News for May 2012

News Archive

Future Fuels nears finance completion for ethanol plant in Grimsby

Future Capital Partners (FCP) have confirmed that they have secured senior debt and government underwriting for their Grimsby ethanol plant. The Belgian Export Credit Agency, Office National De Ducroire (ONDD) has underwritten the debt for the £200 million project alongside another senior major lender.

EMEC supports new Pacific Marine Energy Centre project

EMEC, the European Marine Energy Centre, is to assist with the creation of a new Pacific Marine Energy Centre (PMEC), a grid-connected marine energy test centre to be located off the Pacific Northwest Coast of the U.S.

World’s largest CIS thin-film solar power plant now online

Solar Frontier and Belectric have recently announced the completion of the world’s largest CIS thin-film solar power plant in Germany - now connected to the grid and fully operational.

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Moventas wins contract to supply gearboxes to Areva

The Euro 80 million deal is for supply of the company's 5MW medium speed wind gear.

South Africa announces preferred bidders for its IPP programme

The Energy Department of the Republic of South Africa has announced its preferred bidders for the second phase (Window 2) of its Independent Power Producer (IPP) Procurement Programme.

Langlee prepares to launch full scale demonstrator project

Langlee Wave Power has secured £1.8 million (18 million NOK) for a year-long demonstrator of its E1 Wave Energy Converter to be launched in Norway next year.

Vestas ready to construct five new wind projects in South Africa

The South African Department of Energy has selected one of the most prominent wind energy contractors to build five new wind farm projects in the country.

Honeywell launches protective laminate film for solar PV

Honeywell has launched a protective back-film which it claims will protect solar panels from harsh environmental conditions while maintaining its power output over a period of 25 years.

ITM Power partners with Hardstaff on hydrogen compressed natural gas for heavy vehicles

In the UK, ITM Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with transport technology company The Hardstaff Group, to develop and market a hydrogen compressed natural gas (HCNG) fuel system for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

IEA SHC programme publishes its latest statistics

The International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) has released statistics for worldwide solar heating and cooling, revealing that despite the economic crisis the market grew by 14% in 2010.

New study dismisses "myths" concerning competitiveness of solar power

A new research paper released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance claims that common perceptions advocating a lack of competitiveness of solar power are misleading and redundant.

Sovello files for insolvency restructuring

German Solvello GmbH has filed for insolvency but will also attempt to restructure its operations during the process.

Logan Energy to power All-Energy stand with fuel cell

Logan Energy Ltd, the Edinburgh-based fuel cell and hydrogen solutions provider, will be providing the electricity to power the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association stand (B41) at this year’s All Energy Show.

Nordex points to stronger second half of year

The German Nordex Group has announced an 8.3 percent increase in sales in the first quarter of 2012 (€198.3 million compared with €183.1 m last year), but operating profit was restrained by below-average capacity utilisation and lower margins on projects.

eSolar and Sanmin-SCI form new partnership

The two companies have joined forces in order to combine their expertise in solar thermal, component design and manufacturing for utility scale solar.

US Department of the Interior to review offshore wind power proposal

A top U.S. government agency, the Department of the Interior (DOI), has announced that it intends to proceed with a review of plans by Atlantic Grid Holdings to develop an offshore wind grid.

IHS study predicts growth for biomass market

A new research study released by IHS Emerging Energy Research predicts that the biomass market will grow by 30 GW between 2012 and 2035 representing 6% of the additional renewable energy capacity in the EU.

US biofeed stocks to be used for green diesel production

UOP LLC, a subsidiary of Honeywell, has signed an agreement to license production of its Honeywell Green Diesel to Emerald Biofuels LLC.

World’s "largest solar park" to be created in Serbia

Representatives of the Serbian Government and Securum Equity Partners Europe have signed a memorandum regarding construction of what is claimed to be the largest solar park the world has seen so far.

FuelCell Energy acquires MTU fuel cell assets, prepares joint venture with Fraunhofer IKTS

US-based FuelCell Energy is acquiring the fuel cell component inventory and fuel cell manufacturing equipment of the former MTU Onsite Energy GmbH in Germany. FuelCell Energy is also working to finalise the establishment of its European joint venture with Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) by 30 June.

Ceramic Fuel Cells products achieve 1 million hours of cumulative operation

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd reports that its solid oxide fuel cell products have achieved a combined 1 million hours of operation. The company is a leading developer of high-efficiency, low-emission electricity generation products for homes and other buildings.

Yingli brings solar power to Brazil’s most prestigious football stadium

A partnership between Chinese company Yingli Green Energy, EDF Consultoria and the State of Rio de Janeiro is bringing solar power to Brazil’s most prestigious sports stadium, Estado do Maracana, which will host the 2014 World Cup.

PV markets face short term challenges, says new EPIA report

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has released a comprehensive report assessing the state of PV markets in Europe and around the world which identifies Germany and Italy as the top markets for solar.

Saudi Arabia needs much more solar power says Arabian energy adviser

Saudi Arabia needs to install much more solar power than any other country has managed to do so far, while simultaneously developing more nuclear power plants, the country’s King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) advisory body has warned.

Italian solar tracking power plant now online

Convert Italia and Solaria Corporation have just completed the world’s largest low concentrating PV solar power plant which is now online and generating energy.

ClearEdge Power fuel cell system up and running in renovated San Diego hotel ClearEdge Power fuel cell system up and running in renovated San Diego hotel

In the US, the Lafayette Hotel in San Diego has deployed a ClearEdge Power fuel cell system that will reduce energy costs and lessen its impact on the environment.

Anglo American Platinum pioneers fuel cell locomotives for underground mining

In South Africa, Anglo American Platinum has unveiled a prototype fuel cell powered mine locomotive. This is the first of five fuel cell locomotives which will be tested for underground use at one of Anglo American Platinum’s mines.

UK Queen's Speech: EMR proposals and GIB imminent

In her speech setting out UK Government’s legislative priorities, the Queen talked up the importance of the forthcoming Electricity Market Reform, and confirmed that the Government will establish the Green Investment Bank, which will be headquartered in Edinburgh and seeded with an initial £3bn ($4.84bn) of public money.

EMEC revamps its outreach efforts

The European Marine Energy Centre has appointed renewable energy expert Max Carcas of Caelulum Ltd to its senior team, with the aim of improving its external liaison activity.

Janneby wind testing site ready to open

It will reportedly be the only independent wind turbine testing site in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

GE to supply 95 MW to Polish utility scale wind projects

38 of GE's 2.5 MW wind turbines will be used for projects in northern Poland, and the company will also build a service centre to provide long-term local support.

ReliOn collaborating with Hy9 on methanol fuel processor for fuel cell products

ReliOn and Hy9 are collaborating on the development of an integrated fuel processor for fuel cell products. The programme will combine ReliOn strengths in hydrogen fuel cell technology and product engineering with Hy9 expertise in reforming and hydrogen purification systems.

Gamesa halts U.S. offshore wind prototype installation

The company blames the U.S. market and regulatory conditions for postponing installation of the offshore prototype near Cape Charles, Va. - which the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) approved earlier this year.

Global Solar Council formed

Representatives of international solar photovoltaic (PV) companies have formed the Global Solar Council – a CEO-level industry coalition to “expand the global deployment of solar energy in a sustainable and cost-competitive way”.

First Solar hit by lower prices and restructuring cost – new CEO

First Solar fell into loss of US$ 449.4 million in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, compared with a net profit of US$116m in the same period last year, as the company was hit by low prices for solar and restructuring costs.

3M and Gossamer Space Frames unveil large parabolic trough

3M’s Renewable Energy Division and Gossamer Space Frames have launched a parabolic trough solar collector with a concentration factor of over 100x and an aperture size of 7.3 m, said to reduce equipment and installation costs for concentrating solar power (CSP) systems.

CSP market to double by 2020

The market for concentrating solar power (CSP) is set to more than double by 2020 despite the current lull, according to analyst Pike Research.

First Wind starts construction of 105 MW wind farm in Washington

First Wind has started construction of its first wind project in Washington state - the 105 MW Palouse Wind farm in northern Whitman County.

ACCIONA installs AW-3000/116, 3 MW wind turbines in North America

ACCIONA Windpower is installing two of its AW-3000/116, 3 MW wind turbines at Pioneer Grove in Cedar County, Iowa, USA, marking the first installation of the turbines in North America.

HCPV solar among top emerging technologies

Semprius Inc's high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar modules have been named among MIT Technology Review's top 10 emerging technologies for 2012.

Overcapacity and new players keep wind turbine prices down

Contracts signed for wind turbines in the second half of 2011 for delivery in 2013 fell 4% to €0.91 million/MW from 6 months earlier, with overcapacity and new players keeping prices for utility-scale wind turbines down, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance's Wind Turbine Price Index (WTPI).

3D solar cell prototype underway in California

Solar3D Inc is currently producing a proof-of-concept prototype of its 3-dimensional (3D) solar photovoltaic (PV) cell technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Nanofabrication Facility.

Duke Energy buys Arizona solar farm from SOLON

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired the 10 MW Black Mountain Solar Project near Kingman, Arizona, USA, from SOLON Corporation for an undisclosed sum.

Iogen Energy and Shell scrap Canadian biofuel project

Iogen Energy Corporation and its joint owners, the Royal Dutch Shell and Iogen Corporation, are scrapping plans for a larger scale cellulosic ethanol biofuel facility in southern Manitoba, Canada, and is shedding 150 jobs.

LDK Solar sales tumble on tough solar market

LDK Solar saw net sales more than halved to US$420.2 million in the fourth quarter (Q4) of fiscal 2011, compared with the same period the year before.

RenewableUK says CPRE concern over wind turbines is “misplaced”

RenewableUK says the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England's (CPRE) concern about over-development of onshore wind turbines is “misplaced”, as the actual number of wind turbines for England is less than a sixth of CPRE's figure of 12,000.

UK and Denmark to hook up with electricity interconnector

The UK's National Grid and Denmark’s have started a study looking at the possibility of an electricity power connection between Great Britain and Denmark.

Vestas loss near doubled in Q1 – postpones V164 prototype

Vestas' loss almost doubled in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 to €162 million, compared with a loss of €85m in the same period last year, as the company continues to struggle – and it is postponing the prototype of the new V164 7 MW offshore wind turbine.