News for October 2013

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Energy storage solutions to enhance grid economics

The integration of suitable energy storage systems with wind or solar farms could significantly enhance the utilization efficiency of renewable energy, and bring considerable financial benefits to the grid.

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Inaugurates India Headquarters Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Inaugurates India Headquarters

New facility to provide greater sales and service support and customer proximity, Oerlikon says

DOE announces $4 million in funding for advanced hydrogen storage projects

The US Department Energy has announced up to $4 million in funding for fiscal year 2014, for the continued development of advanced hydrogen storage systems and novel materials to provide adequate onboard storage for a wide range of applications.

European Bioenergy Research Institute’s new facility powered and heated by onsite Pyroformer plant

The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) has unveiled new facilities at Aston University in Birmingham, UK which will allow it to significantly expand its world-class bioenergy research and knowledge transfer activity.

Owens Corning, NYSERDA and Constellation complete “largest” NY-SUN solar project

The solar system is expected to generate around 3.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year for one of Owens Corning’s facilities in New York.

Acquisition of Californian solar projects

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America and Coronal Management, LLC have acquired 16.2 MW of California CREST (California Renewable Energy Small Tariff) projects from Macquarie Capital.

GT Energy investment starts next phase of Manchester, UK geothermal project GT Energy investment starts next phase of Manchester, UK geothermal project

GT Energy has started work on the next phase of its geothermal scheme, which will provide a secure supply of cheaper, renewable heat to homes and businesses in Manchester, UK.

Fall in world clean energy investment

Global investment in clean energy was US$45.9billion in the third quarter of 2013, down 14% on the second quarter of this year and 20% below the number for Q3 2012, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Rebranding of REC

Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) has become t two separate, independent companies: REC Solar ASA and REC Silicon ASA, with separate brands and websites.

Safety-certified solar inverters now available in the Americas

AEG Power Solutions (AEG PS) has introduced two new products in its broad inverter line for the Americas region.

World Energy Council study reveals slowdown in energy efficiency

According to the World Energy Council’s latest energy efficiency study, there has been a general slowdown in energy efficiency improvements.

Gamesa to supply 202 MW of turbines to Iberdrola Gamesa to supply 202 MW of turbines to Iberdrola

Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has signed an agreement with Iberdrola under which it will supply the company with 202 MW of turbines in the US.

Online calculator can size RE batteries Online calculator can size RE batteries

Trojan Battery Co, a leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has developed an online automated battery sizing calculator to accurately size a battery bank for renewable energy applications.

REpower erects 5,000th wind turbine

Suzlon Group subsidiary REpower Systems SE has installed its 5,000th turbine, located near Buchen in the Neckar-Odenwald district, Germany.

GE supplies gas engines for Israeli biogas project

GE is supplying eight of its 1.4 MW Jenbacher J420 biogas engines for a new cogeneration plant located south of Tel Aviv, near the city of Rishon Lezion, Israel.

Canadian Solar begins construction of Canada’s largest PV plant

Canadian Solar Inc’s subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions, has begun construction of the 100 MWac Grand Renewable Solar Project utility-scale solar farm, the country’s largest photovoltaic (PV) project.

Conergy builds plant for Californian university

Conergy has been contracted to build a 700 kilowatt photovoltaic power plant for Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.

Solar specialist appointed to Welsh research programme

The Welsh government has appointed a world renowned solar energy research scientist as the second appointment under its £50 million Sêr Cymru programme, which is designed to improve research capability in Wales by attracting world leading scholars to the country.

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Completion of Lake County solar projects

D E Shaw Renewable Investments and Bright Plain Renewable Energy have completed two solar power projects in Lake County, Indiana.

XsunX moves into project development

XsunX Inc a renewable energy technology, systems, and services company, plans to expand its business to include solar power project development and construction services.

First Solar to build 250 MW plant in California

First Solar Inc announced today it has entered into an agreement to construct a 250 megawatt (MW) AC solar power plant in Riverside County, California, for a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.

German wind park with 1 MW Hydrogenics electrolyser for Power-to-Gas energy storage

A 140 MW wind farm in northeastern Germany has been put into operation with a 1 MW electrolysis system from Hydrogenics. The wind farm, in the municipality of Grapzow in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state, is connected via a new substation to the local high-voltage grid.

GES installs Gamesa offshore prototype GES installs Gamesa offshore prototype

Gamesa has recently developed its first offshore prototype, with installation by GES, a provider of construction and maintenance services for the wind and solar industry.

Leidos buys biomass power facility

Leidos Holdings Inc has assumed ownership of a 37.5 MW (net) biomass-fuelled electric generation facility, being built in Plainfield, Connecticut by Leidos Constructors.

ABB supplies drives to turbine drive train test facility

ABB has supplied a drive system to Project Nautilus, the world’s first drive train test facility for tidal turbines and marine renewable technologies.

Renewable Energy Focus changes

This month we welcome Reginald Tucker – based out of Elsevier's New York office – who will become our US editor, with a remit to get to grips with the issues affecting renewable energy development Stateside.

Boeing and South African Airways establish biofuels in SA

Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) plan to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent.

PV modules for rocket demonstration

Semprius Inc has supplied its high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar module technology to support of a 17.5 kilowatt DC demonstration system at the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) in Colorado.

Case study: Offshore Harmony?

Is it possible for the wind industry to partner with the offshore oil and gas sector? This article from our archive explores the theme in detail from the perspective of the UK, which continues to develop its offshore wind industry despite the challenges...

Logan Energy installs Britain’s biggest fuel cell at Regent Street development Logan Energy installs Britain’s biggest fuel cell at Regent Street development

Edinburgh-based Logan Energy Ltd has successfully installed the UK’s largest fuel cell system at Quadrant 3, the landmark Regent Street redevelopment project in central London.

Colorado Highlands Wind project increases output by 36 per cent

The Colorado Highlands Wind project is now capable of generating 91 MWs of electricity following the expansion of Colorado’s newest renewable energy facility.

Vestas sells its machining and casting units

Vestas has sold its two machining units and four casting units, including around 1,000 employees in Norway, Sweden, Germany, China and Denmark, to German industrial group VTC Partners GmbH.

Vestas wins 108 MW order for large wind plants in Romania

Vestas has received an unconditional order for 108 MW for the Crucea North wind power plant, in the province of Dobrogea, Romania.

KGAL buys wind farm from WKN

WKN AG has sold the rights for the Dargies wind farm in France with an overall output of 12 MW to investment management firm KGAL Group, headquartered in Munich, Germany.

Mita-Teknik acquires Wind Nordic

Mita-Teknik has completed its acquisition of Danish technology company, Wind Nordic, and will take over all of Wind Nordic’s wind turbine activities.

Solana begins commercial operation

Solana, the world´s largest parabolic trough plant with a total installed capacity of 280 MW (gross) and also the first solar plant in the United States with thermal energy storage, has successfully passed commercial operation tests.

WinWinD files for bankruptcy

Finnish wind turbine manufacturer WinWinD filed for bankruptcy on 3 October 2013.

Project focuses on developing AD

VTT Technological Research Centre of Finland (VTT) is studying the anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic waste and developing ways to control it.

juwi creates JV in Dubai

German renewable project developer the juwi group has created a new joint venture, juwi Renewable Energies FZCO, to serve customers in North and East Africa and in the Arabic region.

Aquion & Siemens agreement to develop grid energy storage

Aquion Energy Inc , a developer of energy storage systems, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Siemens to test the integration of Aquion’s aqueous hybrid ion (AHI) batteries and Siemens’ Sinamics S120 drive technology.

Black & Veatch and Brightergy team up to develop solar rooftop systems

Black & Veatch and Brightergy have formed a strategic alliance to develop US$100 million in solar energy projects over the next three years.

Wind energy associations call for 2030 renewables target

CEOs of 12 national wind energy associations from across Europe recently met in Spain to unite in their call for a binding 2030 renewable energy target...

JinkoSolar to Supply 18.5 MWp to Lightsource

JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd has entered into an agreement with Lightsource Renewable Energy, the UK's largest solar energy generator and asset operator, to supply 18.5MWp of solar PV modules for a solar farm project in the UK.

REN21 joins labelling organisation

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has joined labelling organisation WindMade as a working member, with plans to develop a new renewable energy consumer label.

Innovation award for “Virtual Power Plants” network Innovation award for “Virtual Power Plants” network

A plan to harness so-called Virtual Power Plants for cooling and heating homes and businesses has won a major national award for innovation.

LM Wind Power ramps up blade production in the US LM Wind Power ramps up blade production in the US

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power is ramping up capacity at its US sites, adding more than 850 jobs to support increased volumes from customers.

Availon wins maintenance contract for Vattenfall wind farm

Wind farm service provider Availon has been awarded a complete maintenance contract for Vattenfall’s 12MW Jänschwalde wind farm, located near Cottbus in the German federal state of Brandenburg.

The Switch and Yaskawa form to expand product range

The Switch, a supplier of permanent magnet generator and full-power converters for wind power and other renewable energy applications, and Yaskawa Electric Corporation, a manufacturer of servomotors, controllers, inverters, and industrial robots, have entered into a strategic cooperation to expand their product ranges covering motors, generators and converters.

Ingeteam supplies new Baltimore power station Ingeteam supplies new Baltimore power station

Solar inverter manufacturer Ingeteam Inc has supplied inverters and other equipment for a 1.0 MW power station in Glen Arm, Maryland.

Winergy installs first HybridDrive

Winergy’s first 3 MW HybridDrive has been installed and connected to the grid.

Canadian Solar sells two solar power plants to TransCanada

Canadian Solar Inc’s subsidiary Canadian Solar Solutions has sold two solar power plants, Brockville 2 and Burritts Rapids, to TransCanada Corporation.

Vestas to close Italian nacelle factory

Vestas intends to close its nacelle assembly factory in Taranto, Italy as part of what it says is an “onging adjustment of Vestas’ global production capacity”.

US$600 million award for RE projects

The US Army Corps of Engineers’ engineering and support centre has awarded contracts to 11 companies to provide design/build support for energy and energy conservation projects internationally.

SolarReserve wins solar industry award

SolarReserve, a US developer of large-scale solar power projects, has received an award for technology excellence for its molten salt power tower technology.

Canadian Solar sells two solar power plants to BlackRock

Canadian Solar Inc’s subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc, has sold two utility-scale solar power plants totaling 20MW to a fund managed by investment management firm BlackRock.

Heraeus launches metallization pastes for efficiency solar cells

Heraeus’ photovoltaics business unit exhibited some of its new metallization pastes for solar cells at EU PVSEC 2013 in Paris.

BioEnergy Inc awarded US$1.7 million to demonstrate biomass tech

BioEnergy Inc and partnership with Cape Breton University’s Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment (CSEE) and Target Hydraulics and Machine Works, has been awarded an Atlantic Innovation Fund investment to construct, test, and commercialise its torrefaction biomass technology.

German biomass plant produces first gasoline German biomass plant produces first gasoline

The bioliq® pilot plant at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has produced its first batch of gasoline fuel from straw.

Global solar installation growth to reach three year high

Global PV installations are forecast to rise at the fastest pace in three years in 2014, exceeding 40 GW for the first time and generating installation revenue of more than US$86 billion, according to IHS Inc.

Departure of Areva Wind CEO

Jean Huby has left Areva’s wind divison after two years in the role.

Latest whitepaper download: A Guide to UK Offshore Wind Operations and Maintenance

A new whitepaper, prepared by GL Garrad Hassan on behalf of Scottish Enterprise and The Crown Estate, aims to outline the scale and nature of the opportunities offshore wind operations and maintenance presents.

Record high for UK renewables

Statistics published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showed that the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the UK reached a new record high of 15.5% of total electricity generation in the second quarter of this year.

First Solar acquires solar project on tribal land

First Solar Inc has acquired the 250 MWAC photovoltaic Moapa Solar Project in Nevada from K Road Power Holdings LLC.