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Onshore wind has important role to play in the UK’s future, Energy Secretary says

It’s been a tumultuous week for the wind power sector in the UK with reports and developments underscoring the industry’s benefits while a furor was breaking out over whether Energy Minister John Hayes had overstepped his position on the popular renewable technology. By Thursday, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas was wondering publicly if Hayes’s mis-directed … Continue reading Onshore wind has important role to play in the UK’s future, Energy Secretary says

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Arise Windpower buys 300MW of onshore wind farm projects

Sweden’s Arise Windpower has agreed to purchase three onshore wind energy projects from Ownpower with a combined capacity of 300MW. Arise Windpower AB (publ) (“Arise”) (STO:AWP) has concluded a conditional agreement with Ownpower Projects AB (“OPP”) for the acquisition of a fully permitted project in Bräcke (60 MW) and two projects in the permit application … Continue reading Arise Windpower buys 300MW of onshore wind farm projects

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Wind energy in Pakistan

In recent times, concerns have been raised about the growing number of wind farms in developing countries and their impacts on communities and the environment. Many of these concerns have been fuelled by well-organised anti-wind groups. By spreading disinformation about wind energy, these groups have successfully persuaded many people, including several prominent politicians, that wind … Continue reading Wind energy in Pakistan

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Wind energy operation and maintenance costs plummet

The wind energy sector is making significant improvements not just in the capital cost and performance of its wind turbines, but also in the ongoing cost of operating and maintaining (O&M) them once installed. This is the message from the inaugural issue of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Wind Operations and Maintenance Price Index, just … Continue reading Wind energy operation and maintenance costs plummet

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Rice team boosts silicon-based batteries

Researchers at Rice University have refined silicon-based lithium-ion technology by literally crushing their previous work to make a high-capacity, long-lived and low-cost anode material with serious commercial potential for rechargeable lithium batteries. The team led by Rice engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal and research scientist Madhuri Thakur reported in Nature’s open access journal Scientific Reports on … Continue reading Rice team boosts silicon-based batteries

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Mitsubishi uses electric vehicles to provide power

Electric vehicles aren’t just reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering our fuel bills. The whole idea of what a fully electric vehicle can do is still evolving, particularly as it relates to battery function. For instance, what about powering your home with your car – especially in the event of a natural disaster. It’s a … Continue reading Mitsubishi uses electric vehicles to provide power

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Building a Wind-Centered Economy

In the race to transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy and avoid runaway climate change, wind has opened a wide lead on both solar and geothermal energy. Solar panels, with a capacity totaling 70,000 megawatts, and geothermal power plants, with a capacity of some 11,000 megawatts, are generating electricity around the world. … Continue reading Building a Wind-Centered Economy

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National governments must create stable investment environments for renewables, WWF

Recently some national governments in Europe have made changes to their support mechanisms for renewable energies that have created an environment of insecurity for the wind energy sector. However, a new report by the WWF says that such policies create needed certainty for renewable energy investors, backing up a view held by EWEA. Uncertainty about … Continue reading National governments must create stable investment environments for renewables, WWF

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Stanford scientists build the first all-carbon solar cell

  Stanford University scientists have built the first solar cell made entirely of carbon, a promising alternative to the expensive materials used in photovoltaic devices today. The results are published in the Oct. 31 online edition of the journal ACS Nano. “Carbon has the potential to deliver high performance at a low cost,” said study … Continue reading Stanford scientists build the first all-carbon solar cell

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Cleanergy installs solar power plant in China

As China’s gloomy photovoltaic solar industry endures trade investigations by the United States and the European Commission, the Swedish energy technology company Cleanergy AB is seeking opportunities to invest in the country’s renewable market. Cleanergy installed its first commercial demonstration solar power plant with a capacity of 100 kilowatts in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region … Continue reading Cleanergy installs solar power plant in China

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Wind Power from the Gobi Desert

Since last year’s nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan has established the legal frameworks for an accelerated domestic transition to renewables as an alternative to nuclear power. The DESERTEC Foundation and the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) are working together towards an alternative that will bolster Japan’s transition to clean, affordable and reliable sources of clean … Continue reading Wind Power from the Gobi Desert

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European nations negotiating solar-power pact with Morocco

Major European nations are negotiating with Morocco to build a large solar-power farm in the Sahara Desert, the German Economics Ministry said Wednesday, confirming a news report. The Sueddeutche Zeitung newspaper said a declaration of intent would be signed in November, though no date was set yet to build the pilot plant, which would cost … Continue reading European nations negotiating solar-power pact with Morocco

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Wind energy in New Zealand: Wind farm planned for South Taranaki

A wind farm with 48 wind turbines is proposed for South Taranaki, by TrustPower on the coast between Waverley and Patea. TrustPower says the size is similar to its wind farm at Mahinerangi in Central Otago. It will be able to generate 130 megawatts and would complement the Patea Dam nearby, which is owned by … Continue reading Wind energy in New Zealand: Wind farm planned for South Taranaki

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GE empowers Kennedy Renewables to develop company’s first wind farm

Next month, Kennedy Renewables’ Little Raith Wind Farm will be fully operational in Fife, Scotland. Little Raith, powered by GE (NYSE: GE) wind turbines, marks the culmination of a new relationship between GE and Kennedy Renewables resulting in an important milestone for Kennedy: the company’s first wind project. “Brian is an entrepreneur with a dream … Continue reading GE empowers Kennedy Renewables to develop company’s first wind farm

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E.ON Climate & Renewables secures financing for Texas wind farm

E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) North America announced today it has secured institutional equity financing of approximately $167.7 million and a commitment to fund expected capital contributions of approximately $55.9 million from a group of investors that includes JPM Capital Corporation (J.P. Morgan) and Wells Fargo Wind Holdings LLC (Wells Fargo) in exchange for a … Continue reading E.ON Climate & Renewables secures financing for Texas wind farm

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Wood Group awarded contract for major UK offshore wind farm

Wood Group has been awarded a £17 million management contract to fabricate, install, commission, operate and maintain two weather monitoring stations in one of the UK’s largest offshore wind farm developments off the Norfolk and Suffolk coast. The project will be delivered by the Wood Group Kenny business unit, including leading renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy. … Continue reading Wood Group awarded contract for major UK offshore wind farm

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AEG, Punjab to cooperate in solar energy sector

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Punjab government and German company AEG for co-operation in solar energy sector on Tuesday under which solar energy projects of at least 50 to 100 megawatt will be set up in Punjab in 2013 and of at least 300 megawatt in 2014. Secretary Energy Jehanzeb Khan and representatives … Continue reading AEG, Punjab to cooperate in solar energy sector

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