Avaada Power Felicitated for Its Community Development & Women Empowerment Programs with ET Now CSR Leadership Award
Mar 21, 2018

Avaada Power Pvt. Ltd, India’s leading clean energy company, has been working for the overall development of underserved communities across the country. The organization has launched multiple programs directed towards empowering women through skill building, rural electrification, quality education and promoting health-care. Recognized for its sustained efforts, Avaada has been felicitated with ET Now CSR Leadership Award for overall Community Development and specifically for Women Empowerment.

Avaada has enabled women, especially in villages, to earn a sustainable income through its skill building program. Located across India, Avaada’s NavKiran Stitching & Tailoring Center offers certification courses. Through Self Help Groups, trainees are earning a regular income by using the skills learnt. In its campaign to bring village schools on par with those in city, Avaada has powered classrooms with solar rooftop systems. Digital Centers have been launched to help youth be conversant with computers and the opportunities it presents. Village schools have been refurbished to offer more conducive learning environment.

Through off-grid solar energy projects, Avaada has been able to bring electricity access to far flung villages in Ladakh and Uttar Pradesh. To ensure good health of the communities, Avaada has helped rural communities gain access to much needed medical aid. Apart from organizing regular health camps, the organization has been focusing on sanitation and other preventive measures. In line with this thought, the organization has also built household toilets in rural communities.

Mr. Vineet Mittal, Chairman, Avaada Group “Our inclusivity model delivers growth not just for the organization but for the society at large. Through our sustainability initiatives we are seeking to achieve widespread impact, by first identifying the issues and then launching customized campaigns to holistically address the problems. Creating opportunities for a better quality of life in local communities through rural electrification, skill building, effective health-care and quality education are as a much a priority for us as our business. To be felicitated for all our efforts with the ET Now Leadership Awards is a great honor. This is a memorable moment for all of us at Avaada.”

Avaada Power has always followed the philosophy of giving back to the society. For the overall development of the society, Avaada Power operates around its five pillars of education, enabling empowerment, protecting environment, promoting health care and lighting up rural India.

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SMM 2018: Green Shipping Makes Headway
Mar 20, 2018

Bringing effective ballast water management and a lower sulphur limit for ship fuels, new, stricter environmental regulations are forcing the shipping industry to take action. At SMM 2018, exhibitors will present future-proof technologies. At the concurrent environmental conference Global Maritime Environmental Congress (gmec), experts will discuss challenges and opportunities facing the industry. A new theme route will guide fair visitors to cruise-related exhibition highlights.

Hamburg, 20/03/2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The countdown is on: The new 0.5 per cent sulphur limit for ship fuels will take effect on 1 January 2020. “There is no turning back. The lower sulphur limit will have a significant positive impact on the environment and on human health, especially for people living in port cities and coastal regions,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim on occasion of the meeting of the IMO’s Sub-committee on Pollution Prevention and Response in early February. LNG is one possible way to comply with this regulation: According to the SMM Maritime Industry Report (MIR), as many as 44 per cent of shipowners are considering liquefied natural gas propulsion for their newbuilds. At SMM 2018, the leading international maritime trade fair in Hamburg, industry stakeholders will be able to discuss other compliance options, as well.

LNG a clean alternative

Around the world shipowners are facing the challenge of having to make far-reaching decisions: Will low-sulphur fuel be available in sufficient quantities at reasonable prices? Are exhaust gas scrubbers a smart investment? Or would it be better to opt for LNG right away? Questions like these will be discussed at the Global Maritime Environmental Congress (gmec) which is held on 5 September as part of the SMM conference programme. Speakers such as Katharine Palmer, Global Sustainability Manager at the classification society Lloyd’s Register, will advise the industry on how to best comply with current regulations and prepare for future ones. In exhibition hall A5, which will be dedicated to the Green Propulsion theme with a special focus on LNG, decision-makers will be able to meet up with experts to get advice and study technical solutions hands-on.

As for ballast water management (BWM), the IMO is granting shipowners a transitional period before they must comply fully. Meanwhile the industry is working full speed on implementing the BWM Convention which took effect in 2017. This necessitates investments in the order of billions. In a study of the global ballast water management market between now and the year 2026, the US market research firm Stratistics MRC forecasts a growth rate of nearly 40 per cent – per year.

Understanding which types of BWM system are suitable for a specific ship type, and which of these systems meet both the IMO rules and the stricter requirements of the US Coast Guard is challenging. A gmec expert panel including Debra DiCianna of the US consulting firm Choice Ballast Systems, Tim Wilkins, Environment Director at Intertanko, the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners, Stamatis Fradelos, Principal Engineer, Operational Environmental Performance (OEP) Team, ABS and others will provide valuable insights. SMM visitors will be able to familiarise themselves first-hand with the technologies offered by relevant manufacturers from around the world. “Numerous manufacturers are reporting record numbers of incoming orders,” says Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director – Maritime and Technology Fairs & Exhibitions at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

This year’s fair will again feature various theme-based routes to help visitors find the exhibition highlights they are looking for. “We have added a Cruise & Ferry Route to our programme,” says Selbach. “From the engine room to the bridge through to passenger cabins, this route spreads out the entire value chain before our visitors.”

Cruise industry: Pioneering sustainability

When it comes to eco-friendly ship operation, the cruise industry is one step ahead of most other shipping segments, not only in response to increased environmental awareness among passengers but also because the many highly sensitive waters visited by these ships must be protected. It is the segment’s explicit goal to minimise the effects of every trip on the marine environment and on coastal regions. Here again, LNG ship fuel plays a key role. For example, AIDA Cruises ordered their third LNG-ready cruise vessel from Meyer Werft just a few weeks ago. The Japanese NGO Peace Boat’s Ecoship concept likewise favours LNG power. Apart from its dual-fuel engine, the vessel will feature ten retractable, rigid sails doubling as photovoltaic panels as well as wind turbines, and an additional 6,000 square metres of on-deck solar panels. Further information on what may will be the ‘greenest’ cruise ship yet will be available in Hall A5.

Under the chairmanship of Andreas Chrysostomou, acting Secretary General of the European chapter of CLIA, the Cruise Lines International Association, a gmec expert panel will focus on the cruise industry’s pioneering role in environment protection. The panel will include Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs at MSC Cruises; Lex Nijsen, Vice President and Head of Four-Stroke Marine, MAN Diesel & Turbo; Rolf Sandvik, CEO, The Fjords and Jan-Erik Rasanen, Head of New Technologies at the Finnish engineering firm Foreship, among other experts.

This year’s gmec conference will take place on 5 September. The conference team will again be supported by its cooperation partner Seatrade. “Once again we have been able to recruit some top-level experts from all around the world for SMM,” says Mary Bond, Managing Director Publishing and Content at Seatrade. “Attendees can expect a series of fascinating discussions and an array of innovative solutions that will make shipping
cleaner step by step.”

For further information about the green shipping conference please go to:http://www.smm-hamburg.com/en/conferences/gmec/

About SMM
The leading international maritime trade fair takes place in Hamburg every two years. More than 2.200 exhibitors and roughly 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the trade fair in the famous port city from 4 to 7 September 2018. SMM covers the entire maritime value chain, bringing together decision-makers from around the world and highlighting innovative technology.

Press contact: Nora Ebbinghaus, ph.: +49 40 3569 2445;
E-mail: nora.ebbinghaus@hamburg-messe.de

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Solar Park Veendam - From polluted land to a sustainable energy development
Mar 19, 2018

HANGZHOU, China, March 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Astronergy / Chint Solar officially inaugurates a new 15.5 MW solar park in the municipality of Veendam, Province of Groningen, Netherlands. The project, which was the largest solar PV project connected in 2017 in the Netherlands, was acquired end of 2016 from a local developer and was brought to a successful completion and connection in December 2017 by Chint. The polluted land that was found unsuitable for agricultural use found in solar a new purpose.

The 15 hectares strip of land located in the heart of the industrial area of Veendam, was vacant for a long time and part of the ground had suffered from contamination during years of industrial use. Solar presents itself as perfect solution for such cases, where little to no disturbance of the soil is desirable and can convert an otherwise unusable land into an economic and sustainability landmark for the region. The solar park, which will, during its operational lifetime, offset more than 240 kilotons of CO2, will produce enough energy every year to power 5,900 homes.

"We are proud to have stepped into this project and to have contributed to its full success. It was a team effort which enabled the realization of the project with a strong collaboration and participation from all public stakeholders. We see the Veendam Solar Park as a landmark and role model that we wish to replicate in the Netherlands in the coming years. Chint is a pioneer in the solar energy sector and is fully committed to contribute to a successful energy transition in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe, away from fossil fuels and into a sustainable and clean energy future," Dr. Lu, Chuan the CEO of Astronergy/Chint Solar commented.

The project was initially developed by local company Powerfield and acquired by Chint in December 2016. From that point onwards Chint was actively engaged with the Municipality of Veendam, the Province of Groningen and other local entities, private companies and advisors to ensure the project's development would be carried on fulfilling all of the regulatory and legal requirements. During the first half of 2017 all the open technical and development items were concluded, and the project reached financial closure in the summer time. Construction of the solar park, which was carried out by the specialized firm Golbeck Solar, started on the 4th of September and progressed at an impressive rate to mount all 57,288 solar panels and connect by 29th of December to the Enexis Veendam substation across the canal from the project location.

"The end phase of the construction was quite challenging as the bad weather and amount of water on the ground threatened to delay the progress and endanger a timely connection. With the excellent support of the local grid operator Enexis and all involved parties in construction we finally connected the park and achieved first energy export before the last days of 2017," Dr. Lu, Chuan said.

What's next?

Chint intends to remain very active in the Netherlands and is already planning the construction of the next solar park with 15.2 MW in Andijk, Municipality of Medemblik, province of Noord-Holland. The medium term goal is ambitious. The company is working on early stage development of additional 500 MW to be built over the course of the next 2 to 3 years. This will be achieved in close collaboration with several municipalities, provinces and many other public entities, and in partnering with local private companies in the industry.

About Astronergy / Chint

Astronergy Solar was established in 2006 and is a global leader in the solar industry with more than 4000 employees. Astronergy is specialized in crystalline module manufacturing with a production capacity of 2.5 GWp in different factories around the world (China, Thailand, and Germany). Besides manufacturing, Astronergy is a leading global downstream player being active in project development, financing, realization and operation of solar parks. Astronergy has built a significant track record of 3.5GWp completed projects in different regions. Around 2.5 GWp solar projects are owned by Astronergy which makes it one of the largest renewable energy independent power producers.

For the European project development activities, Astronergy set up an experienced team in 2016. The project development team is currently active in Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Eastern Europe countries. In the Netherlands Astronergy established its own representation in Amsterdam with local solar experts in 2017.

The firm's technology leadership, financial health, diversity and risk management got wide recognition from advisors, financial institutions and banks. Bloomberg lists Astronergy as Tier 1 module supplier for consecutive years and Photon Consulting has just recently ranked Astronergy as #1 player in the solar industry.

Astronergy's Parent Company and major shareholder, The Chint Group, is a market leader in Low-Voltage products and has a strong market position in Power Transmission & Distribution sector. Founded in 1984, the Chint Group with its 30.000+ employees has provided millions of customers in 100 countries worldwide with reliable and high quality solutions for over thirty years.

For more information contact:

Wanshu Hu
Sales & Marketing Department

Source: Astronergy

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One Solution for Water-starved Taiwan?
Mar 16, 2018

Pingtung County’s Great Chaozhou Artificial Lake is completely dry on the surface, defying traditional notions of a reservoir. This reservoir redirects floodwater underground, filling up underground water storage space until it can be extracted for use as potentially life-saving water in times of drought.

Does water storage necessarily have to be visible? Reservoirs do not necessarily have to be constructed on high ground among hills and mountains. Both Taiwan’s and Asia’s first large-scale man-made lake with artificially recharged groundwater has been constructed in southern Taiwan’s Pingtung County. The facility, which redirects floodwater to replenish groundwater, completely reshapes old notions that reservoirs can only be built above ground. Rather, this is a reservoir that is not in danger of silting up: it stores water underground.

Arriving at the Great Chaozhou Artificial Lake, instead of the expected beautiful lake among the hills, one’s eyes are met instead by a giant, visibly dry pit.

Ting Che-Shih, dean of the Pingtung University of Science and Technology’s College of Engineering, a hydraulic engineer by trade trained in the Netherlands, says, “The Great Chaozhou Artificial Lake is not meant for water storage, but to redirect flood waters from typhoons and other heavy rainfalls from the Linbian Creek into the manmade lake to rapidly seep under the surface and become subterranean water, and further, to use the alluvial plains on both sides of the Linbian Creek as aquifers.”

An important condition for the manmade lake is that redirected water must be able to penetrate rapidly into the subterranean water table. Accordingly, the top of the Linbian alluvial plain delta, located where the runoff comes down from the mountains, was selected for this purpose. Here, the pores in gravel and pebbles are large in diameter, facilitating the rapid underground penetration of floodwater. This is why seeing a dry manmade “lake” is completely normal - because its function was never to store water above ground, but to rapidly transport water to the water table below the ground.

This is not a new concept. Ting studied in the Netherlands, a prominent country in the utilization of underground water resources. The Netherlands has redirected water from the Rhine River below sand bars along the shoreline, using soil to filter and improve water quality prior to extraction.

“The underground realm is really a gigantic reservoir. In fact, UNESCO’s research institute believes that this is the new twenty-first century thinking about aquifer space. And the Netherlands has over a century of history developing underground aquifers as subterranean reservoirs, so the technology and theory is actually quite mature,” says Ting.

For many years, clutching The Complete Works of Li Yizhi (1882–1938), known as the father of modern China’s hydraulic engineering, Ting has preached the gospel of “storing water underground, and collecting flood water in canals.” Ting has stressed that storing its ample annual rainfall under ground could give Taiwan greater flexibility in the use of its water resources.

What about Subsidence?

The excessive extraction of underground water along Taiwan’s western coastal corridor has led to land subsidence and soil salinization. Consequently, talk of underground water extraction makes people blanche, and the concept of underground reservoirs has gained a bad reputation.

If underground space can be effectively utilized, it would enable the storage of a staggering volume of water. By Ting’s reckoning, water has been extracted from up to 200 meters below the surface of the Pingtung Plain, covering 1,220 square kilometers. Multiplied by a 0.1 soil porosity (water is contained in pores in the soil), the entire Pingtung Plain can hold and modulate over 20 billion tons of water, or four times the combined capacity of all of Taiwan’s reservoirs. At 7.5 billion tons of water storage capacity, the area of the Linbian Creek alluvial plain alone can hold more water than all of Taiwan’s reservoirs combined.

Underground aquifer promotion in Pingtung County did not get off to a good start. Only after Tsao Chi-hung, a native of Linbian Township with a deep appreciation of the ravages of coastal land subsidence in the area, became county magistrate and strongly supported the utilization of underground water as a resource, was Linbian Creek floodwater redirected underground. This helped raise the water table, alleviating land subsidence and slowing down soil salinization from seawater seepage.

An underground reservoir is by definition intended to extract water, but does that mean that there are no concerns about land subsidence? Tsai Chang-chan, director of the Water Resources Bureau explains: “The government has spent over NT$10 billion on subsidence prevention efforts, monitoring underground water levels to measure underground capacity and how much water has been directed underground. The guiding concept of the Great Chaozhou Man-made Lake is correct, to first recharge groundwater, and extract it for use once the water reaches a certain level.”

Phase one of the Greater Chaozhou Artificial Lake Project has been allocated a budget of NT$1.4 billion. Over the past two years, trials have been run to replenish groundwater under the Pingtung Plain, and the manmade lake can be recharged with an estimated 150 million tons of underground water per year. After 10 years of replenishment, it is hoped that half of the water volume (75 million tons) can be extracted and used each year.

In addition to measuring groundwater, the recharging process also includes other challenges. Huang Shih-wei, director of the Southern Region Water Resources Office under the Water Resources Administration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, relates that over time, silt can plug up pores and cracks in the man-made river, so that if the bottom sediment is not removed, it loses its exchange functions. Consequently, facilities must be installed upstream to reduce the flow of silt into the man-made lake, and the bottom must be dredged regularly to remove silt.

In the effort to maximize recharging of the Great Chaozhou Manmade Lake, Ting Che-Shih conducted four years of on-site experiments, and studied the methods for channeling water and redirecting silt used by the Dujiangyan Canal in China to reduce the inflow of silt accompanying flood water into the manmade lake. Further, he conducted simulations of various origins and causes of pore and crack blockage, finding solutions for each issue. “Still, eventually, dredging out the bottom layer of sediment is unavoidable in order to maintain normal penetration,” says Ting.

Illegal Dumping, Fighting Sedimentation

The third challenge is underground refuse. In past decades, Taiwan’s western plains have been plagued by unscrupulous operators who replaced illegally mined gravel and replaced it with refuse, or who even buried animal carcasses underground to fill in the gaps. In order to safely utilize groundwater, apart from measuring the water table, such contaminated sources of water must be avoided.

According to Yu Ching-yun, assistant professor in the hydraulic engineering division of National Taiwan University’s Department of Civil Engineering,

“We’ve been taught to believe that extracting groundwater is bad, but the truth is that some places in Taiwan have an overabundance of groundwater. For instance, both Taipei and Taichung have seen excessively high water tables, and it is both possible and necessary for Taiwan to extract and use groundwater in an appropriate fashion.”

From a sustainability standpoint, artificial recharging is not as desirable as natural recharging. “In recent years, a large amount of agricultural land has been repurposed for development in Taiwan. And the transformation of earth into concrete eliminates the land’s natural ability to replenish (groundwater). These cities claim to be ‘sponge cities’ capable of containing water resources, but underneath them is actually still just concrete. For instance, underneath Da-An Forest Park is all concrete, without any capacity for recharging groundwater,” asserts Thomas Chan, deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Administration.

"The critical mission of underground reservoirs is to alleviate the replacement of earth and soil with concrete, cultivate water content resources, and utilize appropriate methods in appropriate places to replenish groundwater."

One such example is the artificial lake atop the alluvial plain. At present, regular groundwater extraction is not prudent; subterranean water should first be preserved and stored so that it can be extracted and used as potentially life-saving water in the event of a drought.

By Kuo-Chen Lu

Translated from the Chinese article by David Toman

ADB, Kingenta Partner to Promote Modern Agricultural Services in the PRC
Mar 07, 2018

BEIJING, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (7 March 2018) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a total of $80 million in assistance to subsidiaries of Kingenta Ecological Engineering Group (Kingenta), a leading compound and specialty fertilizer producer and supplier in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), to help promote environmentally sustainable and innovative agricultural services in the country, improving crop productivity and increasing farmers’ income and livelihoods.

The assistance, under the Environmentally Sustainable Agricultural Input Distribution Project, includes a loan of up to $50 million to Linyi Kingfarm Cooperative Agricultural Services and an equity investment of up to $30 million to Kingfarm Agricultural Services, which includes the International Financial Corporation and Hua Xia Bank as shareholders. Linyi Kingfarm Cooperative Agricultural Services is 100% owned by Kingfarm Agricultural Services (both are abbreviated as Kingfarm Cooperative). The transaction was signed on 31 January and approved by Kingenta’s shareholders on 28 February.

“Kingfarm Cooperative is the PRC's first modern agricultural service platform dedicated to Chinese farmers. It is committed to building an integrated agricultural value chain by consolidating resources to deliver comprehensive agricultural inputs and services for millions of farmers in the country,” said Kingfarm Cooperative Chairman Jiguo Li.

“Agriculture plays a significant role in the PRC’s development, but the industry must continue to keep pace with the country’s rapid growth and urbanization to ensure food security,” said Xiaole Wang, Investment Specialist at ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department. “ADB’s assistance to Kingfarm Cooperative will provide the much-needed support to improve agricultural production and modernization in the PRC without damaging the environment.”

ADB’s equity investment and loan will help fund Kingfarm Cooperative’s business plan to establish hundreds of new crop production service (CPS) centers, which will provide compound and specialty fertilizers—containing various elements like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, coupled with high-efficiency and innovative features for improved agricultural yield. Apart from the distribution of fertilizers, seeds, and other agricultural inputs, Kingfarm Cooperative will also provide agricultural services to assist local farmers in precision farming using the latest technology, including global positioning systems and geospatial data processing analytics, to allow farmers to address the variability in a field’s yield potential and crop input needs. The establishment of the new CPSs will help farmers analyze large amounts of information including yield maps, detailed field analyses, and soil analyses to create specific crop input recommendations that can be precisely applied across a field.

The PRC’s fertilizer industry has been overusing simple fertilizers—containing only one nutrient—which has reduced soil fertility and crop yields overtime, while also causing environmental damage to farmland and water pollution. The project will help curb the usage of inefficient fertilizers by adopting high-efficiency compound and specialty fertilizers and promote climate-smart agricultural practices in the country. CPSs will also develop integrated pest and vector management plans to assist farmers in reducing their reliance on synthetic chemical pesticides.

The project is ADB’s first nonsovereign assistance to an agricultural input and service provider in the Asia and Pacific region.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region.

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Brightening the Borders - Why Solar Power is Making Its Way Into the Limelight
Mar 05, 2018

If you have ever thought about how powerful the sun felt on a hot day, you can understand how harnessing that power to use as an alternative, clean energy makes perfect sense. More and more solar power is being used as an excellent renewable energy to power our lives and things are looking bright for the future.

If you’re looking at reasonable ways to cut your energy bills, or just interested in an alternative and clean way to power your home, check with the solar power energy providers in your area. Harnessing solar energy to help power your home offers many benefits, some of which you might not even realise.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using solar power and why it’s becoming increasingly popular all the time.

The Cost

The cost of using solar power will dramatically reduce the cost of your electricity bills. Because you’re not taking it completely off the electricity grid, but generating it yourself, you save money but it doesn’t end there.

There are often incentives offered by companies and other government rebates and discounts for using solar power and upgrading your system to use them. The cost, in the long run, is well worth the upfront investment for going green.

Plus, there’s the cost to the environment, which is well worth considering. Less wear and tear on our dear mother earth is never a bad thing. You’ll save money and you can rest assured you are doing the right thing in the process.

Not Just Houses

With technology always advancing and changing the way it’s used, there are so many more options for solar power, and the options are growing all the time. You can heat your water and your home, but you can use it to heat your swimming pool and not just in homes, but businesses as well. Larger business and buildings are finding it well worth their while to install solar panels to capture energy that is already there and lower their energy bills while they’re at it.

Going the Distance

Trains, buses and cars, can all tap into the sun’s power and store it for use. This is a huge benefit for transportation. To be able to cut back on energy that traditionally comes from fossil fuels is a going to be huge for both businesses and individuals alike. With running costs lowered, we spend less and the planet scores again.

Mobile Power

Did you know you can charge all your gadgets with solar power? You can. Your mobile phone, e-reader, tablet, as well as solar powered dryers, smaller appliances and your flashlight can all be kept fully-charged at all times with the power of the sun. With our increasing reliance on all these gadgets and more, there’s no doubt that the ability to stay charged on-the-go will be music to many people’s ears.

The Future Looks Bright

There are more and more advancements using solar energy being tested and discovered all the time. As we progress, so does the way we use solar energy, the way we capture it and the way we store it. Solar panels have dropped in price considerably over the years, as more and more are needed, the technology has advanced for more effective, less expensive and better-performing panels.

There are experiments being carried out to harness the energy from space, closer to the sun and even ways of tapping the energy directly from trees. But the truth is, the sun provides more energy to the earth than we can ever use, so tapping it for our use only makes sense. It’s clean, less expensive and readily available.

As ways to make this energy source more efficient and improve its conversion to electricity continue, soon, it won’t be a new energy, it will simply be one of them. The future truly does looks bright for solar power.

Indonesia Needs $20 Billion For Tourism Development
Investvine, A Company of Inside Investor, Ltd.
Mar 02, 2018

Indonesia’s initiative to create and promote ten “new Balis” – ten new tourists destinations that could become as popular as the crowded holiday island – would require about $20 billion in investment, the government calculated, hoping for developers from China, Singapore, Thailand and other countries to foot half of the bill.

Plans are to invest in tourism infrastructure in Lake Toba, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Lesung, Kepulauan Seribu & Kota Tua Jakarta, Borobudur, Bromo-Tengger-Semeru, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, Wakatobi and Morotai.

Indonesia’s ministry of tourism projects that, by 2019, these places will draw ten million additional tourists annually, which would boost the country’s tourism industry of currently four per cent of gross domestic product to 20 per cent by 2019.

According to tourism minister Arief Yahya, around 120,000 hotel rooms, 15,000 restaurants, 100 recreational parks and 100 diving operators will be added to the destinations, said. Other infrastructure will also be built, such as solar facilities as green power sources.

China is projected to be one of its biggest backers, thanks to Indonesia’s participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. China also would be among the most important source countries for additional tourists to Indonesia, and special promotion campaigns are planned there.

In 2017, Indonesia welcomed around 14 million foreign visitor arrivals, a new record high and up 21.9 per cent year-on-year from 11.52 million foreign visitor arrivals in the preceding year. However, the country failed to achieve its 2017 target of attracting 15 million foreign tourists, with the main reason being heavy volcanic activity at Bali’s Mount Agung.

This year, Indonesia expects the number of foreign tourist arrivals to increase to 17 million, with a projected revenue of around $16 billion, up from $15 billion last year.

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash

Company Investvine, A Company of Inside Investor, Ltd.
Contact Imran Saddique
E-mail imran@insideinvestor.com
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ADB, China Water Affairs Sign Deal to Improve Urban Water Management in PRC
Mar 02, 2018

BEIJING, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (2 March 2018) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a loan equivalent of up to $200 million to help China Water Affairs Group Limited (CWA) improve wastewater management and increase people’s access to clean and reliable water supply in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The agreement was signed by Christopher Thieme, Deputy Director General of ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department, and Duan Chuan Liang, CWA’s Chairman, at a ceremony in Beijing.

ADB’s assistance is comprised of two loans of up to $100 million each in US dollars and yuan. The financing, to be disbursed on a project-by-project basis, will support the construction and operation of a series of public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives covering a combination of water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment, and sewage and drainage pipelines in second and third-tier cities in the PRC. The PPP arrangements will help increase private sector participation in the urban water sector.

“Ensuring accessible, safe, and reliable water supplies for the PRC’s urban areas is an urgent development priority,” said Mr. Thieme. “This financing supports CWA in pioneering new approaches to urban water management where multiple services are integrated to increase water efficiency.”

This transaction builds on the success of ADB’s earlier partnerships with CWA, which focused on supplying water to cities and surrounding rural communities. In this new financing, the emphasis is on supporting CWA’s innovations to link the entire water value chain, including wastewater pipelines and treatment.

Once completed, CWA’s projects are anticipated to supply over 10 million cubic meters per day of tap water and treat over 1.8 million cubic meters of wastewater daily. Over 5,000 kilometers of CWA-managed sewage and drainage pipeline networks will also be constructed.

CWA, established in 2003 as one of the first private companies to own and operate water distribution networks in the PRC, has concession operations in more than 50 cities, across 16 provinces and provincial-level municipalities, in the country. CWA’s main business lines include water supply, wastewater management, and water construction services.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region.

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Sanli secures New EPC Contracts worth S$18.1 Million
JCN Newswire
Feb 21, 2018

- Order book grows to S$121.3 million
- Contribution to revenue for the next three years from FY2018

SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Sanli Environmental Limited ("Sanli" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), an environmental engineering company with more than ten years of experience and over 1,000 completed projects in the field of water and waste management under its belt, has announced that it has secured four new Engineering, Procurement and Construction ("EPC") contracts ("Contracts") worth a total of S$18.1 million, bringing the Group's order book to S$121.3 million.

The Contracts secured are projects from the public sector and involve the replacement and enhancement of high tension electrical equipment, the replacement of aged equipment at high lift station and electrical network upgrading, the replacement of switchgears, switchboards, transformers cables and ancillaries, and the supply and installation of water handling equipment.

Mr Sim Hock Heng, Chief Executive Officer of Sanli said, "The recent contract wins have greatly encouraged and motivated the team. The Group will continue to tap on the demand for water and waste management solutions and work hard to secure new contracts to grow the business further."

The Contracts are expected to contribute to the Group's revenue for the financial year ending 31 March 2018.

About Sanli Environmental Limited

Sanli is an environmental engineering company in the field of water and waste management. It has more than ten years of experience and over 1,000 completed projects under its portfolio.

The Group's expertise is in the design, supply, delivery, installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair and overhaul of mechanical and electrical equipment as well as process, instrumentation and control systems in wastewater treatment plants, water reclamation plants, NEWater plants, waterworks, service reservoirs, pumping stations and incineration plants.

The Group has two main business segments: Engineering, Procurement and Construction ("EPC") and Operations and Maintenance ("O&M"). Under its EPC segment, Sanli provides services within the field of water and waste management, including process upgrading of existing water treatment plants, upgrading of pumping station capacities, replacement of aged equipment, and design and build of various treatment process systems. Through its O&M segment, the Group provides corrective and preventive maintenance services to ensure reliability and minimal disruptions to customers' operations.

For more information, please visit the company website atwww.sanli.com.sg.

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Tracking Ocean Salinity from Space using Colour
JCN Newswire
Feb 19, 2018

Ocean colour could serve as a reliable proxy for salinity, opening the door for more frequent and detailed measurements.

Selangor, Malaysia - (ACN Newswire) - Measuring salinity at the ocean's surface is important for tracking global ocean circulation as well as local ecosystem health. A research team from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu have proposed a new method to measure sea surface salinity using ocean colour as a proxy. Reported in the Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, this method could improve monitoring frequency and resolution, particularly for coastal areas.

Salinity is the concentration of salt ions in a volume of water. While the total salt content of the ocean remains fairly stable, salinity can vary as the ocean's volume changes when fresh rain, river water and melted ice enter the ocean, and when seawater freezes or evaporates. Some areas get saltier and others fresher as these processes occur, collectively known as 'the hydrological cycle'.

Besides affecting marine organisms, salinity is also a key player in ocean circulation. Saltier, denser water sinks beneath lighter, fresher water, helping drive the massive conveyer belt carrying seawater around the world. A space-based satellite currently measures sea surface salinity all over the globe using a metric called 'microwave emissivity'. The Aquarius satellite, operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA), takes one measurement for every 150 square kilometres of ice-free ocean, passing over the same spot once a week.

Marine scientist Md Idris Suffian and colleagues wondered if they could use images taken from another pair of satellites that cover the entire ocean daily, and on a much more detailed scale - one picture for every one square kilometre. To do this, they needed to confirm that they could use ocean colour captured in the optical images to determine salinity.

Ocean colour is partly determined by how much organic matter is dissolved in the water, which gives it a green, yellow or brown tint, rather than the usual blue. By testing seawater samples taken along the east coast of Malaysia during different seasons, the researchers found a reliable inverse relationship between the amount of coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and salinity. Based on this relationship, they were able to develop a mathematical algorithm that could be used with the satellite images to derive salinity. They use the colour data captured in the images, specifically in the deep blue part of the spectrum, to determine the amount of organic matter, and then compute salinity.

The researchers note, however, that the performance of the algorithm may vary from region to region, depending on the degree of mixing between freshwater and seawater. Especially in areas with heavy river flows and high levels of organic material, the conservative relationship between dissolved organic matter and salinity could be altered so much that it no longer fits the algorithm. They recommend further testing to improve the algorithm.

For more information about this research, please contact:
Dr. Md. Sufian Idris
School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Email: suffian@umt.edu.my
Phone: +609 668 3284

About Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology (JST)
Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology (JST) is published by Universiti Putra Malaysia in English and is open to authors around the world regardless of nationality. Currently, it is published twice a year in January and July. Other Pertanika series include Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science (JTAS), and Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities (JSSH).

Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology aims to provide a forum for high quality research related to science and engineering research. Areas relevant to the scope of the journal include: bioinformatics, bioscience, biotechnology and bio-molecular sciences, chemistry, computer science, ecology, engineering, engineering design, environmental control and management, mathematics and statistics, medicine and health sciences, nanotechnology, physics, safety and emergency management, and related fields of study.

For more information about the journal, contact:
The Chief Executive Editor (UPM Journals)
Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (R&I)
IDEA Tower 2, UPM-MDTC Technology Centre
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +603 8947 1622 | +6016 217 4050
Email: nayan@upm.my

Distributed for Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology by ResearchSEA.

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