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Alexander Korkovelos wins IHA award

maj 17, 2017  |   Blog   |  

As noted earlier, Alexander Korkovelos was one of the contenders for the 2017 IHA Young Researcher of the Year award. Now a winner!, he describes his work here.  Congratulations from Renetech!  

Alexander Korkovelos shortlisted for IHA Award

april 18, 2017  |   Blog   |  

Alex, who came to Renetech for his master thesis work in 2015, is (as one of three) shortlisted for the IHA (International Hydropower Association) Young Researchers Award, to be announced at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa, held on May 9-11. Alexandros has been working on the technical assessment of small-scale hydropower (0.01 - 10 MW) in Sub-Saharan Africa, using open-source geospatial datasets. It is the first time that the Congress will be held in Africa. Renetech joins the supporting choir and hopes for his best in Addis. This blog entry will be updated after the final announcement. Source: KTH-dESA CLEWs-News, April 2017

Comment on the April 7 attack in Stockholm

april 09, 2017  |   Blog   |  

We at Renetech would like to send our sympathies and condoleances to the families of the victims of the April 7, 2017 attack in Stockholm, as well as wishes for speedy recovery for the injured. While no one in our office was hurt, the attack took place right outside our office building. Vi på Renetech vill härmed framföra våra sympatier och kondoleanser till familjerna till offren för attacken den 7 april 2017 i Stockholm, samt önska ett snabbt tillfrisknande för de skadade. Ingen på vårt kontor kom till skada, trots att gärningsmannen körde förbi på gatan utanför kontoret.

Upcoming World Energy Outlook special report on energy access and development

april 05, 2017  |   Blog   |  

Using the latest country by country data, the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds that 1.2 billion people still have no access to electricity and 2.7 billion cook their food using dangerous, polluting stoves, linked to 3.5 million premature deaths from household air pollution each year. This lack of access to modern energy hampers predominantly rural economic growth, keeping many million people in poverty. Access to modern energy services improve health, education, gender equality and a range of other positive economic and social outcomes. IEA has voiced concern that at the current pace, the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all will not be attained by 2030 (SDG7). To forge a strategy to address the challenge, IEA brought together 100 experts from governments, business, academia and the finance sector in Paris on March 27 to share best practices and policy actions needed to scale up action to achieve SDG7. The World Energy Outlook, run by IEA, has been conducting analysis on energy access for nearly two decades and will publish a new special report on the subject, Energy Access Outlook: from Poverty to Prosperity, in October 2017. Source: KTH-dESA Sustainable Energy for All Support Programme newsletter, April 2017

Renetech and SEI Tanzania report widely referenced

mars 30, 2017  |   Blog   |  

The 2012 report by Stockholm Environment Institute and Renetech on Sustainable Energy Markets in Tanzania, commissioned by Sida and DfID, has during the years since the publication been widely referenced by other important stakeholders such as UNCT Tanzania, GIZ, IRENA and the UNEP Risø Centre. In addition to this, the report is referenced in a large number of peer reviewed papers and articles. The 2012 reports can be found here.

Bioenergy in Bolivia

mars 21, 2017  |   Blog   |  

MSc Engineer Saurav Kalita, in an internship with Renetech, performed a techno-economic study for small scale generation of power and briquettes from biomass for a case in Bolivia. The target area was a collection on communities on the fringes of the Bolivian Amazon forest. A CHP plant of 50 kW electric output and a briquetting facility of 200 kg/hour capacity were proposed. The findings from the study suggest that briquetting combined with power from gasification of biomass is an favourable option for such projects. The selling price of briquettes is the major factor affecting the economic feasibility, as cost of power and fossil fuels are relatively very low in Bolivia. The full report titled ‘Investigation of small scale power generation and briquette production from biomass, involving cases from Bolivia’ can be downloaded here for more comprehensive analysis.

Renetech team on assignment in Tanzania

februari 23, 2017  |   Blog   |  

Embarking on a project for managing waste from sisal fibre production by anaerobic digestion, a team from Renetech has arrived in the Tanga region for a site visit. Issues include an assessment of available substrates and tailoring productive uses for the gas and the digestate.

Swedish small hydro under fire

januari 20, 2017  |   Blog   |  

Professor emiritus Thomas Sandberg brings our attention to the recently added burden on the many small hydro plants in Sweden (published in Svenska Dagbladet January 5, 2017). Around 2000 privately owned power plants, many in the south of the country and in operation since a century, risk decommissioning. Click on the title below for link (in Swedish). ”Snabba åtgärder krävs för att rädda vattenkraften”  

KTH Global Development Hub inaugurated

januari 18, 2017  |   Blog   |  

On January 16, KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology, located in Stockholm, Sweden) President Sigbritt Karlsson inaugurated an initiative dubbed the Global Development Hub, focused on developing coordinated education and innovation activities for global development. By means of partnership between KTH and selected sub-Saharan African universities, students and teachers will collaborate on tackling local challenges such as clean water and access to energy, researching for global solutions. Renetech welcomes the initiative and will follow its unfolding, with an interest to participate in and support its activities.

Seasons Greetings from Renetech

december 22, 2016  |   Blog   |  

We would like to wish our customers, partners and all visitors to our website relaxing, yet exciting holidays, and the very best for the new year. Thank you for a very interesting 2016 - we cannot wait to dig into the new year, and hope you will share it with us here on the blog and in projects.