25 Апр, 2022

Efficient Energy

For the first time in history, the Netherlands generated more energy in a day than it used. Sunny and windy Saturday allowed windmills and solar panels to fully meet the needs of the country. According to Zonneplan’s calculations, from 12:00 to 15:00 a kilowatt-hour cost -0.18 euros, that is, consumers were even paid extra for using electricity.

A similar situation occurred in neighboring Belgium. Both countries have abandoned coal-fired power plants and practically do not use gas, relying on renewable energy sources.

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By 2050, the cost of solar energy will drop to a third or less of its current cost, and this, along with more efficient photovoltaic panels, will drive up consumption. Global solar power capacity could rise to 14,000 gigawatts by mid-century from 800 gigawatts at the end of last year.

However, the world will need to significantly expand its energy storage infrastructure to cope with unstable solar generation and build ultra-high voltage power transmission systems.

To reach these lofty goals, it will be necessary to install more than 400 gigawatts of panels annually, twice as much as in 2021. In 2020, solar energy produced only 3.3% of the world’s electricity, writes Bloomberg.

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Broker Saxo Bank has warned clients that the NASDAQ exchange will stop working with them. At the same time, Russian brokers do not work directly with the American site

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Nikkei learned about Nissan’s plans to stop making Datsuns. According to the publication, the decision is connected with a drop in sales last year by about 90% compared to 2016. Nissan revived this car brand for emerging markets in 2013, production in Russia ceased in 2020

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US President Joe Biden paid tribute to the victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, according to a message on the White House website.

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In France, voting has ended in the second round of the presidential election, which included the incumbent President Emmanuel Macron and his rival Marine Le Pen. The current President of France, Emmanuel Macron, won the second round of elections with a score of 58.54% of the vote (18,779,641), follows from the data of the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs

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French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, leader of the Rally National party, has conceded defeat, Reuters reports.

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According to the WSJ, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has restricted the access of his potential rivals in the struggle for the throne to sources of enrichment. After that, some members of the royal family sold their assets abroad.

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In Kyiv, they announced the arrival of the US Secretary of State and the head of the Pentagon. According to Arestovich, politicians are now communicating with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Izvestia announced the introduction of idle mode at Vnukovo. Vnukovo became the second airport after Sheremetyevo to go into idle mode

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The Taliban introduced separate education in universities for men and women in Afghanistan. Female students will attend universities on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, students on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

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Global military spending in 2021 reached $2.113 trillion, an increase of 0.7% in real terms, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

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The centre-left Freedom Movement party led by Robert Gorob won the parliamentary elections in Slovenia with 34.5% of the vote, which allows them to take 41 out of 90 seats in the National Assembly, the Slovenian Electoral Commission reports.

Second place was taken by the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), led by Prime Minister Janez Jansa, with 23.53% of the vote, which gives it 27 seats in parliament.

Closes the top three «New Slovenia — Christian Democrats» (NSi), which received 6.85% of the vote, which allows it to take eight seats in the National Assembly.

In fourth place are the Social Democrats (SD) with 6.65% — they will get seven seats in parliament.

The “Left” managed to overcome the threshold as well – they scored 4.38% of the vote and will take five seats in the National Assembly.

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, during their visit to Kyiv, promised to return diplomats and provide further military assistance to Ukraine, Reuters reports.

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Taiwanese contractor Apple has suspended work at two factories in China. The company assured that the suspension of work will not affect the production of Apple products.

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Rosstandart resumed quality checks of cement imported into Russia from outside the EAEU. Border checks were canceled only in January of this year. During the simplified regime, the supply of cement from Iran and Ukraine increased

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The oldest inhabitant of the Earth, Kane Tanaka, has died in Japan. She was born on January 2, 1903. A Japanese woman has worked all her life in a rice cake shop. Tanaka survived two world wars and saw the reign of five emperors.

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Smartphone «Rostec» AYYA was not in demand in the mass market. As Kommersant found out, less than 400 gadgets were sold in the first quarter.

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Major lumber producer Stora Enso is selling its sawmill operations in Russia to local management. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022. Based on its results, Stora Enso intends to report another €60 million of losses in addition to the €70 million write-offs on Russian assets.

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Google has been fined for not removing illegal content in the amount of more than 7 billion rubles, the deputy head of Roskomnadzor said.

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In Russia, veterans of the Great Patriotic War received an annual payment of 10,000 rubles on Victory Day. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Labor Anton Kotyakov.

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The status of the first President Nursultan Nazarbayev as the founder of independent Kazakhstan will be enshrined in the Constitution, said Ermek Abdrasulov, a member of the working group on amendments and additions to the Basic Law.

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The International Skating Union has excluded the stage in Russia from the ISU Grand Prix calendar in figure skating, according to the organization’s website.

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«Lenta» in the first quarter of 2022 increased revenue by 23.4% year-on-year, to 132.37 billion rubles. The company’s retail sales grew by 23.3% to RUB 130.5 billion. Lenta’s net profit decreased by 44.2%, to 735 million rubles (IAS 17 indicators)

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VK (the former Mail.ru Group) turned to the Ministry of Digital Development of Russia with a request to help in finding a vendor ready to sell «tens of thousands of servers» to the company, Kommersant writes, citing a source in the government. According to him, the company cannot purchase the computer equipment necessary for current work and capacity expansion.

The ministry confirmed receipt of the letter, noting that the department, with the participation of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, «is taking measures to provide the public sector and commercial companies with a sufficient amount of Russian computer equipment that meets the highest requirements.»

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Albania generates almost 100% of its electricity from hydroelectric power plants. This energy cannot be stored. In spring and summer, when production is higher, the republic sells it to other countries, and in winter it has to buy energy itself to meet domestic demand.

Albanian authorities are working to diversify energy sources. In particular, gasification projects are planned. Energy Minister Belinda Balluku said the introduction of the gas would be completed within two years.

We are talking about a project with American companies. It is planned to expand the Ionian-Adriatic gas pipeline and develop a thermal power plant in Vlora. The total cost of these projects is estimated at 4 billion euros, according to the portal Euractiv.

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Greenpeace Norway activists blocked a tanker with a cargo of Russian oil that arrived in Norway in protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Thus, they expect to prevent the tanker, carrying about 95 thousand tons of oil, from unloading.

“Oil is at the heart of not only the climate crisis, but also wars and conflicts. It shocks me that Norway is acting as a free port for Russian oil, which we know is funding Putin’s war,” said Frode Plame, head of Greenpeace Norway.

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From May 1, the Thai authorities are softening the rules for visiting the country for foreign travelers. In particular, tourists, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated, are no longer required to take a PCR or antigen test upon arrival.

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There is no shortage of computer equipment on the Russian IT market, the Ministry of Digital Development said. The department said that a number of measures are now being taken to organize the uninterrupted supply of servers, workstations and data storage systems.

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The EU and India have agreed to set up a Trade and Technology Council to deepen cooperation in these areas.

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Passenger traffic of the Aeroflot Group in March 2022 decreased by 20% compared to March 2021, to 2.2 million people, the company’s press service reported.

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The UAE will send an oil tanker to Europe for the first time since 2020 to replace falling Russian supplies, Reuters reported. To do this, the French TotalEnergies chartered the Moscow Spirit tanker, which is scheduled to be loaded in early May.

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Russia is expelling 40 members of the German diplomatic mission. This is a response to the fact that on April 4 Germany declared 40 Russian diplomats persona non grata.

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Uzbekistan will introduce mandatory marking of carpets, RBC found out. This is necessary because each region has its own ways of producing and dyeing carpets, and this is a valuable export product that is often tried to be faked.

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On April 22, Japanese automakers Nissan and Toyota announced their entry into the metaverse to offer a new virtual experience to their users by organizing digital events and creating virtual customer service centers.

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The restriction of Nasdaq’s work with the Russians will not affect investors trading on the St. Petersburg Exchange through Russian brokers, the exchange said. Earlier, Saxo Bank notified its clients in Russia that from April 29, they will lose access to current or pending market data from the Nasdaq exchanges if they do not have positions traded on them.

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Moscow State University M.V. Lomonosov did not get into the top 200 universities in the world in terms of the quality of education of the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). Last year, the university ranked 194th, and this year it dropped 8 positions to 202nd.

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Minister of Culture Anatoly Markevich said that relations between Belarus and Russia in the field of circus art should enter a qualitatively new stage. According to him, Belarusian circus performers have something to offer the Russians, and the work of Russian colleagues is popular in Belarus.

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American aerospace company SpaceX has signed the first contract with a major US airline Hawaiian Airlines for the supply of Wi-Fi equipment on board aircraft.

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Aeroflot is resuming regular flights from Moscow to Male (Maldives) from May 13. The company said in a statement. Flights will be operated daily on wide-body Airbus A330.

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In March 2022, non-residents reduced investments in OFZs by 12 billion rubles, or 0.4%, to 2.770 trillion rubles from 2.782 trillion rubles, follows from the data on the website of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

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