News for March 2009

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DuPont to triple annual solar PV sales in 2012

DuPont expects to nearly triple its annual solar photovoltaic (PV) sales to more than US$1 billion in 2012 based on strong fundamentals for long term revenue growth in the solar PV energy market.

US agencies cooperate on offshore renewable energy

The US Department of the Interior (DoI) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will work together to facilitate the permitting of renewable energy in offshore waters.

Discussion draft of US House clean energy Bill released

Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward J. Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee have released a draft plan for US clean energy legislation, that they say will create jobs, help end "dangerous dependence on foreign oil", and combat global warming.

ENrG, SC, NASA team report on solid oxide fuel cell fabrication and testing

ENrG Inc in upstate New York, which specializes in the design, development and manufacture of ceramic components, is working with the University of South Carolina’s college of engineering & computing and NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC) on the fabrication, testing and analysis of new SOFC designs.

Updating power grids essential for renewables

Updated European power grids would allow larger amounts of wind and other renewables onto the European energy system, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

NRG Systems and Leosphere partner on wind measurement

Wind measurement equipment manufacturer NRG Systems and Leosphere, which specialises in lidar (laser radar) for atmospheric observations, have formed a joint venture (JV) for the use of remote sensing with lidar in the wind energy industry.

Importance of the US smart grid not matched by its PR

Sentec, a UK-based product development company with a particular focus on energy management and metering, has posed the question “What will be the impact of the smart grid on the US clean tech industry?”

Recurrent Energy acquires 350 MW UPC Solar pipeline

Recurrent Energy has acquired a solar project pipeline of up to 350 MW from UPC Solar.

DoE invests US$84m in geothermal energy

The US Department of Energy (DoE) Secretary Steven Chu has announced the release of two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for up to US$84 million to support the development of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).

Wind energy industry sees growing investment interest

The wind energy industry is attracting new sources of investment compensating for banks’ general reluctance to provide debt finance for projects, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Waste2Tricity bids for London waste to energy contract

A consortium led by Waste2Tricity Ltd has submitted an expression of interest to the London Waste & Recycling Board (LWRB) to convert the city’s waste into energy.

Uncertainty in wave energy market

Insufficient knowledge, funding issues, political will and general uncertainty trouble the wave energy market according to a survey conducted by Seaview Sensing, a UK company specialising in software providing real-time, met-ocean information on wave, wind and currents.

Statkraft acquires hydropower projects in Turkey

Norwegian Statkraft AS and Turkish Global Investment Holdings have signed an agreement to transfer hydropower projects to Statkraft.

UPS Systems supplies fuel cells for telemetry and demonstration units

In the UK, standby power systems provider UPS Systems has supplied fuel cells for two projects – a telemetry installation in the Elan Valley in Powys, Mid Wales, and a demonstration unit being run by Islington Borough Council in London.

Wind energy gives Europe a competitive advantage

Wind energy gives Europe a competitive advantage, according to the EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebagls speaking at the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC).

GreenVolts and NREL cooperate on multi-junction solar cell technology

Concentrating solar photovoltaic (CPV) company GreenVolts has entered into a development relationship with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to commercialise an inverted metamorphic (IMM) advanced multi-junction solar cell design.

World solar PV market reached 5.95 GW in 2008

World solar photovoltaic (PV) market installations reached a record high of 5.95 GW in 2008, representing growth of 110% over the previous year, according to the annual PV market report from Solarbuzz LLC.

Rochester, Delphi win federal funding for fuel cell APU manufacturing

In the US, Rochester Institute of Technology and Delphi Corporation have secured $2.4 million in federal funding in fiscal 2009 appropriations for joint efforts to develop a cost-effective method to manufacture fuel cell auxiliary power units. With this initiative, project researchers believe Delphi’s work may lead to the first commercially produced solid oxide fuel cell being launched as early as 2012.

Imperial research maps inner workings of fuel cells

Research at Imperial College in the UK is trying to map the inner workings of a fuel cell using sensors. The understanding and data being obtained by chemist Dr Anthony Kucernak could be used in the future to make these devices more efficient and last longer.

Royal Mail, Cenex pioneer fuel cell postal vans for UK

The UK’s national postal service, the Royal Mail, has embarked on a project to pioneer the development of fuel cell postal vans.

Details of Round 3 offshore windfarms bids announced

The UK Crown Estate has received multiple bids for each of the nine Round 3 development zones for offshore windfarms in UK waters.

UPS Systems supplies fuel cell for demonstration project UPS Systems supplies fuel cell for demonstration project

UPS Systems plc is supplying a methanol fuel cell to Islington Borough Council, London, UK, for use in its demonstration project promoting the benefits of clean energy technology.

Duke Energy plans 99 MW wind energy in Wyoming

Duke Energy plans to build a 99 MW wind power project consisting of 66 wind turbines in Wyoming, USA.

Double ROCs available for small wind turbines in the UK

Double Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) will become available across the UK in April 2009.

Phoenix Solar sees revenues jump 55% in 2008

Phoenix Solar has released preliminary figures for the financial year 2008. The solar company reported revenues of €402 million, up 55% from 2007.

Horizon introduces renewable energies science kit

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies is introducing hands-on science experiment kits for educational purposes, including small wind-turbines, solar panels and zero emission vehicle construction sets.

HgCapital invests in three Spanish solar PV plants

HgCapital’s Renewable Power Partners Fund has invested in three Spanish solar photovoltaic (PV) plants.

SolarWorld expands its solar manufacturing capability

Five months after the opening of what is said to be North America’s biggest solar manufacturing plant, SolarWorld says it will begin construction of a new, adjacent facility.

Solar-Fabrik increases solar modules capacity

Solar-Fabrik AG is expanding it capacity with a new production facility for manufacturing solar power modules in Freiburg, Germany.

Denmark publishes plan for promoting electric, hydrogen, fuel cell cars

Ambitious plans to promote the use of electric and hydrogen powered cars have been published in Denmark by the country’s Conservative People’s Party and the Municipality of Copenhagen.

Hamburg expands clean vehicle fleet, including fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen stations

The northern German city of Hamburg has started a major project with Daimler, Shell, Total and Vattenfall Europe that aims to increase the use of emission-free vehicles, including ones powered by fuel cells, and to create a corresponding infrastructure of hydrogen fueling stations.

California Fuel Cell Partnership sets out plan for future hydrogen infrastructure

The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) has released an action plan that details a strategy for deploying hydrogen fueling stations and fuel cell vehicles in California. The document, 'Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and station deployment plan: A strategy for meeting the challenge ahead', specifies the steps needed to meet the fuel needs of 4300 passenger vehicles and 20 fuel cell buses in California by 2014, and prepares for even more growth though to 2017.

Ontario proposes feed-in-tariffs Ontario proposes feed-in-tariffs

Ontario has proposed feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) for renewable energy generated from sources such as onshore and offshore wind, hydroelectric, solar, biogas, biomass and landfill gas.

Total and GDF SUEZ consider solar investment solar

French oil company Total and energy company GDF SUEZ are considering investing in a silicium wafers plant serving the photovoltaic (PV) industry in the Moselle region of France.

Shell withdraws from wind and solar – focuses on biofuels

Royal Dutch Shell has said it does not plan to invest further in renewable energies such as wind, solar and hydropower as these are deemed uneconomic.

Suntech and 3rd Rock develop 7.2 MW of solar energy in the USA

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd and solar project developer 3rd Rock Systems and Technologies Inc have established a strategic alliance in connection with the development of an initial 7.2 MW of solar energy systems in the USA.

Mainstream and Alberta Wind Energy build windfarms in Canada

Mainstream Renewable Power has signed a C$840 million joint venture (JV) deal with Canadian windfarm developer Alberta Wind Energy Corporation (AWEC) to build an initial portfolio of over 400 MW of wind energy plants in Alberta, Canada, by 2013.

Acciona constructs 50 MW concentrating solar power plant

Acciona has started work on its third concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Spain, a 50 MW facility in Majadas de Tiétar, Cáceres province.

DOE grant to help Rensselaer improve fuel cell MEA production

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in upstate New York have won a federal grant worth $1.6 million, to develop new and improved methods of manufacturing the key component of a fuel cell – the membrane-electrode assembly (MEA).

Ceres secures leasehold on solid oxide fuel cell production facility

UK-based Ceres Power has secured a long leasehold on a facility in south-east England, which will be used for manufacturing its intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

North America to get Linde’s efficient hydrogen fueling

Linde North America, a member of industrial gases and engineering company Linde Group, is introducing fueling technology for hydrogen-powered vehicles to the US and Canada which, it claims, is safe, fast and efficient.

Volkswagen transporters rely on SFC fuel cells

German-based SFC Smart Fuel Cell, a major supplier of fuel cell products for mobile and off-grid power applications, has received a purchase order from automotive giant Volkswagen for more than 200 fuel cell systems. The contract, which is to be fulfilled during 2009, is worth around €630,000.

Con Edison plans 12 MW of solar electricity by 2011

New York utility Con Edison is planning to generate 12 MW of solar electricity by 2011.

Orecon joins UK Wave Hub with wave power device Orecon joins UK Wave Hub with wave power device

Orecon Ltd has joined the UK Wave Hub wave energy project to be built off the coast of South West England with completion scheduled for August 2010.

Climate change congress: 40% renewables by 2050

The International scientific congress Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions has voiced the possibility of 40% of the world’s power coming from renewable energy by 2050 with adequate financial and political support.

SolFocus and Samaras expand Greek solar CPV project to 10 MW

SolFocus and Samaras Group are increasing the size of their solar concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) project in Greece from 1.6 MWp to 10 MWp.

UK PV support closing

The Stream 2 support for photovoltaics (PV) under the UK Low carbon Building Programme (LCBP) is due to close, causing concern in the renewable energy industry.

Relight constructs 205 MW of wind in Turkey

Relight Enerji Üretim, the Turkish subsidiary of Italy’s Relight Group has received authorisation for three windfarms in Balikesir, in the North of Turkey totalling 205 MW.

Rubber flap reduces wind turbine blade loads

A controllable rubber trailing edge flap can reduce the loads on wind turbine blades, according to Risø Technical University Denmark (DTU).

DoE updates on economics stimulus activities

The US Department of Energy (DoE) is publishing updates on its activities in relation to the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009 on its website.

Report on organic PV materials markets published

Industry analyst NanoMarkets has released the report Organic Photovoltaic Materials Markets: 2009 - 2016.

NorSun expands solar silicon ingots and wafers production

Monocrystalline wafer producer NorSun, has closed a NOK1.15 billion investment round to expand production of silicon ingots and wafers for high efficiency solar cells.

Suntech activates first large-scale solar power system in Santa Barbara

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd, a manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) modules, together with the City of Santa Barbara and Tioga Energy, a solar financing firm, have announced the activation of the Santa Barbara’s first large-scale solar power system.

Work has started on North Rhins windfarm

Work has started on the 11 wind turbines, 22 MW windfarm at North Rhins, near Stranraer, Scotland, by renewable energy company Wind Energy.

Helite unveils ultralight aircraft powered by fuel cell alone

An ultralight aircraft that is propelled exclusively by hydrogen energy, without supplementary power supplied by batteries, was on show in Friedrichshafen, Germany at the recent ‘e-Flight Expo 2009’ – a new part of the annual AERO International Aviation Trade Show that is dedicated to environmentally friendly flight.

Protonex to develop fuel cell power for small unmanned aerial vehicles

US-based Protonex Technology is to develop a robust, deployable pre-production fuel cell power system, designed for powering a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of extended flight duration and mission endurance.

Brown University chemists overcome challenges of palladium catalysts for fuel cells

Scientists at Brown University in Rhode Island, USA say they have overcome the challenges associated with using palladium catalysts in fuel cell reactions.

Dow manufactures wind energy formulations in China and South Korea

Dow Epoxy Systems (DES) has established a manufacturing facility in China and will start producing blends in a Dow Epoxy site in South Korea to serve composites, wind energy and infrastructure customers in the China and Asia Pacific region.

Vestas and Boeing collaborate on technology research

Vestas and Boeing plan to collaborate on joint research projects that further the development of environmentally progressive technologies for the wind energy and aerospace industries.

Korean PV grows six-fold in 2008

Photovoltaic (PV) installation in Korea reached 274 MW in 2008 having grown six-fold since 2007.

Siemens supplies 500 offshore wind turbines to DONG Energy

Siemens Energy Sector will supply up to 500 offshore wind turbines representing up to 1.8 GW to DONG Energy for deployment on DONG’s coming offshore windfarms in Northern Europe.

ECOtality and Nissan partner to launch EVs in Arizona

ECOtality Inc has entered into a commitment with Nissan North America and Pima Association of Governments (PAG) to facilitate the establishment of electric vehicle (EV) charge infrastructure throughout Pima County, Arizona, USA.

Austin Energy buys electricity from 30 MW solar project

The City Council of Austin, Texas, USA, has approved an agreement under which the municipally-owned electric utility, Austin Energy, will purchase all of the electricity produced by a 30 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project over at 25-year period.

Iberdrola to build 102.85 MW windfarm in Mexico

The construction contract for the 102.85 MW La Venta III windfarm in Mexico has bee awarded to Iberdrola Renovables by the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

UK Low Carbon Industrial Strategy

The UK Government launched its Low Carbon Strategy on 6 March mapping the UK’s industrial priorities for taking advantage of the new global low carbon economy.

eSolar and ACME construct 1 GW solar in India

eSolar, a producer of solar thermal power plants, has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with the ACME Group to build up to 1 GW of solar thermal power plants over the next 10 years in India.

250 MW solar thermal power plant in Nevada

Solar Millennium LLC, NV Energy and MAN Ferrostaal Inc, the joint venture partner of Solar Millennium AG for the construction of solar thermal power plants in the USA, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the joint development of projects in the Amargosa Desert.

Mitsubishi acquires 34% stake in Acciona PV project

Mitsubishi Corporation has signed an agreement with Acciona S.A. to acquire a 34% equity interest in its subsidiary Amper Central Solar S.A, the developer and operator of the 45.8 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Amareleja, Portugal.

Spray-on solar panels

A spray-on material that could make solar panels cheaper is to be developed in a joint research effort by The Australian National University (ANU) and Spark Solar Australia.

Novozymes explores bioethanol from bagasse

Novozymes and Brazilian partner Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC) will develop enzymes enabling the production of bioethanol from sugarcane by-products such as bagasse with €1.6 million support from the European Commission.

First Israeli commercial solar-thermal power station licensed

Israel’s Minister of National Infrastructures, Binyamin Ben Eliezer, has licensed AORA to provide solar electricity to the national grid at its solar thermal power plant in Israel’s southern Arava region.

UK electricity grid needs £4.7bn by 2020

Investment worth up to £4.7 billion could be needed to upgrade the UK electricity grid network to accommodate new power generation including renewables by 2020, according to the Electricity Networks Strategy Group (ENSG).

wpd submits bid for Round 3 offshore wind

wpd offshore GmbH and Clipper Windpower have submitted a bid in the UK offshore Round 3 tender to develop a 1350 MW offshore wind power project in the Hastings zone.

Automating wind turbine blade manufacture

Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica and M.Torres Diseños Industriales will cooperate on R&D for a new concept for wind turbine blade design, as well as on an automated wind turbine blade manufacturing process.

First Solar acquires utility scale PV pipeline

First Solar Inc is acquiring OptiSolar’s solar project pipeline, “significantly expanding” its penetration within the US utility solar power market in a deal worth around US$400 million.

DONG Energy, E.ON and Fred Olsen form Round 3 consortium

DONG Energy, E.ON and Fred Olsen Renewables have formed a consortium to bid for exclusive rights on a number of zones as part of the UK Crown Estate's Round 3 Offshore Wind Farm programme.

Solar and wind power generating trees Solar and wind power generating trees

Using biomimicry techniques, an artificial tree or plant structure can function as a passive solar and wind power harvester, according to SolarBotanic.

EurObserv’ER's Wind Power Barometer published

EurObserv’ER consortium’s Wind Power Barometer shows that the total installed capacity of wind power in the European Union (EU) is 65 GW.

AWEA calls for renewable electricity standard

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is calling on Senators and Representative in the US Senate and House of Representatives to pass a national renewable electricity standard (RES).

Moog acquires 70% of Insensys Ltd

Moog Inc has acquired 70% of the stock of Insensys Ltd for US$15.7 million in cash.

Trina Solar sees revenues soar 113.4% in Q4

Trina Solar has reported a 113.4% increase in total net revenues to $216.3 million for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2008 and a 140.9% jump in solar module shipments to 57.59 MW.

Ireland announces new FiT

Irish Energy Minister Eamon Ryan has announced measures to encourage the on-site generation of electricity in homes and farms across Ireland.

Senergy Alternative Energy and Par Equity LLP form investment partnership

Senergy Alternative Energy and Par Equity LLP have formed an investment partnership to identify and pursue investment opportunities in companies operating in the alternative energy and clean technology sectors.

University of Rochester engineers develop platinum nanowires for fuel cells

The creation of long platinum nanowires at the University of Rochester in upstate New York could lead to the development of nanowire-enhanced fuel cells to power vehicles, for example. The nanowires should provide significant increases in both longevity and efficiency of fuel cells.

Baxi Innotech launches PEM fuel cell CHP unit, supply deal with Ballard

German-based Baxi Innotech launched its Gamma 1.0 fuel cell heating unit at the recent ISH Trade Fair in Frankfurt. The European developer and manufacturer of fuel cell micro combined heat and power (mCHP) systems has also entered into a three-year supply agreement with Canada’s Ballard Power Systems, which will supply the PEM fuel cells.

AMI solid oxide fuel cells aid medical readiness training exercise in Caribbean

Michigan-based Adaptive Materials Inc (AMI) recently delivered five 25 W solid oxide fuel cell units to the Dominican Republic, for use in a medical readiness training exercise (MEDRETE). The AMI portable fuel cell systems provided reliable and critical power to infrastructure throughout the exercise.

Nuvera offers hybrid fuel cell unit for materials handling

Massachusetts-based Nuvera Fuel Cells has introduced the new PowerEdge™ line of hybrid fuel cell products, to replace standard lead-acid batteries in forklift trucks used in the materials handling industry.

Medis makes its fuel cell business more efficient

New York-based fuel cell manufacturer Medis Technologies has announced that, consistent with its recent appointment of Tom Finn as executive vice president of operational restructuring, it has initiated a comprehensive cost rationalization plan designed to reduce operating costs and enhance operational efficiencies.

UK invests £6m in green build

The UK Technology Strategy Board has pledged investment in 6 research projects for the development of materials and components that will reduce energy and water consumption.

Fotowatio acquires MMA’s Solar Business

Spanish solar power company Fotowatio, will purchase the core US solar power assets of MMA Renewable Ventures including the 14 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at Nellis Air Force base, Nevada, USA.

FPL builds 25 MW PV solar facility

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is building a 25 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar facility called DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Florida, USA.

First Solar cuts solar costs to US$0.98/W

First Solar Inc has reduced its manufacturing cost for solar modules in the fourth quarter to US$0.98/W, breaking the US$1/W price barrier.

New York announces 50 MW solar power project

New York Governor David A. Paterson has announced that the 50 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) energy project in New York State is moving forward on Long Island, tripling the State’s total solar energy production.

LM Glasfiber inaugurates wind blade factory

LM Glasfiber has inaugurated a composite wind turbine blade production facility in Goleniów, Poland, to serve the rapidly growing multi-megawatts wind turbine segment for onshore and offshore windfarms in the Northern, Central and Eastern parts of Europe.

EC’s JRC to play key role in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen JTI

A cooperation agreement between the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), a public-private venture aimed at delivering commercially viable hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies, has been approved by the JTI Governing Board.

Ontario, Canada, proposes renewables legislation

Ontario, Canada, is proposing sweeping new legislation to attract new investment, create new ‘green economy jobs’ and better protect the climate.

Wind bracing itself for slower 2009 Wind bracing itself for slower 2009

Emerging Energy Research’s (EER) 2008 Wind Turbine Market Share Update shows that banking on long-term growth, turbine manufacturers push capacity investments while bracing for slower 2009.

IdaTech making progress on Asia-Pacific expansion for fuel cell telecoms backup

Telecoms backup fuel cell systems supplier IdaTech reports that its planned international expansion in the Asia-Pacific region is moving ahead apace. The firm has now opened a new regional sales office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to support the Asia-Pacific region. It has also signed two partnership agreements for marketing and distribution in the area, and completed a successful two-month installation trial in Malaysia with TIME dotCom.

AIST, NGK report on solid oxide fuel cell module the size of a sugar cube

Scientists in Japan have developed a small, high-power, intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC) module that is no larger than a sugar cube.

BNSF, Vehicle Projects build experimental shunting locomotive

In the US, BNSF Railway Company is building an experimental shunting train locomotive powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The engine, which is being assembled at the company’s workshop in Topeka, Kansas, will serve as a test bed for reducing diesel fuel used by North America’s railway.

Bureau Veritas offers guidelines for fuel cells on board ships

Bureau Veritas, a French organization that helps companies comply with standards and regulations, is developing a set of comprehensive guidelines covering the safe use of fuel cells on board ships.

Tokyo Electron and Oerlikon cooperate on Asian solar

Tokyo Electron (TEL), a supplier of semiconductor production equipment, has announced a strategic cooperation for the Asian solar market with thin-film silicon photovoltaic (PV) production equipment supplier Oerlikon Solar.

SSE consent for second Dutch offshore windfarm

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), through its renewables development division, Airtricity, has obtained consent for construction of the Breeveertieen II offshore windfarm in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

REpower supplies offshore wind turbines to RWE Innogy

REpower Systems AG will supply 250 REpower 5M/6M offshore wind turbines to RWE Innogy under a €2 billion offshore wind energy framework agreement.

NRG and eSolar develop 500 MW solar thermal power plants

NRG Energy Inc and eSolar will develop solar thermal power plants with a total generation capacity of up to 500 MW in California and the southwest of USA.

“It is time for America to lead again” – on renewables

In his first address to the Joint Session of Congress on 24 February, US President Barack Obama called on the USA to take a lead on renewable and clean energy.

Protonex award to further develop military solid oxide fuel cell systems

Massachusetts-based Protonex Technology has received confirmation of a contract award from the US Army, worth more than $1.4 million, to adapt its solid oxide fuel cell power systems so that they will run on alternative fuels.

Carcinogenic material threatens solid oxide fuel cell development

The use of a carcinogenic material in solid oxide fuel cells could threaten the future development of this so-called clean technology, claim researchers at Loughborough University in the UK. Despite its potential to deliver power with near-zero emissions of some greenhouse gases, the rapidly developing SOFC business is threatened by the fact that the cells use anodes containing nickel oxide – a powerful carcinogen.

Densified biomass fuel pellets supply agreement

Australian manufacturer and exporter of densified biomass fuel (DBF) pellets, Plantation Energy Australia Pty Ltd, and Great Southern Export Company Pty Ltd have signed a 12-month agreement to supply plantation harvest residues.

ersol doubles revenues in 2008

ersol has released preliminary results for 2008 reporting an almost doubling (+93.3%) increase in revenue to €309.6 million.

Q-Cells crystalline solar cell production up 47% in 2008

Q-Cells has reported a 47% increase in the production of crystalline solar cells to 570.4 MWp and total thin-film production reached 15.4 MWp in 2008.

Mott MacDonald advisor on Mongolian windfarms

Mott MacDonald has been acting as engineering adviser to Honiton Energy, China, for two of its new windfarms located in Inner Mongolia.

Scheuten Solar and Aehlios sign solar module contract

Scheuten Solar and Aehlios, a specialist in the design, sale and installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar roofs, have signed a multi-year contract for the supply of solar modules in the Multisol® range.

Marine Current Turbines wins award

Marine Current Turbines has won the Rosenblatt 2009 New Energy Rising Star Award.

PG&E develops 500 MW of solar PV

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) plans a five-year programme to develop up to 500 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power in its northern and central California service area.

Siemens makes wind power more efficient

Siemens Energy has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to conduct atmospheric modelling research that is expected to help windfarms operators and owners increase operating efficiency and providing more power to power grids.

Major players form Round 3 offshore wind consortium

Four leading international energy companies have formed a consortium to bid for exclusive rights to develop offshore windfarms under the UK Round 3 licence round

Wales: 20% electricity from biomass by 2020

Wales has announced a Bioenergy Action Plan for Wales aiming to generate at least 5 TWh of electricity, about 20% of current needs, from renewable biomass by 2020.

US climate bill – uncertain timing

Major climate change legislation may not go through the US Congress before 2010, the White House signalled on 23 February.

ACAL Energy receives further investment

ACAL Energy Ltd has received investment from Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corporation, which together with a previous £3.3 million fundraising round will help fund the next stage of development of ACAL’s low cost fuel cell systems, based on platinum-free cathode technology.

JV formed for ocean current technology JV formed for ocean current technology

Voith Hydro and RWE Innogy are forming a joint venture (JV), Voith Hydro Ocean Current Technologies, to accelerate the development, manufacture and marketing of ocean current technologies.

ZeaChem selects CH2M HILL as biorefinery contractor

ZeaChem Inc, a developer of biorefineries for biomass, has selected CH2M HILL as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for its first biorefinery.

Chinese delegation looks at waste-to-energy

A delegation from the Chinese Government has visited Peterborough Renewable Energy Ltd (PREL) in the UK to learn more about waste-to-energy.

Borrego Solar sells residential solar division

Borrego Solar Systems is selling its residential solar division for an undisclosed sum to groSolar.

Installed costs of PV systems fall in the USA

A study on the installed costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the USA shows that the average cost of these systems declined significantly from 1998 to 2007, but remained relatively flat during the last two years of this period.

Aquamarine and Airtricity develop 1 GW of wave and tidal Aquamarine and Airtricity develop 1 GW of wave and tidal

Aquamarine has signed a development agreement with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)’s renewable energy division, Airtricity, aimed at developing sites capable of hosting 1 GW of marine energy in the form of wave and tidal power by 2020.

Viaspace methanol fuel cell cartridges for Samsung

California-based Viaspace has completed a second development contract, under which it delivered a high-reliability, standard methanol cartridge to Korean consumer electronics and appliances giant Samsung.

Borrego Solar sells residential solar division

Borrego Solar Systems is selling its residential solar division for an undisclosed sum to groSolar.