The deadly dam collapse in Laos in late July brings Cambodia’s own grand plans for hydropower into question – and thrusts solar power to the forefront of the Kingdom’s quest for energy independence. One innovation involving floating solar photovoltaic panels could be the answer.
You can only expect great things from an agency that calls itself ‘MIGHT’, the Malaysian Prime Minister’s task force to explore how the country can use emerging technologies like blockchain. MIGHT holds discussions with energy companies to understand how they can use blockchain to drive transformation in the renewable energy sector.
Residential and commercial PV has so far seen limited growth in the Philippines, despite the country having a net metering scheme in place for PV installations up to 100 kW in size since July 2013. The reasons for the slow development can be found in a series of hurdles that are preventing Philippine homeowners and small and medium-sized enterprises from installing rooftop solar.
Sony Corporation, the Japanese electronics giant, has joined RE100 with an aim of reaching 100% use of renewable energy at all its premises by 2040. Sony already has all of its European operations supplied fully by renewables and now it will expand its use of clean energy in North America and China, as well as planning to use solar power at all of its factories in Thailand, Japan and elsewhere.
WEPOWER IS a Lithuanian startup that aims to change the way renewable-electricity projects are paid for. The government-guaranteed prices that have propelled growth in wind and solar energy around the world are being cut back. So his firm wants to help developers of renewables raise money by selling the rights to the electricity their plants will produce once built.
Residents in a Bangkok neighbourhood are trying out a renewable energy trading platform that allows them to buy and sell electricity between themselves, signalling the growing popularity of such systems as solar panels get cheaper. The pilot project in the centre of Thailand’s capital is among the world’s largest peer-to-peer renewable energy trading platforms using blockchain.
Two hotbeds for large hydropower development depict its potential and limitations. Analysts reckon Nepal and Southeast Asia countries stand to benefit from large hydropower projects from an energy supply standpoint, but large hydro projects have been complicated by changes in political regimes, inter-regional power plays, and social opposition due to their potential impact on the environment and local communities.
A dam under construction in Laos collapsed the day before after heavy monsoon rains, sending a deluge of water down the already swollen, swirling Sekong. The disaster has brought into focus the ambitious agenda of Laos to turn itself into “the battery of Southeast Asia” by building dozens of hydroelectric dams on the Mekong River and its tributaries and selling power to neighboring countries.