NTT Com teases green data center expansion, from HK

Hong KongTelecom Asia — NTT Communications’s upcoming Hong Kong data center expansion will use an innovative cooling system design capable of improving energy efficiency by 20% over traditional cooling systems. The tier-4 ready Financial Data Center Tower 2 (FDC2) facility will launch in December, adding an additional 4,000 racks of server space to the Financial Data Center facility.

Taiwan PV installation capacity estimated at 150-200MWp in 2015

TaiwanDigi Times — The total installation capacity for rooftop PV systems and PV power-generating stations established in Taiwan in 2015 will reach 150-200MWp, far short of the target of 500MWp set by the Bureau of Energy (BOE), according to industry sources. The BOE originally set the 2015 target at 270MWp and hiked it to 500MWp in May, the sources said.

APR Energy Signs Extension of 102MW Myanmar Project Through 2016

MyanmarPRNewswire — JACKSONVILLE, Fla: APR Energy plc, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, announces today that its 102MW project in Myanmar has been extended through 2016, with financial terms similar to those in the initial agreement. The original contract for the plant, signed in February 2014, was the first agreement between a U.S.-based company and the government of Myanmar for power generation since the lifting of sanctions.

China’s emissions trading scheme to be a ‘game changer’ … eventually, experts say

ChinaSCMP — China’s ambitious national emissions trading scheme is a “game changer” in the long term but current power prices and high equipment costs will make it hard for the renewable energy sector to benefit from it in the foreseeable future, analysts said. The trading system, announced in a joint US-China climate statement during President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United States in September, stated that the new scheme would cover “key industry sectors such as iron and steel, power generation, chemicals, building materials, paper-making, and non-ferrous metals”.

Huawei offers smart grid solution to power companies

China.gifWant China Times — China’s leading telecom company, Huawei, says power companies may collaborate with its smart grid solution — based on its innovative information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure — to work towards improved energy efficiency. The World Energy Council Executive Assembly and World Energy Leaders’ Summit 2015 was held Oct. 26-30 in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, where more than 300 major global energy stakeholders deliberated on important and current issues on the energy sector.

Prysmian awarded submarine power cable contract

ChinaPenn Energy — Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a contract by Hainan Second Cross-Sea Interconnection Tie Project Management Co., Ltd. The new submarine cable link will side the existing 500 kV cable circuit connecting Guangdong power grid and Hainan power grid effectively improving the quality of electricity supply between the two provinces.

Apple announces clean energy investments in China

ChinaApple’s major supplier, Foxconn, plans to build solar power generators with around twice the capacity of those announced by Apple, starting in central China’s Henan province, by 2018. We hope that many other suppliers, partners and other companies join us in this important effort. Apple said it will share its best practices in procuring clean energy with its Chinese suppliers.

Why AusNet won’t bring IoT to critical power infrastructure

AustraliaIT News — Hype surrounding the internet of things has intensified in recent years, but while AusNet is keen to embrace the trend, that won’t extend to critical power infrastructure assets in Victoria.  Addressing the AISA national conference in Melbourne, CISO Babu Srinivas said protecting electricity distribution and transmission assets was a priority for AusNet.  “If you look at critical infrastructure, one thing we have to remember is what the non-negotiables are,” Srinivas said.

Trans-Asia wants quicker approval of cost recovery

PhilippinesManila Bulletin — Aside from the immediate issuance of its feed-in-tariff certificate of compliance (FIT-COC), Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corporation (TAREC) is batting for a speedy approval of its petition that shall allow it to recover investment costs on the grid connection facility underpinning its 54-megawatt San Lorenzo wind farm in Guimaras.

Malaysian government agency in MoU for green data centre push

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — MALAYSIAN Green Technology Corp (GreenTech Malaysia) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Green Data Center LLP and Computer Recovery Facility Sdn Bhd that it hopes will lead to greater energy efficiency in the data centre sector. This was one of a few MoUs that GreenTech Malaysia signed with leading specialists in the fields of electric mobility, energy efficiency and air quality at the 6th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) in Kuala Lumpur.

SKT, KEPCO to collaborate for smart grid, IoT

KoreaKorea Times — SK Telecom, the nation’s top mobile carrier, said Wednesday it will work with Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) for new growth businesses including smart energy management systems. Under the agreement, the telecom company and the state-run power operator will jointly establish the next-generation electricity infrastructure and develop the smart grid systems based on the information and communication technology and energy technologies.

Waterfall Security’s Unidirectional Security Gateways Deployed to Safeguard Leading Asia-Pacific Power Distribution Company

APACPRNewswire — NEW YORK: Waterfall Security Solutions (Waterfall Security) announced today the successful deployment of Waterfall’s stronger-than-firewalls Unidirectional Security Gateways at a leading energy distributor in the Asia-Pacificregion, together with Power Automation (PA), Singapore. Waterfall Security is the leading provider of Unidirectional Security Gateways for industrial control networks and critical industrial infrastructures.

Toyota, Nissan and Honda to back hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure

JapanMIS Asia — Toyota, Nissan and Honda today announced they will increase efforts to produce more hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and said they will work together to build more fueling stations to support them. The three Japanese automakers agreed on key details regarding a new joint support project for the development of hydrogen fueling station infrastructure in Japan. The companies pledged up to $90,000 per station to cover construction and operating costs.

Australia’s smart energy and M2M research report 2015 published by leading research firm

AustraliaDevelopments in M2M set to speed up smart grid deploymentsBy making the electricity grid ‘intelligent’ and adding telecoms to it, the power will eventually move away from the electricity companies and be directed towards the customers, who will be able to control their energy consumption through sensors, M2M devices, and the internet of things (IoT). Europe and North America are rated as the most advanced adopters of smart grid and smart metering technology, but the market is expected to shift increasingly towards Asia and the developing world.

Cadence, TSMC collaborate on IoT IP subsystem

TaiwanCadence Design Systems has announced that it is collaborating with TSMC on the development of an Internet of Things (IoT) IP subsystem demonstration platform for TSMC’s ultra-low power (ULP) process. Targeting wearable, home automation, always-on and industrial control applications, the IP subsystem provides the opportunity to simplify IoT designs and accelerate the time to market for customers, Cadence said.

Singapore Power launches $30 mil centre of excellence

SingaporeIn collaboration with the Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Power (SP) has launched the Singapore Power Centre of Excellence (CoE) to “drive the innovation and commercialisation of next-generation energy network technologies, for greater reliability and efficiency of Singapore’s infrastructure”, according to a government press release. The CoE’s aims are to develop, pilot, and integrate latest technologies in Singapore’s infrastructure networks. For example, “remote sensors and intelligent drones could be deployed to perform monitoring tasks, freeing up skilled staff for higher order work”. 20 staff from Singapore Power have been assigned to a new team to work on the CoE.

Intel builds smart energy lab with Chinese company

China.gifUS-based semiconductor chip maker Intel announced on May 28 the completion of a smart energy union laboratory jointly built with China’s Smart Energy Industry Technology Innovation Strategy Union, reports yicai, the online portal of Shanghai’s China Business News. The Smart Energy Industry Technology Innovation Strategy Union signed the strategic cooperation agreement with Intel at the first Intel energy solution summit last year.

Singapore plans to build green data centre technology hub

SingaporeSingapore plans to build an innovation hub to demonstrate emerging technologies that could improve the energy efficiency of data centres. The green data centre innovation hub will allow for experiments and showcase proof of concepts for the latest energy efficiency technologies. A request for proposal for the hub will go out by the third quarter of the year, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) said. The initiative is part of a Green Data Centre Innovation Programme to assess emerging technologies that could improve data centres’ energy performance.

Apple Solar Project in China Hailed as Important First Step

ChinaApple is investing in a new Chinese solar power project as part of a larger push to use sustainable resources internationally. The Apple solar investment is for a project with capacity of 40 megawatts, or enough to power 20 corporate offices and 20 retail stores in China and Hong Kong. The plant is being built in partnership with U.S.-based SunPower as well as four Chinese firms. Apple now uses renewable energy for 87 percent of its facilities worldwide and the company’s data center energy supply is100 percent renewable, making it aGreenpeace darling.

Perth pushes for more procurement powers

AustraliaThe City of Perth is lobbying for more powers to be delegated from the state of Western Australia, including procurement powers which will affect how it contracts for digital service delivery. In a recent report calling for a City of Perth Act – which would grant legal status to an expanded city area – the City Council presses for increased procurement flexibility.