News for June 2013

News Archive

New standard will increase confidence in floating offshore wind turbines – DNV KEMA New standard will increase confidence in floating offshore wind turbines – DNV KEMA

DNV KEMA has released a new standard for floating offshore wind turbine structures which it says will give the nascent floating-turbine sector the confidence to continue its development to commercial maturity.

BluEarth Renewables to purchase four utility-scale solar power plants from Canadian solar

Canadian Solar has announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions will sell four utility-scale solar power plants to a subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables totaling 38.5MW and valued at over $217.2 mn.

Tata Power gets financial closure for its 135MW Amakhala wind project in South Africa

India's Tata Power has announced the financial closure for its 134MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm project through its South African joint venture company with Exxaro – Cennergi.

Clariant reaches milestone in manufacture of second-generation bioethanol

Chemicals developer Clariant is expanding its sunliquid technology to further agricultural residues in a process of manufacturing sustainable biofuel.

Seajacks and Samsung to build world’s largest offshore wind installation vessel

Seajacks International has entered into a contract with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to build what they claim will be the world largest and most advanced offshore wind farm installation vessel.

New GE Power Conversion next generation wind turbine testing facility to open in UK

Wind turbine developers will soon have open access to a £50mn testing facility in the U.K. based on unique and leading-edge technology.

Mainstream Renewable Power partners with Actis on $1.4bn wind and solar asset platform in Chile

Global wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power has announced a joint venture with the global pan-emerging market investor Actis to deliver 600MW of wind and solar projects into construction and operation in Chile by early 2016.

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LM Wind Power to develop ‘intelligent blades’

The company says sensors in the blades will be able to predict weather conditions and calculate when they can harvest the most energy from the wind - while ensuring minimum loads on the wind turbine.

Pöyry awarded assignment for Alpaslan II dam and hydroelectric power plant

EnerjiSA Power said it has awarded consulting and engineering company Pöyry with the detailed design services assignment for the Alpaslan II Dam and hydroelectric power plant in Turkey.

Canadian Wind Energy Association announces WindVision strategy for Alberta

WindVision 2025: A Strategy For Alberta, makes the case for the strategic deployment of more wind energy in Alberta.

Tata Power pledges to extend solar and wind energy projects

Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility has said it is committed to generating 20-25 percent of its total generation capacity from clean energy sources, adding 30-50MW of solar power and 150-200MW of wind energy in India year on year.

Innergex closes Northwest Stave River hydroelectric project financing

Canada's Innergex Renewable Energy has closed $72mn in project financing for the Northwest Stave River run-of-river hydroelectric project located in British Columbia, Canada.

ReneSola to provide 10 MW of Virtus II PV modules to Japanese Vitec

Solar PV manufacturer ReneSola has agreed to provide Vitec, a Japan-based seller of semiconductor and electronic components and provider of energy and environmental consulting services for Mega Solar projects, with 10MW of Virtus II modules.

Platina and Arise open Nordics largest onshore windfarm

At 200MW, the development will also be one of the biggest in Europe, according to the companies.

Maine project launches first US grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine

The US Energy Department has recognised the nation's first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine prototype off the coast of Castine, Maine.

The Switch selects ex Nokia China President onto Board

David Ho has experience in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) industry in Greater China.

Australian Energy Bonds to bring £7.5mn to UK wind and solar

An Australian entrepreneur has launched a four-year retail bond, paying a fixed rate of 7.5% interest, to fund the development of CBD Energy’s first UK utility-scale solar farms, wind farms and other renewable projects...

ContourGlobal acquires generation company on the island of Bonaire

The Bonaire generation facilities, which integrate wind power, diesel generation and battery storage technology, provide all of the power needs of the island's distribution company, Water en Energie Bedrijf Bonaire (WEB) under a long-term supply contract.

Yingli Green Energy joins SolarAid to spread light for learning in Africa

Money raised will support SolarAid's 'Lighter Learning' programme to improve the education of children in Africa by providing lighting for classrooms in 12 schools across Zambia.

Aquamarine Power secures full consent for 40MW Lewis wave energy farm

Consent from the Scottish Government for the wave farm off the north-west coast of Lewis, will create the world’s largest fully-permitted ocean energy site.

Minera El Tesoro (MET) and soitec establish CPV plant for mining operation in Chile

The four CX-S420 systems installed for MET use Soitec Solar's Concentrix CPV technology and two-axis tracking systems to generate a total installed capacity of 64kWp.

Editorial Leader: Revolutionary time for the energy poor

By Gail Rajgor, Managing Editor, Renewable Energy Focus

Alterra Power and EDC agree to develop geothermal assets in Chile and Peru

The joint venture agreement with Philippines-based geothermal plant developer Energy Development Corporation (EDC) will develop Alterra's Mariposa geothermal project in Chile, plus three geothermal concessions held by Alterra in Peru.

Carbon Trust pushes forward with marine technologies

The Carbon Trust has been asked by the Scottish Government to run a new dedicated wave programme to help commercialise wave power in Scotland. Meanwhile, the trust is pushing forward with its drive to find the next generation of offshore wind cables.

REA: don't confuse biomass with 'bad forestry'

Environmentalists are trying to block the expansion of a transatlantic trade bringing American wood to burn in European power stations, said BBC News last week. Yet UK-based biomass supporters say the problem lies with bad forestry practices and not biomass-derived energy.

Germany must "balance costs and sustainability"

The IEA says further action is needed if Germany’s Energiewende is to maintain a balance between sustainability, affordability and competitiveness and called for cost reductions, investment in networks and closer regional co-operation.

South Africa celebrates first solar PV farm in North West Province

The new solar PV plant is the region's first renewable energy project.

Hyundai delivers first fuel cell cars to Copenhagen, hydrogen station built in just 48 hours Hyundai delivers first fuel cell cars to Copenhagen, hydrogen station built in just 48 hours

Hyundai has delivered the first 15 of its assembly line-produced ix35 Fuel Cell cars to the Danish capital Copenhagen. The hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) were handed over at the opening of a new H2 Logic hydrogen refuelling station, which was installed in only 48 hours before the first refuelling was performed.