Policy, investment and markets News for October 2013

Policy, investment and markets News Archive

Energy storage solutions to enhance grid economics

The integration of suitable energy storage systems with wind or solar farms could significantly enhance the utilization efficiency of renewable energy, and bring considerable financial benefits to the grid.

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Inaugurates India Headquarters Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Inaugurates India Headquarters

New facility to provide greater sales and service support and customer proximity, Oerlikon says

DOE announces $4 million in funding for advanced hydrogen storage projects

The US Department Energy has announced up to $4 million in funding for fiscal year 2014, for the continued development of advanced hydrogen storage systems and novel materials to provide adequate onboard storage for a wide range of applications.

European Bioenergy Research Institute’s new facility powered and heated by onsite Pyroformer plant

The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) has unveiled new facilities at Aston University in Birmingham, UK which will allow it to significantly expand its world-class bioenergy research and knowledge transfer activity.

Acquisition of Californian solar projects

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America and Coronal Management, LLC have acquired 16.2 MW of California CREST (California Renewable Energy Small Tariff) projects from Macquarie Capital.

GT Energy investment starts next phase of Manchester, UK geothermal project GT Energy investment starts next phase of Manchester, UK geothermal project

GT Energy has started work on the next phase of its geothermal scheme, which will provide a secure supply of cheaper, renewable heat to homes and businesses in Manchester, UK.

Fall in world clean energy investment

Global investment in clean energy was US$45.9billion in the third quarter of 2013, down 14% on the second quarter of this year and 20% below the number for Q3 2012, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Rebranding of REC

Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) has become t two separate, independent companies: REC Solar ASA and REC Silicon ASA, with separate brands and websites.

World Energy Council study reveals slowdown in energy efficiency

According to the World Energy Council’s latest energy efficiency study, there has been a general slowdown in energy efficiency improvements.

Gamesa to supply 202 MW of turbines to Iberdrola Gamesa to supply 202 MW of turbines to Iberdrola

Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has signed an agreement with Iberdrola under which it will supply the company with 202 MW of turbines in the US.

REpower erects 5,000th wind turbine

Suzlon Group subsidiary REpower Systems SE has installed its 5,000th turbine, located near Buchen in the Neckar-Odenwald district, Germany.

GE supplies gas engines for Israeli biogas project

GE is supplying eight of its 1.4 MW Jenbacher J420 biogas engines for a new cogeneration plant located south of Tel Aviv, near the city of Rishon Lezion, Israel.

Solar specialist appointed to Welsh research programme

The Welsh government has appointed a world renowned solar energy research scientist as the second appointment under its £50 million Sêr Cymru programme, which is designed to improve research capability in Wales by attracting world leading scholars to the country.

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Completion of Lake County solar projects

D E Shaw Renewable Investments and Bright Plain Renewable Energy have completed two solar power projects in Lake County, Indiana.

XsunX moves into project development

XsunX Inc a renewable energy technology, systems, and services company, plans to expand its business to include solar power project development and construction services.

Leidos buys biomass power facility

Leidos Holdings Inc has assumed ownership of a 37.5 MW (net) biomass-fuelled electric generation facility, being built in Plainfield, Connecticut by Leidos Constructors.

ABB supplies drives to turbine drive train test facility

ABB has supplied a drive system to Project Nautilus, the world’s first drive train test facility for tidal turbines and marine renewable technologies.

Renewable Energy Focus changes

This month we welcome Reginald Tucker – based out of Elsevier's New York office – who will become our US editor, with a remit to get to grips with the issues affecting renewable energy development Stateside.

Boeing and South African Airways establish biofuels in SA

Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) plan to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent.

Colorado Highlands Wind project increases output by 36 per cent

The Colorado Highlands Wind project is now capable of generating 91 MWs of electricity following the expansion of Colorado’s newest renewable energy facility.

Vestas sells its machining and casting units

Vestas has sold its two machining units and four casting units, including around 1,000 employees in Norway, Sweden, Germany, China and Denmark, to German industrial group VTC Partners GmbH.

Vestas wins 108 MW order for large wind plants in Romania

Vestas has received an unconditional order for 108 MW for the Crucea North wind power plant, in the province of Dobrogea, Romania.

KGAL buys wind farm from WKN

WKN AG has sold the rights for the Dargies wind farm in France with an overall output of 12 MW to investment management firm KGAL Group, headquartered in Munich, Germany.

Solana begins commercial operation

Solana, the world´s largest parabolic trough plant with a total installed capacity of 280 MW (gross) and also the first solar plant in the United States with thermal energy storage, has successfully passed commercial operation tests.

WinWinD files for bankruptcy

Finnish wind turbine manufacturer WinWinD filed for bankruptcy on 3 October 2013.

Project focuses on developing AD

VTT Technological Research Centre of Finland (VTT) is studying the anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic waste and developing ways to control it.

REN21 joins labelling organisation

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has joined labelling organisation WindMade as a working member, with plans to develop a new renewable energy consumer label.

Availon wins maintenance contract for Vattenfall wind farm

Wind farm service provider Availon has been awarded a complete maintenance contract for Vattenfall’s 12MW Jänschwalde wind farm, located near Cottbus in the German federal state of Brandenburg.

Canadian Solar sells two solar power plants to TransCanada

Canadian Solar Inc’s subsidiary Canadian Solar Solutions has sold two solar power plants, Brockville 2 and Burritts Rapids, to TransCanada Corporation.

Vestas to close Italian nacelle factory

Vestas intends to close its nacelle assembly factory in Taranto, Italy as part of what it says is an “onging adjustment of Vestas’ global production capacity”.

US$600 million award for RE projects

The US Army Corps of Engineers’ engineering and support centre has awarded contracts to 11 companies to provide design/build support for energy and energy conservation projects internationally.

Canadian Solar sells two solar power plants to BlackRock

Canadian Solar Inc’s subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc, has sold two utility-scale solar power plants totaling 20MW to a fund managed by investment management firm BlackRock.

BioEnergy Inc awarded US$1.7 million to demonstrate biomass tech

BioEnergy Inc and partnership with Cape Breton University’s Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment (CSEE) and Target Hydraulics and Machine Works, has been awarded an Atlantic Innovation Fund investment to construct, test, and commercialise its torrefaction biomass technology.

Latest whitepaper download: A Guide to UK Offshore Wind Operations and Maintenance

A new whitepaper, prepared by GL Garrad Hassan on behalf of Scottish Enterprise and The Crown Estate, aims to outline the scale and nature of the opportunities offshore wind operations and maintenance presents.

Record high for UK renewables

Statistics published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showed that the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the UK reached a new record high of 15.5% of total electricity generation in the second quarter of this year.

First Solar acquires solar project on tribal land

First Solar Inc has acquired the 250 MWAC photovoltaic Moapa Solar Project in Nevada from K Road Power Holdings LLC.