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Tanti reappointed Suzlon chief

Wind Power Monthly - 2 hours 27 min ago
INDIA: Turbine manufacturer Suzlon has announced chairman Tulsi Tanti has been reappointed managing director from 1 April.
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Poland falling behind on renewables target

Wind Power Monthly - 3 hours 55 min ago
POLAND: Poland's share of renewables in energy consumption in 2016 fell short of what is needed to meet its 2020 target, and the gap is likely to grow, the wind industry has warned.
Categories: Wind Power

Biting the Biggest Apple: New York’s New Plan to Reward Distributed Energy Resources

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:19

How do we compensate those who add clean electricity to our shared power grid? This fundamental question has affected the rate at which the U.S. has adopted, deployed, and put into use clean, distributed energy resources.

CANWEA 'applauds' Canadian budget

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:10
CANADA: The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA) has shown its support for the new federal budget that supports the country's energy transition.
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NRC To Review Incident At Turkey Point NPP

Nuclear Power - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:28
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it had begun a special inspection of the Turkey Point Nuclear Plant near Homestead, Florida, to review particulars involving failure of a safety-related electrical bus that resulted in the plant declaring an alert.(read more)

Tepco Seeking Partners For Fukushima-Specific Technology

Nuclear Power - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:11
Six years after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami events, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), owner of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, is seeking partners to help develop technology that would move the massive decommissioning project forward(read more)

Innovative Aggregation Expands Access to Large-scale Renewables

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:01

This week, the largest renewable energy project built in the U.S. through an alliance of diverse buyers reached commercial operation. The development of the 60-MW Summit Farms Solar project was driven by demand from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston Medical Center, and Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation.

 

Xcel Energy expands US plans

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:47
UNITED STATES: Xcel Energy has broadened its US expansion plans to 11 new wind projects across seven states, totalling 3.38GW in capacity.
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Statkraft divests Dogger Bank stake

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:39
UK: Norwegian developer Statkraft has exited the Forewind consortium developing the four 1.2GW projects in the Dogger Bank zone.
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Canada Firm Uses Salt, Tesla and Flywheels in Clean Energy Race

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:22

Canadian firm is hoping to cash in on the burgeoning market for electricity storage -- no matter which technology breaks out first.

NRStor Inc. is positioning itself to be the go-to distributor, developer and operator of lithium-ion batteries, magnetically-levitated flywheels and other technologies seeking to solve the age-old question of how to save electricity for later use. The Toronto-based company is the only distributor of Tesla’s Powerwall residential battery in Canada and is working to turn a giant salt cavern into a compressed air energy storage system.

Battery technology is advancing swiftly, largely driven by Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. At the same time, other methods are being refined that can be used to store energy for even longer periods of time. The global market could expand to around $20 billion by 2024, from around $600 million in 2015, according to U.S. firm Navigant Research.

Russian region backs 1GW plans

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:13
RUSSIA: The Ulyanovsk region in southern Russia is targeting up to 700MW of wind by 2024, with hopes of expanding to 1GW, the Russian Association of the Wind Industry (RAWI) has said.
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The Wonder Material That May Make Spray-On Solar PV Reality

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:10

Imagine a future when solar cells can be sprayed or printed onto the windows of skyscrapers or atop sports utility vehicles -- and at prices potentially far cheaper than today’s silicon-based panels.

It’s not as far-fetched it seems. Solar researchers and company executives think there’s a good chance the economics of the $42 billion industry will soon be disrupted by something called perovskites, a range of materials that can be used to harvest light when turned into a crystalline structure.

The hope is that perovskites, which can be mixed into liquid solutions and deposited on a range of surfaces, could play a crucial role in the expansion of solar energy applications with cells as efficient as those currently made with silicon. One British company aims to have a thin-film perovskite solar cell commercially available by the end of 2018.

Oil Majors Take a Plunge into Offshore Wind

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:58

Big oil is starting to challenge the biggest utilities in the race to erect wind turbines at sea.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Statoil ASA and  Eni SpA are moving into multi-billion-dollar offshore wind farms in the North Sea and beyond. They’re starting to score victories against leading power suppliers including Dong Energy A/S and Vattenfall AB in competitive auctions for power purchase contracts, which have developed a specialty in anchoring massive turbines on the seabed.

The oil companies have many reasons to move into the industry. They’ve spent decades building oil projects offshore, and that business is winding down in some areas where older fields have drained. Returns from wind farms are predictable and underpinned by government-regulated electricity prices. And fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business as forecasts emerge that renewables will eat into their market.

Around the Baseloads: What's New in the Geothermal, Biomass and Hydropower Industries

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 01:17

No country will ever get to 100 percent renewable energy without using geothermal, biomass, hydropower or a combination of the three. These technologies are able to provide energy around the clock, (baseload) and do not depend on the sun shining or the wind blowing.

FORESEA awards US$11.8 million to develop offshore renewable energy technologies

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 19:34

The user selection board of the €11 million (US$11.8 million) Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action (FORESEA) project has awarded “Recommendations for Support” to 15 offshore renewable energy technologies, according to an announcement today from FORESEA.  

Fortum Enters JV for Waste-to-energy CHP Plant in Lithuania

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 19:00

Finland-based clean energy firm Fortum last week said that it has formed a joint venture with Lietuvos Energija to build a waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant in Kaunas, Lithuania.

 

Listen Up: Future Rooftop Solar Costs — Getting to $2.50/watt

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:44

The solar industry is one of our most obvious success stories. Our industry directly employs 261,000 people. We generate energy that is both clean and renewable. And we generate this energy at prices that are less than conventional utility power — as low as 6 cents per kwh. 

Greening Artificial Intelligence: Sustainability Is the challenge, and AI Can Help Itself

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:17

As the power of sensors and processing rise and their costs drop, those of us who study the “greening” of information and communications technology are looking ahead to the challenges posed by artificial intelligence.

Race to Build Floating Offshore Wind Farms Gathers Pace

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:38

Plans to install turbines on platforms that float in the sea are gathering pace as renewable energy developers seek new areas to harvest wind power.

Dubai Starts Desert Solar Plant as Part of World's Biggest Park

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:04

Dubai’s government-owned utility completed a 200-MW power plant one month ahead of schedule as part of a plan to build the world’s largest solar energy park by 2030.