News for May 2011

News Archive

GE gas power plant to provide grid stability for renewable energy

GE says its FlexEfficiency 50 Combined Cycle gas power plant could provide the stability needed to include more renewable energy in the grid due to quick ramp-up and down times.

Wind power could meet Japan’s energy shortfall

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has called for urgent action to exploit Japan’s wind power potential.

Gamesa sells 48 MW Polish wind farm

Gamesa is selling the 48 MW wind farm in the Pomorskie region of Poland to the utility PGE Energia Odnawialna.

149.4 MW of Vestas wind turbines to Canada

Vestas will deliver 149.9 MW worth of wind turbines to an undisclosed project in Canada.

Hydropower tunnel under Niagara Falls

A 10 km tunnel under the Niagara Falls has been drilled to increase the output of the hydropower plant, Sir Adam Beck Generating Station, in Ontario, Canada.

Dow introduces COMPAXX wind blade core material

Dow Formulated Systems is introducing the COMPAXX™ 700 foam core material for use in the manufacture of wind turbine blades.

Torresol commissions 19.9 MW Spanish CSP plant Torresol commissions 19.9 MW Spanish CSP plant

Torresol Energy, a joint venture between Masdar and SENER, has commissioned the 19.9 MW Gemasolar concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Seville, Spain.

United Solar opens solar facility in Ontario, Canada

United Solar, a subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) has opened its US$12 million solar products and systems manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada.

Solar PV inverter shipments down 39% in Q1 2011 Solar PV inverter shipments down 39% in Q1 2011

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter shipments fell 39% to 4 GW in Q1 2011 compared to Q4 2010, but increased 31% from Q1’10, according to IMS Research.

UK pumps £220m into green and renewable economy

The UK Government has announced it will invest over £200 million on innovation centres focusing on green and renewable energy, and £20m into two clean technology funds.

Roll-to-roll flexible solar thin-film with 10% efficiency

The Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has developed a roll-to-roll system depositing CIGS solar thin-film on a 25 µm thin polymer film with a 10% efficiency.

£10m renewable energy bond in the UK

Wind Prospect Group has launched a £10 million corporate retail bond onto the UK market for renewable energy.

RWE Innogy sets up 150 MW hydropower JV in Serbia

RWE Innogy and the Serbian energy utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) have formed a joint venture (JV) to develop 150 MW of hydropower plants in Belgrade, Serbia.

SolarWorld supplies 33 MW solar plant in Ontario

SolarWorld is supplying solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to a 33 MW installation at a 300 acres site in southeast Ontario, Canada.

Nordex selects FiberSIM software to develop wind turbine blades Nordex selects FiberSIM software to develop wind turbine blades

Wind turbine maker Nordex has purchased VISTAGY Inc's FiberSIM® software to streamline its design-to-manufacturing process for composite wind turbine blades.

Further details on UK Green Investment Bank

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable has given more detail on the governance and business model of the Green Investment Bank (GIB).

ForWind and Fraunhofer join wind research forces

ForWind and Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) are setting up the National Wind Energy Research Association to cooperate on most aspects of wind energy research.

REC cuts solar production on tough market

Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) says it will reduce production of solar wafers, cells and modules, from 1 July in response to the current market conditions, cutting 500 jobs.

Vestas could supply 92 MW of wind turbines to India

Vestas says it can confirm it is in negotiations with GP Wind regarding a 92 MW wind turbine order in India.

UK Green Investment Bank a step closer

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is one step closer to operation as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg outlines further details.

Ceramic Fuel Cells, RES Group sign BlueGen sales, service agreement for UK

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd has signed a distribution agreement with RES On-Site Ltd to market, sell, install, and service Ceramic Fuel Cells’ BlueGen™ solid oxide fuel cell gas-to-electricity units in the UK.

Scotch whisky biomass CHP starts construction Scotch whisky biomass CHP starts construction

Construction on a £60.5 million biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Rothes in Speyside, Scotland, has begun.

Communities empower wind

Community power ownership increases the acceptance of wind farms, according to the World Wind Energy Association’s (WWEA) Community Power definition study.

Global solar PV module inventories reach 10 GW

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) module inventory levels have reached over 10 GW in the second quarter of 2011, the highest amount recorded to date, according to IMS Research.

Is the bioethanol market reaching its limit?

Biofuels are more and more in demand with increasing oil prices and policies promoting emission reductions, but can the biofuels market source enough feedstocks to meet demand?

Trucks and buses on Neste Oil’s biodiesel

The Challenge Bibendum in Berlin saw Iveco trucks and buses running on Neste Oil’s NExBTL biodiesel.

Gamesa to invest €50m in renewable energy companies

Gamesa will invest up to €50 million over the next five years to buy stakes in companies developing promising renewable energy technologies.

Four solar thermal towers planned in Extremadura

Torresol Energy is planning four solar thermal towers under its 200 MW Parsolex solar thermal electricity project in the province of Badajoz, Spain.

DNV and Swedish STRI cooperate on offshore wind power transmission

DNV and the Swedish Transmission Research Institute (STRI) are cooperating on solutions for power transmission in the offshore and wind energy sectors.

DuPont Apollo thin-film solar PV to India

DuPont Apollo Ltd and Wipro EcoEnergy of India have entered a strategic supply agreement on silicon-based thin-film tandem solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for Wipro EcoEnergy’s upcoming grid-based solar power projects in India.

All-Energy: Scottish vertical-axis wind turbine and hydro unit All-Energy: Scottish vertical-axis wind turbine and hydro unit

Caledonia Green Innovation Ltd presented its Sycamore vertical axis-wind turbine and Nymph hydro unit at All-Energy in Aberdeen, Scotland.

All-Energy: SMT unveils tidal energy platform All-Energy: SMT unveils tidal energy platform

Sustainable Marine Technologies (SMT) is planning a common platform to carry a range of horizontal axis tidal energy devices, the PLAT-O.

All-Energy: Offshore lifting system for renewable energy industry All-Energy: Offshore lifting system for renewable energy industry

Chemicals company Aubin launched its Gel Lift System (GLS) that can be used to install offshore renewable energy such as wind, wave and tidal at All-Energy in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Heliocentris fuel cell emergency power supply in operation at German council

In Germany, a new emergency power supply based on the Nexa 1200 fuel cell system from Heliocentris Energy Solutions has entered operation with Meiningen City Council.

All-Energy: Langlee Wave Power’s device to New Zealand

Langlee Wave Power will deliver a test wave power device to deployed off Stewart Island, New Zeland, in 2012 for Tangaroa Energy.

All-Energy: EMEC to bridge gap between tank and full-scale wave and tidal testing

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is opening two test sites to bridge the gap between tank testing and full-scale offshore trials for wave and tidal power.

All-Energy: AREG launches offshore wind portfolio

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) has launched a portfolio of Aberdeen City and Shire’s offshore wind energy credentials and achievements at All-Energy in Aberdeen, Scotland.

All-Energy: Aquamarine secures seabed rights for 40 MW wave energy

Aquamarine Power has secured seabed leases to capture up to 40 MW of wave energy off the west coast of Lewis, the wave power company announced at All-Energy in Aberdeen, Scotland.

UK aims to lead the pack on addressing climate change

The UK is to put in place the most ambitious targets on greenhouse gases of any developed country, with the Government saying it will halve carbon dioxide emissions by 2025.

Composites benefit roof-mounted solar PV modules

New company TULiPPS™ Solar BV has been established to commercialise a lightweight solar photovoltaic (PV) module that harnesses the benefits of automotive-grade composites to solve various issues asssociated with conventional roof-mounted PV modules based on aluminium frames.

All-Energy: Wave farm agreed for Shetland

Aegir Wave Power Ltd, a joint venture between Vattenfall AB Pelamis Wave Power Ltd, has secured an Agreement to Lease from to develop a wave farm off the Shetland Islands from The Crown Estate.

All-Energy: Scotland aims for 100% renewable energy

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said in a recording played at All-Energy that the Scottish Government aims for 100% renewable energy by 2020.

All-Energy: Renewable energy priorities for the new Scottish Government

Scottish Renewables has outlined what the re-elected Scottish Government must do to meet its proposed target of 100% renewable energy by 2020.

All-Energy: Scottish offshore wind test site calls for partners

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland, is calling for innovators to bring their technologies to the 11 wind turbine site.

UK could be a renewable energy goldmine

The UK could be sitting on a renewable energy goldmine if the Government gets the Electricity Market Reform right, according to KPMG.

OWEL to test wave energy converter OWEL to test wave energy converter

Offshore Wave Energy Ltd (OWEL) has been given the go ahead to develop a wave energy converter demonstrator and is now engaged in an equity funding-round to commercialise the business.

ETI project: 90 m offshore wind turbine blades

The UK Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has announced a project to develop wind turbine blades over 90 m long for the next generation offshore wind turbines.

Alstom modernises Russian hydropower plant

Alstom Hydro France, Alstom Russia and the Russian United Energy-Construction Corporation (OEK) will modernise the Cascade of Kubansky hydropower plant in Russia with Russia’s largest hydropower company, RusHydro.

Gurit exhibits at WINDPOWER 2011 Gurit exhibits at WINDPOWER 2011

Composite materials supplier Gurit will showcase its latest wind energy products at the WINDPOWER 2011 exhibition in California next week.

Call for ethical standards for biofuels

As biofuels become more widespread, there is a need to ensure that biofuels are produced in an ethical manner, according to an article in the latest issue of the journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy.

UK Government should be upfront about nuclear subsidies

The UK Government should be upfront about nuclear ‘hidden’ subsidies, warns the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) in its review of the Electricity Market Reform (EMR).

Ecuador adopts feed-in tariffs

The electricity authority of Ecuador adopted a system of feed-in tariffs for the development of renewable energy in April 2011. The regulations cover both continental Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.

Chinese direct drive offshore wind turbines with Converteam technology

China’s Envision Energy will use Converteam’s direct drive permanent magnet generator (DD-PMG) and MV3000 full power converter in its 3.6 MW offshore wind turbine, GC-1.

Korean green growth centre opens in Denmark

The Republic of Korea’s Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is establishing its first regional office outside the Republic of Korea at Risø DTU in Denmark.

Scatec Solar opens 4 MW solar PV plant in Italy

Scatec Solar and Kokusai-Geosolar Group have completed a 4 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant near San Marzano in Southern Italy.

Intersolar Award shortlist announced

Intersolar Europe has announced the shortlist for its Intersolar Award for “pioneering products and services” within the solar industry.

Brazilian wind farm buys 80 MW of Vestas wind turbines

Galvao Energia has ordered 40 Vestas 2 MW wind turbines for a wind farm project in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

Gamesa Q1 profit soars on new markets

Gamesa has seen a 67% jump in net profit to €13 million in the first quarter (Q1) of 2011 with international markets driving sales.

Turkey builds 72 MW wind farm

Turkey is building a 72 MW wind turbine in Kayseri using 36 of Vestas 2 MW wind turbines.

South Wales opens £38m wind turbine tower factory South Wales opens £38m wind turbine tower factory

A £38 million wind turbine tower factory is being opened in Mabey Bridge in Chepstow, South Wales, UK.

SolarWorld reports strong Q1 2011

SolarWorld has seen a strong first quarter (Q1) of 2011 with net income more than doubling to €12.5 million compared to the same period last year.

Conergy increases sales despite difficult market

Conergy has seen an 8.6% rise in sales in the first quarter of 2011 to €163.3 million despite difficult market conditions.

Q-Cells hit by weak demand and regulatory uncertainty

Q-Cells’ first quarter (Q1) results have been hit by weak demand and regulatory uncertainty in France and Italy with sales dropping 46% to €125.1 million.

Trojan Battery expands renewable energy storage offering

Trojan Battery Company is expanding its AGM product line of deep-cycle batteries for renewable energy storage.

Vestas could build 7 MW offshore wind turbines in the UK Vestas could build 7 MW offshore wind turbines in the UK

Vestas has signed an option agreement for land at the Port of Sheerness, Kent, UK, for the potential building of an offshore wind turbine manufacturing and installation facility for its V164 7 MW offshore wind turbines.

Solar PV module shipments decline for first time in two years

Solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments declined in Q1’11 compared with the previous quarter, for the first time since the beginning of 2009, says IMS Research.

First Solar and China Power cooperate on solar PV

US solar thin-film giant First Solar has entered a strategic cooperation framework agreement with China Power International New Energy Holding Ltd (CPINE) for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in China, the US and other international markets.

Organic solar PV licence deal

Eight19 and Cambridge Enterprise, the University of Cambridge’s commercialisation group, have entered an intellectual property (IP) agreement on organic, plastic solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.

RenewableUK cautions against reducing offshore wind targets

RenewableUK warns against reducing the UK’s 2020 offshore wind targets in response to the recent report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Norwegian solar panels to Spain

Norwegian Innotech Solar is delivering 4.3 MWp of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and engineering services for a rooftop installation in Grenada, Spain.

IPCC report: 80% renewable energy by 2050

Renewable energy could contribute 80% of global energy supply by 2050, according to a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Qatar builds carbon neutral 2022 World Cup stadium Qatar builds carbon neutral 2022 World Cup stadium

Qatar is building a carbon neutral model stadium for the 2022 World Cup, which includes solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar cooling technologies.

Aston Martin running on bio-methanol Aston Martin running on bio-methanol

An Aston Martin Vantage FlexFuel was running on bio-methanol (M60) at the British round of the Dutch Supercar Challenge at Donington Park, UK, 7-8 May.

UK should aim for 30% renewable energy by 2030

The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has concluded that a renewable energy share of around 30% by 2030 would be “appropriate.”

Wave power device undergoing trials in Scotland

Ocean Power Technologies’ (OPT) has started ocean trials of its 150 kW PowerBuoy PB150 wave power device 33 nautical miles off Invergordon, North East Scotland.

Insurance partnership for South African renewable energy

Insurance provider GCube and South African underwriter C&G have entered a partnership with a total capacity available of just under ZAR4 billion for new renewable energy projects in South Africa.

BOC Hymera portable fuel cell generator now available for more applications

BOC in the UK has enhanced its Hymera portable fuel cell generator, making it suitable for a range of industrial applications, from construction and rail to marine and security.

Turkey commissions 320 MW hydropower plant Turkey commissions 320 MW hydropower plant

Turkey’s Sanko has commissioned a 320 MW hydropower plant on the Seyhan River using Alstom hydropower technology.

UK Policy Exchange calls for abolishing EU renewable target

The UK think tank Policy Exchange is calling on the UK to abolish its EU renewable energy target and rather focus on energy efficiency and other low-carbon technologies.

Welsh unis assess environmental impact of tidal power

Welsh universities are performing an environmental assessment of tidal power off the Pembrokeshire coast.

Gamesa delivers 300 MW of wind to China

Gamesa will deliver 300 MW of wind turbines to China Resources Power’s renewable energy arm, China Resources New Energy Group.

Italy passes feed-in tariff extension

Italy has passed Conto Energia IV under which current renewable energy tariffs will be reduced on a monthly basis until the end of 2012, effective from 1 June 2011.

Updated: Conergy launches solar module in Canada

Conergy Group is launching its Conergy ON solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to the Canadian market and has entered a manufacturing agreement in Ontario to ensure the solar modules are compliant with Ontario feed-in tariff requirements.

Oil & gas and offshore renewables must cooperate

The oil and gas industry will have to work together with the offshore renewables industry, according to legal firm Bond Pearce.

Biofuels only option for aviation transport industry?

Biofuels could be key for the aviation transport industry to reach its CO2 emission reduction targets, according to management and strategy consultancy Booz & Company.

Umeco exhibits wind blade products at All-Energy 2011 Umeco exhibits wind blade products at All-Energy 2011

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG), Richmond Aerovac and GRPMS will exhibit products for the manufacture of composite wind turbine blades at the All-Energy show in Scotland later this month.

Offshore wind needs industry-specific safety regulations

There is a need for specific offshore wind regulations to prevent accidents when developing offshore wind farms, according to offshore safety professionals.

Solar PV could reach 130-200 GW by 2015

Solar photovoltaic (PV) could reach 130-200 GW of installed capacity by 2015, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).

Kyocera delivers 6 MW of solar PV to Italy

Kyocera has supplied 6 MW worth of multicrystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a solar power plant near Turin, Italy.

Offshore renewable energy storage Offshore renewable energy storage

An Energy Bag has been developed for undersea compressed air energy storage (CAES) of offshore wind, wave and tidal power.

Intel aids MiaSolé with CIGS solar thin-film manufacturing

Intel and MiaSolé have entered a partnership where Intel will aid MiaSolé with its production of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar photovoltaics (PV).

Sunways falls into loss in Q1 2011

Sunways AG has reported an EBIT loss of €3.5 million in the first quarter (Q1) of 2011 compared to an operating profit of €4.7m in the same period last year.

Vestas’ net loss doubles in Q1 2011

Vestas has seen its net loss more than double to €85 million in the first quarter (Q1) of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 due to a low level of activity during the period.

Germany’s Baltic 1 offshore wind farm commissioned

Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm, the 48.3 MW EnBW Baltic 1, has been commissioned in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Germany.

Oil giant Total takes majority stake in SunPower

Oil and gas giant Total is buying 60% of SunPower’s Class A and B common shares for US$23.25 per share.

UK solar micro inverter company raises £25m

UK solar micro inverter systems provider Enecsys has raised £25 million in investment with £11m from Climate Change Capital Private Equity and the remaining balance from existing investors Wellington Partners, NES Partners and Good Energies.

110 MW of REpower wind turbines to Canada

REpower AG will supply a total of 110 MW of wind turbines for wind farms in Canada.

SunBorne and Suntech partner on 100 MW of Indian solar

SunBorne Energy and Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd will supply 100 MW of solar panels over the next two years for projects in India under a framework agreement.

Vestas: 100 MW of wind turbines to China

Vestas will deliver 100 MW worth of wind turbines to an undisclosed customer for a project in the Shandong Province, China.