News for February 2009

News Archive

Anaerobic digestion: new energy initiative

A joint initiative with the public and private sector for making greater use of anaerobic digestion for bioenergy production has been announced in the UK.

Crown Estate awards 6.4 GW of offshore wind sites Crown Estate awards 6.4 GW of offshore wind sites

The UK Crown Estate will be offering exclusivity agreements to companies and consortia for 10 sites for development of offshore windfarms within Scottish territorial waters with potential for over 6.4 GW of offshore wind power.

Australian renewables legislation falls short

The draft Australian renewable energy target legislation falls short on election promises, says the Australian Clean Energy Council (CEC).

Principle Power and EDP to develop offshore wind Principle Power and EDP to develop offshore wind

Principle Power Inc has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Energias de Portugal (EDP) for the phased development of a deep-water offshore wind power project sited off the coast of Portugal.

The Crown Estate funds marine energy R&D

The UK Crown Estate plans to match fund option fees paid by developers in order to de-risk and accelerate the development of tidal and wave energy projects in the Pentland Firth Strategic Area.

Canberra amends FiT

Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) Minister for Energy, Simon Corbell, has released details of Stage 1 of the ACT’s electricity feed-in-tariff (FiT) scheme for households and commercial buildings.

Elastomer seals designed for biofuels Elastomer seals designed for biofuels

Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE) has launched a range of sealing solutions that have been specially developed by PPE for manufacturers, handlers, processors and carriers of biofuels.

Wind turbines generate power in Antarctica Wind turbines generate power in Antarctica

Eight wind turbines have been erected in Antarctica providing power for the International Polar Foundation’s Princess Elisabeth Station.

Ceramic Fuel Cells achieves 60% efficiency

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has achieved electrical efficiency of 60% from one of its natural gas powered fuel cell home appliances while exporting electricity to the grid.

Surface Power launches solar hot water panels Surface Power launches solar hot water panels

Surface Power has launched its solar hot water panels saying they are more efficient than similar products on the Irish market.

ITC Holdings plans 12 GW wind transmission

ITC Holdings Corp has worked over the last year on the development of the Green Power Express, a network of transmission lines for 12 GW of wind power in the USA.

Bridging the wind investment gap to 2010

After a record year for new installations in 2008, the global wind industry faces greater near-term uncertainty as the deteriorating economic conditions in the USA threaten to dampen growth prospects and wind turbine supply chain investments globally, writes Emerging Energy Research (EER) Research Director Joshua Magee.

SCE and BrightSource sign 1.3 GW solar thermal deal

Southern California Edison (SCE) and BrightSource Energy have reached agreement on a series of contracts for 1.3 GW of solar thermal power.

1366 Technologies signs solar deal with DoE

1366 Technologies has been awarded a cost-shared, 18-month subcontract with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the US Department of Energy (DoE) for scaling solar cell production.

Portugal with FiT for micro energy

Portugal is introducing a special feed-in-tariff (FiT) for small wind turbines and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with a maximum installed power of 5.75 kW.

Green New Deal offers a route out of the recession

A national Green New Deal that invests in jobs, carbon-free electricity and innovative green technology is the way to beat the recession, says Lord Chris Smith, Chairman of the UK Environment Agency.

New Jersey introduces renewables incentives

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has launched a Renewable Energy Incentive Program for 2009.

Third-generation biorefinery commissioned

Third-generation biorefinery commissioned

Upgrading grid for wind pays off

An investment in the power grid to enable wind to supply 20% of the electricity needs of eastern USA could save consumers billions.

Fraunhofer sets up Institute for Wind Energy

Fraunhofer Institute is setting up a new centre for wind energy, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES.

PSE&G US$773m solar programme investment

The New Jersey utility Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) plans to invest US$773 million to add 120 MW of utility-owned photovoltaics (PV) within its service territory.

E.ON explores wave power

As part of its approach to develop the potential of marine energy, E.ON will buy, install and test a wave power device in UK waters.

Nordex UK receives 52.5 MW of wind turbine orders

Nordex will be delivering a total of 21 N90/2500 High-Speed turbines totaling 52.5 MW for the windfarms Inchincoosh (Ireland) and Craigengelt (Scotland).

Gribble power Gribble power

In connection with the £27 million announced for bioenergy research by the main UK funding agency for the biosciences - the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), renewable energy focus looks into some of the projects that could benefit from this cash injection.

Hybrid EV battery contract to Johnson Controls-Saft

Johnson Controls-Saft, a joint venture (JV), will supply the complete battery system for Ford Motor Company's first series production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to be introduced in 2012.

US stimulus bill passed

The US$789 billion economic stimulus bill, which includes provision for renewable energy, has been passed by the US Congress and endorsed by President Barack Obama.

AMSC and DoE to collaborate on 10 MW wind turbines

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has entered a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) to validate the economics of a full 10 MW class superconductor wind turbines under development by AMSC.

Co-processing of bio-liquids in standard refinery units

A project to develop process steps allowing biomass feedstock to be co-fed to a conventional oil refinery with energy and oxygenated chemicals as co-products, has been launched by the European Commission (EC).

Global photovoltaic standards

Recognising the need for industry standards at the manufacturing equipment and materials level for photovoltaics (PV), the SEMI PV Group has issued the Global Photovoltaic Standards Roadmap Guidance Document.

More scope for solar energy in South Africa

The Danish Government will be providing R60 million to support renewable energy projects at local government level in South Africa.

PV facing a shakeout?

Over the last six months, the photovoltaic (PV) market has witnessed a perfect storm emerge, with a looming global recession and severe tightening of credit markets, according to a recent report from the Prometheus Institute and Greentech Media.

Three NY windfarms come online

Three windfarms totalling 328 MW have come online in New York, USA, with the aid of Careba Mott MacDonald and Noble Environmental Power LLC.

Combined wind and wave power device Combined wind and wave power device

Green Ocean Energy Ltd has developed a wave power machine which attaches to an offshore wind turbine thereby giving combined wind and wave power from one installation.

Up to US$25m for biomass research

The US Departments of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced up to US$25 million in funding for research and development of technologies and processes to produce biofuels, bioenergy, and high-value bio-based products.

Suzlon-subsidiary: 1,500 MW wind in Gujarat

Suzlon Gujarat Wind Park Ltd (SGWPL), a Suzlon Energy subsidiary, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Gujarat for developing wind power projects of up to 1,500 MW.

US wind demand to exceed US$10bn in 2012 US wind demand to exceed US$10bn in 2012

Demand for wind turbine systems and components is expected to increase 6.8% a year to US$10.1 billion in 2012, according to industry research firm Freedonia Group.

Transmission investment needed to unlock US wind

The electric transmission investments proposed in the Obama administration’s stimulus plan could have a major impact on wind power development in the US, according to Emerging Energy Research (EER).

Hyundai Heavy Industries to build wind turbine plant

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Gunsan City, Jeollabuk-do, Korea, to build a wind turbine manufacturing plant.

MHS develops TP2L2 MEA for PEM fuel cells

French-based MHS Energies has announced that PEM fuel cell electrodes with an ultra-low platinum content (10 µg/cm2) have been manufactured at the GREMI laboratory in the University of Orléans. The new electrodes were fabricated using magnetron sputtering of platinum on a commercial E-Tek® uncatalyzed gas diffusion layer, in plasma fuel cell deposition devices manufactured by MHS.

Novozymes and Sinopec sign bioethanol deal

Novozymes and Chinese COFCO have entered a partnership with the Chinese oil and energy company Sinopec to develop bioethanol from agricultural waste.

Imera plans pan European electricity grid project

Irish energy infrastructure company, Imera, plans a pan-European offshore electricity network connecting key markets and offshore wind farms.

Allgreen Energy plans 10 biomass projects in India

AllGreen Energy India will launch 10 biomass based renewable energy projects in India in the next two to three years.

Biogas could heat 50% of UK homes

Up to half the UK’s domestic gas heating could be met by turning waste into biogas, according to a report from National Grid.

Wind leads EU power sector

More wind power was installed in the EU than any other electricity generating technology in 2008, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

USA & China experience wind power boom

USA has passed Germany to become world number one in wind power installations at the same time as China’s total capacity doubles for the fourth year in a row, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports.

Market attractiveness ranking of European wind Market attractiveness ranking of European wind

As 2009 begins, Europe retains its position as the bedrock of the wind power industry with wind producing 5% of the EU’s power.

Utility solar tax manual from SEPA

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released its Utility Solar Tax Manual, to clarify the solar tax credit changes for the utility and solar industries.

Offshore wind can stimulate European economy

The European Commission has recognised offshore wind energy as a key technology in Europe’s attempt to stimulate the Union’s economies in its proposed €5 billion investment in energy and internet broadband in 2009-2010.

€40m for Aberdeen offshore windfarm

Plans for a proposed offshore windfarm in Aberdeen, Scotland, could receive €40 million in funding from the European Commission.

RES Canada announces Canadian windfarms

Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES Canada) and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) have announced the development and construction of Talbot and Greenwich windfarms in Canada.

E.ON and Ceramic Fuel Cells extend collaboration

Ceramic Fuel Cells Europe and E.ON have extended their agreement to further develop and deploy fuel cell micro combined heat and power (mCHP) units in the UK.

ACCIONA Energy constructs 250 MW wind in Mexico

ACCIONA Energy is constructing a 250.5 MW wind park in Oaxaca, Mexico for the Mexican cement company Cemex.

SkyPower signs PPA for US$160m wind power project

SkyPower’s proposed 64.5 MW, US$160 million Byran Wind Project has been selected for a 20-year power purchase agreement by the Ontario Power Authority.

US wind grows by nearly 8.4 GW in 2008

The US wind energy industry installed 8,358 MW of new generating capacity in 2008, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has reported. The outlook for 2009 is less certain, however, due to the continuing financial crisis.

RWE Innogy sets up joint venture for geothermal

RWE Innogy has set up a joint venture (JV) with Daldrup & Söhne AG to develop, plan and construct a range of geothermal power stations.

Lockheed and OPT cooperate on utility wave power

Lockheed Martin and Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of a utility scale wave power generation project in North America.

BIPV: great investment and growth potential

The European building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) market is showing great investment and growth potential as it spreads through Europe, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Geothermal energy in East Africa

Geothermal energy generation in Africa could take a leap forward in 2009 after exploratory studies in Kenya “exceeded all expectations”, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Project reduces cost of creating biofuel from microalgae

At APP's International Algae Congress held in Amsterdam towards the end of 2008, there was a consensus that the capability to cultivate microalgae in sufficient volumes for biofuel production on a commercial basis was nearing reality. But one of the biggest pinch points that remains is how to extract the oil from the microalgae biomass in an efficient, cost effective manner. How, after all, can one extract such a small quantity of oil from each microbial algae cell?