News for January 2011

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China: 248 GW of wind power in 2010

China is expected to have reached a total installed wind power capacity of 248 GW in 2020 representing a compound annual growth rate of almost 23%.

Kyocera installs solar PV at Japanese schools Kyocera installs solar PV at Japanese schools

Kyocera Corporation has installed solar power generating systems at over 1200 public schools in Japan.

GE wind service agreement with Cobra Energia

GE will provide servicing for wind farm developer Cobra Energia in Spain under a 10 year agreement.

Cella Energy developing safe, low-pressure hydrogen storage in microfibers or microbeads

In the UK, a new spinout company from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is developing a novel technology that allows hydrogen to be stored in a cheap and practical way. Cella Energy Ltd is working on a way of making microfibers and microbeads that can store large quantities of hydrogen at low pressure.

IT to gain from world smart grid roll-out

The IT industry could be the winner of the global US$34 billion smart grid market, according to Lux Research.

REC installs solar PV system in German Ikea stores

REC Solar's modules have been installed on rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at two Ikea stores in Germany

Vestas opens wind office in Romanian capital

Vestas has opened an office in Bucharest to serve the wind energy market in Romania and the Balkan region.

Chinese wind turbine blade producer GL certified

Chinese wind turbine blade producer, Tianjin Dongqi Wind Turbine Blade Co Ltd has been awarded GL Shop Approval from GL Renewables Certification for composite wind turbine blades production.

DCNS buys stake in tidal company OpenHydro

DCNS is acquiring an 8% holding in Irish tidal energy company OpenHydro for €14 million.

Arkema and INES laboratory for solar PV polymers

Arkema and CEA teams from Institut National de l'Energie Solaire (INES) have set up a private-public research laboratory for the development of polymer materials for the various solar photovoltaic (PV) module technologies in France.

Spain generated 3% of its electricity from solar in 2010 Spain generated 3% of its electricity from solar in 2010

Despite the reductions in support for solar system, Spanish solar systems now deliver electricity in the TWh range making solar bigger than hydro or coal, and Spain now produces more wind and solar power than California.

Langlee E2 wave power device doubles output Langlee E2 wave power device doubles output

Langlee’s E2 wave power device has achieved peak efficiency improvements of 40% and a 100% increase in yearly production compared to a test in 2009.

Conergy sells heat pump business to SmartHeat

Conergy has agreed to sell its solar heat pump subsidiary Güstrower Wärmepumpen to SmartHeat.

UK offshore wind transmission projects bidders announced

Ofgem E-Serve has announced the 8 qualifying bidders competing to provide high-voltage transmission links for three UK offshore wind projects.

ACAL Energy preparing first installation of low-cost fuel cell system, for field validation ACAL Energy preparing first installation of low-cost fuel cell system, for field validation

In the UK, ACAL Energy and its development partners have put the ground works in place to install the world’s first FlowCath® fuel cell technology system to be used in a practical application, at the Warrington, Cheshire site of Solvay Interox Ltd.

Siemens installs offshore wind grid link for DanTysk

Siemens will install a grid connection for DanTysk offshore wind farm, part of the SylWin offshore wind farm cluster in the North Sea for TenneT.

Allianz invests over €1bn in wind and solar power

Allianz has invested over €1 billion in 30 wind farms and solar parks in Germany, France and Italy since 2005.

Siemens and Suntech join forces on solar PV

Siemens Energy and Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd have entered a framework agreement under which Suntech’s solar photovoltaic (PV) modules will be supplied to projects in Europe.

Tequila by-product as bioenergy crop Tequila by-product as bioenergy crop

Agave, often used in alcoholic drinks and fibres, could be a potential bioenergy crop, according to researchers.

AMSC receives US$9m wind turbine order from India

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has been awarded a US$9 million follow-on order for wind turbine electrical control systems from Indian manufacturer Inox Wind.

Tenesol builds farm rooftop solar PV system in France Tenesol builds farm rooftop solar PV system in France

Tenesol has completed a 7 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roofs of farm buildings in Southern France.

Breakthrough in solar PV module recycling

There has been a breakthrough in solar photovoltaic (PV) module recycling, according to experts at the 2nd International conference on PV Module Recycling in Madrid, Spain.

Feed-in tariffs drive nearly 2 GW of solar PV in Italy

Italy has officially reported that 1850 MW of new solar photovoltaics (PV) systems were installed in 2010, substantially exceeding industry estimates.

Global energy industry down, renewable energy up

The potential investment value of new power projects globally fell 53% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2010 compared to Q3, according to the EIC Monitor, whereas renewable energy projects have seen growth in number of projects and potential investment value.

More stable grid connection for wind turbines

Through designing methods for detecting positive sequences, wind turbines operating at high potential could obtain more stable grid connection, according to a recent PhD thesis.

Consortium wins offshore wind contract in Wales

RWE npower renewables has announced the new manufacturer of wind turbine foundations for the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm in North Wales.

Gamesa turbines sold to New Zealand wind farm

Gamesa has entered the Asia-Pacific market with the sale of 9 wind turbines to Pioneer Generation for a New Zealand wind farm.

Irish tidal power company gets €2m of investment

Irish tidal power company OpenHydro could receive up to €2 million from Bord Gáis Energy in a deal where Bord Gáis Energy becomes a shareholder in OpenHydro.

UK geothermal project gets funding

A project to refit the Southampton District Energy Scheme’s deep geothermal well has received £200,000 from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

French solar bubble bursting?

France imposed a three-month stop to new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in December, to end what the Government has called a ‘speculative bubble’.

Launch of renewable industry group in Northern Ireland Launch of renewable industry group in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Renewable Industry Group (NIRIG), a representative body for the renewable energy industry, has been officially launched.

Energy research Centre of the Netherlands lays off 96

The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) has to dismiss 96 employees following the Dutch Government’s decision to discontinue a research subsidy of €8 million from the start of this year.

Wave and tidal energy spend to hit US$1.2bn by 2015

Global spending on wave and tidal energy may reach US$1.2 billion over the next five years, according to energy business analyst Douglas-Westwood.

Landis+Gyr to build smart grid in China

Landis+Gyr will supply 10,000 polyphase commercial and industrial smart meters to the State Grid Corporation of China for use in 6 provinces.

WFES 2011: Renewable energy opportunities in developing world

There is a positive investment outlook for renewable energy in fast developing countries such as India, China, Brazil and the MENA region, according to discussions at the World Future Energy Summit 2011.

InnoLas laser systems for 300 MW of solar thin-film

InnoLas Systems GmbH is to deliver laser processing systems for the manufacture of solar thin-film modules with a total annual production volume output of 300 MW.

Parity Solar in Chinese JV

Parity Solar and China National Building Materials (CNBM) will cooperate on expanding Parity’s existing solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing facility in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China to an annual production of 500 MW.

TUV certifies Kyocera solar modules

TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd has certified Kyocera Corporation’s solar modules after they passed TUV’s ‘Long-Term Sequential Tests’.

Hull to host Siemens offshore wind turbine factory

Siemens has signed an agreement with Associated British Ports to build a factory for offshore wind turbines in Hull, UK.

German solar industry agrees solar PV tariff reductions

The German Government has reached an agreement with the country’s solar industry to tailor solar photovoltaic (PV) feed-in tariffs to installed capacity.

Gamesa still no. 1 wind turbine provider in Spain

Gamesa maintains its number one position in the Spanish wind market with a 2010 market share of 50.18% – an increase from 2009’s 34.4%.

Isofoton and Indra collaborate on solar CPV tracker

Isofoton and Indra will collaborate on the development of a high concentration (HCPV) tracker, monitoring and control systems for concentrating solar photovoltaic (CPV) installations and grid connected inverters.

WFES 2011: Global energy demand to rise 25% by 2030

Global energy demand is set to rise 25% by 2030, according to speakers at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011 Technology Forum in Abu Dhabi.

Gamesa offshore wind technology centre to Scotland

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa plans to set up its offshore wind technology centre in Glasgow, Scotland, creating 130 jobs.

CO2 as renewable energy storage vessel

Research from Det Norske Veritas (DNV) shows that CO2 could be used, amongst other things, as storage for renewable energy.

Asia drives solar PV manufacturing equipment growth

Spending on solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing equipment grew for the 6th consecutive quarter driven by rising demand from Asia, according to Solarbuzz.

Innotech and Perfekta buy REC solar module factory

Innotech Solar and Perfekta Solar have bought REC's struggling solar photovoltaic (PV) module production plant in Glava, Sweden.

Anaconda wave energy device closer to commercialisation

Checkmate Seaenergy Ltd has appointed Brewin Dolphin to lead an initial funding round to finance the development of the Anaconda Wave Energy Converter.

Offshore wind farm maintenance vessel designed Offshore wind farm maintenance vessel designed

Offshore Ship Designers have designed an offshore wind farm maintenance vessel said to improve uptime of deepwater wind turbines.

GE wind turbines to Romania

GE will deliver wind turbines to wind farm developer Monsson Alma for two projects that will add 35 MW of wind capacity to Romania.

Gamesa supplies 20 MW of wind turbines to Turkey

Gamesa will supply 20 MW of wind turbines to Kiroba Elektrik Uretim for the Madranbaba wind farm in Aydin, Turkey.

Titan Tracker develops use of Stirling engine for CSP

Titan Tracker claims to have made a breakthrough in using Stirling engines for utility-scale solar energy generation.

Europe close to 3 GW offshore wind power Europe close to 3 GW offshore wind power

Europe is now close to 3 GW of installed offshore wind power capacity, according to numbers from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

SSE heads new offshore wind alliance

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has entered into an alliance with five companies to make its offshore wind programme more efficient.

AMSC supplies wind farm grid connections to UK

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) will deliver its D-VAR reactive compensation solution for wind farms to wind farms in the UK.

Vestas donates Zayed money to runner-ups

Ditlev Engel, CEO of Vestas, says the company will give the US$1.5 million prize money from the Zayed Future Energy Prize to the runner-ups.

Deliveries start for Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm

The first deliveries of wind turbines and towers have started for Vattenfall’s 150 MW Osmonde Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea.

Consumer label for wind energy

A global consumer label identifying corporations and products made with wind energy is being put together by businesses and non-profit organisations under the name WindMade.

UK lags behind Germany in renewable energy race

The UK is lagging behind Germany in the race to benefit from green and renewable business opportunities, according to the Carbon Trust.

Vestas wins Zayed Future Energy Prize

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has won the US$1.5 million 2011 Zayed Future Energy Prize for its pioneering role in the wind energy industry.

Turkey adopts limited feed-in law

Turkey has revised its limited feed-in tariff law for renewable energy with the adoption of a similarly limited policy.

UK Green Investment Bank to drive renewable energy, not nuclear

The UK Government has come under criticism for potentially funding the development of nuclear power through the Green Investment Bank.

Narec launches renewable energy consultancy

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) and Ashberg have launched Narec Capital, will work as a consultancy providing access to Narec’s intellectual property and engineering capabilities and giving relevant information to potential investors and insurers.

Solar PV installations reached 17.5 GW in 2010 Solar PV installations reached 17.5 GW in 2010

New solar photovoltaic (PV) installations grew by 130% to reach 17.5 GW in 2010 and growth is set to continue in 2011, says analyst IMS Research.

Production resumes at Skykon's Scottish wind turbine factory

The wind turbine factory in Machrihanish in Argyll has resumed production after parent company Skykon filed for bankruptcy.

CSP market threatened by rise of solar PV

The growing market in concentrated solar power (CSP) is being seriously challenged by the dropping price of solar photovoltaics (PV), according to GTM Research.

Greater Gabbard and Walney offshore wind farm start up

The UK offshore wind farms Greater Gabbard and Walney have generated electricity for the first time, says Scottish and Southern Energy Plc (SSE).

Bureau Veritas guidance for floating offshore wind turbines

Bureau Veritas has issued guidelines for the classification and certification of floating offshore wind turbines specifying the environmental conditions under which they may serve.

REpower delivers 150 wind turbines to Canadian wind farm

REpower Systems AG will deliver 54 of its MM82 wind turbines and 96 MM92 units to Saint-Laurent Énergies Consortium (SLE) for the 300 MW Lac Alfred wind farm in Québec, Canada.

Masdar PV and Beck Energy build 6 MWp German solar farm

Masdar PV will supply 65,000 solar modules to a 6 MWp solar farm in Luckenwalde, Germany, in partnership with Beck Energy GmbH.

Solar energy benefits most from UK feed-in tariffs

Solar has taken the lead in the UK renewable energy market as a result of favourable feed-in tariffs, according to a new report by technology analyst Greenbang.

Oxford PV develops new thin-film solar cell

Oxford Photovoltaics (Oxford PV) has developed a new solid state thin-film solar cell made from cheap, non-toxic materials which can be printed onto glass or walls.

UN's Ban Ki-Moon to speak at World Future Energy Summit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will address Heads of State and international delegates.

Evergreen Solar to close US silicon wafer factory

Evergreen Solar, which manufactures String Ribbon solar products, has announced the closure of its factory in Devens, Massachusetts, due to stiff competition from China.

India to build Asia's first commercial tidal power plant India to build Asia's first commercial tidal power plant

Asia's first commercial tidal power plant will be built in the Indian state of Gujarat with an initial 50 MW capacity.

MASDAR PV abandons plans for UAE solar manufacturing hub

The Government's national clean energy organisation said a lack of local demand for renewable energy was to blame.

NRG introduces an 80-metre XHD tilt-up tower

Built on the same platform as the company’s 60-metre XHD system, the 80-metre tower incorporates bolted joints for a stiffer, stronger tower to measure the wind at taller heights.

Vietnamese hydropower plant grid connected

Electricity of Vietnam’s (EVN) Son La Hydro Power Plant Unit 1 has been commissioned and synchronised to the grid.

AMSC agrees sixth wind turbine licence in China

American Superconductor Association (AMSC) has granted its sixth wind turbine licence in China to Beijing JINGCHENG New Energy (JCNE).

Centrosolar signs exclusive solar PV module deal with TSMC Centrosolar signs exclusive solar PV module deal with TSMC

TSMC has agreed to make Centrosolar the exclusive European manufacturer of its crystalline solar modules.

BOREAS buys 19 Vestas wind turbines

Vestas will deliver 19 of its V90 2 MW wind turbines with a hub height of 125 m to BOREAS Energie GmbH for a 38 MW wind project in Germany.

Shepherd builds wind and marine test rig facilities for Narec

Shepherd Construction will build three facilities for test rigs for full-scale wind and marine prototypes for the UK National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Blyth.

Trina and GCL-Poly enter solar wafer and polysilicon agreement

Trina Solar has signed a supplemental long-term solar wafer and polysilicon product supply agreement with GCL Solar Energy Technology Company Ltd, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd (GCL-Poly).

Conergy steps up solar production to meet high demand

Solar system manufacter Conergy is increasing production following high demand for its products in 2010, as well as opening a new factory in California.

GE supplies 18 wind turbines to Northern France

GW will supply 18 wind turbines for a new project in one of France's most windy areas.

Thailand builds 34 solar farms totalling 204 MW

Thailand’s Solar Power Co Ltd is building 34, 6 MW solar farms in north-eastern Thailand using around 1 million Kyocera solar modules totalling 204 MW.

Nordex installs wind turbines in Hamburg Nordex installs wind turbines in Hamburg

Nordex has installed two 2.5 MW N100/2500 wind turbines at Dradenau sewage treatment plant in Hamburg, Germany.

PV julist and juwi install rooftop solar PV in Germany PV julist and juwi install rooftop solar PV in Germany

PV julist and juwi have installed a 7.4 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system at Goodyear Dunlop’s logistics centre in Philippsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

UK-China MoU on low-carbon energy

The UK and China have entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop partnership schemes for promoting low-carbon growth in China.

DONG Energy and Siemens to test offshore wind turbines

Siemens Wind Power will supply DONG Energy with three new offshore wind turbines as part of a £50 million project.

RWE Innogy acquires two new wind farms in Poland

RWE Innogy has more than doubled its wind capacity in Poland following the purchase of Gamesa's 32 MW Piecki wind farm and the 35 MW Tychowo site.

Miscanthus hybrid could aid biofuel production Miscanthus hybrid could aid biofuel production

A hybrid of Miscanthus x giganteus, believed to be a viable feedstock for lignocellulosic biofuel production, could make supply more secure, according to researchers in the USA and Japan.

Geothermal prize to three UK projects

A total of £1.1 million has been awarded to three geothermal projects in the UK from the second round of the Government’s Deep Geothermal Challenge Fund.

LDK Solar ups outlook

LDK Solar Co Ltd has upped its outlook for the fourth quarter 2010 and fiscal year 2011.

UK regulator reveals feed-in tariff generator details

Ofgem has published the first database showing the location and capacity of registered renewable energy feed-in tariff generators in the UK - but not how much electricity they produce.

UNI-SOLAR solar PV laminates installed on cruise ship UNI-SOLAR solar PV laminates installed on cruise ship

United Solar's solar photovoltaic (PV) laminates have been installed by BAM Solar on a second Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

Turkey implements feed-in tariff, Spain cuts

While Turkey tries to catch up with the international renewable energy industry by introducing its first, well thought-out feed-in tariff, Spain has reduced solar funding on the quiet, says EuPD Research.

Metso biomass CHP plant to Oü Helme, Estonia Metso biomass CHP plant to Oü Helme, Estonia

Metso will supply a €15 million biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant to Oü Helme Energia in Helme, Estonia.

Solar PV module capacity outpaces demand Solar PV module capacity outpaces demand

Solar photovoltaic (PV) module production capacity increased almost 70% in 2010, reaching nearly 30 GW by year end and will continue to grow, but installations are to slow down, according to IMS Research.

Green patents times speed up in UK

Green patent applications in the UK are being processed four times faster following fast-tracking green patent applications.

Draka supplies subsea cables to Welsh offshore wind farm

Draka Offshore will provide subsea array cabling for the 576 MW Welsh Gwynt y Mor Offshore Wind Farm under a €25 million inter-array cabling contract with RWE npower renewables.

Åmliden wind farm in Sweden to start construction

NV Nordisk Vindkraft AB and HgCapital have signed agreements for the sale, construction and financing of the 41 MW Åmliden wind farm in Malå Municipality, Västerbotten, Sweden.

REpower reduces 2011 outlook – looks to Asia

REpower Systems AG has reduced its outlook for 2011 now expecting performance of €1.25-1.35 billion from the previous estimate of €1.5-1.6bn.

Vestas delivers 21 MW of wind turbines to German wind farm Vestas delivers 21 MW of wind turbines to German wind farm

Vestas will deliver 7 of its V112 3 MW wind turbines to Erneubare Energien Teetzleben GmbH & Co KG for the 21 MW Breesen-Teetzleben Wind Farm in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.

M+W Solar builds solar PV power plant in Italy

M+W Solar GmbH will engineer and construct a 5 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Oria, Apulia, Italy.

Voltwerk inverters in Calyxo solar thin-film modules

Voltwerk’s VS Series of single phase string solar inverters can now be used with solar thin-film modules from Calyzo GmbH.

Quantas and Solena cooperate on biojet fuel Quantas and Solena cooperate on biojet fuel

Australian airline Quantas and US biomass fuel company Solena could form a £200 million biojet fuel joint venture using waste to produce jet fuel.

Germany's solar subsidies subsiding – where to next?

As Germany winds down its solar subsidies, industry players will be scrambling to find the next big growth market, says Lux Research.

Renewable energy meets quarter of Scottish electricity

Renewable energy met 27.4% of electricity demand in Scotland in 2009, according to Government statistics on renewable energy generation.

Ultra Electronics acquires US solid oxide fuel cell developer Adaptive Materials

UK-based Ultra Electronics Holdings has acquired Adaptive Materials Inc, a solid oxide fuel cell developer in the US, from its founders, Dr Aaron and Michelle Crumm, for $23.0 million.

RES consent for 99 MW Dunmaglass Wind Farm, Scotland

RES has received consent from the Scottish Government to build the 99 MW Dunmaglass Wind Farm south of Inverness, Scotland.

SolarWorld offer for Solarparc

SolarWorld AG has published the offer document for the voluntary public take-over of all shares of Solarparc AG as announced on 15 November 2010.

Trina Solar completes 5 MW Indian solar power plant

Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co Ltd has completed a 5 MW solar power plant developed by Lanco Infratech Ltd (ITL) in India.

WFES 2011 to explore new renewable energy technologies

Technological advances and breakthroughs in renewable energy, the way they help drive down costs, drive up capacity and reliability, and the challenges and opportunities presented by new and developing technologies will be discussed at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011 Technology Forum this month.

First Solar and Guangdong develop solar project in Inner Mongolia

First Solar Inc and China Guangdong Nuclear Solar Energy Development Co Ltd will develop the 30 MW Phase 1 of the previously announced solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Ordos, Inner Mongolia.

Doosan buys US$10m of AMSC wind turbine electrical control systems

South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co Ltd is buying over US$10 million worth of wind turbine electrical control systems from American Superconductor (AMSC).

EU to exceed 20% renewable energy by 2020

The EU could exceed its 20% renewable energy target by 2020, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

SunPower sells Italian solar power plants

SunPower has completed the sale of two solar power plants in the Lazio region of Italy totalling 57 MW.

Vestas delivers 240 MW of wind turbines

Vestas will deliver a total of 240 MW of wind turbines to projects in Germany and Poland over the next two years.

REC gets NOK1.1bn solar wafer contract

REC has signed a three-year multicrystalline solar wafer supply contract worth NOK1.1 billion (~€141 million) with an undisclosed Asian solar cell producer.

Six finalists chosen for Zayed Future Energy Prize

The top six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize to be awarded this month at the World Future Energy Summit were announced just before Christmas.

UK renewable energy supplies up 23% in Q3 2010

The supply of renewable energy in the UK rose 23.1% to 6.98 TWh in the third quarter 2010/2011 compared to the same period last year.