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European Solar Market Struggling to Retain Scale

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 12:28

If it wasn’t for the U.K., Europe’s solar power market would have flat-lined last year, according to new industry figures that reveal the world’s biggest market for the technology is struggling to retain its scale.

Solar-powered Apple Car Details and Photo Leaked

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 11:15

An anonymous leak from within the Apple corporation has revealed details about the secretive electric car project known as “Project Titan.” Previously thought to have been a passenger-carrying vehicle, the car is actually a small solar-powered iPhone delivery vehicle which operates autonomously. It appears to have been designed and built by high school students in the Solar Rollers energy education program.

Belarus State Attitude Toward Renewable Energy Projects Changes

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:49

Cooperation of authorities and potential investors in alternative energy segment in Belarus has had a very low level of efficiency, since over recent years in the country signed investment agreements for numerous projects have reached a total funding of US$ 20 billion, while actual implemented projects have only reached US$ 2 billion, Vladimir Nistsyuk, head of the country’s association for renewable energy, said.

RWE renewables subsidiary launched

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 08:42
GERMANY: RWE has officially launched its new subsidiary encompassing the renewables, grid and retail businesses under the temporary name RWE International.
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Vestas racks up Spain, China and US orders

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 07:40
WORLDWIDE: Vestas has secured orders from three of the world's top four markets totalling 275MW.
Categories: Wind Power

Imbalance Declared for Russian Alternative Energy Industry

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 23:19

Russian Ministry of Energy may increase quotas for construction of solar power plants in the country for the period of 2016-2019, as this segment of renewable energy industry is mostly of interest for investors, according a statement from the deputy Energy Minister of Russia Vyacheslav Kravchenko.

Ivanpah Solar Facility on Track To Meet Production Target, NRG Says

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 20:10

The operator of a massive U.S. government-backed solar project in California that fell short of production targets says the facility more than doubled its output last month, putting it on pace to meet its obligations to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Virginia to Move Forward with Offshore Wind Research Plan

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:55

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) last week approved the first wind energy research activities plan (RAP) for a facility to be located in U.S. federal waters.

The US DOE: To Be or Not to Be in Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:26

Without exception, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is all about Atomic Energy Defense (AED). Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on the other hand, are far from mission-critical. To the extent that the DOE’s 2016 budget request allocates 63 percent to AED activities and only 9 percent to EERE, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs seem to make good publicity and little else.

TEPCO Activates Frozen Soil Barrier At Fukushima Daiichi

Nuclear Power - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 16:55
The long-awaited frozen, underground wall that is expected to greatly reduce water flow in and through radioactive areas of a four-building block at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Generating Station was activated Wednesday, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said Wednesday.(read more)

AREVA Inc., NuScale Power Unveil NuFuel HTP2TM Name for Small Modular Reactor Fuel Design

Nuclear Power - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 16:27
--Press Release-- AREVA Inc. and NuScale Power announced today that the modified AREVA HTP-2 fuel design for NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR) technology will be named NuFuel HTP2TM. The announcement was made this week during NuScale’s tri-annual Advisory Board meeting (NuAB) in Corvallis, OR, and follows an agreement signed by the companies in December 2015 for AREVA to design and manufacture the fuel assemblies.(read more)

Industry Executives Pledge Cooperation On Nuclear Security

Nuclear Power - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 16:12
Nuclear power industry leaders on Wednesday sent the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit a joint statement stressing their commitment to nuclear security, safety and cooperation with governments.(read more)

UK renewables account for 25% of production

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 15:34
UK: Renewable power in the UK accounted for 24.7% of the total electricity produced in 2015, an increase of 5.6% on the previous year.
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Press release: UK, US and EU sign landmark deal to turn nuclear material into cancer-fighting treatment

Department of Energy - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:38
The Prime Minister will announce an agreement on a multilateral swap of nuclear material that will help to diagnose and treat cancer.

Questions raised over historic Vestas deals

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 10:39
DENMARK: Deminor, the Belgian consultancy representing disgruntled Vestas shareholders, has launched another attack on the manufacturer, claiming Vestas engaged in improper practices regarding a series of deals in the late 2000s.
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Nordex raises €550m for Acciona merger

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 09:45
GERMANY: Nordex has issued a 'promisory note' to raise €550 million it needs for the merger with Spanish manufacturer Acciona Windpower.
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Press release: UK energy statistics: statistical press release - March 2016

Department of Energy - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 08:30
Energy Trends and Energy Prices published.

Bankruptcy risk for SunEdison

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 08:29
UNITED STATES: SunEdison faces a "substantial risk" of bankruptcy, according to a regulatory filing by one of its yieldcos, TerraForm Global Inc.
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US approves 4GW Clean Line grid from Oklahoma

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 07:54
UNITED STATES: After nearly six years of review, the HVDC transmission line has been approved by the Department of Energy (DoE).
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A Look at Liquid Air Energy Storage Technology

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 03/30/2016 - 20:01

With traditional coal-fired power stations coming to the end of their working lives, the challenge to engineers to develop clean, reliable energy technologies has never been so pressing.