BIL solar plant!

Egypt to shine with a new $3.5 BIL solar plant!

A global consortium of engineering and renewables industry giants kicked off a project to build a suite of solar power generating plants in Egypt to produce 2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity and valued at USD $3.5 billion. Terra Solar announced their plan on Friday, adding that they will also build a 200 MW PV module and inverter manufacturing[.....]

World Bank pledges $16B to climate change projects

World Bank pledges $16B to climate change projects

The World Bank, the biggest provider of public finance to developing countries, has earmarked 28% of its 2016 budget for projects that  mitigate climate change, according to a statement released on Thursday. All of its future spending will take global warming into account, and all projects considered for WBG funding, including health and education, will now[.....]

Solar Impulse 2 mission control center to launch Abu Dhabi flight in March

Solar Impulse 2 mission control center to launch Abu Dhabi flight in March

Mission Control for the Solar Impulse 2 is open for business, ready to guide the solar plane’s first flight around the world.  Located in Monaco, the Mission Control Center (MCC) serves as project nerve-center, where a team of analysts and engineers will collect satellite-transmitted flight information to calculate and adjust the plane’s flight path.  The plane will take off from[.....]

Powering Buildings With Bioreactor Algae Skin Facades

Powering Buildings With Bioreactor Algae Skin Facades

A five-story apartment building in Hamburg, Germany gets its juice from its algae skin.  It’s an example of the kind of architectural innovation that could readily transplant to the Middle East.  So why is partnership between designers, investors and government largely absent in this region? The continuing drought of global investment requires innovative approaches to[.....]

Jordan’s US Embassy Sees Power in SOCCKET Balls

Jordan’s US Embassy Sees Power in SOCCKET Balls

A couple of Harvard students have enlisted the world’s most popular sport as a generator of portable power.  SOCCKET ball, the brainchild of Jessica Matthews and Julia Silverman, is a toy that can produce renewable energy anywhere.  The inventors stopped in at the US Embassy in Jordan to conduct educational programs for children and workshops[.....]

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