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The economy of distributed PV in China

The latest edition of Energy contains an interesting paper by Yuan and colleagues which explores the failure of Distributed PV to really take off in China since promotional policies were introduced in 2012. Highlights • Analyze the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for distributed PV (DPV) in China. • Results show under present policy DPV […]

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New Article: Fuel stacking in India: Changes in the cooking and lighting mix, 1987–2010

In the same November 2014 edition of Energy there is an exhaustive review of changes in the cooking and lighting mix in India over the past twenty years or so by Chao-yo Cheng and Johannes Urpelainenb, ,   Highlights • Statistical analysis of fuel stacking (lighting and cooking) in India, 1987–2010. • In India, fuel […]

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New Article: Decentralized demand–supply matching using community microgrids and consumer demand response: A scenario analysis

The November 2014 edition of the Energy journal contains an article by Kumudhini Ravindra and Parameshwar P. Iyer which explores decentralized demand–supply matching using community microgrids and consumer demand response via a scenario analysis for a specific community in India. Highlights • Energy demand–supply matching is a critical aspect of decision making in developing countries. […]

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New Article: Solar cooking in Mozambique—an investigation of end-user׳s needs for the design of solar cookers

Energy Policy Volume 74, November 2014 Solar cooking in Mozambique—an investigation of end-user׳s needs for the design of solar cookers by Pia Piroschka Otte,   Highlights • The study investigates energy patterns of public health institutions in Mozambique. • The aim is to find out how a solar cooker should be designed for implementation. • […]

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New Article: Modelling an off-grid integrated renewable energy system for rural electrification in India using photovoltaics and anaerobic digestion

Castellanos and colleagues paper in the Feb 2015 edition of Renewable Energy looks at the modelling of an off-grid integrated renewable energy system for rural electrification in India using photovoltaics and anaerobic digestion.   Highlights • Design and techno-economic analysis of a renewable energy based micro-grid. • System modeling and analysis using micro-grid analysis software […]

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New Article: Making the clean available: Escaping India’s Chulha Trap

One final really interesting article from the December 2014 edition of Energy Policy is Smith and Sagars paper on Pollution from cooking with solid fuels in India. Highlights: • 700 million Indians are caught in a trap using solid fuels with little change in number exposed for decades. • Efforts to make the biomass fuel […]

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New Article: Effect of fuelwood scarcity and socio-economic factors on household bio-based energy use and energy substitution in rural Ethiopia

The December 2014 issue of Energy Policy also has an article exploring the effect of fuelwood scarcity and socio-economic factors on household bio-based energy use and energy substitution in rural Ethiopia.   Highlights • The paper examined household biomass energy use and energy substitution. • Fuelwood use declined with increases in fuelwood scarcity or its […]

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New Article: Bioenergy consumption in rural China: Evidence from a survey in three provinces

An article in the Dec 2014 edition of Energy Policy explores Bioenergy consumption in rural China drawing on evidence from a survey in three provinces.   Highlights • Nearly 40 percent of rural households surveyed in 2010 and 2011 use bioenergy. • Bioenergy accounts for nearly 20 percent of total energy used by rural households. […]

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New Article: Photovoltaic technology in Malaysia: past, present, and future plan – International Journal of Sustainable Energy – Volume 34, Issue 2

There is a new article in the International Journal of Sustainable Energy (Volume 34, Issue 2, 2015) by Mohamed Almaktara, Hasimah Abdul Rahmana*, Mohammad Yusri Hassana & Wan Zaidi Wan Omarb which explores the state of PV in Malaysia. Abstract This article presents solar energy or specifically the solar photovoltaic (PV) development outlook in Malaysia. […]

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IEA – Insight publications:- Mapping Multilateral Collaboration on Low-Carbon Energy Technologies

The IEA have just published a very interesting paper exploring the nature of international collaborations around low carbon energy. From the IEA Website: IEA analyses have consistently highlighted that low-carbon energy technologies have a crucial role to play in addressing current global challenges on energy security, sustainability and access. Recent years have seen a considerable […]

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