Nordex seeks to expand engineering skills to develop even more efficient rotors. “Rotor blades are key to lowering the cost of energy,” stated Jose Luis Blanco, COO of Nordex SE. “Our partnership with SSP Technology extends as far back as 2003 and has always been very successful and constructive. I am convinced that we will be able to significantly strengthen our innovation ability by integrating the blade experts at SSP.
A lightweight and flexible solar module production system from Midsummer AB has now increased the conversion efficiency of its modules to 14 percent as verified by an independent testing laboratory. The DUO system is now the most widely spread manufacturing tool for flexible CIGS solar cells, said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer AB Applications are e.g. floating modules, vehicles, landfills, portable power generation and membrane roofs on factories, offices and other structures that are not strong enough for traditional glass modules.
The merger provides a single source for information and collaboration for utilities and distributed energy resources (DER) providers on the smart transition to clean energy. Julia Hamm, CEO and President of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), and Sharon Allan, CEO and President of SGIP, announced the intent to merge the two organisations under the SEPA brand, stating that given the increasing integration of DER and grid modernization, a merger of SGIP and SEPA makes sense. Hamm said. “Moreover, the combination of resources and expertise will accelerate grid modernization efforts and have an even greater impact on the industry.”
Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies has announced that it has jointly achieved with Hanwha Q CELLS a new performance record of 19.6% cell efficiency for 1366’s Direct Wafer® technology. The result was independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab and clearly, demonstrates the combined potential of the two inventions – 1366’s kerfless, drop-in 156 mm multicrystalline wafers and Hanwha Q CELLS Q.ANTUM, passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) cell process
88,100 California households have already utilised $2.1 billion in HERO financing for energy efficiency, water conservation and clean energy upgrades. Now, more than 240,000 homeowners in 28 more California communities who want to go solar, or make efficiency-related repairs and upgrades can finance 100% of their home projects through the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program. Through HERO financing, homeowners can pay for projects with an additional line item on their property taxes. As a result, HERO financing payments may have tax benefits, and many homeowners see immediate savings on their utility bills by investing in efficiency upgrades.
India’s leading integrated infrastructure conglomerate, the Adani Group has commissioned the country’s largest solar power plant in Kutch district, Gujarat. The current capacity of the plant is 40MW, with plans to expand this to 100 MW. It’s India’s largest solar power plant, and commissioned for a record time of 150 days – from foundation stone laying to electricity generation. The plant has over 400,000 solar PV modules mounted on 21,600 structures, which are erected on 130,000 foundations. The project was awarded under Gujarat Solar Power Policy of 2009.
Wind power employs just over 100,000 Americans according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), more than work at nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants. “Wind means opportunity and job security for over 100,000 Americans,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “The Department of Energy’s new jobs data underscore the incredible impact of wind power in creating American jobs for workers, who directly contribute to our nation’s energy independence and economic success story”.
The development of the solar and energy storage industry at the U.S. East Coast has been very strong and dynamic over the past years. A total of 15,000 solar jobs are in Massachusetts, ranking 2nd in U.S. solar employment statistics, followed by New York and New Jersey in 4th and 5th place respectively. The State of New York has also pushed forward the energy transition by mandating 50% of renewable energy by 2030. In September 2016 New York City set its new target for solar capacity to 1 GW of solar PV by 2030 and its first energy storage deployment target to 100 MWh by 2020.
Taking place Taking place on 21-22 February 2017 in London, the Energy From Waste 2017 conference agenda addresses the future of energy from waste, with insight provided on local authorities’ future role in operational waste contracts, and expert coverage on new secondary and tertiary technologies making energy from waste economically viable. In addition to the valuable content, the conference is the ideal environment to meet new suppliers and explore new opportunities, and delegates can also see for themselves how EfW technologies are being successfully utilised with an exclusive visit to an energy from waste facility thermally treating household and commercial waste.
DONG Energy has placed a milestone order with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the 450 MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 project in Germany. The record-breaking order is the largest ever for MHI Vestas, demonstrating the strong relationship with DONG Energy. It includes a five-year full-scope service contract with an availability guarantee, ensuring optimised performance of the wind power plant with maximum power output. When completed in early 2019, it will be one of the largest offshore wind power plants in Germany generating enough energy to cover the consumption of 460,000 households.
EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has announced that the 225 MW Great Western Wind Project has begun commercial operation. The project’s output is provided to Google under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Tristan Grimbert, President & Chief Executive Officer, EDF-RE commented that, “the success of the wind industry in 2016 can be attributed in part to corporate purchasers, like Google, who demonstrate their commitment to affordable renewable energy. Their participation to directly procure wind power, along with the Production Tax Credit, benefits Americans through manufacturing job creation, energy independence and support to American farmers.”
The industry announced a record €18.2 billion of investments in new wind farms to be built in the coming years. This represents a further 4.9 GW of new capacity across five countries, half of it in the UK.