News for August 2014

News Archive

Grand opening for Pattern Energy’s El Arrayán Wind facility in Chile Grand opening for Pattern Energy’s El Arrayán Wind facility in Chile

115 MW wind plant, Chile's largest, has the capacity to power 200,000 homes in the region.

MeyGen announces funding for first phase of tidal renewable energy project

400 MW tidal scheme will generate enough capacity to power 400,000 homes.

‘Mini power station’ vision pulls in £800,000 for IE-CHP

New technology aims to slash energy bills for millions of homeowners.

MT-Energie contracted for the expansion of existing AD plants in the UK MT-Energie contracted for the expansion of existing AD plants in the UK

Agreement calls for MT-Energie UK to construct and integrate additional digesters for two facilities on the Apsley Estate, Andover, Hampshire and at Clayton Hall Farm, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

UK team awarded funding to develop monitoring system for composite hydrogen storage tanks

A team led by R-TECH Services has been awarded £300,000 from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board to develop a system which provides an early warning of any damage in composite hydrogen storage tanks for vehicles.

US Department of the Interior auctions 80,000 acres for offshore wind energy development in Maryland

Action is part of President Obama’s comprehensive plan to create jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution.

Seminole Financial Services, LLC surpasses $500 million mark in renewable energy financing

Niche renewable energy project financing company facilitates solar and wind projects across the US.

Wind power can indeed improve the resiliency of electrical grids, GE study shows

Findings suggest that wind power can be more effective than thermal generation in controlling frequency on the grid due to its ability to respond more quickly.

Verizon plans major expansion of Its on-site 'Green Energy Program'

New 2014 solar investment to increase Verizon green energy to 25 MW.

Cenex, Millbrook partner with ChargeMaster to charge EVs at LCV2014 low carbon vehicle event

In the UK, the Cenex centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies and Millbrook Proving Ground are partnering with ChargeMaster, to provide electric vehicle charging points for exhibitors and visitors at the upcoming LCV2014 Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2014.

REC Group wins 85 MW solar panel supply contract

Deal represents REC Group's largest US utility-scale solar panel order to date.

Lightweight OXIS lithium sulfur batteries a step closer for UK forces

In the UK, battery technology company OXIS Energy has delivered the third phase of a research programme to improve its lithium sulfur cells for the Ministry of Defence, which wants to lighten the load on army personnel who have to carry several kilogrammes of batteries while on patrol.

WEEE comes into force for PV modules in France

End-of-life management becomes a legal obligation for French PV industry.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association receives Federal award under DoE's 'SunShot Initiative'

$1.87 million in funding allocated to help homes, businesses, and municipalities in the Midwest region cut red tape for residential and small commercial rooftop solar systems.

ABB launches powerful underground and subsea power transmission cable system

525 kV voltage sets world record for extruded HVDC cable technology, while extending range to enable greater integration of distant renewables and interconnections.

SolarMax partners with Wagner Renewables

Wagner Renewables adds SolarMax’s domestic P series and the three-phase commercial MT range to product offering.

Sustainable Energy Association of Australia names new CEO

Dermot Costello brings years of experience across various renewable energy fields.

US Government publishes ‘Biogas Opportunities Roadmap’

27-page document cites the need to strengthen markets for biogas systems and system products.

Heliocentris company signs deal for fuel cell backup power at Chinese banks Heliocentris company signs deal for fuel cell backup power at Chinese banks

The German fuel cell systems specialist FutureE Fuel Cell Solutions GmbH – which was recently acquired by Heliocentris Energy Solutions – has signed a distribution agreement with a leading IT banking solutions provider in Beijing.

Trojan Battery Company and HOMER Energy to host an educational webinar on 2 September

Interactive programme will address issues of partial state of charge when designing and managing microgrids.

UK Prime Minister responds to industry group’s call for critical Government support for solar

David Cameron assures Solar Trade Association that Government and industry will continue to work together on laying the foundations for the successful future of solar in the UK.

Solectria Renewables to power 45MW entropy solar projects in North Carolina

Seven solar projects anticipated to generate 1.1 billion kWh, enough to power up to 130,000 homes.

3sun Group secures contract with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind 3sun Group secures contract with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Deal covers the electrical and mechanical completion of 73 V112-3.0MW turbines to be installed at the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm in the UK.

Nominations now open for Regen SW's Green Energy Awards 2014

Awards programme celebrates the projects, companies and innovators behind the sustainable energy revolution in the south west of England.

Boston Properties, Healthy Planet Partners and Solaire Generation team up for milestone solar project

840 kW solar array claimed to be Northeast’s largest garage-mounted canopy.

DVO Inc. announces first anaerobic digester installation in California

Innovative bioenergy project scheduled to open at Calgren Renewable Fuels next month.

Department of Energy allocates $18 million for US geothermal industry

Funding to support 32 projects focused on research and development in three critical geothermal technology areas.

ABB to supply cable for offshore wind farm extension in the UK

USD $30 million order for high-voltage AC cable system will help integrate more wind power and support renewable energy targets.

Gamesa concludes turnkey construction of its first wind farm in Chile Gamesa concludes turnkey construction of its first wind farm in Chile

36 MW project will feature 18 Gamesa G90-2.0 MW wind turbines.

Advanced Energy signs UK distribution agreement with Sibert Solar

Sibert Solar’s product portfolio wil expand to include Advanced Energy's single- and three-phase inverters.

Installed solar PV capacity in the UK reaches 5GW, NPD Solarbuzz says

90 per cent of solar PV capacity has been installed in the past three years alone.

ESNA 2014 finalizes comprehensive energy storage conference program

Event touted as the 'most influential gathering' of policy, technology and market leaders serving the energy storage sector.

Transparency Market Research releases new ‘Onshore Wind Energy Forecast’ report

Global onshore wind energy market is expected to reach nearly 900B USD in 2020, estimates show.

Bioenergy initiative cleared to proceed in Hawaii

Funding approved for a zero-waste project that converts crops, crop residues and agricultural waste into economically and environmentally sustainable biofuels and value-added co-products.

Blue Star Ferries, Eco Marine Power launch shipping-based renewable energy project

Partners to jointly deploy and evaluate innovative marine renewable energy solutions.

SgurrEnergy supports next phase of Borkum West II offshore wind farm construction

200 MW wind farm is the first full-scale commercial project to use the AREVA M5000 wind turbine.

Wales’ first full-scale tidal energy generator unveiled at Pembroke Wales’ first full-scale tidal energy generator unveiled at Pembroke

Tidal generator will be amongst the world’s first grid-connected demonstration devices, project planners say.

ABB to host automation and communication training prior to first PAC World Americas conference

Free pre-event educational seminar and Smart Grid Center of Excellence tour set for 22 September in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Pattern Development acquires large Texas-based wind power project

Walmart to purchase majority of power from 200 MW 'Logan's Gap' wind farm

Ballard and Anglo American to trial fuel cell home generator in rural South Africa

Canadian fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Power Systems and Anglo American Platinum, the world’s largest primary producer of platinum, have launched a field trial of a methanol-fueled fuel cell home generator system in an off-grid residential application in South Africa.

WIRCON GmbH creates WIRSOL Energy Ltd off-shoot

New division created to develop and build commercial rooftop and ground-mount solar PV projects in the UK.

Air Products expands hydrogen tube trailer fleet in UK, upgrades hydrogen fueling station at Heathrow Air Products expands hydrogen tube trailer fleet in UK, upgrades hydrogen fueling station at Heathrow

Air Products has introduced an additional SmartFuel® hydrogen high-pressure tube trailer to its UK fleet. The trailer will deliver large volumes of hydrogen at high pressure to the new, publicly accessible Air Products hydrogen refueling station at London Heathrow Airport.

Windiga Energy to develop first solar power plant in Burkina Faso, Africa

20 MW photovoltaic plant, which will be located in Zina, in the Mouhoun province, will be the largest photovoltaic power station in Sub-Saharan Africa, Windiga claims.

Vikram Solar opens US sales office

Move designed to support launch of Vikram solar modules in North and South America.

First Solar and XSOL ink distribution deal

Agreement calls for XSOL to supply First Solar's cadmium telluride thin-film modules in Japan.

Leading technical service firm to advise US on offshore wind logistics

TÜV SÜD PMSS to provide US Department of Interior with critical oversight into submarine cable spacing guidance.

Geothermal Energy Association names 2014 'Honor Award" winners

GEA awards programme recognizes companies, projects, and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the geothermal industry.