Energy

October 31, 2013
India is all set to convert its trash to treasure as it gears up, albeit a bit slowly, to strengthen its waste-to-energy sector and boost recycling and reuse, with one expert estimating the annual earnings from biofuel alone at INR50,000 crore (USD11 billion).
October 31, 2013
India’s Essar Group, plans to increase its India water revenue more than fourfold by 2017 to meet the rising demand for water-treatment and supply projects.
October 30, 2013
China’s much touted plan to reduce its reliance on coal is already running into problems as the country experiences a severe shortage of gas, which it hopes to replace coal with, and raising the possibility of even more choking smog in the months to come.
October 30, 2013
Japan could set a new 2020 emissions reductions target of 3.8% on 2005 levels, the Nikkei newspaper reports.
Chinese smart windows
October 30, 2013
Researchers at Shanghai University say they have invented the first "smart window" that can save energy and generate electricity. Up until now, smart windows and solar cells could not be combined into one device. But scientists have made a breakthrough thanks to a new vanadium dioxide film, according to a report in the China Daily.
October 29, 2013
What started with a few bogus safety certificates for cables shutting a handful of South Korean nuclear reactors has snowballed, with 100 people indicted and Seoul under pressure to rethink its reliance on nuclear power.
October 28, 2013
The Vietnamese Government says it has approved the removal of six potentially large and 418 small hydro-power projects from the national plan.
October 25, 2013
China’s smoggiest regions, including the capital Beijing, will focus on reduction of coal consumption and impose controls on vehicles as the country steps up its efforts to tackle pollution.
October 25, 2013
Hospitals, hotels, shopping malls, and many other businesses in Southeast Asian countries are expected to adopt cost-effective, energy-saving solutions once positive results are demonstrated through pioneering energy efficiency projects funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
October 23, 2013
India has voiced firm opposition to EU plans to impose a scaled-back carbon charge on flights over European airspace while a senior US lawmaker said the EU proposal runs afoul of a law intended to shield US airlines from such charges.
October 23, 2013
China will lead global gas demand and its increased usage of natural gas will save the nation around CNY5 trillion (USD820 billion) in its environmental costs by 2025, according to US firm General Electric Corp (GE).
October 22, 2013
Tokyo Gas and Panasonic Corporation are joining forces to offer what they claim is the world’s first home fuel cell for condominiums.
Transparency
October 21, 2013
One of Hong Kong's energy chiefs has said the city’s energy future will rely on an "open and transparent" public consultation that will tell people the implications of their choices in favoring a particular energy mix. Richard Lancaster, chief executive officer of the city's largest power firm CLP Holdings, who addressed the World Energy Congress in Daegu, South Korea, last week, said all relevant information, from energy security and environmental performance to costs, would be made available
October 16, 2013
Sales of e-scooters in China are expected to reach 9.4 million this year, compared to the 2.6 million that will be sold to the rest of the world and, according to a new report from Navigant Research, China’s Jiangsu Xinri E-Vehicle Company is the best positioned company in the e-scooter market in terms of strategy and execution.
October 16, 2013
As Japan continues to struggle with a shutdown of nuclear reactors and energy imports drive a record trade deficit, the country is looking to fire up 14 new gas and coal-fired power plants by the end of 2014, in a bid to move away from costly oil.
October 16, 2013
Although conventional biofuels derived from food-based crops account for only about 5 percent of global liquid fuels consumption in the transportation sector today, advanced biofuels – which avoid many of the social and environmental externalities that have undermined first-generation ethanol and biodiesel – offer long-term scalability and potential market growth across all global regions. 
ADB Asia Pac Energy eport
October 16, 2013
Cross-border power exchanges can play a central role in helping Asia and the Pacific meet its booming demand for power, which is set to sharply outpace the rest of the world over the next two decades, says a comprehensive new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Our projections show the region will consume more than half the world’s energy supply by 2035, with electricity consumption more than doubling as economic growth and rising affluence drive demand,” said S. Chander, Special Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships at ADB.
October 15, 2013
Global investment in clean energy was USD45.9 billion in the third quarter of this year down 14 percent from the second quarter and 20 percent below the figure for Q3'12, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
October 11, 2013
India and Germany are planning to invest USD6.9 billion into building the green energy corridors – a series of wind and solar farms in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu which aim to add 30-GW of capacity to the national grid by 2020.
October 11, 2013
A new Australian-Indian research partnership could provide a solution to a number of energy concerns and ultimately reduce the reliance of both countries on imported fuels, according to a latest research statement from CSIRO, Australia's national science body, on Thursday.