News for July 2010

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Welsh tidal project gets £1.4m EU funding

The Welsh DeltaStream tidal power project is getting a £1.4 million funding package boos from the EU.

£1.5m to UK Wave Hub £1.5m to UK Wave Hub

South West RDA’s Wave Hub project will receive £1.5 million investment for the development of wave energy technology from the UK Government.

Enolia and SolarEdge install 1.5 MW of solar PV in Greece

SolarEdge Technologies and Enolia Solar Systems SA will install 1.5 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power in Greece under a new partnership.

Conergy gets loan extension

Solar manufacturer Conergy AG has reached an agreement with its financing banks to extend its loans to the end of 2011.

Sharp expands UK solar cell production to 500 MW

Sharp Corporation is doubling its annual production capacity for crystalline solar cell modules to 500 MW at Sharp Manufacturing Company of U.K. (SUKM).

Gamesa H1 profit tumbles 65% - ends Bard negotiations

Spanish wind turbine producer Gamesa saw a 65% tumble in net profit in the first half (H1) of 2010 to €22 million.

Turboden supplies 5 MW geothermal in Bavaria

Turboden is supplying a 5 MWe geothermal organic Rankin cycle (ORC) system for the German utility SWM – Stadtwerke München, Bavaria, Germany.

Marine renewable energy could create 5000 Scottish jobs

By developing three regional offshore marine renewable energy manufacturing sites in Scotland, 5000 jobs could be created and £300 million generated for the Scottish Economy, according to First Minister Alex Salmond.

Finavera and GE $7.5m agreement for Canadian wind power

Finavera Renewables Inc and GE Energy have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) under which GE fund up to C$7.5 million for Finavera’s Peace Region wind projects in British Columbia, Canada.

Investment in UK green vehicles infrastructure

The UK Department for Business (BIS) has announced £660,000 in funding for green vehicles infrastructure.

SolarWorld net profit up 6% in Q2 2010

SolarWorld AG has reported a 6% increase in profit after tax to €29.6 million for the second quarter (Q2) of 2010.

Battery provider and Acciona Energia cooperate on solar PV

Battery provider Saft and Acciona Energia SA will work together as part of a Eurogia+ labelled project aimed at improving the viability of solar photovoltaic (PV) and other renewable energy power plants.

Solar PV inverter market grew 17.4% in 2009

The solar photovoltaic (PV) market grew 17.4% to US$2.8 billion with shipments totalling 8.3 GW, according to IMS Research.

Industry reaction to DECC announcements

The renewable energy industry in the UK is positive overall, to the announcements from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

UK Government sets out low-carbon plan for 2050

The UK Government has announced its plans for the future of the UK’s low-carbon energy future, with action points towards 2050.

The 32 DECC action points for energy in the UK

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has published a list of 32 action points for saving energy through the Green Deal, ensure energy security and a low-carbon energy future, manage the UK’s energy legacy and drive ambitious action on climate change domestically and internationally.

Solar to eclipse geothermal in output

Solar power will generate 126 TWh of renewable power around the world by 2020, more than the 108 TWh to be generated by geothermal facilities, according to the latest International Energy Outlook 2010 from the US Department of Energy.

3TIER brings solar prospecting and assessment to India

3TIER says its complete suite of solar prospecting and assessment products is now available throughout India.

Global energy industry remains buoyant Global energy industry remains buoyant

The global energy industry remains focused with encouraging levels of new projects emerging according to EIC Monitor, a quarterly report from the EIC, the trade association for UK companies that supply capital goods and services to the energy industries worldwide.

Scatec Solar builds 7.2 MWp solar PV roofs

Scatec Solar has signed a € 20 million agreement with the Solar Life Energy investment group to build a total of 7.2 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on 10 industrial warehouse roofs in the area of Milano, Italy.

Waste-to-energy provider raises £14m Waste-to-energy provider raises £14m

Monsal, a UK waste-to-energy anaerobic digestion technology business, has secured £14 million of expansion capital from Waste Resources Fund L.P (WRF).

REpower Q1 result down 29%

Wind turbine manufacturer REpower says its result for the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal 2010/2011 fell 29% to €204 million.

World Future Energy Summit programme announced World Future Energy Summit programme announced

The programme for the World Future Energy Summit 2011 (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 17-20 January 2011 has now been announced.

Solar PV module market to decline in 2011 Solar PV module market to decline in 2011

The solar photovoltaic (PV) module market is set to decline from 2011, according to IMS Research.

AWS Ocean Energy gets wave energy support

AWS Ocean Energy has received an additional £350,000 to develop its new wave energy device together with project partner the University of Strathclyde.

Marine Current Turbines gets £250,000 for tidal turbine

A grant of £250,000 to develop a fully submerged SeaGen tidal turbine for deep water sites, has been awarded to Marine Current Turbines Ltd and its project partners Queen’s University Belfast, Mojo Maritime and Edinburgh University.

UK wave and tidal power gets £7m

UK wave and tidal power research is receiving £7 million in support from the Technology Strategy Board.

Solar aircraft lands after 14 days and 24 minutes Solar aircraft lands after 14 days and 24 minutes

QinetiQ’s Zephyr solar powered high-altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned air system (UAS) on Friday 23 July after 14 days and 24 minutes in the air.

BAE Systems and Aquamarine cooperate on wave energy BAE Systems and Aquamarine cooperate on wave energy

Defence company BAE Systems and wave energy developer Aquamarine Power are cooperating on renewable wave energy as part of a project worth almost £1 million.

Oerlikon Solar provides further thin-film capacity to Tianwei

Oerlikon Solar is to provide further solar thin-film capacity to Boading Tianwei Solar Films Ltd as the thin-film producer seeks to increase production of amorphous thin-film silicon solar modules from 46 MW to 76 MW using Micromorph technology.

Conergy Greece builds 9 solar parks totalling 716.13 kW Conergy Greece builds 9 solar parks totalling 716.13 kW

Conergy Greece has completed 9 solar parks on Crete, Greece, consisting of over 2500 Conergy PowerPlus Modules.

£2.5m South West Cleantech Co-investment Fund set up

The UK South West RDA (regional development agency) has invested £2.5 million into the South West Cleantech Co-investment Fund.

Wind measurement in the Gulf of Suez

Wind speed measurements will be provided by GL Garrad Hassan for the 250 MW Gulf of Suez BOO Wind Power Project.

SunPower and Solar Ventures build 11.1 MW solar in Italy

SunPower Corp and Solar Ventures S.r.l. will design and build three solar power plants in the Piedmont region of Italy totalling 11.1 MW.

SSE and Mitsubishi cooperate on low-carbon technology

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and Mitsubishi will cooperate on low-carbon energy developments.

Solena and British Airways cooperate on jet biofuel plant

Bioenergy company, Solena Group, and British Airways are cooperating on a jet biofuel plant in East London, UK.

OMM installs HVAC cables at BorWin1 offshore wind project

Offshore Marine Management (OMM) will install the high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) cables connecting the Bard Offshore 1 and BorWin alpha platforms for the BorWin 1 offshore wind project.

Siemens to connect Nordsee-Ost offshore wind farm to grid Siemens to connect Nordsee-Ost offshore wind farm to grid

Siemens energy, together with Prysmian, is to connect Nordsee-Ost offshore wind farm to the mainland power grid for the transmission system operator Transpower in a deal worth €500 million

Gamesa builds three Spanish wind farms

Gamesa will build three wind farms totalling 140.6 MW in the Castile-Leon region of Spain for Spanish wind power developer Esquilvent.

Applied Materials cuts SunFab and 400-500 jobs

Applied Materials is discontinuing sales of its SunFab lines for thin-film solar panel manufacturing to new customers in a restructuring of its Energy and Environmental Solutions segment.

Kyocera supplies 267 kWp solar roofing to France Kyocera supplies 267 kWp solar roofing to France

Kyocera has supplied its KD210GH-2PU solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in France for a fully integrated 267 MWp solar roofing solution in conjunction with the MV3 integration system developed by Mecosun.

Canada could see C$10m biomass projects

Canadian biomass developers are in talks with Austrian and Canadian counterparts to explore technology and partnership opportunities potentially worth C$10 million.

SMP inverter components approved for offshore wind SMP inverter components approved for offshore wind

SMP’s chokes for inverters in wind turbines have been approved for use in offshore installations.

Air Products plans 49 MW waste-to-energy plant

Air Products plans to build a 49 MW waste-to-energy plant in Tees Valley in the UK.

Scotland and China cooperate on offshore wind steel structures

SeaEnergy Renewables Ltd (SERL) and Chinese Nantong COSCO Ship Steel Structure Co Ltd (NCSC) will develop and market steel structures for the offshore wind industry under a strategic cooperation agreement.

UK Parliamentary solar PV forum

The UK has launched a Parliamentary forum for solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

REC goes from loss to profit in Q2 2010

REC Group has reported a net profit of NOK757 million in the second quarter (Q2) of 2010, compared to a loss of NOK684m in the same period in 2009.

Record year for offshore wind Record year for offshore wind

Offshore wind is taking off in Europe with 118 new offshore wind turbines being connected to the grid in the first half of 2010, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

ENERQOS France builds BIPV installation in Southwest France

ENERQOS France SAS is constructing a 290 kWp building integrated photovoltaic system (BIPV) at the logistics hub of the French transport company SAS Satar and MERLE Transport SA, located in the Tarn-et-Garonne region of Southwest France.

GL Guideline for certification of wind turbines updated

GL Renewables Certification (GL) has updated its guidelines for onshore wind turbines and components.

Siemens supplies 68 wind turbines Scottish onshore wind farm

Siemens Energy will supply 68, 2.3 MW wind turbines to SSE Renewables’ Griffin onshore wind farm in the Scottish Highlands.

UK Carbon Trust to stimulate low-carbon technology

The UK Carbon Trust has launched a service to stimulate investment in early-stage cleantech and low-carbon companies.

Harvey Norman to sell Ceramic Fuel Cells’ BlueGen solid oxide generators

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has appointed one of Australia’s leading retailers, Harvey Norman, to distribute its BlueGen™ solid oxide fuel cell gas-to-electricity generators, through the Harvey Norman Commercial Division.

Phoenix constructs 3.5 MW solar PV plant in Italy

Phoenix Solar is constructing a 3.5 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Borgo Piave, Lazio in Italy for Etrion Corporation in a €10 million deal.

Theni I wind farm ready for connection

Theni I wind farm in India has seen the installation of its last wind turbine, and is now ready for grid connection, says developer Indian Energy.

Unstable solar PV market until 2015 Unstable solar PV market until 2015

The European solar photovoltaic (PV) market will be unstable for the next five years, according to Solarbuzz’ latest report ‘Europe PV Markets 2010’.

China could invest $20b in renewable energy overseas

Up to $500 million could be invested in Canadian renewable energy following a recent meeting in China, says Canadian Bioenergy Association (CanBio) President and Executive Director, Douglas Bradley.

Plug Power, Ballard extend fuel cell supply deal, targeting North American forklift market

US-based Plug Power and Ballard Power Systems in Canada have extended their existing supply agreement, to run through 2014. Ballard will remain the exclusive supplier of PEM fuel cell stacks for Plug Power’s full suite of GenDrive™ fuel cell power units for material handling applications.

UK cuts renewable energy spending

The UK is cutting £34 million of low carbon and renewable energy spending, says the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Renewable energy surpasses fossil fuels second year in a row

Renewable energy topped fossil fuels and nuclear for the second year in a row in the USA and Europe in 2009, according to the Global Wind Energy Association (GWEC).

Toyota solar boat Toyota solar boat

Kyocera Corporation is supplying solar modules for Toyota Solar Panels, which are to be installed on recreational boats from Toyota Motor Corporation.

European regulator publishes crucial findings on EU wind integration

The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) has published a report that looks into the regulatory aspects of the integration of wind generation in European electricity markets.

South Korea sets up 1.5tr won green fund

South Korea is setting up a 1.5 trillion won (~US$1.25 billion) green fund.

Joint project gets €1.2m from the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

Semiconductor manufacturer Semikron, PCS Power Converter Solutions and the Technical University of Dresden will investigate how to obtain greater yields from renewable energy sources.

SolarWorld donates 100 kW of solar panels to Haiti SolarWorld donates 100 kW of solar panels to Haiti

SolarWorld has donated solar panels totalling 100 kW to support five health clinics for Partners in Health (PIH) in Haiti.

Siemens enters Russian wind market Siemens enters Russian wind market

Siemens is establishing a wind energy joint venture (JV) with the Russian companies Rostechnologii and RusHydro where Siemens will retain the majority stake.

Conergy builds five solar installations at Italian beach resorts

Conergy will build five solar installations with a total power output of 3.6 MW for the Italian hotel group, BluSerena.

How to build a UK offshore wind powerhouse How to build a UK offshore wind powerhouse

The Coalition Government needs to act quickly and decisively to reaffirm Britain’s commitment to the development of offshore wind energy through confirming upgrades to port facilities, maintaining market stability and agreeing targets for energy production from wind, says RenewableUK.

Measuring Madrid underground’s geothermal energy

Sensus together with Termoterra and IFTec GeoEnergía are measuring the geothermal energy in Madrid’s underground system.

Plans for Marine Energy Park in UK Plans for Marine Energy Park in UK

Able UK has revealed a £400 million plan for a Marine Energy Park on the South Bank of the Humber in the UK.

Berlin historic theatre building fitted with solar modules

SunPower Corp and partner MBG have installed a 29.7 kW SunPower solar system on the roof of the Friedrichstadt Palast, Berlin's historic landmark theatre building.

Solar PV module shipments continue to increase Solar PV module shipments continue to increase

Solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments increased for the fifth consecutive quarter in Q2’10 to 3.7 GW, generating US$7.1 billion in revenues according to IMS Research’s latest quarterly report on the solar cell & module market.

RenewableUK: Renewable energy microgeneration strategy step in right direction

RenewableUK has welcomed the UK Government’s announced consultation process for a new Microgeneration Strategy, aimed at helping communities become more energy self-sufficient and use more renewable energy.

ABB turns Saudi Arabian university campus green

ABB will provide its KNW intelligent building control system to Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University in Saudi Arabia for Saudi Oger.

A2SEA buys offshore wind installation vessel

A2SEA has signed a US$139 million contract with Chinese COSCO Shipyard Group Co Ltd for the construction of a new vessel specially designed for the purpose of installation of offshore wind turbines.

Greenlight Planet wins Solar for All contest

Greenlight Planet has won the ‘Solar for All Design Contest', which aims to find the best technical innovations to make solar photovoltaic (PV) technology affordable and accessible for the developing world.

Updated: Italy revises renewable energy feed-in tariff

The revisions to the Italian feed-in tariff are welcome, according to Italian clean energy products company Acta.

ib vogt builds solar PV factory in India

ib vogt will undertake the factory design, planning and construction management for an undisclosed Indian multinational company to build its first solar photovoltaic (PV) factory in Southern India.

PlanetSolar to sail around the world in 2011 PlanetSolar to sail around the world in 2011

The PlanetSolar composite catamaran will aim to circumnavigate the globe using solar power alone.

Sharp thin-film solar cells to Thailand

Sharp Corporation will set up, supply thin-film solar cell modules and surrounding systems for a 73 MW solar power plant in Thailand.

Solar PV inverter market to grow 70%

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market is predicted to grow 70% in 2010 in all countries except Benelux, according to IMS Research.

UK microgeneration gets Government support

The UK Government will help communities become heat and power self-sufficient through the use of renewable microgeneration, amongst other things, says Climate Change Minister Greg Barker.

Centrosolar raises earnings forecast

Centrosolar Group AG says it is almost doubling its earnings forecast for 2010 from €14-16 million to €24-28m.

Solar thermal costs down 50% by 2050

Solar thermal electricity is about to reach marketability as there is a possibility of halving costs by 2025, according to a study.

Israeli solar PV JV set up

A solar photovoltaic (PV) joint venture (JV), GEM Solar, has been set up in Israel by the Italian turnkey supplier of large-scale solar plants, Enerqos Spa, Ginergia Ltd and Menorah Group

Global electricity demand grows

Global electricity demand growth is set to resume in 2010 following the temporary fall in demand in 2009.

Solar Impulse solar plane flies through the night Solar Impulse solar plane flies through the night

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA is the first solar plane to have flown during the night.

Renewable energy EIS fund launched for UK

Downing Corporate Finance Ltd and Low Carbon Investors Ltd have launched the Downing Low Carbon EIS [enterprise investment scheme) Fund for renewable energy installations qualifying for UK feed-in tariffs.

2050: 97% of EU electricity from renewable energy

Renewable energy could supply 97% of the European Union’s electricity supply by 2050, according to the study ‘Energy [R]evolution – Towards a Fully Renewable Energy Supply in the EU 27’ by the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and Greenpeace.

More favourable conditions for Hungarian wind power

Hungarian wind power has been hampered by grid connection issues, lead times and costs, but the new Government has ambitious plans to increase renewable energy, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Solar PV market to reach 14.6 GW in 2010 Solar PV market to reach 14.6 GW in 2010

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market could reach 14.6 GW in 2010, according to IMS Research.

Polymer solar cells close to mass production Polymer solar cells close to mass production

A production line for polymer solar cells is now fully operational at Mekoprint A/S in Denmark.

Siemens delivers 4 MW of solar PV to Czech Republic

Siemens Energy will construct a 4 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) plant for Prague construction company D.P.E.S. s.r.o.

UK overturns ban on councils selling green power to the grid

A ban on councils in the UK selling green electricity into the national grid is to be overturned, UK Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne announces.

Energy efficiency beats renewable energies: report

Energy efficiency could have twice the impact of renewable energy, nuclear and clean coal combined, according to the Energy Efficiency Council of Australia.

London Array wind farm gets cash boost

Denmark's Dong energy will receive a £250m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to build the 1GW London Array offshore wind farm.

Asia and Pacific countries should transition to solar

Many countries are well-suited to solar power, and incentives and low-cost financing mechanisms should be offered to make the energy transition possible, says the head of the region’s largest funding agency.

Q1 2010: 714 MW of PV installed in Germany

The Federal Network Agency announcement shows a ten-fold increase in comparison to the previous year, reports EuPD Research.

Could Sweden and Poland be key for wind in the EU?

A new study from Frost & Sullivan reveals that Sweden has the highest potential market growth in Western Europe, and Poland is (and will continue to be) the largest wind energy market in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Suntech Power opens representative office in French region of Montbonnot (Isere)

The new office will features a solar product training centre for distributors and installers.

Share of renewables in new electricity generation capacity continues to rise

The "Renewable Energy Snapshots" report, published today by the EU Joint Research Centre's Institute for Energy (IE), shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009.

Offshore Marine Management commissions "unique" O&M vessel

Subsea service specialist, Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has instructed independent marine design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee to design a unique operation and maintenance vessel for the next phase of offshore wind farm development.

German Feed-in Tariff (FiT) to reduce in two phases?

Following weeks of discussion between the German Parliament and the Federal States on the funding of Solar Photovoltaic (PV), the mediation committee seems to be heading towards an agreement.

Solarbuzz raises global Photovoltaic 2010 market forecast to 15.2 GW

Global photovoltaic demand continues to soar in 2010 and is currently projected to double the rate of installations compared to last year, according to the international solar energy market research and consulting company

Hyundai Heavy Industries to double solar power production capacity

Korea’s conglomerate said it plans to almost double its annual module and cell production capacity from the current levels of 320MW and 370MW to 600MW, respectively, by early 2011.

AWS Ocean Energy amongst the winners, scoops £1.39 million in funding AWS Ocean Energy amongst the winners, scoops £1.39 million in funding

AWS was one of a group of organisations to secure WATERS funding from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

GE, Statoil, Lyse and Gothenburg Energy team up on offshore wind GE, Statoil, Lyse and Gothenburg Energy team up on offshore wind

GE plans to install up to five offshore demonstration wind turbines in Norway and Sweden through two separate partnerships.

£10 million grants for UK offshore wind technology announced

The first round of grants since the UK's Budget for developing next-generation offshore wind technology have been announced by the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change.

IRENA celebrates first year anniversary

As of July, 8, 2010, the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) will be a fully fledged international organisation.

Hydrogen storage startup raises €13.7 million

McPhy Energy, which specialises in solid state hydrogen storage technology, announced it has raised the money in a second round of financing led by Sofinnova Partners, Gimv and Amundi Private Equity Funds.

No link between wind turbines and health: report

There is no evidence that wind turbines have a direct adverse effect on human health, according to an independent study by Australia’s National Health & Medical Research Council.

Is large-scale biomass threatening 8700 UK jobs?

Study reveal that the increasing development of large-scale wood fired biomass energy plants in the UK could put 8700 jobs at risk and risk a 1% increase in UK carbon emissions.

Indian firm wins prize for solar lighting

D Light Design of India was selected as the overall Gold Award winner in the 2010 Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy.

Renewables must generate 50% of global electricity: IEA

Renewable energies must generate almost half of the world’s power by 2050, up from the current level of 18%, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Ownergy: Simple Guide to Renewable Energy Tariffs

UK service provider of renewable energy systems, Ownergy, has launched an online ‘Simple Guide to Renewable Energy Tariffs.’

Long fibre thermoplastic improves performance of small wind turbine blades Long fibre thermoplastic improves performance of small wind turbine blades

Hunan ZKenergy Wind Power Industrial Technology Co Ltd of China designs and manufactures affordable, small-scale wind turbines suitable for off-grid locations. The company uses a very long glass fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite from RTP Company to injection mould the turbine blades.

Foundations for Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm Foundations for Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm

The first foundation for the 317 MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm has been installed off the coast of Norfolk, UK.