News for January 2013

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New blog: 10 clean energy investments from Google

The past few years has seen Google embark on an ambitous program of investment in the renewables space, the most recent announcement seeing Google investing $200 million in a Texas wind farm. So where else has Google been putting its money?

Car giants join forces to develop affordable FCEVs

Three of the world’s biggest car manufacturers – Ford, Nissan and Daimler, the company behind Mercedes Benz, have signed a three-way hydrogen fuel cell development agreement in an effort to bring affordable, mass market fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to market by 2017.

Develop energy policy or lose out to foreign competitors, US government told

The US risks losing out to its foreign competitors in the clean energy marketplace because of the government’s failure to develop a long-term, consistent energy policy...

New Blog: Top 10 trends for the fuel cell industry in 2013

Around this time of year everyone and their dog does a review of the year just gone, or a preview for the year to come, often in the form of a ‘Top 10’.

First UK integrated hydrogen transport system to launch in London and South East First UK integrated hydrogen transport system to launch in London and South East

A consortium of companies in the UK with expertise in hydrogen transport infrastructure is launching the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project, to roll out the UK’s first hydrogen powered transport system across London and the South East.

UK, Ireland seal renewable electricity trade deal UK, Ireland seal renewable electricity trade deal

The UK and the Republic of Ireland have signed a key agreement that will enable the two countries to trade renewable power with each other by 2020.

US government grants $10 million to algae fuel research

The US government has granted $10 million to unlock the potential of biofuels made from algae, in an effort to diversify the fuels used in transport.

Panasonic completes University of Colorado PV system

Global electronics conglomerate Panasonic has completed a 500kW solar PV installation at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), as part of the university’s efforts to decarbonise its campus.

USA hot on Europe’s heels as global utility PV hits 9GW

The global installed capacity of utility-scale solar power stations hit the 9GW mark in 2012 after another record year of installations of power stations rated 10MW and higher, analysis from Wiki-Solar has revealed.

UK: Green Deal goes live

The UK Government’s pay-as-you-save scheme, the Green Deal, has gone live, offering domestic households access to energy saving home improvements without any upfront costs for the first time.

Repsol dips toe into tidal energy with Tocardo partnership

Oil giant Repsol is to enter the tidal energy business following an agreement for the company to partner tidal stream tidal manufacturer Tocardo International.

Nordex N117 bags first Latin American outing

Nordex is to supply its N117 turbines for a 50.4MW wind farm in the Florida district of southern Uruguay, currently being developed by French developer Akuo.

University of Dundee to study wave power anchoring

A new research project launched by the University of Dundee aims to look at “mooring and anchoring” systems for wave power projects, after the marine power industry warned that anchoring problems were threatening to “stall and limit” wave developments.

Juwi plans flood protected Thai PV projects

German energy group Juwi is set to construct five PV projects with a total capacity of 48MW in two provinces in northwestern and eastern Thailand - and in response to Thailand’s 2011 floods it plans to make the projects flood-protected.

UK: Renewable Energy Generation secures €15m finance for Burnthouse turbines

The company has now purchased the three turbines, three 2MW G80 turbines, from Spanish manufacturer Gamesa.

ABB wins Greek solar inverter contracts

ABB in Greece has been awarded contracts to supply solar inverters for around 33MW of solar power in different projects across mainland Greece – all of which are due to be commissioned in the coming months.

An inconvenient truth - Editorial leader from the January/February 2013 issue of Renewable Energy Focus

The global growth of renewable energy over the last few years cannot be disputed, but can it really play a major role in the world of large-scale electricity generation?

Obama opens door for renewable energy push in US Obama opens door for renewable energy push in US

In his inaugural speech for his second term in office, U.S. President Barack Obama has upped the ante, promising to show global leadership on climate change and support the development of clean energy...

Google invests $200 million in Texas wind farm

The 161 MW Spinning Spur Wind Project is located in Oldham County in the Texas Panhandle, and was built by EDF Renewable Energy

New Blog: EWEA 2013 conference - hot topics

EWEA 2013 is just a few weeks away. So what can conference delegates expect to be the main topics up for debate?

New Blog: We bid an Austrian farewell to EWEA’s man at the top...

EWEA CEO Christian Kjaer has been an ever-present force for the premier wind power lobbying organisation EWEA as it has driven the wind industry forward in Europe over the past decade or so. He will leave the post later this year...

New WWF report says land requirements for PV are "insignificant"

A new report released on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit claims that even if all electricity is to be generated through renewable energy (RE) sources, and with solar photovoltaics (PV) alone, it would take up only an "insignificant" amount of total land area, contrary to common perception.

NPD Solarbuzz: China consumed 33% of global PV panel shipments in Q4 2012

The Chinese end-market dominated shipments of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels during the final quarter of 2012 with 33% of global end-market demand, according to new research released in the NPD Solarbuzz Quarterly report.

Dow Corning and Crystal Solar to collaborate on solar innovations

Dow Corning says it will help support Crystal's venture-funded "breakthrough" technology - a “direct gas to module” process using an epitaxial chemical vapor deposition (CVD) approach.

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) awarded contract by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding in Japan

The ¥70 million (approximately US $900,000) contract from Mitsui (MES) will be to further develop the Company’s PowerBuoy technology for Japanese sea conditions.

Half of new US power capacity in 2012 renewable – FERC

Almost half of all new generating capacity installed in the United States during 2012 was renewable, a new report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has said.

Kyocera to supply Japan’s first community solar project

Kyocera is to supply solar panels and services to Japan’s first community solar power project in the Wakayama Prefecture and Kyoto city, after signing a supply agreement with the project developers, Kyocera said late last week.

German regeneration continues with wind farm on former coal mine

RWE Innogy and BMR Windenergie plan to commission the Jüchen wind farm this week after installing the four 3.4MW turbines over the past six months on the site of RWE Power’s Garzweiler opencast mine.

Germany: Trina Solar supplies PV to former military airfield

Trina Solar has supplied 61MW of PV modules to a large-scale solar project on a former military airfield in the state of Brandenburg, Germany.

UK launches national PV centre to deliver 20GW target

The UK has launched a national centre for solar PV, in an effort to deliver the government’s goal of 20GW of installed capacity by 2020, up from 1.4GW at present.

Gamesa secures 10 year O&M extension for US wind farm

Gamesa has secured a ten-year full service operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for one of the largest operating wind farms in the eastern United States.

Fraunhofer Institute seeks automation solution for rotor blade manufacture

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute’s Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) have embarked on a €8 million research programme which aims to automate the manufacture of wind turbine rotor blades.

Availon gains foothold in Japanese wind market with EOS contract

Germany’s Availon has signed a major contract with Japanese wind turbine maintenance firm EOS Engineering and Service for the supply of 80 wind turbine grid coupling contactors.

EWEA gears up for 2013 event in Austria

Despite the uncertain global economy, attendance figures for EWEA 2013 are up on 2012...

Energy leaders urge for greater investments in renewables and low carbon projects

In a discussion during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), leaders focused on the growing opportunities for sovereign wealth funds, development banks and pension funds to view the new energy industry as a growth opportunity, especially in developing economies.

China to join International Renewable Energy Agency

China has announced it will join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), a milestone in international efforts to double the share of renewable energy worldwide by 2030.

IEA-RETD launches new policy action plan IEA-RETD launches new policy action plan

A new publication from Elsevier, developed by the IEA Implementing Agreement for Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD), explores six policy categories that are "essential" for the acceleration of renewable energy deployment.

DP CleanTech to build US$34.1 million straw-fired plant in Poland

Danish biomass firm DP CleanTech has agreed a deal with Polish Energy Partners (PEP) to build a 30MW straw-fired power plant in Winsko, south west Poland.

MidAmerican scoops huge Californian solar projects

MidAmerican Renewables has acquired two adjacent solar projects in southern California – together the “largest permitted solar PV development in the world” - from SunPower Corp.

EDF closes financing on 143MW Catalina solar project

French utility EDF has brought its 143MW Catalina solar project in California one step closer to completion with the sale of a majority stake in the scheme, closing financing for the project.

Cherbourg to get €60 million makeover for tidal energy

Facilities at the French ports of Cherbourg and Caen-Ouistreham are to undergo a multi-million euro expansion to pave the way for the development of tidal energy projects in the area.

European nations pledge cash to bioenergy research

Eight European nations have committed a total of €47 million over the next three years to develop innovative bioenergy projects throughout Europe, and stimulate up to €100 million in further private investment in the technology.

Parker Hannifin in strategic licensing, supply agreement with WATT Fuel Cell

In the US, WATT Fuel Cell Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems, has signed a strategic licensing and supply deal with industrial giant Parker Hannifin.

E.ON orders four new offshore wind farm service vessels E.ON orders four new offshore wind farm service vessels

E.ON has awarded Great Yarmouth-based Alicat Workboats a contract to build four new state of the art vessels to support its offshore wind generation portfolio. The first to be built will serve E.ON's 180MW Robin Rigg wind farm in the Solway Firth.

US wind energy: 300MW comes online in California

Two Californian wind energy projects have reached completion, bringing 300MW of new capacity onto the state’s grid, developer MidAmerican wind said on Monday.

Wind and bioenergy industries celebrate as US renewable energy tax credits saved

The renewable energy industry’s new year has kicked off to a good start after the United States’ Congress extended the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) by one year as part of a package of measures to avert a “fiscal cliff” in the US budget.

Trina Solar declares 2013 “year of the solar farm” as it bags 55MW solar supply deal

Trina Solar is to supply up to 55MW of solar PV modules to renewables developer Anesco over the coming months.

Iberdrola moves forward with 400MW offshore wind plan but announces sale of more onshore wind projects

Spain’s Iberdrola has selected offshore wind turbines from French giant Areva for its 400MW Wikinger offshore wind power project 35km off Germany’s Baltic Sea coast.

UK Green Investment Bank agrees its first offshore wind farm finance package

The UK’s state-backed Green Investment Bank (GIB) has struck its first deal in the offshore wind sector, contributing to a £224 million re-financing of OPW’s 24.8% stake in the 367 MW Walney offshore wind farm.

French firm launches floating solar power system to market French firm launches floating solar power system to market

Solar firm Ciel et Terre has launched a large-scale floating solar power generation system – the “world’s first”, according to the French company.