The German Federal Minister of Economics inaugurates the pioneering BARD Offshore 1 project off the North Sea coast

Today, in the presence of the German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Dr Philipp Rösler, the first complete high-sea wind farm off the North Sea coast, BARD Offshore 1, was officially inaugurated. 80 5-megawatt wind turbines make BARD Offshore 1 the highest performing offshore German wind farm. With an output of 400 megawatts, BARD … Continue reading The German Federal Minister of Economics inaugurates the pioneering BARD Offshore 1 project off the North Sea coast

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Solar thermal industry to embrace new strategy in China

Solar thermal is experiencing an industrial reform, the iconic signal of which is the breaking of traditional industrial boundary as the leading solar companies are transforming and expanding toward integrated suppliers of thermal energy, thermoelectricity and multi-energy. In the 7th China New Energy International Summit Forum held recently, Xu Xinjian, Board Chairman of Solareast and … Continue reading Solar thermal industry to embrace new strategy in China

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U.S.: Across country, editorials spread good news on wind energy

Over the past week, editorials from Texas to North Carolina and Colorado to Michigan have been spreading the good news about wind power. No matter what state you’re in, it seems the common theme is wind power is a good deal for America. Wind saves consumers money, drives billions of dollars in private investment into … Continue reading U.S.: Across country, editorials spread good news on wind energy

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ABB positions world’s most powerful offshore wind energy connector in the North Sea

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has installed the world’s highest-voltage offshore converter station in the North Sea. Alternating current electricity generated in three wind farms off the coast of Germany will be converted on the platform into high-voltage direct current (HVDC) for transmission to the mainland. The 320 kilovolts converter station has … Continue reading ABB positions world’s most powerful offshore wind energy connector in the North Sea

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China’s legislators support renewable energy

China’s legislators on Monday called for greater support for the development of renewable energy industry which is facing obstacles in planning, purchase system, subsidies and technology. Development of renewable energy must be a priority, with clear goals, as China is suffering poor energy structure, environmental pollution and ecological degradation, said Chen Changzhi, vice chairman of … Continue reading China’s legislators support renewable energy

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Abengoa completes tower construction for Khi Solar One CSP plant

Abengoa designs, constructs and operates its own plants, and is one of the few companies that uses both parabolic trough and tower technology. Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B), the company that develops innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, together with project partners Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Khi Community Trust, … Continue reading Abengoa completes tower construction for Khi Solar One CSP plant

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Siemens: Wind energy market will more than quadruple by 2030

Siemens, the world’s No.3 maker of wind turbines, expects the global wind power market to more than quadruple by 2030, lifted by strong growth in Asia. “The market will shift away from Europe significantly,” Markus Tacke, chief executive of the German company’s Wind Power division, said at a renewable energy conference in Berlin. He said … Continue reading Siemens: Wind energy market will more than quadruple by 2030

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Norway opens doors for wind energy boost

Norway’s oil and energy ministry said on Monday it has granted licences to build eight wind farms with a combined 1,300-megawatt capacity in a major boost for wind power development in the Nordic country. The ministry said investment into newly licensed wind farms was expected to come to around 20 billion crowns ($3.32 billion), one … Continue reading Norway opens doors for wind energy boost

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8 years of growth in wind energy in Australia

How has the performance of wind power trended over the past eight years since it began being installed in earnest? 1)  Wind Farm energy output steadily increasing Using NEM-Review, we generated the following trend – with data aggregated on a monthly basis to make the trend a little clearer (click chart to enlarge): In this … Continue reading 8 years of growth in wind energy in Australia

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Bringing wind power to China’s energy mix

Andreas DuBois has visited Shandong province’s coastal Qingdao city several times. But the 56-year-old wind-power expert recently had his first holiday there, courtesy of the Chinese government. The trip was to thank him for his contribution to the country. The one-week holiday is part of the Friendship Award, China’s highest honor for foreign experts. DuBois, … Continue reading Bringing wind power to China’s energy mix

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How Chinese Firms Will Produce Solar Photovoltaic for 36 Cents per Watt

From the end of 2010 until the first quarter of this year, leading Chinese solar companies were able to drop the cost of manufacturing multicrystalline solar modules by 54 percent. Their ability to finally break the dollar-per-watt barrier in 2011 and continue moving costs downward through 2013 came from one simple factor: price crashes for … Continue reading How Chinese Firms Will Produce Solar Photovoltaic for 36 Cents per Watt

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Policy Support for Renewable Energy Continues to Grow and Evolve

Throughout much of the world, support policies for renewable energy technologies have increased dramatically over the last decade. Historically, policy design has evolved from supporting research and development in the 1970s and 1980s to today’s focus on technology deployment and market development. Starting in the mid-2000s, deployment-focused policies have been enacted at a rapid pace, growing … Continue reading Policy Support for Renewable Energy Continues to Grow and Evolve

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Jamaica identifies four wind energy sites

As the search for affordable energy solutions continues, Wigton Windfarm Limited, a subsidiary of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), is reporting encouraging findings from a recently completed Wind Resource Assessment, which identified four locations suitable for wind energy development with a combined potential generating capacity of 212 million KWh annually. The study, which assessed … Continue reading Jamaica identifies four wind energy sites

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AREVA to supply 130 wind turbines for new offshore wind energy projects

Windreich GmbH will use 130, 5-megawatt (MW) wind turbines from French manufacturer AREVA, according to an agreement between the two companies. The wind turbines will be installed in Windreich’s 415 MW Baltic Eagle and 315 MW Ostseeschatz offshore wind farm projects – both of which are awaiting approval from Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, … Continue reading AREVA to supply 130 wind turbines for new offshore wind energy projects

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