New Delhi: India has overtaken Japan becoming the nation with the fifth-largest hydropower production capacity in the world with its total installed base now standing at over 50 Gigawatt (GW), behind Canada, US, Brazil and China, according to International Hydropower Association (IHA).The London-based global hydropower trade body has just published the 2020 Hydropower Status Report and Covid-19 Policy Paper. According to data put out in the report, global hydropower installed capacity reached 1,308 GW in 2019, as 50 countries completed greenfield and upgrade projects, including pumped storage.A total of 15.6 GW in installed capacity was added in 2019, down from 21.8 GW in 2018. This represents a rise of 1.2 per cent, which is below the estimated 2.0 per cent growth rate required for the world to meet Paris Agreement carbon reduction targets. The countries with the highest increases in were Brazil (4.92 GW), China (4.17 GW) and Laos (1.89 GW).IHA also said hydropower’s flexibility … [Read more...] about India overtakes Japan with fifth-largest hydropower capacity in the world
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With New Zealand lacking any men in the ATP’s top 500 singles rankings, the “Premier League” will feature a grab-bag of college players and doubles specialists like Queenstown resident Ben McLachlan, who switched allegiance to Japan and played Davis Cup for the Asian nation. … [Read more...] about New Zealand thrilled to snatch sporting spotlight with Premier League
Last week Hike Messenger , the messaging app, became the latest startup to join the so-called ‘unicorn’ pack in India—companies valued at at least $1 billion. Hike has been the fastest of the pack to reach the milestone, in just about three and half years after launch. It took e-commerce major Flipkart five years, rival Snapdeal seven years and analytics firm Mu Sigma nine years to become unicorns. Hike is also the lone company in the unicorn pack that is free. It is yet to make money. Hike will only “start to try making money by 2018, perhaps 2020”, says 28-year old founder Kavin Bharti Mittal. Yet, thanks to the $175 million collected from a clutch of overseas investors (see Plenty of Funds), the app is valued at $1.4 billion. Mittal believes the $175 million raised by Hike “is like Flipkart raising $1 billion. That’s the value we see and we are the only local rich messaging app with scale in the country.” Says Vishal Tripathi, … [Read more...] about Is Hike Messenger worth the hype and $1.4 billion?
“The Shandong sends a message not only to those regional powers attempting to check China’s plans to exercise hegemony inside the nine-dash line disputed area of the South China Sea, but also to the bigger global powers,” military expert James Maclaren wrote for the Diplomat website earlier this year. … [Read more...] about China’s first home-built aircraft carrier begins sea trials to test weapons
New Delhi: Ambitious goals have been laid down by the government in the areas of solar energy and agriculture. Yet, the two goals are often seen as independent of each other. Agro-photovoltaics (APVs) emerge as a solution that can drive synergies between these goals, tying in well with the theme of technology driven systems, as outlined by the Prime Minister when he laid out his vision for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.The concept of APVs was first introduced in 1981 by German physicist Adolf Goetzberger. He reasoned that since crops and solar panels both take up land, solar panels need not be placed directly on the ground. He suggested crops and panels be co-located. In 2004, the advent of stilt mounted APVs in Japan, allowed such projects to materialise.Global research has shown that that APVs have a positive effect on shade tolerant crops such as legumes, leafy vegetables, grapes, potatoes, ginger, aloe vera, saffron and a variety of other fruits and vegetables. The positive outcomes are … [Read more...] about OPINION: Driving synergy in energy and agriculture through Agro-Photovoltaics