Category Archives: Other renewables

Worldwide growth of photovoltaics

Worldwide growth of photovoltaics has been close to exponential between 1992 and 2018. During this period of time, photovoltaics (PV), also known as solar PV, evolved from a niche market of small scale applications to a mainstream electricity source. When solar PV systems were first recognized as a promising renewable energy technology, subsidy programs, such … Continue reading Worldwide growth of photovoltaics

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China finish feasibility study of another 3 GW CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) projects

111 CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) projects with total capacity of 9 GW took part in the application of the 1st batch of 1.349 GW China 20 Concentrated Solar Power pilot projects in September 2016. Till now, two and half years have passed, and three of the 1st batch demonstration projects have been sucessfully connected to … Continue reading China finish feasibility study of another 3 GW CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) projects

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Sustainable cement production – can concentrated solar power replace fossil fuels?

Use of solar energy in the calcination process to minimise carbon dioxide emissions during cement production. Rotary kiln successfully tested in the solar simulator at the DLR Institute of Solar Research in Cologne. Can be used in Southern Europe and emerging markets.   Solar researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und … Continue reading Sustainable cement production – can concentrated solar power replace fossil fuels?

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Kathu Concentrated Solar Power (South Africa) constructed by Acciona and SENER came into commercial on 30 January

With an installed capacity of 100 MW, the Kathu Concentrated Solar Power will allow clean energy to be supplied to 179,000 homes in the Northern Cape region (northern South Africa) and prevent the emission of six million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere over the next 20 years. The Kathu Concentrated Solar Power plant incorporates … Continue reading Kathu Concentrated Solar Power (South Africa) constructed by Acciona and SENER came into commercial on 30 January

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Wind power and solar energy align to advance consumer-friendly market and transmission improvements

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) officially launched its new “RTO Advisory Council”, strengthening and formalizing collaborative advocacy efforts between a group of utility-scale solar businesses and the wind industry that began last year. The combined effort, which currently represents over 70 percent of utility-scale wind and solar development, comes at a time when regulators … Continue reading Wind power and solar energy align to advance consumer-friendly market and transmission improvements

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Belgian energy and climate plan proposes renewables target of 18.3% by 2030

On 5 February WindEurope attended a workshop in the Federal Parliament of Belgium on the draft of the Belgian National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP). EUFORES (the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources) organised the workshop in cooperation with the federal parliament of Belgium. This is part of a larger series of workshops in national … Continue reading Belgian energy and climate plan proposes renewables target of 18.3% by 2030

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Iberdrola and Nike go global with new wind energy partnership

The new agreement will see Nike facilities in Europe supplied by 40 MW of clean electricity from the Cavar wind farm complex in Navarra, northern Spain. Iberdrola, the world´s leading wind power company, will soon start construction on the complex which will see four wind turbines projects completed by 2020 with an overall capacity of … Continue reading Iberdrola and Nike go global with new wind energy partnership

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ENGIE starts operations of Kathu, a 100 MW Concentrated Solar Plant and one of South Africa’s largest renewable energy projects

ENGIE (www.Engie.com) is pleased to announce that commercial operation was achieved on 30 January 2019 for the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park in South Africa. This state of the art plant is a greenfield Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project with parabolic trough technology and equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows for 4.5 … Continue reading ENGIE starts operations of Kathu, a 100 MW Concentrated Solar Plant and one of South Africa’s largest renewable energy projects

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Brown University looks to offset electric usage with solar, wind power

Brown University has finalized agreements with two developers that will produce enough wind and solar power to offset all the electricity usage on the Ivy League campus. The Providence Journal reports that the projects being developed in Rhode Island and Texas would more than fulfill the university’s commitment to slash on-campus greenhouse gas emissions by … Continue reading Brown University looks to offset electric usage with solar, wind power

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Zambia looks towards renewable energy

Zambian Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme has appealed to the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) for backing as it expands towards investment in renewable energy, Lusaka Times reported. “Renewable energy is very important to Zambia’s development and the CIFs’ outstanding works in promotion of initiatives are aimed at combating climate change and expansion of … Continue reading Zambia looks towards renewable energy

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GE Expands Renewable Energy Business Portfolio

One of the broadest portfolios in the industry with Wind, Hydro, Grid, and Renewable Hybrids coming together to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable, affordable green power. GE (NYSE: GE) today announced that it intends to intensify its focus on the growing renewable energy market by consolidating all of the company’s renewable and … Continue reading GE Expands Renewable Energy Business Portfolio

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China hooked up another 20.59 GW of new wind energy capacity to its grid in 2018

China’s renewable power capacity rose 12 percent in 2018 compared to a year earlier, official data showed on Monday. China has been aggressively promoting renewable energy as part of an “energy revolution” aimed at easing its dependence on coal, a major source of pollution and climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. Total capacity – including hydro and … Continue reading China hooked up another 20.59 GW of new wind energy capacity to its grid in 2018

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American Wind Energy Association offers guide to electrification policies

The Pew Research Center reported in 2018 that among American adults, 85% supported increased reliance on wind power, including 79% of Republicans and 91% of Democrats. The way we power everyday life in the U.S. is changing. Electric vehicles (EVs) are exploding in popularity. Home heating is becoming electrified. Even New York City is adding … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association offers guide to electrification policies

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China Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has acquired three solar and wind power plants in Brazil

China Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has acquired three solar and wind power plants in Brazil from Italian power generation group Enel and in so doing steps up China’s considerable footprint in Brazil’s energy provision. The deal was signed on 16 January between Enel subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participacoes (EGP Brazil), and CGN Energy International … Continue reading China Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has acquired three solar and wind power plants in Brazil

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Albania Adopts New Support Schemes For Solar Power And Wind Energy Plants

lbania is almost entirely depending on hydro power as over than 95% of the electricity is generated by hydropower plants. This disbalance underestimated the great potential that Albania has in developing other sources of renewables, such as solar or wind power plants. In February 2017, the Parliament approved the new law on Incentives for Using … Continue reading Albania Adopts New Support Schemes For Solar Power And Wind Energy Plants

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Climate Model funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation shows how we can solve the Global Climate Crisis

Two-year scientific collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney, German Aerospace Center and University of Melbourne produces unique regional pathways to stay below a 1.5°C temperature rise by transitioning to 100% renewable energy and implementing natural climate solutions. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report warned in October 2018, the planet must … Continue reading Climate Model funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation shows how we can solve the Global Climate Crisis

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Chinese firm helps build world’s largest concentrated solar power complex in Morocco’s desert

In the early morning of January, as the snow covering the Atlas Mountains in central Morocco remains unmelted, the Chinese staff of the NOOR Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects in Ouarzazate, a city south of the mountain range, have already started a day’s work despite the freezing temperature. Photo taken on Jan. 10, 2018 shows … Continue reading Chinese firm helps build world’s largest concentrated solar power complex in Morocco’s desert

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Concentrated Solar Power capacity is forecast to grow by 87%, or 4.3 GW, in 2018-2023

Global Concentrated Solar Power capacity is forecast to grow by 87%, or 4.3 GW, in 2018-2023, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its Renewables 2018 report published in October. This represents 32% faster growth than in 2012-2017. The accelerated growth scenario includes 0.6 GW of further capacity in China, 0.6 GW in South Africa, … Continue reading Concentrated Solar Power capacity is forecast to grow by 87%, or 4.3 GW, in 2018-2023

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Enel sells 540 MW of renewable capacity in Brazil

Agreement signed with Chinese company CGNEI to sell 100% of solar plants Nova Olinda (292 MW) and Lapa (158 MW) as well as the 90 MW Cristalândia wind farm. Enel S.p.A. (“Enel“), acting through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações Ltda (“EGP Brazil“), signed agreements with Chinese company CGN Energy International Holdings Co. … Continue reading Enel sells 540 MW of renewable capacity in Brazil

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How are utilities changing their electric generating mixes?

As the old saying goes, there’s nothing permanent except change. This certainly holds true for the U.S. energy landscape. It is constantly evolving and renewable energy cost declines, technology advancements, and impending power plant retirements are driving the transition. How can we stay up-to-date on these changes? And more importantly, what role will wind energy … Continue reading How are utilities changing their electric generating mixes?

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