Google will pay for power generated from solar panels installed on the rooftops of 500 public housing flats across Singapore, which energy then will be tapped to power its local operations. The initiative is part of a "multi-year" partnership with local electricity retail operator Sembcorp Power and sister company Sembcorp Solar. Touting it as the company's first renewable energy deal in Southeast Asia, Google said Tuesday that the partnership would enable the solar power generated to go "directly into the electricity supply" of its operations. Both Sembcorp entities are part of Sembcorp Industries, an energy, marine, and urban development group that currently has almost 240 megawatt of solar project capacity in Singapore as well as 2,600 megawatts of wind and solar projects in China, India, and Vietnam. Caught by the sudden onslaught of COVID-19, most businesses lacked or had inadequate security systems in place to support remote work and now have to deal with a new reality that includes a much wider attack surface and less secured user devices.
An increasing number of countries, companies and regions are embracing sustainable energy generation and the landscape is rapidly evolving. Here are 6 renewable energy trends to watch in the coming year. Renewable energy is booming in China.Getty Energy storage plays an important role in balancing power supply and demand, and is key to tackling the intermittency issues of renewable energy. Pairing a storage system with a renewable energy source ensures a smooth and steady power supply, even when weather conditions are not optimal for energy generation. Batteries are the most common storage devices used in renewable energy systems and their use is increasing on both the residential and grid-wide scale.
The Singapore government is setting aside SG$49 million ($36.05 million) to drive research and development (R&D) efforts in low-carbon energy technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). It also announces an initiative to pilot a lithium-ion battery energy storage on a "floating" lab, utilising seawater to cool the battery cells. Spanning five years, the SG$49 million R&D investment aimed to push the "technical and economic viability" of technologies that could help reduce the country's carbon emissions. In particular, it hoped to do so in emission-intensive areas such as the power and industrial sectors, according to a joint statement Monday released by give government agencies involved in the funding efforts: the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star); Economic Development Board (EDB); Energy Market Authority (EMA); National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS); and National Research Foundation (NRF). Country's government is setting aside more than SG$500 million ($352.49
Liberal party donor and coal plant owner Trevor St Baker is proposing with the help of his mates in government to build two new coal power stations in Australia at the expense of taxpayers. However, the big four banks and the big three energy companies are not having a bar of it. Indeed the majority of Australia's energy companies are working towards a very different future for the country's energy system, a future powered by clean, renewable energy. There are now at least nine studies conducted during the decade that have analysed how Australia can move from an electricity system based on polluting coal and gas to one powered by the sun, wind and waves. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) – the body tasked with making sure we have energy when we need it – found there were "no fundamental limits to 100% renewables", and that the current standards of the system's security and reliability would be maintained.
The global energy demands are growing every year, and fossil fuels won't be able to fulfill our energy needs in the future. Carbon emissions from fossil fuels hit an all-time high in 2018 due to increased energy consumption. On the other hand, renewable energy is emerging out as a reliable alternative to fossil fuels. It is much safer and cleaner than conventional sources. With the advancements in technology, the renewable energy sector has made significant progress in the last decade.