Energy infrastructure News for June 2010

Energy infrastructure News Archive

Danfoss with solar PV design tool

The solar photovoltaic (PV) design tool from Danfoss Solar Inverters, the LynxPlanner 1.0 is based on the coming PV*Express 4.0 platform from Valentin.

Siemens connects Lincs offshore wind farm to UK grid

Siemens will implement the grid connection for the 270 MW Lincs offshore wind farm in the UK in a deal worth £101 million (~€120m).

JV builds 60 wind farm crew transfer vessels JV builds 60 wind farm crew transfer vessels

Offshore Wind Power Marine Services Ltd (OWPMS) and the Brook Henderson Group have formed a joint venture (JV) to build 60 crew transfer vessels for offshore wind farm construction and operation & maintenance (O&M).

Australia can have 100% renewable energy in a decade

A combination of energy efficiency, fuel-switching and a combination of commercially-available renewable energy technologies could allow 100% of Australia’s energy needs to be met with renewable sources, according to a new report.

HVDC hydropower link in China commissioned HVDC hydropower link in China commissioned

Siemens Energy and the utility China Southern Power Grid have put the second pole of the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) system, which transports hydropower to the Guangdong Province.

APEC wants continued development of renewable energy

Renewable energy technologies are declining in cost but continued efforts are required to further reduce this, according to energy ministers from the 21-country Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Ireland can accommodate 40% renewable electricity

The power system in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland can accommodate the ambitious 40% target for renewable energy by 2020, according to Ecofys.

Guatemala develops hydropower and solar energy grid

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is supporting Guatemala’s 7-year plan for a national power grid, using hydropower and solar power to reach the country’s poorest regions.

Siemens to provide HVDC link for German offshore wind farms

Siemens Energy and Prysmian Powerlink will connect two North Sea offshore wind farms to the German grid using a high voltage direct current (HVDC) link for transpower.

Intersolar: Solar PV conversion and storage project in field testing

Saft, Voltwerk and Tenesol, industrial partners in the EU-backed Sol-ion project have created an integrated energy conversion and storage kit, capable of production on an industrial scale, for decentralised on-grid, residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Intersolar: Solar modules incorporating SolarMagic

National Semiconductor Corp and Green Energy Solar (GESOLAR) have developed GESOLAR brand solar modules with embedded SolarMagic™ power optimisation technology from National.

Intersolar: Sputnik unveils two central solar inverters

Swiss Sputnik Engineering launched two solar central inverters with greater outputs as part of its SolarMax TS series at Intersolar in Munich, Germany this week.

ClearEdge Power deal with LSIS to distribute ClearEdge5 fuel cell CHP systems in Korea

US-based ClearEdge Power, a developer of micro CHP (combined heat and power) fuel cell systems, has announced an exclusive, three-year distribution agreement for the 5 kW ClearEdge5 PEM fuel cell system with LS Industrial Systems in Korea.

US remains most attractive country for renewables

The United States remains the most attractive country in the world for renewable energy, although it now ties the top spot with China.

AREVA finalises sale of Transmission and Distribution

The AREVA group has finalised the sale of its Transmission and Distribution activities to Alstom and Schneider Electric.

Renewable energy could support 8.5 million jobs by 2030

Stronger government support for green power could boost employment in the sector, according to the latest forecast from Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

Biomass overtakes wind as champion in renewable energy

Biomass facilities have become a more attractive investment than wind and solar technologies, according to the renewable energy sector.

Draka provides subsea power cable for wave and tidal at EMEC

Draka Offshore will provide subsea power cables for wave and tidal power testing the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, UK.

Siemens signs deal with Russia’s Federal Grid Company (FGC)

FGC, the operator of the Russian high-voltage transmission grid, and Siemens plan to cooperate on implementing new Siemens technologies - such as low-loss high-voltage DC transmission (HVDC) and smart grids - on FGC infrastructure.

Solar PV inverters reach 98.4% efficiency Solar PV inverters reach 98.4% efficiency

Siemens says its Sinvert PVS solar inverters for medium-sized and large solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants have achieved efficiencies of 98.4%.