News for February 2010

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Solar PV testing and certification in Singapore

A testing and certification centre for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules has been opened in Singapore by Fraunhofer ISE, VDE and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).

AETI launches wind switchgear solutions

American Electric Technologies Inc (AETI) has launched a wind switchgear solution designed specifically to provide “safer, more reliable, higher-performing wind farm operations.”

Waste Management invests in Enerkem

Waste Management has made a strategic investment in biofuels producer Enerkem, as part of Enerkem’s latest financing round which generated C$53.8 million.

Gamesa’s 2009 results down – difficult year

Gamesa reports an overall fall in results for 2009 as a difficult market slowed down wind developments.

Siemens invests in UK tidal energy company

Marine Current Turbines (MCT) says Siemens Energy has acquired a minority stake in its tidal current energy turbine, to help deploy Britain’s first commercial tidal energy farm in UK waters within the next two years.

3TIER releases global solar dataset

A US-based provider of renewable energy assessment and power forecasting tools has completed a tool to identify and map the world’s wind and solar resources using a globally-consistent methodology.

Screening tool for renewable energy

A US report evaluates numerous factors to determine how western states can source 33% of their electricity from new renewable energy resources.

Suntech solar panels at 2010 Vancouver Olympics Suntech solar panels at 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has provided solar panels to power a net-zero home at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Information and Communication Technologies lead the way to energy efficiency in Europe

The European Commission has just held an event on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Energy Efficiency in Brussels. Several EU-funded research projects were showcased at the accompanying ICT for Energy Efficiency Exhibition and Award Ceremony.

Mitsubishi enters UK offshore wind market Mitsubishi enters UK offshore wind market

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe intends to invest up to £100 million in an offshore wind turbine project in the UK under a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government.

UK feed-in tariff specialist Ownergy Plc launched

A company specialising in end-to-end provision of renewable energy systems for the UK Feed-In Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentive, Ownergy Plc, has been launched.

IBC SOLAR rooftop solar PV at Prague Zoo IBC SOLAR rooftop solar PV at Prague Zoo

IBC SOLAR of Germany will equip Prague Zoo with a solar photovoltaic (PV) system as part of the German Energy Agency’s (dena) Solar Roofs Programme for Foreign Market Development.

Investment in ships for offshore wind needed

Investment totalling €2.4 billion in new ships to serve the expanding offshore wind energy market over the coming years is needed.

Concentrix Solar installs CPV at US Chevron

Concentrix Solar will install a 1 MW solar concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power plant at a Chevron Mining facility in Questa, New Mexico, USA.

Pennsylvania invests US$5m in solar

The state of Pennsylvania will strengthen its position as a leader in solar energy.

Bloom launches Energy Server solid oxide fuel cell to power buildings Bloom launches Energy Server solid oxide fuel cell to power buildings

California-based Bloom Energy has announced the availability of the Bloom Energy Server™, a solid oxide fuel cell system that is claimed to offer a cleaner, more reliable, and more affordable alternative to both the electric grid and traditional renewable energy sources.

Trina Solar shipments near doubled

Trina Solar has released its 2009 year results, revealing that the company has almost doubled its solar module shipments to 399 MW.

Master certificate in renewable energy

Boots on the Roof, a US provider of renewable energy training and education, is now offering a Master Certificate in Renewable Energy programme.

Siemens 1000th UK offshore wind turbine Siemens 1000th UK offshore wind turbine

Siemens has installed its 1000th wind turbine in the UK at the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm off the coast of Essex.

Solar thermal collectors receive SRCC certification

Solar’s Smart’s solar thermal collectors have received formal Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) industry certifications.

USA develops renewable energy on contaminated sites

Two US agencies are evaluating the feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Superfund, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites.

Green jobs if Canada renews incentives for renewable power

A coalition of environmental groups says Canada could create at least 8000 jobs by if the Federal Government renews incentives for renewable energy.

Q-Cells slumps into €1.36bn loss in 2009

Q-Cells fell into a net loss of €1356 million in 2009 compared to a net profit of €191m in 2008 as sales fell 36%.

UK £8m offshore wind demonstration call

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has opened the third call for capital grant funding for offshore wind component and technology development.

REpower and Akuo Energy: 51 MW wind in France

REpower Systems AG will deliver 25 of its MM92, 2.05 MW wind turbines to Akuo Energy SAS for three wind farms in France.

Australia: 100% renewable energy by 2020

Renewable energy could produce 100% of the electricity needed in Australia within 10 years, using technologies that are available now.

Greenlots rolls out electric vehicle charging solutions Greenlots rolls out electric vehicle charging solutions

Singapore-based Zeco Systems Pte Ltd has announced its electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for global markets. The company's Greenlots® solutions allow utilities, municipalities, car park operators, EV manufacturers and distributors to install, own and operate their own local charging network for electric vehicles.

US lends US$1.4bn for CSP

The US Department of Energy (DoE) will support construction of three utility-scale concentrated solar power plants.

Programme designing solar PV rooftops Programme designing solar PV rooftops

Valentin Software of Germany has released version 4.0 of its PV*SOL programme for designing and simulating solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop systems.

US utilities see future for solar and wind

Wind energy projects are underway or planned by 79% of utilities in the USA within the next five years, while solar energy is planned by 73% within that time horizon.

Wärtsilä solid oxide fuel cell running on landfill gas passes first phase field trial

A solid oxide fuel cell unit developed by Wärtsilä, and believed to be the first in the world running on landfill gas, has successfully concluded the first phase of its validation program. The power generation unit, which is being operated by Wärtsilä, has been running for more than 1500 hours, producing electricity with extremely low emissions to households in Vaasa, Finland.

Gamesa and Bard collaborate on offshore wind

Gamesa and Bard Holding GmbH will jointly develop and market offshore wind turbines and services under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Scotland wants more backyard wind energy

The Scottish Government has unveiled plans to facilitate the installation of residential wind turbines and air-source heat pumps.

eSolar and Ferrostaal partner on solar thermal eSolar and Ferrostaal partner on solar thermal

eSolar and Ferrostaal AG are partnering on the deployment of turnkey solar thermal power plants in countries including Spain, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

California raises cap on solar and wind

The State Assembly in California has approved legislation to increase the limit on the state’s net metering programme for solar and wind energy.

Largest fuel cell in UK to generate greener energy at Transport for London

Transport for London (TfL) has inaugurated the UK’s largest hydrogen fuel cell housed in a building, at the Palestra building in Southwark. The 200 kW combined heat and power (CHP) power plant – which features a UTC Power PureCell® 200 phosphoric acid fuel cell unit – will generate cleaner, low-carbon energy onsite, with significant savings on energy costs.

2025 solar and wind energy costs charted

The capital cost to install a 20 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility by 2015 will be US$7981/kW, according to a report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

First Solar’s profit soars 84% in 2009

First Solar recorded a profit of US$640 million for the full year 2009, up 84% from 2008.

T-Solar and Solarpack deliver 173 GWh solar PV to Peru

T-Solar and Solarpack will deliver 173 GWh annually of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy to Peru for 20 years.

Applied Materials turns loss to profit in Q1

Applied Materials reported a net income of US$83 million in the first quarter (Q1) ended 31 January of fiscal 2010, compared to a US$133m loss in the same period in 2009.

Kyocera Solar and Amsolar partnership

Kyocera Solar Inc and Amsolar Corporation will provide solar energy solutions for educational institutions, including strategic financing, system engineering and design, installation, operation and maintenance in North America.

Potential for US wind energy is 10.5 GW

Wind turbines on the continental USA could generate 37 PWh a year, according to a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Wind turbine controllable rubber trailing edge flap tested Wind turbine controllable rubber trailing edge flap tested

Controllable rubber trailing edge flaps for wind turbines have shown promising results in wind tunnel tests, says the Wind Energy Division at Risø DTU, Denmark.

Pacific BioEnergy and GDF SUEZ partnership

Pacific BioEnergy Corporation and GDF SUEZ will support a $24 million expansion of Pacific BioEnergy's existing wood pellet production facilities in Prince George, BC, Canada.

Oorja Protonics introduces methanol fuel cell, onboard battery charger for forklifts

Oorja Protonics, a leading developer of powerful direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) technology, has added the 4.5 kW OorjaPac™ Model 1 to its product line. The California-based company is targeting the materials handling market with its fuel cell onboard battery chargers for forklifts.

Large solar PV to dominate US market

“Large-scale commercial solar PV and central-station utility-scale PV will most likely become the dominant growth market” in the United States, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Clipper initiates offshore wind turbine blade factory construction

Clipper Windpower Marine Ltd, a Clipper Windpower Inc subsidiary, has started the groundbreaking of its offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in Neptune Estate, Tyne, UK.

Yvo de Boer resigns from UNFCCC

Yvo de Boer says he will resign his position as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC as of 1 July 2010.

US solar centre funds research

The Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP) has funded 10 advanced solar research projects totaling US$800,000 in its second round of Shared Research Program funding.

40% wind energy in the Falklands

The Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic have commissioned three new wind turbines that will supply 40% of the settlement’s electricity.

Florida installs solar energy on emergency shelters

Funding of US$10 million from the State Energy Program will deploy solar energy on schools and emergency shelters in Florida.

Delaware: 30% renewable energy by 2013

The state of Delaware must evaluate the feasibility of installing renewable enegy such as on-site wind or solar systems with a simple payback period of under 20 years.

US states need guidance for feed-in tariffs

Feed-in tariffs (FiTs) in the United States are difficult to implement and the Federal regulator should clarify the rules, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

European large hydropower moving up

The World Bank increased its lending for large hydropower projects in 2009 at a time when investment fell in many other sectors, says Frost & Sullivan.

REpower supplies wind turbines to France

REpower Systems AG will supply 26 of its 2 MW MM92 wind turbines to EOLE-RES S.A for the Langres Sud 52 MWwind farm in the Champagne-Ardennes region, France.

Bonds authorised for renewable energy

The US government has funded 16 native tribes to issue bonds for renewable energy facilities.

Solar to gain the most into 2011

Solar will register the greatest increase in usage from 2010 into 2011, according to the latest US government forecast.

Gamesa evaluates renewable energy from Spanish centres

Gamesa and the Spanish Federation of Technology Centres (FEDIT) have launched an initiative allowing Gamesa to identify and assess sustainable technology projects including renewable energy.

Fraunhofer expands solar thermal testing

Fraunhofer has expanded its former Testing Centre for Thermal Solar Systems with increased capacity and more flexible measurement equipment.

15 MW wind turbine drive trains and nacelles test facility

A 15 MW wind turbine drive train and nacelle test facility is planned in the UK by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

USA: US$130m for building energy efficiency

Federal agencies in the USA will provide funding over five years to develop new technologies in building energy efficiency.

Self-recharging hydrogen fuel cell system for telecoms backup power

Italian-based Electro Power Systems SpA has launched what appears to be the world’s first self-recharging hydrogen fuel cell system, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

EU will meet renewable energy target

The EU will meet its 2020 20% renewable energy target, even slightly exceed it, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

British Airways to use biofuel British Airways to use biofuel

British Airways and Solena Group are establishing a sustainable jet-fuel plant as BA plans to use the biofuel to power part of its fleet from 2014.

Kyocera achieves 16.6% solar PV efficiency

Kyocera Corporation has achieved 16.6% module efficiency for multicrystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules using 54 cells in the development stage.

REpower constructs Canadian wind farm

REpower Systems AG and Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc (RES Canada) have completed the construction of a test wind farm in the Gaspé region, Canada.

Sugarcane industry: Brazil must cut ethanol import tariff

The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) says the Government should make a decision now on cutting the ethanol import tariff.

UK and India collaborate on solar energy

The UK and India have announced two research programmes to develop cost-effective and efficient solar energy solutions, totalling £10 million.

REpower profit up 22.85% over 9 months

German wind turbine manufacturer REpower recorded a 22.85% jump in net profit over the 9 months ending 31 December 2009 to €32 million.

AWS Ocean Energy secures £2m

Scottish wave energy company, AWS Ocean Energy, has secured £2 million from Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Co-investment Fund and the Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1 B.V., an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell.

Trina Solar boosts conversion efficiency to 18.8%

Trina Solar Ltd has developed a square monocrystalline solar photovoltaic (PV) cell with up to 18.8% efficiency in laboratory tests.

SeaRoc management software for Walney Offshore Windfarm

SeaRoc will provide its Offshore Wind Farm Management web applications for the 367.2 MW Walney offshore wind farm in the UK.

Hong Kong plans 100 MW wind farm

HK Electric proposes a 100 MW offshore wind farm in Southwest Lamma Channel, Hong Kong.

South Wales region to pioneer hydrogen energy in UK

The UK government has designated South Wales as the country’s pioneering Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) for hydrogen energy. The South Wales LCEA will be the most extensive renewable refueling infrastructure in the UK, and will also support fuel cell development and create ‘green’ jobs and companies to boost the regional and national low-carbon economy.

Sway to erect 10 MW offshore wind turbine

Enova is granting NOK137 million to Sway AS to erect a 10 MW prototype offshore wind turbine in Hordaland, Norway.

IHS acquires renewable and energy analyst EER

IHS Inc is acquiring Emerging Energy Research (EER) analysing global emerging energy including renewable energy for around US$18 million.

SunPower acquires SunRay for US$277m

SunPower Corp is acquiring SunRay Renewable Energy, a European solar power plant developer with offices in Europe and the Middle East, for US$277 million.

Vestas delivers 99 MW wind turbines to USA Vestas delivers 99 MW wind turbines to USA

Vestas will deliver 33 of its V90-3.0 MW wind turbines to Granite Reliable Power Windpark in New Hampshire, USA.

Global fund collects US$300m for renewable energy

Japan has joined the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Britain and the USA as a donor for a new programme to support renewable energy in developing countries.

US Senate considers legislation for 10m solar roofs

A US Senator has introduced legislation to incent more than 10 million solar electric and solar thermal systems over the next decade.

UK wave and tidal gets £12m

Wave and tidal could receive £12 million from the UK Technology Strategy Board in 2010 to develop “the wave and tidal technologies of the future.”

Gamesa opens wind turbine plant in India

Gamesa has set up an Indian subsidiary, Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt Ltd, near Chennai, India, to produce the Gamesa G58-850 kW Wind Turbine.

Nano-coating company P2i enters solar energy Nano-coating company P2i enters solar energy

P2i, a developer of liquid repellent nano-coating technology, has teamed up with US-based Energy Launch Partners to develop its business proposition for the solar energy sector.

Wind energy key for Turkey’s power demand

Turkey must exploit its huge wind energy resources if it wants to meet its increasing power demand.

2nd-gen biofuels can play “crucial role” - IEA

The potential for sustainable second-generation biofuels is considerable, while first-generation biofuels have only limited potential, concludes a study by the International Energy Agency.

US support declines for renewable energy: poll

Americans of all parties support the passage of Federal policies to support renewable energy, although the level is down from a baseline survey conducted two years ago.

Utility funds US$60m for solar installations

An electric utility will fund 1000 solar electric installations through a tax equity initiative.

AREVA acquires solar thermal firm Ausra

AREVA is acquiring the US-based provider of large-scale concentrated solar power solutions for electricity generation and industrial steam production, Ausra.

US renewable energy industry wants key legislation passed this year

Five associations in the United States have banded together to urge Congress to enact key policies which will continue accelerated growth across the renewable energy sector.

Vestas’ 2009 profit up 13.3%

Vestas profit after tax for 2009 rose 13.3% to €579 million from 2008.

REC went from profit to loss in 2009

Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) reports a full year loss of NOK 2482 million in 2008 compared to a profit of NOK4379m in 2008.

KEMA conducts 1.2 GW German offshore wind study

KEMA has won the tender to conduct the Front End Engineering Design Study (FEED study) for two offshore wind farms totalling 1.2 GW in the North Sea.

Solvay, NedStack contract to build 1 MW PEM fuel cell power plant

Solvay has signed a contract with NedStack fuel cell technology BV in the Netherlands for the delivery of a 1 MW hydrogen fuel cell power plant. This would be the world’s largest polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell installation.

Ceramic Fuel Cells sells BlueGen home unit to RheinEnergie in Germany

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd, which is developing solid oxide fuel cell electricity generation units for homes and other buildings, has sold its fourth BlueGen power and heating unit in Germany, to leading German utility RheinEnergie AG.

Finance: Clean Energy Index down 4.59%

Interested in financial renewable energy news and stocks? Renewable Energy Focus has launched a finance section with real-time financial data and news.

Global clean energy investment: US$145bn

China’s investment in wind energy last year kept the world’s overall investment in clean energy to 6.5% below the 2008 record, despite the worst recession for 60 years.

juwi constructs wind farm in US

juwi has started construction of its first US wind farm in Richardson County, Nebraska, USA.

£10m for renewable energy initiatives by UK communities

Twelve UK communities have received grants to install solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy technologies, under a national challenge to reduce carbon emissions.

Sonel builds Slovenian 81 kW solar PV plant

Slovenian wholesaler Sonel has built a 81 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant using Sputnik Engineering’s SolarMax inverters in the northern Slovenian town of Gornji Petrovci.

California approves PG&E renewable bioenergy contract

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a renewable energy contract for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Sunways opposes German reduction of solar feed-in tariff

Sunways AG of Germany put down work for 30 minutes on 4 February in protest against planned cuts in the German solar energy feed-in tariff.

Trina Solar delivers 40 MW solar PV to Germany

Trina Solar Ltd will deliver 40 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to AE Photonics GmbH of Germany during 2010.

LM Glasfiber joins Global Wind Alliance

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber’s international service unit has joined the Global Wind Alliance.

Smart grid could reduce emissions by 12%

A smart grid could reduce electricity use and cut carbon emissions by 12% for US power utilities by 2030.

Hawaii considers US$50m bonds for renewable energy

Hawaii has introduced legislation to create a green jobs sector through the establishment of a ‘Hawaii Clean Energy Investment Bonds’ programme for renewable energy.

Indian Energy installs three wind turbines

Indian Energy Ltd says the first three wind turbines at its Theni Project have been commissioned and are now fully operational and grid connected.

Atlantis Energy Systems gets 2009 solar BIPV award

The Frost & Sullivan '2009 World Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Niche Player of the Year Award', has been presented to Atlantis Energy Systems (AES).

Marine energy mass deployment by 2020

Marine energy will be ready for mass scale deployment by 2020, says the Carbon Trust.

Bioenergy CHP plant in Scotland

Metso and Aker Solutions will be the main contractors for RWE npower renewables’ £200 million biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Markinch, Fife, Scotland.

Solar power plants connected to Italian grid

Two 1 MWp solar power plants have been connected to the grid in Puglia, Southern Italy by Zouk ventures and NextEnergy Capital.

Wind power tops new EU electricity

Wind power represented the largest share of new electricity generating technology installed in the European Union in 2009.

US renewable electricity standard - 274,000 jobs

A US national renewable electricity standard (RES) of 25% by 2025 could create thousands of jobs and help fledgling industries like wind grow, as short-term tax benefits expire.

Mixed hydropower reaction to UK feed-in-tariffs

The British Hydropower Association (BHA) welcomes the UK renewable energy feed-in tariff, but says there’s a problem for those already registered within the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme.

Obama to boost US biofuels

President Barack Obama has announced a series of steps to boost US biofuels production.

Siemens invests heavily in India – includes renewable energy

Siemens is to invest over €250 million in India by 2012, with a major part of this going to renewable energy.

UK Government fails anaerobic digestion

The UK Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) says the new renewable energy feed-in tariff in the UK reduces support for anaerobic digestion “significantly”.

ZeaChem achieves biorefining results ZeaChem achieves biorefining results

ZeaChem Inc has achieved fermentation results of acetic acid, an intermediate in the ZeaChem biorefining process.

Aquamarine Power: £5.1m for wave device Oyster 2 Aquamarine Power: £5.1m for wave device Oyster 2

Wave energy developer Aquamarine Power has secured £5.1 million Government funding to make its second generation wave energy device, Oyster 2.

Smart grid market could reach US$15.8bn

The smart grid market is set to grow from today’s US$4.5 billion to US$15.8bn by 2015, according to Lux Research.

Plug Power, MGL to commercialize co-developed battery systems

US-based fuel cell developer Plug Power has signed a commercialization agreement with Citic GuoAn Mengguli Power Science & Technology Co Ltd (MGL) in China, for the joint marketing and sales of their co-developed high power, lithium ion battery systems into automotive applications.

Cosan-Shell deal helps Brazilian ethanol

The joint venture between Brazilian ethanol group Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell could help Brazilian sugarcane ethanol, says the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA).

UK’s energy supplies at risk

Doubt has been cast over whether current UK energy arrangements can deliver secure and sustainable energy supplies, according to Ofgem.

Ocean Power Technologies installs wave energy device in Hawaii Ocean Power Technologies installs wave energy device in Hawaii

Ocean Power Technologies Inc has deployed one of its PowerBuoys wave energy devices at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii USA.

Solar anti-reflective coating system optimised Solar anti-reflective coating system optimised

DSM Functional Coatings has optimised its KhepriCoat™ solar anti-reflective coating system.

DuPont opens solar PV facility in Geneva DuPont opens solar PV facility in Geneva

DuPont has opened the Meyrin Photovoltaic Application Laboratory at its European Technical Centre – adding new capabilities to its R&D hub by developing next-generation solar PV products.

HgCapital renewable energy fund tops €1bn

HgCapital Renewable Power Partners has made three new investments: two Spanish solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and one UK onshore wind project.

Wind energy grows 31% in 2009

The capacity of wind energy increased by 31% last year, adding 37.5 GW of wind turbines with an investment of US$63 billion.

AMSC: US$70m wind turbine control systems to China

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) will deliver US$70 million-worth of wind turbine electrical control systems to China’s Shenyang Blower Works Co Ltd (SBW).

Corncobs and bioenergy crops to cellulosic ethanol Corncobs and bioenergy crops to cellulosic ethanol

DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE), the University of Tennessee and Genera Energy have opened a cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant in Vonore, Tennessee, USA.

Intelligent Energy and Suzuki showcase fuel cell scooter in London Intelligent Energy and Suzuki showcase fuel cell scooter in London

The Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter has just made its European debut, ahead of initial fleet tests in the UK. Fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy and Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the fuel cell scooter at London’s City Hall this morning.

Wind industry aim: European single market by 2015

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) welcomes European regional energy initiatives, but says the aim is a European single market by 2015.

Finnish wind gear manufacturer cooperates with Dong Fang

Finnish wind gear manufacturer Moventas and Chinese Dong Fang New Energy Equipment (DNEE) have agreed on R&D cooperation on wind turbines.

Canada funds solar PV research network

The Canadian Government will provide C$5 million to create the ‘Photovoltaic Innovation Network’ to raise the status of solar electric as a renewable energy option.

Abener develops solar melted salts storage in Spain

Abener will develop a molten salts storage project for parabolic trough solar collectors and gas chambers (CCP) in an experimental solar plant in Almeria, Spain.

Amplio Group connects 2 MW solar in Italy

The UK-based Amplio Group has connected two 1 MW solar electric plants in Italy.

Centrosolar revenue down 7% in 2009

Centrosolar Group AG has posted provisional results for 2009 recording €309 million in revenues, down 7% from 2008.

T-Solar and Global Ecopower develop solar PV in France

T-Solar Group and French Global Ecopower, will jointly develop 120 MWp of solar photovoltaic (PV) power in France over the next three years.

Solar partnerships install solar electric in Ontario

More companies are forming partnerships to take advance of the C$0.80/kWh feed-in tariff (FiT) offered in the province of Ontario for small solar electric installations.

USA investigates new renewable energy

The US federal budget proposes that the USA should be “the global leader in the new energy economy by developing new ways to produce and use clean and renewable energy.”

Proton Power fuel cell range extenders for Smith Electric Vehicles

Proton Power Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Smith Electric Vehicles, under which they will collaborate to build and market a battery-powered commercial vehicle, equipped with a Proton Power fuel cell system as a range extender.

US DoI proposes US$73m for renewable energy

The proposed US$12.2 billion budget for the Department of the Interior (DoI) in FY2011 includes an increase of US$14.2 million over last year for renewable energy programmes.

UTC Power fuel cell for San Jose supermarket

UTC Power has announced that Whole Foods Market will power a new store in San Jose, California with clean, onsite fuel cell power. The store will be first in California – and the third Whole Foods Market store – to generate most of its power with a fuel cell.

Scottish hydroelectric potential "double" of previous estimates

The potential for hydroelectric generation in Scotland is double the level previously estimated, if micro-hydro schemes under 100 kW are considered.

Acciona increases Spanish wind power capacity 49% Acciona increases Spanish wind power capacity 49%

Acciona Energy increased its wind power capacity in Spain by 1308 MW last year, to 3996.8 MW.

REpower and RWE Innogy: 295 MW offshore wind REpower and RWE Innogy: 295 MW offshore wind

REpower Systems AG will deliver 48 offshore wind turbines totalling 295 MW to RWE Innogy for Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm.

UK renewable industry welcomes feed-in tariff

The UK renewable energy industry welcomes today’s announcement of the feed-in tariff for renewable and low carbon electricity, and the plans for low carbon heating incentives.

Suntech and American Solar Electric cooperate on BIPV roofing

American Solar Electric Inc will become one of Suntech Power Holding’s partners in Arizona, USA, for its building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solar products.

UK feed-in tariffs announced

The UK Government has announced its feed-in tariffs for small scale renewable and low carbon electricity starting from 1 April.

BWEA: renewable industry calls for 2020 action

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) calls on the UK Government to consider a raft of immediate measures to deliver the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets.

Concentrix Solar CPV module IEC certified

Concentrix Solar has received IEC certification 62108 for its CX-75 FLATCON® concentrating solar photovoltaic (PV) module generation.

AMSC delivers wind turbine core electrics to China

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) will deliver 100 sets of wind turbine core electrical components to China’s XJ Group Corporation.