News of the year 2014

Date: 18.06.2014


Storage Updates: A123 Buys Battery Tech as It Mulls EVs, Sunverge Raises $15 Million for Distributed Application

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 15:53 (Renewable Energy World)

A123 Systems LLC, the battery maker bought by Wanxiang Group Corp. after it sought bankruptcy protection in 2012, purchased technology from Leyden Energy Inc. that the Chinese parent may use to make electric cars. Read more

Novel Nanoparticle Production Method Could Lead to Better Solar Cells

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 13:06 (Renewable Energy World)

Sandia National Laboratories has come up with an inexpensive way to synthesize titanium-dioxide nanoparticles and is seeking partners who can demonstrate the process at industrial scale for everything from solar cells to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Bluefield Solar Income Fund makes tenth UK acquisition

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 17:05 (Solarpowerportal)

Investment company, Bluefield Solar Income Fund has completed the deal for its tenth large-scale solar project in the UK. Read more

Video: UK solar market faces stable growth for next ten years, says REC Solar

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 16:52 (Solarpowerportal)

Module manufacturer REC Solar expects the UK to ride out the current storm created by potential changes to the renewable obligation (RO) and become a “stable, growing” market for the next ten years. Read more

SEMI: Solar PV equipment book-to-bill ratio rises above parity for the first time in three years

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 14:19 (Solarserver)

During the first quarter of 2014 the solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment industry turned a corner. According to data released by SEMI (San Jose, California, US.) the industry experienced a higher value of orders booked at USD 296 million than billings at USD 240 million. Read more

Macho Springs solar PV plant comes online in New Mexico

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 13:53 (Solarserver)

First Solar Inc. (Tempe, Arizona, U.S.) has completed the 50 MW Macho Springs solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Macho Springs made headlines for the very low price of its power purchase agreement (PPA), which was negotiated between First Solar and utility El Paso Electric Co. (EPE, El Paso, Texas, U.S.) at USD 0.0579 per kilowatt-hour. Read more

SunEdison buys AES stake in 336MW PV portfolio

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

Multinational energy company AES Corporation has agreed to sell a large chunk of its solar business to SunEdison, in a deal that could reach US$207 million. Read more

EDF passes 300MW mark for North America solar projects

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 13:02 (PV-Tech)

EDF Renewable Energy has now connected more 300MW of solar projects in North America. Read more

BayWa r.e sells 19.5MW UK solar farm to Allianz

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 12:15 (PV-Tech)

Finance company, Allianz Global Investors has bought Great Glemham Solar Park from renewable energy company, BayWa r.e. Read more

Hawaii’s Solar Conundrum: Can Energy Storage Save the Day?

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 12:05 (Renewable Energy World)

Hawaii’s lead utility Hawaiian Electric (HECO) and other utilities in the islands have found that solar photovoltaics installations have grown far faster than their isolated grids can adapt to the intermittent flood of peak time energy. With an electricity tariff at least double the U.S. average, fuel-constrained Hawaii is a rare and now leading U.S. market where solar has reached parity with other energy costs. Read more

Video: German political manoeuvring over PV a ‘pity’ says REC Solar

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 11:42 (PV-Tech)

Discussions regarding the future of support mechanisms for solar in Germany are taking “too long”, with politicians effectively “misusing” the issue to raise their own political profile, according to the senior vice president for sales and marketing at REC Solar. Read more

German political manoeuvring over PV a ‘pity’ says REC Solar

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 11:15 (PV-Tech)

Discussions regarding the future of support mechanisms for solar in Germany are taking “too long”, with politicians effectively “misusing” the issue to raise their own political profile, according to the senior vice president for sales and marketing at REC Solar. Read more

Japan installs over 7 GW of solar PV during FY 2013

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 8:52 (Solarserver)

Japan's solar photovoltaic (PV) market finished fiscal year (FY) 2013 with a boom. 170 MW of residential and 683 MW of “non-residential” PV was installed in the nation during March 2014, according to Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). At a combined total of 853 MW, this is the highest level of monthly installations recorded in the nation to date, and puts annual installations in line with analyst predictions at 7.04 GW. Read more

Trina Solar PV modules chosen for 23 MW PV project in Eastern China

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 8:22 (Solarserver)

Linuo Solar Power Co. Ltd. (Jinan, China) has chosen Trina Solar Ltd. (Changzhou, China) to supply 23 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a distributed PV project in Eastern China's Shandong Province. The project will comprise 92,000 Trina Solar TSM-250PC05A PV modules mounted on 500,000 square meters of roof space. Trina expects to complete shipments by the end of June 2014. Read more

NRG puts online 6 MW community solar PV plant in Southern California

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 8:19 (Solarserver)

The Boeing Company (Chicago) has completed a 6 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant which will generate electricity for a community solar program in Southern California's Imperial Valley. Community 1 PV plant owner NRG Energy Inc. (Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.) will sell the electricity generated by the plant to the Imperial Irrigation District (El Centro, California, U.S.), who will re-sell the electricity to participating customers. NRG notes that this creates an option for homes and businesses that may not be able to deploy rooftop PV. Read more

Bill to restructure Massachusetts' solar PV incentives, lift net metering cap advances

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 8:16 (Solarserver)

A bill to change the incentive structure for solar photovoltaics (PV) in the U.S. state of Massachusetts from solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) to a declining block grant system has passed a committee of the state's legislature. H3901 would also remove the cap on the capacity of PV systems that can participate in the state's net metering program. The bill will now go to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for a vote, after which it must also pass the Senate. Read more


Tequila Sunrise: Companies Sign Pact to Advance Agave as Aviation Biofuels Feedstock

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 17:01 (Renewable Energy World)

From California, news has arrived from Byogy Renewables that it has invested in a strategic partnership with AusAgave Australia, aimed at developing multiple feedstocks to develop low cost sugars for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. Read more

Wind Energy

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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Further PV manufacturing consolidation in Taiwan as Tatung, GET and Gintech strike pact

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 15:08 (PV-Tech)

Taiwanese PV manufacturers, Green Energy Technology (GET) and Gintech Energy are to form a module manufacturing joint venture to be called Gintung Energy Corporation. Read more

Sitting at the Tip of the Iceberg: The Huge Potential of Energy Storage

Wednesday, 6.18.2014 - 13:35 (Renewable Energy World)

The United States is at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to energy storage innovation. Although the sector has made strong advances in recent years, we are just at the beginning of a wave of technological innovation and implementation. According to the global research firm IHS, the U.S. energy storage market will grow to 1.7 gigawatts in 2017 and should hit 2.5 GW by 2020. This impressive growth is in part due to the rapid expansion of distributed solar and supportive legislation set in place in the strongest U.S. PV market — California. Read more


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