News for April 2010

News Archive

Phoenix and MiaSolé enter solar thin-film agreement

Phoenix Solar AG has entered a framework agreement with copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solar panels manufacturer MiaSolé for 2.4 MW thin-film modules.

Renewable energy up 250% in Q1 Renewable energy up 250% in Q1

New renewable energy projects in the first quarter of 2010 increased 250% in terms of value to US$224 billion compared to Q1 2009, according to the EIC’s quarterly report EIC Monitor.

AREVA and Keppel Verolme construct German offshore wind substation

AREVA’s Transmission and Distribution (T&D) division and Dutch consortium partner Keppel Verolme B.V. will build an offshore wind substation in German waters.

Victoria state government orders 30 BlueGen units from Ceramic Fuel Cells

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has received a conditional order for 30 BlueGen micro combined heat and power (mCHP) solid oxide fuel cell systems from the Victoria state government’s Office of Housing.

FRV and BP Solar build 37 MW of solar PV in Italy

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and BP Solar will construct solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totalling 37.1 MW in Italy.

Bomb at Sheringham Shoal offshore wind site

A 250lb air-dropped German WWII bomb has been safely detonated on the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm site.

Indian Energy gets financing for 16.5 MW wind farm

Indian Energy Ltd has closed project finance with State Bank of India for its 16.5 MW wind farm at Theni in Tamil Nadu, India.

UMD, Ballard, Army Research Lab set up FuelWorks fuel processing research center

A new center of excellence for the development of fuel processing technology is being established, at the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park, to advance the operation of fuel cell products with non-hydrogen fuels.

Siemens steam turbine for UK biomass power plant

Siemens Energy will supply a SST-800 steam turbine for a 50 MW combined heat and power biomass plant in the UK.

Sustainable energy for developing countries

The Helios Foundation for Sustainable Development, a not-for-profit venture to improve access to affordable and sustainable energy for low-income communities in developing countries, has been set up by former executives of Scottish Power and Shell.

Vestas to deliver over 2.2 GW of wind turbines Vestas to deliver over 2.2 GW of wind turbines

Vestas has entered agreements with EDP Renováveis and four Chinese power producers for the delivery of up to 2298 MW of wind turbines.

First US offshore wind farm approved First US offshore wind farm approved

The US Department of the Interior (DoI) has approved the first US offshore wind farm – the Cape Wind project – off the coast of Massachusetts.

UK offshore wind reaches 1 GW

The UK offshore wind industry has reached 1 GW of installed capacity as two offshore wind farms off the coast of Britain began generating electricity: Robin Rigg operated by EON and Gunfleet Sands operated by DONG Energy.

AMSC delivers further wind turbine power electronic components to HHI

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has received another follow-on order for 30 sets of wind turbine power electronic components from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd (HII).

Vestas from profit to loss in Q1

Vestas saw a €82 million loss after tax in the first quarter (Q1) of 2010 compared to a profit of €56m in Q1 2009.

REC profit falls 7% in Q1

REC Group saw a 7% decline in profit from continuing operations to NOK404 million (~€51.3m) in the first quarter (Q1) of 2010.

DuPont solar sales to grow 50% this year

DuPont expects its sales of solar photovoltaics (PV) to grow 50% this year due to increased market demand in Europe, North America and parts of Asia.

Masdar and USA to collaborate on energy

The US Department of Energy (DoE) and Masdar, renewable energy initiative in Abu Dhabi, will promote sustainable energy technologies.

Kyocera supplies solar PV modules to Czech Republic Kyocera supplies solar PV modules to Czech Republic

Kyocera is supplying solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for the 4 MWp Czech SINUS solar PV plant.

alpha ventus offshore wind farm formally commissioned alpha ventus offshore wind farm formally commissioned

Germany’s first offshore wind farm, alpha ventus, has been formally commissioned 45 km off the coast of Borkum island in the North Sea.

Enerqos inaugurates solar PV monitoring in Italy

Enerqos has completed a solar photovoltaic (PV) monitoring centre in Italy for the control and management of solar installations.

Small wind growing in China

Small wind power in China could reach 3-10 GW of installed capacity in 2010 if a set of measures laid out by a small wind roadmap for China.

Skykon enters offshore wind turbine market

Skykon A/S has acquired facilities of 100,000 m2 at the former Lindoe shipyard in Denmark for the development offshore wind products for projects in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.

Ontario renewable energy 'fee' may be unconstitutional

The green and renewable energy fee created by the provincial government in Ontario is a form of taxation and likely is unconstitutional, argues one of Canada’s top think tanks.

Sovello sale completed

Q-Cells, Evergreen and REC have completed the sale of their joint venture solar wafer manufacturer Sovello AG to Ventizz Capital Fund IV, L.P.

Trina Solar utility-scale solar module

Trina Solar Ltd is launching its utility-scale solar module TSM-PC14 with an expected power output of 265-290 W.

REC Peak Energy solar module ups efficiency

REC has increased the efficiency of its Peak Energy solar module with an average of 9 W per solar module.

Full service agreement on GE 2.5xl wind turbines

GE is now offering full service agreements covering planned and unplanned maintenance and operation needs on all new GE 2.5xl wind turbines in Europe.

Wind energy could reduce electricity prices

Wind power could reduce electricity prices according to a European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) study.

EU wind farm consent times

On average, it takes 42 months to get building consent for a wind farm in the EU, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

CEE next big market for renewable energy

Central and Eastern and Europe (CEE) is boosting its renewable energy market making it attractive for investors and suppliers, according to analysts Frost & Sullivan.

Wind provides half of EU electricity in 2050

Wind energy could meet 50% of the EU’s electricity demand in 2050, according to speakers at the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC 2010) in April.

Gamesa launches online wind forecaster

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has launched an online wind forecasting tool for wind farms, the Mega system.

REpower supplies 44 wind turbines to Turkey REpower supplies 44 wind turbines to Turkey

REpower Systems AG will deliver 44 wind turbines to Al Yel ELektrik, a subsidiary of Akuo Energy SAS, for a Turkish wind project.

CENTROSOLAR increases solar PV module production

Centrosolar Sonnenstromfabrik GmbH, a subsidiary of CENTROSOLAR Group AG, has increased its production capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in Germany by 44% to 155 MWp.

West Coast Energy enters renewable micro-generation market

Wind energy developer West Coast Energy Ltd and micro-generation energy company Ensign Energy Ltd have formed a joint venture (JV) for renewable micro-generation projects in the UK.

Smart charging of electric vehicles using 'green' power at Fraunhofer ISE

Electric vehicles make most sense if their batteries are charged using electricity from renewable energy sources – but the supply of ‘green’ electricity is not always adequate. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany have now developed an intelligent charging station, which can adapt recharging times to suit energy supply and network capacity.

Scatec Solar acquires Signo Solar

Scatec Solar, a turn-key supplier of solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions, has acquired the remaining 33.3% of the Czech solar PV company Signo Solar S.R.O, making it a fully owned subsidiary.

Eurotunnel inaugurates wind farm

Eurotunnel has inaugurated its 2.5 MW wind farm in Coquelles, France.

Sydney Town Hall with solar rooftop installation Sydney Town Hall with solar rooftop installation

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has supplied 240 solar panels for a 48 kW rooftop installation on Town Hall in Sydney, Australia.

Tidal turbine design eases maintenance Tidal turbine design eases maintenance

A design for a floating tidal stream power generator is claimed to solve the maintenance issues that plague existing offshore turbine systems, according to the latest issue (163 EN1) of the ICE Energy journal.

USA and Japan smart grid orgs form alliance

The USA and Japan are forming a working relationship to develop and deploy smart grids in both countries through the GridWise Alliance.

Conergy deploys 3 MW solar PV power plant in India

Conergy AG has erected a 3 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Karnataka, India.

LM Glasfiber changes name to LM Wind Power

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber has changed its name to LM Wind Power.

Surveillance radar for UK offshore wind

Lockheed Martin will deliver a long-range air surveillance radar system to the UK overcoming sensor performance issues commonly caused by the rotating blades of wind turbines.

Siemens direct drive wind turbine ready Siemens direct drive wind turbine ready

Siemens Energy is launching its SWT-3.0-101 3 MW direct drive wind turbine.

WinWinD delivers 24 MW wind farm to Estonia

WinWinD’s delivery of a 24 MW wind farm to Aseri, Estonia, has been confirmed.

EU roadmap to 2050 renewable energy

‘Roadmap 2050: a practical guide to a prosperous, low-carbon Europe’ outlining various scenarios for renewable energy in Europe, has been published by the European Climate Foundation (ECF).

USA retains lead over China in renewable energy capacity

China took the lead from the United States last year for clean energy finance and investment, although the USA still leads in renewable energy capacity.

Eastern Asia would benefit from more renewable energy: report

Countries in East Asia can minimise greenhouse gas emissions without threatening their growth by using renewable energy, according to a new report from the World Bank, but governments must act now.

McPhy Energy pioneers renewable energy storage with solid state hydrogen

The French solid state hydrogen storage developer McPhy Energy has signed a research contract with CEA Liten, a leading European research center for new energy technologies. McPhy Energy has now delivered the first magnesium hydride storage tank to CEA Liten in Grenoble.

UK parliamentary candidates must support renewable energy

Prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) in the UK should voice their support for renewable energy, according to RenewableUK.

ABB and Deutsche Telekom develop smart grid

ABB and Deutsche Telekom ICT subsidiary T-Systems will develop solutions for smart grids.

Danish wind exports up in 2009 Danish wind exports up in 2009

With an aggregated export of DKK41.7 billion (> €5.6bn) in 2009 the Danish wind industry maintained the high export figures from record breaking 2008 despite the financial crisis.

TUV NEL supporting UK wind power TUV NEL supporting UK wind power

Glasgow-based measurement and testing specialist, TUV NEL, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to assist the growth of the UK’s wind energy industry.

SCHOTT presents new solar modules and receivers

SCHOTT Solar AG is launching its new series of monocrystalline solar modules and new receiver concepts for solar power plants that increase efficiency.

Dow Corning and imec research silicon solar cells

Dow Corning and imec will jointly research next generations of crystalline silicon solar cells under a three year contract.

Trina Solar solar PV modules to Thailand

Trina Solar Ltd will supply solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to system integrator Grenzone Pte Ltd for projects in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Wave and tidal power standards Wave and tidal power standards

Global standards for wave and tidal power devices are being developed by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).

Kyocera introduces 235 W solar PV module Kyocera introduces 235 W solar PV module

Kyocera is introducing another solar photovoltaic (PV) module to its KD series: KD235GH-2PB.

Applied Materials’ Singapore facility has 400 kWp solar system Applied Materials’ Singapore facility has 400 kWp solar system

Applied Materials’ new Singapore facility for manufacturing semiconductor equipment, features a 400 kWp solar thin-film system.

300 MW offshore wind power in Canada

Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc will develop Canada’s first offshore wind farm.

Mixed-fuel biomass for the Philippines

DP CleanTech, Global Green Power PLC Corporation (GGPC) and Pöyry Energy Inc have signed an agreement for the delivery of two biomass power plants to the Philippines.

BP to spend US$1bn on renewable energy

Oil giant BP says it will spend over US$1 billion in 2010 on alternative and renewable energy.

IdaTech, Cascadiant deploy fuel cells with Hutchison Telecom in Indonesia

Fuel cell developer IdaTech, with its partner Cascadiant and Indonesian wireless operator PT Hutchison CP Telecommunications (HCPT), have deployed the latest generation of hydrogen fuel cell backup power systems throughout the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

100% renewable energy by 2050 in the EU

The EU can switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, according to RE-Thinking 2050, a report from the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

Wind power to increase 160% Wind power to increase 160%

Global wind power capacity could increase by 160% over the next five years, according to the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) annual wind industry forecast.

Global solar PV market exceeded 7 GW in 2009 Global solar PV market exceeded 7 GW in 2009

Almost 7.5 GW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity was added worldwide in 2009 according to latest confirmed results from IMS Research.

OPT gets US$1.5m for higher output wave power device

Ocean Power Technologies Inc has won a US$1.5 million award from the US Department of Energy (DoE) for the development of OPT's next generation PowerBuoy® wave power system.

Platina buys 52 MW of wind farms in France

Platina Partners LLP is buying 52 MW of the 140 MW Fruges wind farms in Pas de Calais, France, worth €71.3 million.

Interested in developing tidal energy off Scotland?

The UK Crown Estate is inviting expressions of interest for a tidal energy project in the Inner Sound between Caithness on the Scottish mainland and the island of Stroma.

US Navy wants more renewable energy

The US Navy and the US Department of Agriculture have launched a partnership to promote the use of renewable energy.

AFC Energy continues progress in commercializing alkaline fuel cell system

In the UK, alkaline fuel cell developer AFC Energy reports that it has received a positive independent interim review of its technical activities from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI).

GDF SUEZ completes Scottish 20 MW wind farm

GDF SUEZ has completed the construction of its first UK wind farm project at Craigengelt, near Stirling, in Scotland.

Nuvera Fuel Cells wins DOE fuel cell stack project awards

US-based Nuvera Fuel Cells has received two technical research awards from the Department of Energy, to increase the durability and performance of PEM fuel cell stacks designed to meet DOE’s 2015 cost and durability targets. The DOE targets for automotive fuel cell stack cost and durability are US$15/kWe and 5000 hours, respectively.

10 MW concentrated solar thermal power in Hawaii

Albiasa Corporation has received a Letter of Intent (LoI) from Pacific Light and Power (PLP) to supply solar collection and thermal energy storage technology and equipment for its 10 MW PLP Kauai 1 project in Hawaii.

Solar lamps and energy storage for LEGOLAND Germany Solar lamps and energy storage for LEGOLAND Germany

Phaesun supplies solar lamps and energy storage for a world record attempt in LEGONLAND, Germany.

Commonwealth Games to be solar powered

The first major solar facility in India will be used to power a stadium to be used in this year’s Commonwealth Games.

REMINDER: Papers invited for Fuel Cells Science & Technology 2010 conference

Original papers are being invited for the Fuel Cells Science & Technology 2010 conference, taking place 6–7 October in Zaragoza, Spain. Abstracts should be submitted by 15 April, using the online submission system.

Eneco obtains rights for Scottish wind farm

Eneco UK Ltd has received the rights to develop a 51 MW wind farm on the Lochluichart Estate in the Scottish Highlands from Infinergy, which has developed the project through to Section 36 consent.

Cleantech investment up 35% in 2010?

Cleantech investment in 2010 will exceed that of 2009 by as much as 35%, despite current uncertainty in US and EU carbon markets, predicts a report by business analyst Datamonitor.

GE launches smart grid in Erding, Germany

GE will deploy smart grids to manage energy and water consumption in Erding, Germany.

Suntech solar panels used on casino

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has completed a 1 MW solar panel installation at Harrah's Rincon Casino in Southern California.

DONG Energy submits tender for Danish offshore wind farm

DONG Energy has submitted a binding tender to build a 400 MW offshore wind farm outside Denmark.

Solar plane makes maiden flight

A solar powered airplane has taken its first major test flight from an airfield in western Switzerland.

First Wind completes Stetson Wind expansion

First Wind has completed the 26 MW expansion of the Stetson Wind project in Maine, New England, USA.

AMAT customer Signet Solar abandons New Mexico solar facility

Signet Solar has formally withdrawn from building a US$480 million amorphous silicon solar panel factory in New Mexico, USA, that would have had Applied Materials’ (AMAT) SunFab production line.

AMSC’s interconnection systems used in wind farms

AMSC is supplying 24 D-VAR based interconnection system modules for the 206 MW Collgar Wind Farm in Western Australia.

Siemens delivers 208 MW worth of wind turbines

Siemens will deliver 208 MW worth of wind turbines to two wind projects – one in Germany and one in Canada.

REpower supplies wind turbines to Poland and Italy

REpower will deliver 15 wind turbines to Poland and 18 wind turbines to Italy, totalling 67.65 MW.

Ontario signs 184 more contracts in renewable energy

Ontario in Canada will generate C$9 billion in private sector investment and create 20,000 jobs from new contracts for renewable energy projects.

Los Angeles should adopt solar feed-in tariffs

The Los Angeles Business Council has released a study on the cost-effectiveness of generating electricity through a solar feed-in tariff (FiT).

EPIA: Market installed 7.2 GW of PV in 2009 EPIA: Market installed 7.2 GW of PV in 2009

The global solar photovoltaic electricity (PV) market counted an additional increase in installed capacity of about 7.2 GW in 2009, reaching a total capacity of over 22 GW world-wide, according to the latest figures from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA)

US wind energy supplies 2.4 million homes

The US wind energy industry employs 85,000 people, according to the annual industry market report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

SunPower to build 16.5 MW of PV plants in Italy

Located on a combined total of 63 hectares, SunPower and Sol.In.Build Srl - a majority owned subsidiary of Veronagest SpA - plan 7 solar PV plants, ranging in size from one to 3.5 MW.

US-Chinese clean and renewable energy research centre

The USA has made US$37.5 million available over the next five years to support the US-China Clean Energy Research Center for research into clean and renewable energy.

Trina Solar launches solar PV modules and systems

Trina Solar is launching two black residential solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for homeowners and small businesses, and a multicrystalline solar PV module for large, ground-mounted systems.

WinWinD opens wind turbine manufacturing plant in Finland

WindWinD says its new wind turbine facility, based in Hamina, Finland will produce 3 MW wind turbines and increase its total capacity potential tenfold.

Solar Thermal Federation of India launched

The pan-Indian not-for-profit body Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) has been launched to provide a voice and platform for the Indian solar thermal industry.

Biofuel companies at the crossroad

Biofuel has narrowed its cost and performance gap to petroleum with help from academic labs and venture partners – but how will it become competitive?

138 MW wind project in Manitoba, Canada

Pattern Energy Group LP and Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board have entered into a 27-year power purchase agreement for the 138 MW St. Joseph wind farm in the Manitoba community of St. Joseph.

Vestas supplies wind turbines to USA, Australia and Turkey Vestas supplies wind turbines to USA, Australia and Turkey

Vestas has announced three wind turbine supply deals to the USA, Australia and Turkey over recent weeks totalling up to 460 MW.

Australia should invest A$60bn in renewable energy Australia should invest A$60bn in renewable energy

Australia must invest billions in renewable energy over the next decade to achieve its 2020 target of lower GHG emissions, according to Siemens.

Mariah Power becomes Windspire Energy

Mariah Power, developer of the Windspire® vertical axis wind turbine, is changing its name to Windspire Energy, Inc.

US Air Force flies with biomass on all engines

The US Air Force scheduled a A-10 Thunderbolt II jet aircraft flight at Eglin Air Force Base in March on a blend of biomass-derived and conventional JP-8 jet fuel.

UK wind energy radar mitigation funding

The UK Government has pledged £4 million to a partnership to fund a new radar system for the Greater Wash to address wind turbine interference.

UK invests £5m in marine energy UK invests £5m in marine energy

The UK Government will invest up to £5 million for marine energy development in the UK.

Renewable energy coalition releases manifesto

Nine of Britain’s renewable energy associations have outlined detailed proposals for the delivery of renewable energy targets by 2020.

Virginia Governor signs renewable energy legislation

The Governor of Virginia has signed renewable energy legislation aiming to make the state ‘the energy capital of the east coast.’

Replace Renewables Obligation, says UK business group

The Renewables Obligation in Britain should be replaced with a carbon price, says the Institute of Directors (IoD) in its response to a government consultation.

Stirling Energy Systems and Boeing cooperate on solar

Stirling Energy Systems (SES) and the Boeing Company are cooperating to complete the commercialisation and deployment of Boeing’s high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar power technology.

Sustainable Energy Europe Awards 2010

The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards 2010 were awarded at the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels in March.

European Re-Building Forum launched

The European Re-Building Forum to facilitate energy efficient retrofitting of Europe’s existing building stock was launched during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in March.

US invests in facility for advanced biofuels

The US Department of Energy (DoE) will invest US$18 million in advanced biofuels.

Renewable energy grows 5.5% in USA

Consumption of all renewable energies in the United States last year increased by 5.5% over 2008 levels.

First BlueGen sale in the UK for Ceramic Fuel Cells

Australian-based Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has sold its first BlueGen micro combined heat and power (mCHP) unit in the UK. Ideal Boilers will test and demonstrate the BlueGen gas-to-electricity solid oxide fuel cell unit at its product development and manufacturing facility in Hull.

US health group to install solar energy

A health care provider in California will install solar energy systems at 15 of its facilities in the state by next summer.