Onshore Wind Power Now as Affordable as Any Other Source, Solar to Halve by 2020
The cost of generating power from onshore wind has fallen by around a quarter since 2010, with solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity costs falling by 73 per cent in that time, according to new cost analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report also highlights that solar PV costs are expected to halve by 2020. The best onshore wind and solar PV projects could be delivering electricity for an equivalent of USD 3 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), or less within the next two years.
Countries Meet to Chart the Future of IRENA in Driving the Global Energy Transformation
More than 350 government representatives from 115 countries — including Ministers and high-level officials — gathered in Abu Dhabi to attend the 14th Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). At the outset of the meeting, the Council re-elected China as Chair of the meeting and Colombia as Vice-Chair.
ADFD, IRENA Open New Round of Funding for Renewable Energy Projects in Developing Countries, Invite Applications
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), is inviting applications for renewable energy projects in developing countries. Within the framework of the ADFD-funded US$350 million (AED1.285 billion) IRENA/ADFD Project Facility, the current funding round of US$50 million in concessional loans marks the sixth of seven annual cycles.
Government of Wallonia of Belgium Commits €1 Million to IRENA to Support New NDC Facility
The Government of Wallonia of Belgium has committed €1 million to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as part of the Government’s support of renewable energy as a key pillar of international climate efforts.
Renewable Energy Can Be Strengthened in Next Round of Climate Negotiations
Countries have an opportunity to significantly increase renewable energy ambition within Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and to accelerate its deployment in line with climate objectives under the Paris Agreement, per a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
MARKET FOR DIGITALIZATION IN ENERGY SECTOR TO GROW TO $64BN BY 2025
Energy innovations will be centered on digital technologies and the strategic use of data, according to new research published. A shift is coming in the energy industry from a focus on hardware to the increased importance of software in order to make systems more efficient, resilient, and digital.
EFFORTS TO ADDRESS CLIMATE THROUGH CLEAN ENERGY LAG IN EMERGING MARKETS
Two years since the signing of the Paris climate agreement and eight years after Copenhagen, countries on both side of the rich-poor divide are falling short on promises made to address climate change through clean energy investment, research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds.
FOWIND Launches New Report on Grid Integration for Offshore Wind Farm Development in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu India
The FOWIND Consortium launched a new report: "Grid Integration Study for Offshore Wind Farm Development in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu". This DNV-GL led study is a significant step forward in preparing a roadmap for the offshore wind sector in India by the GWEC led FOWIND consortium.
Battery Costs in Stationary Energy Could Fall by up to 66%, Grow 17-Fold by 2030, Says IRENA
Energy storage capacity to triple by 2030, if countries double the share of renewables in the world’s energy system
Southeast Asia Eyes Renewable Energy to Fuel Economic Growth and Build Climate Resilience
Governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), have established a strategic partnership to accelerate the region’s transition to low-carbon, sustainable energy and build its climate resilience.
Quality Assurance Underpins Investment Confidence in Global PV Market
Latin America developing a strong quality infrastructure for Solar PV
New market rules set to enable US$ 6bn in investment in Argentina's renewable power sector
New market rules which will allow large power users to directly meet their renewable power obligations through private supply contracts could lead to up to US$ 6 bn being invested in Argentina's energy sector over the next three years, and lead to the installation of around 4 GW in new generation capacity, the Energy Ministry says.
LNG TRADE IN 2017 TO GROW FASTEST SINCE 2011 ON LOW PRICES, LACK OF NUCLEAR POWER AND RISING SUPPLY CAPACITY
BNEF sees LNG demand grow to 280MMtpa this year and to 479MMtpa by 2030. However, new export projects across the U.S. and Australia could lead to supply overcapacity until 2024.
Governments Adopt ‘Florence Declaration’ and Agree to Work Closer to Advance Geothermal Energy
Governments have agreed to work together to identify and implement measures that will significantly increase the speed of geothermal energy development around the world, following a milestone meeting between public and private leaders Florence this week. Under the terms of the ‘Florence Declaration’ – an outcome of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) meeting – governments will actively pursue a collective ambition to realise geothermal potential.
Schneider Electric is contracted to supply back up power for 3200 Ah Lithium Iron battery for California Solar Project
Iron Edison Battery Company, a Nickel Iron and Lithium Iron Phosphate battery system supplier for solar energy storage, selected Schneider Electric, the specialist in energy management and automation, to supply back up power as part of a solar installation in California.
Bloom Energy fuel cells to power 12 Equinix data centres in the US
California-based global interconnection and colocation data centre company Equinix has signed a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with a subsidiary of Southern Company, under which Bloom Energy solid oxide fuel cells will be installed at 12 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centres in the US.
Smart grid project scoops inaugural renewables prize
Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) announce Dr. Sebastian Groh of ME SOLshare Ltd. as the winner of the Renewable Transformation Challenge.
UK among top 10 renewables investment destinations despite “underwhelming” potential backers
UK climbs four places in EY’s Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI)
Study concludes that offshore wind viable in several Guernsey locations
Even a “modest” 30 MW project could potentially generate around one third of Guernsey’s current electricity requirement.
Frost & Sullivan: “global solar investment to be higher than coal, gas and nuclear combined in 2017”
New analysis by Frost & Sullivan’s Energy and Environment team finds that declining project costs are driving investment towards renewables as the industry continues to transition to more decentralised and intelligent energy systems.
Marine energy gives boost to economy in Wales
According to the ‘Marine Energy Wales’ Stakeholder organisation, the marine renewable energy industry is bringing increased investment and jobs to the country.
Power produced at UK’s Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm
Following the installation of the first turbines, electricity has been generated for the first time at DONG Energy’s Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, located off the North Norfolk coast.
Final conclusions from the OrPHEuS research project show the potential of hybrid energy grids for smart cities.
Bringing together nine partner organizations from Germany, Austria, and Sweden, the European research project OrPHEuS has investigated the concept of hybrid energy grids as a way to increase the usage of renewable energy in urban areas in a “resilient, flexible and cost-effective manner”.
Taiwan spearheads smart grid
More efficient, clean and robust ‘smart’ energy networks are potentially set to emerge from new and wide-ranging research led by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).
Leclanché’s new marine battery system approved under revised DNV-GL requirements
Leclanché says that its Marine Rack System (MRS) – a modular, Lithium-ion battery system - will reduce marine vessels’ emissions and operating costs. It is to be used in Denmark’s E-ferry.
Tesvolt develops high-voltage storage system using Samsung SDI batteries
Tesvolt says it has developed the system in collaboration with Samsung SDI, with capacity from 4.8 kWh to multiple MWh, and with a predicted 30-year life span.
E.ON offers “digital” solar option for customers
As part of its "Your Energy," concept, E.ON says it is launching a range of digital products to the market this year, allowing customers to manage their use of solar power.
Wirsol Energy and Edify Energy complete $380m Solar Financing in Australia
Australian renewable energy developer Edify Energy and German group Wirsol are to collaborate on three new large-scale solar farms: the Whitsunday and Hamilton Solar Farms in Queensland, and the Gannawarra Solar Farm in Victoria.
Upsolar announces new Turkey solar PV project
Construction on the Hilvan Enerji plant will begin within the next few months, with the installation of 87,630 Upsolar UP-M270P modules.
More than 9.4 million people work in the renewable energy sector across the globe
According to a report by Allen & York, the 9.4 million includes 2.8 million in solar PV, 1.6 million in liquid biofuels and 1 million in wind, reflecting a “5% increase in 2015 and confirms the strength of this relatively new industry.”
FCHEA report highlights private sector investment leading fuel cell surge in US
A new report from the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association says that growing sales in the US highlight the range of benefits and markets that fuel cells can serve, with high-profile corporations and utilities leading a surge in both new and repeat customers.
Intertek Energy & Water in pioneering tidal energy research with leading academics
Intertek has published a study on the influence of storm surges on tidal range energy, as part of tidal energy research in collaboration with several academic institutions.
ViZn Energy Systems to provide 200 kW flow battery in Nicaragua
The zinc-iron redox battery will be combined with an 800kWp solar array at Rancho Santana, a residential community of 152 homes and 17 additional rooms covering 2,700 acres on the Pacific Coast.
FuelCell Energy and POSCO Energy open 20 MW fuel cell park in South Korea
US-based FuelCell Energy and its South Korean partner POSCO Energy have dedicated the 20 MW Noeul Green Energy Company fuel cell park in Seoul, which was constructed in just 10 months.
Edinburgh technology companies receive £2.5 million to develop wave power
Two Edinburgh firms – Artemis Intelligent Power and Quoceant – have together secured £2.5 million from Scottish agency Wave Energy Scotland to trial a prototype which aims to turn wave power into electricity.
South Australian Government unveils plans to make better use of renewable energy and storage
The South Australian (SA) Government has outlined a strategy to update the South Australian power system, while making greater use of renewable energy and storage.
Iran and Middle East could “adopt fully renewable electricity systems by 2030”
A new study has suggested that Iran could benefit from a fully renewable electricity system by 2030.
New projects aim to make geothermal energy more economically attractive
The California Energy Commission has awarded $2.7 million to Berkeley Lab for two geothermal projects.
ABB delivers first urban battery storage solution in Denmark
ABB has announced the successful commissioning of Denmark’s first urban energy storage system.
ENGIE and Schneider Electric collaborate to digitize the energy sector
Schneider Electric and ENGIE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore and deploy new digital solutions for operational efficiency of renewable assets (wind and solar PV), leveraging supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), historian and related application software powered by Schneider Electric’s Wonderware brand.
All-Energy to host marine renewable energy Dragon’s Den- style investment challenge
An initiative master-minded by Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis Resources, the winner of the All-Energy 2017 Marine Renewable Energy Investment Challenge – a ‘Dragon’s Den-style’ event – will benefit from up to £10,000-worth of invaluable advice from lawyers, stockbrokers, investment bankers, accountants, communications experts and marketeers.
Cardiff University researchers to develop tool to project Wales’s greenhouse gas emissions up to 2050
Scientists from Cardiff University are developing a tool to forecast Wales’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years.
Physicist who helped power villages in India named editor of new Cell Press energy journal
Philip Earis, a former editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry and the founder of a non-profit that develops and installs solar energy technology in off-grid communities in Western India, has been named the inaugural editor of Joule, a new Elsevier journal spanning energy research across scales and disciplines.
Call of EU battery manufacturers to develop a 'Battery Strategy for Europe'
EUROBAT, the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, has published a call for the development of a '2030 Battery Strategy for Europe'.
UK government to study role of hydrogen and fuel cells in holistic energy system
The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association has secured a dedicated inquiry into the role of hydrogen and fuel cells in a holistic energy system, by the Science and Technology Committee of the UK Parliament.
IEA releases new report on renewable energy landscape in New Zealand
According to the International Energy Agency's latest study of New Zealand's energy policies, the past decade has seen New Zealand's growing energy needs outpacing improvements in energy efficiency, mainly because of the country's expanding economy and growing population.
Sunamp and Glasgow University win £2m collaborative project with China to tackle sustainable energy challenge
Sunamp has led a successful funding bid jointly with Glasgow University and partners in China to boost the performance of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power plants that use clean, although intermittent, renewable heat sources for distributed heat and power supply in China.
Siemens to build EnBW Hohe See as first offshore wind project with extended scope
Siemens Wind Power will, for the first time, provide complete offshore wind power plant solutions including foundations for the EnBW Hohe See offshore wind project.
New renewable energy projects point to biggest year for industry in Australia in 50 years
More than 20 large renewable energy projects are either already under construction or will start this year, delivering an unprecedented program of works which will create almost 3000 direct jobs and generate more than $5 billion of investment, according to new analysis from the Clean Energy Council.
GMB looks to power cuts in Australia for guidance on UK switch from fossil fuels to renewables
GMB, the union for workers in the energy sector in the UK, is calling for urgent inquiries into Australian power cuts arising from switch from fossil fuels to renewable sources and apply lessons learned to UK energy policy
ABB delivers substation to enable power flow from solar park in Dubai
ABB has successfully energized a major substation that will help evacuate power from the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park.
GenCell fuel cell technology for backup power capability at San Diego Gas & Electric
The Israeli fuel cell developer and manufacturer GenCell has announced a strategic partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric in California, which has been working alongside GenCell to test how fuel cells can contribute to its efforts to be the cleanest, most reliable energy company in the US.
First Solar awarded 140MW module supply contract for Australia's largest solar project
First Solar, Inc. has announced it has been awarded the module supply contract for the 140 megawatt (MW) Sun Metals Solar Farm in North Queensland (QLD), Australia.
Low Carbon partnership to power National Museum of Bermuda
Low Carbon, the UK-based renewable energy investment company has announced it will help fund the installation of solar panels at the National Museum of Bermuda (NMB) in the Royal Naval Dockyard.
Energy for Society: First international conference on energy research and social science
The Elsevier journal Energy Research & Social Science will be holding its first international conference from 2-5 April 2017 in Sitges, Spain.
Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) launch the Renewable Transformation Challenge, opens for submissions on 6th February 2017
Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society are proud to announce the launch of the Renewable Transformation Challenge.
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to initiate funding for energy innovation projects in the UK
Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry Nick Hurd has announced funding for a series of energy innovation projects in the UK.
Global photovoltaic milestone reached
The German Solar Association in Berlin has announced a new milestone has been reached with 300 gigawatts of total installed solar power capacity around the world.
E.ON to participate in European smart grid project InterFlex
E.ON has joined the European smart grid project InterFlex that aims to explore new ways of using various forms of flexibilities to optimize electric power systems on a local scale.
New IRENA report details how renewables can decarbonise the energy sector and improve the lives of billions
IRENA has released its third edition of REthinking Energy, outlining key developments in the global renewable energy industry.
Hydrogen Council launched in Davos as 13 major companies join to promote hydrogen
Thirteen leading energy, transport and industrial companies chose the recent World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland to launch the 'Hydrogen Council', a global initiative that provides a united vision and long-term ambition for using hydrogen to foster the ‘energy transition’ to sustainable energy.
E.ON and IBC SOLAR to bring 7.45 megawatt solar farm into operation
In mid-January, IBC SOLAR, the PV systems and energy solutions provider, and E.ON Energie Deutschland will together put a 7.45 megawatt peak (MWp) solar farm into operation.
South East Europe has vast renewable potential worth 740 GW, IRENA report finds
A new comprehensive study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), reveals the enormous potential of renewable energy in the South East Europe (SEE) region.
Official report highlights potential of tidal lagoon technology
RenewableUK is welcoming a review of the benefits of tidal lagoon energy. The study was commissioned by the Government, and carried out by the former Energy Minister Charles Hendry.
Finance 2017 report outlines political and economic challenges facing wind industry
A recent report presents detailed analysis of how the global wind sector can best respond to Brexit, President Trump and other challenges heading its way in 201.
Scotland sets two wind power records
Scotland set two new wind power records at the end of December, according to data released by WWF Scotland.
Costa Rica generates almost 100% renewable energy in 2016
For 271 days of 2016, Costa Rica ran on 100% renewable electricity and, for the second consecutive year, surpassed 98% of generation with five clean sources in the year.
Antigua and Barbuda in strong position to accelerate renewable energy deployment, says report
An IRENA report has found that 75 per cent of Antigua’s peak energy demand could be met with renewables
Renewable biomethane fuel for HGVs offers fleet operators opportunity to drive down road transport emissions
CNG Fuels has announced the launch of renewable biomethane fuel, a more cost-effective and lower-carbon alternative to diesel for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).
Siemens wins first offshore wind project in Belgium
Siemens has entered the offshore wind market in Belgium with a first order for the 309MW Rentel wind project.
IEA urges the Czech Republic to set conditions to boost energy investments
The IEA has advised that the Czech Republic must focus on creating policy that will encourage investment across the energy sector.
100% renewable electricity system is cheap and possible solution for South America , say researchers
According to researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), transitioning to a fully renewable electricity system is possible for South America to achieve by 2030.
25 years of wind power in the UK
Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the date the UK’s first wind farm began generating clean electricity for British homes, offices and factories.
China to lead way in tenth consecutive year of global growth for PV demand
Strong demand from China will drive the tenth year of consecutive growth for the global PV market, according to a new report released by IHS Markit.
Number of Gamesa wind turbines in Brazil reaches 1,000
Gamesa has achieved a new milestone, having installed 1,000 wind turbines in Brazil since it entered the market six years ago.
Siemens receives order for onshore wind project in South Korea
Siemens Wind Power has received an order to supply 17 direct drive wind turbines for the Uljin onshore wind power plant in Gyeongsangbuk province on the east coast of South Korea.
Largest ever investment in off-grid solar: Lumos Global raises $90 million
Lumos Global, an off-grid solar firm operating in Nigeria, has announced $90 million in fundraising, the industry’s largest ever investment.
Storage project trial a success in the UK
A two-year trial of the largest grid-scale battery in Britain has proved it can potentially transform the energy grid and play a major role in the transition towards a low-carbon economy.
Global solar PV capacity will approach 295 GW in 2016, says GlobalData
The global solar PV market is set to increase its installed capacity from approximately 225 Gigawatts in 2015 to 294.69 GW in 2016, and will see China remain the world’s largest market for annual solar PV installations, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
University solar research wins industry award
Sheffield Solar, based in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield, has been awarded the Smart Solar Industry Award from Smart Solar UK.
China provides a boost to growth for the fuel cell sector
The international sustainable energy consultancy E4tech has released its Fuel Cell Industry Review 2016 report, which highlights the increasing influence of China on the fuel cell sector's growth. The stable Chinese government leadership is giving the still-fragile sector – so far led by Japan, North America, and Europe – a lift in the wake of the Paris Agreement a year ago.
Skytron energy equips largest power plant in the Caribbean
Skytron® energy has been commissioned to provide monitoring and supervision technology for a 57.6 MWp solar power plant in Isabela, Puerto Rico.
Iran to experience rapid growth in renewable sector
Iran plans to produce 5GW of renewable energy by 2020, as the country welcomes international investment for the first time in a decade.
South Sumatra plans integrated hydrogen power and mobility infrastructure for 2018 Asian Games
The South Sumatran government has agreed a deal with Norwegian grid specialist IMS Ecubes, to provide a comprehensive range of zero-carbon energy infrastructure to underpin the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
QINOUS introduces new compact energy storage system
Quinous has developed a new compact energy storage system which will soon be used to provide energy to a village in Tanzania.
First forest-powered commercial flight makes debut
Washington state-based Alaska Airlines has flown the first commercial flight powered by renewable jet fuel made from forest residuals.
Perpetuus partners with tidal turbine manufacturers, ready for Isle of Wight project
The Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre in the UK is partnering with tidal turbine manufacturers Schottel Hydro and Tocardo Tidal Turbines on a 30 MW project off the Isle of Wight.
Scatec Solar to sign PPA for Mozambique's first large scale solar plant
Scatec Solar and Norfund have signed a Power Purchase Agreement securing the sale of solar power over a 25 year period to the state owned utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM).
Mainstream Renewable Power to develop 940MW of wind energy projects in Vietnam
Global wind and solar developer, Mainstream Renewable Power will develop, build and operate, together with local and international developers, three wind projects in Vietnam with a combined capacity of approximately 940MW.
Research student to shine a light on the efficiency of solar farms
A research student is calling on solar farm operators to help provide him with the data he needs to determine whether solar farms are an efficient use of land and what impact they have on the agricultural sector.
Siemens wins orders for five onshore projects in northern Germany
Siemens has received five orders for 23 of their state-of-the-art direct-drive wind turbines.
Singapore to become an IEA Association Country
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has welcomed Singapore as an IEA Association Country, deepening the partnership between both sides for a more sustainable and secure energy future.
IID boosts electric grid as state-of-art battery energy storage system comes online
The Imperial Irrigation District energy generating station in California has now been fitted with a new fully-operational 30-megawatt, 20-megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery storage system.
Capture every MWh – Wind O&M Dallas program launched for 2017
The program for Wind O&M Dallas 2017, the world’s foremost conference for global wind energy stakeholders has been launched by Wind Energy Update.
Gamesa continues to grow in China
Games has signed new agreements for the supply of 95 MW.
New milestone in Australian tidal energy
A tidal energy turbine has been installed in the Tamar estuary in Launceston, Tasmania, as part of a project to investigate and optimise the device's performance.
New study suggests biomass would not be a good alternative for replacing coal power in the UK
Wind and solar power are likely to be less expensive than burning trees in order to replace coal in the United Kingdom, according to a new study released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
ABB launches flexible microgrid solution to boost use of renewables
ABB has announced a modular and scalable “plug and play” microgrid solution to address the globally growing demand for flexible technology in the developing market for distributed power generation.
Carbon Trust to help accelerate North America’s offshore wind ambitions
The Carbon Trust and the Business Network for Offshore Wind, the leading US-based offshore wind supply chain organisation, have announced an agreement which will see them collaborate to support the development of the offshore wind sector in North America.
Asia-Pacific wind turbine tower market will maintain global dominance, but fall significantly to $5.5 billion by 2020, says GlobalData
GlobalData has reported that although the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is set to maintain its status as global leader of the wind turbine tower market through to 2020, its value will decrease from $9.62 billion in 2015 to $5.5 billion by the end of the forecast period, representing a negative compound annual growth rate of 10.5%.