Inga 3 Hydropower Project Receives IDA Technical Assistance Grant
The World Bank Group’s Board of Directors approved a $73.1 million International Development Association grant to the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Inga 3 Basse Chute and Mid-size Hydropower Technical Assistance Project yesterday. The 4,800 MW Inga 3 Project would divert about one-sixth of the Congo River’s flow into the Gundi Valley, where a dam would create a reservoir with a surface area of about 15.5 square kilometers. The land area to be flooded per MW generated would be among the smallest on the world.
Ethiopia Sees Output at Africa’s Largest Power Plant in 18 Months
Ethiopia will start generating electricity within 18 months from what will be Africa’s biggest power plant. Africa’s second-most populous country is boosting electricity output to cater for increased demand due to economic growth. Once the 6,000 MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam hydropower project is finished, the county may earn $2 billion a year from exports, says Zadig Abraha, deputy general of the GERD national coordination office. The construction of GERD is opposed by Egypt, saying that it will reduce the flow of the Nile, which provide almost all of Egypt’s water.
AMSC Focuses on Europe, Consolidates US Wind Operations
American Superconductor (AMSC), a power electronics supplier for wind turbines, said recently that it will be consolidating its U.S.-based operations and focus on expanding in Europe. AMSC will close its manufacturing plant in Wisconsin by the end of the year, but will fold its product development operations and employees that are willing to relocate to its headquarters in Massachusetts. As it consolidates it workforce, AMSC plants to open a new wind turbine controls manufacturing plant in Romania. AMSC CEO Daniel McGhan explains that expanding in Romania will enhance the firm’s distribution capabilities and widen its reach to international markets.
Big Ben To Be Covered in Solar Panels?
Last month, British Parliamentary passholders were asked to submit ideas on how the estate could hit a target to improve energy efficiency by 34% by the end of the decade. One passholder suggested putting solar panels on the clock face of the iconic Big Ben, which was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012. The potential move comes as part of the UK government’s broader initiative- one which will see the roofs of the Houses of Parliament covered in solar panels as well.