News for July 2011

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Siemens signs direct drive wind turbine order

Siemens has signed a large order to supple direct drive wind turbines to Eneco's Lochluichart wind farm in Scotland.

Uterne solar plant opens in Australia

SunPower has announced the completion of the 1 MW Uterne tracking solar power plant in Alice Springs.

Gamesa and Iberdrola end wind farm agreement

The two Spanish companies will continue to work together to strengthen their positions in the wind energy industry.

Juhl Wind signs energy storage deal with Zinc Air

Zinc Air’s 1 MW energy storage system will be installed at Juhl Wind’s wind farm.

Offshore wind capacity increases in Europe

The capacity of offshore wind installations in Europe grew 4.5% during the first half of 2011, according to the EWEA.

First Solar claims record for CdTe solar efficiency

The 17.3% efficiency mark for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) solar photovoltaic (PV) cells has been confirmed by NREL.

REpower Systems sees revenue rise by 23%

The wind turbine manufacturer has posted preliminary results showing an increase in earnings and revenue.

'Smart’ PV inverter market to grow to 27 GW

Shipments of smart solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters are forecast to grow to 27 GW by 2015, according to IMS Research

Nedstack delivers world’s largest, 1 MW PEM fuel cell for chlorine plant in Antwerp-Lillo Nedstack delivers world’s largest, 1 MW PEM fuel cell for chlorine plant in Antwerp-Lillo

The Dutch fuel cell manufacturer Nedstack has transported its first 1 MW fuel cell power plant to the Solvay chlorine plant in Lillo, Belgium. This PEM Power Plant – the largest of this type in the world – will convert hydrogen, a by-product in the chlorine industry, into electricity and heat.

HaloIPT charging technology to power electric racing cars

The partnership with Drayson Racing will use HaloIPT’s wireless charging technology to power high-performance motorsport cars as they race around the track.

Thermax signs CPV deal with Amonix

Thermax and Amonix have signed a deal to bring concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology to India.

Shell opens green entrepreneur awards

UK companies with ideas to tackle climate change can now apply for Shell Springboard awards of up to £40,000.

SunPower Q2 revenue in line with forecasts

SunPower’s preliminary second quarter results reflect changing market conditions and policies in Germany and Italy.

DuPont buys silicon ink specialist Innovalight

DuPont has expanded its solar photovoltaic (PV) materials portfolio with the acquisition of Innovalight.

Bosch opens new solar PV centre

The new solar research and production centre in Germany will be powered by photovoltaic (PV) energy.

Centrosolar annual forecast downgraded

Centrosolar Group’s annual revenue forecast has been downgraded by approximately 20% following a reduction in market prices.

Kinlockleven hydropower scheme approved

A new hydropower scheme in the Highlands has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government.

RWE signs hydropower deal with Deutsche Bahn

RWE Innogy will supply Deutsche Bahn with electricity generated from hydropower for at least the next 15 years.

Solarplaza anticipates "PV oversupply this year"

Solarplaza has found that the top 10 solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers alone (in terms of 2011 announced module production capacity) could have met 2010 global module demand.

PV suppliers feel margin squeeze

IMS Research has found solar photovoltaic (PV) suppliers engaged in a price war and unable to reduce their costs as quickly as their prices.

Elsevier launches biofuel research tool

The new Elsevier tool gives professionals access to thousands of biofuel resources.

Tidal Energy wins £11m for Wales’ first full tidal power project

The full-scale tidal power generator will begin operating in 2012, having secured funding from the EU and other sources.

3TIER map measures solar in Australia

A new map developed by 3TIER appears to show correlation between a drop in Australia’s solar energy and the 2010 floods.

EU announces new biofuel certification

The European Commission has launched 7 green certification schemes for biofuels.

European smart meter market expected to grow by 26%

Frost & Sullivan predicts the highest smart meter growth in the UK, France and Spain over the next few years.

Applied Superconductor wins £3.6m backing Applied Superconductor wins £3.6m backing

The technology company is working on a device that could improve the UK smart grid.

ReneSola ships new solar wafers

Solar manufacturer ReneSola claims to have sold over 50 MW of its new Virtus solar modules and wafers.

Thames Tidal starts proof of concept trial Thames Tidal starts proof of concept trial

The company has installed a tidal device - the CoRMaT - alongside the HQS WELLINGTON in London.

Sekisui Jushi and Kyocera develop solar shelter Sekisui Jushi and Kyocera develop solar shelter

The multi-purpose solar shelter can be used in public places and is available for the Japanese market.

Utility-scale electricity storage sales reach US$3.9b

The sale of utility-scale electricity storage (UES) technology is predicted to quadruple over five years, according to a new report.

Vestas to supply turbines to Brazil

The 90 MW order comprises 10 of the company's V90-3.0 MW machines, and 30 units of the V100-2.0 MW.

12 MW Zerbst II solar plant sold to Berlin investment group

Developer Q-Cells will sell the park to MCG Management Capital Group, and the turnkey handover will take place imminently.

FE Clean Energy Group invests US$40m in NSL

The money will go towards developing the NSL Group’s wind, hydro and solar energy projects in India.

New solar energy partnership in Spain and Italy

Munich Re and KKR have bought a stake in solar photovolatic (PV) producer Grupo T-Solar.

AXA, neoen, acquire renewable assets from Verbund

The purchase represents the first renewable energy investment for AXA Private Equity’s latest infrastructure fund.

REC reports 17% drop in earnings

The REC Group says the solar market weakened significantly in the second quarter of 2011.

UK utilities entice customers with energy-saving deals

Companies use home energy plans and smart meters to improve energy efficiency for their UK customers.

Suntech releases new solar module for Israeli market

Suntech's new 300W solar module can achieve up to 15.5% conversion efficiency.

Global alternative energy investments fell by 28%

The value and number of investment deals in the renewable sector dropped in Q1 2011, according to a new report.

Andasol 3 produces energy for the first time Andasol 3 produces energy for the first time

The CSP solar thermal power plant in Andalusia, southern Spain has produced solar generated steam during a test phase, in which the rows of parabolic mirrors were aligned with the sun.

Elia joins US offshore HVDC project

The Atlantic Wind Connection project, which Elia has just joined, aims to develop the first offshore high voltage direct current system in the US.

Suzlon wins 100 MW Indian turbine order

Orient Green has placed an order for 48 of Suzlon's wind turbines.

ACCIONA and Navantia to develop offshore wind in Spain ACCIONA and Navantia to develop offshore wind in Spain

A framework agreement, inked at the shipyard in Puerto Real (Cadiz), backs up the companies' intention to co-operate in joint technological and offshore business development along the value chain.

Carillion buys into ITM Power HOST hydrogen vehicle, fueling trials

In the UK, Carillion Plc has entered into a one-week, paid-for participation in the ITM Power Hydrogen On Site Trial. HOST comprises the operation of two hydrogen internal combustion engine Ford Transit vehicles, with hydrogen supplied by an HFuel® transportable high-pressure refueling unit.

UK offshore wind industry wins compensation guarantee

Offshore wind developers have been assured of compensation on offshore leases

Q-Cells partners with German football champs

German football club Borussia Dortmund is joining Q-Cells to promote solar energy.

GE powers first wind farm in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta GE powers first wind farm in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Phase One of Bac Lieu wind farm will produce 16 Megawatts of power, and will use GE’s 1.6-82.5 turbines.

Neste Oil adds new oils to biofuel base

Jathropha and camelina oils will now be used as raw materials for Neste Oil’s renewable biofuel.

90 MW of Vestas wind turbines to Brazil

Vestas is delivering 90 MW of wind turbines to a consortium by Brennand Energia and Companhia Hidro Elétrica do São Francisco (CHESF).

Sopogy signs agreement on Thai solar project

The solar deal is part of the company's plans to expand into South-East Asia.

Abengoa opens hybrid solar / gas plant in Algeria

The new Algerian plant will generate electricity from both solar energy and natural gas.

wpd secures Canadian wind turbine contract

The 5.4 MW wind farm in Canada has been bought through a feed-in tariff contract.

Risø DTU and Mekoprint mass produce polymer solar cells Risø DTU and Mekoprint mass produce polymer solar cells

10,000 polymer solar cell-powered torches were manufactured and given away.

Nordex wins turbine contracts in Poland and France

Nordex is to supply 32.5 MW of wind turbines to wind farms run by European companies.

Conergy completes 5 MW UK solar plant

The 5 MW solar power plant in Nottinghamshire was built in just 6 weeks.

BOC launches hydrogen cylinder to power Hymera fuel cell portable generator

BOC has launched a new lightweight hydrogen cylinder, which will provide the energy source for its Hymera fuel cell generator. The Hymera power source is used in a variety of low-energy, high-efficiency applications.

Bids sought for UK offshore energy centre

The technology and innovation centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal power is expected to open in summer 2012.

Gamesa supplies 70 MW to two Spanish wind farms Gamesa supplies 70 MW to two Spanish wind farms

The 35 Gamesa G90-2.0 MW wind turbines will be installed at the two sites in Salamanca, Spain, in 2011.

London Array offshore wind farm installs substations London Array offshore wind farm installs substations

Two offshore substations have been installed at the 1 GW London Array offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary.

Topsoe Fuel Cell expanding production of solid oxide fuel cell stacks

Topsoe Fuel Cell is expanding its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack production facilities in Denmark. The company needs the extra production capacity because it expects demand to exceed its current capacity in 2013.

JDSU buys UK solar manufacturer QuantaSol

Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) specialist QuantaSol has been bought for US$638,000.

Rise in number of countries using wind energy

86 countries are now generating energy from wind power, according to an industry report.

Oyster 800 wave device unveiled

Aquamarine Power has unveiled its 800 kW Oyster 800 wave power device, which will be installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, UK, later this summer.

Metso to supply biomass equipment for CHP plants

Fortum has bought combined heat and power technology using biomass for plants in Finland and Latvia.

Renewable energy produced 20% of 2010 global electricity

Renewable energy supplied 16% of global final energy consumption and almost 20% of electricity production in 2010, according to REN21.

Sharp wins solar PV module award

EuPD Research has branded Sharp Energy Solution Europe as a leading solar photovoltaic (PV) module producer.

UK needs 'huge investment' in renewable energy

The UK Government has published a Renewables Roadmap alongside its latest White Paper on the Electricity Market Reform (EMR).

E.ON launches European heat storage project

The new project will feed heat from renewable sources into the public heating grid.

Sierra Leone bioenergy project wins €133m loan

The bioenergy project will generate energy from sugarcane, ethanol and biomass.

Nedstack fuel cells pass 10,000 hours of industrial operation

In the Netherlands, Nedstack has reached an important milestone by completing 10,000 hours of operation with its PEM fuel cell stacks in a real-world industrial installation.

UK energy investment plan to be revealed

Renewable energy will be a key part of the UK's forthcoming White Paper on electricity market reform.

Phase 1 of Walney offshore wind farm enters operation

A total of 183.6 MW is now operational at the offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea being developed by Walney (UK) Offshore Windfarms Ltd.

Australia sets up renewable energy agency

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will help target funding for renewable energy.

Renewable energy health and safety awards launched

RenewableUK has created a new health and safety scheme to recognise outstanding performance in the renewable energy sector.

Africa Renewables seeks €30m for biomass projects

A fundraising drive has begun for biomass projects across West Africa.

Commercial wave power plant opened in Spain

The Mutriku wave power plant in the North of Spain has 300 kW capacity.

ETI spends £8m on electricity distribution projects

Two new projects have been launched to help reduce the impact of faults in electricity distribution networks in the UK.

Gamesa begins production of wind turbines in Brazil Gamesa begins production of wind turbines in Brazil

The 400 MW wind turbine nacelle factory has created 100 jobs in the Northeast of Brazil

eTap solar EV chargers at CEME in the UK

A solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging point has been set up at the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) in Essex, UK.

Radar mitigation system aids wind farms near Scottish airport

Cambridge Consultants will provide the first stage in a radar mitigation system to allow more wind developments around Glasgow Prestwick Airport (GPA) in Scotland.

SolarWorld floats €150m bond

The SolarWorld bond is likely to be listed on the Luxembourg stock exchange.

BIPV market could grow by US$9 billion in five years

The building integrated solar photovoltics (BIPV) market could reach US$11 billion by 2016, a report predicts.

Wind and marine to see huge employment growth

A new report predicts thousands of new jobs in wind and marine energy industries by 2021

Smart grid cyber security report released

Threats to the smart grid will be constantly changing and unpredictable, according to a new report on smart grid cyber security.

Vario commissions 6.2 MW solar PV in Slovakia

Vario green energy has commissioned 6 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on three sites in Slovakia, totalling 6.2 MWp.

Rare earth magnets JV for wind turbines

Siemens and Lynas Corporation Ltd are planning a joint venture (JV) to produce neodymium based rare earth magnets for drive train applications and wind turbine generators.

1.4 MW solar farm opens in Cornwall, UK 1.4 MW solar farm opens in Cornwall, UK

Lightsource Renewable Energy has installed and commissioned a 1.4 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) farm at Wheal Jane, Cornwall, UK.

Clean and renewable investments reached US$211bn in 2010

Global clean and renewable energy investment grow 32% reaching US$112 billion 2010, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Vestas announces successful testing of 'stealth' turbine for radar-sensitive locations Vestas announces successful testing of 'stealth' turbine for radar-sensitive locations

Vestas says it has successfully tested a full-scale 'stealth' rotor blade on a wind turbine, which could pave the way for wind farms to be located near military, airport and other radar systems without interfering in their operations.

Solar PV inverter market drops below US$6bn in 2011

Following 2010’s massive increase, the global solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter market is predicted to decline below US$6 billion in 2011, a fall of more than 10% according to IMS Research.

Ecotricity opens 1 MW solar PV park in the UK

Ecotricity has completed its 1 MW Sun Park solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at Fen Farm, Lincolnshire, UK.

P21 wins order in Kuwait, its first following takeover by Heliocentris

German-based P21 GmbH has secured a €100 000 order for a monitoring and data acquisition system, as part of a scientific PV systems testing platform at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

15 MW offshore wind nacelle test facility gets £25m 15 MW offshore wind nacelle test facility gets £25m

The planned 15 MW offshore wind turbine drive train and nacelle test rig at Narec, UK, is receiving £25 million in funding from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

Eolus Vind buys 180 MW of Vestas wind turbines

Eolus Vind AB has entered into a framework agreement with Vestas for the delivery of 180 MW of wind turbines over the next three years.

Cape Verde wind farms start construction

Cape Verde has seen the erection of the first wind turbines at the Cabeolica wind farm project, as part of a commercial-scale public private partnership (PPP) wind farm development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

ACAL Energy, Gordon Murray Design to develop affordable fuel cell vehicle concept

In the UK, fuel cell developer ACAL Energy is partnering with automotive design experts Gordon Murray Design in a 12-month project to design a very low-cost, durable fuel cell vehicle utilizing its innovative technology.

SunBorne Energy pilots 1 MW solar thermal in India

SunBorne Energy is part of an R&D project looking into solar thermal in India, co-funded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Government of India.

Top 10 efficiency solar PV modules

A list of the top 10 monocrystalline solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in terms of efficiency has been compiled by SolarPlaza.

Mainstream and Sinovel deliver 1 GW of wind in Ireland

Mainstream Renewable Power and wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel Wind Group will build 1 GW of wind energy projects in Ireland by 2016.

German solar funding changes as planned from 2012

Changes to the German solar feed-in tariff will go ahead as planned, according to the recent agreement over the German Renewable Energy Law (EEG).

Geothermal has potential to grow tenfold by 2050

Geothermal heat and electricity production has the potential to grow tenfold between now and 2050, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

REEEP funds 21 clean energy projects

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is investing €3 million in 21 new clean energy projects in 17 countries.

Siemens installs 50 MW CSP in Spain

Siemens Energy will supply and build the 50 MW Termosolar Olivenza 1 solar concentrating power (CSP) plant in Extremadura, Spain, for Spanish EPC UTE Termosolar Olivenza.

Fukushima sees start-up of 230 kW solar installation Fukushima sees start-up of 230 kW solar installation

Kyocera Corporation has expanded its solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at its Tanaguara manufacturing plant in Fukushima, Japan, to 230 kW.

UK opposition party questions solar feed-in tariff cuts

UK’s main opposition party, Labour, is questioning the Government’s move to substantially cut solar feed-in tariffs for installations over 50 kW.

Vestas turbines power Brazilian wind farm

Vestas’ 2 MW V100 wind turbines will be installed at a 60 MW wind project in Rio Grande du Norte, Brazil.

Tools for optimising wind turbine positioning Tools for optimising wind turbine positioning

Researchers at Risø DTU have, under the EU project TOPFARM, looked at the economically optimum topology of a wind farm, looking at production as well as costs.

Alstom-led consortium builds hydropower plant in India

An Alstom-led consortium has won a contract worth over €285 million to construct a variable speed pumped storage hydropower plant in India.

Panasonic opens European residential fuel cell R&D centre

Panasonic has launched the Panasonic Fuel Cell Development Office Europe in Langen, Germany. The facility will focus on developing residential fuel cells for the European market, in close collaboration with leading European utility companies.

Centrosolar delivers solar modules to Kenya Centrosolar delivers solar modules to Kenya

Centrosolar has delivered solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a solar plant for SOS Children’s Village in Mombasa, Kenya.

E.ON secures offshore wind installation vessel

E.ON Climate & Renewables has secured access to MPI-Vroon's offshore wind farm installation vessel MPI Discovery.

22 GW of solar opportunities in India

India’s first national solar policy is targeting 22 GW of installed solar capacity by 2022, 2 GW of which will be off-grid while the remaining 20 GW will be grid-connected.

Sanyo completes large HIT tracking solar plant

What could be the world's largest HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer) tracking solar project, with an overall system size of 7.56 MW, has been completed in Torre Santa Susanna, Italy.

UK dairy incorporates biogas

EnviTec Biogas UK is installing a biogas plant for a dairy being built by Stowell Farms in Wiltshire, UK, making use of the farm's cow slurry.

UK renewable consumption up marginally in 2010

Renewable energy provisionally accounted for 3.3% of energy consumption in the UK in 2010, and 25,734 GWh of electricity was generated from renewable energy sources.

SolarWorld focuses on US and German sites

Following the sale of its shares in the joint venture production site in South Korea, SolarWorld is focusing on its production sites in Germany and the US.

Siemens provides 253 wind turbines to Statkraft

Statkraft SCA Vind (SSVAB) is set to buy 253 wind turbines with an overall capacity of over 580 MW, from Siemens Energy, for onshore wind power plants in Sweden.

Abengoa to build 100 MW of CSP in Spain

Abengoa has completed financing on two 50 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in Spain.

Vestas becomes wind turbine supplier to EDF EN

EDF Energies Nouvelles will source at least half of future onshore wind installations in Europe and a minimum of 30% of its future onshore wind installations in the US from Vestas for deliveries in 2012 to 2014.

Statkraft builds wind farms Scotland and Sweden

Statkraft is investing £250 million in two wind farms in Scotland and Sweden with a combined output of up to 152.5 MW.

Price declines drive H2’2011 solar PV recovery

After declining for two consecutive quarters, solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments are set to recover strongly in the second half of 2011, according to IMS Research.

Scottish 2020 Routemap for 100% renewable electricity

The Scottish Government has released its 2020 Routemap for 100% renewable electricity and 30% overall renewable energy in Scotland by 2020.