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Renewable Energy Focus News - 23 Apr 2015

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The Electrical Grid and Renewable Energy: Creating a Stable Relationship Electric utilities and grid operators face the challenge of integrating distributed energy into the mix without compromising the steady flow of necessary electric power. While utilities recognize that interruptions to the process are an inconvenience, they also acknowledge the need for change within the commercial distribution of electrical power. Takafumi Arai, chief specialist at Toshiba Smart Community, reports. More

Renewable Energy Market Focus, Part II: Spotlight on Germany In the follow-up to her feature on the state of the renewable energy market in Germany, Rachel Parkes talks to several industry experts about their outlook for clean-tech. More

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EU lawmakers agree to phase out land-based biofuels
Critics argue that land-based biofuels often increase carbon emissions as opposed to reducing them.... More

All Energy

Energy efficiency

IREC releases new local government solar financing toolkit
New comprehensive resource designed to help streamline solar power purchase agreements and reduce solar costs. ... More

SAPC releases new best practices guidelines for solar PV systems.
Industry-backed 'Best Practices Guides' aim to lower financing costs for solar energy systems.... More

Go Dove Bid solar cell auction

Energy infrastructure

Neart na Gaoithe wind farm to deploy advanced construction technologies
448 MW project is expected to be the first commercially-deployed offshore wind farm that does not require a dedicated heavy offshore substation topside and foundation. ... More

Solar Summit

Energy storage including Fuel cells

Con Edison Development enters into agreement to procure GE Energy Storage system
Energy storage solution features GE’s Mark VIe-based site controller and Brilliance* MW inverters with packaged lithium-ion battery modules. ... More

Energy storage research charges forward
Researchers at the prestigious MIT are building a ' low cost ' battery that promises to provide ' a viable solution for stationary grid storage of energy supplied by renewables. Andrew Mourant reports. ... More

Four UK projects in £80 million boost for greener buses, cars, vans and engines
Four new projects have been awarded £80 million in new investment to develop and manufacture new clean vehicle technology in the UK, through the Advanced Propulsion Centre.... More

8 new speakers lined up for the Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum in Vancouver

The Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum is set to take place May 13–15 at the award-winning Four Seasons hotel in Vancouver, Canada. The Forum brings together key city and utility staff with the private sector, civil, society and researchers to participate in a solutions-focused dialogue.
Click here to see the list of new speakers who have just signed on.

Green building

US Government agencies announce nation’s first Federal combined solar power purchase
Action follows President Obama’s order last month requiring federal agencies to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent and increase their renewable energy use to at least 30 per cent over the next 10 years.... More

DECC announcs £3 million funding to boost low carbon heating
Monies will support 74 low-carbon heat UK projects designed to provide more efficient heat to buildings and potentially lower heating bills in local areas.... More

Other marine energy and hydropower

US Department of Energy allocates $7 million toward hydropower technology research
Fnding will help advance hydropower drivetrains and structural foundations that will minimize environmental impacts and reduce the lifetime costs associated with operating and maintaining new hydropower projects. ... More

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Photovoltaics (PV)

SunEdison, TerraForm Power seal 97MW solar deal
Portfolio comprises eight large-scale solar farms across England and Wales.... More

Yingli to develop a 50 MW solar PV power plant in China
The plant, located in Handan City, Hebei Province, is expected to generate around 54 million kilowatt-hours of solar electricity annually.... More

SunPower eyes solar plant project in South Africa
86MW 'Prieska' solar power plant is expected to be fully operational in 2016. ... More

Enphase Energy Signs Supply Agreement with PetersenDean
Partnership to play key role in Solar4America initiative for residential and commercial installations. ... More

NREL releases report on 'Guidelines for PV Manufacturer Quality Assurance'
International task force aims to toughen standards, ensure reliability of PV technologies... More

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Policy, investment and markets

Regen SW signs South West Renewable Energy 2015 General Election Manifesto
Regen SW urging UK election candidates to support £10 billion investment opportunity for the South West. ... More

US Government agencies announce nation’s first Federal combined solar power purchase
Action follows President Obama’s order last month requiring federal agencies to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent and increase their renewable energy use to at least 30 per cent over the next 10 years.... More

UNEP’s 9th annual 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015' report released
Global green energy investments surge 17% to $270 B in 2014... More

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issues first wind energy research lease in Federal offshore waters
With this research lease, Virginia seeks to lead the way in building wind turbines in the Atlantic Ocean and take the next step toward the clean energy economy.... More

Solar electricity

Solar Energy International (SEI) Spins-off SEI Professional Services LLC
Creation of SEIPS benefits SEI by ensuring the continuation of its world-class training program. ... More

Scatec Solar awarded 258 MW in latest bidding round in South Africa
Deal calls for Scatec Solar to build, own and operate a trio of solar power plants with a 42 percent shareholding. ... More

Solar heating and cooling

SENER and ACCIONA partner on CSP project in South Africa
When complete, the Kathu Solar Park complex will generate enough energy to power 80,000 homes. ... More

Wave and tidal energy

All Energy 2015 rolls out the welcome mat
On 6 May 450-plus exhibiting companies from nearly 20 countries plan to descend on the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) for All-Energy 2015, the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference. ... More

Wind power

US Department of Energy announces new projects to help protect wildlife at wind energy plants
$1.75 million in funding will support projects in two research categories: innovative early-stage technology development as well as technology demonstration and validation. ... More

Gamesa awarded tender for turnkey construction of a 220-MW wind farm in Egypt
Deal calls for Gamesa to handle the supply, installation and commissioning of a total of 110 of its G80-2.0 MW turbines, starting in September 2015. ... More

Alstom awarded maintenance contract extension for 317 MW offshore wind farm in England.
Statkraft awards Alstom with a three-year service contract for the substations of the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, located off the coast of North Norfolk.... More

Siemens receives order for Grand Bend Wind Farm in Canada
100-megawatt project to supply 30,000 Canadian households with clean electricity.... More


8th Energy Storage World Forum
Dates: 27 April 2015 until 30 April 2015
Location: Rome, Italy
Website: http://www.energystorageforum.com

2015 Utility Solar Conference
Dates: 27 April 2015 until 29 April 2015
Location: San Diego, California
Website: http://www.solarelectricpower.org/experience-events/utility-...

2015 Electric Power Conference
Dates: 21 April 2015 until 23 April 2015
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Website: http://www.electricpowerexpo.com/program/?hq_e=el&hq_m=29907...

DNV GL Energy Academy: Tidal Stream Energy Conversion
Dates: 08 May 2015 until 08 May 2015
Location: Glasglow, Scotland
Website: http://www.gl-garradhassan.com/assets/downloads/flyer/BT1779...

DNV GL Energy Academy: Connecting Your Renewable Energy Project To The GB Grid – A Developer’s Guide
Dates: 12 May 2015 (1 day event)
Location: Bristol, England
Website: http://www.gl-garradhassan.com/assets/downloads/flyer/BT1778...

Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum
Dates: 13 May 2015 until 15 May 2015
Location: Vancover, Canada
Website: http://www.renewablecities.ca

All Energy 2015
Dates: 06 May 2015 until 07 May 2015
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Website: http://www.all-energy.co.uk/

5th World Hydropower Congress
Dates: 19 May 2015 until 21 May 2015
Location: Beijing, China
Website: http://www.hydropower.org/congress

AWEA Windpower 2015
Dates: 18 May 2015 until 21 May 2015
Location: Orlando, Fla.
Website: http://www.windpowerexpo.org/

4th International Convention on Marine Renewable Energies, Thetis MRE
Dates: 20 May 2015 until 21 May 2015
Location: Nantes, France
Website: http://thetis-emr.com/en/

DNV GL Energy Academy: A Guide to Wind Farm Performance
Dates: 28 May 2015 (1 day event)
Location: Bristol, England
Website: http://www.gl-garradhassan.com/assets/downloads/flyer/BT1786...

23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Dates: 01 June 2015 until 04 June 2015
Location: Vienna, Austria
Website: http://conference-biomass.com/

DNV GL Energy Academy: Wind Turbine Technology
Dates: 09 June 2015 until 10 June 2015
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Website: http://www.dnvkema.com/training/Wind-energy/Wind_turbine_tec...

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