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AORA Solar And Ethiopia Delegation Meet In Spain On Solar Energy

February 26th, 2015 by Glenn Meyers Last December, I covered AORA Solar and Ethiopia about a preliminary agreement with the Ethiopian government to pilot AORA’s Tulip solar-hybrid system.AORA’s solution functions on sunlight during the day, and seamlessly switches to run on bio-fuels at night or under cloud cover to provide 24/7 utility-grade energy. To that end, a delegation from Ethiopia comprised of government officials from the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, the Ethiopian Energy Authority, as well as academics from two of Ethiopia’s leading universities, visited AORA’s Spain operation to learn more about AORA’s technology, how it can enrich and partner with Ethiopia’s academic institutions, and how it can benefit the rural locations throughout the country.

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Ethiopian Airways: Building an Empire in the Skies!

Eighteen-Hundred years ago the disciples of the Persian prophet Mani, sat by his feet as he made his historical statement about the four great kingdoms of the time, The Persian, The Roman, The Chinese and The Axumites…I walked towards the ticket counter at Dulles Airport, and was greeted by the ticket agent at the counter. Having experienced rude ticket agents for the past three years thanks to United Airways and “Fly America Act”, it was a pleasant surprise to finally encounter a normal, friendly airline employee who was not stressed out about providing service. The ticket agents were the employees of Ethiopian Airlines, and within a few minutes I got my assigned seat and my luggage taken care of.

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Teff – Ethiopia’s tiny secret going global

Ethiopia’s indigenous grain teff is garnering global interest as a new super food, while Ethiopia’s government tries to ensure local prices don’t rocket for Ethiopians.Every six days a week an Ethiopian Airlines flight departs Addis Ababa for Washington in the US with a fresh batch of 3,000 injera on board. This pancake-shaped grey spongy bread is a centuries-old Ethiopian staple made from teff, a tiny grain now making a health food name for itself globally. "For the future this company is planning to distribute Ethiopian traditional food all over the world," said Hailu Tessema, founder of Mama Fresh, Ethiopia's first large-scale factory producing teff-based products. Inside the factory there are several tall blue barrels full of teff flour mixed with water. The mixture is left there for four days to ferment. Afterwards the fermented mixture is moved next door where women scoop out small jug-sized amounts to pour onto a heated clay surface where it sizzles and turns into a pancake like bread which is called injera.

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Ethiopian PM launches mega-rail project

Built by the China Communication Company, the 260km electrified railway will be constructed with an outlay of $1.5 billion over 42 months.Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Wednesday laid the cornerstone for a major railway project linking the country's Tigray and Amhara states.Built by the China Communication Company, the 260km electrified railway will be constructed with an outlay of $1.5 billion over 42 months.

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Ethiopian, Turkish airlines to launch Manila services | Airports & Routes content from ATWOnline

Ethiopian Airlines and Turkish Airlines plan to launch new tri-weekly services to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the coming months.From March 30, Istanbul-based Turkish will operate new scheduled services to Manila, starting with 3X-weekly flights but with plans to expand to daily.“At first, we will have three direct [weekday] flights, then we’ll see if we can have daily flights,” the Turkish GM-Philippines Erhan Balaban said. He added that Turkish believes there are significant opportunities for the new route—most likely using Boeing 777-300ERs—and that the carrier “sees the Philippines as an important market for us.”

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Study confirms potash potential at Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

The Norwegian fertilizer firm Yara International (OTCMKTS:YARIY) has confirmed the potential to mine potash from the Danakil Depression in northeastern Ethiopia.An independent feasibility carried out on behalf of the firm identified annual production of 600,000 metric tons sulfate of potash (SOP) over 23 years from reserves (kainite, carnallite and sylvinite) at Yara's Danakil concession. The company, which aims to begin mining activities in the third quarter of 2018, is now seeking equity partners to develop the project.

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Czech firm builds brewery in Ethiopia

New energy-efficient facility will have a Czech brewmasterThe firm ZVU Potez, a Czech-based supplier of technology for the chemical, food and energy industries, has completed the implementation of a brewery in Maychew, Ethiopia. The contract is worth €27.6 million. The modern facility for Raya Breweries will be inaugurated Feb. 15 with the participation of senior representatives of the Czech Republic. The brewery has a capacity of 600,000 hectoliters per year. The project included the delivery of complete technology for the brewery plant as well as a boiler room, transformer stations, water treatment and sewage treatment plants, and a diesel generator serving as a reserve energy source. The overall implementation lasted 24 months from the signing of the contract. “A first phase included the training of local personnel, and other phases will continue after the opening of the brewery,” Vladimir Čepelík, CEO ZVU Potez, said in a press release. “We will acquaint them with our modern facilities and also we also offered them our specialist for further consultation.” The brewery in the northern Ethiopian town of Maychew, approximately 650 km from the capital Addis Ababa, will create approximately 150 to 200 new jobs.

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