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Meet the SEA-3250-LT: Innovation in Offshore Wind Installations

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:36

GustoMSC is targeting the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind energy market with an innovative jack-up design that it claims will help to reduce risk and increase efficiency when installing units offshore: the SEA-3250-LT installation jack-up.

Enel to Seek More Deals in Energy Storage Business, CEO Says

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:48

Enel SpA is seeking acquisitions in the energy storage business, as developments in battery technology are set to play a key role for the wider adoption of renewable sources.

Solar Wants to Help Fix a Power-Grid Problem It Helped Create

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:10

Big solar farms helped create a power-grid predicament in California. And now they’re offering to help solve it. Solar panels have proliferated in the Golden State, flooding the grid with power supplies in the middle of the day when the sun’s out — and then quickly vanishing after sunset. 

Notes from the Solar Underground: Highly Competitive Industries and Their Highly Expected Mergers

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:45

In 2012, NSP and Del Solar merged, claiming that at 1.5-GWp the new company would be the largest cell manufacturer in the world. In 2015, Motech Solar merged with Top Cell announcing that at 3-GWp the new entity would be the largest cell manufacturer in the world.


Metsamor NPP Scheduled For Six Month Shut-Down

Nuclear Power - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:37
The scheduled 1918 maintenance shut down for the Metsamor nuclear power plant in Armenia will be extended from 45 days to six months, allowing technicians to upgrade equipment and enhance security of the plant, the country's minister of energy infrastructure and natural resources said.(read more)

South Korean Poll Prompts Reprieve For Kori 5 And 6

Nuclear Power - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:20
Derailed nuclear power plant construction projects in South Korea received an unexpected reprieve this week as a public survey that the government said it would respect, showed close to 60 percent of respondents in favor of completing the reactors.(read more)

NRC Approves Two Steam Supply Upgrade Evaluation Systems

Nuclear Power - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:14
Westinghouse Electric Company said Friday that it had received approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for two new analysis methodologies that will be used to upgrade Westinghouse- and Combustion Engineering-based nuclear steam supply system (NSSS) safety analyses.(read more)

ABB Lands $130 Million Hinkley Point C Contract

Nuclear Power - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:58
The contract for the power transmission infrastructure for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant has been awarded to ABB, the company said.(read more)

Nauen to replace Hannibal at SGRE

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:57
GERMANY/SPAIN: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy offshore wind CEO Michael Hannibal has resigned from his post, and will be replaced by former Senvion chief executive Andreas Nauen.
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GE renewables profits increase in "very challenging" third quarter

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:00
UNITED STATES: General Electric reported quarterly profits in its renewable energy division were up 27% year-on-year, while revenues were 5% higher than 12 months previously.
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Delaware Researchers Discover How to Cut Offshore Wind Construction Costs by $1.6B

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:00

Working closely with industry partners, University of Delaware researchers have developed a new method for constructing offshore wind farms and proven that it is cheaper, faster and could make possible offshore wind deployment at a scale and pace able to keep up with the region’s scheduled retirements of nuclear and coal-fired power plants.

The researchers calculated that their innovative process will cost up to $1.6 billion less per project than conventional approaches and take half the construction time.

Construction begins at Horns Rev 3

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:28
DENMARK: The first four monopoles have been installed at Vattenfall's Horns Rev 3 site in the North Sea.
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Amazon Texas project goes online

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:41
UNITED STATES: The wind farm providing Amazon with its largest power purchase agreement (PPA) to date has been commissioned.
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Apple and GE to launch Predix on iOS

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:12
UNITED STATES: Apple and GE are publishing a software development kit next week that will allow operators to customise apps capable of tracking GE's industrial equipment remotely.
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Egypt Draws $1.8B To Develop 1.4 Gigawatts of Solar Capacity

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:20

Egypt’s fledgling solar industry attracted $1.8 billion of investment, largely from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp.

The EBRD is backing 16 photovoltaic projects, and the IFC is financing 13 in the sunny North African nation with a combined capacity of 1.4 gigawatts. They are writing loans for $380 million and $203 million, respectively, and have mobilized the rest from co-investors.

Tesla and Vestas Partner in $160 Million Australian Project

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:07

A novel $160 million renewable energy project combining wind, solar and storage technologies reached financial close.

Flanders raises 2020 wind target

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:55
BELGIUM: Flanders, one of the country's three regions, has increased its 2020 target for wind and solar power by a third, according to energy minister Bart Tommelein.
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Lagerwey developing hydrogen-producing turbine

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:54
NETHERLANDS: Lagerwey is part of a consortium working on creating a hydrogen-producing wind turbine.
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UK Will Be Vulnerable Outside of the EU's Energy Market

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:00

Britain’s divorce from the EU is less than 18 months away yet the arguments become more fractious and uncertainties over trading relationships seem no nearer to resolution. Among the big unknowns is what fate lies in store for the UK’s energy market and its relationship with Europe.

Forestry firm seeks 1GW pipeline in Ireland

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:18
IRELAND: Forestry firm Coillte is exploring a range of partnership and joint venture models to enable it to develop more than 1GW of wind farms.
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