Scaling up renewables in cities: Opportunities for municipal governments

Renewable-based solutions for cities, whether in buildings, power-generation, transport or other systems, help to ensure energy security and fulfil climate commitments, as well as to secure social benefits for urban residents. Fortunately, cities are making progress and achieving key successes in the shift to renewables.

UMITRON secures US$2 million project funding to deliver IoT and AI technology to drive growth of sustainable aquaculture

IDB Lab's grant resources will be used by UMITRON and Piscis to test and calibrate UMITRON's AI feeding technology. Additionally, funds will be used to both train local producers and scale up UMITRON's solution in the Lake Titicaca region. The end goal is to implement data-driven aquaculture feeding technology for farmers in Peru and eventually all of Latin America.

Intel Drone Solutions Modernize and Increase Efficiency for US Bridge Inspections

Intel collaborated with two departments of transportation to improve bridge inspections, supplementing manual inspections of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky and the Stone Arch Bridge in Minnesota. Throughout the inspections, Intel’s advanced automated commercial drone hardware and software solutions increased efficiency and produced more reliable data in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods.

Web-Based System for the Remote Monitoring and Management of Precision Irrigation: A Case Study in an Arid Region of Argentina

This article presents a description of the design, development, and implementation of web-based software and dedicated hardware which allows for the remote monitoring and control of a drip irrigation system.

Call for Proposals: Improve the production and distribution of food in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field.
Applications are closed

Call for Applications: The 2018 - 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award

Announced at the One Young World Summit for the second year in a row, the call for applications for The 2018 - 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award has officially launched! There will be double the number of potential winners, from 5 to 10, with total value of all prizes combined - USD$100,000.
Applications are closed

IAEA Conducts Successful Test of Drones in Fight Against Disease-Transmitting Mosquitos

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its partners have successfully tested releasing sterile mosquitos from drones as part of efforts to use a nuclear technique to supress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases.
9 months ago

Call for Applications: GovHack on Environment & Wellbeing for the cities of Tokyo and Santiago

This challenge calls for startup utilizing the concepts of circular economy to create new products and services that help the environment and impact in(directly) the healthcare of its citizens.
Applications are closed
10 months ago

The Role of Small-Scale Biofuel Production in Brazil: Lessons for Developing Countries

The aim of this paper is to provide an assessment of the challenges faced by small-scale bioenergy initiatives and discuss the conditions that would potentially make these initiatives economically feasible.
a year ago

Proparco signed a €90 million loan to Enel Green Power to finance the 254MW Ituverava photovoltaic Solar Power plant in Brazil

Proparco signed a €90 million loan (BRL 342 million) to Enel Green Power to finance the 254MW Ituverava photovoltaic solar power plant. This solar park, South America’s second largest, is located in the municipality of Tabocas do Brejo Velho in the State of Bahia and will be able to generate over 550GWh a year.
a year ago

Potential of Vertical Hydroponic Agriculture in Mexico

Given the conditions of pressure on water and land resources in Mexico and the need to reduce the carbon footprint, vertical farming technology could offer the possibility for sustainable food production in the urban areas of the country in the coming years.
a year ago

Access Power and FMO launch second edition of Solar ‘Shark Tank’ Competition for Innovative Solar Projects

In order to be considered for the grant, the proposed projects must be located in Asia, Africa or Latin America and be based on solar PV technology. They should also meet the capacity criterion of 10MW or more, and be at an advanced stage of development (preliminary feasibility studies should have been completed).
Applications are closed
a year ago

EDF Energies Nouvelles commissions 350 MW in Wind and Solar Energy capacity in Brazil

The bulk of the Pirapora solar photovoltaic project (with close to 400 MWp in total capacity) and the 66 MW Ventos da Bahia wind farm were recently commissioned and connected up to the Brazilian grid via its EDF EN do Brasil local subsidiaries.
a year ago

Mexico and Poland take Top Honors in The 2017 Valeo Innovation Chalenge

SPMIP’s project involved a system designed to analyze the condition of the road and detect ice invisible to the naked eye, then provide real-time alerts to enable the driver to safely adapt his or her driving style accordingly. Ours Mobility’s project consisted in a free application that harnesses big data to find the easiest, most economical and environmentally-friendly solution for parking and recharging vehicles.
a year ago

Creative Industries: Development Processes Under Contemporary Conditions of Globalization

The paper presents a comparative analysis of theories and theoretical approaches intended for the sector of creative industries and its development as well as defines regularities and specificities characteristic of the development of creative industries.
a year ago

Rabobank and UN Environment announce new Billion dollar partnership to kickstart Climate Smart Agriculture

Rabobank and UN Environment announced today the creation of a new 1 billion dollar facility to finance sustainable agriculture using a combination of public and private funding.
a year ago

Green Energy could help Developing Countries that are Too Dependent on Commodities Exports Diversify Their Economies

Forecasts show renewable energy accounting for more than 60 per cent of the global increase in electricity output over the next five years. And the falling cost of renewables means they could play a key role in getting electricity to more businesses and homes in developing countries, especially those outside the main cities.
a year ago

ENGIE wins concession contracts for Two Hydropower Plants in Brazil

The concession contracts are signed for a 30-year period. They raise the installed capacity of ENGIE from 10,290 MW to 11,122 MW and reinforce ENGIE’s position as the largest private energy producer in Brazil.
a year ago

EDF Energies Nouvelles Partners with Canadian Solar for a 92.5 MWp Photovoltaic Project in Brazil

Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, and EDF Energies Nouvelles, a global market leader in renewable energy, announced today a partnership in the 92.5 MWp Pirapora III photovoltaic project in Brazil, through the sale of 80% interest in the Project by Canadian Solar to EDF EN do Brasil, EDF Energies Nouvelles’ local subsidiary.
a year ago

Geothermal Energy Can Boost Low Carbon Economic Development in Central America, Says IRENA

The development of more geothermal projects in the Central America region can boost the economy and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases.
a year ago

Access to Energy for 2 million more people by 2020 thanks to three New Investments in Latin America, India and Cambodia

These three new investments will contribute to ENGIE’s goal of providing 20 million people around the world with access to sustainable, decentralized energy by 2020.
a year ago

Costa Rica Achieves Two New Records in Sustainability Effort

In the last 30 years, renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, solar and hydroelectric have been responsible for production of nearly 93 percent of Costa Rica's energy, but this July they broke their own record.
a year ago

Fragmented Market Opens Tremendous Opportunities for Vendors in Brazil’s Industrial Internet of Things Business

Ubiquitous connectivity and the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) are accelerating industrial IoT (IIoT) revenue growth in Latin America. Although in its early stages of growth, the IIoT ecosystem in Brazil will be fuelled by the National Bank for Economic and Social Development’s (BNDES) December 2016 annouwhen ncement regarding a study to formulate and implement public policies for IoT between 2017 and 2022.
2 years ago

Climate-Smart Livestock Systems: An Assessment of Carbon Stocks and GHG Emissions in Nicaragua

Livestock systems in the tropics can contribute to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increasing carbon accumulation. We quantified C stocks and GHG emissions of 30 dual-purpose cattle farms in Nicaragua using farm inventories and lifecycle analysis.
2 years ago

Digital Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Clould computing and Thing Internet: Brazilian contextualization and reality

Today, "Thing Internet" has come to significantly modify the paradigms of perception, production and distribution of the capitalist world. This article discusses, covering and understanding the main reasons for the existence of this gap between theory and practice regarding digital manufacturing and adjacencies, the perspectives of technological innovations in the digital era specifically in Brazil.
2 years ago

Self-steering truck can become a significant productivity booster for Sugarcane growers

Volvo Trucks has developed a new self-steering truck that can become a significant productivity booster for Brazilian sugar-cane growers. The truck, which is used to transport newly harvested sugar-cane, is steered with great precision through the fields in order to avoid damaging the young plants that will form the following year's crop.
2 years ago

Policies for Reintegrating Crop and Livestock Systems: A Comparative Analysis

The reintegration of crop and livestock systems within the same land area has the potential to improve soil quality and reduce water and air pollution, while maintaining high yields and reducing risk.
2 years ago

From Sustainability-as-usual to Sustainability Excellence in Local Bioenergy Business

The objectives of this research were to characterise the maturity levels of bioenergy corporate responsibility for sustainability and outline an approach by which companies can operate at the most mature sustainability excellence level.
2 years ago

Offshore Aquaculture Development in Ecuador

This article analyses the current situation of offshore aquaculture (the production of fish and other aquatic organisms in the open sea) in Ecuador, and the prospects for the future of this sector in the country.
2 years ago

Panama forecasts Latin America's Highest Economic Growth rate for 2017

Panama's Ministry of Economy and Finance has announced that it projects the country's economic growth for 2017 at 5.8%, the highest rate among all Latin American economies, thanks to strong performance in a variety of sectors including construction, mining, finance, and public services, as well as public infrastructure and energy generation.
2 years ago

Low Emissions Development of the Beef Cattle Sector in Uruguay

This publication is intended to contribute to the implementation of the livestock and climate change development agenda. The study evaluates the potential for improving productivity while reducing enteric methane emission intensity from beef production in Uruguay.
2 years ago

Potential of Vertical Hydroponic Agriculture in Mexico

Given the conditions of pressure on water and land resources in Mexico and the need to reduce the carbon footprint, vertical farming technology could offer the possibility for sustainable food production in the urban areas of the country in the coming years.
2 years ago

Causality Relationship Between Import, Export and Growth Rate in Developing Countries

In this paper, we tried to determine the relationship between imports, exports and growth rate in developing countries. Within this scope, 6 developing countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Malaysia, Mexico and Turkey) were analyzed in this study. In order to achieve this purpose, annual data for the periods between 1961 and 2014 was tested by using Engle Granger co-integration analysis, Vector Error Correction Model and Toda Yamamoto causality analysis.
2 years ago

Global Biogas revenues are estimated to reach 48,761 million USD during 2016-2026

Global demand for biogas has witnessed a spike in demand, owing to mounting concerns over depleting fossil reserves and environmental impact of conventional fuels. According to Future Market Insights, global biogas market revenues totalled nearly US$ 24.5 Bn in 2015. During the forecast period 2016-2026, global biogas revenues are estimated to reach US$ 48, 761.2 million, growing at a steady 6.5% CAGR. Between 2016 and 2026, the global biogas revenues are projected to double, with Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Latin America among the key regions fuelling demand.
2 years ago