News for December 2010

News Archive

China tops Q3 solar PV cell and module rankings

Chinese crystalline solar photovoltaic (PV) giants, Suntech and JA Solar, topped the rankings for solar PV module shipments and PV cell production in Q3’10, according to IMS Research.

Conergy constructs 2.37 MW solar park in Thailand

Conergy is building a 2.37 MW solar park for Indorama Ventures in Lop Buri, 155 km north of Bangkok, Thailand.

Abengoa Solar and ITOCHU build 100 MW CSP in Spain

Abengoa Solar and ITOCHU Corporation will own two 50 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in partnership in Logrosán (Cáceres), Extremadura, Spain.

Suzlon and Idé-Pro improve wind turbine blade design

Suzlon Blade Technology and Idé-Pro Engineering & Software A/S have signed a three year contract under which Idé-Pro will deliver a complete integrated solution for the design of future wind turbine blades to Suzlon worldwide.

Ballard manufactures one-millionth fuel cell MEA using lower-cost processes

Canadian-based Ballard Power Systems has produced its one-millionth membrane-electrode assembly (MEA), the proprietary core component of its proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell, marking a milestone in the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell technology.

PGMM and Ampère Equity Fund buy stake in offshore wind farm

A consortium of PGGM and Dutch Ampère Equity Fund, managed by Triodos Investment Management, are buying a 24.8% stake in the 367 MW Walney offshore wind farm in the UK from DONG Energy.

Electric cars in Adelaide can recharge using fuel cell power

The South Australian state government and Adelaide City Council have installed an electric vehicle charging station at the city’s Central Market car park, that is powered by low-emissions electricity from a solid oxide fuel cell system supplied by Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd.

UK waste-to-energy plant gets green light

A waste-to-energy thermal treatment plant and anaerobic digestion facility has been given the green light in Hertfordshire, UK.

Conergy solar modules pass large hailstone test Conergy solar modules pass large hailstone test

Conergy’s PowerPlus solar module has passed a large hailstone test at the Institute of Cetecom ICT.

Sunways solar BIPV system at Frankfurt office building

Sunways is installing solar building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) at WestendGate in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

OpenHydro tidal turbine recovered – blades missing

Nova Scotia Power and OpenHydro have recovered OpenHydro’s demonstration tidal turbine from the Minas Passage, Bay of Fundy, Canada, following loss of turbine blades.

Global solar PV demand reaches 20.4 GW in 2011 Global solar PV demand reaches 20.4 GW in 2011

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) demand could reach 20.4 GW in 2011, according to Solarbuzz.

World Future Energy Summit programme available

The full details of the World Future Energy Summit 2011 programme has been released for the event taking place 17-20 January 2011 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Conergy sells Swiss solar thermal business to Capital Stage AG

Conergy AG is selling its Swiss solar thermal products business to private equity company Capital Stage AG.

Industry reactions to UK electricity market reform

Following yesterday’s UK electricity market reform announcement, the renewable energy industry has largely given positive responses, but there are also one or two warnings about the cost for end-customers and potential disruptions.

UK electricity market reform announced

The proposals for reforming the UK electricity market to include more low-carbon and renewable energy have been announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

NGenTec gets £2m for offshore wind technology

NGenTec Ltd has secured investment of £2 million from Amsterdam based SET Venture Partners and Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Co-investment Fund for the design, manufacture and testing of its multi-megawatt offshore wind turbine generator technology.

SunPower closes €195.2m bond for Italian solar power plant

SunPower Corp has closed its €195.2 million solar bond issuance associated with the company's 44 MW Montalto di Castro solar park in Italy.

Reforming UK electricity market

A consultation to be released later today, suggests ways of reforming the UK electricity market to include more renewable and low-carbon energy.

Health and safety advice for offshore wind farm Health and safety advice for offshore wind farm

Renewable energy consulting firm PMSS will aid REpower Systems AG with health, safety and environmental management of the 150 MW Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm in the UK.

Getting more renewable energy from Scotland’s utilities

The Scottish Government is looking at how to better exploit Scottish renewable and low-carbon energy sources through the publicly-owned utility Scottish Water.

Maldives maps its renewable energy potential Maldives maps its renewable energy potential

The Maldives is assessing its renewable energy potential with a goal to become carbon neutral by 2020 with help from the Scottish Government.

Hydropower gushing ahead

Hydropower is under-loved and under-funded, but is nonetheless growing in countries like Brazil, according to SBI Energy.

SunPower opens 1.4 GW solar cell Fab 3 in Malaysia

SunPower Corporation has inaugurated AUO SunPower Sdn Bhd, a joint venture solar cell fabrication facility (Fab 3) in Malaysia with AU Optronics Corp.

Alstom hydropower equipment to China Alstom hydropower equipment to China

Alstom will supply hydropower equipment worth €70 million for a hydroelectric dam in China for Datang Guanyinyan Hydropower Development Co Ltd.

European Offshore Wind Development Centre gets €40m from EU European Offshore Wind Development Centre gets €40m from EU

The proposed European Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Scotland has been awarded a grant of up to €40 million from the EU through the European Economic Recovery Plan.

Geothermal exploration in Ireland Geothermal exploration in Ireland

SLR Consulting will analyse deep geothermal resources in the Republic of Ireland with support from the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI).

MEMC and Flextronics produce solar panels for Ontario

MEMC Singapore and Flextronics will produce solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at Flextronics’ facility in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.

Czech tax on solar PV revenues Czech tax on solar PV revenues

The Czech Republic has amended its solar photovoltaic (PV) support scheme so that solar PV plants qualifying for a fixed 20-year feed-ion tariff will now have to pay tax on the revenues generated.

UK Localism Bill and renewable energy UK Localism Bill and renewable energy

The UK Localism Bill sets out to return more power to local communities, which could be both positive and negative for renewable energy developments.

VERBIO biogas plant feeds into German grid

VERBIO Vereinigte Bioenergie AG’s biogas plant in Zörbig, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, is now feeding into MITGAS Netz’ high pressure gas grid.

BayernLB finances Turkish 30 MW wind farm

BayernLB is contributing €26 million for the 30 MW Seyitali-Aliaga wind farm in the northwestern Turkish province of Izmir.

Zayed Future Energy Prize shortlist

The Zayed Future Energy Prize has released the top 40 shortlist for the 2011 Prize.

Africa Renewables enters biomass agreement with SIFCA

Africa Renewables Ltd (AfriRen), a UK biomass producer and exporter, has entered into a long-term agreement with GREL, a subsidiary of African agribusiness group SIFCA.

COP-16: No solution, but going in the right direction

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) says no solution has yet been reached at the international climate talks at COP-16 in Cancún, Mexico, but that the road ahead is starting to emerge.

New European Solar Thermal Industry Federation president

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) has elected Robin Welling (TiSUN) as its new President.

Nevis Capital acquires Shetland Wind Power

Private equity firm Nevis Capital has acquired UK small wind turbine installer Shetland Wind Power Ltd in a multi-million pound transaction.

aleo solar supplies modules for 5.5 MW solar farm in Italy

aleo solar AG has supplied 24,000 solar modules for a 5.5 MW solar farm in Italy for one of the largest open-area solar projects it has been involved in.

Schneider Electric launches solar inverters in Ontario

Schneider Electric’s Renewable Energies Business is launching its Xantrex™ GT100 600, GT250 600, and GT500 600 Grid Tie Solar Inverters in Q1 of 2011 to the Ontario market.

LDK Solar supplies 120 MW of solar wafers to Shanxi

LDK Solar Co Ltd will deliver 120 MW of solar wafers and 2200 tonnes of polysilicon to Shanxi Lu’an Photovoltaic Technology Co Ltd in China under a multi-year supply contract.

Geothermal could supply 20% of European energy by 2050 Geothermal could supply 20% of European energy by 2050

Geothermal could supply at least 20% of European energy demand in 2050, according to the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC).

Speeding up support decision for UK renewable energy

Earlier and greater certainty about the level of support available to large-scale renewable electricity projects will be provided under the UK Renewables Obligation from 2013, according to UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry.

Clean and renewable energy sector could attract US$2.3trn by 2020

Private investments in G-20 clean and renewable power projects could total US$2.3 trillion by 2020, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.

DuPont and Everbright install solar thin-film rooftop in China DuPont and Everbright install solar thin-film rooftop in China

DuPont and China Everbright International Ltd have completed an on-grid 1.3 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) thin-film installation at the DuPont Apollo production facility in Guangming New District, Shenzhen, China.

COP-16: Wind power industry wants “urgent progress” in Cancún

Wind power can and must make a significant contribution to saving the climate, according to international wind industry representatives at the Global Wind Energy Council´s (GWEC) ‘Wind Power for a Low Carbon Economy’ conference at COP-16 in Cancún, Mexico.

WWCC files algae biofuel patent WWCC files algae biofuel patent

WWCC Limited has lodged final patent applications for its algae biofuel research.

Conergy sells off French and German wind project business

Conergy AG is selling off its German and French wind development and operating business to an investment fund managed by Impax Asset Management, as part of its programme to refocus on its core solar business.

COP-16: EPIA calls for support for solar PV

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has presented evidence in support of an accelerated deployment of photovoltaic (PV) solar electricity across the globe to bring clean energy to both the developed and developing world at COP-16 in Cancun.

Alstom sets up tidal business in France Alstom sets up tidal business in France

Alstom has opened its Alstom Hydro’s Ocean Energy activities in Nantes and revealed its planned tidal turbine, BELUGA 9.

ib vogt gets second order for Falta Solar Hub, India

ib vogt GmbH will conduct the concept study and further engineering services for a solar photovoltaic (PV) factory at Falta Solar Hub in India, for Sonthalia group.

REC launches BIPV solar solution

REC is launching its first building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solar solution combining its REC Peak Energy Series Module with the Solrif installation system developed by Ernst Schweitzer AG.

Inishative 15 MW wind farm gets planning approval in Northern Ireland

Irish renewable energy group Gaelectric has received planning approval for a 15 MW wind farm at Inishative, near Pomeroy, in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Samsung sets up wind blade and tower plants in Ontario

Samsung and partners is setting up a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Tillsonburg and wind turbine wind tower plant in Windsor, Ontario.

Converteam and SSE develop offshore wind technologies

Converteam and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) will jointly develop fully direct current (DC) technologies aiming to reduce total cost of ownership of offshore wind power generation and distribution by 10-20%.

Suntech sets up 1.2 GW solar PV JV

Suntech is setting up a 1.2 GW capacity solar photovoltaic (PV) joint venture (JV) at its Wuxi campus in China.

UK carbon budget – reduce emissions 60% by 2030

The UK Committee on Climate Change’s 4th carbon budget recommends a 60% cut in emissions relative to 1990 by 2030, and another 62% from then to 2050 to meet targets in the Climate Change Act.

EU to review solar PV exemption from RoHS Directive

The European Commission is set to review the exemption for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry from the RoHS Directive for dangerous substances.

Energy efficiency and micro renewable generation provider formed

An energy efficiency and micro renewable energy generation company, Anesco, has been set up by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and zouk ventures.

MoU signed for European offshore supergrid

An agreement to develop an offshore electricity grid has been signed by 10 Ministers from all the European North Sea countries.

Corrected: Marine energy medal and medal design competition announced

The Scottish Government has announced an annual award under the auspices of the Saltire Prize for marine energy innovation, for contributions to the development of wave and tidal power; the award is to be presented in March 2011.

SunPower constructs 1 MW solar system at Masdar City

SunPower Corp has constructed a 1 MW solar power system on the roof of the Masdar Institute building, Masdar City, located on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.

RWE builds 50 MW biomass CHP plant in UK RWE builds 50 MW biomass CHP plant in UK

RWE npower renewables has started construction on its 50 MW biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Markinch, Fife, Scotland.

Renewable energy has strong support from UK young

A report on support for renewable energy among young people in the UK shows that a large majority are positive to renewable energy.

SunPower and E.ON build 3.4 MW solar power in Italy

SunPower Corp will build a 3.4 MW ground-mounted solar power plant in the Lazio region of Italy for E.ON Climate and Renewables Italia Solar Srl.

Aquamarine awards £4m wave power contract to BiFab Aquamarine awards £4m wave power contract to BiFab

Wave energy developer Aquamarine Power has awarded the contract to build its next generation Oyster 2 wave energy device to Scottish contractor Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab).

UK electricity producers caution against EPS

UK electricity producers caution against support for an Emission Performance Standard by Energy and Climate Change Committee.

Mitsubishi R&D hub for offshore wind technology to Scotland

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe Ltd (MPSE) plans to invest up to £100 million in an engineering facility to carry our research and development into offshore wind turbine technology in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Siemens sets up wind turbine factories in China and the US

Siemens has opened a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Shanghai, China, and a wind turbine nacelle production plant in Hutchinson, Kansas, as well as selecting Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada for a Canadian wind turbine blade site.

Alstom supplies hydropower equipment to Turkey Alstom supplies hydropower equipment to Turkey

Alstom will deliver hydropower equipment and services for the 236 MW Arkun hydropower plant on the Çoruh River, Turkey.

ROI and funding issues hampers European offshore wind

The offshore wind industry has moved from a niche market to a maturing industry, however securing funding and low returns on investment are major issues for players in this sector, according to KPMG.

German solar PV installations to fall in 2011 German solar PV installations to fall in 2011

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market is predicted to see double-digit growth in 2011, growing to 19 GW, but the German market is predicted to decline.

Gamesa and Eolia develop wind farms in Mexico

Gamesa and Eolia Renovables de Inversiones will develop two wind energy projects in Mexico, for which Gamesa will supply wind turbines with a combined installed capacity of 324 MW.

MCT aims for tidal energy farm in Scotland by 2013

UK tidal energy company, Marine Current Turbines (MCT), aims to install a 5 MW tidal energy farm in Scotland by 2013.

Gamesa sets up wind turbine nacelle facility in Brazil Gamesa sets up wind turbine nacelle facility in Brazil

Gamesa will set up a 300 MW wind turbine nacelle facility in Brazil following a memorandum of intentions with Jacques Wagner, Governor of the Brazilian state of Bahia.

Germany’s power grid could handle 1 million electric vehicles

Germany’s utilities believe that the Federal Government’s objective of having roughly 1 million electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2020 would not pose any problems for the electricity grid.

Sharp begins mass production of crystalline solar cells in Sakai, Japan Sharp begins mass production of crystalline solar cells in Sakai, Japan

Sharp Corporation will start mass production of its new single crystalline solar cell at its solar cell plant in Green Front Sakai, Sakai City, Osaka, Japan.

Trina Solar’s net income doubles in Q3 2010

Trina Solar has more than doubled its net income to US$82.9 million in the third quarter (Q3) of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.