ARCI develops easy-to-clean solar panel coating

Indian scientists have developed nanoparticle-based solar panel coating that minimizes dust deposition and enables easy cleaning by the action of water, thus preventing a reduction in panel efficiency due to soiling.The coating was developed by the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), an autonomous organization of the Department of Science and Technology.Key features of this novel coating are its low cost, highly transparent nature (no loss in transmittance or power conversion efficiency), super-hydrophobic property (water contact angle more than 110°), high weather stability and high…

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PTI will improve Karachi power distribution system in ‘record time’: Asad Umar

Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Thursday said the lack of a proper power transmission and distribution system in Karachi was the reason behind increased load shedding in the metropolis and promised that the federal government will improve it in “record time”. Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, Umar said the main reason behind a weak distribution and transmission system was the apathy of previous governments, including those led by the PPP and the PML-N. The minister said “the work they [previous governments] did…

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Case for ‘NTA’

All the tax collection agencies in Pakistan should be dismantled and merged into National Tax Agency (NTA) which alone can effectively enforce tax laws both at federal and provincial levels. NTA, a competent and effective body, set up on modern lines, should have representations of all constituents of the federation of Pakistan. NTA having national-wide data at one place and centralised processing will certainly be able to compel all taxable persons to file tax returns and pay due taxes under various tax codes. NTA must replace Federal Board of Revenue…

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NTDC, CPPA-G chargesheeted for causing billions of rupees loss to consumers

ISLAMABAD: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has reportedly charge sheeted NTDC and CPPA-G for inflicting billions of rupees financial loss to electricity consumers and national exchequer by violating merit order and plant under-utilization, well informed sources told Business Recorder. This was revealed in an analysis conducted by the regulator of generation of power plants on the basis of data provided by National Power Control Centre (NPCC) in its daily log report as well as information provided by Central Power Purchasing Agency Guarantee Limited (CPP A-G) through its monthly energy…

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Energy Transfer Not Shutting Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

Energy Transfer is not emptying or shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline and is using all legal ways to fight the court order from Monday that would shut down the oil pipeline by August 5. On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), in operation since 2017, must be emptied and shut down within 30 days, by August 5, until a new comprehensive environmental review is completed. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia said that the Army Corps of Engineers had violated…

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Record High U.S. Crude Inventories Threaten Oil Rally

Anyone connected or exposed to the dynamics of the oil price must be wondering if the recovery in the oil price is sustainable and, indeed, whether it has further to go. Some point to the collapse of industry pioneer Chesapeake Energy into Chapter 11 as a bullish development, arguing the loss of major producers just as demand is recovering in the U.S. can only lift prices as supply becomes less plentiful. But others point to record high inventories, commercial oil inventories reached an all-time high of 541 million barrels in…

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Demand Crash Led To Biggest Monthly Surge in US Oil Inventories Since 1920

The oil demand crash in April, when most of America was under stay-at-home orders, resulted in the biggest monthly inventory jump in U.S. commercial crude oil inventories in data going back to 1920, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Thursday. In April, U.S. commercial crude stocks soared by 46.7 million barrels, or by 10 percent, as demand for refined petroleum products slumped to the lowest level in nearly 40 years, according to EIA estimates. Refinery utilization rate was at 70 percent in April—the lowest utilization rate in monthly…

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Construction of the first solar + storage array for New York campus underway

The State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia) announced that construction is starting on its first solar/battery project. The New York Power Authority (NYPA), as the campus’ energy advisor, is overseeing the project. Selected in a competitive bidding process, the state’s strategic partners Oriden, a Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems venture, and Solar Liberty are designing, installing and financing the 1.4-MW ground-mount solar plus 500-kW, 3-hour energy storage system. The solar-plus-storage solution will provide about 1.7 gigawatt hours of energy and offset an average 432,000 pounds of carbon dioxide…

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China Inks Military Deal With Iran Under Secretive 25-Year Plan

Last August, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, paid a visit to his China counterpart, Wang Li, to present a roadmap on a comprehensive 25-year China-Iran strategic partnership that built upon a previous agreement signed in 2016. Many of the key specifics of the updated agreement were not released to the public at the time but were uncovered by OilPrice.com at the time. Last week, at a meeting in Gilan province, former Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad alluded to some of the secret parts of this deal in public for the first…

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Siemens Gamesa launches SG 3.4-145 wind turbine in India

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced that it has launched its new turbine, the SG 3.4-145, into India’s onshore wind market. Siemens said that the new wind turbine is specifically designed and optimized for wind conditions in India and aims to deliver the lowest possible Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) with high reliability. The new wind turbine is an extension of the Siemens Gamesa 3.X platform, which the company will be manufacturing starting in early 2021. The new model has been upgraded with the 145-meter rotor of the Siemens Gamesa 4.X…

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