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Renewable Energy Focus News - 28 Aug 2014

Editor's Choice

Spotlight on BIPV REF contributor Andrew Mourant discusses the science and the economics for building-integrated photovoltaic projects. More

US Government publishes ‘Biogas Opportunities Roadmap’ 27-page document cites the need to strengthen markets for biogas systems and system products. More

Department of Energy allocates $18 million for US geothermal industry Funding to support 32 projects focused on research and development in three critical geothermal technology areas. More

Green Taiwan


DVO Inc. announces first anaerobic digester installation in California
Innovative bioenergy project scheduled to open at Calgren Renewable Fuels next month. ... More

Energy efficiency

Trojan Battery Company and HOMER Energy to host an educational webinar on 2 September
Interactive programme will address issues of partial state of charge when designing and managing microgrids. ... More

Solectria Renewables to power 45MW entropy solar projects in North Carolina
Seven solar projects anticipated to generate 1.1 billion kWh, enough to power up to 130,000 homes. ... More

Nominations now open for Regen SW's Green Energy Awards 2014
Awards programme celebrates the projects, companies and innovators behind the sustainable energy revolution in the south west of England. ... More

Energy infrastructure

ABB launches powerful underground and subsea power transmission cable system
525 kV voltage sets world record for extruded HVDC cable technology, while extending range to enable greater integration of distant renewables and interconnections. ... More

Solar Power International Show

Energy storage including Fuel cells

Cenex, Millbrook partner with ChargeMaster to charge EVs at LCV2014 low carbon vehicle event
In the UK, the Cenex centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies and Millbrook Proving Ground are partnering with ChargeMaster, to provide electric vehicle charging points for exhibitors and visitors at the upcoming LCV2014 Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2014.... More

Lightweight OXIS lithium sulfur batteries a step closer for UK forces
In the UK, battery technology company OXIS Energy has delivered the third phase of a research programme to improve its lithium sulfur cells for the Ministry of Defence, which wants to lighten the load on army personnel who have to carry several kilogrammes of batteries while on patrol.... More

ESNA 2014 finalizes comprehensive energy storage conference program
Event touted as the 'most influential gathering' of policy, technology and market leaders serving the energy storage sector. ... More

Concentrated Solar Power in the USA:

This guide provides exclusive data on the current project pipeline in the United States, as well as the future growth potential of the domestic market. Furthermore, it examines the potential use of CSP in other niche markets and the opportunities for U.S. companies to export their know-how and technology into lucrative markets, such as South Africa, Chile and the MENA region.

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Photovoltaics (PV)

Verizon plans major expansion of Its on-site 'Green Energy Program'
New 2014 solar investment to increase Verizon green energy to 25 MW. ... More

REC Group wins 85 MW solar panel supply contract
Deal represents REC Group's largest US utility-scale solar panel order to date. ... More

SolarMax partners with Wagner Renewables
Wagner Renewables adds SolarMax’s domestic P series and the three-phase commercial MT range to product offering. ... More

Installed solar PV capacity in the UK reaches 5GW, NPD Solarbuzz says
90 per cent of solar PV capacity has been installed in the past three years alone.... More

ABB to host automation and communication training prior to first PAC World Americas conference
Free pre-event educational seminar and Smart Grid Center of Excellence tour set for 22 September in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... More

FREE DOWNLOAD: 2014 Wind Energy Update Onshore O&M Report extract

The newly released 2014 Wind Energy Update (WEU) Onshore Operations and Maintenance Report provides cost-effective strategies to minimise downtime and maximise wind energy yield. This download offers a sample chapter of a five-chapter report.

Policy, investment and markets

Seminole Financial Services, LLC surpasses $500 million mark in renewable energy financing
Niche renewable energy project financing company facilitates solar and wind projects across the US.... More

WEEE comes into force for PV modules in France
End-of-life management becomes a legal obligation for French PV industry.... More

Midwest Renewable Energy Association receives Federal award under DoE's 'SunShot Initiative'
$1.87 million in funding allocated to help homes, businesses, and municipalities in the Midwest region cut red tape for residential and small commercial rooftop solar systems. ... More

Sustainable Energy Association of Australia names new CEO
Dermot Costello brings years of experience across various renewable energy fields. ... More

Solar electricity

Installed solar PV capacity in the UK reaches 5GW, NPD Solarbuzz says
90 per cent of solar PV capacity has been installed in the past three years alone.... More

Wind power

US Department of the Interior auctions 80,000 acres for offshore wind energy development in Maryland
Action is part of President Obama’s comprehensive plan to create jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution. ... More

Wind power can indeed improve the resiliency of electrical grids, GE study shows
Findings suggest that wind power can be more effective than thermal generation in controlling frequency on the grid due to its ability to respond more quickly.... More

Transparency Market Research releases new ‘Onshore Wind Energy Forecast’ report
Global onshore wind energy market is expected to reach nearly 900B USD in 2020, estimates show. ... More

Top 3 articles on www.renewablenergyfocus.com last week

3Sun Group secures contract with Offshore Wind

UK Prime Minister responds to industry group's call for critical Government support for solar

Wales' first full-scale tidal energy generator unveiled at Pembroke



Summer School: Energy Efficiency in Industry and Buildings
Dates: 01 September 2014 until 05 September 2014
Location: Berlin, Germany
Website: http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk/courses/

PV Project Development Africa
Dates: 09 September 2014 until 10 September 2014
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Website: http://www.pv-insider.com/africa

The Renewable Energy Mini-MBA
Dates: 21 September 2014 until 25 September 2014
Location: Dubai, UAE
Website: http://www.greenpoweracademy.com/product/details/9/the-renew...

4th New Energy Forum 2014: Fueling a Beautiful World of Cleanness and Sustainability
Dates: 21 September 2014 until 23 September 2014
Location: Qingdao, China
Website: http://www.bitcongress.com/nef2014

29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014)
Dates: 22 September 2014 until 26 September 2014
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Website: http://www.photovoltaic-conference.com/

European Energy Security Forum, EuroSEF 2014
Dates: 26 September 2014 (1 day event)
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://www.eurosef.org

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