News for November 2009

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Belgium inaugurates wind farm with largest wind turbines

The world’s first wind park with 7 MW wind turbines has opened in Belgium, using largest units ever placed into operation to generate electricity.

States make “significant strides” in adopting pro-renewable energy practices such as net metering and interconnection

A report on net metering and interconnection practices that could enable renewable energy adoption across the United States, has given top marks to California, Colorado, New Jersey and Oregon, but failing grades to Georgia, Idaho and Texas.

Bristol engineers harvest good vibrations to produce green electricity

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK aim to make use of a much wider range of vibrations from the environments we live and work in than is currently possible. It is hoped that within five years ‘energy harvesting’ could be powering many more of our devices, from heart monitors to cell phones.

REpower and partners: up to 954 MW for wind farm projects in Québec, Canada

REpower Systems AG has signed a framework contract with EDF Energies Nouvelles and RES Canada comprises the delivery of up to 954 MW for five wind farm projects in Québec, Canada.

European Solar Thermal Industry Federation appoints Xavier Noyon as Secretary General European Solar Thermal Industry Federation appoints Xavier Noyon as Secretary General

Xavier Noyon has been unanimously appointed new Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF).

Heliocentris reports 33% revenue growth through Q3

German-based Heliocentris Fuel Cells AG reports that its preliminary revenue figures for the nine months to September 30, 2009 are up 33% on the same period in 2008. The revenues of €2.27 million (US$3.4 million) came despite a difficult market environment.

BP and DuPont cooperate on biobutanol biofuel

BP and DuPont will focus on the commercialisation of advanced biofuel technology biobutanol through their joint Kingston Research Ltd, at a £25 million purpose-built development and demonstration facility at BP’s Saltend site, near Hull, UK.

Günther Oettinger named EU Energy Commissioner

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, unveiled his team of Commissioners for his second term at the helm of the European Commission last week naming Günther Oettinger, current Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, as the new EU Energy Commissioner.

UTRC pioneers fuel cell powered rotorcraft flight with model helicopter

Connecticut-based United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) recently achieved the first flight of a hydrogen/air fuel cell powered rotorcraft. The successful technology demonstration was accomplished using a remote-controlled model electric helicopter, modified to incorporate a custom proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell power plant.

Funding secured for hydrogen station, fuel cell vehicles in West Denmark by late 2010

The full financing of €5 million (US$7.5 million) has been secured for R&D and demonstration of a 700 bar hydrogen fueling station and fuel cell vehicles in the city of Holstebro in West Denmark. The LINK2009 project will act as the next step for hydrogen for transport in Denmark.

Nissan leases X-Trail fuel cell vehicle to Coca-Cola in California

Nissan North America is leasing an X-Trail Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) to Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling in California. The leasing deal, Nissan’s first commercial FCV lease in North America, is for one year, with an option for two additional years.

Wind turbine blade O&M company cooperates with insurance firm for North American market

Knight & Carver Wind Group, a wind turbine blade repair, service and fabrication firm, has entered into a long-term blade service agreement for the North American wind market with GCube - a provider of insurance services for renewable energy initiatives – to reduce the amount of time a wind turbine is considered inoperative.

Vestas makes its wind power e-learning programme freely available

Vestas has decided to make it as simple and easy as possible for pupils, students, teachers, and others to learn about wind power and the energy challenges facing the world by making its e-learning programme on wind power freely available.

Abengoa Solar and E.ON Climate & Renewables build two 50 MW CSP plants in Spain

Abengoa Solar and E.ON Climate & Renewables will jointly own and operate two 50 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in Spain.

3TIER selected for US$178m smart grid demo

3TIER along with a Pacific Northwest team, have been selected by the US Department of Energy (DoE) to conduct a US$ 178 million regional smart grid demonstration project.

US$620m for smart grid demonstration and energy storage projects in USA

Demonstration projects for advanced smart grid technologies and integrated systems will receive US$620 million, US Energy Secretary Chu announced this week.

E.ON completes wind farm on former coal mine in the USA

E.ON has opened its Stony Creek wind farm in Western Pennsylvania at the site of a former coal mine.

Bioenergy infrastructure grants of £1.5m available in England

Bioenergy infrastructure grants of £1.5 million are now available to farmers, foresters and local authorities to help develop the supply of biomass, such as wood chips or energy crops like miscanthus, in England through round three of the Bioenergy Infrastructure Scheme.

Algae biofuel from space… – almost

NASA has applied space technology to a process that links the production of algae based biofuel with an inexpensive method of sewage treatment.

EIB lends €270m for renewable energy projects in Pakistan and Iceland

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide €100 million to Pakistan and another €170m to Iceland, to finance renewable energy projects.

US government invests US$18m in clean and renewable energy for small business

The Department of Energy (DoE) will fund US$18 million to support small business innovation research, development and deployment of clean and renewable energy technologies, including projects to advance wave and current energy technologies, ocean thermal energy conversion systems, and concentrating solar power (CSP) for distributed applications.

World Bank funds half-million for renewable energy and efficiency in South Africa

Funding to the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Investment Plan in South Africa will allow the country to move towards its goal of 4% of electricity from renewable energy by 2013.

RES Canada starts first wind farm in Canada

Renewable Energy Systems Canada will develop a wind farm in southwestern Ontario, in partnership with a major Canadian gas company.

Portugese wind developer EDP Renewables to invest US$4bn in US wind sector by 2012

Portugese wind energy developer EDP Renewables will devote US$4 billion to build new wind farms in the United States through 2012, following US$1.5bn of new capacity installed in 2009.

REF Webinar: "Renewable energy in the Middle East" - speakers confirmed

Helene Pelosse, interim Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is confirmed as one of the guest speakers for Renewable Energy Focus’ next interactive webinar taking place on Wednesday 9 December (10.00 EST/15.00 GMT/19.00 UAE), in association with the World Future Energy Summit.

DOE funds research into phosphonium-based hydroxide exchange membranes for fuel cells

A professor at the University of California, Riverside has won a grant to study quaternary phosphonium-based hydroxide exchange membranes for use in next-generation fuel cells. The award is from the Department of Energy’s newly formed Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which funds transformative energy research projects.

Dow Corning opens Solar Solutions Application & Business Center in California, USA

Dow Corning Corp has opened a Solar Solutions Application & Business Center in Newark, California, USA, which will serve as its West Coast hub for customer sales, product evaluation and the development of commercialisation strategy for solar energy solutions.

Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon subsidiary divests 35.22 % stake in Hansen

AE-Rotor Holding BV (AERH), a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of wind turbine group Suzlon Energy Ltd, has completed a secondary placing of 236,000,000 depository interests in Hansen Transmissions International NV, representing in aggregate 35.22% of the aggregate voting rights in Hansen.

Bosch Solar Energy enters turnkey solar PV power station partnership

Bosch Solar Energy AG has entered into a partnership for planning, financing and turnkey construction of solar photovoltaic (PV) power stations with Allianz Climate Solutions GmbH.

Cost of solar energy will drop by half this year and other renewable energy by 10%, says analyst

The levelised costs for solar energy will drop 50% in 2009, while the pre-subsidy cost for other renewable energy technologies will decline by 10%, according to a quarterly research note from New Energy Finance.

Solar PV inverter market recovers in Q3

The solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter market made a strong recovery in the third quarter (Q3) of 2009 with shipments reaching record levels and the outlook for the market becoming increasingly positive, according to analysis from IMS Research.

Thin-film contributes towards 12% of EU’s electricity from solar PV by 2020 Thin-film contributes towards 12% of EU’s electricity from solar PV by 2020

The thin-film solar PV industry is ready to contribute towards solar PV’s goal of providing 12% of the EU’s electricity demand by 2020, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).

First Solar sells 21 MW Blythe solar thin-film PV power project to NRG Energy

First Solar has sold its 21 MW AC solar photovoltaic (PV) thin-film project in Blythe, California, USA, to NRG Energy.

US funds US$98m to support next-generation of wind turbine designs

Clemson University in South Carolina will receive US$45 million from the federal government to develop a wind energy test facility that will enhance the performance, durability and reliability of utility-scale wind turbines.

US market for certified renewable energy grows 45%

More than half a million residential and 20,000 commercial customers purchased 13 TWh of certified renewable energy last year, according to the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS).

Ceramic Fuel Cells appoints Neco to sell BlueGen fuel cell systems in Australia

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFCL), a leading developer of solid oxide fuel cell units for homes and other buildings, has appointed Neco to distribute its BlueGen™ power and heating units in Australia.

Over 100 countries will attend World Future Energy Summit 2010 in Abu Dhabi

The World Future Energy Summit, which is being held for the third time in Abu Dhabi in January 2010, will have visitors in the form of world leaders, policy makers, industry experts, thinkers, investors and researchers from more than 100 countries.

Half of US states generate at least 1 GW from non-hydro renewable energy

Development of renewable energy is spreading rapidly across the United States, often in conjunction with public policies that are designed to spur such growth, according to a state-by-state analysis by the Department of Energy's (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Ceramic Fuel Cells to install BlueGen unit for Paloma in Japan

Solid oxide fuel cell developer Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFCL) has announced that Paloma, a leading global home heating manufacturer, will install a BlueGen™ combined heat and power (CHP) unit in its warehouse and sales office in Sapporo, Japan.

SolarWorld establishes office in France for French solar power market

SolarWorld AG is establishing a liaison office in Grenoble, France, to be closer to French customers as the solar power market in France is now fourth place in the European league of newly installed solar output capacities.

QinetiQ’s Zephyr solar-powered unmanned aerial system flown by US personnel QinetiQ’s Zephyr solar-powered unmanned aerial system flown by US personnel

QinetiQ’s Zephyr High-Altitude Long-Endurance unmanned aerial system (HALE UAS) program recently resumed flight testing and payload evaluations in Yuma, Arizona when a joint US/UK team undertook the first operation of the Zephyr system with a US flight crew.

Pickens files energy fund including renewable energy with regulators across Canada

An energy fund created by Texas oil billionaire Pickens, which includes renewable energy, has filed a preliminary prospectus from securities regulators in each province and territory of Canada.

Bosch Solar Energy bundles solar cell capacities at Arnstadt, Germany

Bosch Solar Energy AG will be integrating its solar cell production located in Erfurt into the new production facilities at nearby Arnstadt, Germany, in early 2010.

DuPont Apollo opens thin-film solar silicon PV facility DuPont Apollo opens thin-film solar silicon PV facility

DuPont Apollo Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of DuPont, has opened a silicon based thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing facility.

REpower USA supplies 9 of its 2 MW wind turbines for Michigan wind farm

REpower USA Corp, a subsidiary of Germany’s wind turbine manufacturer, REpower Systems AG will supply 9 of its 2 MW MM92 wind turbines with a total output of 18.45 MW to the US project developer Heritage Sustainable Energy LLC.

NRL Ion Tiger fuel cell UAV extends flight endurance record to 26 hours NRL Ion Tiger fuel cell UAV extends flight endurance record to 26 hours

The US Naval Research Laboratory’s Ion Tiger, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell unmanned air vehicle (UAV), has set another unofficial flight endurance record for a fuel cell powered flight. The latest test flight, on November 16–17, lasted 26 hours and 1 minute carrying a 2.3 kg (5 lb) payload.

ACCIONA net profits rise 255% to €1,229m over last 9 months

ACCIONA registered a net profit of €1,229 million in the first 9 months of 2009, a rise of 255% compared to the same period of last year.

Mitsubishi 3 MW solar PV panels in largest rooftop installation on a single building in Italy Mitsubishi 3 MW solar PV panels in largest rooftop installation on a single building in Italy

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has completed a 2906 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation for Coop’s CNNA-Prato logistic centre in Prato, Italy, making it the largest solar PV rooftop installation on a single building in Italy, the company says.

Wave energy device Oyster launched Wave energy device Oyster launched

The wave energy device Oyster from Aquamarine Power was officially launched on 20 November at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

See LM Glasfiber’s impressive 61.5 m wind turbine blade being transported to COP15! See LM Glasfiber’s impressive 61.5 m wind turbine blade being transported to COP15!

The world's longest wind turbine blade – 61.5 m – traveled to be displayed at COP15 in Copenhagen in December last weekend. LM Glasfiber has released a video showing the enormity of the wind turbine blade.

ACCIONA receives long-term financing for two wind farms in India

ACCIONA has agreed long-term finance amounting to €18.14 million with the State Bank of India (SBI) for its two wind farms totaling 29.7 MW in India.

Germany completes its first large offshore wind farm Germany completes its first large offshore wind farm

A consortium has installed 12 large wind turbines in the North Sea, to complete Germany’s first offshore wind farm alpha ventus.

New buildings in Europe must include renewable energy

The energy performance of buildings constructed after 2020 must improve and rely “to a large extent” on renewable energy, according to a deal reached between the EU Parliament and its Council.

Solar company Q-Cells notes €248.2m loss in Q3 – sheds 500 jobs

Solar company Q-Cells SE has published third quarter results with a loss of €248.2 million and is shedding up to 500 jobs as of December.

Siemens introduces next-gen solar receiver for solar thermal power plants

Siemens has released a new solar receiver, the UVAC 2010 (Universal Vacuum Air Collector), which is said to further increases solar thermal heat production.

AMSC provides Hyundai Heavy Industries with 30 wind turbine electrical control sets

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) is providing Hyundai Heavy Industries with 30 sets of electrical control systems for its 1.65 MW wind turbines now in production in South Korea.

USA and China agree on clean and renewable energy initiatives

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao have announced a far-reaching package of measures to strengthen cooperation between the United States and China on clean and renewable energy.

AMSC delivers US$10m of wind turbine core electrical components to China

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has received a follow-on order for US$10 million worth of wind turbine core electrical components from China’s CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute Co. (CSR-ZELRI).

First Solar closer to 2 GW solar power plant in China First Solar closer to 2 GW solar power plant in China

First Solar has announced a cooperation framework agreement with the Chinese government that takes another step towards the realisation of the 2 GW solar power plant in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia, China.

Six renewable energy sources judged to be best prospect for future, says report

The best prospects for large-scale renewable energy production and net-energy performance remain wind and certain forms of solar, according to a study released by two California-based think tanks.

European utilities must invest more in renewable energy, says analysis

The economic recession has prompted utilities in Europe to invest less in renewable power and the smart grid, even though they need to invest more to meet goals, says the European Energy Markets Observatory.

Seven designs for offshore wind turbine foundations are short-listed

Seven new designs for offshore wind turbine foundations have been short-listed for funding by the Carbon Trust in Britain.

Air Liquide adds Vancouver airport to Canadian hydrogen demonstration

Vancouver International Airport is the second of two Canadian airports in a hydrogen and fuel cell demonstration project led by Air Liquide Canada. The Vancouver airport will deploy several hydrogen transportation technologies in shuttle buses, as well as passenger and utility vehicles provided by the Vancouver Airport Authority and Air Canada.

Proton Energy Systems announces $1 million science scholarship program

Hydrogen energy company Proton Energy Systems is launching a US$1 million scholarship program aimed at high school seniors across the US. The Proton Energy Scholarship will recognize and award students who demonstrate outstanding achievement, excellence and promise in the field of science or technology, and who plan to pursue higher education in this field.

Fuel cell industry unity needed to achieve policy goals

The successful effort to restore US Department of Energy funding for hydrogen and fuel cell programs has made the industry stronger and more united, but the fuel cell industry still must fight for its place in the energy agenda of the 21st century, says the President of the US Fuel Cell Council (USFCC).

Green building to support 7.9m US jobs the next four years

Green building will support 7.9 million US jobs and pump US$554 billion into the US economy – including US$396bn in wages – over the next four years (2009-2013), according to a study from the US Green Building Council and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Dow PV Solar Shingle named in top inventions of 2009

Time Magazine has named Dow's PV Solar Shingle to be one of the ‘50 Best Inventions’ of this year.

Dow unveils POWERHOUSE solar shingle for BIPV

The Dow Chemical Company is introducing its line of DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle, photovoltaic (PV) solar panels in the form of solar shingles that can be integrated into rooftops with standard asphalt shingle materials.

Enfinity and Titan Energy to install 1 GWp of solar PV in India

Enfinity, a global renewable energy developer, and Titan Energy Systems, a manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, are collaborating on developing, financing and constructing 1 GWp of solar PV installations on 3000 acres of land in Andhra Pradesh, India, in the coming five years.

USA to support CSP in Jordan

The US government will fund a US$738,492 feasibility study for installing more than 50 MW of concentrated solar power (CSP) in Jordan’s Ma’an development zone.

Bank lends €80m for 17 MW solar power project

A concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Spain’s province of Seville will be a commercial demonstration of a central tower receiver and heliostat field.

US builds one million Energy Star green homes

The US Environmental Protection Agency says one million green homes have been built in the United States under its ENERGY STAR programme.

Tidal power turbine deployed on Canada’s east coast

The provincial power utility in Nova Scotia, Canada, and its Irish partner OpenHydro report a successful deployment of the first commercial scale in-stream tidal power turbine in the Bay of Fundy.

First hybrid fuel cell bus unveiled for new fleet in Hamburg First hybrid fuel cell bus unveiled for new fleet in Hamburg

The new Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid bus has made its first appearance in its future operating location of Hamburg in Germany. From next year the Hamburg transit agency will operate 10 of these fuel cell hybrid buses, as well as 20 Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL fuel cell cars.

IdaTech signs new fuel cell distribution agreement with ACME for telecoms backup

US-based IdaTech, ACME Group in India, and Ballard Power Systems in Canada have terminated their existing fuel cell system supply agreement, and replaced it with a new, more flexible distribution agreement between IdaTech and ACME for ElectraGen™ PEM fuel cell solutions for wireless telecom backup power in India.

Morocco plans 2 GW of solar power by 2020

Morocco plans to have 2 GW of solar power by 2020 representing investment of US$9 billion.

US Energy Secretary travels to India and China to promote clean energy partnerships

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu is travelling in India and China as part of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) efforts to advance opportunities for international clean energy cooperation. During the China portion of the visit, Secretary Chu will join with President Barack Obama as part of the official White House delegation.

Suntech to build its first US solar PV manufacturing plant in Arizona, USA

Suntech Power Holdings Co. says its first US solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing plant with a production capacity of 30 MW for the growing North American solar market, could be located in the Greater Phoenix, Arizona area.

PPG wins DOE grant for project to improve wind blade manufacture

PPG Industries will receive a US$741 000 grant from the US Department of Energy to support the development of materials and automation processes for wind turbine blade manufacturing.

Women and older people are less likely to support renewable energy in UK

Men are more likely to say they support the use of renewable energy than women, according to an opinion survey conducted by the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change.

UK target for biomass is hampered by supply chain issues, suggests report

Unresolved supply issues may block the British plans to have 15% of renewable energy come from biomass, according to an independent research firm.

SiGNa demonstrates hydrogen generation for portable fuel cells

SiGNa Chemistry has announced the successful design, assembly, and initial testing of its H300 Hydrogen Generation System. The H300 was demonstrated in collaboration with portable fuel cell developer Trulite Inc.

Copenhagen opens hydrogen station, unveils fuel cell vehicles Copenhagen opens hydrogen station, unveils fuel cell vehicles

The City of Copenhagen has inaugurated its first hydrogen fueling station. It has also unveiled eight new hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, comprising two work vehicles and six cars, that will refuel at the hydrogen station.

Canon Power Group gets US$19.4m in treasury grants for 400 MW wind farm Canon Power Group gets US$19.4m in treasury grants for 400 MW wind farm

Cannon Power Group has received US$19.4 million in federal renewable energy grants to spur construction of its 400 MW wind farm in Washington State.

Wave Hub starts construction in UK Wave Hub starts construction in UK

Construction starts this month on the Wave Hub project wave energy project in South West England.

DoE and USDA invest over US$24m in biomass R&D

The US Departments of Agriculture and Energy has selected biomass projects for more than US$24 million in grants to research and develop technologies to produce biofuels, bioenergy and high-value bio based products.

SANYO unveils lithium-ion battery systems for solar cell systems, electric vehicles

Japanese electrical giant SANYO Electric has developed two new large-capacity, high-voltage lithium-ion battery systems. SANYO will begin mass production of the new products in March 2010.

Suntech develops 20% of systems for China's Solar Rooftop Program

Suntech Power Holdings Co, a manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, expects to develop around 20% of the 91 MW of solar rooftop projects that were approved under China's Solar Rooftop Program.

Intelligent Energy appoints Jadoo’s Devanna to head US fuel cell operations

Fuel cell and fuel processor developer Intelligent Energy has appointed Leonard Devanna as its new Vice President of US Operations. This appointment follows the promotion of Murali Arikara, who previously held this position, to lead the focus on selected fast growing markets as Executive VP for Emerging Markets at Intelligent Energy.

Wave and tidal companies’ views on European Marine Energy Centre sought

Wave and tidal energy companies are to be asked for their views on the future development of the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).

Siemens supplies wind turbines to Mexico

Siemens Energy will supply 70 wind turbines for the Los Vergeles wind farm in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

GE and E.ON Climate & Renewables sign 7-year O&M wind turbine agreement

GE and E.ON Climate & Renewables North America have signed a 7-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement covering E.ON Climate & Renewable’s complete fleet of 529 GE wind turbines installed in the United States.

Baxi Innotech installs Gamma fuel cell CHP unit on Hamburg museum ship

A fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) unit has officially been put into operation on a museum sailing ship in Hamburg, Germany. The fuel cell unit, developed by local firm Baxi Innotech, now provides energy and heat in the former freight sailing ship, the 'Rickmer Rickmers'.

Ceres Power deal with Bord Gáis for fuel cell residential CHP in Ireland

UK-based solid oxide fuel cell developer Ceres Power has signed an agreement with Bord Gáis Éireann (BGE), for residential combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell products operating on natural gas for the Irish market.

Japanese solar car wins global race

A solar car built at Tokai University in Japan has won the solar race across Australia, at an average speed of more than 100 km/h.

Invicta Capital launches £300m biomass fund

Invicta Capital, a provider of investment opportunities for private clients, has launched a £300 million fund dedicated to the construction and operation of an identified portfolio of biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Scotland.

Booming wind power in Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s wind power is set to boom over the next decade, according to a presentation at a workshop on integrating wind power in Bulgaria, predicting wind power will increase from the current 330 MW installed to over 3 GW by 2020 meeting 13.5% of Bulgaria’s electricity demand.

First 203.5 MW at Milford Wind Corridor project completed in Utah

First Wind, a North American wind power company, has completed the first 203.5 MW phase of its Milford Wind Corridor project in Millard and Beaver County, Utah, USA.

Online platform offering policymaker toolkit for secure and renewable energy

A new online platform launched by the World Future Council provides policymakers throughout the world with tools to unleash sustainable and renewable energy development.

Boeing, Falck Schmidt to explore military fuel cell applications

Aerospace giant Boeing and Denmark-based Falck Schmidt Defence Systems have announced that Boeing Research & Technology will assess Falck Schmidt fuel cell products for potential use in Boeing renewable energy power systems for military platforms.

Wind in Europe can contribute towards climate goals, says industry

Wind turbines in Europe could displace the annual emission of 333 megatonne of CO2 by 2020, says the European Wind Energy Association.

Australia funds utility-scale wave power station

Four renewable energy projects will receive AU$235 million from the federal government in Australia, including a 19 MW wave farm off the coast of Victoria.

Spain sets unique record for wind power

Wind turbines supplied 54% of Spain’s total electricity demand, for a short period on the weekend.

Hydrogen fuel cell hybrid buses to hit the road in Sunderland

Two hydrogen fuel cell hybrid buses are set to hit the streets of Sunderland, UK as part of a unique R&D program that is bringing Chinese expertise to the region.

US$240m for Lost Creek Wind Project

Wind energy developer Wind Capital Group has closed US$240 million financing for the Lost Creek Wind Project in DeKalb County, Missouri, USA.

SANYO combines technologies for energy creation, storage and saving SANYO combines technologies for energy creation, storage and saving

SANYO Electric Co. is entering the energy solutions business with system proposals to reduce running costs and CO2 emissions for factories, schools, stores and other facilities. The company will offer systems that combine SANYO’s technologies for energy creation (solar cell), energy storage (rechargeable battery), and energy saving (commercial equipment).

FLABEG Solar US Corp. opens solar mirror production plant

FLABEG, a high-tech glass and mirror applications provider, is opening a new 209 sq ft production facility for solar mirrors near Pittsburgh International Airport, USA.

Hydropower upgrades to at average less than US$0.04/kWh – without new dams

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced up to US$30.6 million in Recovery Act funding for the selection of 7 hydropower projects that modernise hydropower infrastructure by increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impacts at existing facilities. The expanded hydropower generation projects have estimated incremental costs of less than US$0.04/kWh on average.

Renewables must be key ingredient in future energy supply, says IEA

Investment in renewable energy technologies could decline by 20% this year, but renewables are expected to make large contributions in the latest forecast from the International Energy Agency.

Wind energy receives 45% increase in US budget allocation

Wind energy will receive US$80 million in federal government funding appropriations, a 45% increase over the last fiscal year.

US could create 4.5 million jobs in renewable energy, says analysis

The United States could net 4.5 million new jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors by 2030 if it addresses climate change, according to a report prepared for the American Solar Energy Society.

California offers US$15m to improve solar PV

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) has released a second solicitation for grants to improve solar photovoltaic (PV) production technologies and innovative business models.

Britain offers £1.4bn in loans for onshore wind farms

Three UK-based banks will offer new loans to onshore wind farms, in a scheme that could enable £1.4 billion of onshore wind projects to move to construction over the next three years.

US firms to develop rooftop solar projects in Canada

Two US firms will collaborate on the development of a portfolio of rooftop solar installations in the province of Ontario, where the government will pay up to CA$0.80/kWh for electricity from renewable energy sources.

DESERTEC JV DII established for renewable energy from deserts

The articles of association for the joint venture (JV) DII GmbH have been signed by the group of founding members consisting of 12 companies and the DESERTEC Foundation to secure renewable energy supply from the deserts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Four companies cooperate on 2470 MW of offshore wind farm capacity in Scotland

Four offshore wind farm developers have announced their plans for major offshore wind farm developments in the outer Forth and Tay areas outside Scotland.

Applied Materials acquires assets of Advent Solar

Applied Materials, a supplier of equipment and services to the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry, has acquired all assets, including the intellectual property, of Advent Solar for an undisclosed cash amount.

Suntech and Huadian partner on 10 MW solar plant in Jiangsu Province, China

Suntech Power Holdings, the crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules manufacturer, and Huadian New Energy Development Co (HNE) will develop a 10 MW solar power plant in Dongtai, Jiangsu Province, China.

SeaEnergy and TGC develop offshore wind farm projects in Taiwan

SeaEnergy and Taiwan Generations Corporation (TGC) have concluded an agreement under which they will undertake the joint development of TGC’s pipeline of offshore wind farm projects.

World Future Council proposes a way to finance the renewable energy transition

The World Future Council proposes the issuing of money by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to finance the global renewable energy transition and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

£1.2m invested in wave energy tank testing facility in South West England

The wave energy tanks are being funded by the South West RDA (Regional Development Agency) as part of the Agency’s three-year £7.3 million investment in the Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE), and will be located at the University of Plymouth, UK.

Suntech to supply up to 115 MW of solar PV modules to enXco

Suntech Power Holdings will supply up to 115 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to enXco in 2010.

US hydroelectric sector could create 700,000 jobs by 2025

The hydropower industry in the United States could add 60 GW of renewable energy to the country’s electricity grid by 2025, while creating 700,000 new jobs.

US survey shows concern with noise from wind turbines

A survey in Rhode Island shows that 89% have positive opinions on the use of wind turbines to generate electricity, but 50% rate the cost of wind as an important issue and 44% say noise is an important consideration.

Indesit, RLtec and npower dynamic demand smart grid technology

Indesit Company is joining the smart grid technology company RLtec, and energy company npower, in what the companies call the Europe’s largest residential trial of dynamic demand smart grid technology in the UK.

EIB examines over £300m of funding for connecting offshore wind farms

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the UK Ofgem E-Serve say the EIB is considering provision of over £300 million of funding to investors in high voltage transmission links to offshore wind farms in the UK.

The US wind energy market could reach 8 GW by year end The US wind energy market could reach 8 GW by year end

The US wind energy market could reach 8 GW installed in 2009, (including project spill-over from 2008 and new wind build), despite initial fears of a major drop in megawatts resulting from the financial crisis, according to a brief from Emerging Energy Research.

1366 Technologies selected for ARPA-E Funding

The innovative US, Massachusetts-based PV technology company is one of only 37 awardees selected from over 3,600 applicants.

BASF to realign fuel cell MEA business in New Jersey, close Frankfurt facility

BASF is realigning its business for the fuel cell market, by concentrating its competencies for the production of high-temperature membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs) at the BASF Fuel Cell Inc facility in Somerset, New Jersey, USA. Operational activities at the BASF Fuel Cell GmbH site in Frankfurt, Germany will be discontinued effective December 31, 2009. BASF plans to close the Frankfurt site in the course of 2010.

Australia gives AU$16.4m to reduce GHG emissions from offices - includes renewable energy funding

Installation of renewable energy solutions such as solar electric panels and solar film are prominent among 37 projects funded by the Australian Department for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research.

US agency updates list of top green power purchasers

Fifty companies and organisations in the United States purchase 12.5 TWh a year of green power.

Reports shows job potential in US renewable energy sector

Four of the top publicly-traded clean tech employers in the United States are renewable energy companies from abroad.

SolarWall solar air heating installed at Jaguar Land Rover Academy SolarWall solar air heating installed at Jaguar Land Rover Academy

A SolarWall perforated transpired solar collector (pTSC) solar air heating system has been installed at Jaguar Land Rover Training Academy in Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK, helping the building to save more than 80 MWh per year.

DuPont and Silicon Energy introduce glass-glass solar PV modules with DuPont PV5300 series encapsulant DuPont and Silicon Energy introduce glass-glass solar PV modules with DuPont PV5300 series encapsulant

Silicon Energy and DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions are introducing glass-glass polycrystalline silicon (cSi) solar photovoltaic (PV) modules made with DuPont PV5300 series ionomer-based encapsulant for added module strength and durability.

Concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) market could reach 24 GW by 2020 Concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) market could reach 24 GW by 2020

According to a new market report by CSP Today and Altran, CSP growth in the next 10 years will be concentrated in two key markets - Spain and USA, the USA currently having the largest market as measured by installed capacity - at 63% of global installed capacity.

Marine Current Turbines' 'SeaGen' delivers 350MWh to Northern Irish grid Marine Current Turbines' 'SeaGen' delivers 350MWh to Northern Irish grid

At the Lisbon Ocean Power Conference, Peter Fraenkel of Marine Current Turbines has revealed details of the company's SeaGen tidal turbine operating performance.

Renewable energy grow slowly in Asia-Pacific region

New and renewable energy sources will increase at an annual rate of 1.3% in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

3TIER expands geographical coverage of its advanced solar map and dataset solution

3TIER has announced that its advanced solar map and dataset - previously available for the Western Hemisphere - now includes Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Renewable energy could help create 1.9 million jobs in the USA

Comprehensive clean renewable energy and climate policies would create jobs, increase consumers’ income and strengthen the economy, according to a study conducted by three universities in the USA.

Integration of renewable energy is top issue for next decade for US regulator

The integration of renewable energy facilities is one of the top factors that will require changes to policy, planning and operations over the next decade, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

US government allocates US$2.2bn in bonds for renewable energy development

The US Department of Treasury has allocated US$2.2 billion in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREB) as part of the Obama administration's efforts to spur production of renewable energy.

UK could miss target for renewable energy

Targets for renewable energy in Britain and the government’s carbon budgets could be missed, under one of the scenarios for future energy supply envisaged by Ofgem, the country’s energy regulator.

Geothermal Engineering seeks funding for UK commercial-scale geothermal power plant

Geothermal Engineering intend to apply for the £6 million funding announced by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), to build what Geothermal Engineering calls “the UK’s first commercial-scale geothermal power plant”.

Australian utility implements GE’s 4G communications smart grid solution

SP AusNet, one of Australia’s largest utilities, could be the first to implement GE’s WiMAX fourth-generation (4G) smart grid solution.

Ocean Power Technologies completes trials of offshore underwater substation pod

Ocean Power Technologies has completed trials of its Underwater Substation Pod (USP) product in Spain, which is designed to facilitate the collection, networking and transforming of offshore power and data generated by up to 10 of its wave power device, PowerBuoy, for transmission to a shore-based electricity grid by one subsea power cable.

Mapping wind resources in South Africa Mapping wind resources in South Africa

Risø DTU has produced a detailed map of the wind resources in South Africa showing the best locations for wind turbines and is a prerequisite for funding wind farms.

Technology transfer a "critical issue" - says deputy director general of the renewable energy and energy efficiency partnership

Binu Parthan, deputy director general of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) - a speaker at the upcoming World Future Energy Summit - has highlighted technology transfer as a key issue critical to advancing sustainable energy.

Q-Cells terminates solar wafer agreement with LDK Solar

Q-Cells SE has terminated an agreement for the supply of solar wafers entered in December 2007 with the Chinese solar company LDK Solar as LDK Solar “did not fulfil significant contractual obligations”.

Tidal power from slow currents with kite usage Tidal power from slow currents with kite usage

Minesto, a Swedish and UK based company, is developing a new technology for electricity generation from slow water currents that could raise the tidal power potential in the UK from 22 TWh to 40 TWh.

EU database on renewable energy legislation complete

The EU database on renewable energy legislation,, providing information for all 27 EU countries is now complete.

DoE highlights best practices from 25 Solar America Cities DoE highlights best practices from 25 Solar America Cities

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced an online resource for local governments that assists community leaders and local stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets with best practices from 25 Solar America Cities.