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U.S. Department of Energy announces funding for six marine energy projects

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 20:57

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a total of $6.7 million in funding to six recipients, with the goal of developing innovative marine energy technologies "capable of generating reliable and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources."

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Report: Overall Solar PV Quality Is Improving But Risks Remain

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:43
Independent energy and certification body DNV GL reports overall improvement in global solar PV reliability with its fourth edition PV Module Reliability Scorecard report. The Scorecard reports on eighteen months of test results from DNV GL’s PV Module Product Qualification Program (PQP) of commercially available PV modules on the global market.
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China’s Domination of the PV Industry: Veni, Vidi, Vici

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 15:22
There is no doubt that in terms of solar, China came, it saw, it conquered. Now, a hiccup in either China’s production of PV cells and modules or in its deployment of PV systems would ricochet around the global PV industry.
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UK Utility Takes Next Steps to Convert Coal Units

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:25
UK utility Drax Power has taken a fourth coal-fired power generating unit offline at the Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire in preparation to convert it to run on biomass.
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Australian Wins Global Energy Prize for His Contribution to Solar

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:25
University of New South Wales professor Martin Green has been named a Global Energy Prize winner for his work in solar PV that has increased the “cost effectiveness and efficiency of solar cells.”
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Silfab Solar Eyes US Manufacturing Opportunities

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:25
Toronto, Ontario-based solar PV manufacturer Silfab Solar today said it is exploring U.S. manufacturing opportunities and locations to better service growing customer demand.
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Solar Parts Manufacturer Says Trump Tariffs Are Taking a Toll

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:25

The manufacturer of metal parts for the solar industry says tariffs have put it at a “huge disadvantage” against foreign competitors.

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The Swansea Bay tidal power lagoon would bring many benefits | Letters

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 16:45
Countries around the world are closely following the UK’s decision on tidal power, writes Nicholas Stern

You reported that the government is planning to reject the Swansea Bay tidal power lagoon because it is considered too expensive (UK taxpayers to help fund new nuclear plant, 5 June).

The government has not yet announced its decision but it should, in any case, first publish its internal economic analysis of the proposed scheme so that its rigour and robustness can be checked. I have offered, as a former chief economist of the World Bank and head of the UK Government Economic Service, to have a constructive look at the analytical work. That offer stands; the analysis should be in the public domain and subject to scrutiny before a decision is taken.

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Deterring onshore windfarms means higher energy bills – Lord Deben

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 12:31

Ministers told there is no logical argument against turbines in areas that want them

Ministers must come clean to households about the higher energy bills they face if the UK continues to deter new onshore windfarms, the government’s top climate change adviser has said.

Lord Deben, the chair of the committee on climate change (CCC), said there was no logical argument against onshore wind turbines in the parts of the UK that want them.

Related: Pioneering 'liquid air' project can help store excess electricity

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Move over Elon: global energy prize goes to Australia's solar guru

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 22:18

UNSW professor Martin Green, who revolutionised photovoltaics, says sun’s power is ‘the best option out there’

The “father of PV” – University of New South Wales professor Martin Green – has become the first Australian to win the global energy prize from a shortlist that included Tesla’s Elon Musk.

UNSW said Green had been selected from 44 contenders from 14 countries by a committee of leading scientists to share the $820,000 prize with Russian scientist Sergey Alekseenko, an expert in thermal power engineering.

There’s a growing consensus that we’re going to get most of our energy out of solar down the track

Related: South Australia rides renewables boom to become electricity exporter | Giles Parkinson

Related: Move to renewables a 'good thing', Nationals' David Littleproud says

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Struck by a Hockey Puck: Renewable Energy’s Big Canadian Black Eye

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 17:43
Everybody loves renewable energy, right? That’s what surveys tell us with global support for renewable energy consistently polling above 80 percent. But don’t tell that to the people of the Province of Ontario, Canada. On June 7, the electorate handed a stunning defeat to its Liberal Government after 15 years of reign. The election winner: Conservative Doug Ford, brother of Toronto’s infamous crack-cocaine smoking mayor, Rob Ford. The issue in the forefront of voters’ minds: sky high electricity prices.
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US Power Africa Initiative Backs $1BN of Solar, Wind Projects

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:59
With financial backing from the U.S. government, an Israeli solar developer Gigawatt Global Cooperatief UA signed a deal with the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States to build $1 billion of renewable energy projects in the region.
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Here’s Why Trump’s New Strategy to Keep Ailing Coal and Nuclear Plants Open Makes No Sense

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 05:00

President Donald Trump recently ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to stop the closure of coal and nuclear power plants. I can see why this proposal has caused much controversy, partly because of how energy markets work.

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Regulators Approve Five Grid-Scale Lithium-Ion Battery Projects for Southern California

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 05:00
Regulators in California gave San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) approval to move forward with development of five grid-scale lithium-ion battery projects in San Diego and Orange counties.
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Solar Competition Is Putting $3 Million Behind Innovation in Manufacturing

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 05:00
The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday launched the American-Made Solar Prize competition with a focus on supporting innovative ideas for solar industry manufacturing.
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Power from the sun for maritime warning lights - archive, 8 June 1961

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 04:30

8 June 1961: A light-buoy, or beacon, which derives its power from the sun is being developed with some success

A striking mark of faith in the British climate has been made by the engineers of Trinity House, who are developing with success a form of light-buoy or beacon which derives its power from the sun.

Related: After the 'sunrush': what comes next for solar power?

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Move to renewables a 'good thing', Nationals' David Littleproud says

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 18:00

Agriculture minister says climate is changing and Australia must ‘use the best science available’

The agriculture minister, David Littleproud, says the climate is changing and the transition in the energy market – with renewables displacing traditional power generation sources – is “exciting, not only for the environment but for the hip pocket”.

In an interview with Guardian Australia, the Queensland National said the climate had been changing “since we first tilled the soil in Australia” and he does not care whether the change is due to human activity or not.

Related: Land-clearing wipes out $1bn taxpayer-funded emissions gains

I think we are already reducing emissions

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Solar Companies Prep for Intersolar 2018

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 15:53
New solar products and solutions, plus training and education, on deck for solar industry participants at solar tradeshows in Europe and California.
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China's Solar Cutback Is Wiping Out Trump Bump

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:49
President Donald Trump said imposing solar tariffs would help domestic companies. But China’s surprise decision to slash installations is negating those gains, and shares of U.S. manufacturers are plunging.
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This Is How to Understand Complex Vibration Signals in Wind Turbines

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:49

Wind energy is increasingly popular as the technology advances. However, wind turbines incur higher operation and maintenance costs than other power generation technologies. There are, nonetheless, ways to drive these costs down.

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