News for October 2009

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ETI launches £8m project to unlock wave and tidal energy

An £8 million project that will produce tools capable of accurately estimating the energy yield of major wave and tidal stream energy has been approved by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

US government awards US$338 million to accelerate geothermal energy

The US Department of Energy (DoE) will support 123 projects in 39 states, to deploy projects and develop geothermal technology.

Suntech introduces utility solar platform

Suntech Power Holdings has introduced Reliathon, an integrated solar platform combining product and business-term innovations to lower costs and accelerate the path to grid parity with the development of utility-scale solar plants.

Obama announces US$3.4 billion to spur transition to US smart energy grid

The US$3.4 billion in grant awards are part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and will be matched by industry funding for a total public-private investment worth over $8 billion.

AMSC signs power grid contracts for wind farms in Australia

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) says its D-VAR grid interconnection solution has been ordered for two additional wind farms under construction in Australia.

Vestas to supply 102 MW of wind turbines to Mexico

Vestas has received an order for 51 units of the V80-2.0 MW wind turbine for the Oaxaca I project to be located in the municipality of Santo Domingo de Ingenio, Juchitan de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Research into renewable biofuel to reduce reliance on diesel imports

Aston University in Birmingham, UK, is involved in a €3.73 million (£3.4m) research project, which will transform organic residues from biofuel production processes into a renewable biofuel that can reduce reliance on fossil diesel imports.

London hydrogen station is step closer to hydrogen fuel cell buses

In the UK, the Olympic Delivery Authority has granted planning permission for a hydrogen refuelling facility to be built in east London. This marks a major milestone in bringing a fleet of five hydrogen fuel cell buses to London.

Silicon-air battery promises power for thousands of hours

Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a new, environmentally friendly silicon-air battery capable of supplying non-stop power for thousands of hours without needing to be replaced.

New storage material improves energy density of lithium-ion battery

High-performance energy storage technologies for the automotive industry, or battery technologies providing long run-times for cell phones and notebooks, are being brought one step nearer by scientists at Graz University of Technology in Austria.

Masdar PV delivers first solar PV modules to Germany

Masdar PV is delivering its first solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for installation at an open space solar park in Germany.

GE, Whirlpool ++ launch smart green grid initiative

GE, Whirlpool Corporation and a number of other companies are creating a new collaborative effort aimed at demonstrating the role of smart grid technologies and practices in the achievement of climate change goals.

£18m investment for UK renewable energy

The Carbon Trust is to inject up to £18 million in additional funding into the UK clean and renewable energy sector, providing a booster for clean tech start-ups and Britain's move to a low carbon economy. The additional money has been provided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Experiment paves way for more reliable wind turbine design Experiment paves way for more reliable wind turbine design

Risø DTU has just concluded a large full-scale experiment on a wind turbine taking detailed measurements of the load distribution on a 40 m long wind turbine blade under natural wind conditions, thereby providing a very accurate picture of the wind flow over the wind turbine blade surface.

FuelCell Energy, POSCO Power to localize fuel cell products for Korean market

US-based FuelCell Energy has signed a licensing agreement with POSCO Power, allowing the South Korean utility to manufacture molten carbonate fuel cell stack modules from cell and module components provided by FuelCell Energy. These fuel cell modules will be combined with balance-of-plant manufactured in Korea, to complete electricity-producing fuel cell power plants for sale in Korea.

SPI2009: SEIA and SEPA to form events company

The US Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have formed a new jointly-owned legal entity, Solar Energy Trade Shows LLC.

SPI2009: Solar industry needs to come together and fight, urges SEIA president

Rhone Resch, president and ceo of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), has called on the solar industry to "enlist" in the fight to secure a policy environment that allows solar to compete with other forms of energy.

Solar electric industry poised for strong growth in USA, suggests poll

Professionals within the US solar electric industry value chain predict strong growth for their businesses over the next two years, and say more favourable legislation and heightened marketing will be key to their expansion.

Wind could provide quarter of India’s power by 2030

Wind could also attract US$10 billion in investment every year and create 213,000 green collar jobs, says the industry.

Renewable energy takes 5% of Asian Development Bank funding

Renewable energy projects receive 5% of the financial assistance provided from 2001 to 2008.

New England wants to develop “vast and untapped” renewable energy resources

Governors of six US states have approved a renewable energy blueprint for their region, and now want President Obama and Congress to support their development of these resources.

US lab opens largest wind turbine R&D study

A 2.3 MW wind turbine will be the centerpiece of a multi-year US project to study the performance and aerodynamics of large wind turbines in a major government-industry research partnership for wind power generation.

BWEA31: UK wind reaches 4 GW

The UK wind industry has seen the installation of 4 GW of wind energy capacity, the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) announced at BWEA31 in Liverpool on 20-22 October.

BWEA31: Wind farm planning approvals slump to new low of 25%

Local council approvals of wind farm applications in the UK have fallen to a new low of just 25%, the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) said at BWEA31 in Liverpool on 20-22 October.

Phoenix to develop 20 MWp solar park in Bulgaria

The solar photovoltaic (PV) system integrator Phoenix Solar AG has signed a project development contract with a Bulgarian subsidiary of the Krass Capital Group AG for the development of a 20 MWp solar park in Bulgaria.

Suntech and AEDB deliver solar power to Pakistan

Crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar module manufacturer Suntech Power Holdings Co and Pakistan's Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) have entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work towards the widespread use of solar energy technologies to meet the energy shortage in Pakistan.

LM Glasfiber expands wind turbine blade manufacturing in China

LM Glasfiber, the independent manufacturer of blades for wind turbines, plans to further expand its operations in China.

European governments’ support boosts geothermal energy market

The increasingly urgent need to curb climate change is proving to be an effective catalyst for the European geothermal energy industry, according to Frost & Sullivan.

World Future Energy Summit – conference programme

The World Future Energy Summit has released its conference programme for 18-21 January 2010.

Updated: QinetiQ and Vestas test 'stealth technology' for wind turbines Updated: QinetiQ and Vestas test 'stealth technology' for wind turbines

QinetiQ and Vestas Wind Systems claim the successful trial of a radar mitigation technology for wind turbines that significantly reduces the radar signature of individual turbines, making them 'invisible' to air traffic control, military and other radar based systems.

US shipments of geothermal heat pumps surge 40%

Shipments of geothermal heat pumps grew more than 40% last year in the US, to 121,243 units.

US report shows continued drop of cost for installed solar PV systems

The average cost to install solar PV systems in the US has dropped by more than 30% from 1998 to 2008, with a four percent drop within the last year.

SFC Smart Fuel Cell launches most powerful EFOY Pro 2200 on European market

German-based SFC Smart Fuel Cell has unveiled the new EFOY Pro 2200 fuel cell, designed for professional users of off-grid industrial applications. SFC Smart Fuel Cell says the new unit offers increased autonomy for applications with its charging capacity of 2200 Wh per day.

Renewable energy can reduce 20% of world goal for GHG emissions

Renewable energy could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2741 Mt by 2030 under accelerated environmental policies, according to the International Energy Agency.

Renewable power market in US moves to non-residential customers

Total sales of electricity from renewable energy facilities in the USA increased by 35% last year, dominated by an increase of 50% in sales of green power certificates to non-residential consumers.

BWEA31: NaREC getting ready for Round 3 and offshore renewable energy

The New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) in the UK is helping the country reach its 20/20 targets for renewable energy with offshore marine and wind energy research and testing.

ACAL Energy achieves record output from FlowCath fuel cell

The UK-based fuel cell developer ACAL Energy reports that it has achieved ‘record’ levels of power output from a kilowatt-scale fuel cell system using its patented FlowCath® liquid cathode technology. Peak power levels of 1.5 kW have been achieved from the hydrogen-fueled, laboratory-scale FlowCath system at ACAL Energy.

US business group calls for more support to renewable energy

The United States government should focus on the development of renewable energy as well as traditional energy sources, says one of the country’s more influential business groups.

Province dedicates Canada's largest solar PV project

A 23.4 MW solar (photovoltaic) PV facility near the capital of Canada has been dedicated by the provincial minister of energy in Ontario.

Canada experiences high demand for green heat subsidy

The demand across Canada for financial subsidy for green heat systems has exceeded expectations, but the programme is still under-allocated.

Geothermal subsidiary signs joint venture to install 36 MW of solar electric in Israel

Two Israeli companies will develop, construct and operate 36 MW of solar electric systems in Israel.

Arizona dedicates first commercial wind project

The 63 MW Dry Lake wind farm has been dedicated as the first commercial-scale wind power project in the state of Arizona.

Scottish firms target renewable energy with £50 million investment fund

Two Scottish firms, venture capital company Par Equity and consulting firm Senergy Alternative Energy, will launch a £50 million investment fund for renewable energy.

Intelligent Energy, Suzuki to exhibit Suzuki Burgman fuel cell scooter at Tokyo Motor Show

UK-based PEM fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy and its partner Suzuki Motor Corporation are unveiling their latest joint development in clean fuel transport systems at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show – the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter.

BWEA 31: UK research aims to solve wind problem on radar screens

The UK will fund £5.15 million to research to solve the problem of radar interference from wind turbines.

IdaTech partner in Mexico deploys 43 fuel cell backup power systems

MICROM Electrónica, the Latin America partner of US-based IdaTech, has released details of the largest commercial fuel cell backup power deployment using IdaTech ElectraGen™ systems in Mexico. IdaTech is a leading developer and manufacturer of clean and reliable extended-run backup power products featuring PEM fuel cell technology.

“Optical characterisation of PV cells” webinar - guest speaker confirmed

Professor Emanuel Sachs of 1366 Technologies is confirmed as the guest speaker for Renewable Energy Focus’ interactive webinar taking place on Tuesday November 10 (10.00 EST/15.00 GMT), in association with PerkinElmer.

3TIER launches next generation of solar assessment products

3TIER has unveiled a suite of solar assessment products that give utility-scale developers a higher degree of certainty in the availability of solar resources, and a more complete picture of the production potential of their projects.

Canada's largest solar farm opens in Ontario Canada's largest solar farm opens in Ontario

Canada's largest solar farm is now producing power in the township of Stone Mills, near Napanee.

LM Glasfiber announces expansion in China

LM Glasfiber, an independent manufacturer of blades for wind turbines, is to further expand its operations in China.

ISES calls for feed-in tariffs worldwide

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) has called for the use of feed-in tariffs worldwide at its solar world congress (SWC) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Scientists to use artificial photosynthesis and nanotubes to generate hydrogen fuel from sunlight

US Department of Energy awards US$1.7 million to team exploring the generation of hydrogen from sunlight.

b+w supplies IdaTech fuel cell systems to US Army in Germany

German-based b+w Electronic Systems has delivered 22 IdaTech ElectraGen™ fuel cell systems to US Army facilities in Germany. b+w is an OEM partner of US-based IdaTech, a leading developer and manufacturer of extended-run backup power PEM fuel cell products for telecoms applications.

Whole Foods Market to use Plug Power fuel cell power for forklifts

Whole Foods Market, the natural and organic foods supermarket chain, will be using 61 Plug Power GenDrive™ fuel cell powered forklifts in its Landover, Maryland distribution center in 2010. Whole Foods Market is partnering with Plug Power and GENCO Supply Chain Solutions to complete this installation.

German university wins solar competition

A student team from Darmstadt, Germany, has designed, built and operated the most attractive and efficient solar powered home in an international solar competition.

E.ON says half of foundations and first cables ready for Rödsand II offshore wind farm

E.ON Climate & Renewables has laid half of the 90 offshore wind turbine foundations and the first cables at Rödsand II between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland in the Baltic Sea.

First Solar added to the S&P 500 Index

First Solar, the solar photovoltaic (PV) modules manufacturer, has announced that the company’s common stock was added to the S&P 500 Index after the market closed on 15 October.

UK equipment scrappage scheme gives renewable energy industry £2m cash boost

The Carbon Trust has called on UK renewable energy equipment suppliers to take advantage of a £2 million sales opportunity from its equipment scrappage scheme: The Big Business Refit.

GE Energy Financial Services joins US$23m funding round for solar PV

SolarEdge, a solar PV company based in Israel says the GE Energy Financial Services division of General Electric has joined a US$23 million funding round to support growth in residential and large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) sites.

Universities show increased use of renewable energy

Twenty-six universities and colleges across the United States received a grading of A- for their use of renewable energy on campus.

AFC Energy fuel cell system passes field testing milestone

AFC Energy, the UK-based alkaline fuel cell developer, has successfully completed an important field test of its first generation, lower-cost, non-platinum electrodes at the AkzoNobel chlor-alkali plant in Bitterfeld, Germany.

Korea solar PV market could reach 200 MW by 2012

Displaybank, which provides market research and consulting for the solar and display industries, says Korea solar photovoltaic (PV) installments could reach 200 MW by 2012.

G24i ships first commercial dye-sensitised solar cells application

G24 Innovations (G24i), a global dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSC) company, has seen the first commercial shipment of dye-sensitised solar cells photovoltaic (PV) modules to Hong Kong-based consumer electronics bag manufacturer, Mascotte Industrial Associates.

Record flight for UAV using Protonex fuel cell system

The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has announced that its Ion Tiger unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) recently flew for 23 h and 17 min, setting an unofficial flight endurance record for a fuel cell powered flight. The Ion Tiger UAV utilizes the latest generation of UAV power systems from Massachusetts-based Protonex Technology.

Siemens buys solar thermal power company Solel Solar Systems Ltd for US$418m Siemens buys solar thermal power company Solel Solar Systems Ltd for US$418m

Siemens AG is acquiring the solar thermal power company Solel Solar Systems Ltd for around US$418 million from Ecofin Ltd, a London based investment firm which specialises in the global utilities, energy and environmental sectors.

Siemens awarded wind turbine orders in North America worth over €600m

Siemens Energy will be supplying wind turbines totalling over 565 MW and worth more than €600 million for six onshore wind farms in North America.

Power density up 30% for MTI Micro’s Mobion micro fuel cell technology

MTI MicroFuel Cells has passed a significant power milestone for its Mobion® direct methanol fuel cell engine. The technology has achieved a 30% power density improvement over the performance reported a year ago. This performance level is believed to be the highest power density yet for micro fuel cells for portable electronic devices.

Ontario in top 10 for solar PV in North America

Ontario has rocketed to a place among the top 10 solar jurisdictions in North America following the activation earlier this month of a 9.1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in eastern Ontario, Canada.

World's first osmotic power plant opens in Norway in November World's first osmotic power plant opens in Norway in November

The world's first osmotic power plant at Tofte, outside Oslo, Norway, will be opened on 24 November.

DoE: US$87m for solar energy in the USA

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced up to US$87 million to support the development of new solar energy technologies and the rapid deployment of available solar energy systems in the USA.

AMSC’s superconductor electricity pipelines to be adopted for USA’s first renewable energy market hub

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) will supply its Superconductor Electricity Pipelines to the Tres Amigas Project, the USA’s first renewable energy market hub.

Small wind turbine manufacturer homes in on Ontario

WindTronics plans to assemble residential and small commercial wind turbines, and conduct research and development in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Cyprus welcomes its first wind farm Cyprus welcomes its first wind farm

Cyprus’ first wind farm has begun construction in the Orites area of Kouklia (Paphos district).

UK legislation still penalises waste streams that could provide energy UK legislation still penalises waste streams that could provide energy

UK renewable energy provider Living Fuels, a subsidiary of AIM listed REG Bio-Power, is appealing to the UK Government to draw attention to discrepancies between renewable energy strategy and current UK legislation, which the company says is holding back renewable technologies like waste to energy.

Geothermal Engineering plans commercial scale geothermal power plan in UK

Geothermal Engineering Ltd is planning a hot rock geothermal power plant in Cornwall, UK – possibly the first commercial scale geothermal power plant in the UK.

RES acquires 500 MW of wind power projects in Turkey

RES has acquired a portfolio of 500 MW of wind power projects in Turkey.

Ocean Power Technologies to develop wave power station in Japan

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. will develop a demonstration wave power station in Japan together with a consortium of the three Japanese companies Idemitsu Kosan Co., Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., and Japan Wind Development Co.

Webinar: Optical characterisation of PV cells

Announcing the first Renewable Energy Focus interactive webinar on Tuesday November 10, in association with PerkinElmer...

China's first 10 MW ground mount solar system connected to the grid

Crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings Co., has completed and grid connected what it says is the first 10 MW utility-scale solar PV power project in China.

Siemens and Airtricity sign 350 MW onshore wind farm contract

Siemens and Airtricity, the renewable energy development division of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), have signed a contract on the supply of wind turbines for a 350 MW onshore wind farm in Southern Scotland.

PV CYCLE to initiate solar PV module take-back and recycling programme in 2010

PV CYCLE, the industry organisation for recycling solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, has decided to initiate a solar PV module take-back and recycling programme in 2010.

E.ON opens 780 MW wind farm in the USA

E.ON has opened what it calls the “world’s largest wind farm” in the USA. The wind farm in Roscoe, Texas, USA, consists of 627 wind turbines with an installed capacity of approximately 780 MW.

Huawei to deploy Bangladesh's first solar-powered base transceiver station (BTS)

Huawei, a provider of next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, says it has been selected by Grameenphone (GP), a subsidiary of Telenor, to deploy Bangladesh's first solar-powered base transceiver stations.

Brunei to construct solar PV power plant

Brunei, one of the world's top oil and gas producers, is venturing into alternative energy with the construction of Southeast Asia's largest solar power plant.

Carbon Trust launches UK challenge for cost reduction breakthrough in polymer fuel cells

The Carbon Trust is launching the ‘Polymer Fuel Cells Challenge’ in the UK, an £8 million (US$12.7 million) initiative to accelerate the commercialization of breakthrough technologies to bring about the cost-effective, mass production of fuel cell cars and buses, as well as providing electricity and heat in homes and businesses.

Intelligent Energy unveils multi-functional fuel cell system for Airbus

The UK-based fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy has provided the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus with a multi-functional fuel cell auxiliary power unit (APU), intended for onboard power and other loads in future commercial airliners. The Intelligent Energy APU system was unveiled at the recent opening of the Aerotec Fuel Cell Test Center in Hamburg, Germany.

3M, Plug Power sign supply agreement for GenSys fuel cell units for India

The US-based companies 3M and Plug Power have entered into an exclusive commercial supply agreement, for 3M membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs) to be used as a critical component in Plug Power’s GenSys® proton-exchange membrane (PEM) reformate stacks. The continuous-run GenSys prime power fuel cell systems are being deployed into rural India, and will replace diesel generators at remote telecoms sites.

BioGasol receives a Frost & Sullivan 2009 technology innovation award

The commendation - the 2009 Global Second Generation Biofuels Technology Innovation Award - reflects the company’s ability to advance in commercialising technologies for second generation biofuels.

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approves BrightSource Energy contracts with PG&E California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approves BrightSource Energy contracts with PG&E

Following the approval of the companies’ first two contracts with PG&E in August, the CPUC has now approved all 1,310 MW of contracts between BrightSource and PG&E.

ChapDrive makes it into Global Cleantech 100

Following recognition from Red Herring earlier this year, and inclusion in the Nordic Cleantech 50 list of companies, the developer of a patented hydraulic transmission system for wind turbines has now made it into the Global Cleantech 100, cementing its reputation as a company to watch.

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China and USA energy and climate change comparison

China has long since been criticised by the West as being intransigent on its response to climate change issues. But a new analysis by NGO Greenpeace compares various aspects of China's policy and energy landscape with that of the USA, and it reveals some interesting findings.

Enbridge to acquire Ontario solar project from First Solar

Enbridge Inc. is to acquire a 20 MW solar PV project that First Solar has developed and is constructing near Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

US tax credit application deadline approaching US tax credit application deadline approaching

Final applications for the US renewable advanced manufacturing tax credit program - jointly run by the Treasury Department and the Department of Energy - are due to the DOE and IRS on 16 October 2009.

Canada takes delivery of first hydrogen fuel cell bus for Olympic fleet

The first bus of what will become the world’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses has been delivered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses will be in operation as part of the BC Transit bus fleet in Whistler during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and beyond.

Heliocentris wins order for autonomous fuel cell power supply solution

German-based Heliocentris Fuel Cells, a leading system integrator for PEM fuel cells, has won a major order for the delivery of an autonomous power supply solution to the University of Applied Sciences Wildau, near Berlin. The fuel cell power supply will be used to supply energy to selected applications in a building, and will serve as a link between training and applied research. The project has a total value of nearly €500 000.

DuPont and Applied Materials collaborate to boost PV cell efficiency

DuPont and Applied Materials, Inc. are to collaborate to advance multiple printing technology for crystalline silicon (c-Si) photovoltaic (PV) solar cells.

Cisco continues global smart grid development momentum

Cisco has put into place further steps to enable the development of an end-to-end, highly secure Smart Grid communications infrastructure to help utility companies and their customers better manage and reduce energy consumption, improve smart grid security and reliability, and reduce overall energy costs.

India to adopt feed-in tariffs

India is one of the latest countries to make the strategic move to a comprehensive system of feed-in tariffs to develop its renewable energy potential.

Biogas being used to boost and broaden farm businesses

Farmers are increasingly turning to biogas as a means of widening their prospective business interests, according to EnviTec Biogas Ltd in Germany.

FuelCell Energy winds US DOD award to develop electrochemical hydrogen separator

The US Department of Defense’s Engineer Research & Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL) has awarded Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy approximately $1.5 million to continue development of the company’s electrochemical hydrogen separator (EHS). The EHS system separates pure hydrogen from gas internally generated in a fuel cell, that can be used for industrial and transportation applications.

SFC Smart Fuel Cell launches Emily 2200 fuel cell

German-based SFC Smart Fuel Cell has unveiled its Emily 2200 fuel cell. The Emily 2200 direct methanol fuel cell is a long-lasting, reliable power supply for on- and off-vehicle defense applications. Integrated into tactical vehicles or in the field, the fuel cell operates as a ruggedized fuel cell power generator.

Ceramic Fuel Cells opens fuel cell manufacturing plant in Germany

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has officially opened its high-volume manufacturing plant, one of the first in the world for the volume production of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks. The manufacturing plant is located in Heinsberg, not far from Düsseldorf in the Nordrhein-Westfalen region of Germany.

Hawaii feed-in tariff decision to open clean energy market

A decision issued recently by the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission could generate new clean energy investment statewide.

EUPVSEC: Danfoss unveils system to integrate functions in solar inverters EUPVSEC: Danfoss unveils system to integrate functions in solar inverters

The new TripleLynx Pro system for solar inverters provides a package for integrating communication and data logging functions in the inverter and has an Integrated Web Server, Master Inverter and Ethernet functionality.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) module production "almost doubled" in 2008, says new report

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published its eighth Annual Photovoltaics Status Report with some interesting findings...

Solarig and HSBC Environmental Infrastructure Fund (HEIF) sign agreement for mediterranean PV projects

The two organisations have sealed a deal for the joint development and construction of more than 50 MW of photovoltaic projects in Spain and Italy. A total investment of more than € 200 million is expected.

Australian utility to install BlueGen generator from Ceramic Fuel Cells

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd reports that a leading Australian energy utility has agreed to install a BlueGen solid oxide fuel cell generator in a showcase sustainability home.

Air Products designs self-service hydrogen fueling station

Air Products will install and operate the first 24-hour self-service hydrogen fueling station in Hürth, Germany. The station, based at the Infraserv-Knapsack Chemical Park, will be in regular operation by March 2010, when it will initially supply hydrogen to two buses run by the local council.

New ceramic material may expand uses for solid oxide fuel cells

A new ceramic material developed at Georgia Tech in the US could help expand the applications for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), by offering improved sulfur tolerance and resistance to carbon build-up. The BZCYYb (barium-zirconium-cerium-yttrium-ytterbium oxide) material could be used in a variety of ways: as a coating on the traditional Ni-YSZ anode, as a replacement for the YSZ in the anode, and even as a replacement for the entire YSZ electrolyte system in SOFCs.

UK wave and tidal energy prototypes get £22m

Wave and tidal developers can now bid for £22 million in government funding to accelerate the commercial development of marine energy in the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced.

AMSC and Sinovel sign US$100m electrical components contract for 3 MW wind turbines

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) and Beijing-based Sinovel Wind Corporation have signed a follow-on contract worth more than US$100 million for core electrical wind turbine components.

Ausra provides solar steam boiler for 100 MW CSP in Jordan

Ausra will provide the solar steam boiler supplier for the proposed 100 MW JOAN1 concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) project currently under development in Ma’an, Jordan.

Wasatch Wind sells 4400 MW offshore wind project to Canadian Hydro Developers

Wasatch Wind, a wind developer based in the Western USA, is selling the rights to a 4400 MW offshore wind project in Lake Erie, 5-30 km off the Ontario coastline, to Canadian Hydro Developers.

North Wales firm, Jones Bros debutes at BWEA31

North Wales civil engineering company, Jones Bros, will take industry colleagues on the virtual flight of their lives – high above their brand new wind-farm site, at this year's BWEA31.

Britain’s largest biomass plant in Wales

A biomass power station that will use wood chip to produce enough electricity to power half a million homes in Wales, has been given the go ahead by the UK Environment Agency.

Coca-Cola to install hydrogen fueled forklifts with Plug Power fuel cell systems

The second largest Coca-Cola bottler in the US will install 40 hydrogen-powered forklifts at its Charlotte, North Carolina production center. Plug Power will provide its Class 1 sit-down counterbalanced GenDrive™ fuel cell solution to Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated early in 2010.