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Renewable Energy Focus News - 20 Nov 2014

Editor's Choice

SunEdison, TerraForm Power sign definitive agreement to acquire First Wind for $2.4 billion Acquisition would make Sun Edison a dominant player in the global renewable energy development field. More

Innovation: New ways of tackling age-old biofuel production issues A prominent national research laboratory may have found a biological conversion process to overcome a perennial problem inherent with the development of biofuels from plants. An adjacent study holds potential for improving chemical reactions that could lead to more efficient biofuel production. More

New York State awarded $206 million for large-scale renewable energy projects Upstate wind and hydroelectric projects to bring 164 MW of clean energy to State’s electric grid. More



Innasol launches accreditation scheme
Courses encompass both heat pumps and biomass and includes staff qualifications, technical execution, and marketing and advertising activities. ... More

Energy efficiency

CESA announces 2014‘State Leadership in Clean Energy’ Award winners
The 2014 awards recognize eight outstanding US state programs and projects that have accelerated the adoption of clean energy technologies and strengthened clean energy markets. ... More

Energy industry celebrates at EI Awards ceremony
Programme recognises excellence within the global energy sector.... More

Iowa Economic Development
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Energy storage including Fuel cells

EIGHT GmbH and Zam Energy team up on solar car charging initiative
Innovative solar-powered vehicle charging stations headed for the US as part of an international expansion. ... More

Siemens and LG Chem to ramp up battery storage system collaboration
Long-time partners plan to work more closely on several major ESS projects over the next years.... More

IHS Technology releases global residential PV energy storage forecast
Despite challenges, worldwide residential solar energy storage market expected to grow by factor of 10 from 2014 to 2018, research shows. ... More

Other marine energy and hydropower

Aurecon appointed EPCM role for Stortemelk hydropower facility
4.5MW plant to be located near Clarens in South Africa.... More

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Photovoltaics (PV)

Wirsol Energy Ltd eyes pair of UK solar projects
Solar parks totalling 42.5MW to be constructed under the Renewable Obligation schemes for connection before April 2015.... More

SunPower acquires SolarBridge Technologies Inc.
Purchase of microinverter specialist enhances SunPower’s residential product portfolio. ... 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

Unites States and China announce new actions to reduce carbon pollution
US to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, while China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030.... More

Lloyd’s Register launches updated offshore collision ‘guidance’
New publication helps to make offshore operations safer for marine and energy operators.... More

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult advisory group names new chairman
Jonathan Cole, Iberdrola’s offshore managing director, brings wealth of energy industry experience. ... More

Wave and tidal energy

Tocardo acquires IHC Tidal Energy
Purchase enhances Torcardo’s capacity to acquire and implement a greater variety of tidal energy projects.... More

OpenHydro and Emera launch new tidal energy initiative
New ‘Cape Sharp Tidal’ venture to deliver tidal power projects in the Bay of Fundy. ... More

Wind power

Gamesa renews wind turbine O&M contract with Società Energie Rinnovabili
Gamesa to service SER's entire wind turbine fleet in Italy. ... More

Crown Estate publishes wind analysis report
‘Largest UK wind study’ shows met mast data is crucial to offshore wind industry. ... More

Iberdrola opens its first offshore wind farm
Pioneering technology for the $2.6 billion project in Irish Sea could help reduce costs of future offshore wind projects around the world.... More


15th Forum Solarpraxis
Dates: 27 November 2014 until 28 November 2014
Location: Berlin, Germany
Website: http://www.solarpraxis.de/en/company/news-media/detailview/a...

Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture 2014
Dates: 01 December 2014 until 03 December 2014
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Website: http://www.amiplastics.com/events/event?Code=C608

CARISMA 2014 Conference, European Coordination Action on Intermediate and High Temperature Membrane Electrode Assemblies
Dates: 01 December 2014 until 03 December 2014
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Website: http://www.carisma2014.com

NEXT ENERGY Workshop on Medium Temperature PEM FC – Materials, Stacks and Systems (EURECA Project)
Dates: 02 December 2014 until 03 December 2014
Location: Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg, Germany
Website: http://www.project-eureca.com/workshop.0.html

Wind Turbine Optimization, Maintenance and Repair Summit
Dates: 08 December 2014 until 09 December 2014
Location: Toronto, Canada
Website: http://www.windenergyupdate.com/optimization-maintenance-rep...

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