News for April 2009

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First Solar to build 48 MW solar PV plant in Nevada

First Solar will build a 48 MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant for Sempra Generation in Nevada, USA.

E.ON withdraws from Wave Hub project

E.ON and Ocean Prospect are withdrawing from the Wave Hub wave power project off the north Cornish coast in the UK.

Tough times for wind energy whereas solar power is rising in 2009

The year ahead will be tough for wind energy whereas solar power will experience an uptick in 2009, according to analyst Emerging Energy Research (EER).

Suntech supplies Soleos with 6 MW of solar modules in H1

Suntech Power Holdings will supply photovoltaic (PV) systems integrator and manufacturer Soleos Solar GmbH with at least 6 MW of solar modules in the first half (H1) of 2009.

Hydrogenics hydrogen vehicle fueling installations in Germany, France

Canadian-based Hydrogenics has announced the installation of two HySTAT™ electrolyzers in Europe for fueling station applications. In conjunction with Heliocentris Fuel Cells, a German fuel cell systems integrator, Hydrogenics has installed a hydrogen generating electrolyzer at a bus fueling station in Barth, Germany. The company has also installed an electrolyzer in Dunkirk, France for a similar hydrogen fueling application, working with German-based Schwelm.

NHA report shows hydrogen vehicles will drive change

The National Hydrogen Association in the US has released a new report which shows that an expansion of hydrogen stations is more affordable than most people think. The report, Energy Evolution: An analysis of alternative vehicles and fuels to 2100, shows that a scenario which initially includes a mix of alternative vehicles, and is later dominated by hydrogen fuel cell vehicle sales, is the only way to cut US greenhouse gas pollution by 80% below 1990 levels. The scenario also sees petroleum ‘quasi-independence’ reached by about 2050, with nearly all controllable air pollution eliminated by the end of the century.

AWEA annual wind energy report shows strong growth in 2008

The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) annual wind energy industry rankings report shows that wind energy leaders in several categories maintained their number one positions, while 24 states saw new wind turbine and component manufacturing facilities opened, expanded or announced in 2008.

NREL highlights green utilities

The US Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programmes under which consumers can choose to help renewable energies.

Vestas to scale back production facilities in Europe

One of the world's largest wind turbine manufacturers is to shed 1900 manufacturing jobs in the UK and Denmark.

Solar and geothermal cheaper than coal and nuclear by 2025 Solar and geothermal cheaper than coal and nuclear by 2025

Coal and nuclear power could cost 30% more per year by 2025 than energy from concentrating solar and hot dry rock geothermal power, according to DESERTEC-Australia.

Concentrix Solar installs new tracking system in Concentrating PV (CPV) power plant Concentrix Solar installs new tracking system in Concentrating PV (CPV) power plant

The installation of the FLATCON systems for the Spanish CPV power plant in Castilla-La Mancha is now complete.

Abengoa Solar begins operation of the world’s largest CSP power tower plant Abengoa Solar begins operation of the world’s largest CSP power tower plant

The new 20MW plant will produce enough energy to supply 10,000 homes.

Intel tops list of USA green power purchasers

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a list of the USA’s top green power purchasers.

Risø DTU connects polymer solar cells to the grid in "world first"

Risø’s solar energy programme has been conducting research into polymer solar cells - a cheap alternative to existing silicon-based solar cells - and research is now at such an advanced stage that a demonstration plant has been built at Risø DTU.

Plastic solar cells set to achieve higher efficiencies? Plastic solar cells set to achieve higher efficiencies?

According to the Korea Times, South Korean and US researchers claim to have engineered an approach that could lead to plastic solar cells with power-conversion efficiencies of more than 6%.

LM Glasfiber’s revenues up 53% in 2008

LM Glasfiber saw a 53% jump in revenues to €885 million and recorded an operating profit of €91m in 2008.

PG&E to purchase solar power from space

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may see 200 MW of power coming from solar panels in space from 2016.

DARPA looks into biofuel for jets

A research programme at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking into biofuel for US military jets.

IMEC and CYTEC to increase lifetime of organic solar cells IMEC and CYTEC to increase lifetime of organic solar cells

Cytec Industries Inc, a producer of specialty chemicals and materials, and IMEC, a European independent nanoelectronics research institute, are cooperating to develop a commercially viable technology for organic photovoltaic (PV) devices with enhanced stability and extended lifetime.

FPL and Kitson to build solar powered city in Florida FPL and Kitson to build solar powered city in Florida

Real estate developer Kitson & Partners and electric utility Florida Power & Light have agreed to build a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Babcock Ranch, Florida, USA, making it “the world’s first city powered by solar energy.”

Green light for renewable energy development on the US Outer Continental shelf

US President Barack Obama has announced that the Department of the Interior has finalised a long-awaited framework for renewable energy production on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Hydrogenics well established in US fuel cell bus programs

Canadian-based Hydrogenics has sold another HyPM HD fuel cell power module as part of the US Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program. Serving a project under the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium, Hydrogenics was selected by being able to offer a flexible and cost-competitive module with a proven track record.

Windfarm in Northern Sweden gets go-ahead

Markbygden windfarm will consist of 101 wind turbines along a 50 km long and 10 km wide area in Markbygden, West of Piteå in Northern Sweden.

First Wind seeks environmental permit for its Oakfield Wind project

First Wind has filed a permit application with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to build a proposed 51 MW wind project in the town of Oakfield in Aroostook County, Maine, USA.

UK wind industry ready to pump £2.5billion "direct into UK economy"

The UK's wind power industry has given a thumbs up to a £525 million support package in Budget 2009, and believes that this will enable the industry to unlock up to £10bn of private sector investment in wind and marine energy projects over the coming few years.

Noble Environmental Power receives long-term capital from GE for NY windparks Noble Environmental Power receives long-term capital from GE for NY windparks

Noble Environmental Power has received long-term capital for its 330 MW wind power projects in western and northern New York State, with more than US$200 million from GE Energy Financial Services.

Airtricity and Fluor form Round 3 offshore wind consortium

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) subsidiary Airtricity and Fluor Ltd are creating a new consortium to bid for the exclusive rights to develop windfarms under The Crown Estate's Round 3 Offshore Wind Farm Development Programme.

King County, PSE, and Bio Energy-Washington generate power from landfill gas

King County, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Bio Energy-Washington, a company specialising in building landfill gas-to-energy systems, are joining forces to produce green energy from landfill gas.

Solar roof from Eagle Solar Roof and Suntech Wins 50+ SMART CHOICE Award

Eagle Roofing Products’ Eagle Solar Roof with SolarBlend™ from Suntech has won a 50+ SMART CHOICE Award from the 50+ Housing Council and the Sales and Marketing Council of Southern California.

Spire to develop 42% efficiency concentrator solar cells for NREL

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has awarded Spire Semiconductor a contract to develop triple junction 42% efficiency concentrator solar cells.

DuPont launches Nafion XL MEA for PEM fuel cells

US-based DuPont Fuel Cells has announced the commercial availability of DuPont Nafion XL membrane-electrode assemblies. These MEAs are based on an extended-life, reinforced membrane that combines the advantages of mechanical reinforcement with enhanced chemical stability, enabling improved membrane durability.

European regions boost funding for local development of hydrogen and fuel cells infrastructure

The year-old European Regions and Municipalities Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (HyRaMP) [FCB, June 2008], has spent the last six months collecting detailed information on the activities and budgets of European regions that are spearheading hydrogen and fuel cells infrastructure development in Europe. It has found that regional budgets for transport, infrastructure, stationary and early market activities are matching annual funding levels of the EU Joint Undertaking for fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH JU), which is jointly supported by the EU and by European industry and research institutions.

UK Budget 2009: reaction

How has the industry reacted to the 'low carbon', renewable energy provisions in the UK's Budget 2009?

New investment fund to back British business

A £750 million strategic investment fund for backing business to come out stronger from the downturn has been announced in the UK's 2009 budget.

UK 2009 budget latest: offshore wind and energy efficiency the early winners UK 2009 budget latest: offshore wind and energy efficiency the early winners

The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has delivered his latest budget, which includes £1.4 billion of extra targeted support in the low carbon sector, including offshore wind, energy efficiency, and small scale renewables.

Swinburne University and Suntech develop next generation solar

Swinburne University of Technology and solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd, are cooperating on the creation of next generation solar cells that are “twice as efficient and run at half the cost of those currently available.”

Ireland, ESB and Renault-Nissan cooperate on electric vehicles

A collaboration between the Irish Government, the semi-state electricity supplier ESB and car manufacturer Renault-Nissan could see the introduction of electric vehicles to Irish roads within two years.

Protonex fuel cell powers unmanned ground vehicle for record mission duration

Massachusetts-based Protonex Technology reports that its technology development partner Foster-Miller Inc has demonstrated ‘record’ unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) endurance capabilities, by integrating a Protonex fuel cell power system into a Foster-Miller Talon™ robotic UGV.

Neah, Hobie Cat explore methanol fuel cells to propel boats

In the US, Neah Power Systems has signed a technology license agreement with Hobie Cat Company, a leading manufacturer of sail and fishing boats, to jointly explore utilizing Neah’s patented, silicon-based fuel cells to power Hobie Cat’s various boat products using renewable, cost-efficient methanol.

Heliocentris launches new industrial fuel cell systems at Hannover

German-based system integrator Heliocentris Fuel Cells launched three new industrial fuel cell systems at the recent Hannover Messe trade show. The new designs target different power classes and cooling approaches. The units integrate fuel cells from strategic partners Ballard Power Systems in Canada and Schunk Group in Germany.

Japanese firms trialing solid oxide fuel cell module

A partnership of Japanese companies has jointly developed a 3 kW-class power generation module for commercial use based on solid oxide fuel cells. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) linked with Toho Gas and Sumitomo Precision Products to develop and operate an SOFC unit running on natural gas, which achieved an electrical conversion efficiency of 59% (LHV).

Hydrogen energy project planned for two Canadian airports

Air Liquide Canada is leading a C$14 million (US$12.4m) hydrogen energy project to demonstrate an array of innovative hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies operating on the site of Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and at another international airport to be announced later.

Trina solar powers 4.7 MW Italian PV rooftop installation Trina solar powers 4.7 MW Italian PV rooftop installation

Solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer, Trina Solar, has completed a 4.7 MW solar PV rooftop installation in Italy developed by ErgyCapital.

Consortium for digital energy infrastructure formed

New Energy Finance has announced the first Charter Members of the Consortium on Digital Energy (CoDE), which aims to create a converged perspective on the development of tomorrow’s digital energy infrastructure.

TNEI and Aquamarine cooperate on locating marine energy sites

Energy consultancy TNEI and Aquamarine Power are cooperating to identify the most viable marine energy sites around the UK and Irish coastlines for deployment of Aquamarine’s Oyster® wave energy converter.

Fraunhofer portable reformer fuel cell system running on bioethanol Fraunhofer portable reformer fuel cell system running on bioethanol

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has developed a 250 W ethanol reformer fuel cell system running on bioethanol.

US EPA report gives Obama a second option on carbon

The US Environmental Protection Agency has released a monumental "endangerment finding", on the potential impacts that climate change could have on regional US air quality.

AkzoNobel takes delivery of fuel cell

AFC Energy has supplied AkzoNobel's Bitterfeld site in Germany with an AFC 3.5kW fuel cell system.

NHA event sees growing interest in hydrogen NHA event sees growing interest in hydrogen

Interest in hydrogen is "greater than ever", says the National Hydrogen Association, pointing to a record-breaking number of participants at its recent NHA Conference and Hydrogen Expo.

Renewable Energy Focus to twitter

Renewable Energy Focus has now joined the twitter network...

Algae to fuel research enjoys resurgence at NREL Algae to fuel research enjoys resurgence at NREL

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the USA are accelerating efforts to identify and characterise the most promising strains of algae for fuel production. The work has resumed more than a decade after its original algae fuels programme was curtailed because the algae fuels were considered too costly to compete with petroleum.

UK Government subsidises electric and plug-in hybrid cars

The UK Government has launched a strategy to put electric and plug-in hybrid cars on British roads by subsidising £2000-5000 towards buying the first cars when they hit the showrooms – expected from 2011 onwards.

REC Solar halves Q2 solar cells and modules production

REC Solar is reducing second quarter (Q2) production of solar cells and modules by close to 50% in response to the “challenging market environment.”

Siemens supplies 13 wind turbines to Turkey

Siemens has received a turnkey order for the supply of 13 of its SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines from EnerjiSA Power Generating Company for Çanakkale-Mahmudiye windfarm in Northwest Turkey.

Bac2 offering bipolar plates ready for high-temperature PEM fuel cells

UK-based fuel cell materials and components developer Bac2 has extended the family of products made from its ElectroPhen™ conductive polymer to include bipolar plates for high-temperature PEM fuel cells. The new plates – unveiled at the recent Hannover Trade Fair in Germany – are mechanically and electrically stable at over 200°C.

BASF launches new Celtec MEAs, Selectra catalysts for fuel cells

German-based BASF Fuel Cell GmbH took the opportunity to introduce an extended product range for fuel cell membrane-electrode assemblies and reformers at the recent Hannover Trade Fair.

Energy Composites Corp acquires wind turbine blade manufacturing land

Energy Composites Corporation has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the City of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USA, to acquire a 54 acre parcel of land for a 350 000 ft2 composites fabrication plant for manufacturing wind turbine blades.

TenCate supplies composites for solar car TenCate supplies composites for solar car

Solar Team Twente will use advanced composite materials from TenCate for its solar powered car, which will participate in the 10th World Solar Challenge in Australia on 25-31 October, 2009.

Energy Composites Corp launches WindFiber strategy

Energy Composites Corporation has launched a composites-in-wind-energy programme, WindFiber™, under which it will carry out wind-related innovation, engineering, customer proposition, production and services planning, and logistics activities.

Renewable Power Solutions awarded solar apprenticeship programme

Renewable Power Solutions, a provider of solar energy installation services, has been awarded the first exclusively solar apprenticeship programme by the State of California.

First Wind secures loan for Cohocton Wind power project in New York

Wind power developer First Wind has secured a non-recourse term loan from HSH Nordbank AG and NORD/LB for its 125 MW Cohocton Wind power project in Cohocton, upstate New York.

Multibrid supplies 80 offshore wind turbines for Global Tech 1 windfarm

Multibrid, a subsidiary of AREVA, will supply 80 M5000 5 MW offshore wind turbines for the 400 MW Global Tech 1 windfarm 90 km from the coast in the German North Sea.

BioSolar launches BioBacksheet for thin-film PV modules

BioSolar plans to expand the company’s BioBacksheet™ technology producing bio-based materials from plant sources for backsheets for copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) and cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

RSPB: UK can have both wind power and wildlife RSPB: UK can have both wind power and wildlife

Could the UK greatly increase the number of its onshore windfarms without destroying wildlife? According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the answer is yes.

Gurit offers composite materials for ocean energy market

Building on its experience in the marine and wind energy sectors, composite materials supplier Gurit is expanding its interests into the emerging ocean energy (wave and tidal power) market. The strength and corrosion resistance of composite materials are expected to be key to the success of these devices operating in the harsh marine environment.

CMR Fuel Cells demonstrates fuel cell system prototype

CMR Fuel Cells, a developer of high power density fuel cell stacks and systems for portable electronics applications, has demonstrated the first prototype of its hybrid fuel cell power supply system to an Asian original design manufacturer (ODM).

AGL constructs 132 MW Hallett 4 windfarm in South Australia

AGL Energy Ltd has entered into agreements for the construction of the 132 MW Hallett 4 windfarm at North Brown Hill in South Australia.

Fund for Severn Estuary tidal concepts

A £500,000 fund has been launched to help environmental entrepreneurs and small businesses develop ideas to generate renewable electricity from the River Severn's tidal power.

DONG Energy installs first offshore wind turbine at Gunfleet Sands

DONG Energy has installed the first offshore wind turbine at its Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm project in the Thames Estuary off the East coast of England.

Q-Cells and LDK Solar form solar PV systems JV for Europe and China

Q-Cells SE and LDK Solar Co Ltd have formed a joint venture (JV) focusing on large solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and market development in Europe and China – the first 40 MW is already underway.

Dow Corning expands solar business in Korea

Dow Corning has selected JinCheon, Korea, as the site for further expansion of its solar business with the development of a second Solar Solutions Application Center.

Vision's Tyrano electric/hydrogen fuel cell truck passes performance testing

California-based Vision Industries Corporation has announced that its prototype zero-emission plug-in electric/hydrogen fuel cell Tyrano™ truck has completed the first two stages of performance testing at the LA Freightliner facilities in Whittier.

Morphic Technologies rationalization to focus on fuel cells, wind

Swedish-based Morphic Technologies has initiated a restructuring program, to focus on the group’s core businesses of wind and fuel cells.

Fraunhofer ISE unveils portable bioethanol reformer-fuel cell unit

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany have developed a fuel cell system featuring an ethanol reformer. The system is suitable for outdoor use and has an electric power output of 250 W.

Xcel Energy and Sunpower plan 17 MW solar PV plant

Xcel Energy and SunPower Corp., a manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and solar systems, are to build a 17 megawatt AC photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Colorado's Alamosa County.

Petratherm and Dalkia cooperate on Spanish geothermal

Geothermal energy company Petratherm has signed an exclusivity agreement with energy services provider Dalkia to assess the joint venture (JV) potential of its Geo-Madrid Geothermal District Heating project in Spain.

Ocean Power receives funding for Hawaii wave power project

Ocean Power Technologies Inc has received additional funding of US$1.1 million for its on-going project with the US Navy to demonstrate the PowerBuoy® wave power system off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

StatoilHydro and Statkraft to develop Sheringham offshore windfarm

StatoilHydro and Norwegian utility Statkraft will develop the 315 MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Norfolk in the UK, representing a total investment of NOK 10 billion.

Vestas supplies 228 MW of wind turbines to Romania

Vestas will supply a total of 76 units of the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine for two projects in Romania.

BWEA funds research on aviation obstacles to wind energy

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) and its member companies have built up an industry fund of £3.2 million for advanced technologies designed to solve issues such as wind turbine interference with radars.

UK's biggest Energy from Waste project gets go ahead

Keppel Seghers has secured a US$518 million contract to build combined heat and power/energy from waste (CHP/EFW) facilities, as part of one of the largest waste and renewable energy projects in the UK.

UK must act now on wind energy, says influential report

The Institute for Public Policy Research (Ippr) has said that without a rapid expansion of offshore wind capacity the UK will struggle to achieve its legally-binding target of 15% of renewable energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Iberdrola increases Q1 wind production, clarifies UK position

Iberdrola Renovables has increased its wind power production by 20% in the first quarter of 2009 (year-on-year growth), to 5,398 million kilowatt hours (kWh).

Students scoop building award with system that uses hydrogen and renewables

The Hydrogen Education Foundation, part of the National Hydrogen Association, has announced the winners of the 2008-09 Hydrogen Student Design Contest.

Helios expands PV cell and module production Helios expands PV cell and module production

Helios Technology S.p.A. has achieved its 60 MWp target for its Italy-based cell production line, and has also started up its new module production line - which will reportedly reach a capacity of 50 MWp during 2009.

44% plunge in investment as crisis catches up with clean energy 44% plunge in investment as crisis catches up with clean energy

The latest figures from research firm New Energy Finance show that new investment in clean energy has collapsed to just US$13.3bn in the first quarter of 2009, down by no less than 44% on the fourth quarter of last year and 53% below the level achieved in the first quarter of 2008.

Nanoscale capacitors pack in the power

Feynman's famous 1959 proclamation “There's plenty of room at the bottom” largely referred to the untapped storage ability for information at the nanoscale.

Gorbachev foundation urges greater use of solar PV

Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union and founder of Green Cross International, has told world leaders to invest in solar PV energy swiftly as a way out of the current economic crisis, and as part of an emergency response to climate change.

Platina takes control of Spanish solar plants

Platina Partners LLP, a private equity fund advisor, has taken control of production at three major Spanish solar energy projects - the Anemoi at the Cantillana, El Coronil and Ocaña solar PV power plants.

South Africa introduces feed-in tariff for renewable energies

South Africa is introducing feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) for renewable energies, according to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).

UK offshore renewables get financial support

Marine and offshore renewable technologies will now receive financial support in the UK after an overhaul of the system for supporting renewable energy.

UK Government must help renewables during credit crunch

Targeted Government intervention is needed if the UK is to meet its renewable energy targets, according to the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA).

Connecticut approves 27.3 MW of projects using FuelCell Energy power

The Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) has issued its final decision for the approval of 27.3 MW of projects that will incorporate FuelCell Energy’s highly efficient Direct FuelCell molten carbonate power plants. The sales value of the projects will be $84 million when project developers finalize electricity purchase agreements and project financing.

Nestlé Waters converts lift truck fleet to Plug Power fuel cells

Nestlé Waters North America has installed 32 GenDrive™ hydrogen fuel cells, purchased in 2008 from Latham, NY-based Plug Power, to use at its Dallas, Texas bottling facility. This means that Nestlé Waters has converted its entire fleet of sit-down counterbalanced lift trucks from internal combustion engines powered by liquid petroleum gas to Yale Class I electric lift trucks powered by GenDrive power units.

Samsung SDI develops military portable direct methanol fuel cell

In Korea, Samsung SDI has announced that it has developed highly efficient portable direct methanol fuel cells for military use. The power sources generate 54% more power than existing models, and have enhanced durability, up to eight times that of previous models. The DMFC uses a methanol fuel cartridge developed and delivered by US-based Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation.

Medis hooks up with military suppliers Vitrociset, Fraser-Volpe for fuel cell power

US/Israel-based Medis Technologies has entered into an exclusive agreement with Italian defense company Vitrociset to develop and adapt Medis’ fuel cell technology for battery use in tactical man-pack radios, future soldier combat jackets and unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs) for the Italian military market. Medis has also partnered with the Pennsylvania-based military optics provider Fraser-Volpe, to develop its next generation of electro-optic systems powered by Medis fuel cell technology.

Second supermarket gets onsite fuel cell power from UTC Power

The new Whole Foods Market slated to open in Dedham, Massachusetts this fall will be the first supermarket in the state to generate approximately 90% of its power onsite with a 400 kW fuel cell power plant from Connecticut-based UTC Power.

Delta XANES technique helps study operation of fuel cell catalysts

A research group at The George Washington University in the US have developed a new analytical tool that helps to shed light on new catalysts that hopefully will alleviate some of the many problems that remain with modern fuel cells.

Cube project, with FuelCell Energy power plants, approved in Connecticut

Maryland-based Elemental Power Group has announced the approval of its ‘Cube’ fuel cell project, under the ‘Project 150’ renewable energy program run by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. The project will use Direct FuelCell molten carbonate fuel cell power plants supplied by FuelCell Energy of Danbury, Connecticut.

Vestas delivers 74 MW of wind turbines to Italy

Vestas will deliver 37 x V90 2 MW wind turbines to EDF Energies Nouvelles for Sardinia, Italy, in 2009 and 2010.

Global solar PV market grew to 5.5 GW in 2008

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market grew to at least 5.5 GW in 2008 compared to 2.4 GW in 2007, with Spain topping the list followed by Germany.

CPV cell efficiencies could reach 50% by 2015

Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) cell efficiencies are likely to reach 50% by 2015, according to a recent study from the University of Jaén and CPV Today.

Suntech achieves efficiencies of 19% and 17% on PV production

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd is producing solar photovoltaic (PV) cells with conversion efficiencies of approximately 19% on mono-crystalline PV cells and 17% on multi-crystalline PV cells.

Wave surge pump generates onshore electricity

Aquamarine Power has appointed geotechnical drilling and marine construction contractors, Fugro Seacore, to install its Oyster Wave Energy Converter off the UK coast.

BP Solar lays off solar cell and module staff

BP Solar says it will lay of 620 solar cell manufacture and module assembly staff in Maryland, USA, and Madrid, Spain, as it seeks to reduce unit costs by 25% by the end of 2010.

Electricity from renewables rise 11.7% in UK

Electricity supply from renewable energies including wind and hydro in the UK rose by 11.7%, or 2.2 TWh, to 20.7 TWh in 2008.

Statkraft invests in tidal power developer Atlantis Resources

Norwegian utility Statkraft has invested approximately NOK 45 million in tidal power developer Atlantis Resources.

Amorphous silicon will continue to dominate thin-film PV market

Amorphous silicon (a-Si) will continue to lead the solar thin-film photovoltaic (PV) space for years to come, according to industry analyst NanoMarkets.

Global geothermal pipeline exceeds 9 GW

The global geothermal pipeline now exceeds 9 MW of projects under development, which if completed could almost double the installed global geothermal capacity of 10.5 GW built up over the past 30 years.

Graco exhibits wind energy manufacturing equipment

Graco® will exhibit its fluid handling equipment for wind energy manufacturing applications at the WINDPOWER 2009 Conference and Exhibition on 4-7 May, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

3B wins award for ocean wave energy converter 3B wins award for ocean wave energy converter

3B has been awarded an Environment & Energy award for its ocean wave energy converter at the JEC Composites Show in Paris, France in March.

Windfarm with REpower 6M wind turbines fully erected Windfarm with REpower 6M wind turbines fully erected

REpower Systems AG has completed the first windfarm consisting exclusively of REpower 6M wind turbines, at the Westre civic windfarm.

Aquamarine Power focuses on wave energy – abandons tidal Aquamarine Power focuses on wave energy – abandons tidal

Aquamarine Power has decided to focus its efforts on the development and commercialisation of its Oyster® Wave Energy Converter abandoning further development of the tidal stream device Neptune™.

OptiSolar unable to find buyer – halts manufacturing

Optisolar Inc has stopped manufacturing operations and may lay off most of its staff as the solar company has been unable to find a buyer.

UPS Systems supplies 20 methanol fuel cells for telemetry project

UPS Systems will provide 20 methanol fuel cells to Interserve Project Services for what could be the UK’s largest fuel cell telemetry project.

ERI to provide energy efficient water to South America

Energy Recovery Inc (ERI) have been awarded a contract by Acciona Agua to provide its PX technology to Acciona Agua's latest desalination plant in Venezuela. ERI produce energy recovery devices which lower the energy consumption in desalination plants.

EU's climate policy gets the go-ahead

The European Union has today given the final approval to its ambitious climate change and energy policies, agreed by EU ministers back in December 2008.

FuelCell Energy power plant for Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana

Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy has announced the sale of a 300 kW Direct FuelCell power plant to improve the availability of reliable, clean electricity for Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana.

California awards $6.8m to construct four hydrogen vehicle fueling stations

The California Air Resources Board has awarded $1.7 million to each of Mebtahi Station Services, San Francisco Airport, Shell Hydrogen and the University of California, Los Angeles to supplement their construction of hydrogen refueling stations. The new stations will serve the growing number of fuel cell vehicles on the road in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, and will double the amount of hydrogen available to the public.

MAG automates composite wind turbine blade production MAG automates composite wind turbine blade production

MAG is introducing rapid material placement and quick-cure moulding systems that reduce lay-up infusion and curing time by 50%, double throughput and increases quality for wind turbine blades.

Closer to plugging offshore wind energy into the UK grid

Plans to connect large amounts of future offshore wind energy to the UK national grid have been firmed up.

POET and Magellan Midstream Partners to assess ethanol pipeline

Magellan Midstream Partners has signed a joint development agreement with POET to continue assessing the feasibility of constructing a dedicated ethanol pipeline.

MarineWind Alliance seeks Round 3 offshore wind energy rights

The MarineWind Alliance consortium of wind power, maritime operations and renewable energy investment companies has submitted a joint bid for exclusive rights for Round 3 offshore windfarm rights from the UK Crown Estate.

Enerkem plans second-generation biofuels production in the USA

Enerkem Inc plans to build and operate a second-generation biofuels production facility located in Pontotoc, Mississippi, USA, recycling and converting 60% of the Three Rivers region’s waste material.

Mainstream Renewable Power builds 500 MW wind in South Africa

Mainstream Renewable Power has signed a joint venture (JV) deal with South African windfarm developer, Genesis Eco-Energy, to build an initial pipeline of over 500 MW of wind energy in South Africa by 2014.

Website for renewable energy development projects in China

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has launched a website to help US companies connect with Chinese companies and institutions that are working to expand and finance renewable energy development projects in China.

Nominees for European Inventor of the Year award announced

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Commission have announced the 12 nominees for this year's European Inventor of the Year awards.

Aquamarine appoints Fugro Seacore to install its wave energy converter

Aquamarine Power has appointed geotechnical drilling and marine construction contractors, Fugro Seacore, to install its Oyster® Wave Energy Converter.

Germany's largest solar PV thin-film roof inaugurated Germany's largest solar PV thin-film roof inaugurated

Germany’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant using thin-film technology on a pitched roof has been inaugurated in Moers, near Duisburg, Germany.

EPIA re-elects Hoffmann as President

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has re-elected Dr Winfried Hoffmann from Applied Materials GmbH as President until 2010.

REC Silicon's Moses Lake polysilicon plant starts production

REC Silicon's polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington (Silicon III) based on fluidised bed technology (FBR) started production in March.

Lilliputian secures additional venture funding for micro fuel cells

Massachusetts-based Lilliputian Systems has secured an additional $28 million in venture funding. The company is developing the MEMS-based Personal Power™ solid oxide fuel cell solution for consumer electronic devices using its patented Silicon Power Cell™ technology.

INRS team report Fe-based catalysts for PEM fuel cells with Pt-matching activity

Researchers at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Québec, Canada have dramatically increased the performance of an Fe-based catalyst, which works as well as Pt-based catalysts to accelerate the reactions inside PEM fuel cells.

Air Products hydrogen fueling forklifts at Pennsylvania defense depot

In the US, Air Products has installed its hydrogen fueling station technology at the Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna Pennsylvania (DDSP) in New Cumberland, and is now powering an overall fleet of 40 hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts being used in daily warehouse operations.

ReliOn unveils Eco-200 for small-scale fuel cell backup power

US-based ReliOn has launched the Eco-200™ fuel cell system, designed around the company’s patented Modular Cartridge Technology and providing high-reliability power for smaller-scale backup power applications.

Nuon cancels microgeneration project with Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFCL), which is developing solid oxide fuel cell microgeneration products for residential applications, reports that the Dutch utility Nuon has cancelled its collaborative product development project for the Benelux market.