Thailand joins World Bank climate change alliance

Thailand has joined a global alliance of more than 30 nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage. The government plans to advance the nation’s climate policy through the World Bank’s ‘Partnership for Market Readiness’ for developing countries. Established in 2011, it is a grant-based global partnership that provides support and funding for development and […]

Energy deal at heart of Qatar World Cup bid allegations

Allegations of corruption in Qatar’s successful World Cup bid centre around a multi-million dollar gas deal for Thailand. A report in The Times claimed Qatari businessman Mohamed Bin Hammam arranged for Worawi Makudi, a Thai FIFA official, to hold talks with Qatar on a natural gas sale “potentially worth millions of dollars to Thailand”. Qatar’s […]

Electric Tuk Tuk maker hits USA

The poor tuk-tuk cyclists serving tourists in the West End may well be green with envy – as a Dutch manufacturer is to sell electric motor versions in the United States. Originally found on the streets of Thailand, tuk-tuks have had an electric, zero emission makeover. Dutch business TukTukFactory which manufactures them in Thailand said […]

Firm pays £1.2m for rights to use fuel cell in Thailand

The waste to energy firm Waste2Tricity International has secured the rights to use a fuel cell designed by AFC Energy in Thailand in a £1.2 million deal. Waste2Tricity uses a process called plasma gasification to turn rubbish into synthetic gas, which contains hydrogen. The hydrogen can then be converted into electricity by the fuel cell. […]

UK waste to energy company raises £1million for Thai project

A company which gets electricity from waste with a process known as ‘plasma gasification’ has raised £1 million to help fund its expansion plans. Plasma gasification uses a plasma torch to convert waste into synthetic gas, which is then burnt in gas turbines or internal combustion engines to generate electricity. The money raised will be […]

Fund for small-scale renewables raises nearly £84m

A private equity fund investing in small-scale renewable energy and resource efficiency projects in South East Asia has raised $130 million (£83.6 million) in it’s third closing. The Armstrong South East Asian Clean Energy Fund expects to make 10 to 15 investments over its 10-year life, putting between $5 million  (£3.2 million) and $12 million […]

Thai oil leak threatens beauty spot Koh Samet

Around 50 litres of crude oil which leaked into the Gulf of Thailand over the weekend have reportedly reached the shore and threaten to tarnish a Thai beauty spot. White-suited workers were yesterday frantically trying to stop too much oil reaching the Koh Samet island after a pipeline carrying crude oil leaked as much as […]

Thailand boosts solar capacity to 3GW by 2021

Thailand has announced plans to increase its solar generating capacity by 50% more than its previous target, reports claim. The Government has approved new subsidy rates for rooftop and village-based solar projects, with the aim of adding 3GW of capacity by 2021. The Ministry of Energy said it will work with a state-run credit provider, […]

Huge farm shows Thailand is solar “magnet”

A huge new solar power farm in Thailand is a sign the nation is becoming a “magnet” for renewable energy investment. That’s the view of energy firm REC which installed 41,000 solar panels at the new 9.5 MW Chiang Rai power plant. Covering 24 hectares of rugged, mountainous land in northern Thailand, the plant is […]

Could Thailand face energy blackouts?

Fears have been raised that Thailand could face power blackouts in April if it doesn’t get to grips with an impending energy crisis. The nation is preparing for a huge national holiday where thousands celebrate over a couple of days, culminating in Songkran or Thai New Year on 13 April. Pailin Chuchottaworn, CEO of state-owned […]