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Renewable Energy Focus News - 13 Aug 2015

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Challenges and opportunities in Middle East and North African (MENA) renewable energy For MENA countries to achieve their renewable power generation ambitions they will need to draw on international expertise, devise supportive renewable energy policies and enhance current grid infrastructure if they are to be achieved. More

Scotland gets serious about low carbon heat The Scottish Government published its Heat Policy State in mid June, setting out its approach towards decarbonising the heat system along with a framework for investment in a low carbon heat sector. Here, Stephanie Clark from Scottish Renewables suggests that to succeed, Scotland needs to learn significant lessons from the Danes. More

Gulf Solar Energy: Turning plans into reality Solar energy is seen as a key way to meet the growing energy demands of emerging countries, and the Gulf states are no exception. But despite grand plans, little has so far been achieved. In this article, the team at consultancy Arthur D. Little discuss how to renew the lost momentum. More

New Lead-Acid Battery Weight Loss Plan Finds Place at CAFE How are new lightweight materials helping to address US automobile Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards? More

What consumer concerns will affect the electric vehicle transition in Europe? Part II Changing consumer mindset is crucial for electrical technology to progress, acknowledges Ulla Pettersson, in this second article in her series on the transition to electric vehicles. However, more effort is required to engage consumers and incentivise the transition. More



New clean energy technology is in search of waste
Pyrofab technology is being developed at Aston University to produce carbon neutral fuel from waste that would otherwise go to landfill.... More


"Case Study in CSP Plant Performance"
Using routine sampling and chemical analysis of heat transfer fluid, early in a plant build, can help to extend the lifetime of CSP plants. Christopher Ian Wright BSc PhD MBA, explains. Read more...

5th Solar & 14th Wind Integration Workshop, 19 - 22 October 2015, Brussels/Belgium: Program & Registration available!5th Solar & 14th Wind Integration Workshop, 19 - 22 October 2015, Brussels/Belgium: Program & Registration available!

The workshops offer 160+ exciting presentations of both technical & economic issues in the area of the large-scale integration of solar & wind power into power systems.

Register now! See the solar or wind program for details!

Energy infrastructure

OneLift RC509 pump station used to maximize holding capacity at hotel expansion
Oldcastle Precast was contracted to supply an additional turnkey submersible wastewater pump station to handle the additional wastewater capacity required for Spooky Nook Sports’ new 130-room hotel and 260-seat restaurant in East Hempfield.... More

New Blogs on RenewableEnergyFocus.com

1. Australia’s slashed renewable energy target - The impact

2. Guest blog: Picking winners


Energy storage including Fuel cells

Anesco and OXIS to release lithium-sulfur battery storage by 2016
In the UK, energy efficiency solutions company Anesco is now working with the award-winning battery technology company OXIS Energy, to advance the growing renewables market.... More

Green building

Renewable energy funding goes to town
Communities from inner city Glasgow to western Harris are set to benefit from £500,000 in funding for demonstrator projects designed to encourage the use and local ownership of renewable energy. A third of the projects funded are specifically focused on town and city areas, building on the already established trend for community ownership of renewable energy sources in more rural areas. ... More

Photovoltaics (PV)

SolarWorld sets new world record for solar-cell efficiency
SolarWorld AG has set a new world record for efficiency of industrially produced solar cells made using so-called PERC-technology (passivated emitter and rear cell). ... More

Building energy to develop two 50 MW PV plants with the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), Egypt
The projects will reduce CO2 emissions by 100,000 tons and will create over 1,000 new jobs. ... More

European Solar Prize 2015 is open for entries until 30 June
The application period for the European Solar Prize 2015 runs until the end of June. The prize is given to make pioneers and leaders the focus of public attention, and to give fresh impetus to a renewable energy-based and decentralised energy transition.... More

Policy, investment and markets

Hillary Clinton announces a comprehensive climate change plan
During her visit to Iowa State University Alumni Center, Hillary Clinton set ambitious goals to generate enough clean renewable energy to power each American home in the decade following her election. ... More

Clean Energy Investment Continues To Lag Behind Last Year
Two big European offshore wind financings, and a record quarter for investment in Chile, were among the highlights of an otherwise sluggish Q2 2015... More

European Commission needs new controls to meet RES target by 2030
European Commission needs new controls to ensure EU meets 27% RES target by 2030... More

Solar electricity

Electricity from South Africa’s largest solar roof
The Clearwater Mall in Strubens Valley has made full use of its rooftops to maximise self-generated solar power. ... More

Solar heating and cooling

Heat pump company to supply UK first renewable heat network
Star Renewable Energy will design and build an innovative large scale heat pump system that will work with a solar energy installation to harvest solar energy to supply E.ON's community energy centre in Cranbrook to the east of Exeter, with renewable heating and hot water.... More

Wave and tidal energy

The UK is the market leader in tidal energy solutions
A joint effort from regulatory, technology, funding and infrastructure stakeholders globally can turn the tide in favour of this renewable source... More

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project gets green light on planning
The UK government has given planning consent for construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon, in Swansea Bay in Wales.... More

Wind power

Demonstration project to kick-start Irish Offshore Energy Revolution
Oriel Windfarm Ltd. and Gaelectric Holdings plc have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to co-develop a significant offshore wind farm in the north Irish Sea. The North Irish Sea Array (NISA) has the potential to produce up to 870 MW of wind energy from the Irish Sea and will commence with the development of a 15 MW demonstration project entailing an investment of €80million in a new research and development hub for offshore wind energy. ... More

India will drive the majority of growth in APeC by 2024, but other markets to increase capacity
More than 79GW of wind power is to be commissioned in Asia Pacific excluding China (APeC) from 2015 to 2024, where the three core markets of India, Australia, and Japan will constitute around 79% of all new installations, according to MAKE report. ... More

wpd secures finance for Nordergründe Offshore wind farm
The finance for the entire investment of around EUR 410 m for the 111 MW project off the coast of Lower Saxony is secure, says the company. ... More


CISBAT 2015 Future Buildings & Districts – Sustainability from Nano to Urban Scale
Dates: 09 September 2015 until 11 September 2015
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Website: http://www.cisbat.org

GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo
Dates: 20 September 2015 until 23 September 2015
Location: Reno, Nevada, USA
Website: http://www.geothermal.org/meet-new.html

6th Piero Lunghi European Fuel Cell Conference & Exhibition, EFC15
Dates: 16 December 2015 until 18 December 2015
Location: Naples, Italy
Website: http://www.europeanfuelcell.it

World of Energy Solutions 2015
Dates: 12 October 2015 until 14 October 2015
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Website: http://www.world-of-energy-solutions.de/en/

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