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Renewable Energy Focus News - 20 Aug 2014

Editor's Choice

EU rubber stamps UK's CfD support mechanism, approves 5 CfDs for offshore wind projects The European Commission has ruled that the UK EMR's contracts-for-difference (CfD) support scheme for renewables meets EU state aid rules and can proceed as planned. More

UK Prime Minister responds to industry group’s call for critical Government support for solar David Cameron assures Solar Trade Association that Government and industry will continue to work together on laying the foundations for the successful future of solar in the UK. 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

Bioenergy initiative cleared to proceed in Hawaii
Funding approved for a zero-waste project that converts crops, crop residues and agricultural waste into economically and environmentally sustainable biofuels and value-added co-products. ... More

Energy efficiency

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 wins $35 million HVDC upgrade order in Canada
Improvements designed to enhance grid reliability while improving efficiency and power availability. ... More

Solar Power International Show

Energy storage including Fuel cells

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


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

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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Green building

Boston Properties, Healthy Planet Partners and Solaire Generation team up for milestone solar project
840 kW solar array claimed to be Northeast’s largest garage-mounted canopy. ... More

Other marine energy and hydropower

Blue Star Ferries, Eco Marine Power launch shipping-based renewable energy project
Partners to jointly deploy and evaluate innovative marine renewable energy solutions.... More

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Photovoltaics (PV)

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

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

Suntech establishes subsidiary to serve South African market
Large PV module manufacturer eyes international expansion as South Africa seeks to grow renewable energies. ... 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

Energy Department awards $6 million to advance cost-competitive biofuels
Funding supports development of next-generation biofuels that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuels from biomass. ... More

NEW BLOG: Is 100% renewable energy really achievable?

Tim Brown, frequent blogger on green energy issues, makes the case for 100% renewable energy.

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

Wave and tidal energy

AWS Ocean Energy conducts wave power generator test
Successful initial deployment in small-scale applications demonstrates wave power technology's potential in major utility-scale offshore wave farms.... More

Wind power

3sun Group secures contract with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Deal covers the electrical and mechanical completion of 73 V112-3.0MW turbines to be installed at the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm in the UK. ... 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

Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference and OWIM 2014 now open for online registration
Dynamic energy event set to kick off in Amsterdam in the fall. ... More

Top 3 articles on www.renewablenergyfocus.com last week

1. Risk Mitigation in Wind Power Projects, Part I: An Insurer’s View

 2. Federal Energy Regulatory Comission releases first-half renewables report 

3. EU rubber stampes UK's CfD support mechanism, approves 5 CfDs for offshore wind projects  


World Water Week
Dates: 31 August 2014 until 05 September 2014
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Website: http://www.worldwaterweek.org

Summer School: Grid-connected and Off-grid Photovoltaics
Dates: 25 August 2014 until 29 August 2014
Location: Berlin, Germany
Website: http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk/courses/

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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