Category Archives: Evwind

Cape Wind’s offshore wind farm get the green light

The American Wind Energy Association says about 27,000 wind-related jobs could disappear if the PTC is not extended before the end of the year. While the US wind power sector is currently facing challenges from the ongoing economic crisis and political uncertainty over whether politicians will extend the industry’s largest tax incentive, it received some … Continue reading Cape Wind’s offshore wind farm get the green light

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University Teams Lead Innovative Concentrated Solar Power Projects

The projects focus on increasing the efficiency of concentrated solar power (CSP) systems  — which use large, expansive mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers. In turn, these receivers collect the sunlight and convert it into heat that can be used to produce electricity. Research teams at the University of California, Los Angeles and … Continue reading University Teams Lead Innovative Concentrated Solar Power Projects

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DoE Announces New Investments to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Cost-Competitive Solar Energy

These investments will enable collaborative research teams from industry, universities, and national laboratories to work together at the Department’s Scientific User Facilities, a national network of unique facilities that provide over 10,000 scientists and engineers each year with open access to some of the best instruments and tools in the world, including x-ray sources, accelerators, … Continue reading DoE Announces New Investments to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Cost-Competitive Solar Energy

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IDB approves $76 million loan to finance 74-MW wind farm in Mexico’s Oaxaca

Oaxaca’s wind power industry development began in the 1990s but is only now approaching its real potential. By the end of 2012, wind-based installed capacity in the state will reach around 1.5 GW. With this latest loan, the IDB has approved more than $240 million in financing for wind farms in Oaxaca since 2009. The … Continue reading IDB approves $76 million loan to finance 74-MW wind farm in Mexico’s Oaxaca

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Offshore floating wind farm starts trial operation in Japan

The ministry’s spokesperson said that diversifying energy sources in Japan has become a significant national issue after the radioactive disaster at Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant, stressing that the ministry aims to take advantage of the country’ s first trial as an opportunity for widely developing wind power generation. Japan’s first offshore floating wind farm … Continue reading Offshore floating wind farm starts trial operation in Japan

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The Crown Estate announces offshore wind energy test and demonstration sites

Drawing on recommendations made by the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Taskforce in June this year The Crown Estate is seeking opinion about how best to design and lease future offshore T&D facilities. A large number of T&D initiatives have been formulated by industry as part of the cost reduction pathways study and these have been … Continue reading The Crown Estate announces offshore wind energy test and demonstration sites

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Low Cost, High Efficiency Solar Energy Technology Developed

Solar energy has the potential to be a renewable, carbon-neutral source of electricity but the high cost of photovoltaics — the devices that convert sunlight into electricity — has slowed widespread adoption of this resource. Researchers at RTI International have developed a new solar technology that could make solar energy more affordable, and thus speed-up … Continue reading Low Cost, High Efficiency Solar Energy Technology Developed

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Vestas supplies its first wind turbines with intelligent aviation lights

Vestas, the world leader in wind energy, has for the first time supplied radar-controlled aviation lights to a wind farm. The Obstacle Collision Avoidance System – or OCAS – is an innovative solution that only activates the lights when an aircraft is operating in the immediate vicinity of a wind power plant. This minimises the … Continue reading Vestas supplies its first wind turbines with intelligent aviation lights

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Variable wind energy and solar power does not necessarily create a need for back-up generators

Variable wind energy and solar power does not necessarily create a need for ‘back-up generators playing havoc with business models’. At the end of last month the Economist published an article on Germany’s energy transition to renewables labelling it a “lunatic gamble”. This could not be further from the truth and in this blog we’ll … Continue reading Variable wind energy and solar power does not necessarily create a need for back-up generators

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German wind energy sector

Politicians love it when they get the chance to present a successful investment project – Germany’s transport minister Peter Ramsauer was able to talk about “pioneering work with worldwide relevance” when he visited an offshore energy plant in Cuxhaven on Germany’s North Sea coast this week. A quarter of German electricity already comes from renewable … Continue reading German wind energy sector

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China is a world leader in renewable energies

Current plans include quadrupling wind power, photovoltaic and biomass capacities from 50 gigawatts in 2010 to 200 gigawatt by the year 2020, and 3 GW of concentrated solar power. The international community welcomed the news that China was investing in renewable energy, and the news didn’t stop there. Beijing continues to surpass itself in setting … Continue reading China is a world leader in renewable energies

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AMP Electric Vehicles Secures $7.5 Million Investment Commitment

AMP is a plug-in electric drive motor vehicle manufacturer, founded in 2007 by entrepreneurs who have created several hi-tech companies. AMP recently released two all electric demonstration models: the AMP MLe, based on the Mercedes ML 350, and the AMP GCE, based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, both qualifying for the federal tax credit for … Continue reading AMP Electric Vehicles Secures $7.5 Million Investment Commitment

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Protermosolar: Spanish CSP plants set new record

Protermosolar (Spain) reports that Spain’s concentrating solar power (CSP) plants produced enough electricity to meet 3.23% of the nation’s demand on July 15th, 2012, a new record for the technology. Four days prior on July 11th, 2012, these 35 CSP plants met 4.1% of Spanish demand over a period of 17 hours. The organization notes … Continue reading Protermosolar: Spanish CSP plants set new record

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KIT Controls Fluctuation of Renewable Energies by Using Modern Storage Systems

Apart from the battery, the key component of the stationary energy storage system is an adapted power electronics unit for charging and discharging the battery within two hours only. Hence, the stationary storage system can be applied as an interim storage system for peak load balancing. During times of weak loads, solar energy and wind … Continue reading KIT Controls Fluctuation of Renewable Energies by Using Modern Storage Systems

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ELISE promotes Electric Vehicles

ELISE focuses on concepts for data processing in the vehicle, an independent charging unit as well as on studies of interactions of driver, vehicle, and the environment. The goal of the ELISE joint project at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is to make electric vehicles more reliable and economically efficient in order to establish electric … Continue reading ELISE promotes Electric Vehicles

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Tenaska buys 160 MW solar power project in Southern California

Tenaska Solar Ventures has bought the 160MW Silverleaf photovoltaic (PV) solar project, being developed in Southern California, from Agile Solar Holdings and Bregal Energy. Tenaska Solar Ventures, LLC (TSV), an affiliate of Omaha-based Tenaska, today announced that it has acquired the Silverleaf photovoltaic solar project, a proposed 160-megawatt (MW) solar energy project under development in … Continue reading Tenaska buys 160 MW solar power project in Southern California

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Vestas in talks with Mitsubishi

Today, there is information in the market that Vestas is in dialogue with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines, says it is in talk with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries over possible “strategic cooperation.” Vestas can confirm that there is an ongoing dialogue between the two companies regarding … Continue reading Vestas in talks with Mitsubishi

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New FIA Formula E Championship with electric cars

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has reached an agreement to licence the commercial rights of the FIA Formula E Championship to a consortium of international investors, Formula E Holdings Ltd (FEH). Formula E is a new FIA championship featuring Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy. It represents a vision for the future of … Continue reading New FIA Formula E Championship with electric cars

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Ivanpah Concentrating Solar Power Plant Reaches Halfway Mark

Ivanpah, the world’s largest solar thermal project, reached the halfway mark of construction as well as the peak of its construction workforce at the end of July. The project requires the work of skilled craft workers and engineers from a wide variety of trades and disciplines, including pipefitters, welders, millwrights, carpenters, electricians, laborers and civil … Continue reading Ivanpah Concentrating Solar Power Plant Reaches Halfway Mark

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