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Showing posts from April, 2015

Pretty Green Energy (PGE) selects Enphase Energy as its sole provider for residential and commercial solar projects

Enphase Energy has been selected by Pretty Green Energy (PGE) as its sole supplier for solar energy systems in the residential and commercial solar PV market.

US DOE announces first selections in enhanced geothermal (EGS) initiative

EPIA calls for free and fair PV trade between Europe and China

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has outlined its new position on solar modules and cells traded between the EU and China.

EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian tax incentives for EVs

UK business park becomes self-sustaining thanks to solar farm A brand new three acre solar farm enabled Ransom Wood Business Park in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire to become the UK’s only self-sustaining business park when it comes to power supply.

What impact do your clothes make?

What impact do your clothes make [Infographic] by the team at Tiger Lily

Alstom to refurbish Kaplan units for Latvian hydro plant

Power generation company Alstom has been awarded a contract by Latvian power company Latvenergo to refurbish six 69 MW Kaplan units for the Riga hydropower plant.

REC to deliver rooftop solar array for Singapore transport company

REC has agreed to deliver a 187 kWp rooftop PV array to bulk liquid transportation company Stolt-Nielsen for its Stolthaven Singapore bulk-liquid terminal.

First foundations installed at Gode Wind Offshore Wind Farm in Germany

Gode Wind is Germany’s largest offshore wind farm and is located 45 kilometres from the mainland and around 33 kilometres from the islands of Juist and Norderney.

EMEC acquires integrated hydrogen system for tidal energy storage

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, has acquired an electrolyser to convert power generated at its tidal test site to hydrogen fuel.

Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs) are a better alternative to conventional vehicles says Japanese engineer

Wind energy in the US saved more than 68 billion gallons of water in 2014

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), wind energy has avoided the consumption of over 68 billion gallons of water in the US in 2014, in addition to many other benefits and savings.

Keep it in the ground

Siemens commissions converter stations for France-Spain HVDC link

Siemens has begun to commission the converter stations for a high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link between France and Spain serving renewable energy integration.

GE to supply Con Edison Development with lithium ion energy storage system

GE has announced it will supply Con Edison Development (CED) with an 8 MWh battery energy storage system in Central Valley, California.

New tool helps to identify global geothermal potentials

Saft and ENERCON to develop Europe's first commercial energy storage system in Faroe Islands

Advanced Plasma Power shortlisted for £25 million biofuel demonstrator competition

A consortium led by waste to energy company Advanced Plasma Power (APP) is one of six consortia to have been shortlisted for funding for a transport fuels demonstrator using non-food biomass.

Scatec Solar awarded 258 MW in South Africa

Trina Solar to supply 116 MW to Japanese solar power project

Jeremy Leggett: The coal, oil and gas industries are in DEEP trouble

Jeremy Leggett says fossil fuels are in DEEP trouble and that clean energy can expect them to play dirty as they go down

DONG Energy takes over US offshore wind project

DONG Energy has agreed to take over more than 1000 MW of newly assigned development project rights off the coast of Massachusetts from RES Americas Developments Inc.

EMEC wave and tidal energy centre strengthens its ties with Japan

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is to help support the development of marine renewables in Japan, stimulating collaboration between the two countries.

The No Growth Imperative

Here is another one for my reading list, suggested by a friend on Facebook. According to the blurb on Amazon:

"More than two decades of mounting evidence confirms that the existing scale of the human enterprise has surpassed global ecological limits to growth. Based on such limits, The No-Growth Imperative discounts current efforts to maintain growth through eco-efficiency initiatives and smart-growth programs, and argues that growth is inherently unsustainable and that the true nature of the challenge confronting us now is one of replacing the current growth imperative with a no-growth imperative.

Gabor Zovanyi asserts that anything less than stopping growth would merely slow today’s dramatic degradation and destruction of ecosystems and their critical life-support services. Zovanyi makes the case that local communities must take action to stop their unsustainable demographic, economic, and urban increases, as an essential prerequisite to the realization of sustaina…

The Sixth Extinction

An interesting book on climate change reviewed by Umair Muhammed of Climate and Capitalism. See review here.

The Power of the Vortex: An Interview with David Suriol of Vortex Bladeless

Vortex Bladeless is an early startup that designs, manufactures and commercialises multi-patented bladeless wind turbines. It is based on a new concept of harnessing wind energy that is competitive in conventional wind farms but is also suitable for distributed energy mixing with solar panels. In the future it may also be become suitable for offshore deployment. The project claims it is able to reduce manufacturing costs by 53 percent compared to conventional multi-blade wind power generators, as it removes the most expensive components associated with the blades, nacelle and tower. This means that Vortex also has much lower maintenance costs, as there are no moving parts that require periodic lubrication or replacement.

Additionally, there are no components that could, even theoretically, pose a risk to bird life or emit noise disturbance, and for this reason several environmental groups, including the SEO Birdlife Association are actively supporting the project. The pro…

Solar Trade Association (STA) launches new trade body in Scotland