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New UK 5th Carbon Budget tougher than previous EU rules

UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has acted to dispel fears that the EU referendum would mean a weakening of UK climate change legislation by adopting a tough 5th carbon budget.

Denham Capital and GreenWish Partners sign strategic renewable energy investment agreement

Global private equity firm Denham Capital has signed an agreement with renewable energy investment company GreenWish Partners to develop, build and finance clean energy assets across sub-Saharan Africa.

Isle of Man community energy group welcomes council loan for solar energy deployment

Wight Community Energy (WCE) has welcomed the finalising of an Isle of Wight Council loan of £1.7 million towards a major Isle of Wight solar park project at Homestead Farm, Ningwood.

DONG Energy to build new German offshore wind farm

DONG Energy has decided to build the German Borkum Riffgrund offshore wind farm 2, which is expected to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2019.

Swedish researchers discover a cheaper way to produce hydrogen from water
Scientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have unlocked a major barrier to exploiting hydrogen as a source of renewable energy.

Nissan and Eaton join forces to develop new energy storage solution

Car manufacturer Nissan has joined forces with power management company Eaton to provide an innovative energy storage solution for a data centre in Normandy.

EDF Group commissions France’s most powerful wind farm

The Ensemble Eolien Catalan wind farm is equipped with with “stealth” wind turbines, the world’s first solution favouring the coexistence of wind farms and weather radars.

Suzlon Group announces commissioning of 4.20 MW Indian wind farm

Renewable energy company Suzlon Group has announced the completion and commissioning of a maiden wind project for Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) in Gujarat, India.

Masdar to construct 800 MW third phase of Dubai solar farm

A consortium led by Masdar has been selected by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to construct the 3rd phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar farm.

Minesto CEO announces that Brexit will not have any effect on its project in Wales

The CEO of marine energy technology company Minesto has clarified the position regarding Brexit and its potential impact on Minesto’s operations.

Brexit: Potentially dangerous times for UK climate action

Britain’s vote to leave the EU has introduced an even stronger sense of uncertainty for British clean energy, but it could get even worse if certain pro-Leave campaigners get their own way.

Sainsbury’s introduces the first refrigerated truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen engine

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has become the first company in the world to introduce a refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen powered engine.

Nestlé to source renewable power from new Scottish wind farm

A brand new wind farm in the Scottish borders will power Nestlé’s operations in the UK & Ireland when it is completed in 2017.

Blade repair skills shortage risks hampering UK offshore O&M market

A lack of qualified blade repair technicians and an absence of recognised training standards is threatening to undermine the efficiency of the UK offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M) market.

VW is planning to introduce over 30 new EV models

Car manufacturer VW Group has presented its new TOGETHER 2025 strategy which includes the launch more than 30 purely battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) over the next ten years.

Solar PV recycling offers significant untapped business opportunity says IRENA

The global solar PV boom will represent a significant untapped business opportunity as decommissioned solar panels enter the waste stream find a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

KIC InnoEnergy invests an additional 1 million euros in Minesto

EMEC signs MoU with NNMREC to facilitate joint research activities

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), based in Orkney, Scotland, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the US Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) to encourage knowledge exchange and joint research activities.

GE to supply new wind turbines for Turkish wind farm

GE is to supply wind turbines for Bergama wind farm in Izmir, Turkey, operated by Dost Enerji.

Sustainability criteria for transport biofuels need more improvement says research scientist

VTT research scientist Kati Koponen has proposed several areas of development for the greenhouse gas assessment method of the criteria for biofuels in the EU Renewable Energy Directive.

CSIRO study finds electrolyte salt solution extends lithium ion battery life

Scientists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have demonstrated that pre-treating a battery’s lithium metal electrodes with an electrolyte salt solution extends the battery life and increases performance and safety.

Siemens begins construction of new German offshore wind turbine factory

Only one year after the initial investment decision, Siemens has begun construction of its new wind turbine factory at Cuxhaven in Lower Saxony.

EDF Energy Renewables begins construction of Blyth offshore wind farm, UK

Clean energy joint venture EDF Energy Renewables is to build a new offshore wind farm off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland.

IRENA joins public/private sector initiative to boost corporate sourcing of renewables

The International Renewable Agency (IRENA) has joined a campaign launched recently to increase the number of companies committed to sourcing renewable energy for their operations.

ATA wins award for bringing solar lighting to East Timor

The Australian Alternative Technology Association (ATA) has won the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Clean Energy Award for bringing solar lighting to remote villages in East Timor.

Principle Power announces successful conclusion of Windfloat Prototype testing

Offshore wind technology company Principle Power has successfully tested its Windfloat floating offshore wind platform amid celebrations of the 5-year Anniversary of the project.

Vattenfall about to start construction of Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm

Vattenfall are about to start the construction of the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3 off the West coast of Denmark

Toshiba to test contactless charger on electric bus

Toshiba Corporation has developed a fast, cable-free contactless charger for electric vehicles (EVs) which it intends to field test on a medium-sized EV bus.

UK renewables threatened again: REM talks to ADBA about the threat to British biogas

Once again, the current British government intends to cut support for clean energy. This time, the target is bioenergy, with a proposal to revise support levels for anaerobic digestion (AD) and micro-Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technologies currently eligible for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT). The government’s actions with regard to energy policy thus far have attracted criticism from right around the world, its behaviour showing clear signs of bias in favour of fossil fuels and nuclear and a derisory attitude to renewable energy. Unsurprisingly, the industry has condemned the proposed changes, fearing they will threaten the future of the sector. So what are the likely impacts on the AD sector?

REM talked to Matt Hindle, Head of Policy at the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) to find out more.

Solar industry set for new overcapacity cycle as 2016 outlook deteriorates

Solar PV installations in China in the third quarter of 2016 will fall by 80 percent, according to IHS, triggering a sharp global slowdown in global demand and an oversupply, particularly solar modules.

Queensland Government triples its commitment to solar energy

The state government of Queensland, Australia, has tripled its election commitment to provide long-term financial support for solar energy, up to 120 MW of installed large-scale solar generation.