News of the year 2014

Date: 05.11.2014


Boosting Solar Photovoltaic Efficiency with 'Tinkertoy' Materials

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 13:09 (Renewable Energy World)

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have received a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will significantly improve the efficiencies of photovoltaic materials and help make solar electricity cost-competitive with other sources of energy. Read more

ABB wins inverter order for ‘largest PV project’ in Latin America

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 11:26 (PV-Tech)

ABB will supply inverters to a 146.4MW project in Honduras, which it claims will be the largest in Latin America. Read more

German ZSW conducts feasibility study for Brazilian PV production with a total module output of 680 MW

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 10:26 (Solarserver)

Solar energy is to figure prominently in the future of the Brazilian state of Paraná with plans to build an end-to-end solar Photovoltaic (PV) value chain. The determination as to whether this is technically and economically feasible is now being made by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW, Stuttgart, Germany) and its partners in this project. Read more

Advanced Energy announces Q3, 2014 results: PV Inverter sales down 19.4%

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 10:08 (Solarserver)

Advanced Energy Industries Inc. (Fort Collins, Colorado, US) on November 4th, 2014 announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30th, 2014. The company reported third quarter sales of USD 143.1 million compared with USD 146.3 million in the second quarter of 2014 and USD 142.9 million in the third quarter of 2013. Solar photovoltaic (PV) Inverter sales were USD 52.0 million in the third quarter of 2014, down 19.4% from USD 64.5 million in the second quarter of 2014, and down 23.0% from USD 67.5 million in the third quarter of 2013. Read more

Etrion announces completion of 70 MW PV plant in Chile

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 7:17 (Solarserver)

Etrion Corporation (Geneva, Switzerland), an independent solar power producer, on November 4th, 2014 announced that it has completed construction of the 70 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Atacama region of Chile. Project Salvador is the world’s largest solar power plant based on spot market electricity (merchant) revenues and is the second-largest solar park connected in Chile. The PV plant is expected to produce approximately 200 gigawatt-hours of solar power per year, enough to supply electricity to approximately 80,000 households in Chile. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Abundance launches 2.59MW crowdfunded rooftop solar project

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 19:12 (Solarpowerportal)

Investment platform Abundance has launched what it is claiming to be Europe’s largest crowdfunded solar project. Read more

Solar firm prosecuted after roof fall puts installer in hospital

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 17:55 (Solarpowerportal)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a solar installer and a green energy firm in West Yorkshire for safety breaches following a severe injury to a worker who fell from a roof during a solar install. Read more

SunShot Awards Rain on Storage Innovators

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 15:16 (Renewable Energy World)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) showed again at the SPI 2014 trade show in Las Vegas last week that it is dedicated to fomenting many of the best innovations in the renewable energy industry, with an additional $53 million in SunShot awards. The announcement this week is $15 million to help integrate distributed solar energy systems into the grid. Read more

Community-funded free solar scheme for Cannock Chase Council tenants launched

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 14:19 (Solarpowerportal)

A new community investment scheme, Chase Community Solar, has launched which will see tenants of council bungalows benefit from free solar installations. Read more

New Solar Frontier fab to trim one third off CIGS cost

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

Japanese thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier has said its next-generation fab will trim a third off the cost of producing its CIGS modules. Read more

Fuji Electric enjoys solar sales rise but wider industry concerns loom for Japan

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 12:35 (PV-Tech)

Fuji Electric, the Japanese holding company which manufactures power electronics and related technologies, has reported a rise in sales from its solar power business segments, in the company’s results for the first half of the Japanese financial year. Read more

REC Silicon Mulls Solar Panel Polysilicon Plant in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 11:36 (Renewable Energy World)

REC Silicon ASA will explore building a plant in Saudi Arabia to make polysilicon, the main raw material used in solar panels. Read more

German consortium evaluating major PV manufacturing hub in Brazil

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 11:05 (PV-Tech)

An ad hoc consortium of three German research institutes and the south-western German industry association, Solar Cluster, are undertaking a detailed feasibility study for the establishment of a fully integrated PV manufacturing facility on behalf of ITAIPU, a Brazilian-Paraguayan power company, and FIEP, an industry association. Read more

Advanced CIS PV production lines feature in new Solar Frontier plant as construction proceeds on track

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 10:13 (Solarserver)

Solar Frontier KK (Tokyo, Japan) on November 5th, 2014 announced that it is installing newly enhanced proprietary CIS PV production lines at its upcoming production facility, Tohoku Plant. Based on established technology at Solar Frontier’s Kunitomi Plant, the improved solar photovoltaic (PV) production lines will enable best-in-class production costs with new product advantages, the company notes. Read more

Blue Oak Energy completes 2.6 MW Putah Creek solar farm in Winters, California

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 9:58 (Solarserver)

Blue Oak Energy (Davis, Calif., US) has completed the construction of a 2.6 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation facility in Winters, California. The solar farm, which will be locally owned and operated, is located 30 miles west of Sacramento. Read more

Proinso kick-starts ZeverSolar PV inverter sales in India with 50 kWp installation near Mumbai

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 9:32 (Solarserver)

Proinso SL (Fustiñana, Spain) recently supplied an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) solution including Jinko modules and ZeverSolar string inverters to a rooftop project located close to Mumbai. With this PROINSO starts ZeverSolar sales in the Indian market. This 50 kWp rooftop PV project close to Mumbai uses Jinko 250 Wp modules and Eversol TLC20K inverters. Modules are mounted along the slopped roof. Two 20 kW inverters of Zeversolar are wall mounted outdoors. Read more

BNEF: Brazil's first-ever specific PV auction results in some of the lowest prices ever recorded for solar power

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 7:23 (Solarserver)

Extremely aggressive bidding at Brazil's first-ever specific auction for solar power, held on Friday, October 31st, 2014, resulted in the awarding of 890 MW dispatchable capacity (1,048 MW total capacity) of contracts at a clearing price of BRL 215/MWh (USD 87/MWh), research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF, New York City, US), reports. This marks one of the lowest prices for solar photovoltaic (PV) power ever recorded, according to BNEF. Read more

Hanwha SolarOne signs MOU to develop 100 MW of distributed PV generation projects in Shandong province, China

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 7:13 (Solarserver)

Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on November 4th, 2014 announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Yantai Municipal Bureau of Commerce (YMBC) to establish a long-term strategic partnership with the aim to develop distributed generation PV projects. Yantai is a major port city located in Shandong province, China. Read more

PV CYCLE: First 10,000 tons of discarded solar PV modules collected in Europe

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 7:08 (Solarserver)

A cumulated 10,000 tons of collected waste solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, 2014 marks a new breakthrough for PV CYCLE (Brussels), a PV-focused waste management and compliance provider in Europe. “Having collected such significant amounts of PV module waste, PV CYCLE has demonstrated its ability to treat large quantities of waste anywhere in Europe,” explains Olmina Della Monica, Operations & Treatment Manager Europe at PV CYCLE. Read more


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Wind Energy

Energy Storage Will Soon Replace Simple Cycle Combustion Turbine Peaker Plants

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 16:53 (Renewable Energy World)

Power grids need extra generating capacity to work properly. For example, about 20 percent of New York State’s generation fleet runs less than 250 hours a year. Because they don’t run much, “peaker plants” are by design the cheapest and least efficient fossil generators. When they do run they cost a lot to operate and produce more air pollution than other types of fossil generation. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable substitute for dirty fossil-based peakers? Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

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Same Price, More Renewables: San Diego’s Fight for Community Controlled Energy

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 16:59 (Renewable Energy World)

“San Diego and its community choice energy district would be able to offer a diverse energy mix with all of the solar, biodiesel, biogas, and energy storage resources that we have in San Diego.  A product that is price competitive and yet at the same time would strive for and achieve a higher level of renewable content.” See how this southern Calif Read more

Demand Management to Aid Renewable Energy Expansion

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 15:54 (Renewable Energy World)

As more intermittent renewable capacity is added to grid networks around the world, the need for greater system flexibility in order to cope with the variable supply is growing. In parts of the Europe, grid operators complain that balancing the system is becoming more and more difficult as new renewable sources are added, requiring ever more complex management techniques, as well as repeated use of polluting and inefficient standby capacity. Surges of solar and wind power are often not fully utilised, causing some to question the wisdom of adding further variable renewable capacity. Read more

Samsung SDI and Sungrow to build and operate lithium-ion energy storage plant

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 11:40 (PV-Tech)

Samsung SDI and PV inverter manufacturer, Sungrow Power Supply are to team on building and operating a lithium-ion battery energy storage plant in China and the supply of energy storage systems in the country. Read more


Exeter Council applies for planning permission for two solar carports

Wednesday, 11.5.2014 - 18:25 (Solarpowerportal)

Exeter Council has applied for planning permission for two solar carports to be situated in the centre of the city. Read more

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