Continuing to defy projections; wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources have set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first half of 2016. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA); net U.S. electrical generation from non-hydro utility-scale renewables (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 17.0% compared to the first half of 2015. The output from conventional hydropower also rose by 11.8%. Combined, generation from all utility-scale renewable sources increased by 14.5%.
Norway’s Asko And Scania Trucks Test Hydrogen Propulsion Power From Solar Cells

Asko, which is Norway’s largest convenience goods wholesaler, is continuing its investment in sustainable transport services. The company will together with Scania start testing trucks with an electric powertrain. Electrical energy is converted from hydrogen gas in fuel cells on board the vehicles. The hydrogen gas is produced locally, using solar cells. The trucks will run in distribution service with distances of almost 500 km. Asko’s ambition is to achieve a climate-neutral business, where the distribution of goods will take place using trucks, which run on renewable fuels and in the longer term completely on electricity.

Tata Power Solar Delivers India’s Largest PV Project, With Parts Made In India

Tata Power Solar, India’s largest integrated solar company, has successfully commissioned a 100 MW solar project for NTPC, India’s largest power Utility. Aligning with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ mission, this is the biggest solar project commissioned using domestically manufactured solar cells and modules. It delivered the project nearly 3 months ahead of the stringent schedule. Key highlights of the project were the innovative design of Balance-of-System (BoS) and cabling.

Australia Sets World Record For Solar Thermal Efficiency With 97% Conversion

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have set a world record for efficiency for a solar thermal dish generating steam that could be used for power stations. The team designed and built a new receiver for the solar concentrator dish at ANU, halving losses and achieving a 97 percent conversion of sunlight into steam. The breakthrough could lead to the generation of cheaper base-load electricity from renewable energy and help lower carbon emissions which cause global warming.

Smart Meters Becoming Popular, Gaining Traction, Impacting On Usage Habits

Research published today is showing that in the UK, Smart Meters are becoming popular and having an impact on energy usage habits. Smart Energy Outlook, published by Smart Energy GB, has found that nearly eight in ten (79%) of the people who already have smart meters would recommend them to others, and a similar proportion (80%) are taking steps to reduce their energy use.

Solar Frontier Powers Device To Recycle Waste And Support Tourism In Bolivia

Solar Frontier has announced that it has provided the solar panels for a solar energy system to Projecto YOSI, an organization working to keep Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats, clean and promote sustainable tourism in the region. Projecto YOSI will use the solar energy system, consisting of 40 solar panels, to power a device to recycle plastic waste into petrol, whilst also helping to address the growing problem of litter in the area. Furthermore, it’s doing so working with the local community.

U.S Department Of Energy $7m Project Funding For Fuel and Engine Technologies

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $7 million in project funding to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.

UBM Focuses On Indonesia: Launches New Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Show

UBM has launched a major Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency trade show in Indonesia; with an emphasis on optimizing the potential of renewable energy. It also has a strong focus on supporting the sector and contributing to national energy security. Tri Mumpuni – CEO of Institute of Public Business and Economic (IBEKA), attending the press launch of Renewable Energy Indonesia said: “The economic growth will boost domestic energy needs and this will, in turn, open up opportunities for public and private investments. The […]

New York State To Generate 50% Of Its Electricity From Clean Energy By 2030

The third-largest state economy in the US will soon obtain half of its electricity needs from renewable energy thanks to a new measure approved by the New York Public Service commission. The Empire State’s new Clean Energy Standard will diversify the state’s electricity by requiring utilities and other energy suppliers to procure over 26 percent of the state’s electricity mix with clean and renewable energy resources, including solar and wind power, in 2017, and over 30 percent by 2021, rising to 50 percent by 2030.

 
German Patience Wins 350MW Order In Largest Energy Tender In Chile’s History

Seven years after making its first move in Chile, German firm wpd has taken part in the largest energy tender for the supply of electricity in Chile’s history and distanced its competitors in the market. As the Energy Ministry officially announced on Wednesday evening, three projects with wpd’s participation have been accepted. In the process, wpd has secured so-called “Power Purchase Agreements” (PPA) for 786.8 GWh per year with a term of 20 years from 2021.

Mainstream Wins 986MW, $1.65bn Wind Projects in Chile’s Largest Energy Tender

Global wind and solar energy company Mainstream Renewable Power was today awarded contracts by the National Energy Commission of Chile to build and operate seven utility-scale wind energy plants with a total investment value of USD $1.65bn. The projects are scheduled to begin supplying low-cost, clean energy into the grid from January 2021. Mainstream led the largest and most competitive energy tender in Chilean history with this award of 986MW. The Tender was 7 times oversubscribed – 84 companies submitted 85,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of bids for just over 12,000 GWh of available power.

Ellomay Capital Sees Growth, Investing €200m In Dutch Waste To Energy Projects

Ellomay Capital from Israel has signed an agreement with Ludan Engineering, from the Netherlands, to develop €200m ($220m) waste-to-energy projects in Netherlands.As part of the deal, Ellomay will acquire at least 51% interest in each project while Ludan will hold the remaining 49% stake.The deals are subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions, including projects reaching financial close and receiving a subsidy from the Dutch authorities. The overall cost of the projects is estimated to be approximately €200m.

Danish Investment Fund Acquires $208m, Biomass Fired, UK CHP Power Plant

The fund Copenhagen Infrastructure II and Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) have acquired 100% of the biomass-fired combined heat and power plant project in Kent, UK. The power plant will have a capacity of 27.8 MW and will be fired primarily with virgin wood sourced locally in the UK. The Fund has also taken the investment decision to construct the project. The total investment in the Kent project will amount to approximately $208m.