Policy, investment and markets News for October 2012

Policy, investment and markets News Archive

UK ministers urged to act on Green Deal ‘farce’

The British government could lose business and consumer confidence for the second time in a year if they fail to heed warnings concerning the Green Deal.

Guest Blog: Can petrol generated from the air become carbon neutral?

In the last week, a British company (Air Fuel Synthesis) introduced us to a potential breakthrough piece of technology which can create petrol using just air and electricity.

Blog: Renewable energy at home - the 6 key steps to getting it right you need to know

As energy demand rises and consumer electricity bills increase, more and more attention is turning to renewables.

Editor's Blog: Great Expectations Editor's Blog: Great Expectations

CLIFF EDGE or bright future? That’s the question on everyone’s mind right now, with fortunes at the mercy of election outcomes, as in the US, or long-term policy decisions facing yet further consultation, as in the UK.

Around 900 job losses as SunPower trims back Philippines solar cell manufacturing operations

As part of the restructuring plan, the company is temporarily shutting down half of its Fab 2 cell manufacturing plant and 20% of panel manufacturing in the Philippines to "significantly reduce inventory, lower operational costs and improve efficiency".

UK: £2mn funding pot for innovations in bioenergy production on wetlands

The UK Government is inviting entrepreneurs to bid for money aimed at boosting innovation in bioenergy.

Norstec: new industry network to push north sea offshore wind agenda

Over 40 organisations have joined forces to set out a long-term vision for the deployment of offshore wind in the northern seas and the economic opportunities this presents.

Editor's Blog: A startling fact for you...

For the decade 2002 to 2011 there were some 4130 natural disasters globally, resulting in more than a million deaths and an economic loss of at least $1.195 trillion.

Global renewable energy investments continue to grow

Emerging from the global economic recession, investments in renewable energy technologies continued their steady rise in 2011, with total new investments in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydropower and solar hot water) reaching $257bn, up from $220bn in 2010.

Webinar on 'The Fuel Cell Industry in 2012': 16 October

Pike Research is organising a free webinar on The Fuel Cell Industry in 2012: Creating a More Viable and Profitable Fuel Cell Market, on Tuesday 16 October.

Sheringham Shoal wind farm inaugurated in UK

Statoil and Statkraft collaborated on the £1 billion wind farm in a 50:50 joint venture.

New IEA-RETD project aims to improve image of renewables

Project RE Communicate will guide governments on how to use communications effectively to improve the general public’s perception towards renewable energy.

Fluor awarded 170MW design, build, operate and contract

Centinela Solar Energy LLC selected Fluor to work on its solar PV facility in California.