News for October 2010

News Archive

Q3 2010 – Winds up in North American and down in Europe

3TIER’s wind performance maps for the third quarter of 2010, show that in general, North American winds were up, whereas European winds were down.

Cellkraft runs fuel cell boat on 160 km reliability test from Stockholm Cellkraft runs fuel cell boat on 160 km reliability test from Stockholm

The Swedish fuel cell developer Cellkraft has driven a fuel cell powered small boat on a lengthy trip through the Stockholm archipelago. The journey was made to test the reliability of the Cellkraft PEM fuel cells, running on hydrogen reformed from methanol.

Polymer solar vehicle demoed at Risø DTU Polymer solar vehicle demoed at Risø DTU

A vehicle running on polymer solar cells capable of carrying one person has been demonstrated at Risø DTU, Denmark.

Fraunhofer ISE gets EARTO Prize for solar CPV

Fraunhofer ISE has received the EARTO Innovation Prize for its development of a solar concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) system.

juwi-Group sets up renewable energy subsidiary in India

Renewable energy project developer, the juwi-Group, has established a subsidiary in India.

UK's Port of Blyth set for offshore supply chain expansion UK's Port of Blyth set for offshore supply chain expansion

The renewable energy cluster at Port of Blyth has announced two long term deals linked to the offshore wind sector.

£200m investment to commercialise UK research

A network of Technology and Innovation Centres will be created to drive growth and bridge the gap between universities and businesses, helping to commercialise the outputs of Britain’s research base.

Siemens supplies 260 wind turbines to Europe

Siemens has concluded a framework agreement with Enel Green Power for the supply and maintenance of up to 260 wind turbines with a capacity of 600 MW for European onshore wind farm projects.

New contracts to boost Chinese wind industry

Spanish wind farm manufacturer Gamesa receives new contracts in China to supply 197 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 251 MW.

Construction of 50.4 MW wind farm for India

Indian Energy has entered into an agreement with Suzlon Energy Ltd. for the construction of a 50.4 MW wind farm at Tejuva in the state of Rajastan.

Sunbelt countries could have 1.1 TW solar PV by 2030 Sunbelt countries could have 1.1 TW solar PV by 2030

The solar photovoltaic (PV) market in 66 Sunbelt countries identified by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) could have 1.1 TW installed solar PV capacity by 2030.

Progress made on UK wind turbine test site

UK's Narec is developing an offshore wind farm site in the North Sea comprising up to 20 'pods' at which tenants may deploy their prototype or pre-commercial wind turbines and foundations.

New agreement delivers smart grid solutions to Europe

General Electric (GE) and Glen Dimplex, a European home heating and appliance company, have signed a joint development agreement to accelerate the availability of smart grid technologies for European homes.

BIPV cell developer wins "disruptive solutions" competition

UK-based Oxford Photovoltaics has scooped £100,000 to commercialise new solar glazing technology, which the judges believe has the potential to become a dominant solution in the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) market.

UK’s Beauly-Denny power line: rationalisation schemes approved

Scottish ministers have approved the schemes to limit the visual impact of existing wirescape around Beauly-Denny upgrade.

Hareon Solar opts for new solar PV manufacturing process

Hareon Solar, a manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, has announced the installation of the Applied Materials SmartFactory manufacturing system in its Chinese plants.

Alstom powers 80 MW of wind in France Alstom powers 80 MW of wind in France

Alstom says it will have installed 80 MW of its ECO 100 wind turbines in France by the end of 2010, across four wind farms.

Wagner & Co creates UK solar PV joint venture

German Wagner & Co and UK solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment provider AC Solartechnic Ltd, are setting up a joint venture (JV), Wagner Solar UK.

Solar PV panel production above 15 GW in 2010

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panel production could grow 92% in 2010, eclipsing the previously estimated 15 GW, according to GTM Research.

MeyGen to develop 400 MW UK tidal power site

MeyGen will develop a potential 400 MW tidal power site as part of the 1.6 GW Pentland Firth and Orkney Islands wave and tidal power leasing round by the UK Crown Estate.

REC’s Q3 2010 net loss narrows 11%

REC ASA’s net loss from total operations in the third quarter (Q3) 2010 narrowed 11% to NOK896 million as revenues soared 83% to NOK3783m.

Networks, not solar, driving rising electricity costs Networks, not solar, driving rising electricity costs

Australia’s Clean Energy Council says the cost of supporting residential solar power is a drop in the ocean compared to billions of dollars in network costs that are driving big increases in electricity prices in New South Wales, Australia.

Potential for deep-water floating offshore wind turbines Potential for deep-water floating offshore wind turbines

Offshore wind turbines could be sited in deeper water off the UK coast using floating foundations, according to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

IdaTech acquires Plug Power’s LPG off-grid, backup power stationary product lines

Oregon-based IdaTech, a leading developer and manufacturer of extended-run backup power fuel cell products, has acquired the assets of Plug Power’s GenSys® liquid petroleum gas (LPG) off-grid and GenCore® backup power stationary fuel cell product lines.

Good Energies and NIBC acquire 40 MWp solar PV from Q-Cells

Good Energies and NIBC Infrastructure Partners are acquiring the solar photovoltaic (PV) plants Finsterwalde II and Finsterwalde III totalling 40 MWp in Brandenburg, Germany, from Q-Cells SE.

aleo solar increases production capacity to 390 MW

aleo solar AG is increasing its total annual solar module production capacity across its three factories from 250 MW to 390 MW by the end of 2011.

Vestas’ Q3 profit falls 23.6% - lays off 3000

Vestas says 3000 jobs could be axed – mainly in Denmark – as the wind power market fails to recover according to expectations.

Biofuel capacity to grow 7.8% annually

Biofuel capacity could expand to 53 billion gallons in 2015, representing an annual growth of 7.8%, while bio-based materials boom to 8.1 million tonnes with an annual growth of 17.7%, according to Lux Research.

Oerlikon Solar supplies 40 MW thin-film production line to China

Oerlikon Solar will provide a 40 MW turnkey thin-film silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) production line to China’s Hunan Gongchuang Photovoltaic Science & Technology Co Ltd.

Solar thermal to Mediterranean and Africa

Alstom and BrightSource Energy will provide solar thermal power plants to the Mediterranean ring and Africa.

Gamesa opens global offshore wind headquarters in London

Gamesa will locate its global offshore wind headquarters in London with plans to invest up to €150 million by 2014.

UK to spend £60m on ports for offshore wind industry

The UK Government has announced £60 million in funding to establish offshore wind manufacturing at British ports.

EHA, HyRaMP call for coordinated build-up of sustainable hydrogen infrastructure in Europe

The European Hydrogen Association (EHA) and the European Regions and Municipalities Partnership for hydrogen and fuel cells (HyRaMP) have called for accelerated support from the EU, national and local governments to ensure a sustainable build-up of hydrogen infrastructure in Europe.

BHEL secures major turnkey solar contracts in India

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has won a major conract for setting up Grid-Interactive solar power plants of 1100 kW capacity on a turnkey basis, in the Lakshadweep islands.

Kyocera in world first testing success

The Corporation has announced that its solar module KD210GH-2PU is the first in the world to have passed the major sub-tests of the new “Long-Term Sequential Test” performed by TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd. which independently evaluates solar module quality and reliability.

UK renewables industry takes stock of spending review

After a tense few weeks amid headlines of doom and gloom for renewable energy development in Britain, the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) announcements made to date leave room for optimism.

Center Parcs joins ITM Power’s hydrogen on-site trials (HOST)

The organisation will use ITM Power’s transportable high pressure refuelling unit.

Suntech and Calisolar to create Ontario operation

The two organisations have inked a letter of intent to construct a solar silicon manufacturing facility in the Canadian province, as well as set up a long term power purchase agreement.

Wind and hydro players target wave and tidal power

A surge of prototype projects could signal dramatic growth in ocean energy industry, reports IHS.

WWEA: 16 GW of wind added in first half of 2010

The World Wind Energy Association expects global capacity to reach almost 200 GW in 2010 but calls for further improvements in national and International policies.

UK's Severn Tidal Power project ditched

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne argued there was "no strategic case at this time for public funding" of a scheme to generate energy in the Severn estuary.

UTC buys remaining shares in struggling Clipper

Clipper Windpower has agreed to a US$223 million buyout by United Technologies Corporation as its struggles continue.

New measurement tool shortens cell innovation cycles

Sunways AG claims to be the first industrial user of an innovative measuring system, used in the development of high-efficiency silicon solar cells.

DSM launches polyester resin for wind turbine blade manufacture

At the China Wind Power show in Beijing, DSM Composite Resins launched a new resin for wind turbine blade applications.

Report: energy storage market for wind will reach US$1.1 billion by 2015

The NanoMarkets report concludes that there will be a growing market for energy storage systems that will remove some of the major obstacles to wind generation and create a business opportunity for such systems.

What can the movie network and the U.S. Tea Party movement teach the solar industry?

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International team develops ultrahigh-power energy storage devices

The researchers from the U.S. and France report the development of a micro-supercapacitor with "remarkable" properties.

Yingli Green Energy to add 700 MW capacity

Projects will be located at Baoding headquarters and in Hainan province.

China’s future wind power could equal 13 Three Gorges Dams

China’s wind power can reach 230 GW of installed capacity by 2020, and its annual electricity output of 464.9 TWh could replace 200 coal fire power plants, according to China Wind Power Outlook 2010, a new report jointly released by Greenpeace, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Environmental champion Hermann Scheer dies Environmental champion Hermann Scheer dies

One of Germany's most outspoken environmental politicians has died, at the age of 66. Hermann Scheer, a Social Democratic member of the German parliament, was a leading campaigner for renewable energy, in particular solar power.

National Semiconductor and Suntech collaborate on ‘Smart Panel’ technology

Multi-year relationship moves to development phase to create solar arrays with increased efficiency.

SPI2010: AMSC introduces grid interconnection solution for PV plants

The SolarTie solution combines two of AMSC’s proprietary technologies – D-VAR STATCOM solutions and PowerModule power converter systems.

SPI2010: 3M launches new solar mirror films

The new films - aimed at the solar thermal electricity and PV sectors respectively - are further evidence of the company leveraging its broad technology portfolio to commercialise innovative products.

Solarbuzz reports record levels of PV equipment spending

Quarterly manufacturing capacity added during Q3 2010 broke through the GW barrier for the first time, driving PV equipment spending to a new quarterly high, according to the Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly.

Suzlon selects MSC.Software to improve design of wind turbine blades

Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Blade Technology has chosen MSC.Software simulation products for the design of its next generation of composite wind turbine blades.

Gamesa and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding team up on offshore wind turbine technology Gamesa and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding team up on offshore wind turbine technology

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa and the shipbuilding division of US defence company Northrop Grumman Corporation have signed an agreement to launch Gamesa’s first prototype offshore wind turbine in the USA, and to jointly develop new offshore wind systems.

Forewind announces location of first Dogger Bank tranche

Tranche A, covers an area of 2000 km (squared) and lies in the south west section of the Dogger Bank Zone in the UK, closest to land.

Wind power to provide a fifth of world’s electricity by 2030

Wind could meet 12% of global power demand by 2020, and up to 22% by 2030, according to a study published today by the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International.

New small wind startup launches in the UK

Totempower Energy Systems Ltd – a cleantech start-up which aims to create small-scale wind turbines that are cheaper, more efficient, and easier to install and maintain than current models – has launched, with backing from City University in London.

China overtakes U.S. to become largest energy user

International Energy Agency (IEA) calculations based on preliminary data show that China has now overtaken the U.S. to become the world's largest energy user.

Masdar City master plan review confirms delays

Masdar City, the emerging global clean technology cluster being built on the outskirts of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, has set out the conclusions of a comprehensive review of the sustainable development’s master plan.

Replacement of M5000 nacelles at Alpha Ventus completed

The replacement of the six AREVA wind nacelles has been completed at Germany’s first offshore windfarm, Alpha Ventus.

Friends of the Supergrid appoints CEO

Friends of the Supergrid (FOSG) which aims to progress policy towards the construction of a pan-European Supergrid, has appointed its first CEO Ana Aguado.

New enzymes yield "sustainable biofuel"

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences at Aas, Norway, claim to have broken the code for hyper-effective production of biofuels.

80 MW Solar PV project completed

First Solar and Enbridge have completed the 80 MW Sarnia Solar Project, a solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Ontario, Canada, said to be the biggest in the world.

First Solar announces 380 MW increase in orders for 2011

The company reports that it has signed agreements with 7 key customers for a 380 MW increase in orders for 2011 over previously announced volumes.

Pressure mounts on UK Government over potential renewables betrayal

Politicians, environmental campaign groups, unions and academics are among those to have called for the protection of the UK’s solar power industry in an open letter to Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne.

Prominent UK business group calls for more energy from waste

The CBI is calling for the UK Government to encourage the use of non-recyclable waste to meet the country’s energy needs.

Gurit doubles capacity for wind blade core materials in China

Gurit will double the manufacturing capacity for its PVCell™ G-Foam core materials in China. The products are designed for use in the manufacture of wind turbine blades for the Chinese market.

Gravitational wave energy absorber presented Gravitational wave energy absorber presented

Portuguese Sea For Life has developed a gravitational wave energy absorber, WEGA, which could see a prototype in the sea next year.

Nanotechnology increases organic polymer solar thin-film potential

Researchers at the University of Stanford has found that by configuring the thickness of several layers of films, an organic polymer solar thin-film could absorb as much as 10 time more energy than previously thought possible.

Pentland Firth tidal power facility gets weather station

A new solar powered Automatic Weather Station (AWS) is set to go live on the Isle of Strome, Pentland Firth, which will help map tidal and other marine energy conditions.

Neutrons help unlock secrets to cheaper ethanol Neutrons help unlock secrets to cheaper ethanol

New insight into the structure of switchgrass and poplars is fueling discussions that could result in more efficient methods to turn biomass into biofuel.

Hydro invests NOK850m in Norwegian hydropower Hydro invests NOK850m in Norwegian hydropower

Hydro will invest about NOK850 million to upgrade the Rjukan hydropower system in Telemark, southeast Norway between 2011 and 2015.

UK solar market ro reach 60 MW by year end

Ofgem's prediction that the UK solar market is likely to reach 60 MW by the end of 2010 and 250 MW in 2011, has spurred Solar Power UK to extend its programme.

Metso automates ocean surge based demo plant

Metso will develop and supply an automation system to AW-Energy Ltd's demo power plant generating electricity from ocean surge energy.

Acta installs 1 MW solar PV in Italy

Acta S.p.A. will install a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park in the Abruzzo region of Italy under a €3.5 million contract with Tesla S.r.l.

Wood Group acquires stake in renewable specialist SgurrEnergy

International energy services company Wood Group has acquired a significant equity stake in renewable energy services consultancy SgurrEnergy.

Turkey’s newest solar PV installation won’t leave a bitter taste Turkey’s newest solar PV installation won’t leave a bitter taste

Installed on the roof of a sweets confectioner near Istanbul Centrosolar has installed Turkey’s largest thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) power system to date.

First Reserve buys 70 MW solar plant from SunEdison

SunEdison has sold its 70 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant located in Northeast Italy, near the town of Rovigo to First Reserve.

Controversy over high subsidies to UK wind power

A difference in opinions has become apparent as the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) oppose RenewableUK’s claims that very high subsidies to wind power are justified because the industry contributes to the UK’s security of supply.

Solarbuzz looks at increased UK solar PV demand

Market-research group Solarbuzz looks at the solar photovoltaic (PV) feed-in tariff (FiT) in the UK and the following surge in solar PV units installed.

Goldwind hopes to raise HK$7107m in IPO

Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd has announced its proposed listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK) aiming to raise HK$7107 million.

Hunting microorganisms for lignocellulosic biofuel Hunting microorganisms for lignocellulosic biofuel

A consortium of research institutes, universities and industrial partners are looking for microorganisms with enzymes that could help process lignocellulosic biomass into biofuel.

Global solar PV demand up 54% in Q2

Solar energy market research company Solarbuzz says global solar photovoltaic (PV) demand escalated to 82 GW in Q2, up 54% quarter on quarter.

Approved: Offshore wind farm for Sweden

The Environmental court has given wpd, a Stockholm-based wind power operator, the green light to begin construction of a large-scale offshore wind farm on Storgrundet, Sweden.

University of Manchester scientists win the Nobel Prize for physics

Two scientists who discovered graphene at The University of Manchester have today been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.

LM Wind Power expands site in Brazil

Independent manufacturer of blades for wind turbines, LM Wind Power, plans to expand its manufacturing base in Brazil.

UK feed-in tariffs to be axed? Business leaders outraged

Growing speculation that the UK feed-in-tariffs (FITs) for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are to be cut has forced over 60 Chief Executives to write to cabinet ministers fearing that investors will flee.

Gurit launches wind turbine blade repair system Gurit launches wind turbine blade repair system

Gurit has launched its new wind turbine Blade Repair System RENUVO™ , comprising UV curing single-component resins and glass prepregs, UV lamps and associated equipment.

Zayed Future Energy Prize nominations close 8 October

The Zayed Future Energy Prize for renewable energy and sustainability will close submissions for its 2011 awards on 8 October 2010.

£32bn needed to securing UK’s energy future

Both M&C Energy Group and the trade association RenewableUK have raised concerns regarding the state of the National Grid and its ability to sustain the UK’s plans for growth in renewable power generation.

Mott MacDonald designs hydropower dam extension in Pakistan

Mott MacDonald, in a joint venture with Coyne et Bellier of France, will be design engineers for the 4th extension project at Tarbela Dam adding 960 MW of hydropower to the Pakistani power system.

German solar PV degression could reach 13%

The German Federal Network Agency has published figures for newly installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacities for June, July and August, and EuPD Research says it expects that the degression will reach its maximum limit of 13% at the turn of the year.

Etrion acquires 28 MW Italian solar PV plant

SunPower Corp has completed the sale of its Montalto di Castro solar park to solar photovoltaic (PV) power producer Etrion for approximately €49 million.

Alstom builds 24 MW wind farm in Turkey Alstom builds 24 MW wind farm in Turkey

Alstom will construct a 24 MW wind farm in Turkey for Eolos Wind Energy Generation Co Inc, a subsidiary of Güris Construction and Engineering Co Inc.

GE broadens waste-to-energy capabilities

GE is acquiring Calnetix Power Solutions (CPS), which manufactures technology to generate electricity using the waste heat from industrial processes, in order to add to its biogas equipment unit.

ABB to install 17 MW of solar PV in Italy

ABB will install four solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Sicily, Italy, totalling 17 MW under a US$27 million contract with Gestamp Solar.

Vestas joins hydrogen refuelling project

Vestas Wind Systems AS has joined ITM Power’s Hydrogen On Site Trials (HOST) of its transportable high pressure refuelling unit (HFuel).

UK renewable energy generation fell 12.1% in Q2 2010

Renewable energy sources in the UK produced 4.72 TWh in the second quarter (Q2) of 2010, down 12.1% from the same period last year, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) quarterly Energy Statistics.

GE and Harbin tap into US$13bn Chinese wind energy market

GE and Harbin Electric Machinery Co Ltd (HEC) have set up a joint venture (JV) to manufacture and supply wind turbines to customers in China.

Eversheds advises on UK deep geothermal project

International law firm Eversheds has advised Geothermal Engineering Ltd on securing the land for the development of the UK’s first commercial deep geothermal power plant, near Redruth in Cornwall.

German solar PV market reaches 4.8 GW this year

Registered solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Germany have reached 4.8 GW in the first 8 months of 2010, up 327% on the same period last year, according to IMS Research.