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Trina IBC Solar Cell Record 'Significant'

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:00

The recent announcement by Trina Solar that it had reached a new solar conversion efficiency record of 24.13 percent in a Changzhou, China laboratory for an interdigitated back contact (IBC) mono-crystalline silicon cell, is a “significant achievement,” according to a U.S. laboratory analyst.

“The efficiency is significant given the size of the cell at six inches,” says Abasifreke Ebong, a professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Neoen Picks Schneider Electric To Support 750 MW of Solar on Three Continents

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:00

French IPP Neoen, and energy management company Schneider Electric last week signed a 750 MW Conext SmartGen multi-year framework agreement that covers solar assets on three continents.  The scope includes: conversion stations composed of 1500V inverters, medium voltage switchgear, transformers, and complete monitoring and control system, as well as lifecycle maintenance services.


A Tiny Island Off Singapore May Hold Keys to Energy's Future

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:00

On a small island off the southern coast of Singapore, a French energy company is experimenting with what it hopes will be the future of renewable power storage.

Engie SA is helping build a small, self-contained power grid on Semakau Island to demonstrate the usefulness of hydrogen gas in converting intermittent power from solar panels and wind turbines into stored fuel that can generate electricity days or even months later, when the need is higher.

Northland Power developing 1.2GW off Taiwan

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 08:58
TAIWAN: Canadian electricity producer Northland Power has formed a 60-40 joint venture with Singaporean partner Yushan Energy to develop two offshore wind projects by 2023-2024.
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Are Solar and Wind Really Killing Coal, Nuclear and Grid Reliability?

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 00:14

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in April requested a study to assess the effect of renewable energy policies on nuclear and coal-fired power plants. Some energy analysts responded with confusion, as the subject has been extensively studied by grid operators and the Department of Energy’s own national labs. Others were more critical, saying the intent of the review is to favor the use of nuclear and coal over renewable sources.

Arizona Utility Buys Solar Power at ‘Historically Low Price’

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:49

Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) said this week that it will buy solar energy at a historically low price from a new local system large enough to power 21,000 homes.

Cracking the PPA: Renewable Energy Projects and Energy Storage

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:30

Colocating energy storage with renewable generation resources seems like a natural partnership to reduce the intermittency of renewable generators. Several projects have been built across the country combining storage with wind or solar projects. While the co-location of such facilities can yield many benefits, there are a number of legal and practical issues that need to be considered when deciding to acquire and co-locate storage facilities (particularly battery projects) with existing or new renewable generation. 

AWEA 2017: Day three - as it happened

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:03
UNITED STATES: Coverage from the third and final day of the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) Windpower 2017 annual conference and exhibition in Anaheim, California.
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Idling Wind Power Facilities: A Serious Issue Facing China’s Wind Sector

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:52

The average curtailment rate among wind power facilities across China remains a serious issue, at 17 percent, while full-year capacity of the idling facilities stood at 49.7 billion kWh for 2016, according to data from the China National Energy Administration. 

MHI Delivers Three Steam Generators To Cruas NPP

Nuclear Power - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:13
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has delivered three replacement steam generators to Électricité de France S.A. (EDF) for the Cruas Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 Reactor. The replacement steam generators have been certified by France's nuclear authority as compliant with the country's strict regulatory requirements on April 28, 2017.(read more)

AWEA 2017: Grid capacity expansion lagging behind wind growth

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:52
UNITED STATES: With wind power development outpacing the expansion of transmission capacity in the US, grid congestion challenges are likely to get worse before they get better.
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AWEA 2017: States to lead the way offshore

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:33
UNITED STATES: Panelists at a session on building offshore partnerships agreed the Trump administration creates uncertainty and that it is states that will lead the way.
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AWEA 2017: Goldwind Americas launches training programme

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:24
UNITED STATES: Goldwind Americas is launching an initiative called Goldwind Works in which it will train fossil fuel workers -- such as coal miners -- to be wind technicians. The training will be free.
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AWEA 2017: GE's John Lavelle - 'We're going to play hard'

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:13
SPONSORED CONTENT: Windpower Monthly spoke to GE Renewable Energy offshore wind CEO John Lavelle.
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AWEA 2017: GE Renewable Energy's Pete McCabe

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:54
SPONSORED CONTENT: GE Renewbale Energy's onshore wind CEO Peter McCabe speaks to Windpower Monthly at the AWEA Windpower 2017 conference in Anaheim.
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Dong agrees upstream oil and gas divestment

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:31
DENMARK: Dong Energy has taken a step closer to becoming a renewable energy-only producer with the agreement to sell its upstream oil and gas business for DKK 8.7 billion (€1.17 billion).
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‘Grid of the Future will be Distributed, Decarbonized, Digital,’ New AWEA Chair Says

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:32

Speaking yesterday at WINDPOWER 2017 in Anaheim, Calif., the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) newly appointed chair, Tristan Grimbert, said that the U.S. power grid will evolve more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 100, becoming an “agile grid” with “tremendous opportunity for wind.”

Stable Growth Ahead for China’s PV Industry in Second Half of 2017

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:16

China’s solar PV industry maintained rapid growth during 1Q17. Insiders said that the sustained and steady growth could be expected to continue during the second half of this year, on the heels of increasingly improved technologies and an acceleration of the transformation already underway across the industry.

Illinois Housing Project to Host Unique Community Solar Effort

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:07

The central mission of Over The Rainbow (OTR), a nonprofit that provides housing across northern Illinois for adults with physical disabilities, has nothing to do with producing cleaner, more efficient energy. And yet, if all goes according to plan, its Hill Arboretum Apartments in Evanston, Ill., will be home to an innovative foray into community solar.

Cybersecurity Coming Soon to Invenergy’s Wind Farms

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:56

Along with the increasing use of digitization to monitor and control energy assets comes the threat of cyber-attacks that could tamper with them. That’s why today’s announcement from AWEA WINDPOWER 2017 is an important one.