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University of Sheffield solar research wins industry award

Pioneering work in understanding and improving the efficiency of the UK’s solar industry has led to a University of Sheffield research group scooping a top industry award.

Alpiq and Groupe E merge their charging networks for electric vehicles

From 2017, Alpiq and Groupe E, together with their partners, will merge their charging networks for electric cars, offering customers access to more than 300 charging stations in Switzerland.

Acciona Agua carries out research to reuse waste from water treatment processes

The Watintech project, in which Acciona is participating together with technology centres and European universities, has won the ‘Best Research 2016’ award at the IWater Salon in Barcelona.

Stem Inc becomes first energy storage provider to meet SCE requirements

Intelligent energy storage provider Stem Inc. has announced it has become the first customer-sited energy storage developer to help Southern California Edison (SCE) meet local grid reliability needs.

Nova Scotia’s first grid-connected tidal turbine deployed at Fundy test site

Nova Scotia homes and businesses are now powered by Canada’s first grid connected in-stream tidal turbine.

OAS and ORE Catapult collaborate on offshore wind systems

Ocean Array Systems (OAS) will use the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s 7 MW offshore wind demonstration turbine to validate software designed to improve the control strategies of offshore wind turbines.

Toshiba develops new magnet for EVs and wind turbine motors

Toshiba Corporation and Toshiba Materials Co. Ltd. have developed a new magnet for a variety of uses including hybrid and electric automobiles and the motors for wind turbines.

Norvento launches new bioplant anaerobic digestion system

Manufacturer of on-site renewable energy systems Norvento has launched a new integrated biogas solution for agricultural, utility and industrial users throughout the UK.

Gaelectric officially opens £13.4 million Cloonty Wind Farm in County Antrim

Renewable energy and energy storage group, Gaelectric, has officially opened its £13.4million wind farm at Cloonty in Co. Antrim.

E.ON study shows German businesses focusing on climate protection

The latest trend study from E.ON shows that a majority of German companies take the issue of energy conservation seriously.

EDF and Stornetic start project on advanced smart grids storage solutions

Stornetic DuraStor flywheel energy storage device to be installed at EDF Energy’s smart grid test facility near Paris, France.

US Government study confirms vast untapped energy and jobs potential for distributed wind power

A study by the US Department of Energy (DOE) has confirmed the vast and untapped energy and jobs potential of distributed wind power systems at homes, farms and businesses.

Canadian Government supports algal biorefinery demonstration project

The Canadian National Research Council (NRC) has collaborated on the development of the country’s first algal biorefinery demonstration project to recycle CO2 into algal biomass.

Swedish IoT provider raises $3 million for IoT expansion and innovation

Fast-growing Swedish Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and platform system provider H&D Wireless, has raised $3 million to fund continued expansion and the launch of a new IoT cloud platform system.

German research centre develops new biofuel cell with energy storage

Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed a hybrid of a fuel cell and capacitor on a biocatalytic basis that efficiently generates and stores energy.

Gamesa secures Chinese order for its largest wind turbine

Gamesa has secured the first order for its largest turbine from the renewable energy subsidiary of Sinohydro, one of China’s largest manufacturing groups.

Canadian National Research Council investigating vanadium supply strategy

Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) is investigating the potential opportunities for supplying vanadium to the energy storage market.

Total to install solar power in 5,000 service stations worldwide

Petroleum giant Total is launching a program to equip 5,000 of its service stations worldwide with solar panels within five years, including 800 in France.

Alaska Airlines runs flight using fuel made from residual biomass

Washington state-based Alaska Airlines has made history by flying the first commercial flight using the world's first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals.

Scottish First Minister welcomes SDIC to Scotland

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has opened the new offices of Red Rock Power Limited, a subsidiary of State Development & Investment Corporation (SDIC) in Scotland.

IRENA and ADFD open fifth round of funding for renewable energy projects

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) have officially opened the fifth round of funding for renewable energy projects in developing countries.

Kriegers Flak demonstrates rapidly falling costs for offshore wind

Vattenfall has won a tender to build the 600 MW offshore Kriegers Flak project in Denmark for a new record price of 49.9 euros/MWh.

UK Government sets out plans to increase Britain’s clean energy infrastructure

The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to spend £730 million of annual support on renewable electricity projects over the course of the current parliament.

White House announces action to accelerate deployment of EVs and charging infrastructure

Shortly before the US Presidential Election, President Obama announced a programme to establish 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors on American highways.

American Wind Speaks: AWEA releases statement on the US Presidential Election

Big businesses support British smart meter rollout

British business leaders have signalled their support for the economic benefits and future innovations enabled by the digital upgrade of Britain’s energy system now underway.

Carnegie Wave Energy receives ERDF grant for CETO project in the UK

Australian company Carnegie Wave Energy (CWE) has received a £9.6 million grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the first international export CETO project in the UK.

Leading Edge Power launches new ‘PowerBox’ hybrid wind-solar power system

The ‘PowerBox’ is an all-in-one power source packed into a pallet-sized box and designed to power equipment in remote sites.

2015 an exceptional year for German wind says Vaisala

Wind speed trends in Germany for the years 2009-2015 have been exceptional according to analysis by environmental and industrial measurement consultancy Vaisala.

Keeping wind power online: An interview with Tom Dyffort of Altitec

In September this year, blade repair and inspection specialist, Altitec, announced a partnership with a leading manufacturer of on- and offshore wind turbines, to provide end of warranty (EOW) blade inspections and repairs in the UK and Australia, thereby expanding the company’s global presence. Under the terms of the contract, Altitec will provide EOW inspections at 100 sites throughout the UK, in addition to carrying out further EOW blade repairs in Victoria, Australia,.

Blade damage is the most common cause of downtime across the wind energy sector, according to a recent report from renewable energy insurer, GCube, and EOW inspections and repairs are an essential part of ensuring long-term operational performance. The end of the warranty period is a crucial phase for both manufacturer and project owner, since it marks a transition in where responsibility lies for technica…

European Union considering removal of Priority Dispatch system for renewables

The EU is currently considering the removal of the Priority Dispatch system in which renewable energy technologies feed power into Europe’s energy grids, risking an increase in European emissions.

Solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) no longer viable in the UK solar market

Detailed new analysis by the Solar Trade Association (STA) shows that the standard method for financing large scale solar PV schemes in the UK is no longer economically viable.

Falling costs and tech innovations will drive offshore wind boom says IRENA

Offshore wind could grow more than 650 percent by 2030, becoming a key power generation technology, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals.

SGEM selects Leclanché to implement energy storage project in the US

Battery energy storage company Leclanché SA has been selected by Swiss Green Electricity Management Group (SGEM) to act as EPC contractor for the Marengo project near Chicago, USA.

LCVP launches Low Emission Bus guide

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has launched the Low Emission Bus (LEB) Guide at the Euro Bus Expo 2016 in the UK.