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Photovoltaics

10 years of R&D spending analysis of 12 key PV module manufacturers

Tuesday, 9.19.2017 - 14:04 (PV-Tech)

PV Tech reached its own little milestone of having reported and analysed the R&D spending habits of the same 12 key PV module manufacturers for 10 years. The results have just been published in sister technical journal Photovoltaics International as part of the annual leaders and laggards of R&D spending for 2016. Read more

Who is Leading the Smart City Revolution?

Monday, 9.18.2017 - 18:00 (Renewable Energy World)

It seems like every time you turn around, another company, utility, municipality or institution announces some sort of "smart" initiative. In July, Xcel Energy and Panasonic announced a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and others to study a potential carbon-neutral energy district master plan for Peña Station NEXT smart city development in Denver, Colorado... Read more

Silicon Module Super League confirmed to speak at PV ModuleTech

Monday, 9.18.2017 - 14:28 (PV-Tech)

The significance of PV-Tech’s forthcoming conference in Kuala Lumpur – PV ModuleTech 2017 – has just moved to a new level, with the key company executives from all members of the Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) giving presentations on stage about the quality, reliability, and performance of their solar modules. Read more

BYD bags 170MW solar module supply deal and readies residential storage launch in the US

Friday, 9.15.2017 - 12:14 (PV-Tech)

China-based technology giant BYD has won its largest ever solar module supply contract for 170MW of NextEra Energy solar projects in the US. Read more

Insect Eyes Inspire New Solar Cell Design by Stanford Researchers

Thursday, 9.14.2017 - 12:33 (Renewable Energy World)

Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, say Stanford University scientists. Read more

GoodWe teams with Tigo on rapid shutdown inverters

Wednesday, 9.13.2017 - 23:30 (PV-Tech)

China-based PV inverter manufacturer GoodWe has partnered with MLPE supplier Tigo to provide UL certified Rapid Shutdown technology to a range of its inverters. Read more

The Value Proposition of Using High-Efficiency Mono-Si PERC Modules

Wednesday, 9.13.2017 - 20:45 (PV-Tech)

In the past the value proposition of solar modules has been primarily about the lowest price ($/Watt) via the lowest manufacturing costs of conventional multi-Si modules. In the last few years, PV system cost has decreased significantly. In the meantime, PV module costs had dropped at a faster pace than Balance of System (BOS) costs, resulting in PV modules accounting for a smaller and smaller percentage of overall PV system costs. Read more

ABB’s string inverters selected for new PV project portfolio in Chile

Wednesday, 9.13.2017 - 1:15 (PV-Tech)

Solar power conversion company ABB has signed off on a contract to provide its string inverters for two PV projects delivered by the Solek Group in Chile — with the two installations posting a combined generation output of 12MW. Read more

Huawei Showcases New “95KTL” 1500 VDC Inverter at SPI

Tuesday, 9.12.2017 - 17:24 (Renewable Energy World)

The 95 KTL 1500 VDC smart interactive string inverter has the highest power-to-weight ratio in the industry, said the company. In addition, it uses an 800 VAC output stage to minimize AC losses and includes six MPPTs and twelve directly connected string inputs.  Read more

The biggest micro inverter firm you have never heard of

Tuesday, 9.12.2017 - 15:59 (PV-Tech)

The big names are out in force at SPI but don't overlook some of the smaller names with big ideas. John Parnell talks to one such company on the showfloor at SPI 2017. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Listen Up: Roof Attachment Products for Solar — Key Considerations

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 19:29 (Renewable Energy World)

With much higher volume manufacturing, prices for solar panels have come down tremendously over the past 20 years — from about $1,000 each to less than $200. But solar panels are still very time consuming to install on a roof in a way that will last 25+ years without leaks. The majority of this rooftop work is on the flashings, roof hooks, and special roof mount components. Read more

New Solar Collector Tech Could Lower Costs for Concentrating Solar Power

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 18:39 (Renewable Energy World)

A new solar collector is starting a trend when it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. For the first time ever, “ganged heliostats” could be a viable option for new CSP systems. Read more

Prices surprise in Gujarat’s 500MW solar auction

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 18:20 (PV-Tech)

A 500MW solar auction in the Indian state of Gujarat, held by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (GUNVL) has seen a winning low bid of INR2.65/kWh (US$0.041), despite several uncertainties for the wider Indian solar sector. Read more

Azure Power wins 50MW of Indian government building rooftop solar projects

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 17:43 (PV-Tech)

The rooftop solar arm of Indian PV developer Azure Power has won 50MW of rooftop projects for government buildings in an auction conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). Read more

CleanMax completes 1.5MW rooftop PV system for IIT in Varanasi

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 17:27 (PV-Tech)

Indian rooftop solar specialist CleanMax Solar and technology engineering institute IIT (BHU), Varanasi, have commissioned a 1.5MW rooftop PV project across multiple building rooftops the IIT campus in Uttar Pradesh. Read more

Norwegian Solar Secures Partnership for Energy Storage with Battery Cell ‘Swapping’ Technology

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 15:01 (Renewable Energy World)

Industrial lithium-ion energy storage provider PBES last week said it has signed a partnership agreement with Norwegian Solar AS for the supply of containerized storage solutions for deployment in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Read more

European investor announces 600MW Iranian PV project

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 14:52 (PV-Tech)

Quercus will build a 600MW solar plant in Iran as part of an agreement with the country’s energy ministry. Read more

India brings back RE-INVEST as International Solar Alliance takes shape

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 14:46 (PV-Tech)

India will hold its second RE-INVEST event on 7-9 December 2017 to take stock of its renewable energy progress in the last three years and show off the progress of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) that it brought to the world stage at COP21. Read more

Hevel completes first heterojunction-based PV power plants in Russia

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 14:11 (PV-Tech)

Russia-based integrated PV manufacturer Hevel Group said it had completed construction of a 20MW and a 5MW solar project in the Altai Republic, Russia that become the first to deploy heterojunction (HJ) modules in the country. Read more

Mississippi Power, Silicon Ranch commission 50MW PV project in Mississippi

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 1:30 (PV-Tech)

Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch have officially commissioned a 50MW solar project in Hattiesburg, Mississippi that is operating and providing energy to the Mississippi Power grid. Read more

Biomass/Pellets

Solar and wind offer the ‘smart economic choice’ over biomass for UK power

Tuesday, 9.19.2017 - 11:59 (Solarpowerportal)

Powering the UK on wind and solar is not only possible, but the “smart economic choice” according to a report which has condemned the future prospects of biomass in the country. Read more

Investor Acquires 20 Biomass, Waste-to-Energy Facilities from UK Green Bank

Monday, 8.28.2017 - 14:48 (Renewable Energy World)

London-based investment firm Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) last week purchased 20 biomass and waste-to-energy facilities from the U.K. Green Investment Bank. Read more

EBRD invests in Greek oil firm’s renewables diversification

Thursday, 7.27.2017 - 12:59 (PV-Tech)

The EBRD has subscribed to €28.3 million in bonds issued by Greece-headquartered oil firm Hellenic Petroleum to help it diversify into renewables, starting with a 190MW pipeline of wind and solar PV. Read more

Renewables Industry Learning from Oil and Gas Insights

Thursday, 7.20.2017 - 13:39 (Renewable Energy World)

The way the world thinks about renewable energy has transformed. It is no longer just a concept but a reality, and interest in renewable energy is growing globally. With much of the world looking for fossil-free energy sources, wind power is becoming increasingly popular, and forward-looking companies are adapting their oil and gas solutions for use in the renewables sector. Read more

Oil major Shell dips into power market

Monday, 7.3.2017 - 11:06 (PV-Tech)

Shell Energy North America (SENA) has agreed to buy power services company MP2 Energy. Read more

Why Biomass Remains a Challenge, Even in Timber-rich Georgia

Friday, 6.30.2017 - 12:09 (Renewable Energy World)

A new biomass plant under construction in Georgia highlights the challenging economics of the technology, even in a state so rich in forestry waste it exports it to other countries. Read more

European Commission Approves Aid for Danish Coal-to-biomass Plant Conversion

Monday, 6.26.2017 - 12:20 (Renewable Energy World)

The European Commission (EC) last week said that it has approved state aid for the conversion of a coal plant to biomass in Kalundborg, Denmark. Read more

Biomass Power Plant to Bridge Gap Between Farmers and Miners in Australia

Thursday, 6.1.2017 - 15:25 (Renewable Energy World)

Remote mining projects in farming areas could soon access baseload electricity from biomass plants powered by straw. Read more

Hu Honua Reaches Agreement with Hawaiian Electric on Biomass Plant

Friday, 5.19.2017 - 14:02 (Renewable Energy World)

Hu Honua recently said that it has reached an agreement with Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) on an amended power purchase agreement for the company’s planned 30-MW biomass facility in Pepe‘ekeo, Hawaii. Read more

NDB loans US$300 million to Brazil’s development bank for renewables

Thursday, 5.4.2017 - 11:38 (PV-Tech)

The New Development Bank (NDB) have signed a US$300 million loan agreement with the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) to support investment in wind, solar, small hydropower plants, biomass, biogas and agricultural residues. Read more

Wind Energy

India's Low Tariffs Hurt Wind Turbine Makers

Thursday, 9.14.2017 - 12:58 (Renewable Energy World)

Wind turbine makers are staring at a slowdown even as India's government looks to boost renewable energy. Read more

GE Targets Low-to-Medium Wind Speed With Newest 4.8-MW Wind Turbine

Tuesday, 9.12.2017 - 17:22 (Renewable Energy World)

According to GE the turbine’s 77-meter high-tech carbon blades, improved loads and controls, and taller, more cost-effective towers were developed thanks to close partnerships with , Blade Dynamics and GE’s Global Research Center. The blades also feature one of the industry’s smallest Bolt Circle Diameters, keeping manufacturing and logistical costs to a minimum, said GE. Read more

Offshore Wind Costs Fall Below New Nuclear Plants in UK

Monday, 9.11.2017 - 17:29 (Renewable Energy World)

The cost of generating electricity from offshore wind farms fell sharply in the U.K. to below the price the next nuclear reactors will charge, making the form of clean energy one of the cheapest ways to supply the grid. Read more

World’s First Offshore Wind Facility Completely Dismantled

Friday, 9.8.2017 - 21:00 (Renewable Energy World)

DONG Energy announced its Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the world, has been dismantled.   Read more

What Is the Best Grid Structure for Offshore Wind Growth in the Irish, North Seas?

Tuesday, 9.5.2017 - 17:27 (Renewable Energy World)

A new baseline study for the development of renewable resources in the Irish and North Seas has identified the most environmentally friendly grid structure for offshore resource growth. Read more

Vestas Joins With Tesla to Combine Wind Turbines With Batteries

Friday, 9.1.2017 - 20:18 (Renewable Energy World)

Tesla Inc. has partnered with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to figure out how to combine wind turbines and batteries, socking away power during breezy times to use when the air is still. Read more

How to Cut the Cost of Wind Energy in Half — A National Lab Report

Thursday, 8.31.2017 - 17:31 (Renewable Energy World)

New energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030—making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas. Read more

DONG Energy Secures Battery System for Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Project

Thursday, 8.31.2017 - 16:37 (Renewable Energy World)

DONG Energy is planning to install an offshore wind battery energy storage system (BESS) in the U.K. ABB said that it won a contract to install a 2-MW BESS to support integration and transmission of power from the 90-MW Burbo Bank offshore wind farm. Read more

Delaware Governor Orders Creation of Offshore Wind Working Group

Monday, 8.28.2017 - 20:06 (Renewable Energy World)

Delaware Gov. John Carney today authorized the creation of an Offshore Wind Working Group (OWWG) to advance offshore wind for the state. Read more

TransAlta Retrofits Wind Turbines for Condition Monitoring in Ontario

Monday, 8.28.2017 - 15:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Canadian utility TransAlta is retrofitting wind turbines at it Melancthon wind farm in Ontario with integrated condition monitoring systems (CMS). Read more

Hydropower

Foresight to take ‘prudent approach’ to new buys as liquidated damages mount up

Thursday, 8.17.2017 - 11:45 (Solarpowerportal)

Foresight Solar Fund has said it is to take a “prudent approach” to acquiring more solar farms in the UK, as the firm continues to tap EPCs for liquidated damages. Read more

centrotherm hit by €11 million claim for damages after losing arbitration case

Friday, 8.4.2017 - 12:13 (PV-Tech)

Specialist solar PV equipment supplier centrotherm has warned that it is unlikely to be profitable in 2017, due to the loss of an arbitration case against a cancelled €290 million integrated (wafer/cell/module) plant in Algeria. Read more

Mitsui Sells Quarter Share In UK Pumped Storage Operator First Hydro

Wednesday, 7.26.2017 - 12:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Japanese investment group Mitsui & Co. has sold its minority share in European hydropower project operator First Hydro to Canada's Brookfield Renewable Partners. Read more

VIDEO: Testing continues for Montana’s St. Mary Diversion Dam rehabilitation in Denver

Wednesday, 7.19.2017 - 21:00 (Renewable Energy World)

For the past two years, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Technical Service Center in Denver, Colo., has been conducting tests of its 1:12-scale model of St. Mary Diversion Dam facilities in Montana. Read more

Construction begins on Nigeria's 3,050-MW Mambilla hydropower plant

Tuesday, 7.11.2017 - 23:53 (Renewable Energy World)

Decades of planning are coming to fruition as construction of Nigeria's 3,050-MW Mambilla hydroelectric plant began earlier this week. Read more

Feasibility study funded for small hydropower project in England

Tuesday, 6.20.2017 - 22:23 (Renewable Energy World)

The Staverton Hydro Community Benefit Society this week announced it is using a £20,000 (US$25,000) grant from the Rural Community Energy Fund to begin a feasibility study into replacing a long-closed small hydropower plant with a new 100-kW plant on the River Dart in Devon, England. Read more

Emergency declaration issued for Woodlake Dam in N.C. could prevent possible US$260 million in damage

Tuesday, 6.13.2017 - 22:39 (Renewable Energy World)

According to the results released last week of an independent breach analysis by North Carolina Dam Safety, property damage from a failure of the hurricane-damaged Woodlake Dam, located on the Lower Little River in Vass, N.C., could be in excess of US$260 million.   Read more

UAE Awards US$15.8 Million Consultancy Contract to EDF for 250-MW Pumped Storage Plant in Dubai

Tuesday, 6.13.2017 - 14:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority announced today it has awarded a US$15.8 million consultancy contract to France’s EDF for the US$523 million 250-MW pumped-storage project at Hatta Dam, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.   Read more

Has Wind Capacity Really Exceeded Hydropower in the US?

Tuesday, 6.6.2017 - 13:00 (Renewable Energy World)

The short answer is no. Although recent statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration say wind exceeded hydro in total generating capacity at the end of 2016, their capacity numbers don’t include pumped storage in hydropower. Read more

Tory cuts ‘destroyed and damaged’ UK solar states Corbyn in televised debate

Thursday, 6.1.2017 - 11:57 (Solarpowerportal)

The government’s record on solar broke into the national election campaign last night when Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned cuts to feed-in tariffs which he said “destroyed and damaged” the industry. Read more

Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

Live DC Microgrid Electrified at SPI

Thursday, 9.7.2017 - 20:53 (Renewable Energy World)

EnSync and DCfusion have designed and will manage the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace on-site microgrid demonstration system during SPI. The design leverages EnSync Energy's Matrix energy management system and DER Flex software – creating a microgrid that will power the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace area at the Las Vegas show. DCfusion is engineering the solar-powered microgrid, while EnSync Energy's technologies will serve as its command and control center. The Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace will also provide connections for companies to demonstrate their technologies working in real time – including energy storage batteries, hydrogen fuel Read more

Unlocking the Potential of Hydrogen in a Decarbonized Energy System

Thursday, 8.31.2017 - 19:33 (Renewable Energy World)

There is a growing need for grid-scale storage technology to mitigate the intermittency of renewables and enable the transition towards a decarbonized energy system. Hydrogen as an energy carrier could offer a climate-friendly solution to this.  Read more

Bluefield chairman joins alkaline fuel cell developer’s board

Thursday, 6.8.2017 - 12:59 (Solarpowerportal)

John Rennocks, chairman at Bluefield Solar Income Fund, has joined the board of alkaline fuel cell developer AFC Energy. Read more

National Lab Recaptures Record for Solar Hydrogen Production

Thursday, 4.20.2017 - 14:34 (Renewable Energy World)

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) last week said that its scientists have recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process. Read more

Hydrogen Powered Drones Closer to Commercialization

Wednesday, 4.5.2017 - 14:22 (Renewable Energy World)

Intelligent Energy has signed a deal with PINC to supply its air cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), marking Intelligent Energy’s first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the company moves forward with the commercialization of its technology. PINC uses UAVs to identify and orchestrate hard-to-reach inventory and assets in the global supply chain and is the leading provider of yard management, finished vehicle logistics, and inventory robotics solutions to the world’s largest manufacturers, retailers and contract logistics providers.  Read more

PV CellTech Talk: Stuart Wenham and Linda Koschier, University of New South Wales

Tuesday, 3.7.2017 - 18:00 (PV-Tech)

Finlay Colville talks to Linda Koschier and Stuart Wenham about University of New South Wales (UNSW) alumni having prominent solar cell industry positions and technology issues such as advanced hydrogenation, Read more

More Than One Giant Leap: The Future for Fuel Cells

Wednesday, 12.21.2016 - 12:25 (Renewable Energy World)

In many ways this has been a strong year for fuel cells, with the total number of shipments up again — by two-thirds on 2015 — and transport-related shipments in particular having doubled to 280 MW. Read more

New projections: German renewables account for around 32 percent in 2016

Wednesday, 12.21.2016 - 8:42 (Solarserver)

Renewable energies are expected to cover 32 percent of the gross amount of electricity consumed in Germany in 2016. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) arrived at this figure in an initial estimate. Read more

$30 on Pump 7, Hydrogen, Please — US Readies for Alternative Fuel Corridor Designations

Thursday, 9.1.2016 - 16:15 (Renewable Energy World)

Range anxiety: a concern for drivers of alternative fuel vehicles. Help is planned, however — thanks to the federal transportation bill passed last December. Read more

ZSW achieves world record CIGS lab cell efficiency of 22.6%

Wednesday, 6.15.2016 - 13:54 (PV-Tech)

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has set a new world record conversion efficiency for a copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) lab-sized solar cell, verified by Fraunhofer ISE of 22.6%. Read more

Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

48-MW Cerro Pabellon Geothermal Project Inaugurated in Chile

Wednesday, 9.13.2017 - 19:45 (Renewable Energy World)

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Design Professionals Spec Geothermal for Storm Resilience

Wednesday, 9.6.2017 - 15:25 (Renewable Energy World)

With Hurricane Sandy a recent memory, Texas in the midst of recovery, and powerful storms bearing down in the tropics, architects, engineers and professionals of all kinds are taking notice that geothermal systems are the most resilient and stormproof air-conditioning and heating systems available. Read more

How to Unlock Some of the World’s Most Promising Geothermal Resources for Electricity Generation

Wednesday, 8.30.2017 - 15:14 (Renewable Energy World)

Supporters of geothermal electricity generation development around the world are pushing for more sharing of knowledge and lessons learned as the key to building out the significant untapped geothermal resources in regions like Central America. Read more

Companies Team Up on Exploration Data for Lithium, Geothermal Projects

Monday, 8.28.2017 - 15:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Vancouver, B.C.-based Dajin Resources Corp. last week signed a memorandum of understanding with Reno, Nev.-based Geothermal Development Associates to share geothermal data to support their separate operational goals in Nevada. Read more

Investor Group to Buy Calpine for $5.6 Billion

Monday, 8.21.2017 - 17:48 (Renewable Energy World)

Calpine Corp. on Friday said that a consortium of investors will buy the geothermal and natural gas electricity supplier for $5.6 billion. Energy Capital Partners along with a consortium of investors led by Access Industries and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have agreed to pay $15.25 per share in cash for the company.   Read more

Potential Partners Considered for Greek Geothermal Development

Friday, 8.18.2017 - 17:57 (Renewable Energy World)

The first phase has been completed in the selection process for partners in PPC Renewable’s geothermal development work in Greece. Read more

Japan's First New Geothermal Power Plant in 15 Years to Open Next Month

Friday, 8.4.2017 - 16:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Japan’s first new geothermal power plant in 15 years will open next month, heralding the start of a new chapter for the nation’s nuclear-hit energy industry. Read more

National Labs Prioritize Study of Enhanced Geothermal Systems for Commercialization

Friday, 7.21.2017 - 17:22 (Renewable Energy World)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory yesterday said it will lead a $9 million project to remove technical barriers to commercialization of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) for electricity generation. Read more

Tanzania Wins Funding That Will De-Risk Geothermal Exploration in Region

Wednesday, 7.19.2017 - 18:33 (Renewable Energy World)

The African Development Bank (AfDB) today said that Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has approved US$21.7 million for the United Republic of Tanzania to finance its geothermal energy development project, a move that will help mitigate the high-risk nature of geothermal prospection and field development in the region. Read more

Google, Dandelion Geothermal, and the Thermal Energy IoT

Tuesday, 7.18.2017 - 13:47 (Renewable Energy World)

Validation comes in many different ways. Presently, New York State, NYSERDA, and now Dandelion are working toward implementation of geothermal heating and cooling. Ontarians are embarking on a similar path. Geothermal is needed infrastructure, just like the electric grid or city water mains. This has to happen, and now, it’s underway. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

GE to develop 50MW PV project in Egypt

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 20:15 (PV-Tech)

GE Power Conversion, a subsidiary of General Electric, has received a full turnkey contract from Fas Energy to develop a 50MW PV project for the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC). Read more

Enphase Energy, Waaree Energies announce partnership to deliver AC modules to India

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 19:59 (PV-Tech)

Solar microinverter supplier Enphase Energy has partnered with one of the largest Indian manufacturers Waaree Energies to produce an AC solar module for the Indian PV market. Read more

APA Group receives approval for 240MW PV project in Queensland

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 19:45 (PV-Tech)

The Western Downs Regional Council is set to welcome its ninth PV farm to the region, as the council approved a 240MW renewable energy development 42 km west of Dalby. Read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Gives $20M to Climate-focused Organizations

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 18:16 (Renewable Energy World)

On Tuesday, September 17 at Yale University, Leonardo DiCaprio announced that his foundation was providing $20M in a portfolio of grants to more than 100 organizations working to preserve habitats, defend indigenous rights and support innovative grassroots efforts aimed at combatting climate change and solving complex environmental issues.  Read more

Staying Safe on the Job: Fall Protection in Renewable Energy Demands Planning and Training

Wednesday, 9.20.2017 - 16:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Technicians who put their lives on the line by working on tall towers in remote locations need more than just top-quality safety gear and information about how to use it. They also need a plan for what happens if the unthinkable occurs. Read more

A Brief History of Utility-Scale Energy Storage

Tuesday, 9.19.2017 - 20:10 (Renewable Energy World)

Five years ago, a mere 0.34 GW of energy storage could be found globally. Fast forward and the market is expecting 6 GW to be installed in 2017 alone. Read more

Yingli Green ships record 1,146.6MW of modules in Q2 but losses mount

Tuesday, 9.19.2017 - 13:53 (PV-Tech)

Major PV manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has reported record module shipments in the second quarter of 2017, although increased losses continued to weigh on the struggling company. Read more

Total invests in Eren to finance renewables generation

Tuesday, 9.19.2017 - 13:30 (PV-Tech)

Total has bought a stake in renewables developer Eren RE to help finance and accelerate its renewable energy projects. Read more

Lib Dems call for faster pace of emissions reduction to meet Paris agreement

Monday, 9.18.2017 - 17:46 (Solarpowerportal)

The UK’s legally binding carbon reduction targets should be brought forward if the country is to meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement, according to a new report from the Liberal Democrats. Read more

Centrica completes 3MW battery install for Gateshead Council

Monday, 9.18.2017 - 13:26 (Solarpowerportal)

Centrica has completed the installation of a 3MW battery for Gateshead Council, which the utility’s Distributed Energy and Power business has dubbed one of the country's largest commercial battery storage schemes. Read more

Solar-/Electromobil

Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530 From Europe's Power Grids

Monday, 8.14.2017 - 16:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid. Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles. Read more

Tata Power Solar completes India’s largest solar carport at Keralan airport

Tuesday, 7.25.2017 - 13:36 (PV-Tech)

Indian integrated solar firm Tata Power Solar has commissioned 2.67MW of grid-connected solar carports at Cochin International Airport in Kerala, which became the world’s first fully solar-powered airport in August 2015. Read more

New Way to Predict When Electric Cars, Home Batteries Become Cost Effective

Tuesday, 7.18.2017 - 16:03 (Renewable Energy World)

The future cost of energy storage technologies can now be predicted under different scenarios, thanks to a new tool created by Imperial researchers. Using a large database, the team can predict how much consumers will have to pay in the future for energy storage technologies based on cumulative installed capacity, current cost and future investment. Read more

UK’s ‘largest solar carport’ – with additional storage – planned for St Ives Park & Ride

Tuesday, 7.18.2017 - 10:13 (Solarpowerportal)

Cambridgeshire County Council has received planning permission for what it claims will be the UK’s largest solar carport. Read more

eTourEurope has achieved its goal

Thursday, 6.22.2017 - 23:48 (Solarserver)

European electric car long-distance rally demonstrates vehicle reliability and fast-charging network in Europe Read more

ROUND UP: Arizona’s largest solar carport, California ‘solarcoaster’, SunPower installs at Macy’s

Monday, 4.24.2017 - 12:56 (PV-Tech)

News in Brief: Utah's Museum of Ancient Life installs 1,500 solar panels, California's Great America amusement park is now 100% renewable, Intel unveils the second largest solar carport in the country, SunPower installs systems at Macy's and Bloomingdales for Earth Week, and the 10MW US Army solar facility at Fort Rucker is now online. Read more

Bentley gains approval for 3MW solar carport

Tuesday, 11.29.2016 - 15:44 (Solarpowerportal)

Bentley Motors has been given the green light to construct a 3MW solar carport at its manufacturing facility in Cheshire, which would become the UK’s largest when finished. Read more

Bentley plans to install 3MW solar carport at Cheshire manufacturing site

Tuesday, 11.15.2016 - 10:52 (Solarpowerportal)

Bentley Motors is planning to construct the UK’s largest solar carport – a significant 2.938MW in size – on an employee car park adjacent to its manufacturing facility in Crewe. Read more

ROUND UP: BrightSpot installs first LoadSpot system, Trina Solar carport, Dominion acquisition

Friday, 10.21.2016 - 13:22 (PV-Tech)

BrightSpot has installed its first LoadSpot panel durability testing system at the FSEC, Trina supplies 4MW carport for German airport, Dominion acquires 60MWac solar development in North Carolina from SunEnergy1. Read more

New software PV*SOL 2017: Electric cars can now be included in the design of a PV plant

Wednesday, 9.21.2016 - 8:22 (Solarserver)

Berlin-based Valentin Software GmbH has updated its software for designing photovoltaic (PV) plants to include new features. The new version of the PV*SOL premium and PV*SOL software now makes it possible to take electric cars into consideration when calculating solar power self-consumption. Read more

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