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Renewable Energy Focus News - 22 Jan 2015

Editor's Choice

Mercom Capital Group releases 2014 ‘smart grid’ funding report Venture capital funding in smart grid sector reached $383 Million in 2014, down slightly from 2013. More

Project Review: 2014 CESA award-winning installations, Part II In Part I of this feature, we looked at three of the eight installations recognized by judges on the 2014 CESA Award panel. This installment focuses on the remaining five installations. More

Record-setting year for Canadian wind industry 1,871 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in five provinces in Canada in 2014. More



Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium awards contract to build innovative agriculture and energy pilot project at Masdar City
Mechanical & Electrical Co to construct the world’s first bioenergy pilot project to use desert land – irrigated by seawater – to produce both bioenergy and food. ... More

UK-based Centre for Process Innovation kicks off bioenergy project
Three-year collaborative project aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of renewable hydrogen. ... More

Tamar Energy, EDF Energy sign agreement for anaerobic digestion plants
Long-term power purchase agreement expands Tamar Energy's 11MW generation portfolio.... More

Energy efficiency

DNV GL selected for Saudi Arabia electricity efficiency study
DNV GL will develop a study to assess electricity end-use efficiency which will enable the forecast of future electricity consumption trends and the development of appropriate planning methodologies.... More

Economics of Waste-to-Energy, Part II
Waste-to-energy (WtE) economics are resulting from biogas-fueled fuel cells that can generate multiple revenue streams at MW scale. Part II of this feature looks at other companies keen to demonstrate their technologies in this application.... More

Project review: 2014 CESA installations, Part I
Biennial program recognizes outstanding state and municipal programs that have accelerated the adoption of clean energy technologies. Part I of this series provides a sampling of a few case studies behind the award-winning projects and initiatives. ... More

Clean Energy Solutions Center forms collaboration with R20 Regions of Climate Action
Partnership created to support clean energy policy development by state and local governments around the world. ... More

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Energy infrastructure

ENER-G, CHPA partner up for smart grid trial project in the UK
£5.5m three-year demonstration initiative aims to deliver an ‘intelligent approach’ to managing fault current.... More

Energy storage including Fuel cells

Renewable Energy Association expands focus
REA announces the official launch of UK Solar and its first storage representation body, UK Energy Storage. ... More

DNV GL plans to validate ARPA-E funded grid-storage technologies
Over the next four years, DNV GL will provide a combination of third-party testing facilities and analysis methodologies to enable objective and transparent evaluation of existing ARPA-E grid-storage innovations. ... More

Toyota invites industry into collaborative hydrogen future by opening up its patents
Japanese automotive giant Toyota is making more than 5600 hydrogen fuel cell patents available royalty-free, to accelerate the global development and introduction of innovative fuel cell technologies. The patents include critical technologies developed for the newly launched Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).... More

Green building

DNV GL, Hitachi & EDF selected to develop energy system planning software
Specialists to work independently on a functional specification to develop the first phase of EnergyPath Operations – a software tool that will allow users to better understand the information and communications technology solutions for new home heating solutions.... More

Other marine energy and hydropower

US Energy Department announces hydroelectric production incentive program .
$3.6 funding opportunity supports developers who have already added electrical generating capacity to these existing facilities.... More

Clydesdale bank supports Garbhaig hydro scheme redevelopment in Scotland
Lochgilphead-based renewable energy company receives £3.85m in funding to revitalise its portfolio of hydropower installations. ... More

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Photovoltaics (PV)

UK Sawmills Solar Park plan gets the 'green light'
When complete, the 7.5 MW solar plant will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 2,100 average homes annually. ... More

First Solar launches PV project assessment application tool
New interactive assessment application allows developers and investors to evaluate the feasibility and energy output of ground-mounted utility-scale PV projects.... More

Yingli Green Energy begins construction of a 20 MW solar power Plant in China's Xinjiang Province
Upon completion, the 20MW solar project will generate approximately 28 million kWh of electricity annually. ... More

UK watch: Community projects to fuel solar energy in 2015
Clean energy experts say trend is linked to market-share loss of ‘Big Six’ power companies in the United Kingdom. ... More

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Policy, investment and markets

GlobalData releases South African renewable energy report
New research details renewable power market outlook for South Africa and provides forecasts through 2025.... More

Keynote speaker at inaugural green energy event in Wales
Baroness Randerson, the Under-Secretary of State for Wales, tapped to deliver opening address at Wales Green Building Marketplace in February.... More

Solar electricity

First Solar launches PV project assessment application tool
New interactive assessment application allows developers and investors to evaluate the feasibility and energy output of ground-mounted utility-scale PV projects.... More

Oregaon wind-integrating power plant supplied by Wärtsilä is now operational
220 MW Smart Power Generation plant is designed to balance wind and solar energy, as well as provide load-following and peaking services. ... More

Schneider Electric launches Conext™ Insight
Remote monitoring and asset management platform designed for distributed PV plant operators.... More

Wind power

SKF implements new wind industry quality standard
Move designed to help wind turbine manufacturers as well as wind farm operators improve turbine efficiency and availability,... More

Gamesa enters Jamaican market
Wind turbine manufacturer signs turnkey contract for the construction of a 24 MW wind farm.... More

Samsung, Pattern Energy and Six Nations complete wind energy project in Ontario
149 MW 'Grand Renewable' wind project reaches commercial operation. ... More

Eneco looks to broaden wind power portfolio in the UK
Sustainable energy firm submits application for 59MW Macritch Hill Wind Farm. ... More

Oregaon wind-integrating power plant supplied by Wärtsilä is now operational
220 MW Smart Power Generation plant is designed to balance wind and solar energy, as well as provide load-following and peaking services. ... More

Siemens signs chartering agreement for two additional wind service operations vessels
Vessels to be purpose-built for the long-term service and maintenance operations of the Gemini and Sandbank/Dan Tysk offshore wind power plants in the North Sea.... More

Department of Energy selects Vaisala to spearhead wind forecasting project
Vaisala to coordinate a $2.5 million project to improve wind energy forecasting in complex landscapes and terrain.... More


Energy Storage 2015: Maximising Profitability By Establishing Standards & Regulation
Dates: 04 February 2015 until 05 February 2015
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Website: http://www.wplgroup.com/aci/conferences/eu-ees5.asp

IBBK Biogas Operating and Engineering Course
Dates: 09 February 2015 until 13 February 2015
Location: St Ives, Huntington UK
Website: http://www.biogas-training.uk/

DNV GL Energy Academy: Advanced Use of WindFarmer Software
Dates: 12 February 2015 (1 day event)
Location: Bristol, England
Website: http://www.gl-garradhassan.com/assets/downloads/flyer/BT1739...

State of the Geothermal Industry Briefing
Dates: 24 February 2015 until 24 February 2015
Location: Washington, D.C.
Website: http://geo-energy.org/events/2015/Geothermal_Industry_Briefi...

Mexico WindPower 2015
Dates: 25 February 2015 until 26 February 2015
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Website: http://mexicowindpower.com.mx/2015/02informacion.html

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