News for December 2012

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Wind energy giants team up to test 8MW turbine design Wind energy giants team up to test 8MW turbine design

Danish wind operator DONG Energy and wind turbine manufacturer Vestas have entered into a cooperation agreement that will see them work together - testing Vestas' V164-8.0 MW offshore wind turbine at Østerild test centre in Denmark.

Romanian wind energy on a high as 600MW onshore wind farm comes online Romanian wind energy on a high as 600MW onshore wind farm comes online

Czech developer CEZ Group has brought Europe’s largest onshore wind farm into full operation.

Nordex bags 80MW Romanian wind turbine supply contract

Spanish renewable energy developer Iberdrola has awarded Nordex a contract for the supply and installation of wind turbines for the 80MW Chirnogeni wind farm, located in the Dobrogea region of Romania, near the Black Sea coast.

UK: E.ON scales back Rampion offshore wind proposal

E.ON has reduced the footprint of its proposed Rampion offshore wind farm off the south coast of the UK, in an effort to appease local concerns about the visual impact of the project.

Metgen signs UK solar distribution agreement with 4Eco

UK solar PV wholesaler Megen has agreed a deal with Lincolnshire-based solar component manufacturer 4Eco to distribute the company’s power storage unit Immersun.

UK government slashes RO PV support by 20%

The UK government has reduced the support for solar PV under the Renewables Obligation (RO) – the support mechanism for large renewables projects from 2013-2017 - by 20%.

Fraunhofer Centre granted funding for US solar cost-cutting drive

The Fraunhofer Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) is to receive project funding from the US government to develop “plug and play” PV technology as part of a national drive to make solar energy affordable.

Romanian wind farms secure €50m funding from EBRD

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted €50m financing to two Romanian wind farms with a combined capacity of 57MW.

EIB grants €50 million for 120MW Zambian hydro plant

The EU’s long-term lending arm, the European Investment Bank (EIB), has granted €50 million ($65 million) to support a new 120 MW hydropower plant and long-distance transmission line in Zambia, with the aim of supplying power to southern Africa.

Perth wave project secures environmental approval

Carnegie Wave Energy has secured environmental and maritime safety approvals for its Perth Wave Energy Project (PWEP). The commercial-scale project, which uses Carnegie’s CETO wave system, will power Australia’s largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, on Garden Island in Western Australia.

Sunway scales back solar production to ward off losses

German solar manufacturer Sunways Production is to reduce the production and development activities at its plant in Arnstadt, in an effort to bring the business back to breakeven point once more.

Photon Energy targets African market with solar arrays

UK-based Photon Energy is aiming to claim its share of the African market for solar power, with an agreement to collaborate with Tanzanian company Comfix Engineering.

Turbine installation complete at first phase of London Array

Turbine installation at the first 630MW phase of the London Array offshore wind farm has been completed with the installation of the 175th and last turbine, developers E.ON and DONG Energy report.

French companies ally to optimise offshore wind turbine foundations

French firms Areva and STX France have signed a cooperation agreement to advance wind turbine foundation technology, as part of on-going efforts to bring down the cost of offshore wind.

Today’s Top 10: A wish list for the renewable energy market in 2013

Guest Blog by John Peters, Managing Director, Engage Consulting

European Wind Energy Association appoints new CEO to replace Kjaer

Thomas Becker, a former Danish civil servant, will replace Christian Kjaer as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), effective 1 April 2013.

Statkraft starts construction on Berry Burn wind farm

Statkraft has started construction on the 66.7MW Berry Burn wind farm near Inverness in Scotland, the Norwegian company revealed.

UK’s largest single-phase district energy scheme completed in Leicester

Cofely, a GDF SUEZ company, has completed the first phase of the Leicester District Energy Scheme, enabling thousands of homes, as well as council-owned and other buildings in Leicester, to be provided with environmentally friendly energy.

PV prices to continue falling – US report

The price of solar PV systems is to keep on falling according to a joint report from the US government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Berkeley’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL).

Wind powers carbon fibre reinforced plastic composites market to value of $20.68bn

The latest analysis from Visiongain indicates the global carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) composites market will reach a value of $20.68bn in 2013, driven by growth in the wind energy market, and strong potential in the automotives market.

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Editor's Blog: Now the campaign really begins ...

HURRAH! THE UK’s Energy Bill has finally landed – following months of delays and turbulence caused by conflicting interests within Government departments. And so now, the hard work begins.

UK commits £113 million to African renewables

The UK government has committed £113 million for renewable energy in Africa, as part of a package to help developing countries tackle climate change.

GE begins work on advanced wind turbine blade technology

US electrics company GE is to team up with the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop advanced wind turbine blade technology that could put wind energy on an equal economic footing with fossil fuels, GE have announced.

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Weltec Biopower, Methaneo to collaborate on 500 kW biogas plant in France

Construction work on the facility will begin in January 2013, and the plant is to go live and starting feeding electricity into the French grid as early as July 2013.

MIT reveals solar “funnel” breakthrough

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has unveiled progress in its quest to increase the efficiency of solar technology – a so-called “solar energy funnel”, which uses elastic strain to increase the amount of solar energy which can be used to generate power.

Silfab and Heliene join forces in Ontario PV drive

Ontario-based solar PV manufacturer Heliene is to join forces with Italy’s Silfab in a manufacturing joint venture targeting the larger solar developers in Ontario, Canada, the companies have announced.

Strategies Unlimited announces partnership with SPV market research

SPV Market Research is a new company founded by globally-renowned PV expert Paula Mints.

Two new sustainability white papers available

They are available free for download from our partner Schneider Electric...(free registration required).

FuelCell Energy wins order to install fuel cell power plant for landmark London office tower FuelCell Energy wins order to install fuel cell power plant for landmark London office tower

FuelCell Energy Solutions has sold a stationary fuel cell power plant for installation at the 20 Fenchurch office development in central London, UK. The ultra-clean and efficient power generation profile of the fuel cell system will facilitate clean-air permitting and support London’s carbon reduction targets.

Renova Energia and GE sign $394m wind turbine contract

GE has signed a $394 million contract with Brazilian wind energy developer Renova Energia for the delivery of 230 of GE’s 1.68-82.5 wind turbines.

GWEC: India could see 89 GW wind capacity by 2020

India could have 89 GW of installed wind capacity by 2020 up from 18GW at present, helping to fight a growing power shortage in the country, according to an industry outlook report released on Thursday.

UK onshore wind secures record project finance in 2012; but vulnerable to EMR, says report

Onshore wind projects in the UK have defied the credit crunch by securing record number of project finance deals in 2012, according to a report from financial consultancy Mazars.

US and German integrators lead utility-scale solar development

Solar firms from the US and Germany are leading the field when it comes to installing utility-scale solar capacity, according to a list published by solar data company Wiki-Solar.

New blog: tragic fall of a solar icon - Sharp sells itself piece by piece

Forget Solyndra, Q-Cells and the rest. The fall of Sharp is equally as depressing.

Narec's wind and tidal energy technologies take step forward Narec's wind and tidal energy technologies take step forward

The UK-based technology company opens two new facilities for the development of offshore renewable energy technologies.