News for June 2012

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ITM Power, GHR to collaborate on 700 bar hydrogen dispensing in Germany

UK-based ITM Power has signed an agreement with GHR Hochdruck-Reduziertechnik GmbH in Germany, to collaborate on the deployment of dual 700 bar and 350 bar hydrogen refuelling products for the German mobility market.

Schott Solar to stop c-Si PV manufacturing within the year

Yet another solar PV manufacturer has announced a scale back in production.

Planning approval granted for largest solar PV farm in UK

TGC Renewables, an independent renewable energy project developer, has secured planning approval for the largest UK solar PV project in the UK to date.

German legislators reach "halfhearted" compromise on solar FIT subsidy support

Germany’s fiercely disputed solar subsidy policy has finally been agreed after federal and provincial governments reached a “compromise” agreement this week, although the industry has dubbed it “halfhearted”.

DOE announces R&D funds to take promising renewable energy technologies to market

The US Energy Department is awarding new funding to the tune of $102 million to 104 small businesses in a bid to help advance cutting-edge clean energy innovations, the country’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced.

European project on PEM electrolysers coupled to renewable energy sources

A European consortium is launching a three-year project to develop cost-effective components for proton-exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers. It will also develop the supply chain for commercialisation in residential applications in combination with renewable power sources.

Wind farms in Wales face public inquiry

A joint public inquiry will be held into two applications for Section 36 development consent for onshore wind farms in Powys, mid-Wales.

New service and supply deals give Vestas hope

Vestas has signed its largest ever service and maintenance renewal agreement with EDP Renováveis (EDPR).

Seabed set for installation of Borwin2 HVDC cable connection for German offshore wind farms

Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has prepared the seabed for the BorWin2 high-voltage direct current export cable, which will connect new wind parks off the German coast.

More job losses at Vestas as it closes China factory and restructures Asia businesses

As it continues to grapple with its restructuring plans, Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced it is ending production of kilowatt size machines, including its V52-850kW and V60-850kW turbines.

Study: Europe could save €30/MWh on Desertec power

Europe could save €30/MWh on renewable electricity generated in the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), if the three regions integrated their power networks, according to a new study published on Thursday.

Scotland unveils new Marine Energy Action Plan

The Scottish government has unveiled a new marine energy action plan, in an effort to accelerate the development of the country’s burgeoning wave and tidal sector.

Vestas ditches plans for UK turbine factory

Vestas has scrapped plans for a wind turbine factory in the Port of Sheerness delivering a blow to the UK government’s efforts to bring large-scale wind turbine manufacturing to British shores.

GDF Suez investigates French tidal potential

GDF Suez is studying the feasibility of two potential tidal projects located in France’s most powerful tidal waters, the company said today.

US agency grants $360m to boost overseas renewables

An agency of the US government has approved $360 million in funding for two overseas renewables development schemes, in an effort to bring Western-built technologies to the developing world.

EBay unveils new plans for fuel cell-powered data centre

Online auction giant eBay is to power the next phase of its flagship Utah data centre with fuel cells, the company has revealed.

Canadian Solar to deliver 122MW US solar capacity

Canadian Solar is to deliver 122MW of solar PV capacity across the US, after acquiring interests in 11 utility-scale projects.

First Solar scoops Catalina PV supply agreement

First Solar is to supply PV modules for the first phase of a 110MW solar development in California, the scheme’s developer announced on Wednesday.

Navitus Bay development steps up with mast approval

Development on the UK’s Navitus Bay offshore wind farm has taken another step forward with the approval for a meteorological mast to be erected near the site.

AFC Energy, Industrial Chemicals Ltd to build 1 MW alkaline fuel cell facility

AFC Energy and Industrial Chemicals Ltd (ICL) are to install the UK’s largest fuel cell facility to generate clean energy. When complete the installation, using AFC’s low-cost alkaline fuel cell system, will have an electrical output approaching 1 MW, enough to power 500 homes.

FERC order fails to end discrimination against renewables

New grid connection and transmission rules issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) fail to ensure renewable energy plant operators in the US are not discriminated against, says the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

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Bankrupt Scheuten bought by Aikosolar

Dutch PV company Scheuten Solar has been bought by Chinese solar manufacturer Aikosolar for an undisclosed sum, ending the company’s bankruptcy woes and re-launching it into the market.

Soitec bags $25 million for California solar factory

French solar manufacturer Soitec has secured a $25 million grant from the US government to support a new concentrated solar manufacturing facility in San Diego, California.

1MW Orkney tidal project paves way for “world’s first” array

A 1MW tidal power device has started full export of power in Scottish waters, paving the way for ScottishPower, to deploy the technology in the “world’s first” tidal array.

EU commits to “no regrets” 2030 energy policy

The European Union has committed to a “no regrets” long term policy framework to 2030 that would see an increased share of renewables in the energy mix.

First Wind and Emera partner up for US wind

Boston-based First Wind and Canada’s Emera have joined forces in a new company that will develop wind power in the north eastern United States.

Vestas sells turbine tower factory to China’s Titan

Vestas is to sell its Varde wind turbine tower factory to Chinese tower manufacturer Titan Wind Energy, in an agreement that will save the facility from closure.

UK “on course” to slash offshore wind costs by 30%

An industry-led group tasked with bringing down the cost offshore wind has said that the UK is “on course” to substantially bring down costs over the next seven years

UK, South Korea team up on offshore renewables

The UK and South Korea are to join forces to develop offshore wind and wave and tidal technologies...

Samsung, Six Nations agree 250MW Ontario renewables deal

Samsung and Pattern Energy Group have agreed a deal with the Six Nations of the Grand River to build a 250MW solar and wind project in Ontario, Canada.

Iberdrola joint venture bags $182 million investment for Brazilian wind farms

Brazilian bank BNDES has approved a R£138 million (US$182 million)to Iberdrola and Neoenergia to construct 150MW of wind capacity in the Bahia and Rio Grande do Norte regions of Brazil.

SFC Energy EFOY fuel cell supplying power in transatlantic yacht race SFC Energy EFOY fuel cell supplying power in transatlantic yacht race

An EFOY fuel cell generator supplied by SFC Energy is again playing a key role in a transatlantic yacht race.

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JP Morgan syndicate injects $220m into Oklahoma wind farm

A syndicate led by JP Morgan is to invest $220 million into an Oklahoma wind farm, the project’s developers said on Wednesday.

Siemens unveils “world’s longest” wind turbine blade Siemens unveils “world’s longest” wind turbine blade

Siemens has unveiled the first batch of its new 75 metre-long wind turbine rotor blades, which it claims are the “world’s longest”.

Incitor secures $1.5 million to finance biofuel production demonstration

US biomass firm Incitor has secured funding for a demonstration of its low-temperature biofuel production technology, the company announced on Monday.

Vestas scores 40 MW wind turbine order in Nicaragua

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has secured an order for 22 of its V100 1.8MW turbines for a project in Nicaragua, further developing the company’s presence in Latin America.

European Commission: renewables growth under threat

Growth in the renewables market will slump unless the EU takes measures now to reduce costs and stimulate investment, the European Commission has warned.

Global investment in renewables up by 17% in 2011

Global investment in renewable power and fuels increased 17% to a new record of $257 billion in 2011, according to a UN report. Developing economies made up 35% of this total investment, compared to 65% for developed economies.

Duke Energy venture completes first of two Kansas wind farms

Duke Energy and Sumitomo have completed the first of their two Kansas wind farms, the joint venture announced on Monday.

IHC Merwede enters tidal energy market

Dutch technology firm IHC Merwede is to enter race to develop commercial tidal energy, with the acquisition of Ecofys’ Wave Rotor technology.

First Solar, AGL to build 159MW Australian solar capacity

First Solar and AGL energy are to collaborate in building 159MW of solar capacity in Australia, as part of the Australian government’s Solar Flagships programme.

Scottish research centre completes funding with £6.7 million

A flagship renewables research centre has been given the go-ahead, after it was granted a cash injection of £6.7 million from the European Union.

H2 Logic hydrogen station adds to network in Norway H2 Logic hydrogen station adds to network in Norway

The latest hydrogen refuelling station in Norway has just been officially opened in Lilleström, near the capital Oslo. The new facility is the fourth hydrogen station delivered in Scandinavia by Danish-based H2 Logic in the last 12 months.

More countries embrace geothermal

More countries throughout the world are set to embrace geothermal with others having significant potential to do so a new Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) report reveals.

Solar profits to be boosted by emergent technologies going forward

Lux Research of Boston, Massachusetts, has predicted that a number of emerging technologies will boost profits in the solar PV sector by 2014.

US wind energy leaders meet to try and extend wind production tax credit

Two US cabinet secretaries have met with leaders of the US wind manufacturing, construction and development sectors at the White House recently to discuss extending the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit before Congress goes into recess for the summer.

All Energy launches Scottish smart-grid strategy

A key industry strategy to capitalise on Scotland’s smart-grid expertise has been published by All Energy. The strategy will create thousands of new jobs in Scotland in a bid to secure the country’s place as a leading international provider of Smart Grid technology.