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Masdar Institute researchers claim desert sand can be used for CSP generation

Researchers at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Masdar Institute have demonstrated that desert sand from the UAE could be used in concentrated solar power (CSP) facilities to store thermal energy up to 1000°C.

Gamesa and Iberdrola to build four wind farms in Costa Rica:

Finnish passenger shipping line to expand the use of heat power solutions

The Finnish ferry and cruise ship operator, Viking Line, is to expand its use of heat power solutions from Climeon.

NREL research enables advances towards affordable hydrogen production

Researchers at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have made advances towards affordable photo-electrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen.

Grid modernization for renewable energy

As more and more renewable energy comes online, utilities are beginning to modernize the grid through the development of smart grids which use information and communication technologies to make the grid more manageable and efficient.

SRTP secures £5.7 million for tidal turbine demonstrator

Scotrenewables Tidal Power (SRTP) has secured a further £5.7 million from investors allowing the company to demonstrate the world’s largest tidtal turbine.

Supporting offshore wind: Vessels employed in offshore wind farm installation

UK government gives ground on solar Feed-in Tariff

The government has heeded national backing for solar by improving its Feed-in Tariff proposal but admits that over nine thousand jobs could still be lost.

Mojo Maritime to supply marine project management services

Tidal energy marine operations contractor Mojo Maritime Ltd has led the installation of the first Welsh tidal energy generator in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire.

Naked Energy to commercialise its hybrid solar technology

Climate-KIC start-up Naked Energy has signed a landmark agreement with global manufacturer, Jabil, to scale its hybrid solar technology, Virtu.

EMEC deploys novel subsea monitoring system

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has successfully recovered its novel Integrated Monitoring Pod following months of transmitting real-time data feeds.

Why nuclear power doesn't have a place in our energy future

Nuclear isn’t actually going anywhere, apart from, eventually (and the sooner, the better), into the history books.

Leaving the EU? How would Brexit affect the UK renewable energy sector?

As the pressure on the British government to hold a referendum on the question of whether or not Britain should remain a member of the European Union (EU) increases, the associated debate on this subject is also increasing in temperature.

US businesses urge strong Paris agreement to increase clean energy investment

Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), along with several member company executives, has called for a strong agreement from governments at COP 21.

Global Geothermal Alliance launched at Paris climate talks

A coalition of 38 countries and over 20 development and industry partners have joined forces at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), to increase the share of geothermal energy in the global energy mix.

Renewable energy: The baseload power fallacy

Providing baseload power from renewable sources to further increase renewable energy is challenging but it can be achieved. This is how.

Vortex Energy continues to expand wind energy portfolio in Poland

Vortex Energy is working to connect a total of eleven wind turbines to the Polish national grid by the end of the year

What is the European Energy Union?

Mayor of London and SolarEdge discuss UK’s solar future

Boris Johnson MP, the Mayor of London, has discussed the future of solar power in the UK with a senior executive of solar inverter company SolarEdge during a three-day trade delegation to Israel.

Bill Gates joins with Mark Zuckerberg and other top investors for urgent global action on climate change

On the opening day of the COP21 global climate change meeting in Paris, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have announced they have joined together with other private investors to help fight climate change by investing in renewable energy.

AW-Energy and ENAL sign MoU for Mexican wave farm

Wave energy developer AW-Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mexican renewable energy developer ENAL to develop, design and deploy a 10 MW wave farm off the coast of Mexico.

Australian wave energy technology to be deployed off the coast of Victoria

The Port Fairy Pilot Wave Energy Project in Victoria, Australia, will be deployed on Thursday 3rd December with a public viewing at the weekend on Saturday 5th December.

STA survey shows a further 576 redundancies in the UK solar sector

A survey of 204 solar companies by the Solar Trade Association (STA) shows 576 redundancies with more to come next year if recent government cuts go ahead.

UK Chancellor criticised for cuts in the energy efficiency budget

George Osborne announces the introduction of cheaper energy efficiency programmes to replace the ECO on the same day that a huge leap in winter deaths is revealed.

Stanford University researchers develop invisible wires for improved solar efficiency

Current solar cell designs have a flaw in that the shiny metal on top of the cell reflects sunlight away from the semiconductor, but Stanford University scientists have now found a way to eliminate this problem.

Marine Protected Areas in Europe

My interview article for Fair Planet, featuring Johnny Reker from the Spatial and Environmental Planning Agency in Denmark, on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Europe:

Rudis and LLT Kosova present the first solar power plant in Kosovo

The first solar power plant to be constructed in the Balkan state of Kosovo has been officially presented to the country’s Ministry for Economic Development by Rudis.

Solar powered bike path generating more energy than expected

A year ago, in November 2014, a consortium of companies and organisations in The Netherlands constructed a ‘solar cycle path’ called SolaRoad in Krommenie, in the province of North Holland. Thus far, some countries in the world have focused mostly on installing solar panels along the sides of roads or, in the case of one South Korean highway, over the top of a cycle path running between the two carriageways. Using solar panels for the surface of the road or cycle path itself is another thing altogether.

Or is it?

Opower launches new customer engagement platform for utilities

Specialist cloud-based software company Opower has announced the launch of a new data platform to help improve utilities customer engagement with regard to clean energy and energy efficiency products.

MTS delivers specialist offshore vessel to Danish company

Marine service provider, Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS), has announced the delivery of a specialist offshore vessel to Danish company Advanced Offshore Solutions.

GCube launches unique report into wind turbine fires

Specialist renewable energy underwriter, GCube Underwriting Ltd (GCube), has launched a unique report into wind turbine fires, drawing from its extensive claims data and experience.

Apple invests in Irish marine energy sector

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a Memorandum of Understanding with Apple to promote the development of marine energy in Ireland.

Green energy is good for jobs....but not in the UK it seems

Minesto CEO calls for more co-ordinated action among EU member states on marine energy

Minesto CEO Anders Jansson has called for EU member states to coordinate action on marine energy given the potential export business benefits of the technology.

Making gadgets and appliances more energy efficient – Part Two

Making gadgets and appliances more energy efficient - Part 1

Over the last 50 years or so our homes have increasingly been stuffed with all manner of updated technological gadgets and appliances, ranging from smartphones and tablets through to Hi-Fi systems, gaming consoles and computers and laptops as well as smarter models of everyday appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers. The energy implications of this wave of technological advancement could have been severe, were it not for the whole host of efficiency and performance standards implemented by governments and industry, aimed at making these devices more energy efficient, and therefore also less costly.

Most people don’t tend to think too much about this, but with the escalating challenges of climate change, it is something that we will all have to consider in depth. Here is a basic introduction.

Aalborg CSP launches the SGS4 configuration of its steam generator

Aalborg CSP has recently developed the fourth edition of its steam generator technology for molten salt concentrated solar power plants

UK's largest PV-T system installed in Kent

The UK’s largest domestic photovoltaic-thermal (PV-T) array has been installed at a newly built family home near Canterbury using technology from Leicester based firm, Caplin Homes.

Alstom wins contract to upgrade German pumped storage generators

Alstom has received a second order from Vattenfall Europe Generation AG for the main overhaul of a synchronous generator in the Markersbach pumped-storage power plant in Saxony.

Sunlabob secures new microgrid projects in Myanmar

Sunlabob Renewable Energy recently finalized a contract to provide turnkey implementation of eleven solar-powered micro-grids in remote communities of Myanmar (formerly Burma).

New government appointments offer hope for Australian wind sector

Australia’s wind energy industry has welcomed the appointment of the new Wind Farm Commissioner and Independent Scientific Committee on Wind Turbines, which should return a sensible tone to the debate.

Renewables will drive Denmark's cumulative installed capacity beyond 16 GW by 2025

Denmark’s cumulative installed capacity is expected to expand from 13.5 Gigawatts (GW) in 2014 to reach 16.1 GW by 2025 says consulting firm GlobalData.

Harvard study questions widespread support for bulk energy storage

The high cost and technical immaturity of bulk electricity storage systems (BES), such as pumped hydro storage (PHS), batteries, liquid air, flywheels and hydrogen, have often been mentioned as major challenges to the increased penetration of renewable energy technologies, such as wind power and solar energy.

Canada’s Super Energy Efficient Net Zero Homes

Reid’s Heritage Homes is a Canadian company that is helping to build zero carbon homes (officially called Net Zero Homes) in the country, along with four other housebuilders (Minto, Mattamy Homes, Provident and Construction Voyer) selected by Ministry of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). The aim is to build homes that produce as much energy as the average user consumes, largely through the incorporation of renewable energy generation technologies such as solar panels and by constructing the home in such a way that it improves the air sealing qualities of the building and increases its overall energy efficiency.

Greenpeace report shows UK can be almost entirely powered by renewable energy

Equipment and services for EV charging stations expected to generate $709 million in 2024

A new report from Navigant Research finds that over the next decade, government efforts to support electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to support millions of connected charging stations.

Resilient energy needs smarter solutions says new report

The latest report from the World Energy Council says new thinking is required for the management and financing of energy infrastructures in order to meet increased extreme weather risks.

Sabella deploys tidal turbine off French coast

The engineering and project management company, Sabella, has deployed France’s first grid-connected tidal turbine in the Fromveur Strait.

Ballard lands $17 million module deal for fuel cell bus deployment in China

Ballard Power Systems has agreed a new long-term license and supply agreement in support of the deployment of 300 fuel-cell powered buses in China.

Brunel University scientists develop new hybrid solar roof

Scientists at Brunel University London have designed a new hybrid roofing system which could halve energy bills in new homes.