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Renewable Energy Focus News - 28 Apr 2016

Editor's Choice

Environment back on the UK government's agenda at sector roundtable A recent round table discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities currently facing the environmental sector. As a participant in the discussion, Alex Zachary shares some of the key points that were raised at the meeting, including the need for more government intervention in relation to energy policy and the potential repercussions Brexit could have for the industry. More

Bringing thermal energy store vessels to life In order to meet emission reduction targets, the challenge to engineers to develop clean, reliable energy technologies has never been so pressing. With the global potential for grid energy storage by 2017 expected to account for 185GWh (52GW) of capacity, renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar power both offer potential solutions but the unresolved issue has always been consistency of supply and how to store power generated for use at a later date. More

A cut above the rest In light of the wind sector’s rapid expansion, Philip Buchan at Cyberhawk Innovations explains the safety issues being faced in the field of operation and maintenance, and explores the innovative technology that could ensure safer inspection of wind farms while maintaining quality and keeping costs low. More

Time for tidal lagoons? While tidal stream technology is seen as closer to commercial viability, tidal lagoon (tidal barrage) projects arguably could make an even bigger impact on electricity supply networks in the nearer term, says Gail Rajgor. More

Iowa Economic Development


Case Study - Green energy from Cumbrian cheese
Award-winning British company Clearfleau, leading British provider of on-site treatment solutions for the food and beverage sector, is commissioning its most complex plant to date, which will feed bio-methane into the gas grid in rural Cumbria.... More

Energy efficiency

Siemens and Indonesia sign energy cooperation agreements
In connection with Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s recent visit to Germany, Siemens has signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the state power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN). ... More

IEA cautiously backs Portugal in aims to achieve economically stable energy system by 2020
Portugal must maintain its efforts to deliver a financially sustainable energy system, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). ... More

10 companies chosen as 2016 New Energy Pioneers by Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Innovative companies in the energy sector have been recognized at the ninth Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York City for their 'game-changing' impact in the industry.... More

All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2016

Other marine energy and hydropower

Construction of Scotland’s first urban hydro scheme to begin next month
Aberdeen is set to become home to Scotland’s first urban hydro energy scheme.... More

Photovoltaics (PV)

International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power System Programme publishes new “Snapshot of Global Photovoltaic Markets 2015” report
IEA PVPS has published its new Snapshot report, which serves as a preliminary assessment prior to the PVPS Trends Report that will be published in September 2016. ... More

New Blogs on RenewableEnergyFocus.com

Guest Blog: Why 2016 looks set to be the year the tide turns decisively in favour of fuel cell electric vehicles

Policy, investment and markets

Renowned solar energy expert empowers people of Africa to power their continent
Research scientist and philanthropist Dr. Richard Komp has revealed that almost all of the billion people who live without access to electricity in the world could generate their own power to light their homes, schools and hospitals. ... More

Scotland beats renewables target
Figures show Scotland generated the equivalent of more than half its electricity needs from renewable sources in 2015, surpassing the 50% target set by Ministers.... More

Proposed DECC reforms set to change the renewable heat landscape
The DECC has published a consultation document which could reduce the viability for biomass and anaerobic digestion projects from April 2017 and remove all support for solar thermal. ... More

Solar electricity

SunPower awarded 500 megawatts of solar in Mexico's first electricity auction
SunPower Corp has been awarded power purchase agreements with CFE, Mexico's state-owned electric utility, to deliver one terawatt-hour of energy, equivalent to approximately 500 megawatts. ... More

Lightsource agrees largest UK airport PPA solar project
Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe’s leading solar energy company, has signed a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Belfast International Airport for the largest solar project to connect to a UK airport.... More

Bioresource Technology

Wind power

ACCIONA Energia awarded 168 MW of wind power capacity in Mexico
ACCIONA Energía has been awarded the supply of 585.7 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable electricity in the first long-term power auction in the wholesale electric power market organized by the National Energy Control Center (CENACE) of Mexico. This will be materialized in a 168 megawatt (MW) wind farm in the State of Tamaulipas that will enter service in 2018.... More

Vestas wins large-scale service order in China
Hanas Group has entered into a customized service agreement with Vestas. ... More

AWEA releases key data on 2015 U.S wind generation
The AWEA has released findings that demonstrate the benefits of wind power generation in the US beyond its economic advantages.... More


All-Energy 2016
Dates: 04 May 2016 until 05 May 2016
Location: SECC, Glasgow, UK
Website: http://www.all-energy.co.uk/

Offshore Wind Market Development USA 2016
Dates: 10 May 2016 until 12 May 2016
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Website: http://www.windenergyupdate.com/offshore- usa/

The Energy Executive Forum
Dates: 10 May 2016 until 13 May 2016
Location: Key Biscayne, Florida, USA
Website: https://www.dnvgl.com/events/the-energy- executive-forum-459...

SONEX 2016
Dates: 16 May 2016 until 19 May 2016
Location: Amman, Jordan
Website: http://jordanfairs.com/index.php/buildprojects/ sonex-2016/

ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week 2016
Dates: 01 June 2016 until 04 June 2016
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Website: http://www.asew-expo.com/

WHEC 2016, 21st World Hydrogen Energy Conference
Dates: 13 June 2016 until 16 June 2016
Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Website: http://www.whec2016.com

32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Dates: 20 June 2016 until 24 June 2016
Location: Munich, Germany
Website: https://www.photovoltaic-conference. com/

Global Offshore Wind 2016
Dates: 21 June 2016 until 22 June 2016
Location: Manchester, UK
Website: http://www.renewableuk.com/en/events/ conferences-and-exhibi...

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