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In Ivory Coast, 'drone academy' offers youth the chance to soar

Abidjan - "Drones have become my passion," says Noursely Doumbia, who holds a degree in electronics and is currently learning to pilot drones as part of a pioneering programme in Ivory Coast's economic capital Abidjan.

Electric textile lights a lamp as it is stretched

Gothenburg - Scientists have developed an electric textile that can generate sufficient power to light a lamp as it is stretched. This happens through the conversion of kinetic energy into electric power.

Power partly restored after massive Amsterdam outage

Den Haag - Power was gradually being restored Friday after Amsterdam's bustling city centre was hit by a major outage, closing down museums and stopping trams, the city's electricity network provider said.

New battery built for extreme cold

Batteries are required for an increasing number of mobile appliances, from consumer to industrial. Batteries are affected by environmental conditions, such as extremes of weather. A new invention addresses extreme cold.

Puerto Rico power grid snaps, nearly 1 million in the dark

San Juan - Puerto Rico's power grid broke down again on Thursday, leaving some 800,000 customers without power, as the US Caribbean possession struggles to recover five months after Hurricane Maria slammed the island.

Power station blast plunges Puerto Rico into darkness

San Juan - Most of San Juan and a strip of northern Puerto Rico municipalities were plunged into darkness Sunday night after an explosion at a power station, five months after two hurricanes destroyed the island's electricity network.

Australia toughens foreign investment rules amid China concerns

Sydney - Australia announced tougher restrictions on foreign buyers of agricultural land and electricity infrastructure on Thursday amid fears over rising Chinese influence.

Puerto Rico's governor announces plan to privatize power utility

San Juan - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello announced on Monday he intends to sell off the U.S. territory’s troubled power utility, PREPA to the private sector, saying the process could take roughly 18 months to complete.

As coal declines, renewables take over U.S. electrical generation

Renewable energy appeared to be a huge winner in the U.S. in 2017, with the latest figures showing that solar and wind power represented 94.7 percent of the net new electricity capacity.

Fossil fuels blown away by wind in cost terms: study

Paris - New onshore wind and solar energy projects are set to deliver electricity more cheaply than fossil fuels plants, with other green technologies also rapidly gaining a cost advantage over dirty fuels, a report published Saturday said.

Palestinian Authority agrees to restore Gaza electricity payments

Ramallah - The Palestinian Authority said Wednesday it had agreed to restore payments for electricity in the Gaza Strip after a cut in June worsened a power crisis in the blockaded enclave.

Armenia looks to solar energy to move out of Russia's shadow

Yerevan - Landlocked and poor, Armenia has long relied on Russia for its energy needs, but the government is hoping to reduce that dependence by tapping a resource that is plentiful in the region: the sun.

Puerto Rico is being rebuilt with the aid of solar companies

San Juan - The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is still devastated and is struggling with basic needs, including a widespread lack of electricity. It has been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, and people are still hurting.

Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania

Minsk - Thirty years after the Chernobyl disaster spewed radioactive clouds into the sky and sent shockwaves across Europe, Belarus is building a nuclear reactor on the doorstep of the EU despite fears in neighbouring Lithuania.

Energy-saving LEDs boost light pollution worldwide

Miami - They were supposed to bring about an energy revolution -- but the popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health, researchers said Wednesday.

Head of Puerto Rico power authority resigns

San Juan - The head of Puerto Rico's power authority has resigned amid a scandal over efforts to restore electricity to the hurricane-hit island, its governor announced Friday.

Essential Science: Smart paper for water and electric leaks

Researchers have devised a type of ‘smart’ paper. The paper is capable to detecting leaks by sensing the presence of water — thanks to the paper's conduction of electricity.

Blast kills 13 at wedding in India

New Delhi - At least 13 people including a pregnant woman were killed when an electricity transformer exploded outside a wedding ceremony in western India, police said Wednesday.

Google to reach 100 percent renewable energy milestone this year

Google has announced it will be running its entire business on renewable energy by the end of 2017. The achievement will underline Google's work in sustainability and environmental protection, demonstrating the cloud era doesn’t have to harm the planet.

Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'

L - In the darkest reaches of Brazil's Amazon, solar panels are bringing light -- and could help save the rainforest.Aurelio Souza is working to install solar panels in villages along the remote Purus and Ituxi rivers in the western Amazonas state.

Electricity sector can unlock trillions by going digital

According to a review by the World Economic Forum the complete digital transformation of the electricity industry could unlock $1.3 trillion of value.

Dark nights in power-starved North Korea

Kumhwa - At the turbine hall at North Korea's Wonsan Number 5 hydropower station, a placard mounted on a wall proclaims: "Prosperous and Powerful Nation". But when it comes to electricity the North is anything but.

Edison, Westinghouse row electrifies Toronto film fest

Toronto - Oscar nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon electrified audiences at the Toronto film festival Sunday with their portrayals of Thomas Edison and his rival in the race for marketable electricity, George Westinghouse.

Cooling system works without electricity

Stanford University technologists have succeeded in cooling water without electricity. This is achieved by sending excess heat into space, using specialized optical surfaces.

Canada developing energy storage roadmap

A holistic approach to develop and maintain a multi-year energy storage roadmap for Canada has been initiated, starting with a pilot study in Alberta. Phase 1 is to be reported to the Energy Storage in Canada Conference.

'Smart' transformers prepared for smart electricity grids

Technologists have devised a computer model to show how smart solid-state transformerscan form a stable, reliable 'smart grid' for the supply of electricity to businesses and homes.

Waste-to-energy technologies present opportunity for startups

Researchers have demonstrated that landfill waste can be used to produce energy which generates less greenhouse gases than simply letting the waste decompose. The study highlights an opportunity for startups.

Midnight rush for power in electricity-starved Gaza

Gaza - Once a day, the electricity comes on and the Ahmed household whirs into action -- even if it's the middle of the night.

Keeping the power on and Internet working with a Hurricane

When Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992, the World Wide Web was just a kid and not that many media companies were online. Cells phones weren't "smart" yet. With Harvey, we were on top of the storm every minute as it came ashore because of technology.

Smart grids more vulnerable to cyber attack

Several electricity distribution systems are gradually transposed to smart grids. These allow for two-way communication and computer processing. However, this process makes smart grids increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks.
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