News for January 2010

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Trina Solar delivers 40 MW PV to ITEC

Trina Solar Ltd will deliver 40 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to ITEC Solar GmbH of Germany in 2010.

Suntech plans solar factory in USA

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd will build its first US solar module manufacturing plant in Goodyear, Arizona, USA

Wind turbine towers built in Wales

Engineering firm Mabey Bridge is investing £38 million in a Chepstow, Wales, factory to build and paint wind turbine towers.

Solar brings jobs to Arizona

As solar companies set up manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Clean Energy Pioneers says there are now job and revenue opportunities in the Arizonan solar industry.

AEG enters North American solar market

AEG Power Solutions is entering the North American solar power market with solar turnkey solutions and power controllers systems.

GeoSolar becomes Heliotherm

GeoSolar Ltd, a subsidiary of Petratherm, changes name to Heliotherm Ltd to reflect its primary role is solar thermal technology development.

Trina Solar sets up solar PV research lab

Trina Solar Ltd will establish a State Key Laboratory to develop solar photovoltaic (PV) in Changzhou, China.

Renewables Interactive Map launched

The Renewable Energy Policy Network REN21, has launched a Renewables Interactive Map.

Siemens JV constructs solar receiver factory

Archimede Solar Energy Srl, a joint venture (JV) between Angelantoni Industrie Spa and Siemens Energy, has started construction of a solar receiver production facility in Massa Martanam, Italy.

Spanish wind firm registers VCS wind park in USA

ACCIONA is the first company to register a wind energy facility in the USA under the requirements of the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS).

New York state calls for 100 MW of solar electric

The governor of New York has requested 100 MW of solar electric capacity for the state, increasing current solar levels by 500%.

Most UK homeowners would adopt microgeneration

Most homeowners in Britain would install on-site microgeneration technology that uses renewable energy if the financial incentives were greater, according to a survey.

CSP plant opens in Arizona CSP plant opens in Arizona

Tessera Solar and Stirling Energy Systems (SES) have opened the Maricopa Solar concentrating solar power (CSP).

CSP funding yields 900 MW by 2020

Financing of US$750m for concentrated solar power (CSP) will mobilise an additional US$5bn from other sources and support the deployment of 1 GW of CSP generating capacity.

Energy from waste facility commissioned Energy from waste facility commissioned

Energos’ second energy from waste gasification plant in Sarpsborg, Norway is being commissioned.

FERC seeks renewable energy transmission advice

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeks comments whether rules, regulations, tariffs and industry practices act as barriers to variable and renewable energy.

Wales gives £8m to renewable energy

Community groups in Wales can access £8 million to develop local renewable energy projects.

NIST issues first release of framework for smart grid interoperability

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued an initial list of standards, a preliminary cybersecurity strategy, and other elements of a framework to support transforming the aging electric power system in the US into an interoperable 'Smart Grid'.

Intel plans 8 solar electric facilities

Intel Corp says new contracts are in place to incorporate 2.5 MW of solar electric projects at corporate locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Oregon, USA.

Fund commits €10m for clean energy in southern Africa

The Global Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) will commit the funds to the ‘Evolution One Fund’ that is dedicated to clean energy investment in Southern Africa.

Duke Energy adds solar power

Duke Energy will add solar power to its commercial renewable energy portfolio through the acquisition of a solar electric facility under development in San Antonio, Texas.

AFC Energy wins fuel cell order from Centrica

In the UK, AFC Energy has secured an order from energy company Centrica to reserve 250 kW of fuel cell systems for use in a flagship project. AFC Energy is developing low-cost alkaline fuel cells for industrial applications.

Bank supports wind energy in remote Asian communities

Technical assistance grants of US$3.87 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will deploy small wind energy systems and lay the groundwork for using wind energy to enhance access to electricity in poor rural communities.

US wind energy industry installs 10 GW in 2009

The wind industry in the United States has broken all previous records by installing 10 GW of new capacity last year.

Ten US companies purchase 7.3 TWh green power a year

The 1200 partners in the Green Power Partnership purchase 18 TWh of green power annually.

US electricity from wind energy exceeds share from petroleum or biomass

Wind energy generated 55.4 TWh of electricity in 2008, an increase of 60.7% from the 34.5 TWh in 2007, according to federal data.

Geothermal industry expects to treble in USA over coming years

The US geothermal industry will have 10 GW of installed capacity that will provide electricity to 10 million people in 14 states, and still have tremendous potential for growth, according to the industry lobby group.

“Business as usual not acceptable as risk of climate change escalates”

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Director General of TERI, told the audience at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE last week, that “business as usual [is] not acceptable as risk of climate change escalates,” and that an upsurge in action at the grassroots level is needed

PV Powered delivers solar inverters for Portland Water Bureau PV Powered delivers solar inverters for Portland Water Bureau

PV Powered Inc’s commercial solar inverters will be used for Portland Water Bureau’s US$2.2 million solar installation near the Portland Airport, Oregon, USA.

Trina Solar ships solar PV modules to Australia

Trina Solar Ltd has made initial shipments to RF Industries Pty Ltd (RFI), an Australian renewable energy distributor in conjunction with the national distribution agreement to supply up to 10 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in 2010.

Research makes it easier to convert plant biomass into biofuel

A way to increase fermentable sugar stores in plants which could lead to plants being easier to convert into biofuel, has bee found by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Air Liquide hydrogen station fueling BC Transit fuel cell bus fleet for Winter Olympics

In Canada, BC Transit has inaugurated the hydrogen station that will fuel its fleet of 20 zero-emission fuel cell buses running in Whistler, British Columbia, which will soon be carrying athletes and visitors to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Globeleq acquires 70% of Central American wind company

Globeleq Generation Ltd, an emerging markets power company, is acquiring a 70% majority interest in Energias Renovables de Mesoamerica SA (ERM), an owner, operator and developer of wind power projects in Central America.

Centrosolar installs thin-film solar rooftop pilot system Centrosolar installs thin-film solar rooftop pilot system

Solar module manufacturer Centrosolar has installed a 63.36 kWp thin-film solar rooftop pilot system, using its new thin-film photovoltaic (PV) module TF Multi Professional.

In-line process control and optimisation tool for thin-film solar cell manufacturing In-line process control and optimisation tool for thin-film solar cell manufacturing

BrightView Systems of Israel has launched its InSight M Series, an in-line process control and optimisation tool developed specifically for thin-film solar cell manufacturing.

Ceramic Fuel Cells sells first BlueGen residential cogeneration unit in Europe

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has sold its first BlueGen™ micro combined heat and power (mCHP) heating unit in Europe, to German utility EWE. CFCL is developing solid oxide fuel cell based cogeneration units for residential applications and other buildings.

Canadian government funds Ballard to advance fuel cell module tech for transit buses

Vancouver-based Ballard Power Systems has been awarded up to C$4.8 million (US$4.5 million) by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), for a project to further develop its fuel cell power module technology for the transit bus market. Design improvements will be implemented on test buses to be operated in Metro Vancouver from the fourth quarter of 2010.

Lockheed Martin selects Protonex fuel cell technology to power HULC exoskeleton

Lockheed Martin has selected Protonex Technology to develop fuel cell power supply concepts that will enable the HULC™ robotic exoskeleton to support 72+ hour extended soldier missions.

EarthSpark brings solar lighting for Haiti earthquake victims

EarthSpark International, a US-based non-profit operating in Haiti, is raising money to send solar lamps to the country to assist in disaster relief efforts after the earthquakes.

AREVA sells Transmission and Distribution to Alstom and Schneider Electric

The AREVA group is selling its Transmission and Distribution business to Alstom and Schneider Electric for €4.09 billion following the decision to sell the unit last summer.

German solar feed-in tariff to sink another 15%

The German Minister for the Environment, Norbert Röttgen (CDU) says the feed-in tariff for solar electricity will be reduced – against the warnings from the industry – by a further 15%.

California PUC introduces solar water heating incentives

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has established a California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal Program to promote the installation of solar water heating systems in new and existing homes and businesses in the territories of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E), and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas).

Enel Green Power acquires Padoma Wind Power

NRG Energy Inc and Enel North America Inc, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power, have closed an agreement for the sale of NRG’s terrestrial wind development company, Padoma Wind Power LLC to Enel North America (ENA).

Conergy Korea disassociates from Conergy and becomes OSolar

Conergy Korea is changing its name to OSolar, and separates from Conergy of Germany, becoming a solar photovoltaic (PV) company in its own right.

US government funds US$20.5m for community renewable energy deployment

Five projects in the USA will receive US$20.5 million from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act to support deployment of community-based renewable energy projects in wind energy, solar electric and biomass installations.

Korean companies invest C$7bn into renewable energy in Canada

A consortium of Korean companies will invest C$7 billion to generate 2500 MW of wind energy and solar power in the province of Ontario, in a move that will create renewable energy 16,000 jobs.

Riverstone acquires offshore wind services company Seajacks International Riverstone acquires offshore wind services company Seajacks International

Riverstone Holdings LLC's most recent renewable energy fund has completed its previously announced acquisition of offshore wind services company Seajacks International, for a total cash consideration of US$207 million.

UK and UAE to jointly research renewable energy

Britain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will jointly fund £1 million for research into renewable energy policy.

DoE: up to US$12m for early stage solar

The US Department of Energy (DoE) will, through its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), invest up to US$12 million in four companies to support the development of early stage solar energy technologies and help them advance to full commercial scale.

RWE Innogy builds 750,000 tonnes capacity pellet factory in Georgia, USA

RWE Innogy will build a factory to produce biomass pellets in the southern part of Georgia, USA, with an annual production capacity of 750,000 tonnes, which could make it the biggest and most modern of its type in the world.

Hazel Capital launches cleantech fund

Hazel Capital, a London-based cleantech investment manager, is launching the Hazel Global Cleantech Equity Fund, a Dublin-domiciled UCITS III fund.

First Solar to deliver 22 MW of utility scale solar PV for New Mexico

First Solar will construct a 22 MW utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in New Mexico for PNM, New Mexico's largest electric utility.

THEOLIA completes financing of 30 MW wind project in Italy

Maestrale Green Energy, THEOLIA’s Italian subsidiary, has closed the financing of a 30 MW wind project under construction in the province of Enna in Sicily.

EU to work with Iraq on renewable energy

The European Union and the Republic of Iraq have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which includes renewable energy as one of three areas of cooperation.

Ceres Power appoints Phil Whalen as Technology Director

UK-based solid oxide fuel cell developer Ceres Power Holdings has appointed Dr Phil Whalen to its Board as Technology Director.

Retail giant completes major solar electric installation

Walmart has completed its largest solar power project at its Apple Valley distribution centre in southern California.

US study shows that 20% from wind is possible by 2024

The integration of 20% from wind energy is technically feasible, but will require significant expansion of the transmission infrastructure and system operational changes in order for it to be realised, according to an analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Hybrid 470 MW solar-gas plant in Morocco Hybrid 470 MW solar-gas plant in Morocco

Abener and Abengoa Solar are in the process of completing the 470 MW ISCC hybrid solar-gas power plant in Ain Bni Mathar, Morocco.

Oerlikon Solar on track to reduce cost by another 30% in 2010

Thin-film silicon technology provider Oerlikon Solar says that with its Micromorph® factories, the company plans to reach production costs at grid parity by the end of this year making solar energy cost equal to fossil fuel-generated energy in many locations.

Sustainable biofuels advancement project established in UAE

Honeywell’ UOP LLC, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Boeing and Etihad Airways will establish a research institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, dedicated to sustainable biofuels advancement.

SolarWorld donates solar panels to pump water in Haiti following earthquakes

SolarWorld is donating solar modules to power 10 pump stations to provide clean water for up to 175,000 earthquake survivors in Haiti.

Micronor introduces yaw position sensor for wind turbines Micronor introduces yaw position sensor for wind turbines

Micronor’s MR200W series Yaw Position Transducers are engineered specifically for wind turbine applications, and monitor position, direction, speed and cable twist while giving feedback to the yaw directional motor drive and brake control system.

Protonex wins $1.85m Army contract to develop deployable portable battery charger/APU fuel cell systems

Protonex Technology in Massachusetts has received a $1.85 million contract award from the US Army's Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), to develop and deliver advanced portable battery charger/auxiliary power unit (APU) fuel cell systems.

Four communities in UK win prize for implementing renewable energy and efficiency measures

Four community groups in Britain will share £1 million in prize money for reducing their carbon emissions by up to one-third in the past year through use of renewable energy and efficiency measures.

Toyota wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 2010 Toyota wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 2010

Toyota Motor Corporation has been awarded the 2010 Zayed Future Energy Prize for its third-generation Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle.

NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo will feature market-ready products

Zero-emission cars, forklift vehicles, new fuel cell power units, and hydrogen production technology that will provide green energy, green jobs, and a green planet are all part of the Expo within the annual NHA Hydrogen Conference coming to Long Beach, California in May.

REpower supplies 20 wind turbines to Minnesota

REpower Systems AG will supply 20 REpower MM92 wind turbines to National Wind LLC, a large-scale community wind project developer, for the first phase of the Lake Country Wind Energy project in central Minnesota.

DuPont completes US$295m solar PV expansion

DuPont has invested US$175 million to complete the multi-phase expansion of its high-performance DuPont™ Tedlar® PV2001 series oriented film production line for solar photovoltaics (PV).

RES enters South African wind market with acquisition of 300 MW portfolio

RES has acquired a portfolio of wind power projects in South Africa totalling almost 300 MW.

Neah Power receives $10m funding commitment from Ebeling Heffernan and First Equity

Neah Power Systems, which is developing fuel cells and fuel cell based renewable energy solutions, has reached agreements separately with Ebeling Heffernan (EF), a public markets consultancy in Thailand, and with First Equity Trust to purchase up to $10 million of Neah Power’s common stock.

Solar PV module shipments up 25% in 2009

The solar photovoltaic (PV) market – in terms of shipments of solar PV modules and inverters grew 25% in 2009 according to recently released analysis from IMS Research.

Glamorgan builds on biofuel expertise with microbial fuel cells funding

The University of Glamorgan in the UK has been awarded £630 000 (US$1m) to develop its research into biological fuel cells. The work at Glamorgan’s Sustainable Environment Research Centre is looking at how microbial fuel cells can be made to simultaneously treat wastes such as sewage, and generate electricity.

Natural Power gets planning consent for extending Rothes Wind Farm

The Scottish Government has confirmed that an extension to Rothes wind farm near Elgin in Moray has been successfully consented, with Natural Power acting as the lead consultant on behalf of their client, Rothes II Ltd, a Fred. Olsen Renewables (FOR).

NREL to be biofuels R&D programme leader for DoE

The Department of Energy's (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will co-lead a new national programme to develop advanced biofuels that are compatible with the nation's existing hydrocarbon fuels infrastructure.

Hydrogenics raises US$5m on completion of registered direct offering

Canadian-based Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, has announced that on January 14, 2010 it closed its previously announced registered direct offering of common shares and warrants with two institutional investors. The transaction generated gross proceeds of US$5.0 million before placement agent’s fees and other offering expenses.

Fuel cell industry could create 700 000 green jobs worldwide by 2020

Up to 700 000 ‘green’ manufacturing jobs could be created in the global fuel cell industry over the next decade, according to the latest Industry Review, Fuel Cells: Sustainability from the analysts at Fuel Cell Today. The 2010 Industry Review was launched today at the World Future Energy Summit’s Expert Showcase Seminar in Abu Dhabi.

Wind has potential to generate 12% of electricity by 2050, predicts IEA

Wind energy could supply 12% of the world’s power by the middle of this century, up from the current 2%, according to a 'Wind Energy Roadmap' to be published soon by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Energy biomass could be ‘bad’ without safeguards, say IEA groups

A position paper from two working groups of the International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes that using biomass for energy could be ‘bad’ if no safeguards are placed against GHG emissions and loss of biodiversity from land use change, food insecurity, overuse of water, and mismanagement of soils.

Spanish solar firm to build large solar electric plant in Italy

Siliken will build one of the largest solar electric photovoltaic (PV) facilities in Italy, with the turnkey installation to be completed by this June.

European offshore wind power market up 54% in 2009

The European offshore wind power market grew 54% in 2009 according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

World Future Energy Summit officially opened

Hosted by Masdar, the World Future Energy Summit has been inaugurated by H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in Abu Dhabi.

Ballard partners with Dantherm, Danfoss to create leading European fuel cell backup power capability

Canadian-based Ballard Power Systems has acquired a controlling interest in Dantherm Power in Denmark, in a partnership with Danish co-investors Danfoss A/S and Dantherm A/S. The joint investment and partnering support from Ballard, Danfoss and Dantherm is expected to result in accelerated development of fuel cell backup power applications across Europe.

GE energy information panels to ease energy management

GE is introducing an in-home, multi-function energy information panel to give consumers insight and control to help them manage energy usage and understand costs by linking it wirelessly to a household’s smart meter.

Siemens Netherlands and GustoMSC collaborate on offshore jack-up systems

Siemens Netherlands and GustoMSC, a subsidy of the Dutch company SBM Offshore, have signed a strategic partnership for the use of electrically powered rack and pinion systems for jack-up units in the offshore industry, including wind.

SolarWorld has issued a €400m bond

SolarWorld AG has successfully issued a bond with a volume of €400 million to strengthen its financial flexibility for continued international growth.

Risø embeds smart sensor systems for offshore wind turbines

The embedded smart sensor systems will allow operators of offshore wind farms to check ‘the health’ of the wind turbines, while the operator is sitting onshore and while the wind turbine blades are spinning offshore, Denmark’s Risø DTU says.

First Solar acquires solar pipeline from Edison Mission Group

First Solar Inc has acquired a portion of Edison Mission Group's (EMG) solar project development pipeline. The utility-scale solar projects are located in California and the Southwest USA.

EFOY fuel cell power for Globe4 Cross Country concept motorhome from Dethleffs EFOY fuel cell power for Globe4 Cross Country concept motorhome from Dethleffs

An EFOY fuel cell from SFC Smart Fuel Cell is being used for onboard power in the ‘Globe4 Cross Country’ concept vehicle from Dethleffs. The German motorhome builder is exhibiting the innovative recreational vehicle at the CMT caravanning and tourism show in Stuttgart this week.

UK with strong presence at World Future Energy Summit 2010

UK renewable and sustainable energy companies will have a strong presence at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, 18-21 January 18-21 2010, courtesy of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and The Energy Industries Council (EIC).

Enecsys gets £2.5m from Good Energies for solar micro-inverter

Enecsys Ltd, a manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) micro-inverters, has received investment of £2.5 million (US$4.2m) from Good Energies, a global investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.

DoE: almost US$80m for biofuel research and fuelling infrastructure

The Department of Energy (DoE) has announced almost US$80 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for advanced biofuel research and fuelling infrastructure to support the development of a clean sustainable transportation sector.

UTC Power fuel cell system passes 5000 hour durability milestone in AC Transit bus

A PureMotion® Model 120 PEM fuel cell power plant from Connecticut-based UTC Power has surpassed 5000 operating hours in real-world service in a hybrid-electric transit bus, with its original cell stacks and no cell replacements. The latest-generation 120 kW UTC Power fuel cell power plant is installed in an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) bus operating in the Greater Oakland, California area.

Masdar and Schneider Electric enter strategic renewable energy partnership Masdar and Schneider Electric enter strategic renewable energy partnership

Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted renewable energy company, and Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, have entered a strategic partnership covering broad renewable energy partnership initiatives.

PV Powered delivers solar inverters to California PV Powered delivers solar inverters to California

PV Powered Inc will deliver its commercial solar inverters to SPG Solar Inc of Novato, California, USA, for two large-scale installations in California.

Electricity from biomass rising in Europe

Consultancy ecoprog and Fraunhofer UMSICHT expect the European biomass capacity to increase by 2.9 GW until 2013, especially in the UK and France.

Tomark and Hanita cooperate on solar PV backsheet products

Hanita Coatings, an Israeli manufacturer of solar control films, and Tomark Industries, specialists in the field of solar photovoltaics (PV), are launching a mutual cooperation programme.

Natural Power launches forecasting for wind farms

Natural Power has launched a new product in its suite of wind farm monitoring and management tools: ForeSite.

SINTEF using nanoelectronics for smarter control of electric vehicle batteries, to improve range

The Norwegian research organization SINTEF is using nanoelectronics for real-time control of smart, dynamic sensor-based monitoring of batteries in electric vehicles. The research is part of the European Union’s E3Car project, which is studying how to utilize battery power as efficiently as possible in such vehicles.

Good Energy Group announces £11.8m for wind farm development

Good Energy Group Plc has announced a £11.8 million financing package for the repowering of its wind farm at Delabole in North Cornwall, UK.

Q-Cells International Canada to deliver 20 MW of solar PV to Ontario

Q-Cells International Canada, an affiliate of Q-Cells SE, will deliver two 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

70 German companies at World Future Energy Summit

More than 70 companies from Germany have confirmed their participation in the World Future Energy Summit, reflecting Germany’s strength in renewable energy.

Round 3 offshore wind announcement enables new UK industry – BWEA Round 3 offshore wind announcement enables new UK industry – BWEA

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) has called on the UK government to ensure that UK manufacturing benefits from the recently announced Round 3 offshore wind projects through support for skills and training, the identification of coastal manufacturing hubs and upgrades to the UK’s electricity grid.

Wind energy may be used in nuclear facility

A research wind farm could be installed on the site of a major US nuclear office, where the wind-generated electricity would be used to operate the plant.

Canada funds 19 demonstration projects in clean and renewable energy

The government of Canada will invest C$146 million to support 19 clean and renewable energy projects which include solar, wind, tidal and geothermal energy.

Vestas will deliver 80 MW of wind turbines to Germany

Vestas will deliver 40 of its V90 2 MW wind turbines to Nordwind Handels GmbH & Co KG for the eastern part of Germany.

Materials centre to increase wind turbine reliability

The Danish Council for Strategic Research’s Programme Commission on Energy and Environment has granted funding of DKK38 million for the establishment of the Danish Centre for Composite Structures and Materials (DCCSM), which will look into materials to increase wind turbine reliability.

IdaTech issues trading update for 2009, announces new fuel cell contract win

IdaTech, a leading developer and manufacturer of fuel cell products for critical backup power markets, has issued a trading update for 2009. The company sold a total of 445 fuel cell systems during 2009, and achieved revenues of US$6.6 million. IdaTech also received an order for 108 fuel cell systems at the end of 2009, for delivery and deployment in the first quarter of 2010.

Risø DTU: Smart wind turbines can predict the wind

Risø DTU has completed a successful test on a wind turbine with a laser-based anemometer built into the spinner in order to increase electricity generation.

US shipments of solar thermal increase 12% in 2008

Almost 17 million ft2 of solar thermal collectors were shipped in the United States in 2008, but that level was 18% below 2006, according to government data.

Renewable energy enjoys a 'significant comparative advantage' in Scotland

A study commissioned by the Scottish Government highlights Scotland's location, natural resources, research and manufacturing bases as key advantages for developing renewable energy resources.

Solar thermal hybrids to augment generation from natural gas and coal

Two technology demonstration projects will demonstrate how power utilities can add solar thermal facilities to their fossil-fuelled power plants, and reduce emissions and fuel costs as a result.

Marine and hydrokinetic energy can play a “substantial role” in clean energy options

The marine energy industry is at a relatively early stage of development and maturity when compared to other renewable energy technologies, but the US Department of Energy (DoE) will help speed deployment of the technologies, according to testimony before a federal subcommittee.

NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo taking place May 3–6, 2010 in Long Beach

The National Hydrogen Association will hold its 21st annual NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo this year in Long Beach, California from May 3–6, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The event is expected to attract more than 1500 attendees, and feature more than 150 speakers.

Wind farm selected in first selection of clean energy projects

A wind farm in the Caribbean island of Dominica is one of the first three projects to receive US funding under the ‘Energy & Climate Partnership of the Americas’ announced by President Obama at the 2009 Summit of the Americas.

Support for renewable energy technologies displaces the emission of 1200 Mt of CO2

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) says its investments have contributed to the installation of 3 GW of electricity capacity from renewable energy facilities, and another 2.8 GW of green capacity from thermal renewable energy facilities which, combined, avoid the emission of 290 million tonnes of CO2 and indirect GHG reductions of 1.2 billion tonnes.

Neah Power announces commercial launch of fuel cell solutions

Neah Power Systems is taking orders for its Infinity eL™ series fuel cells, which are now available as stand-alone products and as integrated solutions. The company is developing renewable energy solutions based on its unique silicon-based micro fuel cell technology.

USA: US$2.3bn in clean energy manufacturing tax credits

The US$2.3 billion in tax credits for clean energy manufacturing is being allocated on a competitive basis.

Solar airplane to be discussed at World Future Energy Summit

A project to fly around the world in a solar airplane, will be presented by Bertrand Piccard, President of Solar Impulse, at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, 18-21 January, 2010.

Wind farms in Mexico to generate green power for Cemex cement company and the Wal-Mart retail chain

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) has approved US$102 million in partial financing for two wind facilities in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, which will establish a critical mass of renewable energy in the country and generate jobs in low-income rural communities.

Ballard sells fuel cell power modules to Advanced Public Transportation Systems BV

Canadian fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Power Systems has received a sales order for five FCvelocity™-HD6 fuel cell power modules from Advanced Public Transportation Systems BV (APTS), a specialty bus OEM in The Netherlands.

Forewind consortium to develop Dogger Bank Round 3 offshore wind farm zone

The Forewind consortium will develop the largest zone in Round 3 for UK offshore wind farms, Dogger Bank.

Siemens Project Ventures and Mainstream Renewable Power to develop 4 GW of Round 3 offshore wind

The SMart Wind consortium, led by Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures (SPV), a division company of Siemens Financial Services, will develop 4 GW of offshore wind farms by 2020 as part of The Crown Estate’s Round 3 offshore wind farm programme.

ACAL Energy to demonstrate fuel cell system with platinum-free cathode

Fuel cell system developer ACAL Energy is leading a collaborative project to build the world’s first installed system using FlowCath® fuel cell technology in a practical application. The project will see a fully operational demonstration system of a FlowCath fuel cell unit installed at Solvay Interox’s large industrial site at Warrington, Cheshire, UK.

SSE part of two consortia developing Round 3 offshore wind farm sites

Two consortia, of which Scottish and Southern Energy Plc (SSE) is a partner, have been awarded development partner status by The Crown Estate in Round 3 of its UK offshore wind farm development programme.

RWE npower renewables to develop Bristol Channel Round 3 offshore wind zone

RWE npower renewables has been awarded the Bristol Channel Zone, off the South Wales and North Devon coasts, UK, under The Crown Estate’s Round 3 offshore wind farm development.

Hydrogenics to develop fuel cell lunar power system for Canadian Space Agency

Toronto-based Hydrogenics, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, has been awarded a contract to develop a next-generation power system to be used for surface mobility applications on the moon.

EDP Renováveis and SeaEnergy get 1.3 GW Moray Firth Round 3 offshore wind site

EDP Renováveis (EDPR) and SeaEnergy Plc have been awarded the right to develop offshore wind farms in the Moray Firth, Scotland, with an approximate installed capacity of 1.3 GW, as part of the UK Round 3 awards.

Sharp and partners set up thin-film and solar PV generation JV

Sharp Corporation, Enel Green Power (EGP), and ST Microelectronics (STM) have signed a joint venture (JV) agreement for the production of thin-film solar cells, and Sharp and EGP have signed a JV agreement for independent power producer business (IPP).

Over 40 Chinese companies to attend the World Future Energy Summit

More than 40 renewable energy companies from China will participate in the World Future Energy Summit on 18-21 January, 2010, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, with a particularly strong level of participation from the solar energy sector.

UK's offshore wind Round 3 winning consortia announced UK's offshore wind Round 3 winning consortia announced

The UK's Crown Estate has announced the successful bidders for the exclusive Round 3 "Zone Development Agreements", which will take the development of up to 32GW of offshore wind farms through the consenting phase.

European fund supports UK initiative in micro-renewable energy

Funding will support a business support centre in northeastern England that will focus on advice and guidance to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) which want to develop micro-renewable technologies.

US study is critical of ethanol biofuel

The United States needs to rethink its promotion of ethanol as a means to enhance energy security, because production of the fuel is costly for taxpayers and poses economic and environmental risks, according to a study from Rice University.

German-Canadian fuel cell project under way at ZBT

The ZBT Center for Fuel Cell Technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany has been awarded €380 000 (US$535 000) for its HiPerLoCo project, on the Development of High Performance and Low-Cost PEM Fuel Cells. ZBT will collaborate with the National Research Council Canada – Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation (NRC-IFCI) in Vancouver.

Nine EU Governments take first steps towards a Northern European Supergrid.

The siging of a political declaration in early December last year will see the countries cooperate on the development of a North Sea supergrid joining up clean energy projects scattered in and around the North Sea.

Ontario invests in General Electric Canada’s motor production facility

Ontario, Canada is helping General Electric Canada (GEC) improve productivity and energy efficiency at its Peterborough-based motor production facility.

Windtec and Dongfang to cooperate on 5MW offshore turbine

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC)'s wholly-owned AMSC Windtec subsidiary has signed a follow-on contract with China's Dongfang Turbine Co. Ltd. to design and jointly develop 5 MW full conversion wind turbines for the offshore wind power market.

UK's Beauly-Denny power line given the go ahead

Plans for a line of giant electricity pylons from the Scottish Highlands to central Scotland have been approved by the Scottish government.

David Renné elected President of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

The Board elected Dr. David Renné of the USA as President for the term from 01 January 2010 through 31 December 2011. He is the 26th President of the Society and successor of Ms. Monica Oliphant of Australia.

MTI Micro CEO to speak at 2010 CES panel on mobile power this week

Peng K. Lim of MTI MicroFuel Cells will be among several portable power experts participating in a panel discussion at this week’s 2010 CES consumer technology trade show in Las Vegas. The panel will discuss solutions to the growing demand for portable power by using advanced micro fuel cell technologies for mobile devices.

UPS Systems MD Tom Sperrey wins ARC yacht race with onboard fuel cell power

A yacht skippered by Tom Sperrey, Managing Director of UK-based UPS Systems, has won the prestigious Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) racing division. A portable fuel cell from SFC Smart Fuel Cell provided auxiliary power onboard during the transatlantic race.

UK funds exploration of country’s second geothermal facility

The British government has awarded grants to explore for deep geothermal energy and to expand beyond the country’s single geothermal power installation.

Europe launches ELENA facility to support renewable energy projects

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have launched an initiative to help regional authorities invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.

US laboratory examines break-even cost for residential photovoltaic in the USA

The key drivers for solar electric systems to break even in the United States are non-technical, according to a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Global financial crisis has been a ‘blessing in disguise’ for community wind project development

A US federal laboratory suggests that ancillary benefits could be worth even more to community wind projects than the 30% investment tax credit or cash grant available under federal law.

Horizon to unveil ‘personal hydrogen station’ at CES 2010 in Las Vegas this week

Singapore-based Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies will unveil a small home hydrogen fueling and storage solution at this week’s CES 2010 consumer technology trade show in Las Vegas. Horizon believes that the launch marks a major step towards its vision of ‘a hydrogen station in every home,’ and help begin the transition to a hydrogen-based economy.

Hydrogenics, Rosetti Marino to commercialize utility-scale hydrogen fuel cell power plants

The Canadian fuel cell and electrolyzer manufacturer Hydrogenics Corporation has announced a strategic development agreement with Italian-based Rosetti Marino SpA to jointly design, develop and commercialize utility-scale hydrogen fuel cell power plants for peak shaving and energy management.

California processing 244 proposals for renewable energy facilities

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says the projects represent 70,000 MW of capacity that will help the state meet its 2020 goal of one-third of power from renewables.

Britain generates 39% more electricity from wind turbines

The United Kingdom generated 5.5 TWh of electricity from renewable energy in the third quarter (Q3) of 2009, an increase of 25% compared with Q3 2008.

US government to invest US$366m in Energy Innovation Hubs

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued an announcement of funding opportunity for research that will produce fuels directly from sunlight.

US shipment of solar modules jumps 13-fold in less than a decade

The shipment of solar electric cells and modules in the United States is close to one million peak kilowatts, compared with 77,000 kW in 1999.

Vestas to deliver 96 MW of wind turbines to Poland

Vestas will provide 48 of its V90 2.0 MW wind turbines to the German company Prokon, for different locations in Poland.