News for July 2012

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Qatar Solar Technologies signs MoU to build polysilicon production plant

Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to support utility Kahramaa with the future distribution of solar energy .

New company established to build Japan's largest solar power plant New company established to build Japan's largest solar power plant

Plans for Japan’s largest solar power plant have taken a step forward.

Marine energy park launched in Scotland Marine energy park launched in Scotland

Scotland’s first marine energy park was launched yesterday.

Major offshore wind cable connection supply chain gaps put project plans in jeopardy

The current manufacturing capacity of export power cables for offshore wind farms does not meet the needs of developers, both in UK and in the rest of the world, concludes a new study from The Crown Estate.

UK wave and tidal developers to get their say on future site leasing

The Crown Estate has opened an industry engagement exercise to shape the future of wave and tidal leasing in the UK.

Mainstream applies for consent to build 450MW offshore wind farm in Scottish waters

Renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power has submitted its application for consent to build its Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.

UK and China research collaboration to develop next generation energy storage

The University of Leeds and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have teamed up to create a joint research institute to develop next generation energy storage systems.

Energy storage to become a key growth market

Energy storage seems ready to move away from the dominance of pump-storage facilities and is set to become a key growth market for investors, according to market analysts Frost & Sullivan.

France gives go ahead to 541MW of solar power projects

French energy minister, Delphine Batho, has given the go ahead to 214 solar power projects totaling 541MW.

OCI secures 400MW solar energy agreement in Texas

A landmark deal signed municipal utility CPS Energy and OCI Solar Power will result in the construction of 400MW of solar energy, bring several manufacturing facilities that produce solar panel components, and create 805 jobs in San Antonio.

Quabbin Solar commissions 2MW solar farm in Massachusetts

Quabbin Solar has commissioned its 2MW Vernon Avenue solar farm in Barre, one of the largest ground mounted solar farms in Massachusetts.

GE Wind to supply turbines for 22MW wind farm in Mexico

GE Wind is supplying eight 2.75MW turbines for a wind project in Santa Catarina, Mexico.

Alliance formed to develop wave power projects in El Savador and California

Israel's SDE Wave Power Plants company and El Salvador's El Esplendor Development Corporation have joined forces to develop wave energy projects in El Salvador and California.

Turbine installation completed for second stage of Thornton Bank offshore wind farm

The last Repower 6M wind turbine has been installed at C-Power’s Belgian offshore wind farm Thornton Bank Phase II on time.

Global wind turbine orders down 30% on last year

Orders for wind turbines in the first six months of 2012 were down 30% on the same period last year, according to figures published by Make Consulting.

Investment shift for algae biofuels to see market grow 43.1% annually

Algae biofuels technologies are ripe for double-digit growth potential over the short term, claims a new study.

Solar Thermal: Spain shows the way forward for CSP

Solar thermal power, or concentrated solar power (CSP), can make a sizeable impact on the world’s renewable energy industry, if governments across the globe can maintain supporting policies, says a new report by alternative energy analysts GBI Research.

UK projects accelerate ‘green’ hydrogen energy

In the UK, five new government-backed research and development projects will speed up the adoption of energy systems using hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Scotland confirms ROC prices for renewables and challenges UK government to act now

The Scottish Government has announced plans to step in and "save the renewable energy industry" in Scotland “from the damage being caused by ongoing uncertainty over Westminster’s plans” for Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

Maple Energy brings 37MW ethanol and electricity power plant project online in Peru

Maple Energy, an integrated energy company with assets in Peru, has announced that its Ethanol Plant is now complete and producing both ethanol and electricity.

UK announces new feed-in tariffs for small scale renewables

The UK government has announced new feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewable heat and small-scale renewable electricity technologies (not including solar PV).

WAAREE wins order for 5.75MW solar PV plant in Indian state of Maharashtra

India’s WAAREE Energies Pvt Ltd has won a turnkey project order for a 5.75MW thin film solar PV power plant.

Carnegie signs grid connection and power purchase agreements for Perth wave energy project

Wave energy developer, Carnegie Wave Energy Limited, has signed key agreements with the Australian Department of Defence.

NREL certification boost for TetraSun's passivation solar PV cell technology

TetraSun has announced the successful completion of its SunShot Initiative PV Incubator grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Renewable Energy Assocation wins £60,000 EU funding for UK biogas sector training in Germany

The UK’s Renewable Energy Association (REA) has been successful in a bid to manage a €76,000 (£60,000) biogas training programme.

Renewables industry warns of "devastating impact" as UK government delays ROC review subsidy decision again

The UK government is facing a wave of criticism after again delaying its planned announcement on future financial support for renewables.

Offshore wind turbine installations in Europe up 50% on last year

2012 could turn out to be the best year ever for offshore wind energy in Europe, says the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Siemens secures 1.8GW supply deal for its 6MW offshore machine from Dong

Dong Energy and Siemens Energy have signed a framework agreement for the supply and servicing of wind turbines totaling 1.8GW in capacity.

1000MW wind power plan in India is world's first CDM project under UNFCCC's new POA umbrella

EKI Energy Services Limited is launching a strategic 1000MW wind power project in India.

Chinese solar imports to US down 45% year-on-year as import duties start to hit

Imports of Chinese solar cells and panels into the United States decreased for the second straight month in May year-over-year, according to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM).

NAREC moves forward with £1/3bn Blyth offshore demonstration project to test next generation technology

The UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has awarded a multi-million pound contract to SeaRoc to install its Offshore Anemometry Hub.

Ocean Power Technologies and Lockheed Martin join forces to develop 19MW wave energy project in Australia

Ocean Power Technologies and Lockheed Martin are teaming up again, this time to develop a 19MW wave energy project off Australia's coast.

Korean solar power supplier Hanwha teams up with US energy storage firm

Korean solar photovoltaic (PV) supplier Hanwha SolarOne is forming a strategic partnership with US energy storage systems company Silent Power.

IEA warns Ireland to invest even more in renewables to meet 40% by 2020 target

Ireland must invest even more in renewable technologies, expand grid integration and improve energy efficiency, the International Energy Agency says in a review of Irish energy policies, published today.

Spanish research centre CENER selects technology from AdvanceBio Systems in bid to produce cellulosic ethanol from biomass

The National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain (CENER) has selected AdvanceBio Systems' SuPR2G Bench Scale Pretreatment Reactor to conduct basic research and development work related to the production of fermentable sugars from lignocellulose rich biomass feedstocks.

Reef Subsea wins £40m contract to install array cables for Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm

A subsidiary of Reef Subsea AS has been awarded the £40m contract to install the inter array cable for the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm.

IEA roadmap shows solar can meet one-sixth of world’s heating and cooling needs

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a roadmap showing how solar energy could account for around one-sixth of the world’s total low-temperature heating and cooling needs by 2050.

JinkoSolar PV modules pass TUV Rheinland salt mist corrosion test

The entire range of JinkoSolar solar modules has passed the salt mist corrosion test in accordance with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)61701 standards, the Chinese company announced today.

Valos and Gehrlicher joint venture to offer large-scale solar PV projects for utilities in California

Valos Solar Ventures and Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation, a subsidiary of Germany’s Gehrlicher Solar AG, have joined forces to provide solar energy to investor and municipal-owned utilities in California.

UK gives go ahead to another 1GW of offshore wind but projects await outcome of Renewables Obligation review

Two offshore wind farms approved by the UK government last Friday are only likely to proceed if the economics stack up under new prices for offshore wind power, to be unveiled by ministers within the next two weeks.

IEA sees renewable energy growth accelerating but accuses world governments of “collective policy failure”

In its first-ever renewable energy market report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) accuses the world’s major governments of a “collective policy failure”, but still forecasts a 40% increase in global renewable power generation in the next five years, largely due to growth in deployment in non-OECD countries.

GT Energy and E.ON team up to develop five geothermal projects in the UK

Ireland’s GT Energy and E.ON UK, one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop five new deep-geothermal heat and distribution systems.

German cable firm Leoni joins Desertec clean power project German cable firm Leoni joins Desertec clean power project

Leoni has joined the Desertec consortium as an associated partner, the German cables and cable systems supplier announced today.

New Hampshire adds thermal energy to incentive scheme

The state of New Hampshire has added thermal energy to its renewable energy incentive scheme, enabling solar thermal, geothermal and biomass to fully benefit from the scheme for the first time.

UK onshore wind generation up 51%

Electricity generation from onshore wind was up by 51% in the first quarter of 2012, as a result of huge increases in capacity, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has revealed.

Northwind orders turbines for Belgian offshore wind farm

The developers behind the 216 MW Northwind offshore wind farm in Belgium have placed orders with Vestas for the project’s turbines

Brightsource, NextEra win Solar Trust of America site purchase approval

A Delaware court has approved applications from BrightSource and NextEra to buy up two large solar power projects up for sale as part of Solar Power of America’s bankruptcy proceedings.

Mainstream Renewables plans Ireland’s first wind export project

Wind developer Mainstream Renewables has unveiled plans for 5GW of wind capacity in the Irish midlands, which it says will export power to the UK to fill the British energy gap.

China Ming Yang forms 2.5GW strategic partnership with Indian giant Reliance

China Ming Yang Wind Power Group is to gain a significant foothold in India, thanks to an agreement to co-develop up to 2.5GW of clean energy projects with one the country’s biggest companies, Reliance Group.

Nordex wins supply contract to extend wind farm in Norway

Nordex has been awarded the 57.5MW contract for the phase 2 extension of the Midtfjellet wind farm on the island of Stord in Norway.

Fishermen drop lawsuit against Cape Wind

A group of Massachusetts fishermen opposed to the Cape Wind offshore wind farm have dropped their federal lawsuit against the scheme, and have entered into a settlement with the project’s developers.

SPI Solar eyes European markets with Solar Green Technologies acquisition

US solar developer SPI Solar has acquired Italy’s Solar Green Technologies for €5 million from LDK Solar, SPI has announced.

RWE Innogy expands Polish wind farm portfolio with purchase from Gamesa RWE Innogy expands Polish wind farm portfolio with purchase from Gamesa

RWE Innogy has commenced operation of the 14MW Krzecin onshore wind farm in Poland.

Australia's 250MW Solar Dawn CSP project suffers A$75 million funding setback Australia's 250MW Solar Dawn CSP project suffers A$75 million funding setback

One of Australia’s largest solar power projects – Solar Dawn - has taken a heavy blow, after the Queensland state government formally withdrew its support from the project.

Contract signed for 12MW biomass plant in Philippines

DP CleanTech has taken a significant step towards consolidating its business in the Philippines, signing a contract for a 12MW biomass power plant in Aklan province with AseaOne Power Corporation.