Tech Week Europe — Singapore is preparing to test a data centre that can operate in tropical climates without the need for intensive cooling usually synonymous with any data centre operatio. The Tropical Data Centre (TDC), currently planned for a Q3 trial, could help reduce energy consumptions in data centres by almost 40 percent, its designers claim, and is part of Singapore’s ‘smart nation’ green initiative.
Japan Today — Panasonic Corp is ready to bring forward its investment in a Tesla battery plant it is helping establish if this is required to meet demand for the electric car maker’s upcoming Model 3 sedan. “We will do our best to move up the schedule if requested,” Yoshio Ito, head of Panasonic’s automotive and industrial systems (AIS) division, told reporters.
As more services move to the cloud, online giants are building more data centers to keep up. Every Netflix video we stream and every Uber ride we order goes through a massive compute farm somewhere. On Thursday, Microsoft said it will step up its commitment to reduce the impact its data centers have on the environment. That means using more wind, solar, and hydropower to generate electricity.
Digi Times — there was tight global supply of solar wafers in fourth-quarter 2015 and first-quarter 2016, global demand is expected to decrease and thus prices will slip in the second half of 2016, according to China-based solar wafer maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings CEO Zhu Zhanjun at SNEC PV Power Expo taking place in Shanghai during May 23-26.
Nikkei — BEIJING — China’s leading mobile hardware maker ZTE and internet services company Tencent Holdings have jointly developed an environmentally-friendly data center. According to a joint statement on Monday, the “Tencent West Lab,” as it is named, is a mobile, containerized data center requiring low levels of energy for operation.
Enterprise Innovation — The Indian IT infrastructure market, which includes server, storage, and enterprise networking equipment, will reach $1.9 billion in 2016, a 1 percent increase from 2015, according to research analyst firm Gartner. “Indian enterprises will continue to focus on optimizing their infrastructure and operations budgets in 2016,” said Naveen Mishra, research director at Gartner.
Datacenter News — A new cooling system means Spark is saving a street’s worth of energy every year, according to a company statement. The New Zealand telecommunications firm says a new cooling system implemented in one of its Central Auckland data centres has turned into an annual energy savings equivalent to more than 45 homes.
Vietnam Net — These were among the petitions related to administrative procedures that were raised at a validation workshop held in HCM City last week. The aim of the workshop was to create more opportunities for further wind power. The Validation Workshop on “Wind Power Investment Guidelines” was co-hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Inter-nationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Vietnam and the General Directorate of Energy (GDE) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) in Vietnam.
re/code — Google has pledged that all the energy its gargantuan data centers consume will come from renewable sources. It has put money behind that, making the largest green energy purchase (for a non-utility company) ever back in December. Google also wants to be in Asia. Trouble is, it’s hard to buy green energy there. The system for getting proper credentials for renewable energy sources is virtually nonexistent on the continent.
India — Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate by remote control 100 mw power supply from Tripura’s Palatana project to Bangladesh on March 23. The same day Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would provide 10 GB Internet bandwidth to India, Tripura Power and Communication Minister Manik Dey told reporters here today.
Tech in Asia — When it comes to electric vehicles (EVs), China’s government isn’t leaving anything to chance. Although the market for EVs in China grew 400 percent in 2015, China’s State Council announced plans to ramp development up further with five new measures designed to support the burgeoning industry:
Digi Times — The Taiwan government plans to allow PV power stations to be built on contaminated land not suitable for farming and land with serious subsidence, according to vice economics minister Shen Jong-chin. The Council of Agriculture has offered such land totaling 1,253 hectares, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs will continue coordination with other ministries to provide land owned by the government and state-run enterprises for establishing PV power stations, Shen said at a PV forum in Taipei on February 22..
Straits Times — BEIJING: China has unveiled a road map to make its cities more liveable, efficient and green. Under the new guidelines, the growth of cities will be monitored closely to prevent problems such as pollution, severe traffic congestion and public safety hazards. The directive was issued by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, and released by state media on Sunday. It came two months after leaders met for the Central Urban Work Conference.
Auto News — FRANKFURT (Reuters) — Aston Martin has set up a venture with Chinese technology group LeEco to jointly develop the British luxury car brand’s first electric vehicle, which could come to market in 2018, the companies said today. “It brings Aston Martin’s electric car project forward,” Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said at a news conference in Frankfurt.
Renewables See News — February 17 (SeeNews) – Chinese firm Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology Co Ltd (SHA:600522) said Wednesday it has won a bid to supply 110-kV and 35-kV submarine cables for a 300-MW wind project off Jiangsu province’s Rudong county. The company values the order at approximately CNY 240 million (USD 36.8m/EUR 32.9m). The equipment will be delivered throughout 2016, according to a statement on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Times of India — CHENNAI: Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel) on Wednesday announced migration of 40,000 of its network sites across India to green technology. In continuation with the company’s network transformation programme “Project Leap”, the company is now focusing heavily on a series of initiatives towards a greener environment and building sustainable network for the future.
IT News — Telstra is creating a new division that will focus on energy efficiency and renewable technologies, both internally at the telco and for the wider market. The initiative will focus on improving energy efficiency at the telecommunications giant, as well as potential collaborations with other companies on new energy-related initiatives.
Digi Times — Total PV installation capacity in China in 2015 amounted to 15.13GWp, attaining 85% of the target of 17.8GWp, according to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA). Total installation capacity accounted for about 25% of the global total and one-third of China’s PV module output in 2015, NEA said. PV power generated in 2015 was 39.2 billion kWh, NEA noted.
Digi Times — China-based PV module makers, in view of high inventory levels and an unexpected decrease in demand in the US market, have asked Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers to reduce quotes, according to industry sources. As the China government has extended its 2015 feed-in tariff rates for PV power-generating stations and distributed PV systems approved by the end of 2015, while being completed and on grid by the end of June 2016, there is expected to be rush for installation in the first half of 2016, the sources said.
Daily News — The proposed India Sri Lanka electricity link could bring tremendous financial benefits to the country, Public Utilities Commission Director General Damitha Kumarasinghe said. Speaking at the 22nd Steering Committee Meeting of South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation (SAFIR) held New Delhi, India recently he said the pre-feasibility studies for Sri Lanka India Electricity (HVDC) transformation link have already been done.
Lanka Business Online — Pre-feasibility studies for Sri Lanka India HVDC transformation link have already been done in collaboration with power grid India and CEB, a senior official said. Now India is connected to Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka is the country which is outside this grid at the moment and there are power deficits at various time intervals in both countries.
Digi Times — The global electric power industry is evolving into a model that offers more diversity, both in terms of generation and in the ownership of generation assets, and solar photovoltaic (PV) is one technology at the head of this change. Following years of unsustainable pricing and oversupply, demand for solar PV systems has finally caught up, with 2015 expected to be the year when the global solar PV market shifts and starts to compete with other technologies.
Enterprise Innovation — The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced a shortlist of projects approved to progress to the next stage of its $100-million large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) competitive round. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said project attracted strong interest the agency has selected 22 high merit projects to proceed to the full application stage with submissions due by 15 June 2016.
PRNewswire — LONDON: Energy storage finds wide application in electric power system, involving all aspects of power generation, transmission, distribution and end user. Technically, energy storage for grid system can be divided into mechanical energy storage, chemical energy storage and electromagnetic energy storage, including the widely used pumped storage under mechanical energy storage, as well as sodium-sulfur batteries, lithium batteries and lead-acid batteries which belong to the scope of chemical energy storage.
Digi Times — According to EnergyTrend, prices of photovoltaic (PV) systems are in a steady decline. In the US, for example, the average installed cost of utility-scale PV systems was at US$1.38/W in the third quarter of 2015 compared with US$1.66/W in the same quarter of 2014, representing a 17% on-year drop.
Datacenter Dynamics — Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin Singapore) has agreed a deal that will enable its customers to store their data in Switzerland. The company announced a partnership with Green Datacenter AG, a subsidiary of Green.ch Group that specializes in secure Swiss colocation services.
Digi Times — First-tier China-based PV module makers have been setting up PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) solar cell production lines to meet growing demand for high-efficiency PV modules in the China market, with an estimated total annual capacity of 5.0GWp to come into operation in second-quarter 2016, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
The China government, in line with continued efforts to reduce carbon emissions and reliance on coal by developing renewable energy, has set a target installation capacity of 15GWp for PV systems and at least 20GWp for wind power in the country in 2016 , according to National Energy Administration (NEA).
Digi Times — The European Commission has announced that 21 Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers and PV module makers have passed its anti-circumvention investigation, meaning that these makers’ exports to Europe will be exempt from EU anti-dumping tariffs of 53.4% and anti-subsidization tariffs of 11.5%.
Digi Times — Solar cell maker Solartech Energy has announced a 2.45MWp PV power-generating station it has built in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, has been connected to a local grid, formally starting commercial operation that is expected to generate annual revenues of over JPY94 million (US$773,000) from electricity sale.