27 April 2018 - Blog
India is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but its industrial growth has been limited by inadequate energy availability, especially electricity transmission, distribution losses, and a mismatch of supply and demand in electricity.
The Indian Ministry of Power is advocating for investment to improve the efficiency and reliability of the power system for sustainable growth. Initial steps towards Smart Metering in India have been encouraging, with the market for electricity meters both for static and electromagnetic witnessing a rapid expansion of 32% between 2008–2009 and 2010–2011. Under the India Smart Grid Task Force (ISGTF), a Smart Meter Task Group was formed to discuss the development of cost-effective metering solutions that can be applied within the Indian context. Some remarkable Smart Metering pilots are the “Puducherry Smart Grid Project,” with more than 1400 SMs equipped with different technologies; the “Bangalore Pilot Project,” which will reach 2000 residential and commercial customers; and the deployment started in 2008 in New Delhi, where SMs include automated meter reading and a prepaid system utilizing PLC technology. India will install 130 million SMs equipped with both PLC and wireless technologies by 2021.
19 April 2018 - Blog
The World Bank Water Global Practice, the 2030 Water Resources Group, the Global Water Partnership, the World Water Council, and the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate are five global multi-stakeholder water partnerships that announced plans to cooperate on water security.
Their commitment follows the High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW) forecast of a potential 40% shortfall in water availability by 2030.
They aim to accelerate progress on the international water agendam and to double water infrastructure investment over the next five years.
The five groups recognized the value of partnerships as an important means of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
18 April 2018 - Blog
According with the report “the State of the World’s Water 2018”, water inequality is increasing in the world.
More than 800 million people need to travel and queue for at least 30 minutes to access safe supplies. The problem of access is increasingly complicated by climate change, pollution and a growing global population. The worst affected country is Eritrea, where only 19% of the population have basic access to water. It is followed by Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia, all of which have rates of between 37% and 40%. The world still has much work to do to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goal 6, which is to provide safe water and sanitation to everyone by 2030.
17 April 2018 - Blog
Agriculture accounts for about 75 percent of all world water uses.
Agriculture water reuse is an important sustainability, conservation and cost-reduction opportunity. Many national and international organizations have recently recognized benefits of wastewater use in agriculture:
- the associated decrease in pressure on freshwater sources.
- wastewater reuse increases agricultural production in regions experiencing water shortages, thus contributing to food safety.
- the avoided cost of exctracting groundwater resources: energy required to pump groundwater can represent up to 65% of irrigation activities.
- the nutrients naturally present in wastewater allow savings on fertilizer expenses to be realized, thus ensuring a closed and environmentally favorable nutrient cycle that avoids the indirect return of macro-and microelements to water bodies.
12 April 2018 - Blog
Belgium’s cogeneration operators claim they are in pole position to replace nuclear power plants scheduled for phase out in the middle of the next decade.
Cogeneration power stations are currently supplying 18% of energy consumed in Belgium. They are likely to supply an additional capacity of 1,000 megawatts by 2025, according to the sector organisation Cogen. The gas-fired power station demand may be reduced to 7, if the industry focuses upon the development of cogeneration.
Cogeneration power stations may be constructed far more quickly, and without European authorization.
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