Energy efficiency News for August 2013

Energy efficiency News Archive

Solar wafers produce 44.1% cell efficiency

Wales-based IQE plc says that its wafers have been independently certified as achieving 44.1% cell efficiency by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), potentially setting a new world record for production scale concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) wafer technology.

RE capacity at 2252.3 gigawatts in 2020

According to a new report by Frost & Sullivan, renewable energy capacity will be at 2252.3 gigawatts in 2020, with a gradual shift in the market to emerging economies.

Renewable energy demand to drive European transmission market

A rising demand for green electricity across Europe could boost investment in countries’ transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

IBM tech improves wind reliability IBM tech improves wind reliability

IBM has developed power and weather modelling technology that could help utilities increase the reliability of renewable energy resources.

Scottish government invests £3 million in personal green energy

The Scottish government has put aside £3 million for people living in fuel poverty get their own green energy supply.

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Energy M&V industry receives a boost real-time

The measurement and verification (M&V) industry, which monitors energy consumption in buildings, is now moving toward real-time performance tracking, which is set to dominate the market.

SeaEnergy and RGU to improve offshore wind lifecycle costs SeaEnergy and RGU to improve offshore wind lifecycle costs

Aberdeen, UK-based energy services group SeaEnergy plc and Robert Gordon University (RGU) have launched a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to improve the life cycle cost of operations and maintenance (O&M) strategies in offshore windfarms.

NREL to develop biofuels in Colombia

The US Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is working with Ecopetrol, the largest oil company in Colombia, to process the residue from sugar cane and palm oil harvesting into fuel ethanol for blending with gasoline.

Rhode Island and Massachusetts sites leased for wind energy

Offshore wind power specialist Deepwater Wind New England LLC has won the US government’s lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, gaining two leases for a wind energy area of 66,671 hectares offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts for wind energy development.

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GL Garrad Hassan provides expert wave testing support in Hawaii GL Garrad Hassan provides expert wave testing support in Hawaii

Renewable energy consultant GL Garrad Hassan is providing expertise to the Hawaii National Marine Renewable Energy Center (HINMREC)’s wave energy testing programme.

NPL develops high temp capacitors for EVs

Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK have developed capacitors that can operate at high temperatures, especially designed for use in electric vehicles (EV).

TÜV SÜD draws up wind atlas for German state TÜV SÜD draws up wind atlas for German state

TÜV SÜD has put together a wind atlas for the state of Rhineland Palatinate in south-west Germany.

310 Solar builds PV plant for Ted Turner

310 Solar Energy has installed a photovoltaic solar power plant at the Vermejo Park Ranch, a 590,823 acre ranch in northeastern New Mexico owned by media mogul, and renewable energy advocate, Ted Turner.

SCHMID furnace with 18% cell production efficiency

The SCHMID Group says that its 5500 Series APCVD conveyor furnace is well positioned to meet the current requirements for PV cell manufacture coming from China, due to its 18% production efficiency.

19 per cent increase in UK renewable energy

Electricity generated from renewable sources in the UK in 2012 increased by 19 per cent on 2011, according to official figures published by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.