Energy infrastructure News for March 2012

Energy infrastructure News Archive

ABB launches fast EV charger

ABB is launching the Terra Smart Connect (SC), a direct current (DC), fast charger for electric vehicles (EV) in Europe.

Denmark to launch hydrogen infrastructure programme, keep fuel cell vehicle tax exemptions

The Danish government has announced a new Energy Plan 2020 that will establish a range of initiatives for hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles, with the overall aim of reaching 100% fossil fuel independence by 2050.

2012 Grove Medal awarded to Professor Dr Hubert Gasteiger

The 2012 Grove Medal is being awarded to Professor Dr Hubert Gasteiger, with the Technical University of Munich in Germany. The medal presentation and Professor Gasteiger’s plenary presentation will open the Fuel Cells 2012 Science & Technology conference, taking place 11–12 April in Berlin, Germany.

FuelCell Energy and Air Products to market trigeneration stationary fuel cell power plants FuelCell Energy and Air Products to market trigeneration stationary fuel cell power plants

In the US, FuelCell Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Air Products to work towards the market development of stationary Direct FuelCell® power plants that simultaneously produce hydrogen, ultra-clean electricity, and usable high quality heat.

Desertec and Japanese foundation cooperate on Asian supergrid

The Desertec Foundation and the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) have entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote an Asian supergrid necessary for the expansion of renewable energy in Asia.

Alstom Grid implements smart grid solutions in Kuwait

Alstom Grid will implement fully integrated smart grid management solutions for the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW).

Power-One's central solar PV inverter recognised by OTTI

Power-One Inc's Aurora Ultra central solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter system has been awarded second place at the OTTI Award for Innovation by the Ostbayrisches Technologie-Transfer-Institut (OTTI).

ABB provides subsea cable for the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm

ABB will supply the power export cables for the UK's 219 MW Humber Gateway offshore windfarm under an order worth around US$15 million.

SMA inverters to power 290 MW solar PV plant in Arizona

SMA America's Sunny Central inverters have been selected for the 290 MW Agua Caliente solar photovoltaic (PV) plant under construction in Yuma County, AZ, USA.

Slow European smart meter roll-out Slow European smart meter roll-out

Despite the hype, few regions in Europe have made significant progress in rolling out smart meters, according to the UK smart grid and metering technology provider Sentec.

Solar hydrogen filling station opens in Freiburg, Germany Solar hydrogen filling station opens in Freiburg, Germany

A public solar powered hydrogen filling station for vehicles has been opened in Freiburg, Germany, by Fraunhofer ISE.

Alpha Ventus produced 267 GWh in 2011

The Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm celebrates the delivery of 267 GWh to the German grid in 2011 - at the same time the developers say Germany must address offshore wind connection barriers for future projects.

ABB and Inocean join forces on offshore wind power integration

ABB and Inocean AS Norway are setting up a joint venture for engineering services specialising in offshore wind integration.

SMA Solar Technology opens Japanese subsidiary

SMA Solar Technology AG has opened a sales and service subsidiary in Japan, which will offer solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters and communication products for small solar PV plants in Japan.