Energy infrastructure News for April 2011

Energy infrastructure News Archive

Schneider Electric: 1000 VDC solar disconnect switch

Schneider Electric has launched its Square D 1000 VDC, heavy-duty disconnect switch for the solar market.

2010 PV inverter market share gainers revealed

Power-One was the PV inverter market’s largest share gainer in 2010, moving up to second in the global rankings - according to IMS Research’s latest report on the market.

Next Welsh Government urged to promote wind, wave and tidal

Ahead of the Welsh general election, RenewableUK Cymru is calling on the next Government to implement policies promoting wind, wave and tidal energy.

MPI Adventure wind turbine installation vessel ready

MPI Adventure, a purpose-built jack-up vessel for wind turbine installation, has been completed at the Cosco Qidong Shipyard in China by MPI Offshore Ltd.

RUBENIUS sets up smart grid office in Dubai

RUBENIUS is establishing its global operations offices for smart grids and renewable energy activities in Dubai, UAE.

European consultation on life cycle assessment of hydrogen production and fuel cell technologies

The European FC-HyGuide project aims to develop Guidance Documents for life cycle assessment (LCA) studies on hydrogen production and fuel cell technologies. The draft Guidance Documents are open for public consultation during April 2011.

ITM Power reports first sale of HFuel hydrogen production module

In the UK, ITM Power has announced the sale of its first small-scale bespoke hydrogen production system, to the University of Glamorgan, under a competitive tender process.

ECN transfers hydrogen energy research activities to HyET

The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) will transfer some of the research activities that were previously conducted within its Hydrogen and Clean Fossil Fuels unit to HyET BV, Hydrogen Efficiency Technologies in Arnhem.

Public and private sector must cooperate on smart grids

The Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) has emphasised the importance of expanding collaboration between the private sector and global governments to increase investment in smart grids worldwide.

John Lewis to evaluate AFC Energy fuel cell system, demo in Waitrose supermarket

In the UK, AFC Energy has signed a commercial memorandum of understanding with the John Lewis Partnership, to evaluate the economic potential of using its alkaline fuel cell to generate low-carbon electricity for Waitrose supermarkets and John Lewis retail stores.

Solar inverter market up 30% in Q4 2010

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter revenues reached US$1.6 billion in Q4’10, 24% lower than the previous quarter, but 30% higher than in Q4’09, according to IMS Research.