News for September 2011

News Archive

Energy Composites and SSP enter wind turbine blade partnership

Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) and Denmark's SSP Technology A/S are entering into a strategic partnership to establish a joint venture focusing on wind turbine blades for the North American market.

SoCore Energy installs Walgreens' 100th rooftop solar system

SoCore Energy has installed Walgreens' 100th rooftop solar power system at one of the drug store chain's outlets in Mason, Ohio, USA.

Suntech named Sustainability Champion by World Economic Forum

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a New Sustainability Champion in WEF's report ‘Redefining the Future Growth: The New Sustainability Champions’.

Siemens wind HQ to Hamburg

Siemens will open its Wind Power Division headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, in October, citing the city as “one of the world's most important wind power centres”.

UK's Mabey Bridge supplies wind turbine towers to EWT UK's Mabey Bridge supplies wind turbine towers to EWT

Mabey Bridge will supply wind turbine towers measuring 40-75 m to the Dutch wind turbine company EWT under a five-year framework agreement.

Cutting offshore wind costs by 25%

Dominion has received a two-year, US$500,000 grant from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to investigate ways to reduce the cost of offshore wind by at least 25%.

GE supplies 1.2 GW of wind turbines to North and South America

GE has secured 1.2 GW of contracts for its 1.6-100 wind turbine for wind farms in North and South America over the next two years.

Sinovel delivers 23 wind turbines to Brazil

Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel, is delivering 23 of its SL1500/82 wind turbines to a 34.5 MW wind farm in Sergripe, Brazil, for Engevix subsidiary Desenvix.

DuPont Apollo and Loxley complete 8.7 MW solar thin-film farm in Thailand DuPont Apollo and Loxley complete 8.7 MW solar thin-film farm in Thailand

DuPont Apollo and Thailand's Loxley Plc have completed an 8.7 MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) thin-film farm in the Prachin Buri Province of Thailand.

Germany's KfW Group invests heavily to turn German energy supply

KfW Bankengruppe is committing over €100 billion for investments in the energy sector in Germany in the next five years to aid the turnaround of the German energy supply system and to incorporate more renewable energy.

New York invests US$150m in renewable energy projects

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Public Service Commission (PSC) have made US$150 million available to fund a range of renewable energy projects in New York State.

Scottish spending review includes renewable energy funding

Scotland's draft budget and spending review includes provisions for developing the low-carbon economy, including renewable energy.

Duke Energy plans 202 MW wind farm in Texas

Duke Energy Renewables will build, own and operate a 202 MW wind farm in Willacy County, Texas, USA, bringing Duke Energy's total wind power capacity to almost 1.8 GW.

IKEA turns on 538 kW solar PV system at Californian store

IKEA has officially plugged-in a 539 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its East Bay store in Emeryville, California, USA.

UK engineers positive to European Supergrid

The UK Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) says commitment, determination and a long-term approach by the UK Government “will be crucial” for the successful realisation of a European Supergrid.

Financing secured for 400 MW Anholt offshore wind farm

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and DONG Energy have signed a €240 million loan deal for financing the 399.6 MW Anholt offshore wind farm in Danish waters.

Minnesota wind farm secures long-term financing

The developers of the 20 MW Grant County Wind Farm in Minnesota, USA, have closed long-term financing for the wind farm.

Environmental studies underway for Humber wind farm cables

Thomson Ecology are carrying out pre-construction surveys for the 30 km cable route from Easington to Salt End, Hull, UK, for E.ON Climate and Renewables' Humber Gateway offshore wind farm.

Colorado's 250 MW Cedar Point Wind Project completed

The 250 MW Cedar Point Wind Project in Limon, Colorado, USA, has been completed by Enbridge Inc and Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas).

Metal hydride clusters provide insights into hydrogen storage

A class of heterometallic molecular structures with features pointing the way to breakthroughs in the development of lightweight fuel cell technology have been studied by researchers at RIKEN Advanced Science Institute.

Isolux Corsán builds 15 MW solar PV in the UK

Isolux Corsán has built three solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Cornwall, UK, with a total installed capacity of 15 MWp representing a capex of €40 million.

European supergrid would be beneficial for UK grid

Connecting the UK grid with neighbouring countries via a European supergrid would ease the balance of supply and demand, and enable increased use of renewable energy, according to the UK Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.

Trina Solar's Trinamount launched in the UK

Trina Solar and Sundog Energy have launched Trina Solar's Trinamount solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting system.

ISOFOTON aims for 35% CPV solar module efficiency

ISOFOTON is involved in INNPACTO projects coordinated by ISFOC with the aim to improve solar concentrating photovoltaic (PV) module efficiency to 35%.

First Solar project misses DoE deadline

First Solar Inc's 550 MW Topaz Solar Farm project will not meet the deadline to receive a Federal loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy (DoE) – First Solar wishes to sell the project.

World energy use up 53% by 2035

The world energy use could rise 53% by 2035 with China and India accounting for half of the total growth, according to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) International Energy Outlook 2011.

LM Wind Power intros blade load service

LM Wind Power has introduced a LM e-Load online web service providing access to its wind turbine blade catalogue which could help manufacturers speed up the blade qualification process.

US solar PV grew 69% in Q2 2011

The US solar PV market grew 69% in the second quarter (Q2) this year over the same period last year with the installation of 314 MW.

Mallorca linked to mainland via HVDC

Siemens has delivered high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology linking Mallorca with the Spanish mainland to enable more renewable energy usage on the tourist island.

wpd and SEM join forces on offshore wind

wpd and Stadtwerke München (SWM) aim to increase wind power production in Europe through the joint venture wpd europe GmbH.

AMSC accuses Sinovel of IP theft and breach of contracts

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) is taking a series of legal actions against its largest customer, Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd, accusing Sinovel of theft of intellectual property (IP) and breach of contract.

UK’s first public hydrogen refueling station opens at Honda facility in Swindon UK’s first public hydrogen refueling station opens at Honda facility in Swindon

The first open-access hydrogen vehicle refueling station in the UK has been officially opened at Honda’s car manufacturing facility in Swindon. The hydrogen fueling station was built and is operated by industrial gases giant BOC.

EV network links Birmingham and Bristol to London EV network links Birmingham and Bristol to London

Ecotricity has opened new charging points on the M4 and M42 as part of a national charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK.

UK OK's 299 MW Holyhead biomass plant

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has given consent to Anglesey Aluminium Metal Renewables to construct a 299 MW biomass fuelled power station at Penrhos Works, Holyhead, Anglesey.

Gehrlicher sells five solar parks to White Owl Capital Gehrlicher sells five solar parks to White Owl Capital

Gehrlicher Solar Italia Srl has sold five solar photovoltaic (PV) parks totalling 10.4 MWp to White Owl Capital AG.

Scottish wave and tidal face £56m in connection fees

The Scottish wave and tidal sector faces charges of £56 million every year to connect their projects to the grid, says Scottish Renewables.

First Solar thin-film modules to 2011 Solar Decathlon competition

A team of students from Ohio State University will use 8 kW of First Solar's thin-film solar modules to power their sustainable house in the 2011 US Department of Energy's (DoE) Solar Decathlon competition.

New webinar: What are the prospects for competing solar electric technologies?

Paula Mints of Navigant, Ammonix's Brian Robertson and SolarVision's Andy Skumanich took part in our latest webinar...

Statkraft builds 517 MW hydropower plant in Turkey

Statkraft will construct the 517 MW Cetin hydropower plant in Turkey, representing an investment of around €500 million.

Proven Energy brought down by design flaw

Following the identification of a defect in its flagship P35-2 small wind turbine and the inability to obtain necessary additional funding, Proven Energy has been forced to cease trading.

China's fast-growing industry parks – an opportunity to be seized

China's fast-growing industrial parks could be an opportunities for companies wishing to enter or expand their presence in China, according to Lux Research.

SolarBridge gets US$2.3m to develop solar microinverters

SolarBridge Technologies has been awarded a US$2.3 million grant under the US Department of Energy's (DoE) SunShot programme to develop low-cost solar photovoltaic (PV) microinverters.

Spain: 3.4m m2 of building integrated solar thermal by 2020

The Spanish Technical Building Code could lead to 3.4 million m2 of solar thermal systems by 2020 led by the residential market, according to the Spanish Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving (IDAE) and consultancy ECLAREON.

Langlee Wave Power gets NOK 6m funding

Langlee Wave Power, which is developing a 50 kW wave energy device, has secured NOK 6 million (~£700,000) funding from Färna Invest AB.

'Wireless' solar power

G24 Innovations (G24i) and Skyco Shading Systems Inc will install a wireless shade system powered by G25i's Gen-3 indoor solar technology in over 8000 windows for a global hotel chain.

Solar PV system costs significantly down in 2010 and 2011

The cost of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the USA fell “substantially” in 2010 and the first half of 2011, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Saft opens lithium-ion battery plant in Florida

Saft has inaugurated an automated lithium-ion battery factory in Jacksonville, FL, for renewable energy storage, smart grid support, broadband back-up power, transportation and defence.

Natural Power's wind lidar to Chennai, India

Natural Power has deployed a dual-mode ZephIR 300 wind lidar with the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET) in Chennai, India.

Narec appoints three new board members Narec appoints three new board members

The UK National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has appointed three members of its senior management team to executive board positions.

Sungrow's solar PV inverter approved for Canadian market

Sungrow's solar photovoltaic (PV) grid-connected inverter, SG100KC, has received ETL certification for the Canadian solar market.

DuPont reduces silver content in solar PV

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) has introduced its Solamet PV51M solar photovoltaic (PV) metallisation paste for solar cell manufacturing, said to reduce the need for silver by up to 15%.

RWE Innogy opens 16 MW Italian wind farm

RWE Innogy and FRI-EL Green Power have commissioned the 16 MW, €26 million Anzi wind farm in southern Italy.

First Solar deliver 100 MW of thin-film modules to India

First Solar will deliver 100 MW of its thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to Reliance Power for a project near Mumbai, India.

Wind produces “record” amount of UK electricity

UK wind power has reached the 3 GW milestone for exporting electricity to the National Grid, according to RenewableUK.

A €14m European initiative looks at algae bioenergy

The €14 million Energetic Algae (EnAlgae) initiative bringing together several European research organisations, has been set up to study algae as a potential bioenergy source over a four and a half year period.

Tackling the wake effect of wind turbines

A team of researchers have studied wind turbines' wake effect with the aim of increasing wind farm productivity, using Second Wind's Triton Sonic Wind Profiler.

Conergy discontinues solar wafer and cell manufacturing – lays off 100

Conergy will discontinue its wafer and solar cell manufacturing and lays off 100 permanent employees due to substantial price pressure and over-capacity in the solar photovoltaics (PV) market.

Fuel Cell Today sees promising outlook for fuel cell sector in new 2011 Industry Review

Fuel Cell Today has launched its 2011 Industry Review at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in Glasgow, UK. The free report summarises the state of the industry by application, region, and fuel cell type, and considers the outlook for the portable, stationary, and transport sectors.

California improves renewable energy incentive programme

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has improved and streamlined its Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) for renewable and green energy, including modifying the eligibility criteria and incentive amounts and payment structures.

Gamesa comes with the wind to Sweden Gamesa comes with the wind to Sweden

Gamesa has signed three new wind power contracts in Sweden in the last four months including 20 MW of the G9X 2 MW wind turbines to Triventus and Spanish Power, and two G58 850 kW turbines to Eolus Vind AB.

Phoenix Solar builds 227 kWp solar rooftop in Italy

Phoenix Solar has been commissioned to build a 227 kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop installation in Italy as well as providing 3.7 MW of solar modules to various projects.

Pattern and Samsung buys 180 MW Canadian wind farm

Pattern Energy Group LP and Samsung Renewable Energy are acquiring the 180 MW Armow wind farm in Ontario from Acciona.

Baja Sun and Arima set up solar CPV company in Mexico

Baja Sun Energy SRL and Arima Solar are forming an integrated solar business in Mexico for the construction of concentrated solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Boosting solar PV output for under US$0.01/W

SolOptics' FUSION solar photovoltaic (PV) enhancement technology using optical lenses on the surface of polymer or glass cover sheets could boost the output of solar PV modules for under US$0.01/W.

US saw good wind in Q2 2011, Europe less so

The US had an exceptionally good quarter with above normal wind speeds in the second quarter (Q2) this year, according to AWS Truepower LLC.

Solar PV microinverters and power optimisers up 500% in 2010 Solar PV microinverters and power optimisers up 500% in 2010

Shipments of solar photovoltaic (PV) microinverters and power optimisers soared over 500% in 2010, according to analyst IMS Research.

SAFCell stack delivery completes diesel fuel cell project with Nordic Power

California-based SAFCell Inc has delivered a 1.2 kW solid acid fuel cell (SAFC) stack to Nordic Power Systems in Norway. Delivery of the new fuel cell stack – optimized for weight and performance – meets the final technical milestone in SAFCell’s 18-month development contract with NPS.

OPT's wave power device withstands Hurricane Irene

Ocean Power Technologies Inc (OPT) says its PowerBuoy wave power device, which was recently deployed off the coast of New Jersey, successfully withstood the severe conditions during Hurricane Irene.

Konarka and ThyssenKrupp Steel cooperate on solar BIPV

Konarka Technologies Inc and the Color/Construction Unit of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe will cooperate on developing steel roof and other construction elements for solar building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

Solar charged cars and bikes in Germany Solar charged cars and bikes in Germany

Kyocera Corporation has supplied solar modules for a carport roofing installation for charging electric cars and bikes in southern Germany.

E.ON's 665 MW Rampion offshore wind farm nearer realisation

E.ON is a step closer to realise its planned 665 MW Rampion offshore wind farm off the coast of Sussex, UK.

Tenesol launches solar PV conversion and storage system Tenesol launches solar PV conversion and storage system

Tenesol has launched Sun Smart+, a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy conversion and storage solution.

Cheaper solar cells around the corner?

Using nanotubes, researchers at the University of Surrey, UK, may have found a route to increase the efficiency – and thereby reduce the cost of – solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.

All-quantum-dot tandem solar cells are feasible

Natcore Technology Inc has fabricated two families of multilayer quantum dot films for solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.

Yingli, EN and Amtech develop N-type solar cells

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and Amtech Systems Inc aim to increase solar photovoltaic (PV) cell and module output using metal wrap through technology.

DEGERenergie supplies 270 solar trackers to Sicily

DEGERenergie is supplying 270 of its DEGERtrackers 6000NT solar trackers for two solar plants in Enna, Sicily in Italy.

Nordex to install 20 MW of wind in Romania

Nordex has received its two first orders for a total of 20 MW of wind turbines for Romania.

UK microgeneration spurred by feed-in tariff UK microgeneration spurred by feed-in tariff

Renewable energy microgeneration uptake in the UK is increasing with a 400% jump since the feed-in tariff was introduced in April 2010.

REpower presents 50 Hz MM100 wind turbine REpower presents 50 Hz MM100 wind turbine

REpower Systems SE is presenting a 50 Hertz version of its MM100 2 MW wind turbine for low-wind locations.

DoE: US$38m for geothermal technology development

The US Department of Energy (DoE) is awarding US$38 million over three years to accelerate the development of geothermal technologies.

Titan supplies trackers for 2 MW solar CPV in Italy

Titan Tracker will supply its dual-axis trackers for 2 MW of solar concentrating photvoltaics (PV) in Italy developed by Limen SA.

US pledges US$43m to spur offshore wind

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has pledged US$43 million over the next five years to speed technical innovations, lower costs, and shorten the time-line for deploying offshore wind.

DoE supports solar PV rooftops on military housing

The US Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment for a partial guarantee of a US$344 million loan supporting a solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop project for military housing.

EU PVSEC: Saft energy storage for solar PV

Saft is showcasing its Synerion high-energy Li-ion modules for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy storage at EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany, this week.

EU PVSEC: Bürkle introduces solar PV lamination system model EU PVSEC: Bürkle introduces solar PV lamination system model

The line manufacturer Bürkle is presenting its new SL technology for laminating solar photovoltaic (PV) modules at EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany.

SunPower's E20 solar PV panels boast 20% area efficiency

SunPower Corp's new SunPower E20 series of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have total area efficiencies of 20% and over.

Worldwide biomass boom Worldwide biomass boom

Electricity generation capacity from biomass could increase by 8 GW until 2015, according to ecoprog and Fraunhofer UMSICHT.

Portugal and New Jersey show favourable solar conditions

The relatively small solar markets, Portugal and New Jersey, USA, are showing favourable solar system returns despite other constraints, according to Lux Research.

Southern Cross wind transmission closer to realisation

The Southern Cross high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line planned to transport wind power from Texas to south-eastern USA, is one step closer to realisation, Pattern Energy Group LP says.

EU PVSEC: Saint-Gobain launches solar PV membrane EU PVSEC: Saint-Gobain launches solar PV membrane

Saint-Gobain Solar is launching its SolarBond Membrane for solar photovoltaic (PV) panel lamination, said to enhance solar PV module manufacturing efficiency, at EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany.

EU PVSEC: Two new inkjet products for solar PV from Trident Solar

Trident Solar is announcing two inkjet product offerings for solar photovoltaic (PV) applications at EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany, this week.

EU PVSEC: Trina Solar introduces solar PV module and cell structure

Trina Solar has launched its latest solar photovoltaic (PV) crystalline module, the TSM-PC/PA05A, featuring a new cell structure at EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany.

Solar PV investment doubles to €70bn in 2015

Investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) technology could double from €35-40 billion in 2010 to over €70bn in 2015, according to the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

EU PVSEC: Oerlikon wins Solar Industry Award three years in a row

Oerlikon Solar has won the Solar Industry Award in the category Thin Film Innovations for the third time at this year's EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany.

juwi solar PV system powers Namibian town

juwi Solar GmbH has installed a 200 kW off-grid hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Tsumkwe in Northern Namibia.

EU PVSEC: Oerlikon Solar launches 154 Wp thin-film solar PV module

Oerlikon Solar has launched a 154 Wp solar photovoltaic (PV) thin-film module with "a record efficiency" of 10.8% at EU PVSEC 2011 in Hamburg, Germany.

NREL helps four solar start-ups to ramp up

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is helping four solar start-ups ramp up innovations through its Department of Energy (DoE) funded Incubator Program.

DoE awards US$145m for solar technologies

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced over US$145 million for advanced solar technologies to “help shape the next generation of solar energy technologies”.

SolarWorld closes California solar PV production

SolarWorld AG is closing down its solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facilities in Camarillo (CA, USA), but says it will retain and strengthen its sales and distribution efforts there.

Renewable energy financing hit by political uncertainty and financial woes

The Eurozone debt crisis and recent negotiations over US sovereign debt have had a negative impact on renewable energy financing, according to Ernst & Young.

Solyndra shutdown no surprise – IMS Research

The bankruptcy announcement from Solyndra last week “should really come as no surprise”, says IMS Research.

CIGS drives indium use in solar PV

The growth of copper indium gallium selenide solar photovoltaics (PV) is driving increased use of indium in the solar PV industry according to analyst NanoMarkets.

DERlab partners develop international solar PV test standards

Research institutes from Europe and the USA have adopted a draft for an outdoor test standard for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

SCHOTT Solar boasts 18.2% aperture area efficiency

SCHOTT Solar has achieved a peak efficiency of 18.2% for its polycrystalline solar photovoltaic (PV) module.

Contracts finalised for 288 MW Butendiek offshore wind farm

wpd group has finalised the contracts for all four major works of the 80 turbine, €1.2 billion offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

Solyndra files for bankruptcy – lays off 1100

US solar photovoltaic (PV) copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) module manufacturer Solyndra is suspending all manufacturing operations and is laying off 1100 employees as it files for bankruptcy.

Brazilian wind power on the rise

Brazilian wind power deployments could exceed 5 GW by 2013 representing a five-fold increase from the current installed capacity, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Siemens builds 15 solar PV projects in Italy and France

Siemens Energy will deliver 15 turnkey solar photovoltaic (PV) installations totalling 25 MWp in Italy and France.

Suntech launches HiPerforma solar PV line in Europe

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has launched the HiPerforma solar photovoltaic (PV) product line with the introduction of HiPerforma Pluto Pluto Vdm-295 and HiPerforma Wdm-245 in Europe.

Wind power forecast downgraded by 9 GW

Average annual global wind power growth has been downgraded from 11% to 10% in the period 2011-2016 in MAKE Consulting's Q3 2011 Market Outlook Update.

Enphase solar microinverters outperform PVWatts predictions

Enphase Energy says solar photovoltaic (PV) installations using its microinverters outperform the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) PVWatts calculator predictions by 8% on average.

Payom Solar acquires AMSOLAR Corporation

Germany's Payom Solar AG has acquired US-based AMSOLAR Corporation and thereby officially entered the North American solar market.

China tops Q2 solar PV module suppliers China tops Q2 solar PV module suppliers

The top three suppliers of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in the second quarter (Q2) of 2011 were Chinese, according to IMS Research.