Sea-Green Solar Glass Covers 25000-Square-Meter School In Denmark — 12000 Solar Panels

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It is cleantech magic informing the architecture — not only soothing to the eye but refreshing to the student’s mind and body as the solar panels produce clean energy and keep the air cleaner while adding to the building’s aesthetic. The specific solar technology was developed by Swiss research institute …

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Hydrogen Cars: Sustainable Fuel for Vehicles of the Future Edges Closer With Solar Breakthrough

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Your dreams of owning a solarpowered car could soon come true. Researchers at UCLA have created a device that effectively converts solar energy into usable and storable power that could be fed into a hydrogen fuel cell to power an eco-friendly car. Best yet, it would be affordable. UCLA professor of …

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Providing solar power to rural areas

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… friends on board, is aimed at providing solar power to rural areas. The company would bring solar power to 200 villages in the next three years. According to him, SOREVA has gained international reputation with the effective implementation of a project given by the National Institute of Solar Energy.

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ENI to drill 2 wells off Cyprus in next 2 months

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In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 children play on a beach with a drilling platform seen in the background, on the outskirts of Larnaca port, in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The top executive of ENI said Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 that the Italian oil and gas company will drill two exploratory wells off Cyprus in quick succession over the next two months, expressing confidence that significant quantities of the mineral can be found for possible export to energy-hungry Europe. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The top executive of ENI said Friday that the Italian oil and gas company will drill two exploratory wells off Cyprus over the next two months, expressing confidence that significant reserves can be found for possible export to Europe.

ENI CEO Claudio Descalzi described Cyprus as a “natural bridge” linking existing and potential gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean with Europe, which is looking to diversify its energy sources amid increasing gas consumption.

“We believe in Cyprus,” Descalzi said after talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. “Cyprus is a natural bridge to Europe and Europe is importing more than 70 percent of its gas and gas consumption is growing.”

Gas consumption rose 5 percent in Europe last year and it will increase annually by 100 million cubic meters (3.5 billion cubic feet) each of the next two years, said Descalzi.

The first exploratory well will be drilled in partnership with France’s Total next month in an area off the island’s southwest. ENI and South Korea’s Kogas will start drilling for the second well in January in the island’s southeast.

Descalzi said ENI has a “strategic” interest in the region as waters around Cyprus remain largely unexplored. ENI has invested 450 million euros ($533 million) in exploratory drilling, seismic and geological surveys.

He said Italy is in talks with Cyprus, Egypt and Greece to possibly create a new energy corridor to Europe, with options including processing newly found gas at Egypt-based plants for export to the continent. Another option is to supply Cyprus’ domestic needs.

Previous drilling had failed to locate sizeable gas deposits off Cyprus, but that hasn’t disheartened companies licensed to drill in Cypriot waters. Descalzi said companies drilled 11 times in nearby Egyptian waters and found nothing before ENI discovered Zohr, the largest gas deposit ever found in the Mediterranean.

“You have to continue, and Cyprus is still a virgin area because we didn’t drill a lot of wells, just 2-3 wells, so we’re optimistic,” said Descalzi.

Earlier, Texas-based Noble Energy discovered a field off Cyprus estimated to contain over 4 trillion cubic feet in reserves.

ExxonMobil said it will go ahead with drilling two wells in the second half of next year.

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INS Trikand Rescues Vessel From Cyprus With 27 Indian Crew

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New Delhi, Nov 24: An Indian Navy ship, Trikand helped a vessel, MV Kamlesh from Cyprus with 27 Indian crew members after it was chased by three skiffs 70 nautical miles off Muscat. As per Navy spokesperson, INS Trikand also rendered assistance to an Iranian trawler.

Spokesperson for the Navy, Captain D K Sharma said Indian Navy ship Trikand rescued MV Kamlesh after it was chased by the skiffs at around 0230 hours on Thursday. He said INS Trikand was deployed as part of the mission-based deployment for Presence-cum-Surveillance mission(PSM) in the Gulf of Oman.

Following intervention by INS Trikand, the skiffs escaped at high speed and the MV and crew rendered safe and resumed voyage, Sharma said.

Regarding the Iranian trawler, the Navy spokesperson said it had 20 crew on board and seven, who were adrift for the last five days due to engine failure.

He said INS Trikand on receipt of a distress call from the trawler ‘Sheetab’ in the Gulf of Oman sent technical team by boat and repaired the trawler after which it resumed its passage.

Captain Sharma also said that requisite amount of logistical support in terms of Lub Oil, Fresh water and provisions were also provided to the boat. INS Trikand’s timely assistance significantly helped the stricken Iranian trawler crew and made it possible for them to resume their voyage, he added.

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Cyprus, Greece, Egypt strive to export East Med gas to Europe, but at what price?

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ATHENS – Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras endorsed a gas export pipeline from Cyprus to Egypt and the EastMed gas pipeline at a bilateral and trilateral meeting in Nicosia last week.

During a visit to Cyprus on November 20, el-Sissi and Anastasiades reportedly agreed to start talks in December towards an agreement to build the pipeline to deliver natural gas to Egypt from Cyprus’ Aphrodite gas field.

A day later, at a meeting that included Tsipras, the three leaders discussed the new gas deposits in eastern Mediterranean.

“During the last few days we had successful bi- and tri-partite meetings in Nicosia involving the heads of state of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece. Politically very important to the countries involved but also in promoting stability and cooperation in the region,” Cyprus Natural Hydrocarbons Company CEO Charles Ellinas told New Europe on November 24, following a conference by IENE in Athens. He added that these meetings might now be enlarged to include Italy and Lebanon, and indirectly Israel.

“The odd man out of course is Turkey who does not recognise Cyprus. And I say the odd man out, because all other countries in the region recognize Cyprus’ right to explore its EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) and export its hydrocarbons to international markets,” Ellinas said.

“The meetings endorsed a gas export pipeline from Cyprus to Egypt and the EastMed gas pipeline. Unfortunately these were portrayed as done deals. In other words the pipelines are now reality and will be constructed. This, of course, is not the case. These are inter-governmental framework agreements facilitating the pipelines. Even though essential, before these become projects we have the small matter of securing gas sales agreements. It’s only then that the oil and gas companies will make final investment decisions and commit the multi-billion dollar investments required for construction,” he said.

Ellinas repeated earlier comments that the challenge in implementing these projects “has been, and remains to be, global gas prices. These are low and with the relentless penetration of renewables and the glut of gas/LNG (liquefied natural gas) in the market they will remain low”.

He stressed that new gas projects that strive to export hydrocarbons from the East Mediterranean will only succeed if they keep costs low and can work within the price range prevailing in the global gas markets.

“I hope that the gas pipeline talks between Egypt and Cyprus companies lead to success and that Aphrodite gas secures export markets through this route. But this is a challenge,” Ellinas said, adding that if it were easy, US energy company Noble and its partners “would have done it by now, after five years of trying. They would be the first to monetise their assets”.

Israeli prospects to export gas to Egypt are challenging. “In addition to other problems, Egypt reconfirmed recently that the International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration decision ruling that the Egyptian companies must pay IEC close to $2 billion is still an obstacle. And, of course, any such exports face the same gas price challenges I described above for Cyprus gas going to Egypt for liquefaction and export,” the Cyprus Natural Hydrocarbons Company CEO said.

The European Union is looking to import newly discovered gas supplies from the East Mediterranean to increase its energy security. Ellinas said that combining all gas resources of Israel, Cyprus and Egypt would create a much bigger pool, which could be more attractive to Europe. “However, the price issue will still be the main limitation. It is difficult to see how East Med gas can reach Europe at prices within average annual gas price prevailing in Europe, of the order of $5/mmBTU. More expensive gas will find it difficult to find buyers,” he said.

On the positive side, drilling is restarting in Cyprus with Italian energy major ENI planning to drill in Block 6 end of November, with more to follow next year, Ellinas said, adding, “Prospects look good. However, the main problem is not discovering more gas. Securing gas sales exports is the challenge”.

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